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Intel's leadership crisis hits in midst of reorganization
"Google founders and top Silicon Valley executives would be out of work if Intel's high standards of employee conduct were applied."
8 hours ago
Dataworks Summit – Big Data meets multi-cloud
"At Dataworks Summit Hortonworks pushes a federated, data-anywhere vision."
cloud  platforms  -  infrastructure  and  architecture 
8 hours ago
Epicor Insights 2018: Growth and Expansion
"The Epicor Insights 2018 conference introduced a new CEO and shed light on current Epicor product offerings and where Epicor is headed with its cloud enterprise resource planning (ERP) software, which targets manufacturing and distribution industries in particular."
8 hours ago
Oracle could be feeling cloud transition growing pains
"“Generally speaking, when a company chooses to reduce the amount of financial detail it shares on its key strategic initiatives, that is not a good sign. I think one of the justifications put forward is that is becoming difficult to differentiate between cloud and non-cloud revenues. If that is indeed what Oracle is claiming, I have a hard time buying into that argument. Its competitors are all moving in the opposite direction,” he said."
cloud  amazon  aws  marketshare  microsoft  oracle  synergy  research 
8 hours ago
Beyond Sapphire Now – DSAG on how SAP licensing must evolve
"SAP licensing and indirect access took a back seat at Sapphire Now. But as Andreas Oczko of DSAG explains, this is far from over. In this diginomica exclusive from Orlando, Oczko gave his view on SAP's document pricing announcements - and what needs to happen next."
digital  enterprise  in  the  real  world  transformation  -  frictionless  governing  identity  privacy  and  security 
8 hours ago
You just can't lose... with Chris Boos. Time for an AI reality check
"These are the least self-reliant algorithms in the AI family.
In biology, language was the single differentiating factor that made us as a species outperformed everything else on the planet. We no longer had to go through long cycles of observation as well as trial and error to have only the ones with the right solution to a problem survive. We could simply tell each other “if you see a Tiger, run away” and no evolutionary iteration was needed. This is a huge advantage which machines are completely missing."
8 hours ago
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich resigns over relationship with employee - The Verge
"Krzanich’s immediate resignation was accepted to show “that all employees will respect Intel’s values and adhere to the company’s code of conduct,” according to Intel. Intel’s board of directors has “a robust succession planning process in place and has begun a search for a permanent CEO, including both internal and external candidates.” Krzanich was a decades-long Intel executive and had held the CEO position since May 2013. He first joined the company in 1982. Intel removed his biography from its website this morning."
Oracle’s cloudy “nothing burger” makes Wall Street suspicious
"Oracle turned in positive quarterly and full year numbers, but Wall Street got the vapors about a change in how earnings are reported."
cloud  erp  financials  and  supply  chain  platforms  -  infrastructure  architecture  crm  customer  experience  hcm  the  digital  future  of  work 
The implausible enterprise - an underground podcast with Esteban Kolsky
"In this impromptu/underground recording with the implausible Esteban Kolsky, the guys grab some time as Salesforce Connections to discuss the future of the enterprise. Two Kolsky blog posts are up for consideration, one on his enterprise software priorities, the other on AI misconceptions. Since this taping is at a CX event, the guys also get into the epic problem of delivering a halfway-decent customer experience across channels. Doing their best with Jon's backup recording, Jon also takes the chance to ask Esteban the burning question: why are you such a grouchy *!*. That leads into a discussion of the vital role of the enterprise idealist/curmuedgeon, or, gadfly. At the end of the thirty minute chat, the meaning of the "implausible" Esteban Kolsky is revealed. Producer's note: this had to be taped on the backup of Jon's backup recorder, but hopefully the listening experience was improved decently for you during production. Yes, you can get Busting the Omnichannel on iTunes."
How to ace your software vendor CEO interview
"Years of observation have focused our writer on the factors and actions that spell success for software vendor CEO candidates. Do you have what it takes?"
talent  management 
Blockchain beyond the hype: What is the strategic business value? | McKinsey & Company
"Companies should take the following structured approach in their blockchain strategies:

Identify value by pragmatically and skeptically assessing impact and feasibility at a granular level and focusing on addressing true pain points with specific use cases within select industries.
Capture value by tailoring strategic approaches to blockchain to their market position, with consideration of measures such as ability to shape the ecosystem, establish standards, and address regulatory barriers."
