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MDM and Integration: A Symbiotic Relationship

MDM and Integration: A Symbiotic Relationship

0 by / on May 24, 2016, 2:27 am / in Integration Insights, Megatrends: What's Hot and What's Not

Although it may seem that integration technology and master data management systems (MDM) are as different as Camembert and Cabernet, they actually share a unique and symbiotic relationship. IT integration is about connecting digital systems and applications in order to increase availability and eliminate silos, both on premises and in the cloud. Master Data Management (MDM) is all about improving […]

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Leveraging Technology for a Healthier Life

Leveraging Technology for a Healthier Life

0 by / on March 21, 2016, 3:40 am / in Uncategorized

No one wants to get sick or die before their time. Insurance companies don’t want you to either. This is why many of them are implementing comprehensive “wellness programs” where they subsidize, encourage and monitor customers to ensure they are living the healthiest lives possible. “Evidence suggests that effective wellness programs that focus on improving lifestyle behaviors such as reducing […]

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Manufacturers will Collaborate to Innovate

Manufacturers will Collaborate to Innovate

0 by / on March 9, 2016, 11:54 am / in Integration Insights, Live from Software AG, Megatrends: What's Hot and What's Not

This year manufacturers will begin to actively collaborate and cooperate—with partners, vendors and even each other—in order to innovate and become truly customer centric. Manufacturers will better collaborate with their trading partners and will begin transitioning their supply chains to supply webs where partners are interdependent, co-innovative and collaborative with each other—on both a tactical and strategic nature—to create shared […]

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Bimodal Development goes Mainstream

Bimodal Development goes Mainstream

0 by / on March 8, 2016, 8:46 am / in Integration Insights, Live from Software AG, Megatrends: What's Hot and What's Not

Citizen developers and IT departments will sign a bimodal peace treaty with each other this year, as both will now be able to “play nice” using a single development platform. IT departments have a reputation for being territorial. They don’t want anyone from outside their four walls to stick their noses into the business of designing new applications or interfaces. […]

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FinTech Ready to Disrupt Investment Banking

FinTech Ready to Disrupt Investment Banking

0 by / on February 29, 2016, 6:59 am / in Uncategorized

This year financial technology— fintech— firms will begin to target and invade big investment banks’ business models; taking on things like wealth management, private investment and small business lending. Since the credit crisis of 2008-2009, investment banks have spent much of their time and energy on regulatory compliance, leaving them “on the back foot” innovation-wise. “Faced with growing regulatory demands […]

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Five Reasons to Find Your Digital Future with Software AG at CeBIT

Five Reasons to Find Your Digital Future with Software AG at CeBIT

0 by / on February 29, 2016, 6:35 am / in Uncategorized

The numbers speak for themselves: 2 billion Internet users worldwide, 40 percent growth in data every year and an estimated 212 billion smart devices by 2020. You simply cannot deny the fact that, in today’s business environment, digital is the defining trend across the globe. So how can your organization keep up? If you’re attending CeBIT later this month, you’ve […]

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APIs will get their SWAGGER back

APIs will get their SWAGGER back

0 by / on February 29, 2016, 6:00 am / in Integration Insights, Live from Software AG, Megatrends: What's Hot and What's Not

The Swagger API framework is becoming the de facto standard API description and visualization framework for REST APIs. Initiatives like the Open API Initiative are further standardizing the role of Swagger in API development. We predict that Swagger will gain further traction and over time become the most widely used standard for APIs. APIs are essential building blocks for not […]

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Inventory Visibility: Availability with Certainty

Inventory Visibility: Availability with Certainty

0 by / on February 26, 2016, 3:45 am / in Uncategorized

Satisfying the demands of increasingly impatient customers, many of whom require small quantities of products very quickly, causes more supply chain and logistics pressure on manufacturers than ever before. In other words, manufacturers need to know what inventory they have, no matter where it is in the supply chain; otherwise it is impossible for them to know what is where, […]

