Enterprise technology news for IT leaders
NewsThe solutions aim to unify and analyze data from manufacturing assets and will compete with similar industry offerings from the stables of AWS, Oracle, Microsoft and IBM. NewsCIO Florian Roth’s team was one of the first to adopt the Friday focus on deep work. NewsvFunction Assessment Hub is aimed at IT decision makers, providing a technical debt score highlighting the complexity of the legacy application code and risk factors associated with it. NewsA new survey describes an IT spending landscape shaped by remote work and its consequences, as spending growth slows slightly, with security and networking as priorities. NewsBusinesses are spending more on cloud infrastructure in order to ramp up digital transformation efforts and stay flexible in the face of supply- chain issues, says research firm Canalys. NewsServiceNow CEO Bill McDermott said that global challenges like the war in Ukraine “have underscored the urgency of investment in digital business.” NewsThe CRM giant is looking to help customers automate workflows and trigger actions across its growing range of applications using Flow. NewsWith new tools for correlating employee engagement at with other data, the software vendor hopes to make it easier for managers to retain workers. NewsThe 10th edition of the popular enterprise architecture framework focuses on improving usability for a wider range of enterprises. NewsData lakehouses combine the storage and analytics features of data warehouses and data lakes, with vendors like Databricks offering solutions for specific industries. NewsThe German software company started the financial year with strong cloud revenue, but it recognized that exiting the Russian market will impact its bottom line. News AnalysisA PwC survey covering operations and technology leaders as well as other C-suite executives globally has identified three main roadblocks stopping them from achieving digital transformation in their supply chain operations. NewsThe service sector union Ver.di has made public an internal data leak at SAP. Sensitive information from the workforce is said to have been widely accessible. NewsThe tech giant saw revenue rise 8% for the first quarter of the year, as demand for its hybrid cloud software and consulting services spiked. NewsRussian President Vladimir Putin’s brutal war against Ukraine is not leaving the IT industry unaffected. Here’s an overview of the sanction measures taken by some of the most important IT providers. NewsOracle ME, an employee experience suite within the company’s Fusion Cloud Human Capital Management (HCM) platform, is aimed at resolving workforce challenges such as attrition in the wake of the pandemic. News AnalysisAccenture maintained its position at the top of the IT service provider market, as Infosys leapt to No. 2 in a year of acute talent challenges, according to Everest Group’s 7th annual rankings. NewsShortly before the support freeze for Russian cloud customers, SAP offered to move their data abroad for free. NewsIBM says the z16’s security features also help protect enterprises from the ‘harvest now, decrypt later’ threat of quantum attacks. NewsThe new managed Retail Search service from Google Cloud wants to help digital retailers solve the dreaded search abandonment problem. News AnalysisRussian corporations believe they can replace software from Western vendors such as SAP with solutions they have developed themselves. Meanwhile, thousands of IT specialists are leaving the country, and Ukraine asks SAP to end support for its software in Russia. NewsThe retail industry-focused product aims to help enterprise customers unify their data and gain valuable customer, product, supplier, and location insights. NewsTo improve its process mining offering on Microsoft Power Platform, Celonis has acquired Process Analytics Factory, developer of PAFnow NewsThe cloud data warehouse specialist has launched another industry-specific product, this time aimed at helping companies in the retail and consumer goods sectors to manage their data. NewsAfter moving its SAP systems to the Azure cloud in 2021, Microsoft is putting SAP in charge of its migration to S/4HANA by signing up for the RISE single-SLA offering. NewsThe latest revision of the Now workflow automation platform introduces a new Automation Engine and a customizable user interface, Next Experience. NewsGoogle is extending its Contact Center AI (CCAI) service to allow enterprises to integrate their contact center data with their CRM (customer relationship management) applications in order to optimize and enhance customer service. NewsGoogle’s parent has spun out a team working on novel encryption and navigation systems using quantum techniques. NewsAt its annual customer conference, Nvidia is showing off new ways to model and predict the behavior of clouds and more, in the cloud and elsewhere. NewsThe deal represents the latest private equity buyout in the software sector, which saw tremendous growth throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. NewsSnowflake has launched a cloud-based, data-sharing platform for the healthcare industry that brings together the company’s core SaaS data warehousing, analytics and business intelligence offerings with a data marketplace and consulting services on demand. NewsMicrosoft is rebranding its partner program for the cloud — and updating its rules for membership. CIOs should be aware of the changes as suppliers and service providers push to meet the new criteria. News AnalysisCIOs could be called on to help make the office worth the commute, or the remote working experience more inclusive. NewsCloud ERP provider IFS and Dutch consulting firm Bearing Point are launching a new company, Arcwide, to capitalize on the growing demand for technology services. News AnalysisWhile Oracle reported revenue growth on the back of cloud services and SaaS sales, net profit plunged, dragged down by the heavy costs of keeping up with the competition. News AnalysisFujitsu will stop making mainframes in the next nine years — but it, and mainframe rival IBM, are taking steps to give mainframe applications an afterlife in the cloud. NewsThere’s still a need for more IT workers, but employers don’t want to pay for them, say analysts. NewsThe software startup is tapping a VC cash infusion to expand into Europe and further develop its suite of supply chain management (SCM) applications. NewsPandemic-induced demand for automation will fuel the market for RPA (robotic process automation) software to $22 billion in 2025, according to Forrester, but growth will flatten as a broader mix of automation technology it calls "automation fabric" is adopted. News AnalysisA survey covering 750 financial services companies globally has identified three main roadblocks stopping them from achieving digital transformation, according to financial technology firm Broadridge. News AnalysisNetwork operators are making progress with stand-alone 5G rollouts, but CIOs hungry for 5G’s promised low latency for IoT communications might want to consider a private 5G network. NewsBI success requires more than just a strong technology platform. It takes laser focus on processes and personnel — and a business-first approach to gaining insights from data. NewsOracle has added new features to its Supply Chain & Manufacturing (SCM) cloud suite to handle global supply chain issues and increase efficiency of operations. News AnalysisServiceNow is offering to help CIOs get more value from their investment — if they’ll pay just a little more. NewsSAP has named IBM its first “premium supplier” for Rise with SAP, allowing it to host S/4HANA in the IBM Cloud as part of an all-in-one offering with IBM’s consulting services. NewsHigher renewals and a marked shift to cloud-based revenue as a result of its RISE program are making the company more optimistic about its ambition of reaching annual cloud revenue of €22 billion by 2025. NewsOne new ERP dashboard offers real-time cash forecasting without use of third-party integrations, and another adds a layer of data analytics to projects. NewsIn selling the data-based part of its Watson Health business to an investment firm, IBM signals that it wants to concentrate on core AI technology. NewsEliminating bias in artificial intelligence is increasingly an issue as more enterprises use it in their services.
News AnalysisMicrosoft says it will trade its workplace culture for Activision Blizzard’s metaverse building blocks — potentially bringing a new meaning to the title of software architect. Here’s what else CIOs should know.