Applications

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Oracle modernization has risks, but delaying has more

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I work with a lot of customers looking to modernize their Oracle infrastructure, and it’s not surprising that many feel they’re facing a dilemma. They must choose between two daunting options: upgrade their environment or maintain their current platform. Both options present significant challenges. Most customers are aware of the perils of cloud migration, such […]

4 action steps to prepare your workforce for the future

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What’s the best way to prepare for the workforce of the future? With news of Amazon, JPMorgan Chase, and others investing billions in training, you’d be forgiven for thinking the answer is simply “reskilling the workforce.” And yet, reskilling is only one part of the solution. Creating the workforce of tomorrow requires a holistic approach […]

How experience management helps companies thrive in the ‘experience economy’

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“Poor experiences can demolish even the best strategy.” That’s what Bruce Temkin, Head of Qualtrics XM Institute, told us during “Executive Masterclass: Building Your Experience Management (XM) Roadmap” at a global SAP meeting in Melbourne. I think he’s right… Bruce’s presentation explained how doing experience management well ensures successful outcomes for us, our customers, and […]

Take these steps to reskill your workforce for the Age of Automation

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By Ben Eubanks, Principal Analyst, Lighthouse Research & Advisory The age of automation is radically disrupting work as we know it. By 2022, seventy-five million jobs in 20 economies are expected to disappear, just as 133 million new jobs are created. And by 2030, 375 million workers will need to find new work, as automation […]

The rise of low-code/no-code application development platforms

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“Software is eating the world.” That was the bold proclamation renowned innovator and venture capitalist Marc Andreessen expressed in an article he wrote for the Wall Street Journal. More and more businesses are being run by software, he argued, or are differentiating themselves and disrupting their competitors and industries using the same. Today, that article […]

The systems integrator’s changing role in a microservices world

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By Paul Williams If there is one word that encapsulates what business wants from modern technology, it’s agility. And it is this thirst for agility that has heightened interest in microservices. Microservices, as a service-oriented software development technique, represent an interesting challenge for both system integrators and their clients alike, because they demand a move […]

How do you bundle a cloud native application?

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On servers, we use packages like DEB and RPM to bundle software applications. With the rise of containers, we use Docker and CoreOS rkt to move and “install” our programs. But, now that we’re moving on to cloud native computing, how do you “bundle” a cloud native application? That’s a darn good question. A cloud […]

Four questions to ask when scoping out an AI and ML use case

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While many companies are interested in applying artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to help their businesses transform and innovate, few have an appetite for a lengthy project or a large initial investment.  But when companies can see meaningful value in six to eight weeks, they are more likely to expand their usage of […]

Clouds and containers are not all about what’s new and hot

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This past Spring at London’s OpenInfra Days UK 2019, Mark Shuttleworth, executive chairman at Canonical and creator of Ubuntu Linux, said in a keynote, “I believe OpenStack is important. It’s become trendy to say: ‘I’m skipping OpenStack and going straight to Kubernetes.’ It’s like skipping salad and going straight to steam – they both solve […]

How learning helps organizations build an agile workforce

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While forward-thinking companies are rapidly investing in their technology resources, they’re doing the same for their human resources. That’s because these organizations know that the workforce of the future isn’t made up solely of robots. Instead, the workforce of the future is an “augmented” one, where humans and AI work together to drive greater efficiency, […]