IDG Contributor Network: Success factors in driving digital transformation at the Social Security Administration

The digital transformation at the Social Security Administration (SSA) is remarkable for its approach to ensure a successful outcome. Shifting the process of retiring into a digital world required overcoming a resistant culture, managing multiple stakeholder groups’ needs, surmounting organizational structures and ensuring leaders didn’t lose sight of the end outcome and focus too much on process. The SSA transformation initiative faced the same challenges that commercial businesses face.  Frank…

November 17, 2017
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What is Six Sigma? Streamlining quality management

What is Six Sigma? Six Sigma is a quality management methodology used to help businesses improve current processes, products or services by discovering and eliminating defects. The goal is to streamline quality control in manufacturing or business processes so there is little to no variance throughout. Six Sigma was trademarked by Motorola in 1993, but it references the Greek letter sigma, which is a statistical symbol that represents a standard…

November 17, 2017
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10 tips for job hunting while you’re still employed

Finding a new job while you’re still employed is a tricky prospect. On one hand, you’re more attractive to potential employers if you already have a job. On the other, one false move and you could end up being fired or, at the very least, sully your reputation in the marketplace. Here’s how to best conduct a job search while you’re still employed.  1. Explore options where you are First,…

November 17, 2017
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IDG Contributor Network: Managing ETL vendors

It wasn’t but a few short years ago your local technology vendor (IBM, Oracle, SAP, Microsoft, etc.) was always looking to enhance your ETL services on premise so you could be in “full control” of your database operations locally. You invested hundreds of thousands of dollars (if not much more!) to build out your local infrastructure to support your data platform of choice. Not to mention all the other costs…

November 16, 2017
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BrandPost: Empowering Users to Automate Their Own Work Processes

Imagine spending over a quarter of your work week on things like copying and pasting information between documents and spreadsheets, sending yet another email requesting budget approval, or reminding your team (again!) to update their weekly status reports.  The majority of information workers today report that this level of repetitive activity is their reality, and they are ready for a better way to work. According to a recent survey, 43%…

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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IDG Contributor Network: Have we been doing IT wrong?

Within the past year, three Fortune 500 companies have appointed former CIOs as chief financial officers. Goldman Sachs, Norfolk Southern and most recently GE are signaling to the market that IT is a strategic asset worth investing in. This comes on the heels of major market shifts, including the globalization of digital capabilities, agile entrants disrupting traditional businesses and radically changing consumer expectations. Every industry is being impacted by disruptors,…

November 16, 2017
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IDG Contributor Network: Finding the key to success with enterprise customers

Many tech entrepreneurs steadfastly search for the key to successful sales execution with large, multinational corporations. Even for growth-stage companies, the sales processes and product set that got them through the early stages might not be enough to succeed consistently with the largest customers. The reality is that this is the hardest segment of customer to sell to. KKR has a roster of 100-plus portfolio companies that spend an aggregate…

November 16, 2017
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IDG Contributor Network: Digital done wrong

For readers in the U.S., the following is an all-too-familiar—and painful—story I need to tell to make a point. Warning: reading this may raise your blood pressure or tie your stomach in knots. Jeannie is a middle-aged woman who takes medication for two chronic conditions. She will likely take both for the rest of her life and is grateful for her employer-provided health plan. Because of the long-term recurring nature…

November 16, 2017
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5 things that are dragging down your digital transformation

Since IDC conducted its first digital transformation (DX) benchmark in March 2015, we have seen progress in the number of organizations that have digitally transformed. Yet, despite this progress, we find most organizations are at an impasse. Fifty-nine percent of organizations worldwide are running digital projects and making progress, but they are not transforming the overall organization. To read this article in full, please click here (Insider Story) Source: http://www.cio.com

November 16, 2017
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