IT Infrastructure & Applications

The One Big Mistake Companies Make When Selecting Cloud Providers

The One Big Mistake Companies Make When Selecting Cloud Providers

Here’s the scenario: you’re reviewing cloud providers—asking all of the tough questions, complete with exhaustive discussions on security, agility and price. You sign on the dotted line, deploy and feel pretty good about your choices. A few months later, reality strikes. You forgot to ask about the one vital thing that could transform your cloud […]

Is Your IT Vision 20/20 or Do You Need Corrective Lenses? Take the Test Here

Is Your IT Vision 20/20 or Do You Need Corrective Lenses? Take the Test Here

It has happened to the best of us. We think our vision is just fine, thank you, until our annual eye exam.  In one fell swoop, we discover that our outlook has been a little blurry. That we were missing the detail, the fine print, the leaves on the tree, and who knows what else […]

The Emergence of Enterprise Crowdsourcing | Article

The Emergence of Enterprise Crowdsourcing | Article

In 1999 professors at the University of California at Berkley launched a program called the Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence ([email protected]). It brought together three million Internet-connected home computers that voluntarily ran a free screensaver-like program to analyze massive amounts of radio telescope data that no single computer could crunch. The program did this when […]

Customizing Service Level Agreements | White Paper

Customizing Service Level Agreements | White Paper

Business models have changed. Businesses have transformed. The services that support businesses are delivering innovation. Why then have Service Level Agreements (SLAs) remained stodgy, reflecting little of the dynamism of current business norms? The reasons are not very obvious. SLAs define and bind the relationships between businesses and service providers. But their primary focus continues […]

Business Innovation or Innovative IT? That Is the Question | Article

Business Innovation or Innovative IT? That Is the Question | Article

Innovation. It’s the watchword of the day and the aspiration of companies of all sizes, in nearly every industry. But, what exactly should companies be striving for: business innovation or innovative IT? The answer is a resounding, “yes.” By definition, business innovation is the creation of economic value—value for customers or a competitive advantage. That’s […]

Cloud Sourcing Drives Innovation, Increases Efficiency and Reduces Cost | Article

Cloud Sourcing Drives Innovation, Increases Efficiency and Reduces Cost | Article

2013 Outsourcing Excellence Awards Winner BEST CLOUD: Take Two Interactive and Oracle “Oracle actually spends time understanding our business and our needs. They really listen, which means they bring things to the table that are meaningful to us.” John Hinkle, Chief Information Officer, Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. When Take-Two Interactive Software’s ERP system could no […]

A Government Agency Utilizes Outsourcing to Improve IT across Australia | Article

A Government Agency Utilizes Outsourcing to Improve IT across Australia | Article

2013 Outsourcing Excellence Awards Winner BEST IT INFRASTRUCTURE: Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy and ASG Group Ltd. “We developed a foundation of trust which is not always evident in outsourcing relationships.” Lee Di Berardino, Chief Information Officer, Corporate & Business, Information Technology Branch, Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy Definition: […]

Transforming Service Organizations to Next Generation Operations | White Paper

Transforming Service Organizations to Next Generation Operations | White Paper

Service organizations at manufacturing companies are rapidly evolving. This white paper charts how service organizations can transform themselves into a next generation operation, undergoing a metamorphosis from cost center to profit center. The survey found manufacturers expect their service operations to improve their relationships with their customers and even serve as a differentiator. This is […]

An Outsourcing Partnership That Had to Deliver — STAT

An Outsourcing Partnership That Had to Deliver — STAT

2013 Outsourcing Excellence Award BEST TRANSITION: Daughters of Charity Health Systems and Dell. “We had six months to recreate what we needed to operate our healthcare facilities. For us, the transition really was a critical situation.” Richard Hutsell, Vice President and CIO, Daughters of Charity Health Systems  A typical IT transition is stressful enough. But, […]

When T-Mobile US, Inc. Needed a Partner to Streamline Billing, Improve Efficiency and Create a Continuum of Process Improvement, Amdocs Answered the Call

When T-Mobile US, Inc. Needed a Partner to Streamline Billing, Improve Efficiency and Create a Continuum of Process Improvement, Amdocs Answered the Call

2013 Outsourcing Excellence Awards BEST CUSTOMER SATISFACTION: T-Mobile US, Inc. and Amdocs “Although outsourcing is a partnership, you have to make sure that you, as the customer, maintain control.” Habib Sarkis, Vice President, IT Operations and Support, T-Mobile US, Inc.   You’d be hard-pressed to find another industry that is more competitive or moves at […]

Top 5 Predictions for Innovation in Cloud | Article

Top 5 Predictions for Innovation in Cloud | Article

Experts have said it for long time, but users were skeptical. Perhaps users were not even listening. Cloud is secure. Experts even said that most organizations do not have the skills or budgets to create the kind of security that giant cloud providers do. It is 2013, and everyone has figured out that security isn’t […]

On Sumo, Architecture and Enterprise Agile | Article

On Sumo, Architecture and Enterprise Agile | Article

Here is a riddle for you: what is so strong and solid they are hard to move, yet can move easily at the same time? The answer: a champion sumo wrestler. Another answer: well-thought-out application architecture. How are 400+ lb Japanese athletes and Agile software development similar? Let me explain. System design: the winning technique […]

Remixing Your Retro IT Structure for Today’s World | Article

Remixing Your Retro IT Structure for Today’s World | Article

Cloud, virtualization, automation and mobility have fundamentally impacted the way businesses operate; yet many IT departments maintain the same roles and organizational structures that they’ve had for the past 15 years. And, for a lot of companies, that’s making IT more of a roadblock than an enabler. “I think one of the biggest challenges IT […]

Retail Trends Embrace Technology in 2013 | Article

Retail Trends Embrace Technology in 2013 | Article

The most urgent challenge of 2012 in the retail space was consumers’ rapidly growing mobility and digital empowerment. Retailers responded by devising new ways to attract, engage and retain these droves of customers and meet their fleet-footed demand for products and services—on the customers’ devices and terms. In short, customers have embraced online shopping with […]

Making the Shift to a New Millennial Enterprise | White Paper

Making the Shift to a New Millennial Enterprise | White Paper

Are you struggling to? —Make your commercial models flexible enough to offer competitive and innovative products and services at a faster pace? —Meet the increasing challenges of a more diverse and distributed workforce? —Keep pace with the expectations of the new generation of digital natives This whitepaper addresses these major challenges as they help organizations […]

How Social Media Is Turning Customer Care Upside-Down – and Making It Strategic Again | Article

How Social Media Is Turning Customer Care Upside-Down – and Making It Strategic Again | Article

Not too long ago, customer care—the proverbial contact center—was regarded as a necessity. It was corporate overhead; operational in nature, something that fulfilled a customer-facing function, much like express lane checkers at a grocery store or tellers at a bank. Move ‘em in, move ‘em out, keep ‘em happy. An important job, with potential to […]