RPA - the Key to Digital Transformation

An increasing number of companies of all sizes rely on robotic process automation (RPA) for the automation of human activities that are manual, repetitive, and rule-based.

 

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Cyber Security: Ransomware – To Pay or not to Pay, that's the Question.

Until now it was quite clear: blackmailers should not be paid. That is still the recommendation of the authorities in charge. However, in case of a ransomware emergency, the decision is not that easy any more. After all, it can prove very costly for a company to be blocked for days or even weeks. In such a situation, ethical concerns are soon pushed into the background. It is therefore all the more important to take the necessary precautionary measures.

 

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How to Move Your IT Smoothly From One IT Landscape to the Other

Most business IT systems consisting of servers, networks and clients have undergone many years of organic growth. Moving such complex and highly integrated legacy applications into the cloud-dominated modern IT landscape is anything but easy. It is particularly difficult to carry out IT transitions with absolutely minimal impact on the performance of the companies concerned.

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Counteracting the Communication Paradox

There are more communication possibilities today than ever before - and yet it is often not easy to reach team members at the right time to involve them in current business processes. This situation gives rise to the development of a whole range of products and services: unified communication and collaboration (UCC), for example, aims to bring communication channels together in a unified application environment and thus render teamwork more efficient. 

 

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Watson Demonstrates Cognitive Intelligence in Day-to-Day Operations.

AI industry leader IBM finds more and more application possibilities in everyday business activities for its Watson platform. Practical applications can be found in manufacturing, the energy sector, the postal service, or the finance sector. 

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The SDM - a Bridge Builder in IT Sourcing

Made-to-measure IT services come from the cloud, are made available on-site or are offered as infrastructure models. It’s often not easy for businesses to choose the adequate IT solution; gone are the days when IT solutions were defined or even decreed by the IT department; today, it is the service delivery manager (SDM) who plays a mediating role between the client’s management and the IT service provider.  

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DRaaS: Be Prepared for the Day the Lights Go Out in Your Server Room

Digital transformation is good for business; the share of enterprise workloads in the cloud has been steadily increasing - according to a current analysis it will grow to more than 80 percent in 2020. The cloud is especially well suited for backup and disaster recovery. DRaaS (Disaster Recovery as a Service) is an indispensable cloud service for businesses because its deployment can be critical for their existence.

 

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The Digital Transformation Needs More CIOs as Consultants

Everybody talks about digital Transformation. However, talk doesn’t mean action, and discussions too often don’t lead to practical outcomes. It is a fact that a large majority of businesses lag far behind with their digitization process, and often they have no digital strategy or implementation plan to promote transformation. A new approach is needed: consultants with the competence level of CIOs assisting IT managers as digital transformation managers. At UMB, there is even a new job profile coming into existence - the Digital Business Consultant. 

 

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Is the Cloud Not For You? HCI Could be the Solution

Everybody talks about the cloud; however, the cloud is not always the appropriate solution. In addition to strong security concerns, for example, in cases where data is stored abroad, costs are often an impediment to cloud solutions. Currently, it is still relatively expensive to permanently operate services and particularly VMs in the cloud. However, there are alternatives.

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IBM Power9 Server: Maximum Performance for Artificial Intelligence

IBMs new Power9 processor (we have reported about it here) has obtained its place as a part of the brand-new IBM AC922 Power System recently introduced by IBM.  The server is particularly well suited to AI workloads and will decisively accelerate machine learning and deep learning processes. The system is expected to be available in Switzerland by December 22, 2017. 

 

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