Applications

News, trends and insights about applications services, enterprise and cloud apps

2018: Re-platforming the enterprise

In 2018, we’re going to witness the re-platforming of the enterprise so companies can respond to market changes faster, be more productive, and make better-informed decisions. The enterprise will move to common platforms because businesses are demanding a much more agile and stable information platform (than their custom platforms) on which to create and operate. […]

6 technology trends for 2018: Guideposts for digital transformation

‘Tis always the season for continuous innovation. As we look ahead to 2018, we see six big trends feeding the next wave of disruption and productivity. And that means opportunity for the digital enterprise. 1. Re-platforming the enterprise In 2018, companies will move to common IT platforms so they can respond to market changes faster […]

How serverless computing serves the enterprise

Savvy businesses crave rapid iterative development, reduced IT costs, and strategic use of IT staff for creating differentiated services, not for provisioning and managing back-end compute resources. The answer? Serverless computing. Serverless computing, an emerging style of application development, eliminates the complexity of dealing with servers at all levels of the technology stack. It provides […]

Migration considerations for the cloud

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Enterprises are increasingly migrating their applications to public and private clouds. The main differentiator between public and private cloud migrations is in the availability of native migration tools and services that can accelerate migrations. For instance, AWS has a Database Migration Service that can migrate on premise databases to AWS managed data services. With private […]

Making IT an invisible enabler of change

IT and business leaders face the daunting task of not only upgrading workplace technology and modernizing infrastructure, but also overcoming user resistance to new ways of working. To ensure that workplace transformation delivers expected business benefits, organizations must address the “people” aspects of change (culture, behavior, ways of working, user resistance, etc.) and proactively consider […]

X is for xperience

This post is part of a series, “Digital: From A to Z,” that explores what it means to be digital. What’s in your A to Z of digital? Find me on Twitter @Max_Hemingway or leave a comment below. Xperience (ok, I am stretching the bounds here as I am reaching the end of the alphabet – it’s a […]

Putting the customer at the center of your business with Microsoft Dynamics

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Customer expectations are constantly rising. Customers know and understand that companies can collect comprehensive information about their purchasing habits and preferences. In return, they expect companies to use that data to provide personalized offerings and experiences. Businesses that fail to deliver these will find it increasingly hard to compete. What’s holding businesses back? Most businesses […]

Coming soon: a smarter Microsoft Excel

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One of the true office productivity war horses is about to get a smart makeover. Microsoft Excel, the venerable business spreadsheet application used for years in enterprises ranging from sole proprietorships to multinational corporations, soon will be able to take your inputs and go them one better, thanks to machine learning and the internet. As […]

The rise of container orchestration storage standards

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Containers are everywhere and thanks to Docker, CoreOS, and the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), we have container standards pretty much nailed down. When it comes to container orchestration, we have three major contenders, Docker Swarm, Mesosphere, and Kubernetes, with Kubernetes pulling into the lead. But, when it comes to container orchestration storage standards we […]

Five steps to team design success

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“Any organization that designs a system will produce a design whose structure is a copy of the organization’s communication structure.” – Conway’s Law This prescient observation of how software structures tend to follow social structures was made in 1967 and remains essential today when considering team design. In recent years, enterprises have used a microservices […]