Gartner Says Sustainable Business Growth in Midsize Enterprises Will Be Built on an Ecosystem Platform

The top two business priorities for CIOs of midsize enterprises (MSEs) in 2018 are growth and digital transformation. However, 57 percent of MSEs are not yet delivering digital initiatives, according to findings from Gartner Inc.’s 2018 CIO Agenda Survey.

“Digitalization has the benefit of expanding MSEs’ market horizons — a critical success factor for this size of organization,” said Luis Anavitarte, research vice president at Gartner. “As part of an overarching digital business technology platform, MSEs should build an ecosystem platform to strengthen their competitiveness and enable sustainable business growth.”

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Shared vision, shared success at Microsoft Inspire

Shared vision, shared success at Microsoft Inspire

Over the past few months we’ve shared the exciting news that, for the first time, Microsoft Inspire and Microsoft Ready, the annual Microsoft sales, marketing, and technical fiscal kick-off, are going to be held in the same city during the same week.

This co-location will create multiple opportunities for partners and field teams to connect, learn, and collaborate on solutions that will accelerate the digital transformation and success of our customers. These shared experiences will add another dimension to the content-rich learning experience for which Microsoft Inspire is traditionally known. At this year’s Microsoft Inspire we will focus on three key ingredients to enable building and growing profitable businesses.

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IDC: Digital transformation driving IT services spending

IDC: Digital transformation driving IT services spending

The worldwide market for IT services came in just shy of $1 trillion last year with the market outpacing general economic growth.

Figures from IDC showed that year-on-year growth was 4% with the second half of the year totaling $502bn, an increase of 3.6%.

The analyst house pointed to increased business confidence and the digital transformation trend as some of the factors driving spending.

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Digital Transformation Strategy and Customer Engagement: No Longer Optional

Digital Transformation Strategy and Customer Engagement: No Longer Optional

Digital transformation continues to garner a lot of attention, but savvy professionals knew by the end 2016 that major disruption was on the horizon. Forrester predicted that a shift from digital experience to digital operations would greatly impact the overall customer experience in new ways: By focusing on operational efficiencies, organizations would begin to bring all aspects of the business into a centralized digital realm.

But what is digital transformation strategy, really? Digital transformation is more than just a fancy way to describe moving digital assets to the cloud. The Enterprisers Project defines it as a process to integrate all areas of a business in a way that results in fundamental change regarding how it operates and provides value to customers.

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Target AR makeup shopping showcases future of digital transformation in retail

Target AR makeup shopping showcases future of digital transformation in retail

On Wednesday, Target rolled out augmented reality (AR) and digital chat services to help customers more easily shop for cosmetics online and in store, with the goal of increasing beauty sales in the company.

Target Beauty Studio, available on Target.com‘s desktop and mobile versions, leverages AR to allow customers to virtually try on hundreds of makeup items, including lipstick, blush, and false lashes. The site uses Perfect Corp.’s YouCam Makeup tool for real-time facial mapping, so customers can test out which shades and products look good without actually having to try them on. Target Beauty Studio is also now available in 10 brick-and-mortar stores, via a digital screen in the beauty department. The company plans to roll it out to more stores later this year, according to the announcement.

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Security Partnerships are Key to Increased Cybersecurity Maturity

The META region continues to be right at the forefront when it comes to developing and implementing technologies that are helping to shape the world. From Dubai announcing its smart city initiative and launching its cyber-security strategy; to government bodies’ readiness to invest in technology; and the majority of organizations embracing digital transformation, the region is currently seeing the benefits of business and lifestyle transformation through the means of advanced technology.

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The CIO’s new ally in digital transformation

The CIO’s new ally in digital transformation

Cool office perks are no longer enough. Employees want great digital experiences that make work, work better for them. A tech-enabled excellent employee experience is becoming the new weapon of organisations to retain top talent.

“The best talent today expects great digital experiences at work,” says ServiceNow chief talent officer Pat Wadors.

“Top talent can work anywhere, and they are choosing companies that embrace advanced technology to make work simpler, faster, and better,” says Wadors.

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Print market ‘must be prepared for disruption’

Print market 'must be prepared for disruption'

The print industry is currently undergoing some enormous changes as both manufacturers and channel firms attempt to overhaul their businesses in line with the digital-focused, disruptive landscape.

Analyst group Quocirca’s recently released Global Print 2025 report shows 71% of print industry executives expect to face market disruption in the future. However, only 39% say their organisations are very well prepared for it.

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CMO Council Teams With CabinetM To Launch New Solution Sourcing Center To Help CMOs…

…Acquire, Deploy And Manage Marketing Technology

The online resource will activate and engage the council’s global membership base of 15,000 senior marketers in the review, evaluation and selection of marketing technology solutions and cloud-based services. It will draw on trusted peer-based experience, knowledge, insight and procurement practices, as well as business use cases that evidence the value and ROI of marketing technology investments.

In support of the SSC mission, the CMO Council is teaming with CabinetM to offer access to CabinetM’s Marketing Technology Management platform through the Solution Sourcing Center. The CabinetM platform will provide CMO Council members with the infrastructure to track and manage marketing technology use across the enterprise, and provide the foundation for creating a rational marketing technology and automation strategy.

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The Importance of Cybersecurity in Digital Transformation

The Importance of Cybersecurity in Digital Transformation

As of December 31, 2017, there were 4,156,932,140 internet users around the world. That is approximately 54.4% of the world population (7,634,758,428) at the time.

Basically, every person who can afford to have an internet connection and electronic devices, do almost everything online. It is no surprise, therefore, that organizations around the world need to go through digital transformation.

Digital transformation takes place when digital technology is integrated into products, processes, and assets of a business for the purpose of optimizing operational efficiency, improving customer experience, expanding into new markets, and managing risk.

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