Application Development & Management

March 21, 2024 Revolutionizing Data-Driven Decisions: The Cisco-Splunk Acquisition and Its Impact on CIOs and CTOs

Cisco consolidated its position as one of the largest software companies globally by completing the acquisition of Splunk.

November 28, 2023 AWS Launches Q Chatbot as It Positions Itself as the 'Steady Hand' for Enterprise AI

Q headlines a bevy of announcements at AWS re:Invent 2023 in Las Vegas that shed more light on the cloud service provider’s AI strategy and where its differentiation from other vendors lies.

September 28, 2021 Five Steps for Building a Winning Business Process Automation Practice

Automation is not a silver bullet solution to your workforce productivity challenges. Optimization and automation (optimation) must be used together to remove root cause inefficiencies and best use the features and capabilities of your automation solutions.

Artificial Intelligence (AI)

November 28, 2023 AWS Launches Q Chatbot as It Positions Itself as the 'Steady Hand' for Enterprise AI

Q headlines a bevy of announcements at AWS re:Invent 2023 in Las Vegas that shed more light on the cloud service provider’s AI strategy and where its differentiation from other vendors lies.

December 24, 2020 AI Registers: Finally, a Tool to Increase Transparency in AI/ML

Transparency, explainability, and trust are pressing topics in AI/ML today. While much has been written about why these are important and what organizations should do, no tools to help implement these principles have existed – until now.

May 27, 2020 What Is Emotion AI and Why Should You Care?

Recently I attended the inaugural Emotion AI conference, organized by Seth Grimes, a leading analyst and business consultant in the areas of natural language processing, text analytics, sentiment analysis, and their business applications. So, what is emotion AI, why is it relevant, and what do you need to know about it?

Banking, Finance & Insurance

November 29, 2019 Finastra Launches Securities Financing Transaction Regulation Support

Finastra launches securities financing transaction regulation (SFTR) support ahead of the European Union’s April 11, 2020 deadline.

July 04, 2019 Three Global Banks Sign Up for Finastra’s Blockchain-Based LenderComm

Three global banks launched a blockchain-based platform to bring the promise of open ledgers and contracts to the loan management market.

July 04, 2019 Feeling Insecure at Wolters Kluwer After Security Breach

Wolters Kluwer suffers security breach after poor security management.

Commerce

August 07, 2020 Integration Capabilities Will Drive Restaurant Operators’ Selection of Restaurant Manager’s POS System

POS system purchases are being driven by ease of integration. Identified as having the most satisfying of all POS systems when it comes to integration, Restaurant Manager displays that it understands the needs of restaurant operators.

August 07, 2020 Silverware POS Unveils Contactless Phone-to-Table Guest Dining Experiences

As pick-up/takeout has been the only operating option for restaurants for the last few months, Silverware’s release of its “In-Seat Contactless Platform” will assist COVID-19 “new normal” restaurants to deploy mobile-first, phone-to-table contactless features that were once a convenience but are now features of necessity.

July 20, 2020 PARk it Can Make Restaurants POS-Digital in 24 Hours

As COVID-19 swept across the globe, many food and beverage operators were forced to switch to pick-up or delivery methods only. PAR’s novel solution PARk it supplies operators with a mobile method to continue serving their customers during this time.

Communications & Collaboration

March 21, 2024 Revolutionizing Data-Driven Decisions: The Cisco-Splunk Acquisition and Its Impact on CIOs and CTOs

Cisco consolidated its position as one of the largest software companies globally by completing the acquisition of Splunk.

March 08, 2024 Zoho: Vision, Growth, and Global Expansion Themes at ZohoDay 2024

At ZohoDay24, the key themes were Zoho’s long-term growth strategy and social impact, Zoho’s financial performance and customer value proposition, Zoho’s unique approach to software development and AI, and Zoho’s global expansion and localization efforts.

October 18, 2023 What Is Zoom in 2023?

This post provides a review of Zoom’s 2023 conference, Zoomtopia 2023. Core aspects covered include what major product releases and upgrades Zoom announced at Zoomtopia 2023, and what these announcements mean for Zoom’s market positioning in 2024.

Construction & Engineering

November 25, 2020 How to Stop Leaving Software CapEx on the Table With Agile and DevOps

Traditional accounting practices are tailor made for waterfall project management. Organizations that have transitioned to the use of standing product teams using Agile and DevOps need to transform their accounting practices as well or they will leave valuable capital expenditure dollars on the table.

