BrandPost: ‘Digital Twin’ Technology Key to Improving Sustainability in Pharma Manufacturing

The acceleration in technological disruption in recent years and its ripple effect across industries and markets have been astounding. Increasing costs, shortage of skills, and evolving consumer habits have led to rapid digital transformation across…

The acceleration in technological disruption in recent years and its ripple effect across industries and markets have been astounding. Increasing costs, shortage of skills, and evolving consumer habits have led to rapid digital transformation across various sectors, changing the way most businesses conduct and compete. Now, industries comprehend the need to adapt to the changing landscape of digital transformation by leveraging emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML).

For the manufacturing industry, disruptive technologies call for both product and process innovation in order to make businesses scalable. Faced with monetary pressures, the industry has been constantly looking at novel options to speed up operations, which led to automating several processes that were earlier done manually.

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BrandPost: National Bank of Greece Steps into a 100G-Ready Network Era

The National Bank of Greece (NBG) is a global banking and financial services company with its headquarters in Athens. The bank currently has over 500 branches throughout Greece.One of the bank’s key objectives is to establish customer-centric digita…

The National Bank of Greece (NBG) is a global banking and financial services company with its headquarters in Athens. The bank currently has over 500 branches throughout Greece.

One of the bank’s key objectives is to establish customer-centric digital banking through technological transformation. To meet this goal, the bank had to reinvent its network infrastructure with the newest available solutions. The bank needed to focus especially in the field of network switches.

Challenge

Business challenge: Ten-year old network replacement

NBG needed to meet its fast business growth. To do so it must change both the network architecture and devices for more than 200 branches (Phase 1 of the project — a total of more than 500 in Phase 2) and 32 buildings (Phase 1) throughout Greece. Many of the legacy switches were more than ten years old and had been out of support for years. There was an emerging need to replace aged equipment as soon as possible.

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BrandPost: Huawei Helps Semen Indonesia Construct an SDN-Based Data Center Network

PT Semen Indonesia (Persero) Tbk, or Semen Indonesia — formerly known as PT Semen Gresik (Persero) Tbk — is a well-known cement company in Indonesia’s building materials industry. The company began operations in 1957 and has since grown into one of …

PT Semen Indonesia (Persero) Tbk, or Semen Indonesia — formerly known as PT Semen Gresik (Persero) Tbk — is a well-known cement company in Indonesia’s building materials industry. The company began operations in 1957 and has since grown into one of the largest cement producers in Southeast Asia.

Semen Indonesia is headquartered in Gresik, East Java and plans to open a new office in Jakarta. Its annual sales revenue generates approximately US$2.3 billion (IDR 33.4 trillion). Semen Indonesia’s vision is to become the world’s largest cement company.

Challenges

In the face of such fast business growth, Semen Indonesia expects to improve automation and digitalization with an optimal ICT infrastructure. As such, the existing ICT infrastructure needed to be renovated. ICT infrastructure transformation must avoid service interruptions to prevent financial losses, as it is estimated that if services are interrupted for half an hour, financial losses will reach US$100,000 (IDR 1.45 billion). Devices from multiple vendors coexist on the live network, and the growing diversity of services complicates network Operations and Maintenance (O&M) and interoperability. The upgraded ICT infrastructure must reduce network complexity. In addition, this new ICT infrastructure must be future-proof and meet service development needs over the next three to five years.

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BrandPost: Practice makes perfect

By John Roy and Adam HuttonFor years, Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) has been the world’s most widely accepted approach to IT service management. Earlier versions of ITIL forced IT organizations to develop and integrate complic…

By John Roy and Adam Hutton

For years, Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) has been the world’s most widely accepted approach to IT service management. Earlier versions of ITIL forced IT organizations to develop and integrate complicated, formal processes for controlling and measuring delivery services. However, emerging technologies have changed the way IT organizations operate, and ITIL needed to evolve as well.

Launched in February, ITIL 4 showcases a broader, practice-driven design to deliver powerful, market-driven improvements. To profit from its two significant improvements—automation and practice methodology—IT organizations will have to rethink the way they approach their delivery.  

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BrandPost: VMware Cloud Briefing 2019

Are you up to speed with the latest cloud trends and industry shifts? Join VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger and the industry’s leading technologists for VMware Cloud Briefing 2019, a global streaming event on the forces shaping the cloud.  Get an insider’s …

Are you up to speed with the latest cloud trends and industry shifts? Join VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger and the industry’s leading technologists for VMware Cloud Briefing 2019, a global streaming event on the forces shaping the cloud.  Get an insider’s look into the hybrid, multi-cloud and next gen app innovations shaping the enterprise of tomorrow.

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Where will your cloud journey begin?

  • Migrate to the Cloud - Move seamlessly between the data center, cloud, and edge all without cost, effort or risk.
  • Scale on Demand - Extend to the cloud for disaster recovery, seasonal capacity or regional expansion.
  • Unify Multi-Cloud Operations - Optimize your cloud strategy across any cloud while managing complexity or risk.
  • Build Modern Apps - Rapidly deliver innovative new services that drive your business.