Microsoft Employees Protest Work With ICE, as Tech Industry Mobilizes Over Immigration - The New York Times
" In an open letter posted to Microsoft’s internal message board on Tuesday, more than 100 employees protested the software maker’s work with Immigration and Customs Enforcement and asked the company to stop working with the agency, which has been separating migrant parents and their children at the border with Mexico.

“We believe that Microsoft must take an ethical stand, and put children and families above profits,” said the letter, which was addressed to the chief executive, Satya Nadella. The letter pointed to a $19.4 million contract that Microsoft has with ICE for processing data and artificial intelligence capabilities."
2 days ago
Report: World trending to hit 50% renewables, 11% coal by 2050
"Bloomberg New Energy Finance released a new report this week that estimates how electricity generation will change out to 2050. The clean energy analysis firm estimates that in a mere 33 years, the world will generate almost 50 percent of its electricity from renewable energy, and coal will make up just 11 percent of the total electricity mix."
science  batteries  coal  electricity  energy  solar  wind 
2 days ago
Enterprise hits and misses – retailers get serious about data, agile gets a reckoning
"This week: retailers get serious about data and analytics while Amazon gets called out on privacy. An Agile Manifesto author rails on "faux agile", debate ensues. Your whiffs include the perils of live mics, and the dumbest smart lock in the world."
devops  nosql  and  the  open  source  stack  digital  skills  training  hits  misses  retail  e-commerce  omni-channel 
2 days ago
The Type of Team Diversity You’re Probably Not Paying Attention To | First Round Review
"Goldminz’s version of the model breaks people into three types, each of which views the world through one primary lens: heart, will, or head. “Of course, these types map to basic needs that we all have: to be liked — or heart, to be in control and win — or will, and to be smart — or head,” he says. “But the reason we usually have a dominant one is that, earlier on in life, we’ve relied primarily on one as a coping strategy — not necessarily around trauma, but as a way to make sense of the world.”
2 days ago
Teradata sues SAP, alleges stolen trade secrets and HANA built on its IP | ZDNet
"In its complaint, Teradata outlines how SAP allegedly used its enterprise resource planning position to enter the analytics and data warehousing market. SAP then formed a joint venture in 2008 with Teradata with the aim of combining its ERP with reporting and data warehousing technology.

That joint venture revolved around an effort called the Bridge Project, which aimed to integrate SAP and Teradata's database. Teradata shared trade secrets for the integration as well as access to its database systems for research."
2 days ago
Espousing a “Holistic and Trusted Customer Experience” with SAP C/4HANA
"In this second post on the recent SAP conference, TEC's PJ Jakovljevic discusses the vendor's release of SAP Customer Data Cloud, and how the solution will help companies foster relationships with their customers through better transparency over their customers' personal data."
3 days ago
Practical AI in focus - a chat on customer use cases and AI hype overload with Brian Dennett of Enable AI
"In their second podcast from Sapphire Now 2018, Jon Reed and guest Brian Dennett move on from SAPpy talk to discuss Brian’s startup, Enable AI, and why they are taking a practical approach to AI as augmented intelligence. Brian shares his view on why AI and ML are getting market traction, and the customer problems that Enable AI is tackling. Brian also advises on how companies should get started with “AI,” and why data scientists are not necessarily required. Though this is not an SAP-focused podcast, the guys briefly touch on how customer-focused AI projects tie into a C/4HANA and Leonardo context at one point or another. Yes, you can get Busting the Omnichannel on iTunes."
3 days ago
Salesforce Connections 2018 – inside DoorDash’s plans to transform its customer support with AI
"For DoorDash, great customer support at high volumes is an absolute must. At Salesforce Connections 2018, I got their tips on migrating to Service Cloud, the impact of a 360 customer view, and what lies immediately ahead: Einstein service bots."
crm  and  customer  experience  service  management  e-commerce  machine  intelligence  ai  mobile  use  cases 
3 days ago
Has Agile Programming Lost its Way?