June 25, 2020 Scaling Agile – Essential for Your Organization

So you’ve gone Agile. You do daily scrums, retrospectives, and all the “right” Agile ceremonies. But still your organization isn’t quite convinced. It is now critical to balance the drivers and goals of both Agile and traditional thinking in order to achieve organizational success.

June 15, 2020 Scrum Destroyed the Product Owner Role

When trying to implement Agile as a defined process, Scrum turned BAs or other roles into order takers with the title “product owner.” This undermines the entire value proposition of product management.

Content Management

October 19, 2021 Zoho One Release Expands Platform With New Apps and Services for a Hybrid Work World

Vijay Sundaram, Chief Strategy Officer at Zoho, describes a major release of new apps and services focused on enabling hybrid work.

May 14, 2021 The Three C’s of Enterprise Collaboration Software

This note outlines Info-Tech’s Three C’s of Enterprise Collaboration framework to help buyers effectively navigate the collaboration software marketspace.

August 21, 2020 Zoho Workplace Now Supports 15 Million Users

Zoho Workplace – a global enterprise collaboration platform – has reported that it is now supporting 15 million users and is experiencing a surge in usage for its business applications. However, compared to Microsoft’s Office 365 and Google’s G Suite, Zoho still has a long way to go in this marketspace.

Data & BI

March 21, 2024 Revolutionizing Data-Driven Decisions: The Cisco-Splunk Acquisition and Its Impact on CIOs and CTOs

Cisco consolidated its position as one of the largest software companies globally by completing the acquisition of Splunk.

November 28, 2023 AWS Launches Q Chatbot as It Positions Itself as the 'Steady Hand' for Enterprise AI

Q headlines a bevy of announcements at AWS re:Invent 2023 in Las Vegas that shed more light on the cloud service provider’s AI strategy and where its differentiation from other vendors lies.

November 06, 2023 Tips and Tricks to Setting Up and Configuring Your Kubernetes Cluster to Orchestrate Containers

This note outlines some tips and tricks that you should be aware of when embarking on the installation and configuration of a Kubernetes cluster. Such an endeavor should only be attempted if the need for an enterprise-grade container orchestration solution is required.

Education

October 26, 2020 Can Data-Driven Student Retention Strategies Make an Impact?

Student retention, already a major concern at higher education institutions, is an even greater concern as students are unable to learn in person and on campus.

April 22, 2020 State of Major Education LMS Conferences in Wake of COVID-19

Some major LMS conference cancellations or online alternatives have been announced in an attempt to limit the spread of COVID-19, though not all have canceled.

April 15, 2020 Online Learning Rises in Response to COVID-19

As the world responds to the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, closed schools in some affected areas are turning to eLearning and web conferencing to maintain continuity in course delivery and/or studying.

Finance & Procurement

March 29, 2020 Provide Ample Time to Evaluate RFP Proposals Effectively

Evaluating vendor proposals is one of the most critical aspects of the RFP process, secondary only to negotiations. The ironic thing is that we've seen too many clients try to abbreviate this activity, take short cuts, or even avoid it altogether. Providing ample time for your team to review the vendor RFP responses is critical to a quality review process, while not rushing the evaluation process ensures that you understand their complete offer and proposal.

March 29, 2020 Is Your IT Equipment Lease Missing the Lessor’s Primary Obligation?

When leasing IT equipment, the lessor (the company providing the equipment) has one main obligation. However, most leases overlook this critical aspect completely, exposing the lessee (the organization leasing the equipment) to unnecessary risk.

March 29, 2020 What’s in a Name? A Lot if You Are Leasing

If you want to lease IT equipment, you have many options with regard to potential lessors (the leasing companies). In fact, some manufacturers lease equipment directly to their customers … or do they?

Gaming & Hospitality

May 13, 2021 Data-Informed Decisions to Increase Revenue With IDeaS’ G3 Revenue Management System

IDeaS’ G3 revenue management solution will be highly sought after by properties looking to leverage data to make informed pricing decisions.

August 07, 2020 Bosch’s INTEOX positioned as “First Fully Open Camera Platform”

Bosch’s release of its INTEOX camera solution moves beyond the legacy “closed circuit” model of surveillance infrastructure to a Camera-as-a-Platform (CaaP) approach, enabling third-party apps at the surveillance perimeter edge to create innovative video-based business solutions and decisions.

