New Word Cloud Reveals What’s Keeping IT Professionals Awake At Night

BURBANK, Calif., Sept. 20, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Condusiv® Technologies, the world leader in software-only storage performance solutions, today shared a word cloud graphic that encapsulates hundreds of responses from over 1,400 IT Professionals concerning the most I/O intensive applications supported within their organization.

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The word cloud weights the number of times an application is mentioned and displays the size relative to its frequency. In a glance, anyone can quickly ascertain the most popular applications driving performance requirements across the enterprise.

“The word cloud graphic is unique because you can see the result of hundreds of responses in a single glance. It’s an easy way to identify the biggest performance issues and be surprised by emerging trends. However, what didn’t surprise us was ‘SQL.’ MS-SQL is so far out in front driving performance requirements that it’s hard to even notice what is in second place. Further, when you examine some of the tertiary application names that show up like CRM, ERP, or Proprietary/Custom apps, most of those and others commonly run on top of SQL,” said Brian Morin, SVP Sales & Marketing, Condusiv Technologies.

Morin continued, “The reason we are not surprised by the result is because when a new customer adopts our I/O reduction software platform that guarantees to solve their toughest application performance challenges, it is related to an application running on MS-SQL seven times out of ten. Sure, we see some of the other common culprits like Oracle, Exchange, file servers, backup, VDI, imaging, and more. But there is not much competing with MS-SQL when it comes to driving performance requirements at scale.”

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Large-scale IoT projects have doubled in last year

Almost a third of companies worldwide have adopted internet of things (IoT) services, according to a report by Vodafone, but the pace of adoption has slowed.

Vodafone has released its fifth annual IoT Barometer, polling 1,278 executives across eight sectors, finding 29% of companies are now using some kind of IoT solution, up from just 12% in 2013.

The number of businesses using more than 50,000 connections has doubled in the last year, as companies rollout IoT solutions across their portfolios.

The pace of new adoption, however, has slowed over the last two years, rising just 2%. Despite this, 84% of respondents said their IoT usage has grown in the last year.

Businesses in the Americas have led the way in embracing large scale IoT projects, where 19% of companies using IoT have more than 10,000 connected devices, compared to 13% in Europe and 7% in Asia Pacific.

Vodafone director of IoT Erik Brenneis said, “Over the five years of this report we have seen the number of companies that have adopted IoT double, and projects have grown from small pilots to global rollouts of tens of thousands of connected devices.

“IoT is clearly here to stay and the future looks exciting as 79% of adopters are saying that IoT will have an enormous impact on the whole economy in the next five years.  I believe we can now say that IoT has come of age and is proving itself across all industries and geographies.”

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V1 named as Sage’s ‘Rockstar’ for finance automation

Finance automation company V1 has been awarded the highly coveted Rockstar* partner status from Sage, taking it another step closer to driving greater automation in the accounting sector. Six years after a joint agreement was signed to introduce EDM for Sage X3, V1’s Purchase Invoice Automation (PIA) solution has been given the top partner ranking for Sage X3, held by just 12 Independent Software Vendors (ISV) globally. The V1 solution is also the only certified invoice automation software for Sage ERP X3.

The new status, which further strengthens V1’s partnership with Sage, is an important step in supporting Sage’s plans to increase sales revenues for its business management solution Sage X3 as well as support companies looking to improve overall efficiencies in the finance department. The new Rockstar status will mean the V1 solution will be available to midmarket businesses in Europe, North America, Australia and South Africa.

David White, Channel and Alliances Director UK Enterprise at Sage, comments: “We named V1 as our Rockstar because our relationship has over the years grown from strength to strength. V1 knows how we work and understands our technology. Its invoice automation solution integrates seamlessly with Sage X3, and it’s this unique level of integration, along with the product portfolio V1 offers, that is helping us win more business. Our partnership encourages mutual business growth, increases market reach, and improves customer satisfaction. It also meets the evolving needs of our customers who are showing a huge appetite for automation and cost savings.”

V1’s solution is integrated tightly into the core of Sage X3, offering advanced functionality for true finance automation. It is able to simplify and modernise standard business processes such as Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable by automating data capture, filing and retrieval of transaction related documents. Over 2,000 customers worldwide are using V1 solutions and it’s set to increase significantly as recent research from Sage suggests 86% accountants are now ready to embrace emerging technology to eliminate admin.

Dean McGlone, Sales Director at V1, says. “Sage’s decision to give the Rockstar status to our solution reaffirms its confidence in automating the finance function to benefit business as a whole. Automation is fast becoming part of organisations’ digital transformation plans, with most of our resellers now reporting our PIA solution helped them increase average order values and win new business for Sage. The increased demand also means we are constantly signing up new resellers wanting to take advantage of automation, with Frontline Consultancy being the latest partner to join our Sage X3 partner programme.”

