What Retailers Need to Look for in an ERP Solution

Today’s retailers face a complex operating environment. They need to sell seamlessly across multiple channels. They need to deal efficiently with a huge number of daily transactions. And they must accommodate an increasingly global customer base. It’s no longer enough just to have the right products in the right place at the right time. Instead, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Fortune Favours the ‘Bold’ With Digital Transformation

Digital transformation is no longer a distant dream – it is under way, with more organisations than you might think already reaping the benefits of replacing ageing legacy infrastructure with the latest cloud-based and digital technology. I’ve had the opportunity to speak with many of our Avanade clients over the past six months. Each organisation […]

3 Control Elements That Make Up Modern Data Security Protection

In the midst of designing programs that implement modern data security protection, security and IT leaders are continuously searching for the controls that will make the biggest impact in reducing breach. It could be said that many of the recently published breaches were of companies and programs that had a fairly good handle on the […]

Why a New Economics of IT Demands Innovation and Efficiency

Working on your core at the gym is great — but if it’s all you do, you’re limiting what could be. You need the cardio, the weights, and the full-body routines to really unlock your true potential.  It’s the same idea for companies going digital. As we’ve seen in the New Economics of IT blog […]

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 […]