Top Three Things to Know When Moving to Office 365

The following blog post was co-authored by Tom Hoglund, Executive, and Brad Gephart, Senior Director, of Platforms and Offerings. Microsoft’s ‘cloud first’ strategy has helped propel Office 365 (O365) into becoming Microsoft’s fastest growing commercial product to date. The latest research conducted by the Digital Workplace Group (DWG) found that almost half (48 percent) of […]

The DNA of Digital Disruption

Regardless of what stage companies are in while going through their digital transformation journey, the potential for market disruption is always looming. As I see it there are four market needs that are driving organizations to transform themselves digitally: increasing innovation, moving faster, staying connected and getting personal. The Need to Increase Innovation:  Digital disruption […]

Platform Economy: Plugging Your Business into New Ecosystems

Over the past couple of years there has been much talk about borderless computing, which provides businesses with the ability to reach outside their walls to expand digital solutions and plug into emerging business platforms. Progress in this area is evolving and the opportunity to drive better value to customers and access new and larger […]

Insurers Look to Analytics Tools for Answers

A trio of professors (Ajay Agrawal, Joshua Gans and Avi Goldfarb) at the University of Toronto recently published an article in the Harvard Business Review, entitled, The Simple Economics of Machine Intelligence.  They make the point that, “Technological revolutions tend to involve some important activity becoming cheap” and for machine intelligence that will happen with […]

6 Things to Consider When Addressing Corporate Digital Ethics

Digital ethics is all across the mainstream press.  Avanade has been part of the discussion, with both Sarah Adam-Adam Gedge and Adam Warby have spoken to the press on this locally. With companies accelerating into an AI-first world, the need for all players – companies, governments, individuals – to consider the consequences of that shift, is […]

Do You Need a Managed Service for Your ERP Managed Services?

There’s an irony to evolving IT paradigms. With every innovation and new trend in computing, organizations and users must change, often uncomfortably, even though progress is supposed to mean making things easier and less costly. Inevitably, you’ve got new and shifting processes, new training requirements and challenges reporting on information and functions that are now […]

Today’s Workforce: Augment or Bust!

As you may have seen in Avanade’s TechVision 2017, we believe that the era of the augmented worker is upon us. In the following few paragraphs I’ll talk about why I think this is needed, how I see this impacting business and how you can get started in your own organization. Because even though we […]

Identity Management: Why Wait a Week for Access to Biz Apps?

As a Security Consultant, I have spent the last 5 years of my career working to improve the security of Avanade’s clients using Microsoft security technology. One area of security I specialise in is corporate identity management, using these skills I have helped clients improve their joiner, mover, and leaver changes through automation and process […]

Celebrating Avanade Employees Awarded Distinguished Sitecore MVP Status

We’re beyond proud that several Avanade employees were recently awarded 2017 Sitecore MVP status, a distinction that recognizes their exceptional knowledge and expertise on digital marketing best practices. To honor their achievement, we’ve asked a handful of them to share their stories and perspectives on how they attained this milestone and why Sitecore is the […]

How Empathy and Change Enablement Help Reduce Security Risk

Anyone who is slightly technical has been asked to help friends and family members with their iPhones, mobile apps, Windows laptops and so forth.  In doing so, we may or may not empathize with users that have less technical skills than we do. JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association defines empathy as the […]