rssitbuyer IDC RSS alerts IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Utilities 2018 Predictions <P>This IDC Web Conference presents a discussion by the IDC Worldwide Utilities team on the key predictions that will impact CIOs and IT professionals in the worldwide industry over the next one to three years. Senior IT leaders and line-of-business executives will come away with guidance for managing the implications these predictions harbor for their IT investment priorities and implementation strategies.</P><P>To learn more about IDC FutureScape 2018, go to https://<B></B>.</P> Web Conference: Tech Buyer Mon, 20 Nov 2017 05:00:00 GMT Gaia Gallotti, John Villali IDC MaturityScape: Smarter Datacenter Facilities 1.0 <P>This IDC study outlines the technology, skill sets, and processes necessary to get the full value out of the data collected. A calculated, methodical, and collaborative approach to developing smarter datacenter facilities includes not only intelligent equipment but investment in people skills and process improvements.</P><P>"Smarter datacenters support better visibility into and control over datacenter facility resources with the goal of improving resiliency, increasing efficiency, maximizing capacity, and supporting full financial and performance transparency. Investing in smarter datacenter technologies and embracing new processes to get the full value of data collected is an important step in supporting digital transformation initiatives." — Jennifer Cooke, research director, Datacenter Management</P> IDC MaturityScape Mon, 20 Nov 2017 05:00:00 GMT Jennifer Cooke Maximizing Technical Skill Effectiveness Through Soft Skills Training <P>This IDC Perspective explores the importance of "soft skills" to enhance technical training and certification. Regardless of the specific technology or IT professional vocation, technical skills, so-called "hard skills," can be used more effectively if they are accompanied by strong interpersonal communication, business skills, and leadership/management skills, collectively referred to as "soft skills." This document answers common questions about creating a soft skills strategy and lays out a step-by-step approach for combining technical training with soft skills training. </P><P>"Soft skills are of great value in their own right," says Eric Bloom, adjunct analyst with IDC's IT Executive Programs (IEP). "When they are tied to specific job types, they provide the dual benefit of enhancing employee effectiveness and promotability while enhancing employee performance by increasing each person's ability to work effectively with others."</P> IDC Perspective Mon, 20 Nov 2017 05:00:00 GMT Eric Bloom Systems Integrators, Strategy Consulting, and Service Robots <P>This IDC Perspective takes a look at the role of strategy consulting and systems integration services relative to service robots. The newest wave of robotics is being deployed across several industries and a broad range of business processes. As this technology continues to proliferate, it is becoming more important for strategy consulting and systems integration services firms to be able to support their clients in the effort to deploy, integrate, and operate robots in their business processes.</P><P>John Santagate, research director for Service Robotics at IDC, says, "Deploying robots in many new business processes requires tight integration into the existing IT architecture. As companies increasingly turn to service robots, they will subsequently look for guidance and support to enact these implementations. It will become increasingly important for strategy consulting and IT systems integrators to be capable of supporting their clients' robotics-related initiatives."</P> IDC Perspective Mon, 20 Nov 2017 05:00:00 GMT John Santagate The First Financial Services DLT Consortium to Go to Production Phase? <P>This IDC Perspective examines to understand the success factors that contributed to its evolution toward a commercial status and the challenges that it has found along the way. The IDC Financial Insights team had a discussion with representatives of KBC, Rabobank, and HSBC to better understand the lessons learned from this experience. </P><P>"Over the past few years, we have seen a proliferation of collaborative initiatives driven by various financial institutions that work together to test blockchain to a POC stage, but the Consortium is likely to be the first that moves toward commercial phase. The project, which aims to facilitate European cross border trade for SMEs, is expected to go into production in the first quarter of 2018," said Thomas Zink, associate research director, IDC Financial Insights.