NRF 2017: Applying Innovation and Virtual Reality to Retail

With the holiday season over the retail world now enters its prediction season; everywhere you turn you can see lists of the top retail trends of 2017. While some of those predictions are less likely to happen than my resolution to give up wine for the month of January others are already happening. Rather than […]

Cloud-Based ERP Systems Are Critical To Your Digital Transformation

For all the hoopla over putting various business functions in the Cloud, most notably CRM and other front-office systems, the reality is that much of what makes digital marketing and sales processes function are the back-office systems.  In fact, “going digital” for specific business apps without also transforming the backbone systems and underlying IT architecture […]

Why Health Care Needs a Chief of Work

This blog was co-authored by Michelle Caldwell, Director of Enterprise Technology Architecture. Workplace experts and industry analysts are increasingly predicting that we might soon see a new addition to the C-suite: the Chief of Work (or COW – not to be confused with the provider acronym, Computers on Wheels). This role, which would be a […]

Your Journey Towards Big Data & Advanced Analytics

Big data, advanced analytics, machine learning, stream analytics… these are buzzwords that organizations believe will completely transform the way they do business. And they are right! The business value is somewhere locked behind the large volumes of structured and unstructured data coming from inside and outside the company. To unlock it, these organizations must be […]

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 […]