• Moving ERP to the cloud? Expect delays

    Almost two-thirds of businesses are planning to migrate an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system to the cloud or are already doing so, despite many of them having concerns about moving sensitive data, security and regulatory compliance.

    That’s according to the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), which asked 200 businesses about their ERP migration plans. They represent a small slice of a big market: Businesses will spend $30 billion on cloud ERP systems in 2021, and a total of $266 billion on all public cloud services, according to CSA's Impact of Cloud on ERP report.

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  • Trusted advisors: The digital CIO’s secret weapon

    Any CIO will tell you they can't be successful without a stacked tech bench and a squadron of third-party collaborators, from strategic vendors to consultants. But these days, with digital transformation upending nearly every industry, good help is increasingly hard to find.

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    (Insider Story)

  • BrandPost: Hybrid Cloud Efforts Amplified By a Cloud Verified Solution

    Simac provides a wide range of IT solutions and services throughout Benelux and Central Europe. The company’s networking and development experts are often tasked with how to modernize their customers’ infrastructure and systems for a multi-cloud, hybrid approach.

    To address this need, Simac created Cloud|NEXT, a cloud computing platform based on VMware’s technology. The platform enables companies to achieve scalability, economies, and efficiencies that are inherent with cloud, and to embrace it at their own pace.

    Simac also perfected a hybrid approach that empowers its customers not only to use the best cloud for the job – public or private – but also to do so in a way that allows them to keep any legacy systems they want to remain operational on existing hardware and software.

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  • 10 IT skills paying the highest premiums today

    Market demand for specific IT skills can fluctuate quickly, as emerging trends and reviving interest in legacy systems rise and fall. And while pay for an individual role, such as data scientist, may spike upward due to a lack of qualified candidates, certain niche IT skills can become hot for a time, with organizations paying a premium for candidates with this specific skill, thanks to a chance in their industry or a strategic shift in their overall business.

    To keep a finger on the pulse of these premiums, Foote Partners has been tracking pay data on IT skills since 1999 to see which skills and certifications give the biggest boost at any given time. The Foote Partners quarterly IT Skills and Certification Pay Index report uses data provided by 3,305 private and public-sector employers in 83 U.S. and Canadian cities to track gains and losses in market value and pay premiums for over 1,000 tech skills and certifications.

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  • IT shifts away from ‘Big Bang’ digital transformations

    When Shannon Gath took the technology helm at AMAG Pharmaceuticals just over a year ago, the company was in the midst of an enterprise-wide digital transformation. One of her first actions, along with her commercial business partners, was to pump the brakes on a multimillion-dollar data management and analytics technology investment that was expected to streamline customer data, help the company better understand the customer environment, and lead to new customer offerings. 

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    (Insider Story)

  • Empower your teams with Salesforce's productivity platform — get started for free

    These days, customers are smarter and more connected than ever — meaning their expectations are higher. In order to deliver a customer experience tailored to those needs, companies need to quickly transform the way their teams collaborate and work together. That’s where Quip, a Salesforce company, comes in: a trailblazing communication and productivity platform that empowers teams to stay connected, work more efficiently and innovate at a rapid clip.

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  • IDG Contributor Network: Lessons learned from business transformations that fail to start

    Last week we witnessed two failed transformations. The first was President Trump’s attempts to secure consensus on funding a border wall resulting in him declaring a state of emergency. The second was New York’s attempts to address the backlash against its deal with Amazon resulting in Amazon’s decision to pull out of the deal.

    For the purposes of this article, I ask that you leave your opinions behind these issues aside.

    Both attempts spotlight examples of leaders trying to change people’s mindset and opinions. Both were trying to transform based on their interests and beliefs. Both were controversial with supporters and detractors. Both failed to drive enough consensus and are now forced to explore plan b’s to achieve their objections.

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  • BrandPost: How Zero-Touch Enrollment Streamlines Device Provisioning

    Imagine you had purchased 10,000 phones to roll out to your employees. It may take each employee several hours to configure their devices, enroll in your mobile management system, and install your company’s apps. The rollout could cost you tens of thousands of hours in lost work time.

    Now you can deploy Android devices seamlessly, allowing your employees to use their phones straight out of the box, with Android zero-touch enrollment.

    Fast, easy, and secure

    Zero-touch enrollment removes much of the friction from a large-scale rollout of corporate-owned Android devices. Devices can be configured online and be shipped with enforced management so employees can get started right away when receiving their devices.

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  • BrandPost: Streamlining Government Operations with the Power of AI

    In some industries, the use of artificial intelligence is a fairly new development. That’s not the case when it comes to government. For many years now, the U.S. federal government has made widespread use of AI in defense, intelligence and public safety applications, along with various other applications that improve government accessibility and efficiency.

    Today, many federal agencies, along with growing numbers of state and local entities, are capitalizing on the opportunity to put AI to work to reduce administrative burdens, resolve resource allocation problems, and accelerate complex and time‑consuming tasks. These initiatives make the government more efficient at serving its constituents while freeing employees for higher-value work.

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  • IDG Contributor Network: Tapping into the WeWork Effect with an app?

    Eight short years ago, the words “we” and “work” were innocuous enough. Today, the phrase WeWork can cause a range of emotions including awe, disdain, joy, and, at least for its erstwhile competitors (whose ranks are growing), fear.

    Using what the New York Times called its “…recipe [of] an industrial chic aesthetic, some big common areas with comfy couches, free beer and piped-in pop music,” the company is rapidly moving beyond its co-working roots and is now undeniably transforming the otherwise staid commercial real estate market.

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