Can your organisation transcend data gravity?


It’s quite a challenge. Could your organisation “analyse all relevant data and deliver actionable information” based upon it? If you could, IDC reckons that your organisation would be one of a select number enjoying its share of a total of $US65 billion in productivity benefits over your less analytically oriented peers by 2020. And that’s not a global total, it’s just Asia Pacific.

Closing the virtuous circle of data

lan602 closing the virtuous circle of data

Back in 1934 the poet TS Eliot in words for a musical play ‘The Rock’: “All our knowledge brings us nearer to our ignorance … Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?”

The importance of unstructured data

lan602 the importance of unstructured dataYou’re probably well aware that ‘big data’ is, well, big. Everywhere you turn the talk seems to be about big data, or more correctly data analytics or data analysis – the science and technology of extracting meaningful insights and intelligence from vast repositories of data.

Marketeers discovering the power of IoT

lan552 marketeers discovering the power of iot
Marketing is an intensely competitive business and by nature marketeers are highly competitive individuals, always looking for new ways to gain an edge on the competition, to get greater ‘mindshare’ for their brand and products.

The lowdown on sales force automation software

lan551 the lowdown on sales force automation software
Sales force automation software is almost essential for any serious sales organisation. It acts as the central repository for account, lead and contact records and enables sales reps to automate key activities such as dialing leads, sending emails and logging data.

IT trends in human resources

lan550 it trends in human resources
Information technology is transforming every aspect of enterprise operations and human resources is no exception. Earlier this year KPMG published its HR Transformation Survey. Eighty eight percent of respondents said they would spend the same or more on technology in 2015 than in 2014. “Organisations are replacing their core human resource management systems (HRMS) more frequently than ever before (every three to five years versus historically every five to seven years),” KPMG said.

Flexible working: myth busted

lan549 flexible working myth bustedDespite all the talk about enterprise mobility, teleworking and technology-enabled location independence, it seems the Australian workforce is, to a large extent, chained to its desks.

To host or to house: the PBX buyer’s dilemma

lan548 to host or to house the pbx buyer s dilemmaDo a Google search on ‘hosted vs premises PBX’ and you’ll find no end of advice favouring one or the other, and numerous comparisons that represent a fairly balanced view with roughly the same number of pros and cons associated with each.

Beware the digital vortex

lan546 beware the digital vortex
The Digital Business Transformation Center (DBT Center), after surveying 941 business leaders around the world in 12 industries, concludes: “Digital disruption is not seen as worthy of board-level attention in about 45 percent of companies. In addition, 43 percent of companies either do not acknowledge the risk of digital disruption, or have not addressed it sufficiently. Nearly a third are taking a ‘wait and see’ approach in hopes of emulating successful competitors. Only 25 percent describe their approach to digital disruption as proactive—willing to disrupt themselves in order to compete.”

In search of digital business

lan547 in search of digital business
In a survey taken by Gartner in October of this year, of more than 2,900 CIO’s on the topics of platform thinking and digital transformation, their findings were that “More than half of Australian and New Zealand CIOs are leaders of digital transformation in their enterprise.” With that being said, this has surely got to be good news for most CIOs.

CFO becomes 'chief data corralling officer'

lan546 cfo becomes chief data corralling officer
As enterprises struggle to cope with an increasing deluge of data, chief financial officers are taking on a role of consolidating data to provide a ‘single source of truth’ about the enterprise, which is an important contributor to success.

Strategies for digital transformation

lan543 strategies for digital transformation
The mantra pervading IT today is that businesses are being rapidly and massively digitally disrupted and must undergo digital transformation into digital business to survive and prosper. That’s easier said than done, and there’s no end of advice on how to go about it. Here’s one model.

Why you should upgrade your technology

lan543 why you should upgrade your technologyWhy do you need to upgrade the information technology in your business? The answer’s simple: Moore’s Law. It can be interpreted in several ways but the most relevant for this question is that it means the information technology bang you can get for your buck roughly doubles every two years – whether that’s in processing power, storage, or general functionality.

The human factor in digital transformation

lan542 the human factor in digital transformationYou don’t have to do a great deal of reading in the IT press these days to come across the topics of digital disruption and digital transformation. In a nutshell, the argument goes that digital technologies — specifically social networking, mobile, cloud computing and ‘big data’ — are disrupting every kind of business in every industry, spawning new startups and forcing incumbents to embrace these technologies (ie undergo digital transformation) or perish.

Fun with data analytics

lan539 fun with data analytics“Religion”, “fun”, “social”. They’re not words you’d expect to be associated with a discussion on the importance of data to a business, and advice on how to manage, manipulate and extract maximum value from data. Nevertheless, those are the exact words the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) is using in its report {cslimited}The Virtuous Circle Of Data — Engaging employees in data and transforming your business{/cslimited}.

TRACEing the path to a secure enterprise

lan536 traceing the path to a secure enterprise
Industry research firm Frost & Sullivan has come up with what it says is “the new industry standard for holistic enterprise security,” and yet another acronym: TRACE, for ‘Threat Response Adaptive Core Ecosystem’. Here’s what it means.

In praise of IT audits

LAN541 In praise of IT audits

Marketing Coordinator for Lanrex Sarika Vatner has observed 'The word audit is usually enough to send shivers down the spine of some of the largest corporation in Australia, but the reality is, audits, especially IT audits are vital to business operations and sustainability. In today's society with the imminent threat of security breaches from internal and external sources, it just doesn't make sense for companies leave the structural integrity of their IT infrastructure unattended, especially when IT today is so heavily relied upon by all facets of the business.'

Are you cognisant of cognisant computing?

lan539 are you cognisant of cognisant computing
If not, you should be. So says market research and analysis firm Gartner. "Cognisant computing — the next phase of the personal cloud movement — will become one of the strongest forces in consumer-focused IT," Gartner says. It adds that cognisant computing will "have an immense impact across a range of industries, including mobile devices, mobile apps, wearables, networking, services and cloud providers, causing major shifts in revenue and profit flows."

The Internet of Things is coming. Are you ready for it?

lan538 the internet of things is coming are you ready for it
The internet of things (IoT) can simply be explained as the embedding of computer and communications systems into everyday objects. Enabling them to be tracked, controlled or to exchange data. Improving efficiencies and accuracy for anything from smart cars to heart monitors.

Innovation analysed

lan535 innovation analysed
It seems counter-intuitive – trying to put a structure around innovation, which, after all, is about creating something new; about thinking ‘outside the box’. Nevertheless some academics at Cambridge University’s Judge Business School in the UK have done just that and published their results in a report sponsored by US telco giant AT&T: Six degrees of innovation: predicting transformative business models.