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How (Not) To Give An Enterprise Software Keynote

Warning: snark ahead. I attend 40+ enterprise software conferences a year. If you’re preparing a keynote, please don’t do the same as everybody else, i.e: Introduction Show Dramatic opening video featuring an American Announcer Voice Start with a few irrelevant words about being in city X, the current date, etc. Unenthusiastically thank the sponsors for […]

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Detecting Fraud at Speed

by Norman D. Marks, CPA, CRMA One of the troubling aspects of the recent penetration of the JP Morgan Chase system is that finding out what happened took a long time – months. If an organization wants to minimize potential losses from fraud, it must detect it and respond quickly. Some companies depend on software […]

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Social Media to Entice Consumers to Buy this Holiday Season

This holiday season, marketers are launching holiday-specific social media campaigns. And these social media strategies are about more than just than engaging with customers – they’re designed to get consumers to buy. In the past, Internet marketers have set their sights on increasing engagement as well upping their follower counts during the holidays. This year, […]

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Positive Profit Prognosis: Lessons from Healthcare’s Big Data

Healthcare agencies aren’t gun shy when it comes to funding predictive analytics. According to a recent Fierce Health IT article, more than $1.9 billion has been invested as companies look for ways to reduce the cost of overtreatments and improve patient outcomes. But the reach of Big Data extends far beyond hospital walls — what […]

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Business Innovation Through Technology

Please find below a video of the presentation I did at the recent SAP Select event in Berlin. The goal of the 24-minute presentation was to avoid innovation theory and instead talk about eleven real-life organizations that are doing something different thanks to the availability of new technologies. “The biggest barrier to business innovation today […]

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Simple is Hard

Is this what your IT infrastructure looks like? It’s clear that complexity is holding back innovation. But we all know that simple is hard. The easiest way forward is to move to new, simpler business applications like SAP Simple Finance. Here’s what’s different about it, some explanations from the folks that thought it up, and a live […]

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Simple is Hard

Is this what your IT infrastructure looks like? It’s clear that complexity is holding back innovation. But we all know that simple is hard. The easiest way forward is to move to new, simpler business applications like SAP Simple Finance. Here’s what’s different about it, some explanations from the folks that thought it up, and a live […]

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Survey Says: Holiday Spending Outlook Merry & Bright

There’s some extra good news for companies this holiday season as consumers are more optimistic about the economy and are planning to spend more, according to Deloitte’s 29th annual holiday survey. This online survey was conducted by an independent research company of over 5,000 consumers in the U.S. and found overall holiday spending is set […]

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What Role Should CIOs Take in Data Analytics Governance?

“CIOs who take an early leadership role in analytics governance will further demonstrate their own value and help invent their organizations’ future[s],” according to an article in CIO Magazine. Today’s CIOs must tame an organizational “Wild West” brought on by the promise of big data and analytics that are more sophisticated than in the past. The reason […]

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Part 1: Why Upgrade to SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence 4.1?

by Markus Schunter, Global Head of BI & CLOUD Analytics Practices, SAP    @markusschunter With SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) 4.1, (which I’ll call BI 4.1), we simplified our BI solutions (making them easier for our customers to use), and added robust new functionality. Also added were numerous new integration scenarios for customers using either the […]

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