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A field guide to managing hybrid IT complexity

Written by Dominik Bredel and Andreas Graef | February 12, 2020 | Cloud, Digital reinvention, Manage cloud

It’s a given that digital technology is dominating today’s business. Whether you follow the news, analyze stock markets or talk to industry experts, digitalization is disrupting many business models and will continue to do so. Based on analysis conducted by the World Economic Forum, more than 60 percent of the global GDP will be digitized more

Innovative retailers balance the best of digital and physical worlds

Written by Rebecca Hardy | February 3, 2020 | AI, Business transformation, Cloud...

In-person shopping in physical retail locations has dwindled in recent years, largely due to the convenient experience available through online shopping options. While many retailers have already incorporated online shopping into their strategies, there’s still the question of what to do with existing brick-and-mortar stores. Rather than replace physical shops altogether, innovative retailers are embracing more

How to make the SAP S/4HANA move as quick and smooth as possible

Written by IBM Services | January 15, 2020 | Cloud, Cognitive enterprise, Software-defined

It’s tempting to believe that 2025 is far into the future. Only five short years from now, for some businesses, that date inspires urgency. That’s because 2025 is when SAP will end mainstream maintenance of SAP Business Suite installations that occurred before the launch of SAP S/4HANA. This end of maintenance deadline impacts those who more

The imperative role of strategy in cloud migration and app modernization

Written by IBM Services | January 7, 2020 | Cloud, Journey to cloud

Migration to the cloud is more than a technical exercise. This is among IDC’s key observations from a global survey of IT decision makers about their application and data center initiatives and their plans for cloud hosting over the next five years. A successful cloud migration also involves a business transformation, both organizationally and culturally. more

Enterprise container platforms, Part IV: Embarking on your container journey

Written by Juergen Loeb | January 7, 2020 | Business transformation, Cloud, Open source

In this series so far, we’ve gone over how microservices and containers work together to save time and money in enterprise IT environments; how container platforms challenge IT leaders to rethink IT infrastructure composition and deliver resources to lines of business; and key elements to keep in mind when implementing a container platform. Now, are more

Network modernization is essential for digital transformation

Written by Rebecca Hardy | December 17, 2019 | Journey to cloud, Software-defined

Multicloud adoption has become a critical step in digital transformation. In a recent IDC survey, 90 percent of respondents said they planned to evolve their digital transformation strategies to encompass multicloud postures in 2019.* And IT is certainly feeling the pressure: In the same survey, 47 percent of IT teams voiced the business demand for more

2020: The year of the intelligent, AI-driven technology support model

Written by Carol Zichi | December 13, 2019 | AI, Digital reinvention, Journey to cloud

2019 provided a steady stream of information and discussions about the rise of the digital workplace and the potential of cognitive and AI to optimize the worker experience. Forces of change in the workplace are undeniable, with every aspect of our work lives becoming digitized: By 2021, 68 percent of large enterprises believe that a more

IT leaders weigh in on the value of moving enterprise apps to the multicloud

Written by Erin Poole | December 3, 2019 | Application modernization, Cloud, Manage cloud

In the next three years, 98 percent of companies plan to adopt a multicloud architecture. Yet many are grappling with the complexity of integrating crucial workloads such as Oracle and SAP applications in hybrid multicloud environments. According to a recent IBM Market Development and Insights (MD&I) study, 43 percent of IT leaders cited a shortage more

This digital transformation enabler may suprise you

Written by Kevin Jackson | November 26, 2019 | Digital reinvention, Manage cloud, Multivendor management

Hint: It includes rethinking how your team spends its time more