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IoT: In Big Data we Trust

IoT: In Big Data we Trust

0 by / on May 26, 2016, 10:40 am / in Featured Authors, Integration Insights, Live from Software AG, Megatrends: What's Hot and What's Not

The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth – this is what data scientists try to pursue in Big Data projects. They are seeking veracity – the next V in my blog series. In my previous two blogs I pondered the aspects of another two V’s – volume and velocity – which are both important when adopting IoT. […]

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Lessons From a Six-Year-Old: Time and Trust

Lessons From a Six-Year-Old: Time and Trust

0 by / on May 20, 2016, 4:04 am / in Featured Authors, Megatrends: What's Hot and What's Not

I was in the car when my six-year-old son said: “I have learned two important things from watching TV.” Intrigued, I asked: “What is the first?” “Time is the most valuable commodity in the world.  It’s more valuable than money.” I was impressed that he managed to learn anything at all from TV, let alone something so profound. Intrigued, I […]

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A (Block)chain is only as Strong as its Weakest Link

A (Block)chain is only as Strong as its Weakest Link

0 by / on May 19, 2016, 11:01 pm / in Featured Authors, Uncategorized, Vertical Markets

Blockchain is hot. Judging from the amount of press it has been getting recently you would think it was a miracle technology to cure everything that ails the financial world. The hyperbole is gripping but few have mentioned the challenges and risks that, as with any new technology, exist for blockchain. In the end, a (block)chain can only be as […]

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Protect your IP & Tackle Piracy

Protect your IP & Tackle Piracy

0 by / on May 9, 2016, 1:54 am / in Featured Authors, Megatrends: What's Hot and What's Not

The world’s largest manufacturer is China, which makes everything from low cost commodities to luxury items. China is also the world’s largest source of piracy and fake goods; more than 63% of fakes originate in China. The obvious issue for manufacturers is that of intellectual property (IP) theft – of the design, materials and production schematics. But who makes these […]

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Banks Wary of ‘Toxic’ Fintech Unicorns

Banks Wary of ‘Toxic’ Fintech Unicorns

0 by / on May 6, 2016, 3:07 am / in Featured Authors, Integration Insights, Megatrends: What's Hot and What's Not

In the spirit of “coopetition,” high street banks are cozying up to Fintech start-ups, but the prospect of partnering with a “toxic” one looms large. Rather than try to compete directly with disruptive Fintech firms, banks are making decisions whether to partner with, or even buy, start-ups that offer a quick way into true innovation, whether in payments, blockchain or […]

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IoT: Big Data in Disguise

IoT: Big Data in Disguise

0 by / on May 3, 2016, 7:46 am / in Featured Authors, Megatrends: What's Hot and What's Not

In the Internet of Things (IoT) revolution, it appears there are some similarities between IoT projects and Big Data projects. But are the challenges the same? In my last blog I discussed why we can call IoT a revolution and I mentioned that, as with nearly any revolution, there will be threats to existing business models and opportunities for new […]

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Banks Learn to Embrace Open APIs

Banks Learn to Embrace Open APIs

0 by / on April 29, 2016, 3:06 am / in Featured Authors, Integration Insights, Megatrends: What's Hot and What's Not

Retail banks are embracing opening up their core capabilities through application programming interfaces (APIs), as result of both new regulations and recognized business opportunities. Soon the Payments Services Directive II (PSD2) will come into force and, with that, European banks will have to share customer transaction and account data with third parties, including Fintech, retailers, telco providers, payments services and […]

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Smart Contracts Frame Blockchain Discussion

Smart Contracts Frame Blockchain Discussion

0 by / on April 29, 2016, 2:36 am / in Featured Authors, Integration Insights, Megatrends: What's Hot and What's Not

As blockchain, a distributed ledger technology, makes regular headlines it is becoming clear that many discussions on its use in financial services center around so-called smart contracts. Barclays recently tested a way to trade derivatives using smart contracts with the Corda blockchain-style technology from bank consortium R3.  Barclays created an electronic document whose fields could be pre-populated with certain values […]

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Making Good on Retail Inventory Promises

