BrandPost: 5 Ways To Fund Innovation On A Budget

By Ellis Booker

Pity the IT leader having to listen to yet another management mandate about the importance of “innovation.” We get it: innovation is differentiating, strategic, vital. Those who don’t try to create the future, particularly with emerging digital technologies, risk being left in the dust by those who do. That’s why it’s vitally important to carve out resources to explore, experiment and ask big questions.

According to The CIO Agenda: Driving Value from Transformation, a report published earlier this year by The Hackett Group, enterprise digital transformation was the top IT priority after cybersecurity, which took the No. 1 spot. The report found there were more digital transformation projects underway than any other type, and that “74% of respondents expect digital transformation to disrupt their industry and change the competitive landscape, while 82% expect it to fundamentally change the operating model of their business.”

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By Ellis Booker

Pity the IT leader having to listen to yet another management mandate about the importance of “innovation.” We get it: innovation is differentiating, strategic, vital. Those who don’t try to create the future, particularly with emerging digital technologies, risk being left in the dust by those who do. That’s why it’s vitally important to carve out resources to explore, experiment and ask big questions.

According to The CIO Agenda: Driving Value from Transformation, a report published earlier this year by The Hackett Group, enterprise digital transformation was the top IT priority after cybersecurity, which took the No. 1 spot. The report found there were more digital transformation projects underway than any other type, and that “74% of respondents expect digital transformation to disrupt their industry and change the competitive landscape, while 82% expect it to fundamentally change the operating model of their business.”

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BrandPost: Modern Development, Part 2: Five Pillars for Transformative Success

In Part 1 of this two-part series, we discussed KPMG’s holistic approach to modern software development and delivery that has evolved to help both CIOs and the broader enterprise understand the complex interactions required to successfully achieve transformative outcomes.

An integrated approach to product and service development, across the customer value stream, is essential — as today’s digital operating models include significant ripple effects throughout the technology environment that must be addressed. According to Steve Bates, Principal at KPMG, as companies mature on their transformation journey, there are critical building blocks and sequencing that they can’t ignore. “To achieve agility at scale, you can’t do it in functional silos, or bits and pieces,” he says. “We’ve seen the failure of agile programs over the past few years, because companies lacked the executive sponsorship and commitment to change the culture, didn’t use a thoughtful, phased approach or treated it as an IT project and missed all of the other interdependencies when trying to scale it.”

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In Part 1 of this two-part series, we discussed KPMG’s holistic approach to modern software development and delivery that has evolved to help both CIOs and the broader enterprise understand the complex interactions required to successfully achieve transformative outcomes.

An integrated approach to product and service development, across the customer value stream, is essential — as today’s digital operating models include significant ripple effects throughout the technology environment that must be addressed. According to Steve Bates, Principal at KPMG, as companies mature on their transformation journey, there are critical building blocks and sequencing that they can’t ignore. “To achieve agility at scale, you can’t do it in functional silos, or bits and pieces,” he says. “We’ve seen the failure of agile programs over the past few years, because companies lacked the executive sponsorship and commitment to change the culture, didn’t use a thoughtful, phased approach or treated it as an IT project and missed all of the other interdependencies when trying to scale it.”

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BrandPost: How Intelligent IT Inspires A Digital Future

How Intelligent IT Inspires A Digital FutureSummary: Organisations want both leading technology and greater efficiency. Here is how intelligent IT solutions are able to deliver both.In the bustling Chinese city of Shenzhen, improving the safety and …

How Intelligent IT Inspires A Digital Future

Summary: Organisations want both leading technology and greater efficiency. Here is how intelligent IT solutions are able to deliver both.

In the bustling Chinese city of Shenzhen, improving the safety and flow of traffic had become a priority to the overall health of the city, and only a technology solution was going to be able to solve the problem. The Shenzhen Traffic Police turned to big data, AI, and Huawei to find the appropriate IT solutions.

The Police worked with Huawei to leverage a big data platform, comprised of a data resource pool and deep learning, to improve the visibility that the city has over traffic flow and to allow for adaptive control of traffic lights. The result has been dramatic, with an increased road capacity of eight per cent. Additionally, AI built over the top has increased the image recognition rate 10-fold, which has improved traffic violation processing. Now, the people of Shenzhen get around more easily and safely than ever before.

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BrandPost: Building The Smartest Cities Of The Future

Cities are becoming more complex and densely populated. Understanding the movement and behaviour of people within the modern city, and the way that ongoing development will impact on existing residents, businesses and infrastructure, is important in maintaining the health of these cities.

Urbanisation is a clear global trend. The United Nations predicts the percentage of people living in urban areas will increase from 55 per cent at the moment to 68 per cent in 2050 [1]. This influx of people into urban areas is already concerning governments around the world. That is why they have been exploring the practicality, potential, and, in some cases, reality of a “smart city” – a city that leverages technology and real-time data analytics to deliver maximum efficiencies across all infrastructure.

