rssitbuyer IDC RSS alerts Aligning IT with DX Organization Models <P>This IDC Perspective helps CIOs and IT executives understand the most widely used digital transformation organizational structures, when and how each archetype should be used, and the implications for CIOs in terms of their roles and service offerings.</P><P>Deciding how to organize for digital transformation is only one of many decisions facing business leaders, but it turns out to be quite significant, as IDC's research has found a strong correlation among organizational archetypes and DX maturity and success. Decisions about organizational structures for DX also have significant implications for CIOs and their IT organizations in the roles that they need to play and services that need to be provided.</P><P>"This document is intended to help CIOs and IT executives understand the most widely used digital transformation organizational structures," says Serge Findling, vice president of research with IDC's IT Executive Program (IEP). "It illustrates when and how each archetype should be used and what the implications for CIOs are in terms of their roles and their organizations' service offerings."</P> IDC Perspective Tue, 19 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT Marc Strohlein, Serge Findling Early Views into Automation and AI Adoption in the Life Sciences and Healthcare Today <P>This IDC Perspective provides insights gathered by IDC Health Insights' analysts participating in the Infosys Automation and AI in the Life Sciences and Healthcare Industry event held at the Hanover Marriott on August 9, 2017. David Schubmehl and I co-presented the event keynote, followed by an introduction to Infosys' Nia AI platform and closing with a panel discussion on industry AI trends with contributions from IDC, Infosys, representatives from both the life science and healthcare industries, and an active industry audience.</P><P>"With improved availability of organizational (and extra-organizational) data becoming the norm and initial analytical dashboards in place, leading life science companies are beginning to explore cognitive technologies to further extract value from their data resources. As demonstrated by strong life science and healthcare participation in the recent New Jersey event, a renewed interest in cognitive use cases and vendors that can help implement cognitive solutions has followed, with significant opportunities for innovation over both the near term and the longer term," said Alan S. Louie, research director, IDC Health Insights Life Science R&D Strategies and Technology.</P> IDC Perspective Tue, 19 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT Alan S. Louie, Ph.D. IDC PlanScape: Core Modernization to Create the Connected Bank <P>This IDC study discusses a guiding principles tool for core modernization projects to assist financial institutions that are considering or already going on this journey.</P><P>"Core system modernization has historically been close to impossible and often career ending for IT executives at the institution when it fails," says Jerry Silva, research director, Global Retail Banking at IDC Financial Insights. "But by using a longer-term strategy that focuses on open API architectures, active support from technology partners, and line-of-business–led priorities in a progressive transformation, financial institutions will evolve to open core platforms that support improvements internally and create opportunities to connect with external partners to drive value."</P> IDC PlanScape Tue, 19 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT Jerry Silva, Karen Massey, Lawrence Freeborn, Michael Araneta IDC TechBrief: Intelligent ERP <P>This IDC TechBrief discusses i-ERP and intelligent systems.</P><P>"Intelligent systems are impacting the way we think about our traditional ERP systems and enterprise applications," said Mickey North Rizza, program VP, Enterprise Applications and Digital Commerce. "The ability to optimize your resources of people, process, and technology while consuming massive amounts of data and applying advanced analytics on a cloud platform is enabling the intelligent enterprise — an organization that is highly profitable and controls its own destiny."</P> IDC TechBrief Tue, 19 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT Mickey North Rizza IT Service Portfolio for Running IT as a Service Business <P>This IDC Perspective discusses how a disciplined IT service portfolio management governance practice at the enterprise level enables senior business management to optimize the risks and rewards of the digital transformation of the business. The objective of enterprise service portfolio management analysis is to present to enterprise management the various option scenarios that will optimize the portfolio risks and rewards in line with enterprise's business goals and objectives, and ultimately to choose the "best" path forward.</P><P>Bob Multhaup, adjunct research advisor for IDC's IT Executive Program, affirms that "as multiple, highly expensive DX product innovations become competitive differentiators in the marketplace, adopting best practices of leading industries for service portfolio management becomes highly relevant."</P> IDC Perspective Tue, 19 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT Robert Multhaup, Bill Keyworth Analyzing the Körber Acquisition of HighJump <P>This IDC Perspective highlights Körber AG's acquisition of HighJump. Supply chain technology provider, HighJump, was recently acquired by Körber AG. Along with this acquisition, HighJump not only gained a parent company excited to invest in its future but a full portfolio of sister companies that will help each other challenge the status quo and diversify its geographic reach.