No modern enterprise stands alone; each is dependent upon a network of
trading partners to remain competitive in today's global marketplace. But
in most cases, the lack of business to business (B2B) integration is holding
back efforts to evolve into a true digital business.
A high-performing supply chain is essentially a dynamic digital network, and
every link in the supply chain is vital for business. But, remarkably, "over
50 percent of the information exchanged among business partners is still done
so manually - not automatically - via email, phone calls and faxes."1
Many enterprises are stymied by silos of data, complex linear processes and
disparate application landscapes. Moreover, each enterprise is reliant on its
own unique set of applications, further exacerbating the struggle to exchange
key information with partners.
B2B integration maturity
Advancing B2B... (more)
Emerging IoT Markets - MSPs, Take Notice
Managed IT services wasn't even a phrase until the early 2000s and, today,
there are over 75,000 IT service providers in North America alone. By 2020,
there are going to be 50 billion connected devices, and managed IT services
might cease to be a phrase again. Unless the MPSs adapt to the new, connected
world, we are going to see diminishing returns in that space.
In his session at @ThingsExpo, Kirill Bensonoff, CEO of Unigma, will discuss
the different opportunities IoT will create for MSPs and IT service providers
- from on-site service... (more)
Why Proper Incident Management Is Key to Proper IT Management
Mitigating downtime requires good workflows, human response and - most
importantly - proper alarms to alert relevant individuals when things go
wrong. Proper incident notification is crucial to effect management of IT
Proper IT management requires proper incident management. Otherwise, you
court Murphy's law at your peril. In the IT world, if a server can fail, a
cache overload or traffic overload the network - it will. And the
consequences are significant.
Many IT organizations face database, hardware, and ... (more)
It should come as no surprise that more and more organizations are focused on
meeting customer service expectations, guaranteeing end-to-end business
process delivery and modernizing their IT infrastructures. But what does
this mean for IT operations teams?
If we approach this question using an iceburg analogy, the tip would probably
be an easy observation, such as “IT operations needs to adopt a
business-centric way of thinking.” But dealing with all the change that
needs to occur beneath the surface of this statement is what can sink or
float an organization. IT operations te... (more)
Apple polished its reputation as a contrarian Tuesday when the news broke
because of an SEC filing that it had hired Adobe's CTO Kevin Lynch to be VP
of technology and reportedly coordinate its hardware and software teams.
Adobe confirmed his departure effective Friday, March 22.
He will report to SVP Bob Mansfield, Apple's core hardware maven, who leads
Apple's Technologies Group, which includes its wireless and semiconductor
interests. Provocatively Mansfield is scheduled to retire from Apple for the
second time next year.
Lynch, a Macromedia legacy, violently backed Mobile Fla... (more)
Erich Flynn, CEO, TreeHouse Interactive
You have spent weeks researching your markets, building competitive
taxonomies and calling together disparate company stakeholders to get your
positioning statement complete. Now what? This is a really good question.
Just to refresh, the objective of positioning is to find a perception you
want to create in your target customer’s mind—one that addresses customer
issues and enables you to focus on the highly desired and highly competitive
features of your product relative to your competitors products in your target
market (see How to Create ... (more)