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...

Driving the fourth industrial revolution with integration and SaaS

The first industrial revolution (1700-1800s) was, by any measure, a massive leap forward in history. At the heart of almost every invention in the period was a desire to do something faster and better than before, something we are seeing now at the early stages of what the World Economic Forum calls the Fourth Industrial Revolution. This is the period whereby we extend the Third Industrial Revolution (aka, the Digital...

CIO job responsibilities in 2018: Driving business transformation and innovation

According to a Forrester report, CIOs are now viewed as the most important senior leaders in driving business transformation and innovation, and many believing they have more input than a CEO. Forrester highlights the CIO’s key role in supporting business change with technology playing a key part in breaking down barriers in the structure of organisations. These and more comprise the CIO's job responsibilities in 2018.

In the last decade, there is no doubt that the...

A five step guide to building your digital transformation dream team

There’s a sense in enterprises today that digital change is now inevitable. By the end of 2019, spending on digital transformation will reach £1.2 trillion worldwide—up 42% from 2017, according to a report from (IDC) late last year.

But for many enterprises, it is not just the usual challenges such as organisational resistance to change and legacy business models that make the digital transformation journey difficult. Securing investment is a major factor. Also, the...

Building for brilliance: Tips for creating outstanding digital experiences to win user hearts and minds

“We live in a time where mobile apps are not utilities; rather, they are almost part of us.”

This was a pearl of wisdom dropped by one of our digital factory teams recently that I think really highlights the challenge that businesses face in developing compelling, competitive apps. Fundamentally, for an app to succeed, it must act as an extension of the user, augmenting their lives, solving their problems in new ways, and delivering such a seamlessly brilliant experience...

Out of the shadows: What’s next for citizen developers?

The original definition of a “citizen developer” was someone outside IT who creates new business applications for a department or team using single-user or workgroup solutions built with tools like Microsoft Excel and Access. Sometimes they were sanctioned by corporate IT, but many of them were “rogue” or part of a group known as “shadow IT.”

By contrast, today’s citizen developers can build departmental, enterprise, and even public...

The truth about low-code platforms: Debunking the myths

The term "low-code app development" didn't exist until a few years ago, but the concept isn't a new one. In the last decade, the possibility of building a working business application in a few hours has come to fruition and has attracted an enormous amount of interest from enterprise professionals around the world. It’s become a favourite topic for the big-name analysts, with lots of vendors beginning to offer it, and companies, who have long backlogs and customer...