• LAN649 Taking the measure of Microsoft Office 365

    Microsoft likes to commission Forrester Consulting to do total economic impact analyses of the use of Office 365, because the findings are consistently impressive.

  • LAN647 For SMBs it pays to be digitally engaged

    Deloitte Access Economics says its survey of Australian small and medium businesses shows those that have reached 'advanced' levels of digital engagement to be much more successful than those that have only 'basic' levels of digital engagement.

  • LAN645 The human factor in Office 365 deployment

    Any new technology introduced into the business environment is likely to meet user resistance, regardless of its benefits.

  • LAN644 Office 365 gets an AI boost

    There were many announcements at Microsoft’s annual Ignite event — held this year in Atlanta Georgia — that would have been of interest to users of its products. Not surprisingly many of these related to Office 365 and the software tools available through it, but perhaps none were more important than the new security features.

  • LAN646 Digital transformation delusions

    There’s a bit of a disconnect in the findings from research into the level of digital transformation among Australian organisations, undertaken by Tech Research Asia for Hitachi Data Systems: Taking Digital Transformation to the Next Level.

  • LAN643 Smart disruption for the We Economy

    You won’t find the term ‘We Economy’ anywhere in a new report from Optus Business, entitled Smart Disruption: A perspective on innovation for Australian organisations, but the conclusions in the Optus report are remarkably close to the ideas espoused by proponents of the We Economy.

  • LAN642 Tech skills shortage tipped to hamper digital transformation

    Cultural change and lack of skills will be two of the biggest barriers facing companies in Asia Pacific undergoing much needed digital transformation, according to research firm IDC.

  • LAN641 The business cost of network inadequacies

    In this day and age it’s a given that the performance of IT systems — networks and applications — can have a significant impact on business performance, but putting numbers to the nexus of network and application performance and business performance is no small undertaking. Citrix commissioned research firm Tech Research Asia to do just that. Here’s what they found.

  • LAN638 Getting smart about SharePoint app development

    For anyone looking to develop applications for SharePoint and Office 365 there’s handy guide in the well-known Dummies series, published by Jon Wiley & Sons: Business Apps for SharePoint and Office 365 For Dummies.

  • LAN639 How secure is your Office 365 Secure Score will tell youSecurity is and always will be top of mind for IT when contemplating any new product or service. It’s always easy to get information on the benefits — sales material is full of such — but any addition to an IT system, hardware or software, application or infrastructure, brings new vulnerabilities, new avenues that cyber criminals can potentially exploit to exfiltrate sensitive data, or compromise essential systems.

  • LAN640 Are IT samurais an endangered species

    You might recall earlier this year we asked, “Are you a samurai CIO or a ninja CIO?” We went on to explain that these were Gartner’s metaphors for the two aspects of what it called bimodal IT.

  • LAN631 Digital denial documented

    Global software company, Progress, has undertaken a survey to assess organisations’ approach towards and progress with digital transformation. It finds a significant percentage of them in ‘digital denial’.

  • lan637 migrating to office 365 here s some recommended reading

    Contemplating the move to Office 365? You’ll find no end of free advice on the web in the form of whitepapers and a few cautions.

  • Earlier this year we looked at Gartner’s concept of bimodal IT, Gartner’s view of how IT departments need to change to handle the forces of digital disruption that demand nimbleness — the ability to respond quickly to new challenges — while simultaneously maintaining legacy applications that are fundamental to the day-to-day operations of business: ERP systems, accounting systems, CRM systems etc.

  • lan627 lanrex helps aussie engineering firm go all cloud

    IT services company Lanrex has helped Australian engineering firm UES move its entire IT infrastructure to the cloud, replacing all its software with new cloud-based applications.

  • lan635 implementing the digital workplace

    A few weeks ago on this blog, we had a crack at defining a digital workplace or workspace. We had a look at a few of the definitions to be found on the Net, and we made the point that, regardless of the precise definition, the aim is to enable employees to use any device – desktop, laptop, tablet, phone – anywhere and to have the experience be as near as possible identical, regardless of device or location.