"In his blog post, Jeffries pointed out that “The organization should at least get increased visibility into what’s going on, and that will often lead even the least enlightened management to make better decisions. That’s good, and I’m all for it.” But poor developers end up with less time to code with more pressure and interference — which besides driving experienced developers out the door, also creates more bugs and slower progress. Saying he’s at core a developer, Jeffries writes that “it breaks my heart to see the ideas we wrote about in the Agile Manifesto used to make developers’ lives worse, instead of better."
analysis  top  stories  development 
3 days ago
Things I’d Like to See Go Away – Fake Personalization
My suggestion would be to be different. Don’t try to fake personalization, but show preparation. Provide a good reason why you are reaching out. Acknowledge if it is truly a first contact. Maybe even open with “I’m not gonna pretend we know each other like everyone else does.” Authenticity can go a long way."
go-to-market  e-mail  marketing  automation  personalization  prospecting  sales  effectiveness 
3 days ago
The five things SAP must do next to find success in the cloud
"SAP is at a pivotal juncture in its cloud journey but it must step up its game in five key areas if it's going to make a success of it."
cloud  erp  financials  and  supply  chain  platforms  -  infrastructure  architecture 
3 days ago
SaaS Cloud Subscriptions: When “On-Demand” Really Isn’t - UpperEdge
"More often than not, organizations must contractually commit to multi-year terms requiring upfront payments of fees for each year of the term. As noted before:

Most SaaS cloud subscription agreements don’t reflect a truly on-demand highly flexible model. They are not structured for precision metering of actual consumption. Rather, they look more like traditional, on-premise software contracts, with fixed fees payments for a specified-set of products and committed number of users…. What’s worse, the expected commitments are set in stone for multiple years, with obligations to make upfront payments of the fees associated with each year of the term."
3 days ago
Acumatica lands $25M, plans bigger challenge to SAP, Oracle, other cloud business software rivals – GeekWire
"Acumatica has raised $25 million in a new funding round led by the Accel-KKR private equity firm. With the funding, the Bellevue, Wash-based company plans to boost its headcount in the next year by many as 100 employees, or 40 percent, and escalate its challenge to rivals such as SAP, Oracle, Microsoft, Sage and others in the market for cloud-based enterprise resource management and financial software."
4 days ago
Salesforce Connections 2018 – email marketing falls short without these email deliverability tactics
"One highlight of Salesforce Connections 2018 was a wonderfully practical session on getting email deliverability on pace with today's modern inbox. Beyond the tips, we heard about notable trends that will impact email engagement going forward."
analytics  planning  and  data  analysis  content  marketing  crm  customer  experience  digital 
4 days ago
SAP pivots as the customer turns 2018
"All nice, dramatic and warrior like – but performance art isn’t what makes this interesting nor is “we will not waver or bend” suited to anything less than assaulting a beach during World War II, not a software company announcement. Nor are these statements what was very important about what SAP did. But before I get too far into why this was the right move for SAP, let me frame this a little with history and corrections of history."
featured  posts  technology  software 
4 days ago
Conference Attendee Tips — Illustrated Journaling, Golden Age mysteries, Boat Shows and More
" Download the conference’s app and learn how to use it. Increasingly, this is the only way to know what’s going on, and the best of these apps support your networking goals, plug you into the best parties, offer suggestions on what sessions may be of greatest interest, etc."
trends  &  concepts  best  practices  hr  tech  conference  ksaocs  life  after  hrtech  naomi's  speaking  engagements  travel  vendor  briefings  demos  workday 
5 days ago
Adobe could be the next $10 billion software company
"Even while it was announcing its revenue, rival Salesforce was meeting with Marketing Cloud customers in Chicago at the Salesforce Connections conference, a move that presented an interesting juxtaposition between the two competitors. Both have a similar approach to the marketing side, while Salesforce concentrates on the customer including CRM and service components. Adobe differentiates itself with content, which shows up on the balance sheet as the majority of its revenue."
cloud  earnings  ecommerce  enterprise  adobe  customer  experience  management  marketing  subscription  model 
5 days ago
Enterprise hits and misses – Buyers are changing, Workday is buying, and the Microsoft – Github debate continues
"This week - Another no-vacation-for-you surprise as Workday buys Adaptive Insights. The B2B buyer is changing faster than sales can keep up, and Microsoft's Github acquisition provokes debate - and a big whiff."
content  marketing  hits  and  misses  open  source  the  new  professional  it  as  a  service 
5 days ago
Voice assistants: Moving from party tricks to practical applications
"Alexa and Google Assistant aren't the only game in town (and no I'm not talking about Siri). While they can do many things on your behalf, they can't get into your Bank of America accounts for the time being... but Erica can. Erica is a financial AI assistant designed for BofA customers use their smartphone to manage their personal bank accounts. After activating Erica by tapping on the app, a user can ask her, for example, to lock their debit card after losing it or having it stolen, transfer funds between accounts, and look up past transactions. You can also schedule meetings with specialists at a branch, schedule payments, and even send money to people via Zelle. You can also ask for your past five purchases from Amazon."