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5 Ways to Avert an ERP Disaster

Implementing a new ERP can be a stressful time for all involved parties. No matter how quickly an ERP can be introduced and made functional, there are going to be at least a few bumps along the way. This is just the nature of a business changing its back-end functionality. There are also issues that can bring your whole business grinding to a halt if they aren’t remedied as soon as possible, which can devastate employees, customers and managers alike. Here are 5 ways to avert an ERP disaster.

Get Everyone On Board

If you can’t get your employees to see the value of switching to a new ERP, your efforts may be doomed before even getting started. There is almost always internal resistance from staff when faced with a changing protocol. Try to see things from their perspective. This transition is going to completely alter the way your employees spend their days. Make it clear how the switch is going to improve their daily workflows. Otherwise, resistant employees are less likely to put their best effort toward learning new software, which will increase their likelihood for mistakes down the line.

Take Advantage of Implementation Services

There’s no reason for you to try to do everything on your own while adopting new ERP software. Good ERP providers offer their customers comprehensive implementation services, which are designed to simplify the transition process. Never be afraid to ask questions. Failing to do so can lead to critical errors.

The extent and availability of implementation services is also a good indicator of the quality of an ERP provider. You need a service that will be responsive to your needs throughout the entire time you use the ERP, not just while you’re setting it up. Pay close attention to how your ERP provider of choice handles your questions and concerns. It will be a good indicator of what life will be like when they’re responsible for a massive part of your business’s productivity and workflow.

Choose the Right Software for Your Company

With such a wide array of ERP offerings, there’s a best fit for just about every business. The protocols of each ERP software will greatly affect how your company operates for years to come. It’s key that you and your management team sit down and do some comprehensive research before deciding on an ERP. While missing the mark won’t always lead to an outright disaster, it will hamper your organization’s daily operations, which will lower productivity in the long run.

Customization Isn’t Always Better

While there are obviously benefits to a customizable ERP, going overboard on this front can actually be detrimental to your business. It’s much better to go with an ERP that satisfies most of your company’s needs in its basic state. Having to do too much customization to your ERP is just opening your business up to potentially disastrous consequences if a certain aspect stops working.

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Cloud integral to Industry 4.0 reaching tipping point

Business appetite for Industry 4.0 is growing, but we are yet to reach the tipping point where manufacturers have transformed into digital enterprises.

This is according to CTO Jon Wrennall at British software and services company Advanced, who also believes the Cloud is integral to helping drive Industry 4.0 forward.

Wrennall said: “Many of us are familiar with the concept of Industry 4.0, but we are led to believe that businesses are well on their way in digital transformation. The reality is that there is a growing gap between executive ambition and transformative action. In fact, according to a recent KPMG report, just 43% have a coherent Industry 4.0 strategy. This tells us there’s a job to be done in increasing confidence among late digital adopters.”

Advanced is using the Cloud to help manufacturers take Industry 4.0 forward. In July, the company acquired Hudman, developer of an award-winning cloud-based Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system, as part of a new Cloud-first strategy. Three months on, it has unveiled Advanced Business Cloud Essentials, as the new name for the Hudman SaaS ERP solution and signed up several manufacturers during the process.

James Gourmet Coffee, J S Bailey and Aspire Furniture are examples of organisations that have invested in the solution, which covers the entire business process from accounts and payroll through to operations, stock, customers and the supply chain. J S Bailey, a leading cheese wholesaler with a turnover of £30m, believes Advanced will help it reduce paperwork across the organisation by as much as 80%.
“Admittedly, our ways of working were becoming outdated and in several areas were struggling to keep pace with rapid growth of the company” said Anne German, System Manager at J S Bailey. “A number of our business processes were not fully integrated with each other, requiring the support of manual procedures, making it more difficult for us to monitor and report on production, sales and finance in the timely manner that a growing business requires.

“We recognised a change was needed if we were to succeed in the ‘new’ digital era, but we knew little about which technologies could help us reimagine our business. The cloud ERP solution was recommended to us and, when seeing it in action, we were impressed by the features as well as the affordability and customer service that came with them. Moving to the cloud needn’t have been so daunting after all, and we are confident it will give us a fully integrated system fit for the future.”

James Gourmet Coffee, a successful family run independent coffee roasting business with a track record of 20 years in the industry, says the Cloud ERP solution replaced a poorly performing accounting solution that made creating simple reports too time consuming. Peter James, owner and founder of the business added: “It’s become an invaluable visual tool that I trust to help me make important business decisions. It provides an overview of what’s going on in the business, from trends and tracking of consumption, and covers our key business operations including HR and payroll. The team quickly built up our confidence in the solution and we believe the Cloud is the way forward in transforming our processes online.”

Advanced’s latest research shows there are still many organisations that are yet to make the jump to cloud technology. Just 33% admit to being experienced in the cloud and 37% have only recently launched cloud computing projects for the first time. What’s most concerning is that a massive 82% want to see Cloud providers do more to build confidence among those looking to adopt a digital transformation strategy, of which the Cloud is fundamental.

