Articles in category: Research
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The Mobilisation Opportunity is Bigger Than Ever. Mobile technology is transforming business—way beyond company email on our smartphones. Mobile’s next phase promises new and exciting business opportunities that challenge our notions of what’s possible.(Read Full Article)
Business networks have come a long way since the first EDI messages were sent via telex before being converted into computer data. Today, electronic documents are exchanged securely over the Internet, and many networks have built-in business rules that bring intelligence to the network.(Read Full Article)
SAP introduced a new product based on NetWeaver Cloud for its manufacturing customers aimed at helping them meet and ease compliance obligations.(Read Full Article)
When SAP launches its new products in to the market, it knows they work in the corporate environment – because the company generally starts using its own solutions at least 12 to 18 months before the rest of the market. Oliver Bussman, CIO of SAP, explains that the internal IT department is an integral part of the company’s innovation programme, using the products and feeding back what it’s learnt to the development teams.(Read Full Article)
McKinsey Report Highlights Failure of Large Projects: why it is better to be small, particularly in IT
A recent set of studies published by McKinsey Quarterly provides further evidence that the bigger they are the harder they fall. Given that the McKinsey Quarterly’s audience is predominantly business executives rather than IT professionals, it’s important that CIOs are aware of the findings and have a reasonable response. Large projects not only fail more often they deliver less.
According to the McKinsey/Oxford study half of IT projects with budgets of over $15 million dollars run 45% over budget, are 7% behind schedule and deliver 56% less functionality than predicted. That means that: At least half the time — achieving at least $15 million in benefits, requires spending $59 million Obvious answers to an obvious question The report goes onto suggest four disciplines that McKinsey calls “value assurance” and contains something that CIOs already understand.
The four disciplines include:
- Managing stakeholders rather than budgets and schedules
- Securing critical internal and external talent
- Building effective and aligned teams
- Excelling at core project-management practices, such as short delivery cycles and rigorous quality checks
Each of these ‘value assurance’ disciplines is self evident for large and complex projects. CIOs know that they need to manage stakeholders, get the right people, put ...(Read Full Article)
Gartner has introduced the first and only Mobile Reference Architecture for enterprise IT organizations. The Mobile Reference Architecture is an integrated set of research that helps IT organizations make technology, infrastructure and policy decisions that support their mobile initiatives. The Mobile Reference Architecture will help IT organizations: Accelerate mobile solution deployment; Satisfy a broad set of mobile requirements; Facilitate iterative decision making; Adapt to changing requirements and Increase institutional mobility knowledge.(Read Full Article)
Chief procurement officers play a crucial role in the implementation of sustainability today. Most fundamentally, they need to work out how to translate the organization’s high-level goals on sustainability into concrete buying decisions, without losing their competitive edge on cost.(Read Full Article)
Gartner says that BI and analytics are top tech priorities for businesses in 2012, SAP owns the top revenue spot, and on-premise rollouts still rule.
Like that sprouting teenager who seems to need new clothes and shoes every couple of months, businesses’ interest in BI applications continues to grow at a torrid pace—and, consequently, so too have vendors’ revenues from BI platform, analytic apps and performance management (PM) software.
“The BI, analytics and PM software market was the second-fastest growing sector in the overall worldwide enterprise software market in 2011,” notes the report. Here are four more facts and figures from the report.(Read Full Article)
- Gartner this morning unveiled its list of predictions for the IT sector for 2012 and beyond. If everything they say happens, the IT landscape is going to look a lot different than it does now. For one thing, the weather will be…cloudier. Gartner also expects that the bubble in social networking will burst by 2013, and they see off-shore manufacturing coming back home. (Or at least closer.) (Read Full Article)
- The SAP Research Magazine, published bi-annually, provides the latest updates on current IT trends, research activities and results, and event contributions from SAP Research. This first issue includes a feature article on the Business Web and covers such topics as Future Fleet, Big Iron, Business In Your Pocket (GaRO project), and co-innovation networks. (Read Full Article)
- Learn more about the 2011 Accenture Technology Vision which takes stock of the evolving trends in IT and how they will impact business and society as a whole. For the Accenture Technology Vision 2011, our research team developed some 400 hypotheses based on input from scientists, architects and engineers—from inside and outside of Accenture. Fifty of these were ultimately found to be defensible, and were consolidated into eight trends: > Data takes its rightful place as a platform. > Analytics is driving a discontinuous evolution from business intelligence. > Cloud computing will create more value higher up the stack. > Architecture will shift from server-centric to service-centric. > IT security will respond rapidly, progressively—and in proportion. >Data privacy will adopt a risk-based approach. > Social platforms will emerge as a new source of business intelligence. > User experience is what matters. (Read Full Article)
- Australian CIOs are generally optimistic despite challenging times, according to the first Insights Quarterly report, commissioned by Fujitsu and Microsoft Australia. Surveying 200 Australian CIOs, the report showed that alignment of ICT with business aims remains their primary objective. Many of the CIOs noted that business issues are often stronger drivers than technology issues in the Australian landscape, with business requirements taking precedence over technology. Almost half (46.2 per cent) saw these changing requirements as the most difficult challenge, ahead of protecting and securing the network, optimising and controlling costs, and improving service responsiveness. Virtualisation is shaping up to be the most relevant future technology, nominated by two-thirds of CIOs, followed by integrated enterprise-wide access, with 42.5 per cent saying it was of high interest, highlighting the importance placed on improved access to information. Business intelligence remains an area of significant investment, and while cloud computing was named as one of the most important technologies, it was also regarded as “overhyped”. However cloud remains attractive from the CIOs’ perspective due to its ability to move ICT from capital expenditure to operational expenditure, coupled with flexibility. Other current challenges for CIOs include the trend towards ‘Bring Your Own Device ... (Read Full Article)
- Want to save money on your next SAP consulting engagement? Yosh Eisbart offers his three best-kept secrets that can lead to lower TCO with higher ROI. In this insightful post he suggests: SAP Hosting, SAP Solution Manager & Outsourcing as excellent levers managers can pull to maximise the effectiveness of their ERP system. (Read Full Article)
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