5 days ago
Salesforce Connections ’18 – How USA Today put email marketing in their digital fast lane
"When Mark Nylec joined Gannett, the publisher of USA Today, he had two things going for him: a massive subscriber base, and his ability to get the most out of the Salesforce Marketing Cloud. But he also had a boatload of data integrity issues in the way of his digital plans. "
content  marketing  digital  and  enterprise  in  the  real  world  use  cases 
7 days ago
Parts Are Not Parts
"Today, management of the supply chain is harder. Supply chain management is more complex. It requires the oversight of a nonlinear, and often very unpredictable, system. Systems thinking is tough for people with a transactional mindset. And we find many teams within a company are very transactional."
demand  driven  ddmrp  erp  lean  mrp  parts  sourcing  supply  chain  insights  global  summit 
7 days ago
Why Enterprises Are Adopting a Multicloud Strategy
"Lastly, despite the trend towards so-called commoditization, there are differences between clouds that lend themselves to app placement for reasons other than diversification and negotiating leverage. Some clouds are in certain regions whereas others are not. Some have better workflows for certain applications. Just as modern development teams don’t want central IT to tell them to use any database as long as it is Oracle, app teams don’t want to deploy in an environment that is ill-suited to the task at hand."
contributed  top  stories  sponsored 
7 days ago
“We’re playing offense not defense” – a conversation with Aneel Bhusri, CEO Workday
"How is Workday positioning the proposed Adaptive acquisition? Defense or offense? That was my big question to Aneel Bhusri, CEO Workday in an exclusive interview."
analytics  planning  and  data  analysis  financials  talent  management 
7 days ago
Alteryx Offers Gift of Time for Analytical Innovation
"What also remains to be seen is the extent to which native data-prep capabilities coming from the likes of Tableau will sap demand for more Alteryx licenses. Alteryx execs contended that these moves will only seed more demand for its platform. Whether entry-level prep happens in Alteryx or not, I see the company’s expanding analytical and model-deployment capabilities as the company’s bigger opportunity. Prep is something to get out of the way and make repeatable. Analytics is where companies are going to get more bang and business impact for the buck."
7 days ago
GitHub + LinkedIn + Microsoft = #FutureOfWork Grand Central Station
"Beyond being the onramp to Azure, Github in combination with LinkedIn is best positioned to be the Grand Central Station for the gig economy, the bazaar of services, and Microsoft will be able to get a cut for all of these services"
future  of  work  playful  enterprise 
8 days ago
Couchbase CEO on the balancing act of creating an engagement database that caters to all
"Matt Cain has uniquely positioned Couchbase as the ‘engagement database’ to enable digital transformation. But as CEO he is having to finely balance investment priorities."
analytics  planning  and  data  analysis  crm  customer  experience  devops  nosql  the  open  source  stack 
8 days ago
Metrics Provide Clues, Not Answers
"There are a few phrases that bug me. One of those is “if you can’t measure it, it doesn’t matter.” Being an intuitive thinker, I firmly believe there are lots of things that you can’t measure (or at least can’t measure easily) that matter greatly. And, I imagine that many of you, like me can just feel if something is right–you don’t have to measure it."
go-to-market  metrics  performance  management  reviews 
8 days ago
The Two Archetypal Marketing Messages: “Bags Fly Free” and “Soup is Good Food.”
"The simple fact is that some situations call for messaging value and others call for messaging differentiation. Somewhat perversely, the hotter your market, the less you need to message around value. The cooler your market, the less you need to message around differentiation."
marketing  sales  uncategorized  differentiation  messaging  value 
8 days ago
Salesforce Connections 2018 – takeaways from the Salesforce B2B Commerce announcement
"At Salesforce Connections 2018, B2B Commerce was officially announced. I asked Salesforce executives why this announcement matters, and gut checked it with customers. Here's what I learned."
e-commerce  retail  and  the  omni-channel 
8 days ago
The Bad, the Ugly, and the Good: Speeding Through SAP’s SAPPHIRE Show | EAConsult
"SAP needs to stop overselling the ease with which integrating the user experience and business processes in SAP’s cloud suite and its on-prem products can be implemented today. While the potential is definitely there, and in terms of breadth and depth SAP has probably the best in cross-process experiences to offer, there is a ton of work to do getting SAP’s many cloud properties – including the largely non-integrated components that make up C/4 HANA – working together in the seamless way the current positioning implies is now possible. "
8 days ago
Want to be a customer-focused manufacturer? You need these five quality metrics
"Manufacturers run better with metrics. But if your systems are siloed, metrics can't help you. And what data should you be acting on? In the IQMS diginomica debut, Louis Columbus shares five manufacturing metrics that matter."
analytics  planning  and  data  analysis  frictionless  enterprise  iot  robotics  ai  iqms  partner  zone  manufacturing 
10 days ago
A sometimes invisible, always frictionless, smart PA – the grocery store of tomorrow - by @whostu
"Highly-personalised and very smart - the online grocery store of tomorrow is still taking shape with a big ‘to-do’ list."
e-commerce  retail  and  the  omni-channel 
10 days ago
The SAP CRM Story: 18 Years In The Making – Is It Finally Right?
"In short, if they would’ve used this storyline back in the mid-2000s, SAP would’ve likely become a key player and potentially even the leader after the acquisition of Siebel + PeopleSoft. Today? Too late, sorry. The idea that experiences must be designed and managed by the company, the concept of the cloud being optional, their lack of understanding of IoT, BlockChain, and AI other than to call them cool technologies, but more importantly – their outright dismissal of the job the CIO needs to do over the next 2-5 years as they prep the enterprise platform – all these lead me to say, nope. Not ready yet."
10 days ago
Workday acquires Adaptive Insights for $1.55bn on eve of IPO - by @philww
"Workday snaps up Adaptive Insights pre-IPO for $1.55 billion to beef up its financials offering with advanced business planning functionality"
analytics  planning  and  data  analysis  cloud  erp  financials  supply  chain  hcm  the  digital  future  of  work 
11 days ago
Wipro Responds to National Grid’s SAP Implementation Billion Dollar Lawsuit - via @UpperEdge
"National Grid, one of the largest investor-owned power distribution companies, faced a difficult choice in October of 2012. The SAP project that was three years in running and marred by delays and budget overruns was scheduled to go-live on November 5th. Failure to go-live meant a delay of another five months, likely another $50M in additional spending, and a trip back to the rate commission to request adjustments to pay for the overruns."
11 days ago
Adobe: In the weeds, in the zone (part two) - by @pgreenbe
"In part one, I outlined Adobe's Digital Marketing Summit and what makes customer experience, well, experiential. Now, based on all that, I look at "whither Adobe" -- where they are going and what do they need to do."
11 days ago
#SapphireNow and ASUG 2018 podcast - customer views and highlights with ASUG CEO @gscott16
"On the second day of ASUG Annual Conference and Sapphire Now 2018, Jon Reed caught up with ASUG CEO Geoff Scott to get his reactions to SAP's "intelligent enterprise" strategy. Scott shares his view of the conference highlights from an ASUG view. The guys talk about the challenges SAP vowed to address, including the longstanding problem of integration - a challenge heightened with the numerous cloud products. They discuss the role of user groups in project success (or not). Note: due to time limitations the guys do not get into a licensing discussion in this video - however look for more SAP licensing (and indirect licensing) content on, and also"
11 days ago
More Catfished By A Candidate: Why Not Hire Him Anyway? And Answers To Other Burning Questions
"While there was certainly the possibility that he could have been a top performer, at the end of the day, I just couldn’t take that chance. The most unsettling thing to me was the length that he went to in order to craft his story—fake LinkedIn profile, a whole story around why he was leaving the job, fake references."
business  startup  lessons  blog  posts  career  growth  &  advice  company  stage  hiring  leadership  resource  type  role  function  topics 
11 days ago
Workday to Acquire Adaptive Insights - Workday Blog
Workday: "With this incredible team and their industry-leading technology unified with Workday, we will accelerate customers’ finance and business transformations across the organization through a powerful combination of integrated planning and a complete finance suite of products. More specifically, this acquisition will fast-track our financial planning roadmap by 2+ years, delivering customers new, advanced modeling capabilities and more, powered by the Adaptive Insights Business Planning Cloud."
