What are the main challenges chief procurement officers face today?

As we move towards a new world of business, post the pandemic, without a doubt COVID-19 has severely disrupted supply chains on a global scale. Procurement leaders are having to maintain business operations, fulfill urgent demands, and mitigate supplier challenges against a backdrop of significant disruption to their teams and their partner ecosystem.  Moving forward resilience will be the watchword and as CPOs start to think about the short and medium-term needs of the...

Actions speak louder than words: Moving from digital transformation to ‘data transformation’

Digital transformation has been a buzzword for quite some time now. Despite being viewed by a few people as an over-the-top term by over-zealous vendors, digital transformation has had an impact on businesses in a very real way. In fact, the World Economic Forum predicts that the global economic impact of digital transformation will hit $100 trillion by 2025.

Unsurprisingly, when something like digital...

For better or worse: How understanding the pros and cons can give businesses the perfect marriage with SaaS

Subscription-based services are revolutionising the way many of us consume everyday products. From Netflix and Spotify giving instant access to vast libraries of content, to meal kits such as Gousto and Hello Fresh taking the complexity – and up-front effort – out of preparing a meal.

Things are the same in the business realm, where vendors and their customers are embracing software as a...

Data is becoming the linchpin at the heart of business – and here’s what comes next

According to Gartner, transforming into a digital business is the number one priority for most organisations. In fact, a brief look at Gartner’s Top Insights for the C-Suite, 2018-2019 edition, highlights that we have reached a tipping point, in terms of digitally driven businesses, for both the private and public sector.

Before we jump into the numbers what on earth are we talking about? Everyone...

Enterprises need comprehensive data strategies – but few are getting it right today

Another day, another disconnect in enterprise land: according to a new study, while two thirds of organisations believe a comprehensive data strategy is a requirement for meeting business objectives, only a third say their current capabilities are able to do so.

The study, from Harvard Business Review and Cloudera titled ‘Critical Success Factors to Achieve a Better Enterprise Data Strategy in...

How predictive analytics can help manage unforeseen challenges in the supply chain: A guide

In the UK, Brexit has prompted businesses of all sizes to weigh up how any number of potential outcomes may impact their operations, and how they can effectively identify and manage threats to their business. In fact, recent research by Vuealta reveals that uncertainty over Brexit has resulted in more disruption to supply chains in the last five years than natural disasters and cyberattacks combined.

But is there a realistic opportunity here for businesses to not only react to events...

Innovations in analytics and BI: The top trends to look out for in 2020

As companies strive for success in the digital age, it’s essential that they keep abreast of the innovation happening in the world of analytics and business intelligence (BI). By understanding the trends that are set to take the ever-evolving field of analytics by storm, organisations can be one step ahead in the race to innovate.

That’s why TIBCO Software conducted a global survey on...

The seven mistakes CIOs can make with blockchain – and how to overcome them

Gartner appears to really have it in for blockchain – or at least, wants to make sure organisations don’t dive in head first and make a serious mistake.

The analyst firm has put together a list of seven mistakes to avoid in blockchain projects as part of its latest research, including misunderstanding use cases, wrongly assuming key standards, and ignoring governance issues.

Global enterprise storage systems market saw decline in Q119, says IDC

The global enterprise storage systems market recorded $13.4b in revenues in the first quarter of 2019 (1Q19), which is a decline of 0.6% on year-over-year (YOY) basis.

According to International Data Corporation’s (IDC) latest study, titled Worldwide Quarterly Enterprise Storage Systems Tracker, the total capacity shipments increased 14.1% to 114.2 exabytes on a YOY basis during the quarter.

The three biggest challenges facing the equipment-centric enterprise

"Predicting rain doesn’t count. Building arks does.” Wise words from the legendary business magnate, investor, speaker and philanthropist, Warren Buffet.

The ability to identify change just seems easier for some. That’s probably what makes Buffet one of the world’s most successful and wealthiest investors. But for most of us, making the best financial decisions for long term...