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Cities are becoming more complex and densely populated. Understanding the movement and behaviour of people within the modern city, and the way that ongoing development will impact on existing residents, businesses and infrastructure, is important in maintaining the health of these cities.

Urbanisation is a clear global trend. The United Nations predicts the percentage of people living in urban areas will increase from 55 per cent at the moment to 68 per cent in 2050 [1]. This influx of people into urban areas is already concerning governments around the world. That is why they have been exploring the practicality, potential, and, in some cases, reality of a “smart city” – a city that leverages technology and real-time data analytics to deliver maximum efficiencies across all infrastructure.

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BrandPost: How to Control Potential Cloud Chaos: Five Tips for Holistic SaaS Management

From SMBs to large enterprises, across medicine, agriculture, education and banking – our society and economy is being transformed by computing technology. As a result, major players are hedging their bets on developers being the future of innovation. Microsoft recently announced its acquisition of Github for $7.5 billion, while Google, IBM, Salesforce and others in the cloud marketplace are competing to lure software engineers to use their cloud tools and services.

As a global technology startup comprised of over 700 developers, Andela relies on cloud tools like Slack, Trello and Github, among others, to power our work. With employees in Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda and the U.S., SaaS products allow us to collaborate across continents and help us streamline workflows and business processes across the organization. That’s why SaaS tools have become increasingly integral to all functions, not just the IT department — in the past eight years, non-engineering SaaS spend has risen from about 10% in 2010 to over 80% today.

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From SMBs to large enterprises, across medicine, agriculture, education and banking – our society and economy is being transformed by computing technology. As a result, major players are hedging their bets on developers being the future of innovation. Microsoft recently announced its acquisition of Github for $7.5 billion, while Google, IBM, Salesforce and others in the cloud marketplace are competing to lure software engineers to use their cloud tools and services.

As a global technology startup comprised of over 700 developers, Andela relies on cloud tools like Slack, Trello and Github, among others, to power our work. With employees in Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda and the U.S., SaaS products allow us to collaborate across continents and help us streamline workflows and business processes across the organization. That’s why SaaS tools have become increasingly integral to all functions, not just the IT department -- in the past eight years, non-engineering SaaS spend has risen from about 10% in 2010 to over 80% today.

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BrandPost: How banks are looking to their foundations to take digital leadership

Banks and other financial services institutions are embarking on massively complex, multi-year transformation projects, and then leveraging those platforms to provide technology-driven, value-adding services to consumers.For example, a 2018 IDC stud…

Banks and other financial services institutions are embarking on massively complex, multi-year transformation projects, and then leveraging those platforms to provide technology-driven, value-adding services to consumers.

For example, a 2018 IDC study found that mainland China now stands as the most digitally ready region with regards to financial services. This highlights an appetite to invest in digital transformation projects and applies right through to the largest banks in the market. ICBC, for instance, is the largest bank in the world by volume of assets, and it saw the need for a transformation exercise of its own so that it could leverage new and upcoming technologies, including big data, AI, blockchain, the Internet of Things and cloud computing.

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BrandPost: Extracting Value from SaaS with Data Centric Architecture

Today, organizations can do more with their data than ever before. Advances in networking over the past decade and the evolution of storage and compute over the last several years have unlocked an entirely new universe of possibilities and outcomes. But new, unique challenges have emerged alongside these opportunities. Organizations require a means of simplification and holistic insight to build a truly strategic infrastructure. For many, that journey begins with having Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) at the heart of their IT strategy.

It’s been an interesting journey throughout history when it comes to innovation. When Henry Ford pioneered the assembly line in 1913, the result was previously unattainable personal freedom for the average consumer – and an extra weekend day– all because human beings made it easier to build a car. A little over 100 years later, we’re building cars that drive themselves. Today’s tech has the potential to propel a truly unprecedented level of achievement both for business and humanity. Software is the vehicle and data is the oil.

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Today, organizations can do more with their data than ever before. Advances in networking over the past decade and the evolution of storage and compute over the last several years have unlocked an entirely new universe of possibilities and outcomes. But new, unique challenges have emerged alongside these opportunities. Organizations require a means of simplification and holistic insight to build a truly strategic infrastructure. For many, that journey begins with having Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) at the heart of their IT strategy.

It’s been an interesting journey throughout history when it comes to innovation. When Henry Ford pioneered the assembly line in 1913, the result was previously unattainable personal freedom for the average consumer – and an extra weekend day– all because human beings made it easier to build a car. A little over 100 years later, we’re building cars that drive themselves. Today’s tech has the potential to propel a truly unprecedented level of achievement both for business and humanity. Software is the vehicle and data is the oil.