11 days ago
The buyer-seller gap is real - and it’s a big problem for B2B - by @bmosherzinck
"The B2B buying process takes time and involves many stakeholders. It’s a challenging process for sales reps even when they do understand their market intimately. More than understanding the market dynamics and how to speak to customers about it intelligently, it’s that final piece – the perspective – that often falls short for sales reps."
11 days ago
Enterprise Software Priorities for the Next Decade - by @ekolsky
"While most organizations are moving in that direction and we will continue to see movement in that arena, the start of the end for all suites is already evident as shown by the early adopters of three-tier cloud computing models for enterprise software. As the largest and most advanced cloud-based vendors move forward they are making platforms the preferred deployment choice – and with them yielding the death of the suite (some of them, don’t even realize it)."
11 days ago
Provoking the Industry to Move Past Incrementalism - by @lcecere #scm
"Today, we find ourselves in a hype cycle. Instead of pushing innovation forward, I see companies using the term “digital” as a path for IT spending. It becomes a means to finish projects. The focus is on digitization—automating today’s processes—versus rethinking process excellence based on the art of the possible."
market-driven  value  chains  metrics  that  matter  new  technologies  apparel  chemical  digital  transformation  incrementality  jda  oracle  sap 
12 days ago
Oracle’s Cloud Pillars- Helping or Hurting Sales? - via @UpperEdge
"What is striking customers as odd is why Oracle has introduced more product pillars within the SaaS landscape. After all, Oracle has stated multiple times that they took all of their on-premise software and re-wrote the code to work in the cloud. If there were no separate application pillars for on-premise licenses, what is the rationale for introducing multiple pillars within their cloud applications offering?"
12 days ago
ERP Software Facts & Stats—and Lessons Learned - via @pjtec
"Lesson Learned: Become a knowledgeable software buyer to understand where you should invest money and where you shouldn’t. Focus on what is relevant to your business instead of spending money on bells and whistles that you don’t need."
12 days ago
Sapphire Now 2018 in review - podcast with @jonerp and @BrianDennett of Enable AI #sapphirenow
"In Jon’s annual Sapphire Now event review, he has a new guest, Brian Dennett of Enable AI, who was also part of the SAP blogger program coverage. Jon and Brian hash out the messages of the show, including the “intelligent enterprise” messaging and whether the Leonardo aspects actually made sense this year. They discuss Brian’s pick for the sleeper announcement of the show, Master Data Management as a service, and why it matters."
12 days ago
News Analysis - Unit4 releases People Platform Extension Kit - A new way to fit ERP to business needs - by @holgermu
"It’s not often ERP vendors change the game on customization and extension, this press release from Unit4 deserves attention as it does exactly that."
constellation  research  erp  holger  mueller  nextgenapps  nextgenerp  paas  platform  unit4 
12 days ago
Sapphire Now 2018 – SAP CEO Bill McDermott on politics: ‘It’s messy out there’ - by @philww
"At Sapphire Now 2018, SAP CEO Bill McDermott gave us his views on reskilling for AI, bringing GDPR to the US and keeping a cool head about global risk"
analytics  planning  and  data  analysis  cloud  erp  financials  supply  chain  privacy  future  of  work  regulation  sapphirenow18 
12 days ago
Buying GitHub – A very smart move by Microsoft ! - by @vijayasankarv
"The most obvious reason is that this is a good way to get 28 million developers attracted to Azure. It needs to be done with finesse as it will be a disaster if developers feel bad about it and leave in large numbers. Success of a platform is a function of the quality and quantity of developers building stuff on it. Given Satya has pivoted MS to be a cloud company, this is a very smart way to get access to several million developers in one shot."
12 days ago
Sapphire Now 2018 - speed up tech projects, hire people on the autism spectrum - by @madbennett
"According to Anka Wittenberg, SAP Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Autism at Work has been spurred on by some very practical goals. SAP is aware that its workforce needs to reflect the diversity of its customers – within the next 10 years, 350 million people with a disability will enter the workplace – while research has shown that companies which are truly inclusive are six times more likely to be innovative and agile."
