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    1. Managing the Network for Digital Transformation

      Digital transformation (DT) is an extinction-level event for enterprises — it’s “go digital or die” — so your network must be DT-capable. On average, companies that embrace DT can expect to increase annual revenues by 2.9% and reduce costs by 3.6%. That’s game changing, but companies that go all in are likely to forecast “both revenue gains of more than 30% and cost reduction of more than 30% at the same time.”

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    2. The Evolution and Maturation of HPC in the Enterprise

      The convergence of high performance computing (HPC) and big data has been under way for years. As I noted in an earlier blog, HPC and big data grew up in different worlds and are now coming together—due to necessity. People using HPC applications often work with big data, and people working with big data often need the processing power of HPC systems. This convergence is giving rise to the era of high performance data analytics (HPDA) in the enterprise.

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    3. Taking Control of Cloud ERP

      Today’s maturing and evolving Cloud ERP solutions allow organizations to streamline their financial operations and business processes — with employees able to access and support the organization from anywhere, at any time. Easy access, however, also means increased risk. Unfortunately, many companies struggle to strike a good balance between business enablement and security protections, and proceed without a clear direction.

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    4. Every Company Must Behave Like a Software Company — Including Yours

      In technology, we get used to the idea that change is coming at us all the time, faster and faster. Or at least, we should get used to that idea, and even more important, we should prepare ourselves, our teams and our entire organizations for that rapid pace of change. Now that digital technology drives everything, every company, nonprofit, university and government agency that wants to stay relevant must become really good at developing and delivering software quickly, with great agility. That need is what's driving adoption of DevOps principles and practices.

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    5. Is Your ERP Solution Helping or Hurting your Business? 5 Warning Signs That It’s Floundering

      Food and beverage manufacturers are facing tougher challenges than ever before. Massive food recalls have led to an unquenchable demand for greater inventory traceability, visibility and precision in the global food supply chain. It’s easy to become overwhelmed by customer requirements and government regulations while continuing to minimize costs and maximize profitability.

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    6. Our Continuously Connected Lives: What’s Your ‘App’-titude?

      With the continued evolution of IoT devices and the rapid pace of software innovation, everyone needs to change their ‘app’-titude around security. One of the most important themes for National Cyber Security Awareness aims to bring security to front of mind for both application developers and security practitioners who need to be more consistent with updates and patches. As business leaders, you are not only modeling best security practices for end users, but you also need to demand that developers change their attitudes about application security.

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    7. A More Flexible Approach to App Containerization

      Mobile management has undergone a significant evolution from the era of strict enterprise-owned devices to the world of BYOD and beyond. The transition hasn’t always been smooth for enterprise IT, but the bright side is that organizations now have significantly better options for both empowering the user base with mobile access while maintaining high levels of security needed to protect sensitive data. The most significant advancement may be the introduction of flexible approaches to containerization. Containers are used to create an authenticated and encrypted area of an employee's device that separates sensitive corporate information from the owner's ...

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    8. High-Tech Manufacturing: Next-Gen Plants for Next-Gen Workers

      When it comes to recruitment, the U.S. manufacturing industry has taken a multi-decade hit. High school and college institutions have reduced the emphasis on skills-based education and public perception has been tarnished by recessions and layoffs—not to mention the inaccurate perception that manufacturing is outdated, dirty, repetitive work. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Today’s manufacturing plant floor is a vibrant network of people, materials, and high-tech equipment that moves with precision and efficiency. MFC Netform Corporation, maker of cold-formed metal components used for powertrains in automotive and agriculture, is a perfect example. 

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    9. Manufacturers Cut Costs to Grow Their Business: 3 Must-Do Steps to Success

      Squeezing every dime out of operations in the name of optimal efficiency is a key strategy for today’s manufacturers. But running a bare-bones business makes it difficult to handle the increased demand that comes with growth. So how can manufacturers continue to cut costs without inhibiting their infrastructure’s ability to expand and grow? These companies have manufacturing with cloud ERP and they’re counting those dimes as they secure a favorable position for growth:

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    10. Is Digital Labor Working for You?

      The opportunity of digital labor, or the automation of labor and tasks by leveraging digital technologies, appears boundless, according to KPMG’s The Creative CIO’s Agenda: Six big bets for digital transformation. The reason? A historic coupling of the availability of powerful but cheap processing power on demand, combined with advances in artificial intelligence, natural language processing, and exponential growth of data.

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    11. For the New CIO: Tackling the Tough Challenges on the Digital Business Journey

      The role of a new CIO is no walk in the park. The digital revolution is in full swing with no signs of slowing down, and no organization is immune from the impact of disruption, be it technologies, products, services or business models. As a result, the pressure is on for IT leaders — smoothly running cost-effective IT development and operations shops is not enough.

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    12. Like Everything Else, IT Service Contracts Ripe for Disruption

      The world of IT is changing at lightning speed, thanks to digital transformation, cloud adoption, issues of cybersecurity and shifts in customer expectations. As a result, many organizations have found that their third-party contracts are out of date and need to change: Contracts that are still based on the sale of uptime and break/fix, for example, need to be reimagined as business solution purchases.

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    13. The DX Economy: Transform or Perish

      Most of today’s IT and business conversations include references to big data, analytics, mobility, Internet of Things, social media, security, and cloud—and while they all play increasingly critical roles in the evolution of business, the bottom line is all about going digital. Digital transformation, what IDC calls DX, will determine the winners and losers.

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    14. BrandPost: Risk = Likelihood x Impact

      For businesses, technology risk is governed by one equation:

      Risk = Likelihood x Impact

      This means that the total amount of risk exposure is the probability of an unfortunate event occurring, multiplied by the potential impact or damage incurred by the event. You can’t eliminate technology risk altogether. But with the right plan, specialized expertise, 24/7 automation, and a commitment to long term success, you can minimize it. The math is simple.

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    15. The Future of Networking is in the Cloud.

      By the year 2020 IDC expects more than 60 percent of all IT spending will be on cloud-based services. Given that, it’s pretty clear that the network of tomorrow is going to be largely cloud-based. As with all things IT, it’ll be a gradual evolution. This post, offers four tips on how to gradually and effectively migrate aging IT infrastructure and applications to the cloud.

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