The top 5 supply chain management vendors

The supply chain management (SCM) market continues to grow with the same characters on top of the revenue lists, according to a recent report by Gartner, and will most likely stay there as legacy clients continue to upgrade, and international clients start purchasing supply chain services. The SCM software market grew 9.8 percent to $11.2 billion in 2016, up from $10.1 billion in 2015, according to the Gartner report. SAP…

September 19, 2017
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BrandPost: Is Your Cloud Approach the Right Approach?

By almost any measure, cloud computing is on a tear. Most organizations have grown comfortable with this form of computing, and many have grown passionate. Unfortunately, far too many companies are still using a haphazard, piecemeal approach in their adoption of different cloud models and services. The lack of a comprehensive cloud computing strategy today will likely come back to haunt these companies further down the road. Why are so…

September 19, 2017
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IDG Contributor Network: When email threads can become binding agreements

It is important to be aware of how easy it is to unintentionally create a binding contract when communicating by email. Email communications are the most common form of business communication. A large and critical portion of almost every business negotiation will also take place via email. Whereas it is common practice when drafting a term sheet to include explicit language stating that the term sheet is non-binding, this qualification…

September 19, 2017
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IDG Contributor Network: Cost reduction and new tech capabilities aren’t the goals for a performance breakthrough

There’s a proverb that says old habits die hard. This is certainly true in business, even those that aggressively move forward in their markets. Why do I remind of this proverb? Because most businesses, no matter their size or industry, have been oriented toward reducing costs and/or implementing new technology as their performance goals. These goals are their means of improving competitive posturing and nibbling at market share. This goal…

September 19, 2017
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IDG Contributor Network: Why RPA implementations fail

Robotic process automation (RPA) uses software code, often called “bots,” to record and replay repetitive software application interaction tasks that are normally done by employees in an enterprise, as an example, inputting order management data into an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system and returning confirmations or exceptions by email.  And the beauty of RPA is that it does not require expensive and time consuming enterprise application integration efforts, as it…

September 19, 2017
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3 machine learning success stories: An inside look

Fewer technologies are hotter than artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), which mimic the behavior of the human mind to help companies improve business operations. And for companies embarking on digital transformations, AI and ML are being viewed as cornerstone technologies for wooing customers with new services. Aggressive marketing has triggered significant hype around these emerging technologies. Restaurants, retailers and airlines are deploying chatbots that approximate human-like conversations with…

September 19, 2017
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BrandPost: Enterprise Architecture: The Scarce Skillset in Big Demand

 Three years ago, demand for enterprise architects —  those who focus on building a holistic view of an organization’s strategy, processes, information, and IT assets in order to support the most efficient and secure IT environment — was declining. Some were whispering that the days of the architects were over. But this unique skillset has recently staged a major comeback: According to the Harvey Nash/KPMG 2017 CIO Survey, enterprise architecture…

September 19, 2017
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How to make meetings suck less (time and productivity)

No self-respecting business wants to advertise itself as inefficient, unfocused, and directionless, regularly wasting tens of thousands of dollars for no tangible reason. Yet, that’s exactly what happens every day as businesses around the globe force their workers to spend time in meetings that provide no meaningful return on that investment of time and energy. “Meetings rarely result in actionable work,” says Carson Tate, founder and principal of Working Simply, and author of…

September 18, 2017
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IDG Contributor Network: How China is en route to becoming a digital superpower

Over the past couple of years, China has made significant progress and built a solid digital foundation. It is now on the verge of a digital transformation that will enhance productivity and elicit economic growth. At the end of 2015, China already had 688 million internet users and 620 million mobile internet users. Out of these, 413 million utilized e-commerce, collectively producing $623 billion in online sales, which accounted for…

September 18, 2017
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What to do when your CRM project fails

There are at least a dozen oft-quoted industry analyst reports that estimate the failure rate of CRM projects. The analysts’ methodologies and standards vary, so the resulting failure numbers are all over the place — between 18 percent and 69 percent. Most of the numbers seem to center around the question, “Did the project meet expectations?” This is a profoundly fuzzy standard — and, in fact, it can be a…

September 18, 2017
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