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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Digital Sales and Service: Time to Re-Think CRM

Every time I hear the phrase “customer relationship management” (CRM) I cringe. Do you want to be managed by companies you do business with? Does anyone? Of course not. No one wants to “be managed.” People, instead, want to be treated just like that: People. They want to be part of successful teams, and listened […]

Reflections from the 2016 Insurance Analytics Conference

Avanade was a track sponsor for this year’s Insurance Analytics conference in New Orleans.  Not only was I able to indulge in a beignet at the famed café du monde in the French quarter, but I had the distinct pleasure of speaking with many people about how they see analytics impacting their business. By my […]

Digital Workplace as a Tool in Employee Performance

It’s still amazing how easy it is to get information today. Think about the simplicity of getting information to make a purchase or plan a vacation trip online. Our behavior has changed as fast as the technology that has helped us gain nearly unfettered access to information to make better and quicker decisions. Banking is […]

Top Tips for Reducing the Cost of Sales & Service with Digital

Implementing strategic digital technologies is a part of digital business transformation and as such impacts the ways that sales and service teams work. So it’s not surprising that many executives are eager to reduce costs through digital. Here’s what our Avanade experts had to say  [CLICK TO TWEET]. Andrew Davidson, Director, Enterprise Architect Organisations that […]

The Double-Digit Millionaire and the Digital Dragon

As the global wealth landscape changes with the growth in the number of millionaires and billionaires, we ask what it takes to have a seat at the table and what wealth managers must do to develop a more sophisticated client service model. The Double-Digit Millionaire In recent months, JP Morgan Chase has gone public with […]