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 […]

How Do You Move The Needle and Create a Happy Customer?

Having worked in technology and with technologists for the past twenty years, I find myself every now and then getting caught up with the latest technology. Have I downloaded the latest mobile application? Do I want to upgrade to the latest version? Shall I store my data in the cloud? In meeting after meeting, when […]

The New Dynamics AX Is Here—Why You Should Take Notice

Every now and then in the rapidly moving world of information technology, something monumental occurs; megatrends collide into something extraordinary. Now without sounding too dramatic, I am very excited about the new Microsoft Dynamics AX (previously code named AX’7’). In the world of enterprise resource planning (ERP) at least this is a monumental release! It […]

Managed Services Keeping Businesses Up-to-Date

Technology is moving quickly. In fact, every 12 to 18 months, computers double their capabilities, and so do the information technologies that use them. With the speed and convergence of emerging technology solutions like cloud, mobility, social, and big data, there are naturally new pressures on IT organizations to enable the transformation needed to become […]