Retail Jobs: Lost and Found

The numbers were startling, if coincidental. The U.S. Labor Department March 2017 Jobs Report stated that just over 30,000 jobs had been lost in the retail sector in that month. The day before the Labor Department figures were released, Amazon announced that it was planning to hire 30,000 more people! Net-net? Not quite. At least […]

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 […]

Customer Experience is the New Battlefield for Differentiation

  The following blog post was co-authored by Aaron Reich, Innovation Director and David Rosenthal, Solution Architect at Avanade. We were recently at the National Retail Federation show in New York. As we spoke with clients and walked the Expo floor with its hundreds of vendors, two things stood out: a cool company called Thursday […]

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 […]

Melting Pot for Marketers: What to Expect at Sitecore Symposium 2016

It’s been 2 years since Sitecore Symposium was held in Las Vegas with its flash and sizzle and promise of sharing strategic insights in delivering unique, personalized, high-impact experiences across every touchpoint.  Since then we’ve seen the maturation of companies like Tesla, Instagram, Uber, Amazon, SnapChat and other brands, now the gold standard for creating […]

Why You Need to Think of Your Digital Retail Strategy as an Iceberg

Everyday I hear from my retail customers in a panic. “We need to be omni-channel!” they shriek, terrified of what the future will bring if they don’t cash in on the latest digital retail craze and bring their sales to devices of all sizes and shapes. Unfortunately, these companies are looking at it the wrong […]

Is the Internet of Things a Game-changer for Employee Experience?

  We’ve all heard about the benefits the Internet of Things (IoT) can bring to your business – from boosting productivity to unlocking new revenue streams, the potential is huge. But what about your end-users? As companies increasingly strive for a more engaged, talented workforce, can IoT have a positive impact on the lives and […]

SharePoint Gets its Mojo Back

A few weeks back I attended the ‘Future of SharePoint’ event in San Francisco to learn about Microsoft’s vision for the world’s most widely adopted enterprise collaboration product. It was also a perfect way to meet the core leadership to discuss how SharePoint and OneDrive should improve in order to better solve our clients’ digital […]

4 Essential Ingredients for Digital Employee Experience Success

The following is a guest blog post by Paul Miller, CEO and Founder of the Digital Workplace Group. A digital employee experience involves focusing on what every employee experiences on a day to day basis – the digital services they use, the flow between different devices, the need for log-ins, etc. We are all used […]