Finance & Administration

December 06, 2019 Oracle’s AI Upgrades for ERP and EPM Show Why AI Is in Reach for Any Enterprise

Artificial intelligence continues to fuel the arms race among ERP vendors. Earlier this year, Oracle announced that it has extended the AI (machine learning, to be more precise) capabilities within the ERP Cloud and EPM Cloud products.

November 26, 2019 Fluid Framework: “Movable Type” for the Digital Work Experience

Fluid Framework, unveiled in May at Microsoft’s Build 2019 company conference, lets developers rally the help of near real-time coauthoring, reusable mix-and-match document components, and digital assistants like translator aids in the content creation experience at speeds and scale not available before.

November 06, 2019 Does Your Strategic Vendor Consider You a Strategic Customer?

Whether you are using Info-Tech’s Commodity, Operational, Strategic, Tactical (C.O.S.T.) model to classify your vendors or you arbitrarily label high spend/critical vendors as strategic, it begs the question: “Does your vendor truly view you as a strategic customer?”

October 30, 2019 Oracle's OpenWorld Takeaways Are Impressive but Leave Us Wanting More

It is no surprise that this year’s OpenWorld conference continued to focus on Oracle’s cloud efforts. We dive in to discover if Oracle is doing enough to catch up to the competition of Amazon’s AWS, Microsoft’s Azure and Office clouds, and Google’s GCP.

October 29, 2019 Pearson’s Global Learning Survey Points to the Shift to Life-Long, Learner-Driven Education

Pearson released the results of its Global Learning Survey. This is the first time that Pearson has undertaken such a study to capture the opinions of 11,000 learners across 19 countries. The study uncovered eight key trends indicating a shift to life-long, learner driven education.

October 29, 2019 When It Comes to Contract Clauses, Equal Is Not Always Equitable

Many contract reviewers and negotiators often assume that terms and conditions applicable to both parties must be identical or mirror each other. Nothing could be further from reality.

October 29, 2019 Oracle Announces a New Hybrid Cloud Partnership With VMware

Oracle is aiming to make it extremely easy to shift your VMware workloads to the Oracle Cloud. In addition, it will provide you the capability to choose where your data will reside. This is an important feature for organizations concerned about data sovereignty.

October 23, 2019 Blackboard Announces Integration With Amazon’s Alexa

Blackboard has announced its partnership with Amazon’s Alexa to launch a new Skill for its flagship learning management system (LMS), Blackboard Learn. Learners (and their parents) will be able to get information about their profile and coursework simply by asking Alexa.

September 27, 2019 Absorb LMS Acquires eLogic Learning LMS – Its Second Acquisition of 2019

Absorb LMS has acquired Tampa-based eLogic Learning LMS. This is the second acquisition in its aggressive acquisition growth strategy, following its acquisition of Torch LMS in May.

September 17, 2019 TalentLMS Releases Version 4.0 Focusing on Simplicity and User Experience

TalentLMS 4.0 features several new features along with an improved user interface. While none of the new features are game changers, they are marginal improvements that TalentLMS users and administrators will enjoy.

August 26, 2019 Microsoft Earnings Soar on the Heels of Inspire Partner Conference

Microsoft smashed the numbers with its Q4 2019 earnings report, with revenues rising a stellar 12% and hitting on all cylinders with quarterly revenue of $33.7 billion. Notable increases include Azure, growth up 64%; Surface, up 14%; and LinkedIn, up 25%.

August 25, 2019 SAP Is Getting Sued by Teradata for Taking Away Your Choice – A Game of Monopoly?

Teradata’s legal action against SAP has serious potential ramifications on customer choice in the enterprise data analytics and warehousing (EDAW) space. SAP customers contemplating a move to HANA (or S/4HANA) may conclude their data is moving into an environment where SAP calls the shots.

August 22, 2019 Infor Lands Massive PLM Partnership in the Fashion World

Infor secured a multimillion-dollar product lifecycle management (PLM) deal with Turkish fashion retailer LC Waikiki.

August 19, 2019 iSpring Learn LMS Release Focuses on Automation for Admins

iSpring has released an update that includes three major improvements to its Learn LMS platform. These updates are focused on making the role of admin easier and to cut down on the amount of time spent managing content and user lists.

August 19, 2019 SumTotal Release 19.2 Features Innovative Artificial-Intelligence Powered Tool

SumTotal 19.2 is its second release of 2019 and solidifies its focus on creating an end-to-end talent development solution. Its new SumTotal Intelligent Assistant (SIA) is the highlight of the update, providing users the ability to translate web searches and internet content into relevant training content within the SumTotal LMS.

August 14, 2019 Sage Business Cloud Is Not Just One Product; It Is Multiple Products in One

Sage Business Cloud is not just one product. That was the message we received during an Info-Tech software vendor briefing with Sage. If you browse the Sage website it seems obvious Sage offers more than one application, but this may not always be obvious to some.

July 22, 2019 IFS and Acumatica Share Leadership Now – Is This a Birth of Another ERP Titan?

IFS AB owner since 2015, EQT Partners acquired Acumatica, another ERP vendor. While IFS and Acumatica are still expected to operate independently, sharing leadership and expertise between two different but successful products has interesting prospects to rival ERP giants like Oracle, SAP, Infor, and Microsoft in the not-so-remote future.

July 22, 2019 Dropbox Dives Into Automation With K2

K2 Software, a major player in the business process management (BPM) space, has partnered with Dropbox, a trailblazer in cloud storage and collaboration solutions. The partnership aims to streamline how business groups using different systems manage information together.

July 19, 2019 Can You Implement an ERP Using Agile Practices?

SAP and IBM have their Activate and Ascend agile methodologies for ERP implementation but do they work? I went hunting for success stories and did not find any…at first. I came across a SAP/IBM success story that indicates the potential for a happy medium between Waterfall and Agile methods.

July 19, 2019 Docebo 7.7 Includes Eight New Features and Upgrades

Docebo’s latest product release, Docebo 7.7, increases personalization for enterprise learning and brand identity. The release also includes improved automated content suggestions through its artificial intelligence and course enrollment based on personalized learning paths.

July 19, 2019 SAP S/4HANA and HANA Licensing Series – Part III: Migrating to S/4HANA Will Cost More

Beware promises of cost savings and license optimization by acquiescing to SAP’s need for you to migrate from ECC to S/4HANA. Efficiencies in the areas of license optimization are usually offset by additional costs. Use a total cost of ownership (TCO) approach to evaluate the deal.