Four Technology Trends and Their Impact on ERP

Cloud, social technologies, big data and mobile have impacted different parts of the business and internal processes over the years. ERP platforms continue to be implemented and used in more traditional ways. But as businesses become more digital, the traditional ERP platform also has to adapt to the current technology trends. Let’s take a closer […]

AI is the new UI – AI + UX + DesignOps

This blog post was originally published on CIO Review. Today you cannot read any technology or business article without some discussion around Artificial Intelligence (AI), whether explicit or implicit. We see AI integrating deeper in all elements of our life – be it at home with our families, or at work with our colleagues and […]

Big Data Exploration: Discovering the New World of Analytics

In my last blog post, I explained how to start your journey towards Big Data and Advanced Analytics and briefly mentioned that one of the steps is to “experiment” these technologies and capabilities though POC’s or pilots before defining the final needs and requirements. Therefore, in this post we will focus on understanding how to […]

Technology Vision 2017: Every Business Will Be an AI-First Business

We’ve been talking about cloud-first and mobile-first for a while now. Here’s another “first” businesses need to start paying attention to: AI-first. We believe all businesses are only a few years away from a new era – one where we will need to focus first on artificial intelligence. Avanade’s Technology Vision 2017 explores AI and […]

Artificial Intelligence vs. Machine Learning: Battle of the Minds

In the last year, I’ve been wrestling with two competing approaches with respect to how to leverage big data: artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML).  After all, there’s nothing exciting about big data unless you have a mechanism to process it. After a few weeks of intensive research, I have realized that everyone’s definition […]

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 […]

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 […]

The First Rule of Big Data

How many of you have watched the movie Fight Club?  Great movie, replete with violence, ennui, and a lament for the narcissistic failings of the baby boomers.  Anyways, there’s a scene in the beginning of the movie where Edward Norton talks about how has to assess risk associated with car accidents for an insurance company.  […]

The Perfect Storm Facing IT Leaders

In his book, “The Road Ahead,” Bill Gates famously said, “We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten.” Andrew McAfee, on the book he co-authored with Erik Brynjolfsson called The Second Machine Age argues that we can flip that […]

CMO vs. CIO – Is There Room For Both In The Boardroom?

This article originally published on TechWeekEurope UK. Avanade’s Julian Tomison discusses how and why CIOs and CMOs should be working together to move towards the ‘Digital Workplace’ There is a battle going on in the boardroom; a battle around who controls technology in the business. With the role of digital changing the way people work […]