Microsoft emphasizes commitment to UAE’s Digital Transformation Agenda at the ‘AI Everything’ Summit

Microsoft emphasizes commitment to UAE's Digital Transformation Agenda at the ‘AI Everything’ Summit

Microsoft participated, as the gold sponser, at the AI Everything summit, a gathering of the world’s top minds in artificial intelligence at a two-day event in Dubai World Trade Centre.

Hosted by the National Programme for Artificial Intelligence, under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, AI Everything 2019 has adopted the theme of “Augmenting the World’s Happiness”.

 

5 Master Data Management Trends to Watch

5 Master Data Management Trends to Watch

Data culture is the new normal. A data-driven culture empowers organizations to innovate faster, continuously improve through real-time feedback and responses, and make smarter business decisions. But for CIOs and chief data officers (CDOs) it’s still a big challenge to feed each function of their organization — think operations, IT systems, marketing, sales, finance and customer service — with an enriched and single source of information. And for those committed to staying at the cutting edge of automation, artificial intelligence (AI), internet of things and blockchain, mastering the art of data management is going to be even more vital in the near future.

 

5 CES-Inspired IoT Trends to Dominate in 2019

5 CES-Inspired IoT Trends to Dominate in 2019

CES 2019 showed us a glimpse into the future of IoT and what it will bring in the coming years. On the horizon, we can expect to see the smart home market impacted by greater investment in voice assistants and edge computing. We should also be looking at more sophisticated data science around IoT data, but at the same time, expect legal and privacy issues to linger.

 

Benefits that Will Push Your Brand to Get Ready for the M-Commerce Shift

Benefits that Will Push Your Brand to Get Ready for the M-Commerce Shift

Digital transformation has paved the way for M-Commerce to rule this highly competitive business world. With people eventually shifting from desktops to smartphones for performing regular tasks, businesses are making a paradigm shift.

Statistics like 79% of smartphone owners take relevant action on their phones in “I Want to Buy” moments have helped M-Commerce to travel a long way since its birth in 1997. And it is going strong since then.

 

The Many Benefits of Letting Employees Work Virtually

Remote Reservations: Why Managers Are Afraid To Let Employees Work Virtually

Professionals around the world are wanting, seeking—even demanding remote work more than ever, but not enough virtual roles are available to meet demand—which leads to the thought: Why aren’t more companies going remote?

In my decade of advising businesses on how to transition their operations and culture to be remote-friendly, I’ve consistently heard six excuses from managers about why virtual collaboration won’t work for them—myself included! In 2006, I was an operations manager and kept the distribution of my team a secret in fear of being perceived externally as an unreliable company. Now, I regret not capitalizing on the benefits of remote work earlier on in my business—and so do the companies that have shared the same excuses.

 

Mobile, IoT and AR Are Transforming E-Commerce Businesses

Mobile, IoT and AR Are Transforming E-Commerce Businesses

Digital transformation is brewing up a storm in the e-commerce business. While mobile has brought the shopping experience to the customer’s fingertips, augmented reality is powering up immersive experiences. IoT is the next hottest trend to deliver enhanced customer experiences and optimize business operations. Let’s see how mobile, Internet of Things (IoT), and Augmented Reality (AR) are revolutionizing e-commerce.

 

5 Strategies For More Accurate Sales Forecasting

5 Strategies For More Accurate Sales Forecasting

Can a more accurate sales forecasting process help in pulling in more revenue for businesses? Check out these five strategies today.

With so many business and finance leaders facing unprecedented market disruption and the need for wholesale transformation in their businesses, there has never been a more crucial time to get a grip on revenue forecasts. This is the perfect time for companies to take a serious look at making accurate sales forecasts.

 

Cisco CEO: ‘People Didn’t Think We Could Do’ Network Subscriptions

Cisco CEO: ‘People Didn't Think We Could Do' Network Subscriptions

Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins told CRN the company has proven its doubters wrong on its ability to deliver subscription-based networking.

In fact, the company’s networking subscription model is one of the big reasons Cisco is now bringing in 65 percent of its software revenue from subscriptions, Robbins said.

“In 2017, it was the first time we launched a subscription on a networking product—on an Ethernet switch, which people didn’t believe we could do,” said Robbins. “Not only was it widely successful, the product that it was launched on, the Catalyst 9000, became the fastest-ramping product in the history of the company, so I think that we’ve now proven that the model works, and we are in the midst of continuing to add more pure software assets to our business and also continuing to shift our core business to one of recurring software and subscriptions.”

 

4 Cloud Principles that Can Improve Your Network

4 Cloud Principles that Can Improve Your Network

Digital transformation continues to be a top business initiative in 2019. At the same time, organizations are looking to enhance the customer experience through personalized engagement. Both of these trends depend upon technology to deliver data-driven insights that increase agility and improve decision-making. And central to all of that is a network capable of connecting diverse devices and efficiently moving applications and data.

 

How Customers Can Break Down Your Organizational Silos Once and for All

How Customers Can Break Down Your Organizational Silos Once and for All

“Eliminate silos.” That has been a top priority and discussion point of organizations for years, yet we continue to struggle to really get rid of silos once and for all.

A quick Google search suggests the problem first came to light around 2005 and has steadily grown since. A 2018 article in the MIT Sloan Management Review reported on research that found that 51 percent of legacy businesses have silos and that just 28 percent have successfully digitized.