The top 10 ways integrating ERP, CRM, and more will transform manufacturing in 2017

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Integrating ERP, CRM, and legacy systems lead to greater manufacturing innovation, setting the foundation to move beyond business models that don’t stay in step with customers’ fast-changing needs. Bringing contextual intelligence into manufacturing that centers on customers’ unique, fast-changing requirements is a must-have to keep growing sales profitably. By integrating ERP, CRM, SCM, pricing and legacy systems together, manufacturers can provide customers what...

By Louis Columbus, 03 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CRM, Data & Analytics, Enterprise, ERP, Software.

Gaining elastic visibility into your clouds – without the strain

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How do you see what isn’t physically there?  It is emerging as a major problem facing enterprises, as cloud increasingly becomes the new normal.

On-premise networks and physical data centres are disappearing fast, with core business applications and processes being migrated to cloud architectures. The latest Cisco Global Cloud Index states that by 2020, 92% of workloads will be processed in...

By Jeff Harris, 23 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Infrastructure, Scalability, Virtualisation.

The key takeaways from Gartner’s 2016 CPQ application suites market guide

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  • Gartner estimates the CPQ application suites market was $570M in 2015, attaining 20% year-on-year growth between 2014 and 2015.
  • Cloud-based CPQ revenue was $157M in 2015, attaining 46% year-over-year.
  • Gartner predicts CPQ will continue to be one of the hottest enterprise apps for the foreseeable future, predicting a 20% annual growth rate through 2020 with the majority being from cloud-based solutions. Legacy on-premise vendors including SAP’s Variant Configurator (VC) are going to face increasingly strong headwinds in the market as a...

By Louis Columbus, 22 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise, Research, Software.

Enterprise cloud strategies and taming the digital dragon

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In their 2014 CIO Agenda report Gartner describes how ‘Taming the Digital Dragon’ (12 page PDF) is key to digital transformation strategies, with the hybrid cloud platform model as the enabling technology blueprint and business model.

As their ‘We are here’ arrow describes, Gartner proposes we are at the transition point from a second to a third generation of IT, the shift from IT...

By cloudbestpractices.net, 08 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

VMware notes good and bad with decentralised IT – and how cloud is driving it

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It’s a discussion which has rumbled on for years; does a centralised or decentralised model of IT work best? According to new research commissioned by VMware, cloud computing has become key to the decentralisation of IT – and while it may ease the pressure in some areas, security, management and compliance issues remain.

The latest release, titled State of the Cloud, represents the second half of VMware’s study, with the former, The IT Archipelago, being conducted by the...

By James Bourne, 21 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Research.

Service providers need to join forces to address enterprise IT complexities

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A new report from Tata Communications offers a warning for service providers; their solutions do not always meet the expectations of enterprises.

The research, which was conducted by IDC among enterprises and service providers across 32 countries, saw enterprises rank security, cited by 52% of respondents, cloud (43%) and mobility (32%) as their primary technology priorities.

But there may be a gap between what enterprises want and what service providers can give. Enterprises see...

By James Bourne, 17 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Infrastructure, Security.

How cloud IAM is driven by the need for secure and robust enterprise governance

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The emergence of the Internet has given birth to a number of cloud-based technologies and services to cater to a wide audience. There has been a significant rise in the number of users and enterprises who are adapting to the radical changes cloud technologies have brought about in enterprise handling and management.

The colossal volumes of data and information held by any business organisation run the sheer risk of intrusion from malicious insiders, network threats, hacking attacks,...

By Nitin Chitmalwar, 15 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Enterprise, Security, Vendors.

Why only 3% of enterprises have an ‘optimised’ cloud strategy

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The vast majority of enterprises still lack a mature cloud strategy, according to a recent survey of 6,159 executives conducted by IDC. Just 3% of respondents define their cloud strategies as “optimised,” the highest level of strategic maturity, while nearly half (47%) say their cloud strategies are usually “opportunistic or ad...

By Logicworks, 04 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, Infrastructure.

IDG cloud survey notes enterprises “leading the way” but security still top of mind

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Even though seven out of 10 organisations have at least one application in the cloud today, adoption continues to go up, according to the latest verdict from IDG Enterprise.

The survey, which polled 925 respondents and was conducted among the audiences of six of the company’s brands, including CIO, InfoWorld and ComputerWorld, shows interesting comparisons when put aside the same study from five years ago; back then, just over half (51%) of those polled had at least one app in the...

By James Bourne, 02 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise.

More than half of enterprises choosing cloud by default, survey says

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A new report from enterprise cloud services provider ServiceNow argues that a tipping point has finally been reached with more than half of enterprises surveyed would use cloud as the default choice for business application rollouts.

