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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)

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)

Using Business Process Management and Workflow Automation

Organizations have started to see the value in discovering and harnessing the potential of the typically large amounts of information as well as data they generate and consume on a regular basis, all in ways that help their organizational goals and associated business models perform well and execute even better in the market place. Being able to integrate BPM as a strategic approach and discipline towards the enablement and transformation of a company's less efficient current-state process into a more progressive and efficient future-state of operations fosters an environment where the ability to integrate content with core business processes proves significant in progressively maximizing the value of your operational efficiencies while simultaneously minimizing cost, thereby delivering an overall Return on Investment (ROI) for the organization and its customers. T... (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)

Agile 101: Product Owner - Improved Insight into Customer Needs

In a Scrum-Agile project management environment, the product owner acts as a catalyst of change in the organization, enabling value creation through projects and products. Product owners create the required link between how the business would look like in the future and the current state. The product owner is a key facilitator within the organization in bridging the client and the business community with the Agile development team. Most of what a product owner performs can be defined in the broader sense as: 1) Creating and increasing value for the business, and 2) Eliminating and reducing costs for the business. The product owner is required to identify business needs and determine solutions to business challenges. We can characterize the role description of the product owner as related to the above tasks into several key responsibilities. The product owner needs t... (more)

Data Quality Objectives for Data Quality Providers in the Cloud

There are data quality objectives for everyone. Google indicates that the term "data quality" is used in 135,000 global searches every month. It's not Taylor Swift with 55 million or Microsoft with 101 million.But it represents a fairly decent amount of interest for a rather mundane topic. The term "data quality tools", on the other hand, accounts for only 2,900 searches or 2% of all literal "data quality" searches. If you are a company that provides data quality management solutions, like those that remove duplicate contacts from mailing lists and reformat thousands of records to make them pretty to print on mailing labels, or if you do more heavy lifting work, such as parsing a full name into first and last names or extracting intelligence about a person's role in a company based on business title, then these search figures from Google are not insignificant informat... (more)

CloudSwitch Enterprise - Ready for Business

Today we launched the commercial version of our CloudSwitch Enterprise software at Structure 2010 in San Francisco. We’re ready for business and making our innovative software generally available. It’s an exciting moment for us, but it also reflects the evolution of the cloud industry. Two years ago when we were just designing and envisioning our products, we realized that enterprises would want to use the cloud – it seemed inevitable to us that the cloud would dramatically change the way companies build and scale their applications. However, many early discussions tended to go as follows: “Are you thinking of using cloud computing?” “Um, what’s cloud computing?” What a difference two years make. Not only do we not need to explain what cloud computing is anymore, but we’ve found that most of the companies who participated in our beta program were already planning, t... (more)

A Case for Business Intelligence

Everyone has heard the business maxim: you cannot manage what you cannot measure. No one seems to be given original credit for this quote, but chances are there are many frustrated Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) and Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) that have used it many times trying to get timely and actionable organizational insight. As organizations grow in scope and complexity, aggregating real-time data from numerous systems and converting that data to decision-ready information becomes increasingly challenging. When striving for Business Performance Improvement (BPI), Business Intelligence technology provides the necessary framework to gain the insight needed to lead to better decisions.  Below are five guidelines to identify an effective business intelligence solution to help companies turn data into wisdom by organizing and presenting it in easy to understa... (more)

Quality Assurance: The Most Undervalued Piece of Devops

Software works the way it was designed because of a group of downtrodden, undervalued and unsung heroes. Often dismissively described as testers, these champions of precision can be more accurately termed Quality Assurance. They set the bar high and work hard to ensure that the software you buy is easy to use and efficient. Without their expertise you would encounter a lot of inaccessible, bug-ridden releases. QA is frequently undervalued by software developers. It is often seen as an unnecessary expense - a drain on time and resources. The truth is that finding and fixing bugs is an unrewarding task that demands a great deal of effort for very little palpable return. It's tough to calculate the cost of bugs in your finished product and even tougher to take your eye off spiraling costs and a slipping deadline. It's been 10 years since the U.S. Department of Commerc... (more)

Cloud Computing: From Business Process Outsourcing to BpaaS

Business Process Outsourcing Over the last decade, Business Process Outsourcing has become an enterprise standard way of delegating the non-core processes to third-party service providers, which resulted in cost controls and business efficiency. This BPO industry has further matured by providing innovation to the outsourcing enterprise because specialized BPO providers with subject matter expertise on clients' business vertical and business processes have ultimately enabled the enterprises to achieve their business goals beyond cost-cutting. The following are some of the typical areas in which highly successful BPO implementations have been done: Finance and Accounting Procurement Insurance Utility Services Cloud Business Process Management Cloud-based BPM is the provision of Business Process Management tools as a SaaS/PaaS over the network. These services provide the ... (more)