Better Transparency Will Help ERP Projects Get To The Finish Line

By Andrew Fox, Managing Director at K3 FDS

Navigating a fiercely competitive environment is prompting many businesses to find more profitable and efficient ways of running day-to-day processes. Business owners are continuously looking for comprehensive business systems that will help unite the departments across the firm, improving control and boosting company growth. However, there is still a huge amount of uncertainty and concern when organisations enter into an ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) project, mainly around the fear that implementation may not be successful. According to analyst firm Gartner, approximately 75% of all ERP projects fail. Why then – with better customer service and advanced IT systems, do we continue to get ERP implementations so wrong? And what can SMEs do to ensure their experience is a happy one?

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Majority Of ERP Projects Still Plagued With Over-Spend, Confusion And Disappointment

By Claire West, Fresh Business Thinking

Integrated business systems provider, K3 FDS revealed continuing disappointment among UK businesses with their ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) implementations. Despite the industry’s focus on simplifying IT, four out of five IT and finance directors were not totally satisfied (79 per cent) with the roll-out of their ERP project, while just eight per cent deemed their new system easy to use, despite 93 per cent believing it was critical to their business.

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Beware Of Square-Peg Salesmen With Hammers

By Gavin McLaughlin, Solutions development director at X-IO

Open any IT magazine, read a technology news website, or subscribe to any data storage mailing list and you’re probably fed up to the back teeth with headlines that make such bold statements as “How to use SSDs in your business” or “Why Hard Disk Drives are dead”.   Whilst most technology savvy readers will have the sense to take over dramatised headlines with a pinch of salt, there are sadly many falling for the hype.

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Mobile vs. Desk Working

By John McGeachie, VP of Evernote

The last five years has seen a monumental shift in the landscape of technology in the business world. To set the scene, five years ago Apple’s first iPhone had been out just a year and their app marketplace that would one day grow to hold nearly a million apps, had only just launched. Android was just becoming available on smartphones around this time and adoption has grown at a torrid pace since then. Not to be left behind, Microsoft was also in the mix with their own compelling offering in terms of user experience, interoperability and connectivity with critical corporate infrastructure and data.

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Enterprises Unprepared For The “New Normal” Of Massive Software Migrations

By Claire West, Fresh Business Thinking

Continual software migrations are now the “new normal” and CIOs aren’t equipped to handle it.  This is the conclusion drawn from a new Flexera Software Application Usage Management Survey prepared jointly with IDC, which surveyed more than 750 respondents from software ISVs, intelligent device manufacturers and end-user enterprises on all aspects of managing the software license lifecycle.  The first of its kind report unveiled focusing on application migrations and application readiness, reveals that even while massive migration projects, such as the move from Windows XP to Windows 7, are still under way, the next wave, virtualisation, is gaining steam – placing organisations at higher risk due to increased costs, reduced funding, errors and delays.

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It’s All About APIs: Open vs. Enterprise

By Mark O’Neill, VP Innovation at Axway, Inc

Businesses and consumers worldwide are being increasingly wired together via what is known as Application Programming Interfaces (APIs), ushering in a new “API Economy”. Web APIs in particular, are used to link applications together, inside networks and across firewalls, using common technologies such as HTTP, JSON, and XML. Because Web APIs are much simpler than previous methods of integration, they have opened up an explosion of innovation. It is now more simple than ever for a developer to include mapping (using the Google Maps API), telephony (using the Twilio API), and payments (using the Stripe API) in their applications.

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One Small Step For App, One Giant Leap For App Kind

By Matthew Finnie, CTO,  Interoute

The popularity of consumer app stores has dominated the delivery of software applications across a variety of different platforms. Pioneered by Apple for the iPhone, the app store has sent the once treasured and innovative physical CD to an early grave. We’re so used to them working perfectly now that we even expect them to install themselves and work instantly without a hitch. This is a booming industry and if you’ve got the skills and commitment, there’s certainly a job out there in application programming for you.

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Can Business Intelligence Change The Fragmented Service Supply Chain?

By Claire West, Fresh Business Thinking

With the current economic business pressure, reducing costs in the service supply chain without compromising customer satisfaction is a challenge which must be faced head on.

Managing this balancing act requires business intelligence, which refers to the applications, tools, infrastructure and best practices which enable raw data to be transformed into significant information, and as such can be utilised to improve outdated processes.

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Whatever Happened to Bespoke?

By Ben Gritz, managing director, Totally Communications

Attitudes to the procurement of IT have changed radically recently. Organisations have outsourced non-core functions and many are embracing generic cloud-based solutions to drive down costs and refocus on the core operations that underpin the business. Yet why are these essential aspects of the business being constrained by investment in off the shelf tools that fail to support business needs and cannot deliver the scalability required to support business growth?

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