Don’t miss the free online cloud event of the year, VMware Cloud Briefing, June 4, 8am (4pm GMT), and get an insider’s look into the future of the cloud.

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BrandPost: Proof is in the Pudding: Success Stories from IT Resilient Organizations

One of the most powerful experiences I can share as a marketing executive is a great customer success story. It’s the “proof in the pudding” that affirms the real business results the customer is realizing from their experience. We live in an “alway…

One of the most powerful experiences I can share as a marketing executive is a great customer success story. It’s the “proof in the pudding” that affirms the real business results the customer is realizing from their experience. We live in an “always-on” culture, and with this, consumers have come to expect an “always-on” experience. This means businesses must implement an IT infrastructure which provides access to business and consumer data 24/7, without interruption, regardless of any catastrophe, natural disaster, planned outage or security breach.

A recent IDC study found 84% of respondents reported some level of business disruption in the last two years due to technology. This number calls into question the ability of traditional backup to meet customer’s increasingly insatiable appetites for connectivity and security and highlighting the need to be truly resilient.  

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BrandPost: 7 Drivers for HPC and AI Convergence

It’s hard to argue that any area of technology is evolving as rapidly as machine learning (ML) is nowadays. In a previous blog, I theorized that artificial intelligence (AI) was at an inflection point in its maturity, where it could benefit from man…

It’s hard to argue that any area of technology is evolving as rapidly as machine learning (ML) is nowadays. In a previous blog, I theorized that artificial intelligence (AI) was at an inflection point in its maturity, where it could benefit from many of the lessons learned in both the hardware and software realms of high performance computing (HPC). Since then, AI frameworks and systems architecture have come a long way, and much of what I mentioned in my earlier blog is now almost a given.

So, on the surface at least, it does appear that these two disciplines are coming together. Or are they? What I would like to explore in this post is whether there is indeed any substance to the argument and why, for the most part, this is inevitable.

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BrandPost: Building a Modern Enterprise with Artificial Intelligence

For today’s enterprises, artificial intelligence isn’t just a good idea. It’s becoming a new imperative. To stay competitive and relevant in their industries, enterprises increasingly need to become AI-driven. AI is a new key to improving business p…

For today’s enterprises, artificial intelligence isn’t just a good idea. It’s becoming a new imperative. To stay competitive and relevant in their industries, enterprises increasingly need to become AI-driven. AI is a new key to improving business processes, making better decisions, monetizing data, increasing security and more.

The growing importance of AI in the enterprise is a point that industry observers now emphasize. Just consider this view from the global consulting firm Deloitte: “As AI technologies standardize across industries, becoming an AI-fueled organization will likely be table stakes for survival. And that means rethinking the way humans and machines interact within working environments.”1

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BrandPost: Technology and Connectivity Transforming the Auto Industry

The auto industry is on the verge of a revolution. Cars are an integral component of multi-modal, on-demand transportation systems. Under the influence of new technologies, the old view of the family car – or cars – as a necessity is disappearing.
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The auto industry is on the verge of a revolution. Cars are an integral component of multi-modal, on-demand transportation systems. Under the influence of new technologies, the old view of the family car – or cars – as a necessity is disappearing.

  • Daimler launched ‘car2go’ in partnership with Europcar Autovermietung GmbH in 2011. Daimler’s 'car2go' models incorporate advanced telematics, and serve more than 1 million users across 60 cities in eight countries.
  • The BMW DriveNow car-sharing service is based on the “pick up anywhere, drop off anywhere” Electric cars are included in the DriveNow fleet. Passengers in San Francisco and select cities of Europe can locate cars using an app or find one on the road, use a chip in the driving license as the key, and leave the car anywhere. Users are billed based on the duration of travel, which includes fuel and parking charges.
  • American ride-sharing services Uber and Lyft, founded respectively in 2009 and 2012, are both multi-billion-dollar companies today. Uber is experimenting with autonomous vehicle technology that will further revolutionize the transportation sector.

These developments mean that fewer and fewer people need to own a car. Private car ownership among millennials in particular is declining, or at best being postponed. More than half of adults between the ages of 22 and 37 say a car is not worth the money spent on maintenance. Even more of a threat to the old view of car ownership is the decline in the number of people who go to the trouble of obtaining a driver’s license. In the 1980s, 80% of 18-year-olds in the U.S. had one. Now that figure is only 60%. There is also ample anecdotal evidence for anyone who lives in an urban area that more and more people have settled on the bicycle as their vehicle of choice.

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BrandPost: Are You Ready for Next-Gen Mobile Personalization?

People use their mobile devices to interact with the web more often than they use their desktops. In fact, for many, a mobile device is all they use. Unfortunately, many companies still treat the mobile experience as “less than.” The legacy approach…

People use their mobile devices to interact with the web more often than they use their desktops. In fact, for many, a mobile device is all they use. Unfortunately, many companies still treat the mobile experience as “less than.” The legacy approach of creating a separate and distinct mobile experience and personalization process results in less engagement. As Drew Burns, Group Product Marketing Manager at Adobe, notes, “Personalization on mobile is often siloed and disconnected from other channels, putting very real limits on what marketers can do.”

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