</P> IDC Perspective Mon, 20 Nov 2017 05:00:00 GMT Danielle Hernandez, Thomas Zink Blocking the Transformation: How Mining Organisations Prevent Themselves from Enabling Transformation <P>In this paper IDC Energy Insights will look at the impact of enabling data-led mining operations and some of the associated challenges specifically relating to the developing technology ecosystems, technology partnering and buying strategies of mining companies, and the interwoven impact of roles, people, and organisation. "It is the need to create value from data that in turn creates a driver for change across many elements of the industry and the way that companies operate. These are challenges that we are going to see the mining sector working through for some time, this is just the beginning of the journey, but change is on the way," says Emilie Ditton, research director for WW Mining IDC Energy Insights.</P> IDC Perspective Fri, 17 Nov 2017 05:00:00 GMT Emilie Ditton Dassault Systèmes ENOVIA Analyst Event: Driving 3DEXPERIENCE Platform Growth <P>This IDC Perspective discusses Dassault Systèmes' ENOVIA Analyst Event held at the company's headquarters in Waltham, Massachusetts, United States.</P><P>"This dynamic need of addressing existing challenges with new models and processes is where the combination of old and new comes together nicely for Dassault Systèmes. ENOVIA is a critical piece of the product innovation platform and innovation marketplace approach, given the need to manage a large network of data and information about products, processes, resources, suppliers, and manufacturing," said Jeff Hojlo, program director, Product Innovation Strategies.</P> IDC Perspective Fri, 17 Nov 2017 05:00:00 GMT Jeffrey Hojlo IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Connected Devices and Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality 2018 Predictions – APEJ Implications <P>The fundamental shifts in demography, evolving consumer preferences, and how products and services are consumed today in an always connected digital world are rewriting the rules of engagement for enterprises. Digital disruptors such as Alibaba, Tencent, Amazon, and Airbnb are emerging across sectors and challenging incumbents with their lean digital operations and new business models. The combination of these factors is forcing organizations to further wire-up processes and assets with sensors and new devices and technologies such as artificial intelligence, wearable computing, and AR/VR. Leading organizations are already testing smartwatches, AI, and AR/VR applications to enable real-time information access and visualization, automation, hands-free computing, and for trainings. </P><P>Although these initiatives are helping shape the future workplace and deliver better productivity and visibility into operations for enterprises, it is also increasing the diversity of devices and operating systems to manage, creating unprecedented complexities for IT teams. Enterprise IT organizations and business teams will need to anticipate the continued transformation of the workplace to ensure a seamless transition.</P><P>This IDC presentation discusses the APEJ implications for the <I>Worldwide Connected Devices and AR/VR 2018 Predictions</I>. The document lists the top 10 predictions in terms of their likely impact across the enterprise and the time it will take for the predictions to reach mainstream in the region. By mainstream, IDC means the broad middle of the bell curve of adoption (i.e., the 40–60% of enterprises that are neither the first movers and early adopters nor the last to act).</P> Tech Buyer Presentation Fri, 17 Nov 2017 05:00:00 GMT Avinav Trigunait, Bryan Ma, Kenneth Liew IDC PeerScape: Cloud Computing Practices for Selecting the Right IaaS Vendor <P>This IDC PeerScape identifies four leading practices to help approach the selection and adoption of IaaS as part of the overall cloud strategy. IaaS is a major component of any enterprise cloud adoption strategy. Selecting what workloads to host in a public or private cloud is a major decision. Furthermore, selecting the right vendor for each workload is another complex decision. </P><P>"Much of the public cloud IaaS adoption has been ad hoc, and there is still a relatively low level of maturity across enterprise organizations on how to best adopt public cloud IaaS solutions — especially when it comes to using multiple public cloud platforms alongside their existing on-premises infrastructure," says Erik Berggren, vice president of Research, Cloud Strategies, with IDC's IT Executive Programs (IEP). "The companies that are doing this right are taking a long-term view with a strategically anchored foundation for the transition and clear long-term objectives and goals regarding needs and expectations from the public cloud platforms. Further, they take a structured comprehensive approach to the transition, catering for skill set buildup, process evolution, and reinforcement of new frameworks."</P> IDC PeerScape Fri, 17 Nov 2017 05:00:00 GMT Erik Berggren IDC PlanScape: Threat Hunting <P>This IDC study explores threat hunting as an important aspect of cybersecurity.</P><P>"Threat hunting is the latest trend in cybersecurity analytics," says Mike Chapple, adjunct analyst with IDC's IT Executive Programs (IEP). "Organizations that adopt threat hunting programs combine time-tested security knowledge with modern analytic techniques to identify and respond to suspicious activity."</P> IDC PlanScape Fri, 17 Nov 2017 05:00:00 GMT Mike Chapple