</P><P>According to Victoria Brown, senior research analyst, IDC Retail Insights, "Identifying technology providers actively realigning their strategy in the market helps manufacturers and retailers stay relevant, and it ensures continued alignment with industry shifts and fluctuations. Expanding the breadth and depth of its portfolio within the supply chain realm, whether internally or through relationships with sister companies, will help HighJump and its customers stay competitive and well versed in market best practices, which will in turn increase its relevance and value to its user base as a whole."</P> IDC Perspective Mon, 18 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT Victoria Brown, John Santagate Changing Skills in Cloud Environments <P>This IDC Perspective — taking IDC's predictions related to hybrid cloud, workload-centric management, and DevOps organization into account — illustrates the changing IT skills of traditional roles and the challenges and opportunities faced by CIOs and their IT professionals. The migration to cloud requires a change in IT organizational skills, but the type of change is different for every role. Most organizations will need to increase business acumen, technical skills, and vendor management skills in all roles and functions. </P><P>"Migrating to the cloud is complicated and requires new skills — both to complete the migration and to run the new cloud-based infrastructure. IT organization must proactively prepare itself and train for a cloudier world." — Cushing Anderson, program vice president, IT Education and Certification research</P> IDC Perspective Mon, 18 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT Cushing Anderson IDC MarketScape: Worldwide SaaS and Cloud-Enabled Finance and Accounting Applications 2017 Vendor Assessment <P>This IDC study provides an assessment of the leading SaaS and cloud-enabled finance and accounting software solutions and discusses what criteria are most important for companies to consider when selecting a system.</P><P>"As financial operations continue to become more complex because of regulatory requirements, end users need financial applications to become much more than a repository for data. Organizations must work to turn their financial solutions into a 'system of intelligence' where end users can rely on their financial application for insights rather than just data. To that end, technology vendors are rushing to add artificial intelligence, natural language processing, machine learning, and blockchain to fulfill end-user demand and create the ultimate experience," says Kevin M. Permenter, senior research analyst, Enterprise Applications and Digital Commerce.</P> IDC MarketScape Mon, 18 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT Mickey North Rizza, Jordan Jewell, Kevin Permenter, Eric Newmark IDC MarketScape: Worldwide SaaS and Cloud-Enabled Midmarket ERP Applications 2017 Vendor Assessment <P>This IDC study provides an assessment of the leading SaaS and cloud-enabled ERP software solutions for midmarket enterprises and discusses what criteria are most important for companies to consider when selecting a system.</P><P>Mickey North Rizza, program vice president of IDC's Enterprise Applications and Digital Commerce, stated, "The SaaS and cloud-enabled midmarket ERP market has a mix of competitors from small and medium-sized to large technology vendors. Selecting the right vendor partner is critical to your long-term strategy as a business. Most importantly, SaaS and cloud-enabled ERP is a disrupter as businesses of all sizes want to purchase it because it is easily configured, updated as needed for all customers, and readily available anywhere for most business types."</P> IDC MarketScape Mon, 18 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT Mickey North Rizza, Jordan Jewell, Kevin Permenter, Eric Newmark, Raymond Boggs Japan Enterprise Strategy of Human Capital Management User Perception and Needs 2017 <P>Many Japanese companies are in the phase of strengthening their workforce management in their workstyle reforms effort. However, workstyle reforms in advanced companies started to improve productivity with sophisticated communication that creates synergy between employees and designed to be applied by personnel who are responsible for continuous business growth. </P><P>"In addition to the organizational mapping strength that they have been nurturing so far, Japanese companies should harness their individual employees' personality and expertise for their business with ICT utilization in the HR area. Visualizing efforts, measuring effectiveness, and allocating appropriate human resources for new projects can be accelerated by making use of ICT in workstyle reforms. Accordingly, Japan "HR Tech" based on cognitive and AI system will be revitalized as workstyle reforms mature," says Yoko Motai, senior analyst, Software and Security, IDC Japan.</P><P>This is a translation of the Japanese document IDC #<B><A href="/getdoc.jsp?containerId=JPJ41781817">JPJ41781817</A></B> and is summarized to reduce the gap in time since the original version was published.</P><P>All of the following sections are, however, fully translated:</P><UL><LI>IDC Opinion</LI><LI>Methodology</LI><LI>Definition</LI><LI>Future Outlook</LI><LI>Executive Summary</LI><LI>Essential Guidance</LI><LI>Synopsis</LI></UL> Industry Development and Models Mon, 18 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT Yoko Motai