  • lan634 anticipating microsoft dynamics 365
    Photo Taken by RoseASP

    Microsoft is whipping up interest in its latest cloud-based enterprise application offering – Dynamics 365 — ahead of its launch, expected to be at the Dynamic Communities’ Summit 2016, to be held in Tampa October 11 to 14.

  • lan633 digital transformation culture is the key

    A few weeks ago we looked at the connection between digital transformation and change management, recognising the fact that when an organisation strives to ‘become digital’ this is a change process and, like any other change process, must be managed if it is to be successful. We compared the top 10 principles of change management as set out in 2004 with an updated list from the same organisation in 2014 and noted that corporate culture — ‘Assess the cultural landscape’ and ‘Address culture explicitly’ — that had been priorities seven and eight in 2004 had risen to number one position in 2014 (‘Lead with the culture’).

  • lan632 16 000 partners get the good oil from microsoft

    16,000 people from 144 countries converged on Toronto early in July for Microsoft’s World Partner Conference. Highlights of the opening day included: an announcement from General Electric CEO, Jeff Immelt and Microsoft CEO, SatyaNadella, that GE’s Predix platform for the Industrial Internet is available on the Azure cloud; Japan Airlines using Microsoft HoloLens to change the training paradigm for flight crews and mechanics.

  • lan630 what s new in office 365

    Back in June 2014, {cslimited}Microsoft introduced the Office 365 for Business Public Roadmap{/cslimited}, a website listing all recent and planned upgrades to Microsoft Office. Announcing the move, Jake Zborowski, a group product manager for Office 365, said it would provide a few months’ view of new features, enhancements, and major updates.

  • lan629 digital transformation is a change management challenge

    Amid all the talk today of digital transformation and digital disruption, it’s easy to forget that underpinning these phenomena is something that is not necessarily digital, disruptive, or transformative: it’s simply change. Change of any kind, especially in a large organisation, must be managed if it is to be successful, and to that end a huge change management industry has emerged.

  • lan628 microsoft dynamics now a full spectrum crm

    “The Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2016 Spring Wave Release takes Microsoft’s vision of having one single platform to manage all touchpoints of business relationships one step further,” proclaimed KPMG in its review of the latest release, which came out in early June but which had been well foreshadowed by Microsoft and commentators.

  • lan626 microsoft beefs up office 365 security

    Microsoft has moved to give IT administrators greatly increased peace of mind about their use of Office 365, with a series of new features that allow them to track anomalous and possibly nefarious usage and to set rules controlling how service can be accessed.

  • lan625 doing devop takes leadership

    Put “DevOps” and “Leadership” into your favourite search engine and you’ll very quickly discover that the move to embrace DevOps poses some significant non-technical challenges from IT management.

  • lan624 should you outsource your it help desk

    Whenever an organisation contemplates outsourcing part of its IT operation, the IT help desk is often first cab off the rank. Depending on the size and nature of the business - and on whether that IT support is purely to serve staff, or customers as well - running it in-house can throw up some fairly obvious pain points.

  • lan623 in search of the super cioThe names differ — CIO 2.0, Super CIO — but the message is the same: the role of the CIO is becoming increasingly important and CIOs are now serious candidates for CEO roles.

  • lan622 is it a printer is it a car no it s a digital workplace

    According to an article on CMSWire in December 2014 What a Digital Workplace Is and What It Isn't,” There are as many definitions of the digital workplace as there are organisations.” OK, but surely that doesn’t include cars and printers, does it? Well, in a way it does. Here’s why.

  • lan619 samurais and ninjas the two worlds of today s it

    Are you a samurai CIO or a ninja CIO? Gartner says you need to be both. What does it mean by that?

  • lan621 the power of microsoft power bi

    In January 2015 Microsoft set out to “fundamentally transform the business of business intelligence.” The basis of that bold claim was the release of a new version of Microsoft’s business intelligence tool, Power BI.

  • lan620-empowering-the-cio.jpg

    It sounds like a laudable, and very necessary, initiative; one aimed at empowering CIOs in large organisations to better embrace ambitious digital transformation agendas, and it comes from UK based global telco, BT, the former British Telecom. BT calls the initiative ‘Digital Possible’ and says it will build on insights from its most recent research, The BT CIO report 2016 – the digital CIO.