Realignment of Business Models

In Altimeter’s latest findings from their 2014 State of Digital Transformation research they continue to find that investing in new digital technologies, such as social, mobile, big data, cloud, etc., doesn’t in of itself equate to “digital transformation.” The realignment of business models is about uniting individual technology efforts around a common vision supported by an updated, integrated infrastructure to effectively compete … Read More

Improving Processes and Innovating

Improving Processes and Innovating Business Process Outsourcing clients want to incorporate data, analytics, cloud and other technologies in a creative mix that will improve their business. Historically, consulting clients wanted to reduce cost and increase efficiency, both of which were satisfactory goals. Today, these customers want consulting partners to help with innovating and improving processes. Automation and efficiency without improvement … Read More

7 Forces Driving Manufacturing Transformation

To meet anticipated future challenges, 68% of manufacturing executives said they expect their firms will undergo significant business process transformation in the next three years. In a joint study between PTC and Oxford Economics they identified the following 7 Forces Driving today’s Manufacturing Transformation. Digitization: Replacing analog product and service information with a fully accurate virtual representation that can be easily leveraged across the … Read More

Stepping out of the Reactive Mindset

With decades old business systems and processes, most business owners and leaders are still struggling to identify how their business can catch up with; and more importantly benefit from, adopting and integrating new technologies. CIOs know that the velocity of change in technology continues to add complexity to their role, function and environments. It affects organizational operations, marketing, sales, customer … Read More

Cloud ERP and SaaS Adoption Continuing to Grow

Moving Beyond the Hype Cycle Gartner’s Chris Pang recently described the advances being made to bring ERP into the cloud in an online webcast. He notes that for small to medium-size organizations, cloud has moved beyond the “hype cycle” and up the “slope of enlightenment.” Speaking at a recent conference, Salesforce.com‘s Peter Coffee put up a provocative slide: The number of … Read More

Industrial Internet Drives Business Transformation

Productivity can be described as the ultimate engine of economic growth. When a manufacturer embraces the Industrial Internet and connects the machines on the plant floor to the Internet via software, valuable data is produced and insights are gained. These machines become part of an intelligent network that can make data actionable and drive predictability, which is key to optimizing … Read More

APIs and Extensibility – Apple’s WWDC

Apple’s WWDC 2014 keynote yesterday was very much a telling sign of the increasingly evolving, connected and mobile world we now live in.    A world dominated by the Internet of Customers.  Where your mobile device is your “remote control” to everything… providing you with access to your data with simple and seamless processes and intuitive design. “Apple engineers platforms, devices and services … Read More

ERP Evaluation

Selecting ERP software that best serves your company does not have to be the stuff of magic or dreams.  It may feel overwhelming to consider all the permutations, but in actuality it simply takes a solid process—consisting of analysis, group input and collaboration, careful planning and preparation, and maybe some consultancy or customization if needed—to identify software that will bring … Read More

Digital Strategy Execution

“One secret to maintaining a thriving business is recognizing when it needs a fundamental change” In the hyper connected Internet of Everything world, the culture of SELLING has shifted to a culture of SERVICING as “Everything-as-a-Service” goes mainstream. According to Social Media Today 83% of B2B marketers invest in social media to increase brand exposure 69% to increase web traffic … Read More

Cloud Computing Is Changing Business

“Cloud computing represents one of those once-in-a-generation shifts that not only changes the way we think about managing information, but also the way we design and run businesses.”  – Joe McKendrick   In an excerpt from a recent Forbes blog post “Gartner’s ERP Market Share Update Shows The Future Of Cloud ERP Is Now” contributor Louis Columbus summarizes his post with the … Read More