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The Importance of Emotional Intelligence for Leaders

Posted by Satish Reddy

Dec 8, 2015 9:34:45 PM

Emotional_Intelligence.jpgBeing stuck in the old ways of doing things in terms of technology, management and other important work areas can have serious implications for a supervisor or company, but the solutions can be learned.

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Topics: Modernize your IT, Digital Disruption, Digital Initiative, CIO

Large Government IT Networks Coming Around Slowly to Realities of Modernization

Posted by Satish Reddy

Nov 24, 2015 8:00:00 AM

IT_Modernization.jpgBecause legacy apps have various factors dependent on their platform, many are not portable to the Cloud easily.

 

Methodologies are thus needed to prepare well for modernizations.

 

In government IT systems, for example, older systems account for more than half of the IT expenditures, and cost literally billions for maintenance.

 

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Topics: Custom Software Development, Enterprise Mobility, Modernize your IT, Digital Initiative

7 Ways That Legacy Applications Can Hurt The Bottom Line

Posted by Satish Reddy

Nov 20, 2015 8:39:38 PM

Legacy_Application.jpgLegacy systems and applications are still powering businesses all around the world.

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Topics: Enterprise Mobility, Modernize your IT, Digital Disruption, Digital Initiative

Using Enterprise Apps for Making Profitable Decisions: How Pizza Hut is Baking a Delicious Treat

Posted by Satish Reddy

May 5, 2015 8:00:00 AM

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The competition is fierce among pizza restaurants. For a time, it appeared as if Domino's was leading the digital charge with its "pizza tracker" app. Customers can place an order online and then track its progress from start to delivery. (They can also send a "note of encouragement" to the crew members and rate their experience.) Pizza Hut offered online ordering, but it had nothing (digitally speaking) that provided customers with the same level of interaction. Prior customer-facing initiatives had focused primarily on mobile apps that made ordering faster and more convenient than calling the restaurant to place an order the traditional way. Apparently, though, Pizza Hut was busy developing even more advanced digital initiatives, such as an interactive menu that can tell what customers plan to order by reading their eye movements. (The company claims that the menu can determine what customers want in less than three seconds.) However, the most critical part of Pizza Hut's makeover has been the way it has mined its data to determine what their customers want. Pizza Hut is using analytics to make data-driven decisions that range from pricing to restaurant design. Analytics (not guesswork) help the company decide what menu items need to be added or retired. However, the data must also indicate that such menu changes will help improve profitability and performance.

 

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Topics: Digital Disruption, Digital Initiative

5 Most Important Keys in Approaching a Digital Transformation

Posted by Satish Reddy

Apr 29, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Approaching_Digital_TransformationIn recent years, the terms "digital transformation" and "going digital" have been cropping up with increasing frequency. There is no doubt that the digital age has arrived, complete with all the opportunities (and chaos) that normally accompany every advance in technology. Although every company (with few exceptions) is already a digital company to some degree, making the transformation to a true digital enterprise is a concept for which no universal definition has been accepted by everyone. To some, it represents a change in customer expectations, while to others it might herald better supply chains, more efficient operations, new products to market or opportunity to expand into new territories. One thing, however, has become obvious: Without a strategic approach to the transformation, the move can fail to deliver the comprehensive results desired. Having a digital strategy means including five important core components.

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Topics: Digital Disruption, Digital Initiative

9 Ways Companies Can Avoid the Pains of Digital Disruption

Posted by Satish Reddy

Apr 23, 2015 7:30:00 AM

digital_disruption_superheroDigital disruption is going to affect every company sooner or later. Either the company will be disrupted, or it will be the one causing the disruption. Regardless of whether you are the disrupter or the one suffering disruption, the change can be stressful. There are ways, however, that you can avoid many of the pains associated with digital disruption.

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Topics: Digital Disruption, Digital Initiative

Digital Disruption: Why Enterprises must Adapt and Innovate or Risk Fading Away

Posted by Satish Reddy

Apr 17, 2015 2:11:00 PM

digital_disruptionThe first "Encyclopaedia Britannica" was published in three volumes between 1768 and 1771. For the next two centuries, the company worked to build and retain its reputation as the publisher of the leading compilation of general knowledge in the world. The books were sold to schools, individuals and organizations through mail orders, printed advertisements and door-to-door salespeople, and the strategy worked well for more than 200 years.

It would be logical to assume that a company with such a long and illustrious history would be slow to adapt to technology, but that was not the case. The online version was launched in 1994 in an effort to compensate for lost revenue due to declining sales of the print version and compete with the numerous sites offering essentially the same information. In 2012, the company announced that it would no longer publish printed editions; the 2010 edition would be the last opportunity buyers would have to secure a traditional hard copy set, and once supplies are exhausted, there will be no more.

In other words, the company embraced current technology to provide customers with a product they wanted to replace a product that had become increasingly "unwanted." It survived by adapting, but it offered little in the way of innovation.

Other companies have not been as successful as "Encyclopaedia Britannica" in their attempts to adapt. They have fallen to competitors who were truly innovative. Traditional video rental stores (such as Blockbuster) found themselves backed into a corner with the introduction of online streaming services (such as Netflix). Online music services contributed greatly to the demise of the corner record store. Smartphones have contributed to slumping sales of traditional cameras. The convenience of e-commerce sites has taken such a heavy toll on traditional retailers that analysts question whether some long-established names (including J. C. Penney and Sears) will be able to survive at all.

Although the Internet plays a major part in most of the disruptions, it is far from the only player. There have been many other digital innovations that have proven disruptive. For example, 20 years ago, how many people would have thought about using their mobile phones to take high-quality videos, complete with audio? How many moviegoers would have expected that they would someday be able to purchase tickets at a self-service kiosk and skip the long lines? How many marketers predicted the ability to use iBeacons to track customers' movements throughout a store to improve the layout? How many CEOs could have predicted the ways that moving to the cloud would impact how they did business? 

Thus, digital disruption is far more than embracing a single technology. It is all about integrating various technologies into an innovative package that benefits both customers and businesses.

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Topics: Digital Disruption, Digital Initiative

Digital Disruption Starts with the Death of Siloed Thinking

Posted by Satish Reddy

Apr 10, 2015 12:53:26 PM

Eliminating_Siloed_ThinkingWith increasing frequency, companies and organizations are embracing the move to digital enterprises. Some view the move as a basic step toward IT modernization, others feel the transformation is necessary to keep up with the competition and still others see an opportunity to reduce costs and operate more efficiently. Whatever the motivation might be, and whatever specific initiatives are planned, one adjustment that all enterprises need to make is to eliminate siloed thinking.

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Topics: Modernize your IT, Digital Disruption, Digital Initiative