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Technology integration is complex and an evergreen business challenge for IT teams. Enterprises setup manual & point to point connections to exchange data from business partners. However, data disruptions emerge when the business IT systems expand and prevents organizations from sharing data with partners. Information exchange with this approach requires more resources and manpower is required. For such scenarios, information solution experts recommend to use the B2B data exchange tool to support the Electronic Data Interchange. However, enterprises are struck in a dilemma to go for an in house or a b2b solution. This blog will help you in deciding whether to develop an in-house solution or a dedicated information solution What the Information Solutions Experts Recommend Organizations generally opt for a B2B data exchange tool considering a request from partners, rat... (more)

Issues Facing Businesses in An Accountant’s Perspective

International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) After the Enron debacle, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) assumed a leadership role in the rush toward an international set of accounting standards (IFRS). The long and proud independent standard setting process in the United States of America is being phased out in favor of an international standard setting process with an international governing body, the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB). So what’s the big deal? Confusing Standards? So will we have a single, simple, principles-based global set of accounting standards? Not so fast, my friend! Initially, public companies will be required to convert to IFRS while private US companies could choose to adopt IFRS for small- and mid-sized entities or could, along with not-for-profit organizations, continue to report under g... (more)

A Glimpse into the Future of BI - Through the Israeli Market

A few months ago, I wrote an article about the relationships between business intelligence platform vendors and their distribution networks, and where these relationships are headed. The key message in that article was that Value-Added Resellers (VARs) must understand that self-service business intelligence is where the market is headed – and adjust their business models accordingly. A company selling BI solutions based on another company’s BI platform will need to provide real added value to the customer in order to stay in business. In the not-too-distant future, this value will almost certainly come from industry-specific professional knowledge and experience (as opposed to purely technical expertise). More and more potential customers will no longer accept lengthy projects and, with the new software and technologies now emerging, it is no longer justifiable. W... (more)

Part 1 | Understanding the Impact of IT on Business

Part 1 - of a two part series looking at the journey enterprise IT departments take as they increasingly seek to understand the relationships and impact of IT infrastructure performance on application performance and business services. As a product manager at Netuitive, I'm often put in a position to explain how my product works. This question usually refers not just to the nuts and bolts of the technology, but also to the more specific question: "How do I make it work?" To get to the heart of the answer, you need to understand the underpinnings of today's monitoring solutions and why most of them don't represent a complete solution. To help illustrate this, I'll look at the problem from the perspective of Fred, an operations manager for "Acmecorp." Fred is responsible for keeping Acmecorp's key E-Commerce platform, BuyThis.com, up and performing under stringent 2... (more)

The Odd Couple: Marrying Agile and Waterfall

This article depicts the best practice approach for integrating Agile approaches and specifically Scrum development with traditional overarching linear approaches, specifically waterfall methodology. The agile PMO, properly defined, can be positioned to secure Agile-Scrum benefits while maintaining the necessary overarching control. The challenge Over the last two decades, various Agile approaches have been introduced and practiced. Of these, in last 5 to 7 years, Scrum has gained the most popularity resulting from a combination of simplicity, ease of use, and effective public relations. Scrum success in software development organizations has been a powerful driver for roll outs across products, industries and businesses. As described, this was exacerbated by a focused marketing effort from Scrum evangelists. Unfortunately, most of these organizations were not stru... (more)

The Agile PMO

Tom Jenkins, the newly appointed PMO manager convened his team. Xavier, Paula and Xing were eager to start work. Tom explained that the PMO rollout is a change process. He gave his team assignments around stakeholder analysis, mapping of communication requirements, and creation of the PMO newsletter. While the team was somewhat puzzled with these activities they moved to fulfill them. Working with the stakeholders, the team captured many complaints pertaining to the current way of work and gathered numerous requests for improvements. Eagerly awaiting their next meeting, which was held virtually through a videoconference, they prepared a list of proposed improvements. Xavier proposed to commence work on the work breakdown structure and the software development lifecycle. Paula suggested to update the risk register template and to implement a new tool for project sc... (more)

