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.

Analytics moving from customer to operations for competitive advantage

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The move to get one over on the competition means organisations are increasingly moving towards the back end instead of customer facing roles for their analytics, argues Capgemini – but there is still a long way to go before universal business benefits are realised.

The findings appear in a study from Capgemini’s Digital Transformation Institute, which focuses on a survey of 600 operations executives across three continents.

The study puts organisations into four categories...

By James Bourne, 24 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Enterprise Mobility.

The three key trends from MWC 16: IoT, NFV, and 5G

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There were three distinct yet interrelated themes at this year’s MWC in Barcelona that will likely have significant staying power in the years to come. These themes are the Internet of Things (IoT) and wearables, network function virtualisation (NFV), and 5G. 

IoT and wearables were everywhere during the show.  Vertical markets like healthcare, transportation/logistics, and automotive seemed to be well represented in vendor and operator booths....

By Greg Collins, 09 March 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Big Data, Enterprise Mobility, IoT, Mobile.

How IoT empowers dialogue on cybersecurity, privacy, and identity and access management

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By Joni Brennan and Oleg Logvinov

It is a counterintuitive challenge to begin with. The whole point of the Internet is to make informationmore accessible, but the prevailing question in cybersecurity, privacy and identity and access management (IAM) is how to build an effective framework of complementary technologies and policies for restricting who can access what information when and in what ways.

In the digital transformation that is well underway with Internet of Things (IoT) and...

By IEEE, 14 August 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Cloud , Identity, IoT, Privacy, Security.

The rise of systems of intelligence: Rethinking your enterprise data strategy

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By Adam Spearing, VP Platform EMEA, Salesforce

The sheer amount of data being created is staggering. According to IBM, 2.5 exabytes of data was generated every day in 2012. The importance of data is becoming so big, even the US Government has launched an initiative to help access and analyse it.

It is no longer sufficient for organisations to have a strategy around legacy data. Instead, they need a plan that considers the evolving...

By Salesforce.com, 27 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Enterprise Mobility.

Cutting through the hype of big data in small (and large) businesses

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Big Data is one of the most widely-hyped buzzwords of the tech industry, and that means there is a lot of hype and misunderstanding. Worse, concepts like “data science” are constantly thrown around, making this emergent technology appear like black magic to the business leaders who could benefit from it. This blog aims to cut through the hype to help you understand what Big Data is and its relevance to your...

By David Akka, 10 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Cloud , Enterprise Mobility.

Why a successful CRM needs strategy

I have previously explained my view that the true value of any CRM implementation lies in its ability to provide data to processes across other systems, both internal and external, making it a solution rather than a tool.  As suppliers and customers communicate with your company across more services, it’s vital to be able to access this information, but integrating so many diverse touchpoints can be time-consuming and complex.

As a result, rather than the traditional feature-based approach to choosing a CRM vendor, you might have better...

By David Akka, 11 September 2014, 2 comments. Categories: Big Data, Enterprise Mobility.

Man vs machine: Always consider context when using big data

Technology is a marvelous thing. There is more computing power in your pocket right now than was used to land men on the moon. Advanced computer and software technologies can predict natural disasters, stop crime and even drive driverless cars. Artificial intelligence is a powerful reality, and not just a comic book plotline. With all of these wonderful technological advances, there is an inescapable conclusion: technology coupled with raw, unbiased data offers superior solutions to human judgement....

By Gil Allouche, 08 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, CIO, Cloud , Enterprise Mobility.

How data quality is key in any integration and mobile project

I just returned from a meeting with one of my clients, a major player in the automotive industry, who have an integration between SAP R/3 and Salesforce.  Every day they send flat file extracts from both systems to an external agency to perform data matching.  This got me thinking, why not add a small data quality, or customer data management, component into your integration workflow, to do this automatically rather than going to an external agency?

I’ve previously stressed the business value...

By David Akka, 07 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Enterprise Mobility.

How a smart mobile platform gets smarter with in-memory data

I wrote recently about the reasons In-Memory Data Grids (IMDGs) could be a game-changer for enterprise mobility. In that blog I argued that faster processing would allow more users to access business processes on mobile, with instant data retrieval and smart searches; but that this increased connectivity would place greater strain on networks.

Today I want to talk about how smart mobile platforms, underpinned with In-Memory Data Grids, can be used to optimise your enterprise applications’ data needs, and provide some pointers for what to look...

By David Akka, 20 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Cloud , Enterprise Mobility.

Microsoft connects its cloud and mobile with SAP’s data, extends partnership

Microsoft and SAP have announced an extension of their partnership, focusing on giving enterprise customers more value from their cloud and mobile devices.

The latest announcement takes SAP business applications on Windows Server to the cloud, with SAP signing off a number of enterprise apps to run on Azure by the end of June. These will include SAP Business Suite, SAP Business All-In-One, and the developer edition of in-memory database SAP HANA.

The two companies have also made generally available...

By James Bourne, 19 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Cloud , Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft.