Intelligent Apps Are Driving A Smarter Enterprise
Recent years have seen many of us warmly welcome into our homes the likes of Siri, Alexa, and Cortana. While these virtual personal assistants might feel like part of our family, the uptake of such technology and other Artificial Intelligence-infused smart apps has been somewhat slower in the workplace. But things are about to change.
Study Reveals IT Security And Risk Management Need Work At All Companies
A steady stream of high profile cyber security breaches, threats from malware and ransomware makes you wonder whether security is a second class citizen in the world of IT. Computer Economics IT Management and Best Practices 2017/18, an extensive and detailed study (186 pages total) that includes this topic shows some surprising findings that should act as a wake up call to all companies.
Customer-Facing Employees Left Behind In Digital Transformation
Workers who interact with customers or patients as a first point of contact feel they are still being left out of the loop when it comes to an organization’s digital transformation, a report from Microsoft has found. According to Microsoft, there’s a clear opportunity and appetite for technology-based advancements from the staff that are the first point of contact — first-line workers — for any company.
How Agile Adoption Will Improve App Testing
With the vast majority of organizations now viewing enterprise app testing as a crucial strategic pursuit, CIOs and their IT teams believe that the adoption of continuous delivery and agile processes will greatly improve testing, according to a recent survey from Panaya. The resulting “2017 State of Functional Testing Report” reveals that, despite these beliefs, the tech teams surveyed still conduct most testing using manual methods.
Salesforce Rolls Out Data Sharing Platform On Marketing Cloud
Salesforce is rolling out Salesforce Data Studio, a self-service platform on the Marketing Cloud that allows data owners like publishers to directly connect with data buyers. With a collection of tools to facilitate direct sales of consumer data, Data Studio aims to resolve the problems typically associated with third-party data brokers.
Intel And Ericsson Demo 5G Interoperability Across 3.5GHz
Ericsson and Intel have announced completing the first ever 5G multi-vendor end-to-end interoperability development test across the 3.5GHz spectrum band in China, which the nation’s three major carriers plan to use for their 5G deployments. The trials, continuing this week in Beijing, are being led by China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) as part of the first over-the-air interface of interoperability verification.
Amazon Announces AWS Two-Way Text Messaging
Amazon Web Service’s Pinpoint tool is now offering global SMS two-way text messaging. Amazon Pinpoint is designed to let developers send highly targeted push notifications, which in turn helps them stay connected to an audience. With the new two-way texting capability, Pinpoint users can provision both short codes and 10-digit phone numbers to send inbound messages to an SNS topic. .
How Cloud Computing Platforms Fuel Digital Transformation
Many enterprises are turning to cloud computing platforms to accelerate digital transformation strategies. The cloud promises to provide a consistent set of APIs for developers to innovate around. It also makes it easier to reuse enterprise data more efficiently as part of a more modern software development ecosystem
Four Things Marketers Should Know Before Embarking On Digital Transformation
No matter what kind of marketing you’re in this isn’t your father’s sales environment thanks to the seismic impact of social and mobile. “The time for change is now, and companies need to lean into it quite aggressively,” said Olof Schybergson, CEO of design and innovation firm Fjord while speaking on the Bing Stage at a panel called The Digital Transformation of Brands that Adweek organized. Here are four key takeaways from the digital transformation experts.
A Digital Transformation Reporting To Learning Analytics
Learning and development (L&D) organizations are seeing a transformation from traditional learning to digital learning. As a result of this shift, learning leaders need to change how they evaluate the impact of their learning programs. L&D has been successful in showing what happened in training, and now they need to evolve to show stakeholders what happened after training and to use data to predict what will happen with new learning programs.
Chief Data Officer Role Helps Drive Digital Transformation
In this Q&A, SAP’s Kristin McMahon shares why organizations are increasingly creating a chief data officer role, and how CDOs can address the flood of data in an organization. As data floods into organizations, they face increasingly important questions about what to do with it. Data is a resource, and many companies are discovering that they need an executive-level role that deals primarily with the problem and opportunity of data.
Digital Transformation Sometimes Stymied
It is somewhat amazing to have to say it. But even as financial institutions embrace the need to digitally transform their businesses, both in word and pocketbook, they still have a long way to go. One chilling report from Simon-Kuchar and Partners, a large strategy and marketing consultancy, makes this claim: “Four out of five companies globally have made investments in digitalization—investing in digital technologies to change business models and drive topline revenue—in the past three years, yet only one out of four have achieved topline growth as a result.”
SAP Outlines Blockchain Plans For IoT
SAP fleshed out its blockchain plans and outlined a series of partners such as NetApp, Capgemini, HCL Technologies and Deloitte to co-develop systems. The enterprise software giant is aiming to make its Blockchain as a Service (BaaS) platform an integrated part of IoT, manufacturing and digital supply chain products. SAP’s way forward on the effort is to work with co-innovation partners to validate use cases and create business models for blockchain usage
Microsoft Readies New Dynamics 365-Branded HCM Apps
Microsoft introduced its first dedicated HCM application in April, called Dynamics 365 for Talent. That application, which became available for purchase in July, integrates with LinkedIn Recruiter and provides a consolidated HR profile, spanning Office 365 Dynamics 365 and LinkedIn profiles. At the company’s Ignite IT pro conference in Orlando, Microsoft officials announced plans for two additional HCM apps: Dynamics 365 for Talent: Attract and Dynamics 365 for Talent: Onboard.
Google Buys Bitium To Bolster Identity Management In The Cloud
Google has acquired Bitium in an effort to boost its identity management efforts in the cloud, the company announced in a blog post. Bitium was founded five years ago, and provides identity and access management tools like SSO and cloud app provisioning, the post said. While moving to the cloud has brought new levels of productivity and collaboration, the post said, it has also presented some new challenges for businesses.
Microsoft Teams To Replace Skype For Business Client Application
Microsoft Teams is growing up fast. The chat-based group collaboration app that was released in March 2017 will soon replace the Skype of Business client, Microsoft announced during its Ignite conference. Skype for Business, itself a successor to Lync, is Microsoft’s unified communications software platform for enterprises.
Microsoft Improves Cloud Visibility In Upgraded Azure Monitor
IT resource management inevitably becomes more complex and in some cases more opaque as businesses entrust more of their workloads to the cloud. To remedy this for its customers, Microsoft unveiled new cloud monitoring and analytics features in the Azure Monitor toolkit during its Ignite conference that help users decipher events in their logs with more clarity and get to the bottom of technical issues faster.
Oracle Introduces Live Experience Cloud For Customer Engagement
Oracle is rolling out the Oracle Live Experience Cloud, a new service that should make it easier for enterprises to engage with their customers in real-time. The Live Experience Cloud, largely designed with mobile interactions in mind, can be integrated into web and mobile apps, and it can help modernize a company’s existing call center and CRM tools.
BYOD Policies Challenge Health IT Infrastructure, Data Security
Bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies are becoming more common but healthcare organizations struggle with BYOD policies and how to make sure data is secure on devices they don’t own. A recent Spok study polled over 350 healthcare leaders to understand current BYOD trends and what challenges organizations when it comes to BYOD. .
Voice, Mobile And E-Commerce To Drive Healthy Holiday Shopping Season
Nearly 75 percent of consumers say they plan to do the majority of their holiday shopping in physical stores, according to a new survey emailed to Retail Dive of more than 1,000 U.S. consumers from global business-advisory firm AlixPartners, which is forecasting a potential increase in U.S. holiday sales of between 3.5 percent to 4.4 percent. Some 71 percent of consumers say they plan to do half or more of their holiday shopping in stores and the vast majority (88 percent) plan on at least visiting stores this season, Alix found.