Advoco

Infor & Advoco Partner to Advance APM Footprint & Virtual User Group Meetings

Advoco, an Infor Alliance Partner, providing EAM services, has had, for several years, a user group meeting called Connect.  Connect 2020 was unique in two ways; first, due to COVID-19, it went virtual, and second, Infor became an official sponsor of the event and was a significant partner throughout.  This Infor investment reflects some of…

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Ten Commandments

Ten commandments for new software niche players to follow

What could we do without software? Whether it’s the micrometer I use when adjusting features of the 1930’s tractor engine in my 1962 Morgan roadster, the digital thermometer we bought for the pandemic, the microwave oven we have in our kitchen, the Apple watch I wear or the cloud-based applications I access – software is…

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COVID

COVID-19 Gives Manufacturing CIOs Unique OT Learning Opportunity

In my recent blog posts on why CIO’s need to get over the OT/IT divide, I explained why failure to address the IT/OT divide was going to doom manufacturers’ Digital Transformation efforts. I promised to provide insight as to how CIO’s can start breaking down the wall between IT and the OT centric parts of…

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DOD

DOD Cloud Strategy: CIO Multicloud Recommendations from JEDI and CIA

The Department of Defense (DOD) awarded underdog Microsoft a massive cloud computing contract on October 25, 2019. This announcement was an enormous surprise to IT analysts and the cloud industry. This award was stripped down from the original Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) $10B cloud plan to a $1million guarantee for Microsoft work. It leaves…

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The Analyst Syndicate

Ask The Analyst Syndicate: What Is A Chief Butterfly Officer?

Ask The Analyst Syndicate: Our respected service offers answers to your questions about technology and related trends: When you need answers, Ask The Analyst Syndicate (ATAS), provides accurate answers to your questions. Our community is comprised of world-renown independent analysts who are now working in industry and are subject-matter experts from technology firms and service…

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Business.

Business Shock Recovery Requires Re-thinking

I’ve seen increasing discussion over the past week-plus about the effects of COVID-19 as a “shock” to business, rather than an interruption of the type around which most firms build disaster response and recovery (DRR) plans. I think that “shock” is a perfect term. And I think that business management software (e.g., ERP) and managed…

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Working

The New Normal For Supply Chains

COVID-19 pandemic reveals how globalization can both spread a virus and cripple supply chains People have been trading goods across vast distances for millennia. The Silk Road and Timbuktu’s trans-Saharan caravan are two examples. Now globalization describes capability, opportunity, scale and speed for production and distribution of goods. That are specialized, manufactured and delivered just-in-time.…

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