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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

4 Benefits from Investing in a Digital Workplace

A few facts on our changing world: digital natives will have 20 different jobs in five different careers in their lifetime. Technology has made us five times more productive since 1972. 50% of the workforce will be Millennials by 2020 and could be working with their grandfathers. By 2025, 45% of workers will be contractors. […]

4 Questions that CIOs Need to Ask about IT Modernisation

Today, with advances in cloud computing and the expectation that IT innovates to deliver corporate strategy, modernising is essential for all businesses. However, actually getting a programme started remains a challenge for everybody. Because of this, more CIOs are adopting a bi-modal approach to IT modernisation, which will ensure that they are able to keep […]

The Path to Cloud Application Modernization

Last time out we covered some of the issues with getting your application migration strategy wrong and how Avanade’s approach to the cloud journey, plus our toolsets, enable our clients to get the best value from their cloud transformation by focusing first on an application modernization strategy. However you do it though, companies need to […]

Agile for Marketing – A No Brainer

Today started like any other day as a marketer. I had a very clear understanding of what my day should look like and what I wanted to accomplish, yet within 30 minutes, that had changed. Unfortunately, that’s not unusual. Lots of requests are thrown at marketing professionals from different directions; long cycle times inhibit our […]

Top 3 Highlights from Gartner Digital Workplace Summit

I’ve just come back from Gartner’s Digital Workplace Summit and it’s reassuring to see much of what I’ve been discussing with Avanade clients for years make its way into the limelight. The event is only entering its second year, at a time when creating an advanced, digital workplace couldn’t be more urgent.  After all, without […]