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Cloud analytics need a trusted data lake

It’s undeniable that digital transformation is impacting nearly every business. The world is literally transforming around us, and access to information and data, which once was limited to a privileged few, is now mandatory for all. This access to information and data has fundamentally changed the expectations of users, both as consumers and in business. […]

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Can managed cloud services accelerate your SAP/HANA deployment?

Data analytics, artificial intelligence, Internet of Things (IoT) and similar technologies are helping all sorts of companies transform their digital presence. Lots of companies want to join the fun. Moving to SAP/HANA could help: it enables lines of business to analyze data in new ways and apply what they learn to help close sales and […]

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5 key success factors for cloud implementation

The journey to the cloud is different for every organization. Some organizations start with a very well thought out strategy, while other organizations may be responding to a request from the business, or to a report by industry analysts such as Gartner or Forrester. A study from the IBM Center for Applied Insights found that […]

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Walgreens taps retail analytics on IBM Cloud to improve efficiency

Walgreens is set to deploy IBM retail analytics in 8,100 US locations to improve efficiency of field service support. “The amount of data a company like Walgreens amasses is simply too large for any human, or team of humans, to manage in real time,” notes CIO Dive, so the retail chain is looking to IBM […]

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Accelerating the benefits of cognitive solutions with cloud managed services

A recent internal IBM survey found that 70 percent of IT leaders are looking to expand the capabilities of their IT landscape by integrating cognitive technology. As mentioned in previous Thoughts on Cloud blog posts, deploying your IT environment with a cloud managed services solution can free up IT staff to focus more on innovation […]

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The next step in the evolution of orchestration

Cloud orchestration and automation across multiple technologies, platforms and service provider environments have become complex processes with a wide range of challenges. According to IDC’s “FutureScape: Worldwide Cloud 2017 Predictions,” more than 60 percent of enterprise IT organizations building hybrid clouds will purchase new or updated workload-centric cloud management solutions by the end of this […]

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EVRY and IBM partner to accelerate cloud adoption

For some businesses, cloud adoption has been a complex process. It isn’t something they feel confident doing alone. They usually need some help. Located in Oslo, Norway, EVRY ASA is a business solutions and consulting company that serves financial institutions, national public sector entities, municipalities and health authorities in the public and private sectors. EVRY’s […]

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Avoid these mistakes when migrating applications to the cloud

It must be nice to be a startup, with no legacy infrastructure weighing you down. Write a great app, provision yourself some space in the cloud, and your business is global, just like that. For the rest of the world, however, life is not so straightforward. Any business of consequence, or older than 10 years, […]

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3 ways to deliver better customer service with cloud

With IT budgets shrinking and customer expectations rising in a congested market, IT departments are under increasing pressure to maintain and improve customer service. How can this be achieved when 60 to 70 percent of IT budgets are already consumed keeping existing systems running? It’s time to optimize how IT budgets are spent and take […]

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Ottawa utility embraces cloud, aligning IT with business

When I joined Hydro Ottawa just over two years ago, it was my first foray into the energy and utility industry. My background was software and high tech, and coming from that industry, I was very familiar with cloud platforms. Business challenges in the public the energy and utility industry are similar to what the […]

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A 5-stage model for shared blockchain processes

In our previous post, we outlined four major challenges of the interorganizational processes blockchain enables. To address those challenges, organizations should consider these five steps, which in many cases directly extend existing industry practice for private processes. Let’s return to our example of health records on a blockchain. An electronic health record (EHR) stored on a […]

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4 challenges of shared processes managed by blockchain

Blockchain is already disrupting industries and bringing trust to scenarios where it was previously complex to implement. Many of these solutions transfer data or assets between network members, but each scenario also represents a process between organizations. For example, the journey of a shipping container is made up of hundreds of requests, approvals and document transfers. For a letter of credit, the blockchain solution is a shared business process. The benefits of a solution […]

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