An enterprise without borders: Solving the disconnect with connected platforms

Business leaders have more progressive expectations than before. Their forward-looking business goals call for integration with new capabilities and technologies — from artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) to bots and cloud services. None can be easily integrated into older platforms. Alongside this, CIOs are seeking closer partnerships with other organisations in their business ecosystem and need to develop ways to support borderless teams where internal employees, external...

By Craig Walker, 26 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, CIO, Cloud , IoT.

Taking the robot out of the human: Why we should not confuse productivity and efficiency

We need to have a more grown up discussion about the impact of technology and intelligent automation (IA).

Currently, the conversation about automation is dominated by lurid headlines about whole swathes of the workforce being made redundant overnight, and the dawning of a new dystopia where intelligent machines have replaced the ordinary human worker.

Instead, we need to be asking a much more pertinent question: “Are existing jobs being done well, and how can they be improved?”

Practically every...

By Mark Corley, 27 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Productivity.

In a world of bots, AI and big data – how can employees and businesses survive?

With the Fourth Industrial Revolution hailed as bringing about a digital boom on the global economy, many may think: “Are we not already well into the digital economy era?”.

It is true that there are now countless apps and computing technologies that allow people to conveniently hail a taxi, book a hotel, or clean floors with a robot. Smart machines can also already drive cars, diagnose patients, and manage finances more effectively than humans. But in a new analysis –

By Ben Pring, 19 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Productivity.

How smart companies are using information to become more competitive and profitable

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Insights analysts are typically charged to perform analysis and discover new insights that can generate new business by identifying new customer and market trends or generate cost savings by discovering the root causes for inefficiencies.

If insights are discovered in a timely manner, they can create new opportunities for monetization by revealing new customer needs, new customer segments for targeting, emerging consumer behaviors and purchasing trends. Time is of the essence in the...

By Gerald Cohen and Dr. Rato Kodorov, 31 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Case Studies, Mobile Analytics, Productivity.

Analysing integration strategies for a postmodern ERP world

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Gartner defines postmodern ERP as “a fundamental shift away from a single vendor megasuite toward a more loosely coupled and federated ERP environment.” While huge ERP systems can do virtually anything, many companies find that they are too complex or require too much customisation to meet their specific needs.

Therefore they go in search of specialised packages for their industry or for their region. And companies which acquire others often find that each business has its...

By Stephan Romeder, 27 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Cloud , Collaboration.

How to get the most out of your BI analytics investment

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Companies looking to select the right business intelligence (BI) tool need to identify the degree of data analysis they need, how much technical expertise they have in-house, and work out whether they want to integrate existing platforms.

That’s the conclusion from a study conducted by B2B research firm Clutch.co analysing how organisations are attacking their BI strategies.

70% of the almost 300 employees polled – who use BI data analytics tools in their work – said...

By James Bourne, 16 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, Data & Analytics, Employees, IoT.

Jonathan Reichental, Palo Alto CIO: On changing CIO roles and building smarter cities

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According to a recent research study from IDC, 40% of CIOs view themselves predominantly as ‘custodians of operational infrastructure’, compared to 25% who believed they were ‘business technology innovation officers’. We’ve all heard it before; CIOs need to move from being chief information officers to chief innovation officers, heavily prompted by...

By James Bourne, 19 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Case Studies, CIO, IoT.

How Snow Software is combining software asset management with EMM to make Gartner’s MQ

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Last month, analyst house Gartner released its annual enterprise mobility management (EMM) Magic Quadrant. The headline angle was VMware extending its lead in the leaders’ section; however, the report had more stories under the surface.

Snow Software, traditionally a player in the software asset management (SAM) space, found its way into the niche players section of the...

By James Bourne, 18 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Enterprise Mobility.

Analysing the chief digital officer and the rise of the digital enterprise

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IT departments need to move beyond keeping the digital lights on and move swiftly toward building the digital enterprise their organisation needs to innovate and succeed.

The demand for business apps is increasing, outstripping the IT department’s ability to deliver them. Many of us are familiar with the stories of lengthy app backlogs and IT project deadline  ̶  and cost  ̶  overruns. These are among the reasons why so many enterprise workers and...

By Quinton Wall, 03 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, CIO, Employee Education, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

Salesforce makes third acquisition of the year with data entry automation startup

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Salesforce appears to be gunning for data driven software startups in 2016 as it makes its third acquisition in a few months.

Earlier this year, the company acquired open source machine learning server PredictionIO.

More recently, it also took on artificial learning startup MetaMind, which had been funded by Salesforce CEO Marc Benitoff.

Founder Richard Socher wrote he was...

By Rachael Power, 10 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics.