Want to Succeed at Data-Driven Transformation? Start Slow

Some organizations race into data-driven transformation. Others want to get everything “right” first. There’s an optimal balance between moving too fast and moving too slow, but few companies get it right. Boston Consulting Group (BCG) suggests some best practices to avoid common pitfalls.
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IDG Contributor Network: A guide to hybrid cloud transformation

Enterprises have made it clear that when it comes to cloud computing, one size does not fit all.  What we’re hearing from the market is the need for consistency with choice, otherwise known as a balanced cloud platform. Unique business needs, along with security, geography and regulatory considerations, dictate a mixing and matching of both public and private cloud solutions—thus the rise of hybrid.

Case in point, Forrester surveyed 1,000-plus North American and European enterprise decision makers and found that in the next 12 months 38 percent are building private clouds, 32 percent are building public clouds, and 59 percent are adopting a hybrid model.

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IDG Contributor Network: A guide to hybrid cloud transformation

Enterprises have made it clear that when it comes to cloud computing, one size does not fit all.  What we’re hearing from the market is the need for consistency with choice, otherwise known as a balanced cloud platform. Unique business needs, along with security, geography and regulatory considerations, dictate a mixing and matching of both public and private cloud solutions—thus the rise of hybrid.

Case in point, Forrester surveyed 1,000-plus North American and European enterprise decision makers and found that in the next 12 months 38 percent are building private clouds, 32 percent are building public clouds, and 59 percent are adopting a hybrid model.

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IDG Contributor Network: Digital transformation: Not your grandfather’s bank

Changes in the way we do business with banks are rarely initiated by banks themselves. Instead, banks are often forced to adapt because of technological advancements that are shifting social culture and customer expectations.

Just as mobile technology made selfies the norm, the introduction of new technologies is changing banking as we know it; paying by a social media app or on-demand lending are just the start.

Keeping up with customers

Established banks have an array of touchpoints with their customers that generate valuable insights about who their customers are. Yet all too often, banks do not act on those insights and pass up the opportunity to create a great customer experience.

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Six steps to achieve an As-a-Service transformation

Although vendor-written, this contributed piece does not promote a product or service and has been edited and approved by Network World editors.

The As-a-Service model promises to reshape business service delivery to provide companies with plug-in, scalable, consumption-based services, but the opportunities are vastly untapped. According to an Accenture and HfS Research survey of more than 700 enterprise service buyers, advisors and service provider executives, seven out of 10 enterprises with over $ 10 billion in revenues do not expect their core operations to be delivered As-a-Service for at least another five years.

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Top 10 IT stories: 2015, a year of transformation and transition

Cloud and mobile computing have created an imperative for the tech world: Change or fail. This year, legacy vendors like Dell, EMC and Microsoft all took major steps to reinvent themselves, sparking some of the biggest tech stories of the year. And all around us we’ve seen portents of big change at the intersection of tech and culture: self-driving cars, wearable technology, the use of drones for fun and profit. That’s prompting increased attention on safety, privacy and public policy concerns as consumers and businesses alike figure out how to manage in this pervasively connected world. Here, not necessarily in order of importance, are the IDG News Service’s picks for the top 10 tech stories of 2015.

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