The Rise of the Machines

For years, we have been fed an almost constant diet of sci-fi prediction about the consequences of artificial intelligence and our deepening lack of self-reliance. Be it at the hands of vengeful robots, octopedal searcher drones or an omnipresent networked villainous super-brain; we are just fleshy victims waiting to be usurped. Well, the age of […]

IoT Will Give Williams Martini Racing Insight for Faster Pit Crew Times

When you’re using technology terms like ‘Digital Workplace’ and ‘Internet of Things’ around the clock in your day job, it’s easy to forget they can be quite abstract and hard to really grasp their added value. So, every now and then, I like to remind myself that there’s nothing like sharing a real-life client example […]

Amazing Customer Experience Really Can Contribute to the Greater Good

We talk a lot about enriching customer experiences and creating consistency across channels to unify interactions with our clients’ brands.  But at the end of the day it’s when we enrich customer LIVES that the magic happens! For example, Avanade recently worked with the Australia Department of Industry, Innovation and Science that supports small and […]

3 Ways Dynamics 365 Helps You Re-Invent CRM

It’s fun to dig into theory and talk about the future. But sometimes people just want practical answers, to real-life problems. They want more “how,” less “what.” Take for instance my last blog post about two distinct strategies needed to re-think customer relationship management (CRM). In it, I argued if modern organizations want optimal digital […]

Personalising Your Customer Experience to Remove Friction and Drive Advocacy

Modern businesses are operating in a commercial environment heavily based on choice and the easy comparison of goods and services. At the same time, brand loyalty is not what it was, and it can only take one negative experience of a business for a customer to go elsewhere. Mandating an Omni-channel Customer Experience Because of […]

Are CIOs Prepared to Modernise Their IT Operations?

While experience and heritage in business can be very valuable in driving future success, it can also be something of a drawback when seeking to drive digital transformation. Whereas new companies are built on modern technology platforms, with agility and flexibility built-in from the outset, older organisations often have to get by working with a […]

How on Earth do you “do” IT Modernization?

I’ve spent more time than I care to admit this year looking at the topic of IT modernization, allowing me (off the top of my head no less) to quote Gartner as stating that legacy systems are in the top three blockers to adopting a bimodal IT model – impressive, right? In particular though, I’ve […]

4 Benefits from Investing in a Digital Workplace

A few facts on our changing world: digital natives will have 20 different jobs in five different careers in their lifetime. Technology has made us five times more productive since 1972. 50% of the workforce will be Millennials by 2020 and could be working with their grandfathers. By 2025, 45% of workers will be contractors. […]

Cloud Transformation – Common Pitfalls

Cloud can often be seen as a silver bullet, which brings higher agility and elasticity whilst at the same time driving down overall costs and increasing efficiencies. Cloud providers, in their drive to gain market share, have been offering incentives and freebies to help clients dip their toe in the Cloud (figuratively speaking)  [CLICK TO TWEET]. […]

Master Data Management the Easy Way

I met with a client that needed to deal with one of the most common and complex problems that organizations have – data management.  This oil/gas company had data coming out of its ears – production, seismic, HSE, down-hole sensor, log, financial… you get the picture.  Each department was its own silo; a sprawling archipelago […]