Building More Understanding as to Evolving Options
Digital technologies are creating buzz but corporate deployments can be extremely challenging when they meet existing legacy applications. Exciting on one hand, and daunting on the other, it is the “how to deploy question” and “from whom” that often thwarts any immediate progress, especially as technology is never standing still, and if anything is actually speeding up.
Differing vendor messaging, when added into this mix, also shows seemingly multiple ways that we can technically achieve the same end result, at least on the surface, with the added twist that there are sometimes new types of vendors in the form of corporates or consultancies to consider that are expanding their own domain solution sets. Continue reading
Enabling Modern Processes for Operations and Finance
Digital is an easy concept, or at least simple to say, but it is hard for corporates to execute against it in practice, but it will not always be that way. We are simply in a major transitional period, which is both disruptive in nature and exciting in terms of operational impact, with stories galore of how industries are being turned upside down through their leverage.
Technology continues to be more pervasive than ever before with many more additional touch points in corporate processes to enable increased operational efficiences, better means of collaboration, greater transparency and wider participation. On the other hand those existing operational constraints can remain stubbornly rigid when modern digital enablement eventually meets those existing legacy applications. Continue reading
Important to be Aware
Google Project Zero teams are employed by Google and tasked with finding zero-day vulnerabilities. Around the middle of last year this security team identified two significant issues that they named Meltdown and Spectre.
Essentially Meltdown and Spectre both exploit critical vulnerabilities in modern desktop and mobile processors and allows those with bad intent to get hold of business critical information and passwords being processed in memory by other running programs. Continue reading
Still on our Minds for 2018
Business software has always been complex. Simply put corporates record vast amounts of transactional content in multiple languages and currencies, which are input together with their numerous detailed tags. These transactions are then used across subsequent processes for decision support, control, and management, with further reporting being done across geographies for any additionally required multi-dimensional segments.
It is a daunting task. Throw into the mix multi-vendor software solutions of all ages that operate on a variety of operating systems & databases; combine that with ever changing legislation in your operating jurisdictions, not to mention your current go to market business needs, means that there is never going to be a dull moment. After all what could possibly go wrong? Continue reading
Ten Areas Empowering Digital Change for Enterprises
Approaching 2018 many corporates are fast realising that their digital initiatives to drive value may not be moving fast enough, nor be deep enough in scope. Corporates see the wow factor of course but some have digitally glazed eyeballs which are so focused on the impact of technology, from front facing customer experience (CX) viewpoints, that their projects do not always contain team members that have followed transaction dependencies all the way through to their back office legacy systems. This as a result has introduced unforeseen process friction, driving corporates away from their original business goals and causing projects to fail or be delayed.
Traditional market players have suddenly been seeing new agile entrants in their market places. Coming in the form of new start-ups or from unlikely new competitors, disruption is coming as they start leveraging these newer technologies to act as new market participants. To in essence act like a traditional software company, but with a very deep domain level of focus. Continue reading
Real Progress Made but Still a Long Journey Ahead
Corporates do not see enough innovation or choice when it comes to core application systems as software houses find it extremely hard to build complete yet agile solutions that will meet their required needs, as well as coping with any underlying rapid technological changes, and this challenge becomes even more complex when you add the international dimensions associated with language, currency, support availability, not to mention local geo centric initiatives.
Corporates today simply do not want costly replacements for all of their systems, but would rather leverage them where appropriate through the utilisation of latest technologies in order to solve their core and fundamental issues, like for example the reduction or removal of process related transactional friction. Not just this, but also to additionally release value creation by solving issues in process flows across sub systems, something that up to now has been hard to achieve with the necessary compliance controls. Continue reading
Taking Small Iterative Steps to Drive Value
Machine learning (ML), artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented reality (AR), all against the backdrop of digitalisation, are all great leaps forward in the tech world of today, but not leveraging these technologies in 2018 will not put your business behind the digital curve. In fact for most business users today these latest technologies, at least for the immediate future, are not going to be practical nor fully proven.
Basic reality for most businesses sees them struggling with the fundamentals. These mostly relate to existing business processes that still contain a lot of friction, and trying to perform them more efficiently, year in and year out, without increasing headcount. In fact in most businesses the headcount is being driven down annually to extract more productivity value, and simply put your customers will not pay for administrative processes if there is any sight of a similar yet lower cost competitive option available to them. Continue reading