BrandPost: Design Thinking – What’s it all About?

Mention the word “design,” and many people immediately think of pictures and colors. But when it comes to designing for technology focused tasks, beauty is in the eye of the user. Design thinking is a discipline that solves problems and redesigns tasks by working from the viewpoint of the user to come up with a new approach to processes that addresses common pain points. This user-focused approach to product development…

January 16, 2018
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IDG Contributor Network: 3 pillars of devops success for 2018, part 3

As we conclude in this three-part blog series, outlining three key pillars for devops success that are essential to any devops discussion in 2018, it would be remiss not to address the compliance and regulatory needs that software companies must satisfy. In Part 1, we discussed value stream management—a way of looking at the software development lifecycle that measures true value and success of processes and tools. In Part 2,…

January 16, 2018
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IDG Contributor Network: Forcing gatekeepers to become value-adding stakeholders

Modern business is in many ways defined by the entities and individuals that hold the keys to the kingdom.  These so-called gatekeepers have an effective stranglehold on the data and information they collect, giving them an unmitigated edge when it comes to exercising their advantages over competitors and newer entrants.  Overwhelmingly though, the bigger problem is that it concentrates these sources of power within the hands of just a few…

January 16, 2018
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IDG Contributor Network: Amazon hasn’t cracked omnichannel retailing (yet)

As the dominant digital retailer, Amazon has clearly upended the “bricks and mortar” retail industry. It played a significant role in the downfall of Sports Authority and the bankruptcy of Toys R Us, and its influence is at least partly blamed for disappointing performance for scores of others retailers. But despite owning up to 44% of all digital sales, Amazon has made several moves in the area of retailing via…

January 16, 2018
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IDG Contributor Network: Oracle fiscal year-end checklist

Now that the new year is underway, Oracle sales teams are ramping up their efforts for a strong May 31st year-end close.  They are busy reviewing all their assigned accounts, identifying expiring deals and potential renewals, and looking for leverage on opportunities as they develop their sales strategy and approach.  For Oracle customers, this means that now is the time to start preparing for any upcoming purchases or potential audits,…

January 16, 2018
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IDG Contributor Network: Meeting enterprise objectives with a new “twist” on reality

The tech industry is on the brink of moving from mobile to immersive computing, according to the World Economic Forum, in this new era, immersive technologies will change the way companies communicate, collaborate and get work done. It also means immersive computing will empower brands to build stronger engagement with customers. Immersive computing will be powered by Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) technologies. VR enables users to immerse…

January 16, 2018
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IDG Contributor Network: The future is now: 2018 market predictions for database and data management

Part of me wonders why we focus our trend and market predictions at the beginning and end of each year, when we all know these changes are fluid, and don’t happen according to a perfect calendar date. But it’s important to constantly evaluate the changes we are seeing, and understand where they will take us next. And in that spirit, I’d like to share three market predictions my team and…

January 12, 2018
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BrandPost: Liberate2Innovate Podcast Series

Welcome to the Liberate2Innovate podcast series, brought to you by IDG and sponsored by Rimini Street. These podcasts feature leading industry experts in conversation with IDG’s Tom Schmidt on a variety of topics imperative to IT decision makers on a path to digital transformation. Hear about the real world strategies, tactics, and partnerships you need to know about to drive your organization forward to free up critical resources and discover…

January 12, 2018
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