52% of the 1,850 senior managers polled across four continents said they now prefer cloud as a platform compared with on-premise data centres, while more than three quarters (77%) of respondents expect to shift to a cloud-first model in the next two...

By James Bourne, 27 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, Infrastructure.

SAP aims to succeed in the cloud – but can it be the next IoT giant?

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Opinion Industry leaders in each sector are carving out their share of the IoT market. The latest to stake a claim is SAP, the world’s largest inter-enterprise software company and the world’s fourth-largest independent software supplier, overall.

When the company was founded by five former IBM employees in 1972, the original premise was to provide customers with a way of interacting with common corporate databases. Now, the most common application of SAP software is to run internal...

By Alex Vilner, 18 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise, SAP, Software.

More money in big data initiatives, Gartner argues – but is the ROI still unclear?

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The big data landscape is approaching a state of maturation: according to the latest note from analyst house Gartner, more money is being invested in big data but fewer companies are deciding to commit.

The research, which polled almost 200 members of the Gartner Research Circle, found that 48% of companies have invested in big data this year – up 3% from this time last year – but also argued that only a quarter (25%) plan to invest in the coming years, down from 31%...

By James Bourne, 10 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Enterprise.

Hypervisors in cloud computing: What is out there for you?

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Choosing a cloud provider may seem like a trivial thing. You could go with the choice that most of the world has already made and pick the clear leader in the cloud space — AWS. However, as the public cloud market matures, the volume and range of relevant enterprise options expand. Depending on your requirements, you might find one of the other cloud providers out there more suitable, mainly because of the

By Ariel Maislos, 07 October 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Developers, Enterprise, Platform, Public, Virtualisation.

How the financial services industry is slowly waking up to cloud computing

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Just five years ago, the idea of using cloud services would have seemed wildly optimistic even to the most radical of businesses operating in the financial services sector. But cloud is no longer the new kid on the block. After becoming the word on everybody’s lips a few years ago, it has already plumbed what the Gartner Hype Cycle terms the ‘trough of disillusionment’; often experienced by new technologies as the doubters queue up to question the impact it can have....

By Rahul Singh, 03 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, Industry, Private, Public.

Microsoft and Adobe cosy up for Azure cloud partnership

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Microsoft and Adobe have announced partnership plans to make Azure the preferred cloud platform for Adobe’s marketing, creative, and document clouds, and Adobe’s Marketing Cloud the preferred option for Dynamics 365 Enterprise.

The partnership, announced in the Microsoft Ignite keynote session today, aims to help enterprise companies ‘embrace digital transformation and deliver compelling, personalised experiences through every phase of their customer...

By James Bourne, 26 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Microsoft, Software.

Understanding the three key ways cloud can drive competitive advantage

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The fact of the matter is thus: if you want to stay ahead of the pack, you’ll need to get your head into and around the cloud. However, the reasons and rationale behind cloud migration are very different to that which greeted CTOs in the mid-2000s, and it is this shift that businesses and their staff need to be aware of today.

According to IDC: "more than 70% of western Europe enterprise IT organisations will commit to hybrid cloud architectures by 2017, vastly driving the rate and...

By Sebastian Krause, 23 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Enterprise, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

Not so fantastic Mr Fox: How the cloud enables British business to work harder than ever

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During a speech at a Conservative Way Forward event on September 9, Liam Fox, the International Trade Secretary, said that Britain had become “too lazy and too fat”, with businessmen preferring “golf on a Friday afternoon” to trying to boost the country’s prosperity.

While somewhat diffused by Downing Street later as “clearly private views”, his statement was certainly thought provoking.

As the CEO of a company that provides cloud-based IT...

By Joseph Blass, 16 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Economy, Enterprise, Software.

Maximising the potential of the Industrial Internet – through the right networks

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Computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided engineering (CAE) often use extremely large files, which make remote working and collaboration difficult to achieve. Most businesses are able to work remotely with laptops, smartphones and tablet PCs, but the processing power required to create, store and share CAD files over a wide area network is often prohibitive. Yet with the power of the internet they can work remotely and collaboratively.

The...

By Graham Jarvis, 09 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobility.

Huawei’s three tenets for making the most of the cloud opportunity

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With an increasingly open IT ecosystem, there are three key principles for all businesses, from SMBs to enterprises, to make the most of their lot: cooperation over competition, benefit sharing, and creating a bigger market rather than fighting for a larger share.

That was the verdict of Guo Ping, rotating CEO of Chinese telco Huawei, at the company’s Huawei Connect event. “Essentially, marketplace advantages will come from within an organisation, as has traditionally...

By James Bourne, 05 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Infrastructure.