July 17, 2020 Milestone Enhances XProtect to Include Centralized Search and Additional New Features

Milestone Systems’ recently announced 2019R3 and 2020R1 software releases introduce several new features and capabilities to its XProtect video management software and related Smart Client.

Health Care

July 16, 2020 Experian eCare NEXT Connects Revenue Cycle Management and Clinical Workflows

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, healthcare organizations are looking for ways to expand digital patient care options. Patient management systems like Experian’s eCare NEXT help providers connect new digital clinical workflows to established workflows and revenue cycles.

Human Resources

July 05, 2021 Smarp Briefs on the Latest Updates to Its Communications and Advocacy Solution

On June 17, 2021, Smarp briefed Info-Tech on the latest updates to its communications and advocacy platform. Based out of Helsinki, Smarp provides solutions for over 300 companies worldwide, with industry specializations in professional services, banking, and fintech.

March 29, 2020 Breezy HR Makes Video Interviewing Tools Free Amid Pandemic

Breezy HR has made video assessment and interviewing tools free for business clients for a minimum of 60 days, in light of efforts to prevent COVID-19 pandemic spread.

March 29, 2020 Impact of COVID-19 on HR Technology

What is changing in the HR technology space as a result of COVID-19? Some organizations are seeing an uptick in interest and customer support, while others are providing free access to their product.

IT Infrastructure

March 26, 2024 Acronis: Exploring Core Features, Differentiators, and Security Considerations

Acronis presents a compelling option for organizations seeking a comprehensive platform that merges reliable data protection with proactive cybersecurity measures.

March 21, 2024 Revolutionizing Data-Driven Decisions: The Cisco-Splunk Acquisition and Its Impact on CIOs and CTOs

Cisco consolidated its position as one of the largest software companies globally by completing the acquisition of Splunk.

November 28, 2023 AWS Launches Q Chatbot as It Positions Itself as the 'Steady Hand' for Enterprise AI

Q headlines a bevy of announcements at AWS re:Invent 2023 in Las Vegas that shed more light on the cloud service provider’s AI strategy and where its differentiation from other vendors lies.

IT Operations

March 21, 2024 Revolutionizing Data-Driven Decisions: The Cisco-Splunk Acquisition and Its Impact on CIOs and CTOs

Cisco consolidated its position as one of the largest software companies globally by completing the acquisition of Splunk.

February 23, 2024 Zscaler: Redefining Security in the Zero Trust Era

This analysis examines Zscaler's cloud-based security platform, with a focus on its Zero Trust Exchange (ZTE), Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA), and broader suite of security solutions. It explores Zscaler's approach to overcoming the limitations of traditional VPN architectures, using artificial intelligence (AI) for threat detection, and integrating various security functionalities within a unified platform. Drawing insights from analyst demo notes, vendor information, and independent research, this analysis aims to provide a comprehensive and unbiased assessment of Zscaler's value proposition for security professionals.

December 18, 2020 Buying Software? Here's How to Negotiate

In the market for software? Learn why it's important to have multiple vendors at the negotiation table.

IT Security

April 12, 2024 Senhasegura: An Analysis of Their Cloud Entitlements CIEM Solution and How it Compliments PAM

I have met with David from senhasegura several times. He explained this translates to Secure Password in Portuguese. Founded in Brazil and available in more than 60 countries, senhasegura is a leading cybersecurity firm specializing in Privileged Access Management (PAM), Certificate Lifecycle Management (CLM), and Cloud Infrastructure Entitlement Management (CIEM) solutions. Senhasegura is recognized as a global leader in PAM by top consulting firms and clients and has been consistently rated as a leader and challenger in various reports by analysts and industry experts. Senhasegura's PAM solution is known for its ease of use, good customization, unique key analysis features, and ability to meet rigorous auditing requirements.

April 04, 2024 Maximizing Security: Choosing the Best Multifactor Authentication Tool (MFA) for Your Company

"Fortresstify" your company's defenses with the right multifactor authentication (MFA) tool. This article dives deep into the world of MFA, exploring its features, key providers, and why cultivating a strong relationship with your chosen vendor is crucial. Discover how MFA can become your ultimate security ally, safeguarding your data and empowering a worry-free digital environment.

March 26, 2024 Acronis: Exploring Core Features, Differentiators, and Security Considerations

Acronis presents a compelling option for organizations seeking a comprehensive platform that merges reliable data protection with proactive cybersecurity measures.