Mark Dewell, Managing Director – Commercial and Third Sector at Advanced, adds: “The latest customer wins are sure signs that Cloud adoption is accelerating within the manufacturing industry. It’s encouraging to see the cloud is recognised as making a real difference to their business. We now want to build on this success and bring more organisations like J S Bailey to the Cloud, embracing ERP and enabling them to be part of the trend that is Industry 4.0. But, until we – as an industry – take action and build confidence among those manufacturers still to adopt the Cloud, we will not reach the tipping point in Industry 4.0.”

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Ideagen listed in Gartner’s Market Guide for Corporate Compliance and Oversight Solutions

Gartner, the global information technology research and advisory firm, has listed Ideagen in its latest review of the Corporate Compliance and Oversight (CCO) Solutions market report.

The ‘Market Guide for Corporate Compliance and Oversight Solutions’ report will help security and risk management leaders supporting compliance programs to identify key selection criteria for a CCO solution.

CCO “solutions help standardise and automate compliance activities to increase efficiency and effectiveness of compliance management programs.”

The report, which Gartner says will “provide more understanding of the market and its offerings”, reads: “One of the biggest challenges for compliance leaders is the speed of change.

“CCO solutions enable a common cross-enterprise approach to compliance activities that most affect the regulatory oversight of corporate governance through support of the five major requirements for managing a compliance program: policy development, regulatory aggregation, normalization and mapping, control monitoring, workflow management, and case management.

“The corporate compliance and oversight solutions market is mature in its primary feature set, but differentiation lies in areas such as user-friendliness, quick and easy implementation, integration with other integrated risk management (IRM) solutions, and good visualization and reporting capability.”

Ideagen, which currently helps over 3,000 organisations globally to manage compliance, quality, risk and safety, was named as one of the CCO markets’ Representative Vendors.

Colin Smith, Head of Ideagen’s Banking, Finance and Audit operations, said: “Gartner is the world’s leading IT industry analyst and to be named in its CCO Market Guide we feel is a great achievement for Ideagen. We believe it is very much a testament to both our software and the work we are doing in the CCO space.”

Ideagen provides quality, safety, audit, performance and risk management software and expertise and has operations in the UK, the European Union, the United States and the Middle East.

The company has an excellent portfolio of software products and helps the world’s leading brands to improve operational efficiency, strengthen compliance and oversight and anticipate and manage every detail of risk to reduce costs and improve efficiency.

Ideagen’s customer base includes many blue-chip organisations such as BAE Systems, Commerzbank, BDO, PwC, Shell and the European Central Bank as well as 150 hospitals in the UK and US.

The company counts eight of the top ten UK accounting firms, 80% of the UK NHS, the top seven global aerospace and defence companies and 17 out of the top 25 global pharmaceutical companies as part of its highly regulated client base.

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NTT Com Launches Enterprise Cloud for ERP

Will host end-to-end cloud-based SAP solutions on a global basis

NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com), the ICT solutions and international communications business within the NTT Group (TOKYO: 9432), announced today the global launch of its Enterprise Cloud for ERP, a multi-tenant cloud platform service for SAP installations, in collaboration with Dell Technologies Group’s Virtustream, Inc. and EMC Japan K.K., effective immediately.

Incorporating managed services, the new solution will deliver a cloud-based packaged SAP platform to customers in Japan, the Americas, Europe and Australia, giving them the ability on a global basis to access and run mission-critical core SAP systems in the cloud.

The Enterprise Cloud for ERP service has an option for virtual HANA (offering up to 2.9TB of memory) and physical HANA (up to 8.0TB of memory), which will be available as a multi-tenant cloud platform supporting SAP HANA’s in-memory database architecture. In addition to the base service, a “high availability” option will be available, offering enhanced resilience and disaster recovery via the use of diverse routing and duplicate datacenters in Tokyo and Osaka. The service will also include pay-as-you-go options that leverage μVM resource-management technology to regulate CPU & memory usage, enabling customers to enjoy the flexibility and reliability of a cloud environment combining virtual and physical HANA environments. The service aims to reduce total cost of ownership by up to 65% compared to on-premise systems.

In addition to an SAP cloud-based platform, the new solution will deliver a managed service for OS, SAP Basis, SAP HANA, as well as a system monitoring service and a support offering that includes access to a technical account manager. The latter will provide ITIL-based operational support, operational status analysis and best-practice consultancy services. Customers will be able to easily and efficiently operate the platform by selecting from a wide choice of menus, allowing them to focus on design of their own work processes and application development.

Outside Japan, NTT Com will offer a total SAP solution in the Americas, Europe and Australia incorporating the same onboarding services and managed services. This will enable customers to seamlessly use one-stop globally standardized SAP infrastructures and managed services in a cloud environment.

NTT Com plans to expand the functionality of Enterprise Cloud for ERP and the number of regions where it will be available in collaboration with Virtustream and EMC Japan. The company also plans to offer a Cloud Management Platform offering integrated management of multiple cloud environments which will facilitate connectivity with Virtustream’s overseas cloud;

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