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Digital Transformation – Power of Enterprise Integration

Posted by Nandakumar Sivaraman on Jan 9, 2017 8:16:24 AM

 

Digital Transformation has now clearly come to the forefront in organizational strategy.  In the last few decades, a multitude of investments in Enterprise Applications from CRM, HCM, ERP and the rise of Marketing Automation tools have resulted in quite a diverse Enterprise landscape to manage.

As organizations move along the path to Digital Transformation, it is critical that the integration of these applications and processes take center stage. 

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Topics: CRM, HCM, ERP, .IT, Enterprise Integration Strategy, Digital Transformation

5 Misconceptions About Global HR Implementation

Posted by Anshoom Jain on Jan 4, 2017 11:50:17 AM


You have operations in multiple countries with multiple subsidiaries serving a global client base and you are starting an initiative of implementing a global HR system such as Oracle Cloud HCM.

What are some of the misconceptions people have when embarking upon such a journey?

Having just implemented Oracle Cloud for our own global HR team, I wanted to share a few misconceptions and otherwise suggested approaches.

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Topics: .HR, .IT, Oracle HR Cloud, Global HR Implementation

Holiday Purchasing Safety Reminder

Posted by Robert Newborg on Nov 23, 2016 9:10:01 AM

 

The holidays are right around the corner, and that means food, fun, parties, and quite a bit of online shopping. Online shopping can be a great solution allowing you to find the perfect gift in a time saving manner, but it can also end with identity theft, malware, and other cyber unpleasantness. Rather than letting it ruin your holiday season, you can take a few simple security precautions to help reduce the chances of being a cyber victim.


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Topics: .IT

Microservices Architectural Approach (Part -1)

Posted by Nandakumar Sivaraman on Sep 30, 2016 9:17:28 AM

 

Microservices pattern is a way of designing software applications through independent deployable services. Each services will be running on its own processes. This gives more scalability in comparison with Monolithic architecture and been leveraged by multiple companies in the modern technology world.

 

A microservices-based approach has become one of the most widely discussed IT topics in recent memory. This is due to traditional Service Oriented Architecture and Domain Driven Design approaches, which are giving more maintainability to enterprise applications.  There are small independent providers which integrate with business processes with no dependency on external services.

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Topics: .IT, SOA, Microservices, Monolithic application architecture, Microservices Architecture

Planning - Seinfeld Bizarro Style

Posted by Bill Lowry on Sep 7, 2016 9:36:30 AM

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There is an episode of Seinfeld in which the female lead, Elaine, meets a new group of friends who are very similar to her longtime pals Jerry, George, and Kramer. They are similar except that the new group gathers in an apartment which is arranged in the opposite of Jerry’s, and whereas Elaine’s old friends are selfish, indifferent, even sometimes mean, the members of the new group are the opposite: they are caring, conscientious, and friendly.

In reference to the DC Comics character Bizarro, who is the opposite of Superman, Elaine begins to refer to her new friends as Bizarro Jerry, Bizarro Kramer, etc. At first, her new friends are a welcome relief from the annoying habits of her old friends, but soon, the subtle differences between Elaine’s friends and her Bizarro friends begins to irritate her, and she breaks things off with the Bizarro group.

If you are used to working with Oracle Hyperion Planning and have logged into Oracle’s Planning and Budgeting Cloud Services (PBCS), it may seem a bit like you have just discovered (at risk of going afoul of DC Comics’ copyright) Bizarro Planning.

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Topics: EPM, .Finance, PBCS, .IT, Oracle Cloud, Planning Budgeting Cloud Services, SmartView

Enterprise Integration – How iPaaS can benefit from IOT and Big Data

Posted by Nandakumar Sivaraman on Sep 6, 2016 7:58:15 AM

 

Now is the time of Big Data and Internet of Things (IoT). We are well past Buzz words now with clear visibility and interest from clients. One platform I would like to see integrate further to this space is “Integration Platform as a Service” (iPaaS). 

While IOT and Big Data bring visibility of data to the next level, iPaaS extends that data to Enterprise systems seamlessly. With Logic Apps from Microsoft and ICS from Oracle, joining others like Dell Boomi, Red Hat etc. we have seen this space expand. 

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Topics: .IT, Enterprise Integration Strategy, iPaaS, Big Data and Internet of Things (IoT), Data Flow

Leading Practices for Mobile Apps with Offline Capabilities

Posted by Kaustubh Chavan on Aug 30, 2016 5:16:11 PM

 

Offline support for mobile apps – a key business need for the digital era - is the ability for an application to fluidly handle a lack of internet connectivity. The popularity and reach of mobile devices increases the need for Mobile applications to work seamlessly when used in remote locations like constructions sites, customer cost centers, etc.

 

There are mainly two types of offline app design approaches that define the overall application architecture and enhancements:

Short Network Loss

These apps are able to cover for short network losses (i.e a few minutes) in the absence of the network connectivity. They work on a “cache and sync” mechanism where the app temporarily stores data in cache till the network reconnects and then syncs the data back to the remote server.

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Topics: .IT, Mobility, Mobile Apps, Field Data Capture, Offline App Design, Implementing Offline Apps

Defect Prevention- The Mantra for "Business Assurance"

Posted by Amritha Balachandran on Aug 5, 2016 7:56:07 AM

“Business Assurance” over “Quality Control”

With the explosion of disruptive technologies, ever-dynamic market trends, and increasing customer expectations, “quality” has taken center stage. The demands on Quality have extended beyond conventional “control” mechanisms to providing strategic transformational “Business Assurance” Services. This necessitates a change in approach, process and service delivery.

The Value of Business Assurance

  • Providing strategic and transformational “Business Assurance” Services aimed at defect prevention.
  • “Early” involvement of quality assurance with greater emphasis on static vs dynamic testing reduces costs.
  • Right sizing quality assurance efforts will deliver maximized ROI and reduced time to market.
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Topics: software development lifecycle services, .IT, Software Quality Assurance, Defect Capture, QA Testing, Business Assurance, Defect Prevention, Software Testing, Quality Assurance Services

4 Ways SharePoint can Help Sales & Marketing Teams Increase Revenue

Posted by Christopher Barton on Aug 2, 2016 8:21:38 AM

Many of us have worked for organizations where there’s so much sales and marketing activity that effective use of SharePoint was a condition of survival - without it there would be chaos and disorder – all killers of productivity! 

If your organization has an Office365 subscription, you already own SharePoint, and its low cost and productivity-boosting benefits make it the smartest option available to consolidate functionality (that’s often inefficiently spread across several systems).

So how can SharePoint help your Sales & Marketing teams? Here are 4 ways Sales & Marketing departments use SharePoint to help their sales teams sell more, get more from marketing investments, and operate more effectively.  

The first 3 are commonly used as part of a SharePoint intranet site, but the 4th one is something special we developed- to make our own sales reps lives easier!

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Topics: Microsoft SharePoint, .Sales and Marketing, .IT, UI/UX

iPaaS - NextGen Platform for Enterprise Integration

Posted by Nandakumar Sivaraman on Jul 25, 2016 7:03:35 AM

Business operations are evolving so rapidly that technology investments to accommodate these changes cannot be ignored. When any major process changes occur (i.e. acquisitions, process improvements, market segmentation etc.), CXO’s need to address how effectively they can ‘integrate’ these changes into existing systems. Today’s biggest challenge is creating an agile environment internally to support these changes. The most popular way to address this currently is moving to the Cloud. 

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Topics: On-Premise Solution, .IT, Mergers and Acquisitions, Cloud Solutions, iPaaS, Integration Solutions

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