BrandPost: Thinking About Automating Your Enterprise Processes? Ask These 3 Questions

Today’s breakneck pace of work is driven by multiple streams of process that require updates and approvals. This means that all too often, important decisions are regularly delayed in the wait for information from an on-the-go project manager or a quick approval from a busy executive. What should be a fast task becomes a time-wasting experience for everyone when information is lost in the daily flood of communication. To address…

November 17, 2017
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BrandPost: Higher Quality Data Strengthens the Business

In Part 2 of this series, I look at the impact of DataOps on data defects. Read Part 1 here. Decisions and actions based on incorrect information carry far greater destructive potential than data-delayed decisions and actions do. Scott Emigh, CTO of Microsoft’s U.S. Partner organization, recently said, “Your analytics are only as good as the quality of data on which you reason.” I extrapolate this same logic to machine learning…

November 16, 2017
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BrandPost: The Cloud Journey, Part 3: Why A Cloud Migration Factory Is the Catalyst for Cloud Enablement

The initial push to the cloud is often driven by cost savings or efficiency opportunities to keep up with demand, while at the same time software vendors have pivoted to a SaaS delivery model over the traditional on premise perpetual licensing model. However, while moving to the cloud can be another step towards service management and operational improvement, cloud migration is not simply a one-time, big bang data center exit…

November 16, 2017
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BrandPost: Attaining True Elasticity in the Cloud

One of the greatest strengths of cloud computing is that many of its benefits are easy to conceptualize and articulate. That’s certainly true for the benefit of cloud elasticity and agility. Your cloud-based application suddenly needs more or less computing power or storage? Simply tap some additional cloud resources – or release unneeded capacity – and problem solved! At a fundamental level, every cloud customer gains improved IT elasticity and…

November 16, 2017
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BrandPost: Accelerate Data Delivery to Support Developers and Make Better Decisions

Some of the world’s largest companies are making huge efficiency gains by adopting DataOps to eliminate data friction that is slowing innovation. DataOps is the alignment of people, process, and technology to enable the rapid, automated, and secure management of data. It improves individual and team outcomes by decreasing the distance between data sources and users and accelerating data flow.  In this five-part blog series, I will examine the process enhancements…

November 15, 2017
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IDG Contributor Network: The cloud is changing IT. But not really…

The cloud has been the swiss army knife of IT departments for over a decade. The cloud is secure, extensible and cost-aligned. Managing the cloud is easy, you just move the slider over for more or uncheck the box to delete it. The cloud changed how IT works without actually changing anything at all. 15 years ago, you would hear senior IT people talk about capacity and redundancy. Today you…

November 15, 2017
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10 cloud mistakes that can sink your business

“The sun always shines above the clouds,” optimists enjoy telling us. What they fail to mention is that beneath the clouds there’s often high winds, torrential downpours, lightning and the occasional golf-ball-size hail bombardment. The same is true with cloud computing. On the sunny side, the cloud offers a variety of benefits, including the promise of enhanced reliability, flexibility, manageability and scalability. Look below, however, and you’ll see the cloud’s…

November 14, 2017
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The 6 keys to Matson’s global digital transformation

Matson (formerly Matson Navigation) is an organization with global ambitions. The 135-year-old public shipping company has continued to transform itself from a Hawaiian regional institution to a multiregional player. Its Pacific expansion — from Alaska to Guam and from New Zealand to China — has been rigorous by any measure. Success hinged not only on establishing new trade routes, but also on fulfilling a corporate obligation “to do so without…

November 13, 2017
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A year after Oracle buy, a focused NetSuite doubles down on verticals, midmarket

When Oracle first announced its agreement to acquire NetSuite, back in July 2016, there was widespread agreement in the tech industry that the deal could allow Oracle to serve a broader range of customers, including smaller businesses, expand to more vertical industries and more countries, and accelerate Oracle’s application software push into the cloud. The deal also made sense because, as industry analysts pointed out, there was a lot of…

November 9, 2017
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BrandPost: Why Comprehensive Data Management is Key to AI Success

Organizational leaders have widely recognized the promise of AI as the cornerstone of digital transformation and it’s no surprise that many are now attempting to accelerate its deployment and adoption. However, most of these same organizations are still struggling to increase adoption and interest in analytics. Even with the emergence of business intelligence (BI) platforms, promises of better decision-making can go unfulfilled without widespread adoption. For an organization to have…

November 8, 2017
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