The 90% success recipe: Beating the odds and the market with digital and analytics

Pressure is mounting on CEOs and their leadership teams to deliver above-market growth. However, consistently beating the market over time, requires a top-performing commercial engine underpinned by a new wave of digital and analytics capabilities.

While hiring new talent is a crucial component of building necessary capabilities, you also need to facilitate change within the organisation itself. Business executives today need to focus on building capabilities with the same level of commitment they showed when...

By Michael Viertler, 03 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CIO, Employees, Productivity.

The big bet on AI: Expectations versus reality

The bets are in! Artificial intelligence (AI) is the favourite to win the-hottest-tech-initiative for IT professionals this year. But is it a reality? If recent headlines are anything to go by, AI is set to triumph.  

In April of this year, the U.K. government raised its stakes in the AI game with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport (DCMS)’

By Leon Adato, 24 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CIO, Employees, Productivity.

Slack secures $427 million in series H round – taking company valuation to $7.1 billion

Slack has announced it has raised an additional $427 million (£332m) of investment in a series H equity round, taking the company’s post-money valuation to more than $7.1 billion.

The round was led by Dragoneer Investment Group and General Atlantic, joining T. Rowe Price Associates Inc, as well as Wellington Management, Baillie Gifford and Sands Capital.

“The way people work is...

By James Bourne, 21 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, M&A.

New collaboration aims to explore VR and AR for engineering and automotive design

StarVR and Autodesk are coming together for an initiative to provide virtual and augmented reality for automotive design and engineering.

The product, VRED Professional, is optimised for the StarVR One head mounted display, which is also being unveiled this week. The headset offers a professional-grade colour spectrum, custom full RGB AMOLED displays and integrated eye tracking, among other features.

By James Bourne, 15 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, UX, Wearables.

Organisations jumping head first into digital transformation projects – with wasteful results

Organisations are set to waste millions as they try and force through digital transformation initiatives, according to a new report from Couchbase.

The study, titled ‘Are Organisations Realising Their Digital Revolutions?’, polled 450 heads of digital transformation in enterprises across the UK, US, France and Germany, and found 95% saw digital transformation as an ‘insurmountable’ task.

By James Bourne, 14 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

Google digs deeper into the enterprise at Google Cloud Next ‘18

Google Cloud Next '18 put customers, developers, partners and analysts through their paces last week in San Francisco, with an exhausting set of more than 100 announcements. The event confirmed the transformation Google Cloud has undergone since Diane Greene took the helm, and it revealed Google's growing momentum with enterprises and advances against Amazon Web Services and Microsoft.

But if Google really wants to vie for cloud supremacy in the next few years, it must also improve its global...

By Nicholas McQuire, 09 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Cloud , Collaboration, Data & Analytics, Enterprise Mobility.

ERP budgets: Reduce risk and prepare for successful implementation

Planning for a new ERP solution is a major decision for CIOs and other enterprise C-level executives. Everyone acknowledges the benefits a new technology can deliver. Today’s manufacturing and distribution companies find that accessing data instantly throughout the enterprise is a compelling rationale for moving in a new direction. The overriding question is, when is the expense worth the effort and potential disruption that implementing a new solution may...

By Andrew Bolivar, 09 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CIO, Productivity.

Microsoft adds Slack to list of official Office rivals in 10-K report

Microsoft and Slack are hardly going to be bosom buddies – and now the rivalry has gone up a couple of notches.

At least, that’s according to Microsoft’s annual 10-K report. This year’s offering (html, 107 pages if you have a spare hour or so) has a new name under the ‘competition’ banner. Slack is in as a competitor...

By James Bourne, 06 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft, Productivity.