Tuesday, August 19, 2014

7 Tips for Successful Governance of a System Integration Project

Application portfolio managers and business analysts in an IT environment are being asked to redesign business processes based on the new capabilities enabled by mobile, social and cloud computing. Despite pressure from line-of-business managers for new strategies and approaches to traditional business issues, many IT departments resist change due to risk aversion, financial restraints and short-term thinking. In many cases they lack the agility within their IT infrastructure needed to update systems efficiently, manage data securely and integrate processes effectively across the enterprise.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Why Are Platforms the Future for Mobile App Development?

Over the last six months I met with a wide range of customers and prospects in order to understand how they understand enterprise mobility, and especially to see whether they see it as a business opportunity or just another piece of technology. It’s no secret that the past few years have seen a debate between two paradigms: whether to write specific code for different devices, or to take a wider approach.
The rapid advances in mobile technology have led to a world where there is no single accepted approach, but history looks to be repeating itself from the desktop world, and I believe that application development platforms are the way forward.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Mobility Culture Shock

Mobile is not just a fad technology, it will change business culture as we know it. Some executives see mobility  as a potentially destructive development that threatens security and control over enterprise data. Others perceive mobility as a tool for streamlining existing IT services and apps.  A third group recognises enterprise mobility as a strategic opportunity, that will change the business culture as we know it, creates a mobile unit, and puts a C-level person on top to examine new market opportunities, consumption trends and what competitors do.
Sadly, the third group is still a minority.  Most managers still don’t grasp how mobility will change business culture as we know it.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

SugarCRM Integration and the Enterprise Portal

Following the recent SugarCon event where the company I work for exhibited and showed its integration and enterprise mobile application tools for SugarCRM and many other systems, I wanted to address one of the key questions we were frequently asked at the event, “how can I make my SugarCRM more than a customer database?”
This is becoming a key question because the open-source CRM software, SugarCRM, is currently reorganising here in Europe in order to deliver a more enterprise-grade flavour of Sugar into a market dominated by major players such as Salesforce and Microsoft Dynamics among others.  Whether you already use SugarCRM or are considering a migration, I strongly advise you to consider integrating SugarCRM into your workflows, and even making it a central jumping-off point for day to day processes, in order to get the most value for your money.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Roka Bioscience Connects Oracle Systems with a Little Magic

Despite the impressive intentions of “Enterprise Resource Planning” (ERP), most businesses today still only use ERP systems to manage accounting transactions. Product lifecycle management (PLM) systems have emerged to fill in one of the gaps that ERP systems leave behind: the need for a system that manages the complete product lifecycle from idea, through research and development, prototyping, manufacturing and phase-out. Unfortunately, much of the information managed by ERP and PLM systems overlap and the systems don’t share information easily. Roka Bioscience, a food safety company that manufactures assays used to test for salmonella and listeria and other pathogens in food products, tried to connect its Oracle Agile PLM system with its Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne ERP system and found out just how difficult ERP to PLM integration can be.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Zombie Apps: Mobilizing Lotus Notes

Enterprise-MobilitySome have pronounced Lotus Notes/Domino dead, a career killer, a zombie app. Lotus Notes is facing unprecedented user resistance due to perceptions that it is difficult to use and outdated with a tired user interface. In fact, this might also be one reason that IBM recently re-branded Lotus as IBM Collaboration Solutions. Despite these perceptions, CIOs should be wary of rip-and-replace strategies for Lotus Notes.