Agile 101 - Three Practical Guidelines for Business Decisions

In order to create the combination between top-down problem-decisions (waterfall like approaches)and local problem-decisions (Agile project approach) here are practical guidelines to pursue Three practical complex decision-problems guidelines: Simple local rules Strategic top down rules Visual problem view We describe in detail, each practical guideline, below. Simple local rules This cannot be overstated. Local rules must be easy to follow. Whether these are rules for: a machine operator, traveling salesperson, a project coordinator, or you packing your bags. The local decision rules are the ones mostly used, they must be easy to follow, understandable, and unequivocal. Consider the warehouse forklift operator who is re- stocking raw material. If she needs to follow a complex decision protocol for placing newly arrived material in the warehouse, it would result in c... (more)

How Cloud Powers Business Agility By @Infor | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

Make Change Your Friend: How Cloud Powers Business Agility While change definitely can bring unprecedented opportunity to drive topline revenue and improved efficiency, it can also bring obstruction and more challenges for core business operations and infrastructure if not dealt with properly. More specifically, change can come in many different ways such as expansion into new countries, new and enhanced product lines, a merger or acquisition, different customers and even new suppliers and distributors. All of these changes can provide vast opportunities for growth, but only if a business is ready to get the most out of them. In order to be successful, change can no longer be a foe. Make it your friend. In order to reach that next level of success you need to not only be able to seize current market opportunities without hesitation, but also be able to execute well ... (more)

Quantified Small Business | @ThingsExpo #IoT #M2M #BigData #InternetOfThings

The Emergence of the Quantified Small Business Sensors and effectors of IoT are solving problems in new ways, but small businesses have been slow to join the quantified world. They'll need information from IoT using applications as varied as the businesses themselves. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Roger Meike, Distinguished Engineer, Director of Technology Innovation at Intuit, showed how IoT manufacturers can use open standards, public APIs and custom apps to enable the Quantified Small Business. He used a Raspberry Pi to connect sensors to web services, and cloud integration to connect accounting and data, providing a Bluetooth LE workflow, iBeacon-based time tracking, and sensor-driven invoices. The quantified small business will not only be possible; it will be the norm. Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here Speaker Bio Roger Meike is a Distinguished Engineer and Direc... (more)

Harness Tribal Knowledge for Proper IT Automation By @YannGuernion | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps

Harness Tribal Knowledge for Proper IT Automation By Yann Guernion Since the beginning of time we have passed on knowledge by word of mouth, from generation to generation. Tribal knowledge is not written down and relies heavily on the memory and the availability of the person passing it on. Unfortunately tribal knowledge - defined as unwritten information that is not commonly known by others - is still in use in many organizations including IT Operations, and more specifically for workload automation. Workflow descriptions, script configuration, error paths, restart instructions, performance tips...much of this knowledge is still passed on by word of mouth. With the volume of critical processes is increasing, tribal knowledge can be a challenging roadblock in our journeys towards digital transformation. It is often difficult to reverse engineer and operations staff... (more)

Cloud Computing Leading "Disruptive Transformation"

Early Bird for Cloud Expo Santa Clara! "At the Cloud Computing Expo one can definitely sense that the IT industry is undergoing a disruptive evolutionary transformation, and that innovative and transformative energy is building up beneath the cap of standardization, governance, regulatory compliance, risk, and security." So writes Ray DePena, a former IBMer and now editor of Competitive Business Innovation Journal. Register Today and Save $550 ! Explore Sponsorship Opportunities ! Ray's report focused on the business-leading aspect of certain presentations at Cloud Expo, and called for more of these. "The industry should seek to simplify its message further to facilitate an even faster rate of adoption," he writes. "(At Cloud Expo), a good example of a business focused track would be the billing technical breakout session led by Tien Tzuo, previously with Salesforc... (more)