Marketing

March 08, 2024 The Rise of Answer Engines: Why Search Engines May Soon Be a Thing of the Past

AI-powered “answer engines” are revolutionizing the way the audiences retrieve information online. These engines respond to user queries with short, straight answers, unlike traditional search engines that show lists of links.

May 13, 2021 How to Prepare for Google's Core Web Vitals Update

Starting May 2021, these measurements will inform the search ranking algorithm. Google's objective is to promote websites that are fast, responsive, and visually stable. How can optimize your website for good Core Web Vitals?

December 02, 2020 What Will 2021 Look Like for Software Marketing and Sales Teams?

How can software marketing and sales teams win in 2021? Learn how emotions affect software buying habits and how to build better customer relationships.

Other

October 29, 2019 Negotiating Your State and Local Government (Municipality) 5G Implementation

5G networks are the next generation of mobile phone service delivered at higher frequencies that requires shorter distance between “backpack” sized cell sites. Municipalities are challenged when negotiating with carriers regarding the installation of these small cell sites due to the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) 5G Order on Small Cell Siting.

July 19, 2019 Not Your Parents’ GIS

Visually presenting data assists the public understanding of complex issues. Using GIS mapping tools is an effective way of layering data from various source for quantitative analysis.

May 01, 2019 Esri Advances Its Development Platform

Esri made several big announcements at its Developer Summit in Palm Springs, CA, in March 2019. ArcGIS for Developers is a suite of developer tools and resources specifically for the creation of web-based and native applications.

Privacy & Risk

February 07, 2024 Assessing Onfido: Combating Fraud With AI-Based Identity Verification

In the digital realm, trust is currency. Without robust identity verification, online interactions become a breeding ground for fraud and exploitation.

November 06, 2020 Proteus-Cyber Provides a Tactical Solution for Schrems II Stress With the Transfer Impact Assessment (TIA) Tool

The recent Schrems II invalidation of the EU-US Privacy Shield has added a layer of difficulty for organizations that operate across borders, as they now require additional contractual clauses and measures in place to ensure data can transfer freely. Privacy program management vendor Proteus-Cyber offers a streamlined solution with the release of its Transfer Impact Assessment tool.

August 06, 2020 Twilio Breach and Cloud Security

By exploiting a five-year-old configuration error, a hacker was able to access Amazon’s S3 cloud storage buckets on which Twilio’s code was loaded. As a result, customers were able to unknowingly download the modified code for twenty-four hours.

Sales & Service

October 17, 2023 Generative AI in the Enterprise Contact Center – Use Cases, ROI, and Preparation

Contact center as a service (CCaaS) enterprise providers are steamrollering ahead with embedding generative AI functionality in their platforms – whether organizations are prepared for it or not. In this post, I explore a positive outlook for how generative AI can be used to enhance organizations' customer experience capabilities while generating ROI. This includes: 1. Listing the major use cases for generative AI in the contact center. 2. Discussing how we might calculate ROI from utilizing generative AI in the contact center. 3. Considering what organizations can do to prepare for CCaaS vendors’ release of generative AI functionality.

April 15, 2020 ServiceNow’s Orlando Release Focuses on AI With Now Intelligence

ServiceNow’s Orlando release introduced Now Intelligence, a set of features that strengthen ServiceNow’s lead in the AI-powered IT service management (ITSM) and digital transformation space.

February 06, 2020 NHS Digital and Ubisend Bring Boring Documents to Life With Chatbots

Business Insider reported three years ago that 80% of businesses will invest in chatbots by 2020. And it was not alone in making such predictions. So, where do we stand with this technology? Who is using chatbots and where? Read on to find out.

Supply Chain & Logistics

October 24, 2019 JDA Integrates Workforce and Warehouse Labor Management Software Functions to Deliver Value in the Warehouse

JDA’s Workforce Management and Warehouse Labor Management software functions are now offered in an integrated manner to drive productivity gains in the warehouse.

August 23, 2019 Offsetting the Cost of Car Ownership With Metromile and Turo

Many people are challenged by the economic constraints of car ownership. Rising vehicle prices, registration fees, automobile insurance, ongoing maintenance, fuel, and parking fees can bleed people dry. In response, technology companies are developing innovative ways to offset the costs.

July 23, 2019 Supply Chain Visibility and Global Trade Management Come Together With E2open and Amber Road

A powerful combination of supply chain visibility and global trade management is now available through E2open and its acquisition of Amber Road software.

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