13 days ago
The Three I’s of AI – One More Time, With Gusto! – by @ekolsky
"Computers cannot innovate because they lack innovation and imagination. Even if you were to relax the rules and let them use imperfect logic and fill-in missing variables – they still lack the ability to combine to the right amount of intuition with the right amount of imagination to innovate."
13 days ago
So Pigs Do Fly: Microsoft Acquires GitHub - by @sogrady
"But in general, sentiment seems largely positive. Even one time Microsoft critics have acknowledged in the wake of the transaction that the Microsoft of today is a fundamentally different company than the Microsoft of a decade ago. One that is, importantly, generally being projected as a good steward of GitHub the asset. The company that once created a GitHub alternative in CodePlex because it couldn’t internally sanction large scale participation in that external property has become that cliche: they liked the product so much they bought the company."
m&a  announcements  open  source 
13 days ago
Food for Thought When Considering SAP’s New Document-Based Model - UpperEdge
"How does the definition of each document type align with my current and future environments? SAP’s definition for each document type is expansive and could essentially cover a broad range of use scenarios for each business process. Ensuring you have a deep understanding of how each definition applies to the transactions generated in your environment will be critical. Your company may elect to solicit further clarification from SAP as to the scenarios that are generally in-scope and out-of-scope for each definition. This will help mitigate the risk of an unpleasant surprise after the contract is signed.How does the definition of each document type align with my current and future environments? SAP’s definition for each document type is expansive and could essentially cover a broad range of use scenarios for each business process. Ensuring you have a deep understanding of how each definition applies to the transactions generated in your environment will be critical. Your company may elect to solicit further clarification from SAP as to the scenarios that are generally in-scope and out-of-scope for each definition. This will help mitigate the risk of an unpleasant surprise after the contract is signed.
19 days ago
More fun with email filters, from GDPR sanity to smarter enterprise news alerts
"It's Friday and enterprise minds are wandering. How about some fun with GDPR spam and PR embargo absurdity, and how to keep it from your inbox? Plus: illustrated tips on personalizing enterprise news alerts and social link notifications."
content  marketing  digital  skills  and  training  the  new  professional  it  as  a  service 
19 days ago
Why Multicloud Orchestration Is Key to Evolving Enterprise IT
"In order to meet both needs, enterprise IT needs to allow for specialization while presenting a common operational framework. In networking, for example, there will absolutely be workloads that reside in both public and private clouds. And within the public cloud, there will be workloads distributed across multiple providers. Enterprises can take advantage of these pools of resources without fracturing their operations by incorporating an orchestration layer that can stretch across the varying environments."
contributed  top  stories  networking 
19 days ago
As Uber and Tesla struggle with driverless cars, Waymo moves forward
"The last few months have had a lot of bad news for fans of self-driving cars. Last December, after news that Volvo and Ford might not achieve ambitious early goals, Wired wrote that self-driving cars were entering a "trough of disillusionment." Events over the last six months have only deepened that trough."
cars  cruise  self  driving  uber  waymo 
20 days ago
In a post-GDPR world, Fin shows how to flub compliance
"There are many ways in which companies can fail the GDPR sniff test. Here's one example that also includes poor attention to UX detail."
data  privacy  frictionless  enterprise  identity  regulation  use  cases  gdpr 
20 days ago
I hope SAP dreams biggermuch bigger
"It will continue to do ok with that approach. But I hope SAP starts to dream bigger. It has a new cadre of executives, many from its acquisitions, that are ambitious and driven. It has a customer base which has largely stayed loyal in spite of a number of unforced errors SAP has made."
business  featured  posts  enterprise  software  microsoft  oracle  sap  sapphirenow 
20 days ago
Enterprise hits and misses – retail gets a digital report card and AI incrementalism gets a debate
"This week - retail gets a digital transformation checkup and the AI incrementalism debate is joined. Also: are lean, agile, and design thinking useful, or slick selling tools? Your whiffs include a close encounter with my LinkedIn doppelganger."
hits  and  misses  iot  robotics  ai  professional  services  retail  e-commerce  the  omni-channel  user  experience 
21 days ago
Workday’s Bhusri points to Aon milestone as fiscal 2019 gets off to a strong start
"Workday gets fiscal 2019 off to a strong start, but CEO Aneel Bhusri remains pragmatic about progress."
