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Coronavirus: Effective strategies and tools for remote work during a pandemic

Dion Hinchcliffe

Whether or not coronavirus becomes a full outbreak, the trend of working from afar is currently experiencing a major boost as businesses shift to digital channels and more people avoid physical gatherings. Here are key approaches and tools to get the most from remote work

The biggest insights and trends in digital transformation for 2019

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Many organizations have embarked on the journey of digital transformation over the last several years to sustainably reinvent themselves in modern terms. The first crop of lessons learned should now be evident but have been challenging to isolate and capture until recently. It's also clear that those lessons learned have been hard won, so we must build on them. Here's what we know so far

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Seeking strategic niches in the cloud

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While the market and many vendors continue to focus on public cloud infrastructure as the end-all, be-all of the future of computing, other companies are finding selective niches in vital areas that may have even more long term advantage

The evolving role of the CIO and CMO in customer experience

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The CIO and CMO must work more closely together and co-govern key resources today in new ways to address an often outdated and/or too inadequate approach to digital customer experience within most organizations

The digital transformation of learning: Social, informal, self-service, and enjoyable

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Technology has long been used to improve how we learn, but today's digital advances, particularly with social media, have taken learning in powerful new -- and for some -- entirely unexpected directions

How SAP's partner ecosystem is built for long-term growth

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Large software vendors frequently depend on partners for the last mile of customer success. As enterprise applications shift to the cloud and digital transformation is the top game in town, here's how IT giant SAP is wielding one of its most valuable market assets to grow and succeed

The enterprise technologies to watch in 2017

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It was a rebuilding year in a sense, as emerging tech for the enterprise steadily proceeded but didn't result in as many new targets to track as last year. Yet it's also abundantly clear the largest digital shifts by far are still ahead of us. Here's how 2017 is breaking down

Pervasive integration of enterprise systems and data arrives

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Long the most expensive, time-consuming, and fraught activity in IT, the integration of systems and data has seen recent breakthroughs that make it far easier, faster, and less costly to bring systems together in a high quality way. Here's how SAP is changing the art of the possible

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Five emerging technologies for rapid digital transformation

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The enterprise world of technology is finally catching up with the consumer world. Here are some representative examples of new enabling products for faster digital change

What enterprises will focus on for digital transformation in 2018

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Up until this year, organizations could often afford to overlook the bigger picture for various digital upgrades, improvements, and modernization. In 2018, these threads will now become so connected that increasingly holistic digital transformation efforts will focus on more customer and worker-centric models for better organizing how they function to avoid disruption while creating value faster and more effectively

Who controls the marketing tech stack in 2017: The CIO or CMO?

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A funny thing happened along the way to using technology to better connect with the marketplace: The CIO and CMO both decided to have a hand in it. How will they agree and align in 2017 as digital becomes central to the end-to-end customer experience

A new generation of CIO thinking emerges

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As both business leadership and investment in technology grows outside the IT department in a era of large generational technology shifts, CIOs are considering new ways to think about the nature and role of IT

What's really holding back today's CIO from digital transformation?

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A new generation of IT leader has been arriving on the scene, more in-tune with the business, more collaborative, and with better soft skills, but a legacy tangle of tech stands in the way of moving towards the future

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The future of IT: Snapshot of a modern multi-cloud data center

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The death knell of the traditional corporate data center continues apace outside of a few rarified domains as powerful new types of cloud data centers emerge that are designed to help enterprises regain control and flexibility in an operating universe now mostly dominated by large commercial clouds

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Digital workplace update: Why enterprise collaboration is exciting again

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After years of incremental progress, the enterprise collaboration industry is currently seeing a burst of innovation that's led to several new approaches that have real potential to become digital workplace breakthroughs

What's top of mind for the CIO in 2016

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As technology rapidly changes and the push for digital transformation reaches an all-time high, CIOs are increasingly focusing on bringing their entire organizations into the digital future, all while preventing even the smallest hiccup in operations. It's a tall order

How blockchain is likely to transform IT and business

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The technology underpinning the well-known cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, is really the star of the show. Here's why Blockchain will almost certainly lead to a digital transparency and trust revolution near you. Cloud

SAP's platform strategy doubles down on cloud, IoT, AI, and user experience

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A series of strategic communications this month demonstrates that SAP is not just serious about cloud, but is betting the business that it can create the most contemporary, compelling, and capable enterprise cloud platform

So long, app silos: And welcome to the digital workplace hub

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Organizations are finally waking up to the need to foster better integration and improved usability by connecting business applications together into a more collaborative and coherent digital workplace. Now a new twist is emerging

The new digital workplace: How enterprises are preparing for the future of work

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As innovation in computing devices, apps, and potent new techniques for applying them proliferate in the consumer world, companies are struggling to close the gap. Social Enterprise Enterprise 2.0 Unified Comms IT Priorities Enterprise Software Emerging Tech Consumerization Collaboration Innovation

The bar for digital experience is rising in exponential times

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Most companies are still plugging away, digital channel by digital channel, at creating the experiences they think their customers expect. But the game has changed decisively as entirely new customer-facing technologies emerge