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BrandPost: The Future Of Airports – It’s Smart Technology And Cloud Efficiency

Airport.s are massive and complex organisations. Paris Aeroport – one of the busiest airports in the world – describes itself as a ‘factory of the future’ – “Management on a daily basis of industrial processes such as the handling of thousands of pieces of luggage that come through our airports each day,” the Paris Aeroport website quotes. [1]

It’s true that airports need to refine their processes with the exacting precision of advanced manufacturing to facilitate the smooth flow of people, baggage, and the aircrafts themselves. To achieve that, airports are heavily investing in the IoT and other smart technologies, looking to leverage the ability for technology to enhance efficiency, productivity, and security. From sensors deployed throughout the airport to monitor and manage temperature and lighting, to RFID tags to better direct baggage to the correct aircraft, smart check-in kiosks and unmanned bag drops, cameras with facial recognition and predictive AI to heighten security, and unified communications to enable instant communication across the entire airport, technology is being used in ever-more complex and integral ways across the entire airport.

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Airport.s are massive and complex organisations. Paris Aeroport – one of the busiest airports in the world – describes itself as a ‘factory of the future’ – “Management on a daily basis of industrial processes such as the handling of thousands of pieces of luggage that come through our airports each day,” the Paris Aeroport website quotes. [1]

It’s true that airports need to refine their processes with the exacting precision of advanced manufacturing to facilitate the smooth flow of people, baggage, and the aircrafts themselves. To achieve that, airports are heavily investing in the IoT and other smart technologies, looking to leverage the ability for technology to enhance efficiency, productivity, and security. From sensors deployed throughout the airport to monitor and manage temperature and lighting, to RFID tags to better direct baggage to the correct aircraft, smart check-in kiosks and unmanned bag drops, cameras with facial recognition and predictive AI to heighten security, and unified communications to enable instant communication across the entire airport, technology is being used in ever-more complex and integral ways across the entire airport.

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BrandPost: How Database Administrators Can Keep (or Improve) Their Jobs in the Cloud Era

Database administrators (DBAs) have been the gatekeepers to a business’s most valuable asset: its data. They design, implement, and maintain the business’s database systems; establish policies and procedures for managing, securing, and maintaining them; and train employees in their management and use.

But as more businesses move from traditional software to cloud solutions—and as more software vendors automate monitoring, testing, patching, and tuning—the DBA’s fate seems sealed.

Ask Oracle CEO Mark Hurd, who in May announced a new cloud-based autonomous database. “There are hundreds of thousands of DBAs managing Oracle databases,” he said at a recent Oracle media event. “If all of that moved to the autonomous database, that number would change to zero.”

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Database administrators (DBAs) have been the gatekeepers to a business’s most valuable asset: its data. They design, implement, and maintain the business’s database systems; establish policies and procedures for managing, securing, and maintaining them; and train employees in their management and use.

But as more businesses move from traditional software to cloud solutions—and as more software vendors automate monitoring, testing, patching, and tuning—the DBA’s fate seems sealed.

Ask Oracle CEO Mark Hurd, who in May announced a new cloud-based autonomous database. “There are hundreds of thousands of DBAs managing Oracle databases,” he said at a recent Oracle media event. “If all of that moved to the autonomous database, that number would change to zero.”

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BrandPost: Escape the BI maintenance Dilemma and Modernize

Organizations are flocking to modern BI to empower more people in their business with faster insights through visual, self-service analytics. You may be completely sold on the benefits of modern BI, but you’ll want to look carefully at your reporting and analytics to ensure you modernize for maximum value.

Many organizations are also wary of the migration process and how to escape the maintenance dilemma—if you move too late in an annual maintenance cycle, you could risk not completing your transition before renewal; if you migrate too early, you pay more for overlapping BI systems.

Modernizing for value and ROI

Sometimes, replicating certain reports in a modern platform may be as simple as copying and pasting the SQL behind them, and from there, users get the benefits of further analysis with a self-service tool. In other cases, there may be more work to realize analytics value or cost savings. Ultimately, you may risk stalling your adoption if the business doesn’t see value one way or another. Identifying the right use cases to modernize is critical to secure wins that demonstrate a return on investment—whether it’s reducing spend on BI technology, time savings, or new insights that impact the bottom line.

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Organizations are flocking to modern BI to empower more people in their business with faster insights through visual, self-service analytics. You may be completely sold on the benefits of modern BI, but you’ll want to look carefully at your reporting and analytics to ensure you modernize for maximum value.

Many organizations are also wary of the migration process and how to escape the maintenance dilemma—if you move too late in an annual maintenance cycle, you could risk not completing your transition before renewal; if you migrate too early, you pay more for overlapping BI systems.

Modernizing for value and ROI

Sometimes, replicating certain reports in a modern platform may be as simple as copying and pasting the SQL behind them, and from there, users get the benefits of further analysis with a self-service tool. In other cases, there may be more work to realize analytics value or cost savings. Ultimately, you may risk stalling your adoption if the business doesn’t see value one way or another. Identifying the right use cases to modernize is critical to secure wins that demonstrate a return on investment—whether it’s reducing spend on BI technology, time savings, or new insights that impact the bottom line.

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