What is the forecast for 2014?
All indications are that 2014 will be remarkably similar to 2013 with a couple of exceptions. ITO markets in Asia and Latin America will show double digit growth. This growth is due to a few multinational corporations expanding into these regions to leverage advantageous economic conditions for producing their particular products and help sustain their own growth. (more…)
Four broadly disruptive trends are converging, and guarantee to bring change and opportunity to the way businesses operate. These trends, collectively called the Nexus of Forces, could even cause a restructuring of the IT industry and alter how our professional and personal lives integrate. The Nexus of Forces refer to four mutually exclusive trends that are intertwined: social media, mobility, cloud computing and information. (more…)
Disruptive innovation is rarely understood, almost never sought after and is difficult to accept. Perhaps most importantly, disruptive innovation upsets the status quo. In the world of technology, the most disturbing aspect of disruptive innovation is that an exciting, ‘game changing’ innovation might occur, and an organization ignores it or fails to recognize it, causing that organization to fall behind and scramble to catch up. (more…)
There are three major trends impacting Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems today.
- The emergence of new business models that require ERP support.
- The broadening interest in cloud computing for ERP systems.
- The growing need to push ERP functionality out to mobile devices.
As the off-shore outsourcing landscape matures, the different attributes and skills required to satisfy all the demands of a complex enterprise may need to be acquired from different countries. It is becoming apparent that one country or one culture may have a certain set of marketable skills, where another country or culture may possess a totally different, but equally marketable, set of skills – making specialization in outsourcing IT a strategic practice. (more…)
On Thursday, July 18, 2013, the City of Detroit filed for bankruptcy. It would be the single largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. With staggering amounts of debt, local government corruption, little rush hour traffic and fully abandoned buildings, it’s hard to imagine a time when Detroit was a thriving city full of innovation, hope and promise.
But the story doesn’t end there. As news travels throughout the nation of this dilapidated city, there’s another side that people rarely talk about, the side of Detroit that’s coming back – this time through innovation in technology. (more…)
Information Technology Outsourcing (ITO) has become an accepted management practice across most companies and throughout all industries. However, ITO is now more complex than ever before as it penetrates deeper into the value chains of companies. This means that standards are being raised in terms of the benefits ITO providers are expected to contribute to their customers’ success. (more…)
Three or four years ago, the question posed in the title of this blog post was seldom, if ever, asked. But, if it was asked, another question usually had to be answered first…what is a cloud? That was a few years ago and things have changed since 2009. Most people have a working understanding of what a cloud is, but they are still struggling with the question: Is putting my ERP system in the cloud right for my business? (more…)
The tallest known tree in the world is a Coast Redwood named Hyperion, located in California’s Redwood National Park. Hyperion is also the name given to a business planning software package from Oracle. (more…)
Now that enterprise cloud services have taken center stage, everyone is talking about cloud security. Along with cost, cloud security is top of mind for most organizations considering a hosted cloud solution. The high profile security breaches over the past few years might explain why CEOs and CIOs are paying such close attention to security. (more…)