cloud  erp  financials  and  supply  chain  platforms  -  infrastructure  architecture  hcm  the  digital  future  of  work  machine  intelligence  ai 
21 days ago
Salesforce keeps revenue pedal to the metal with another mammoth quarter
"Salesforce just keeps on growing revenue. In another remarkable quarter, the company announced 3.01 billion in revenue for Q1 2019 with no signs of slowing down. That puts the CRM giant on a run rate of over $12 billion with the company’s most optimistic projections suggesting it could go even higher. It’s also the first time they have surpassed $3 billion in revenue for a quarter."
cloud  earnings  enterprise  crm  marc  benioff  revenue  run  rate  salesforce 
21 days ago
“I get to review this before you publish it, right?” A media day botch job we all need to avoid
"In our line of work, there's nothing more awkward than the phrase "Can I review this before publication?" We all need more customer use cases. Here's ten tips to avoid the gotchas - and ensure a great experience for the customer."
content  marketing  digital  and  enterprise  in  the  real  world  media 
24 days ago
Three Ways Machine Learning Is Revolutionizing Zero Trust Security
"Zero Trust Security provides digital businesses with the security strategy they need to keep growing by scaling across each new perimeter and endpoint created as a result of growth. ZTS in the context of Next-Gen Access is built on four main pillars: (1) verify the user, (2) validate their device, (3) limit access and privilege, and (4) learn and adapt. The fourth pillar heavily relies on machine learning to discover risky user behavior and apply for conditional access without impacting user experience by looking for contextual and behavior patterns in access data."
business  featured  posts  technology  software  centrify  enterprise  security  louis  columbus  machine  learning  next-gen  access  zero  trust  zts 
24 days ago
Customer Understanding is Essential for Every Role
"When you say Lean Startup, many immediately think about MVPs-Minimum Viable Products. For developers, that is often the focus. But, as I’ve blogged about before, the essential element of Lean Startup is how those MVPs get created–by getting out and talking to customers and putting them at the center. Design thinking is very similar—using things like empathy maps, customer observation, and more to provide a path to better products."
go-to-market  customer  experience  understanding  design  thinking  lean  startup 
24 days ago
Chasing the puck as HCM evolves – what Workday is seeing
"Are HCM practitioners keeping up with where the technology is headed? I asked Workday's HCM product chief Cristina Goldt for a real-world perspective"
analytics  planning  and  data  analysis  hcm  the  digital  future  of  work  productivity  spend  management  talent  user  experience 
24 days ago
Voices carry, but is business ready for where Alexa will carry us?
"The rise of conversational interfaces in our homes has been meteoric. Now Alexa and company are moving rapidly into the business world, and being integrated -- with mixed results -- with AI and other systems to carry out business tasks. How's that going?"
24 days ago
The inaugural IBM Think AU
"Then another IBM Fellow John Cohn gave us the IBM Research “5-in-5”, a selection of investigations of great potential impact:

“Crypto anchors” which combine tiny crypto-processors with optical sensor arrays to protect the provenance of foodstuffs, pharmaceuticals, security documents and precious metals
Quantum-safe lattice cryptography which can resist the threat of quantum computing on today’s security algorithms
Artificial intelligence and robotics for monitoring the state of marine life and the quality of the oceans
Understanding and avoiding bias in machine learning, especially facial recognition
And quantum computing in general, which IBM holds to be as transformative as digital computing was through the 1960s on, and is advancing with its collaborative “Q-Network”."
26 days ago
GitHub gives us a glimpse into the collaborative future of work
"Code as community is the key for GitHub to be a building block for business, but as it becomes easier and easier to build software, more like assembling components, these integrations will likely grow ever more diverse and important. So, too, will the spirit of transparency that GitHub supports, helping to break down knowledge silos within companies and to ensure that institutional knowledge doesn’t leave when employees move on or change roles."
26 days ago
Media in a post-GDPR world – hint: the zombies still walk the earth
"There have been some strange responses to GDPR. What's next? Quite a few options but the adtech-driven zombie economy will be an early casualty."
26 days ago
OpenStack at a Crossroads
"Competing with hyperscale cloud providers is about more than software, however, and many of the one time commercial drivers of the OpenStack project became disillusioned and pivoted to other markets, faced substantial market headwinds and were acquired, or both. Which is part of the reason that the OpenStack Summit this week was a fraction of its former size. It’s also why some in the industry wonder whether the project is dead."
conferences  &  shows  open  source 
26 days ago
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