The enterprise technologies to watch in 2016

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While enterprise technology has always been somewhat a breed apart from consumer tech, this year we see that consumer tech will definitively set the agenda for businesses like never before in this year's list of tech to watch

How digital collaboration will evolve in 2015

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Providing a usable digital workplace today increasingly means giving access to a wider set of collaboration tools as part of an open adoption approach that''s is more dynamic, user-centric, and strategic. Collaboration

Assessing Salesforce's platform and ecosystem

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The ambitious tech company's cloud offerings have expanded in numerous dimensions over the last few years, from community and analytics to Internet of Things and most recently artificial intelligence. Where will the Salesforce platform and ecosystem ultimately end up taking its customers

The SAP platform and digital transformation

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I had the opportunity to attend SAP TechEd in Barcelona recently in order to assess the software giant's latest enhancements to their platform. In the process, I also gauged its readiness to fully support that urgent IT priority of our time, digital transformation

The growing evidence for social business maturity

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The journey of social software for changing the way we work has been a long and winding one. Now some organizations are going well beyond the basics to capture shared value. Enterprise 2.0

Today's customer experience mandate: Avoid '50 first dates'

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These days, digital channel proliferation is making it more complex than ever to connect with and satisfy customers, whose own expectations of service are growing rapidly. Maintaining a coherent digital experience appears to be an essential element of the solution

Digital collaboration goes deeper, gets lightweight and intelligent

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Two tracks seem to be emerging with today''s enterprise collaboration tools. Either they''re becoming full-sized suites with the kitchen sink, or they''re focusing making a few core features work better than anyone else. CXO Enterprise Software IT Priorities Enterprise 2.0 Social Enterprise

Is the Internet of Things strategic to the enterprise?

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Few are disputing the growth of connected devices of all kinds -- from office equipment to smartdust -- will be historic. But will it be critical to the survival and growth of the enterprise? Big Data Emerging Tech IT Priorities Mobility Networking

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Can we achieve a better, more effective digital workplace?

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As a confluence of new apps and devices steadily flow into the enterprise, they're encountering a growing sense that the digital workplace has become too complex and fragmented to be properly effective. What can organizations do

The digital transformation conversation shifts to how

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The famed technology fair in Germany this week was a major gathering place for the hot topic in business circles, digital transformation. The talk this year was much more on how, than why

The digital transformation conversation shifts to how

Dion Hinchcliffe

The famed technology fair in Germany this week was a major gathering place for the hot topic in business circles, digital transformation. The talk this year was much more on how, than why

A CIO's guide to the future of work

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Today''s digital workplace is constantly inundated with new applications and devices, as tech investment also decentralizes. Top technology leaders are seeking an orderly path to improvement, yet the the way forward remains more turbulent than ever. Fortunately, there are perspectives that can help. Collaboration Consumerization Enterprise Software IT Priorities Mobility Unified Comms Enterprise 2.0

What's the organizing principle of today's digital workplace?

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As companies increasingly seek to update and modernize their digital workplace, along with the supporting skills their workers, they frequently struggle to determine what an effective organizing principle should be

How blockchain is likely to transform IT and business

Dion Hinchcliffe

The technology underpinning the well-known cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, is really the star of the show. Here's why Blockchain will almost certainly lead to a digital transparency and trust revolution near you

Emerging tech is transforming the workplace

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While smart mobile devices, SaaS, and social software ushered in a wave of major change in the workplace, that''s nothing compared to what''s coming. Big Data Cloud Consumerization Hardware Mobility

The advent of the citizen developer

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It's taken decades, but it now appears that new forms of real -- albeit simplified -- software development can be carried out by almost anyone with only a little technical know-how. This is unleashing a new generation of business coder, along with a matching wave of grassroots apps that solve long-neglected problems in the enterprise

The enterprise technologies to watch in 2015

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It's impressive how much the enterprise technology landscape has changed in just a year. While some priorities remain unchanged, important new players have emerged that business and IT leaders must consider in their plans this year

The enterprise technologies to watch in 2015

Dion Hinchcliffe

It's impressive how much the enterprise technology landscape has changed in just a year. While some priorities remain unchanged, important new players have emerged that business and IT leaders must consider in their plans this year. Cloud

2013 predictions for enterprise social media

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As the gap between consumer social media and the enterprise finally seems to be closing a bit, the rise of big data, mobility, and dark social will all have their say this year. Business Intelligence Tech Industry Enterprise 2.0 IT Priorities Enterprise Software Consumerization Collaboration CIO Big Data

How IT leaders are grappling with tech change: Bi-modal and beyond

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What''s old is new again as IT departments try to accelerate the transition to next-gen digital in a historic tide of technology innovation in 2015. Bi-modal IT and other models seem to offer a way forward, but pitfalls abound.

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Businesses have digitized, but not transformed

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The average lifespan of the traditional enterprise is plummeting rapidly, largely due to inability to adapt to today''s fast changing technologies. CXO IT Priorities SAP CEBIT Tech Industry Leadership Social Enterprise

Exploring IBM's vision for enterprise collaboration

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The company that first brought the industry the then-breakthrough technology of groupware in the 1990s is now moving towards cognitive collaboration for differentiation, says IBM's new head of collaboration, Ed Brill, as he grapples with the company's many offerings in the space