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More questions to ask when choosing a cloud provider for S/4HANA

This post is the second in a three-part interview series with Brian Burke, global SAP solutions executive with IBM SAP Alliance. To read this first part of the interview, click here. Thoughts on Cloud (ToC): What questions should companies ask a prospective managed cloud services provider for SAP S/4HANA? Brian Burke, global SAP solutions executive, […]

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Codify Academy ups enrollment with Watson-powered cognitive chatbot

Codify Academy, a San Francisco-based startup focused on developer education, has tapped a cognitive chatbot named Bobbot, which uses IBM Cloud with Watson technology, to increase enrollment and improve student experiences. Bobbot uses IBM Watson Conversation Service to answer prospective and current students’ questions in natural language. According to Codify Academy, the cognitive chatbot’s interactions […]

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5 ways cloud can help you innovate

Despite the prevailing wisdom that cloud is disrupting established business — and it is — many business leaders are uncertain  about how to take advantage of cloud computing’s benefits. An analysis of more than 100 cloud projects of varying sizes shows that successful projects use one or more of the following five actions: 1. Offer […]

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Is 2017 the year of digital business reinvention in financial services?

Against a backdrop of emerging technologies, shifting customer expectations, regulatory changes and evolving business models, Forrester Research lays out the future of financial services in a provocative report entitled “Predictions 2017: Pioneering Financial Providers Will Partner With Fintech To Build Ecosystems.” It makes the claim that breakaway leaders will focus on digital products delivered as […]

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Italian airport operator SEA announces 7-year agreement to use IBM Cloud

SEA (Societã Esercizi Aeroportuali), the company that manages the Milan Linate and Malpensa airports in Italy, has announced a seven-year agreement to use a hybrid IT environment that integrates with IBM Cloud. The agreement includes data center and hosting services, systems and storage managed services, and help desk and security management. It’s expected to generate […]

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Migrating to S/4HANA? Ask these questions first

This post is the first in a three-part interview series with Brian Burke, global SAP solutions executive with IBM SAP Alliance. Thoughts on Cloud (ToC): While SAP ERP users have until 2025 to migrate to S/4HANA, many businesses are already in the process of migrating to the platform. As customers prepare their move to S/4HANA, […]

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Watson Analytics help Southern Connecticut State University improve student success

What are the determining factors of student success? Southern Connecticut State University turned to IBM Watson Analytics Professional to find out what really is most important for keeping students on the path to graduation. A 10-year data analysis found that campus experiences played the biggest role in whether students remained at a university, transferred elsewhere […]

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Cognitive disruption: Where man and machine become one

In 2017, digital disruption is history. If you are not thinking about cognitive disruption, your business is way behind the technology curve. In the recent IBM annual survey of global CEOs, about 73 percent say cognitive computing will play an important role in the near future of their organizations, with the same sentiment echoed by […]

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IBM leadership in cloud: Building on a legacy of excellence

The market for cognitive insights delivered via cloud to specific industries is estimated to grow to roughly $2 trillion by 2025. Given this huge opportunity, I’m not surprised that some IBM competitors are realigning their sales forces to target industry verticals. While there are several reasons why companies choose IBM over our competitors, we believe […]

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IBM Cloud as-a-service revenue up by 32 percent

In its second-quarter earnings released Tuesday, IBM posted yet another strong quarter for cloud, with 15 percent growth year over year and a total of $3.9 billion in revenue in the quarter ($15.1 billion over the past 12 months). Particularly strong was IBM as-a-service offerings, which saw a 32 percent year-over-year boost and an annual […]

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5 ways cloud services can help you meet your marketing goals

CMOs are under increased pressure to show tangible return for their marketing spend while delivering on an expanded customer agenda. That means providing a consistent, high-quality experience across an ever-more layered omnichannel environment. As anyone wearing a marketing hat can testify, that takes some juggling. To keep those balls moving, marketing leaders need efficient processes […]

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Automate big decisions in a big data world

No longer only the domain of science fiction, artificial intelligence (AI) is poised to impact everything from how steel is produced to how banks recommend financial products and even to how farmers grow lettuce. It could even change how people move around cities and do business. At its core, AI can be defined as a […]

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