Making Good on Retail Inventory Promises

0 by / on April 27, 2016, 7:12 am / in Featured Authors, Integration Insights, Megatrends: What's Hot and What's Not

When a retailer emails you a sales promotion, you will generally click on it only if you really need or want something it is offering. Once you are into the website, let’s say you see the item of clothing that you liked from the email and proceed to order it. You click on your size but they don’t have it […]

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Digitization will Revolutionize Healthcare

Digitization will Revolutionize Healthcare

0 by / on April 27, 2016, 6:59 am / in Featured Authors, Integration Insights, Megatrends: What's Hot and What's Not

Today’s healthcare system is under almost perpetual stress; budgets are tight, aging populations put a strain on hospitals, new diseases or pandemics pop up without warning. Digital technology may be the answer to helping the industry lower costs and maximize efficiency.  From wearable sensors that alert doctors to a patient’s distress to a mobile phone text reminding a patient of […]

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Businesses Built on Data will Take Off

Businesses Built on Data will Take Off

0 by / on April 25, 2016, 5:00 am / in Featured Authors

The Internet of Things is profoundly changing the way we live. Companies are no longer building their business models on the product itself but on the data that is derived from it. The Internet of Things is thus becoming the driving force for organizations to transform into a digital company. The ability to mass produce intelligent sensors that communicate via […]

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Banking on (the Internet of ) Things

Banking on (the Internet of ) Things

0 by / on April 22, 2016, 4:40 am / in Featured Authors, Megatrends: What's Hot and What's Not

As Bart Schouw pointed out in his April 15th blog, banks may have been among the first to adopt the Internet of Things (IoT) when they installed ATMs in the 1970s. But they have fallen behind other industries in deploying the IoT since then. While the insurance industry is using IoT to create opportunities for new business models—with telematics insurance, […]

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MDM Will Get Prettier – and Smarter

MDM Will Get Prettier – and Smarter

0 by / on April 18, 2016, 6:00 am / in Featured Authors, Integration Insights, Live from Software AG, Megatrends: What's Hot and What's Not

This is a guest blog by Ken Do, an MDM Senior Data Steward. Let me say this: The well-known, but “retro tabular” view associated with Master Data Management solutions is on its way out! While we data stewards still love our data, we are increasingly insisting it be presented through an MDM UI with a more pleasing countenance, a more […]

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What You Can Learn About IoT from Retail Banks

What You Can Learn About IoT from Retail Banks

0 by / on April 15, 2016, 6:00 am / in Featured Authors, Integration Insights, Live from Software AG, Megatrends: What's Hot and What's Not

If you are thinking of kicking off an Internet of Things IoT initiative, you can learn a lot from the experiences of retail banks and their adoption of automated teller machines (ATMs). You probably have not given it much thought but ATMs were one of the first machines in the world rolled out on a massive scale that can stand […]

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Retail Mergers – The Customer is Waiting

Retail Mergers – The Customer is Waiting

0 by / on April 14, 2016, 2:48 pm / in Featured Authors, Integration Insights, Live from Software AG, Megatrends: What's Hot and What's Not

The combination of Sainsbury’s and Argos is just the beginning; mergers in retail will come thick and fast over the next few years on both sides of the Atlantic. But in many cases merging does not equal converging – especially when it comes to technology systems. Retail is synonymous with complex technology ecosystems which have been built up over many […]

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IoT will Meet MDM

IoT will Meet MDM

0 by / on April 11, 2016, 6:00 am / in Featured Authors, Integration Insights, Live from Software AG, Megatrends: What's Hot and What's Not

Social media, sensor data, and system-generated metadata –oh yes, IoT will meet MDM. But how can MDM actually add value to the exponential growth of IoT-driven Big Data? What will MDM be cleansing or matching? What will be the point of governing or work-flowing sensor data? Thought-leaders are convinced MDM has an IoT role to play and advocate quickly harnessing […]

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Software AG and partners will be showcasing our top tech at the Smart IoT London 2016 exhibition

Software AG and partners will be showcasing our top tech at the Smart IoT London 2016 exhibition

0 by / on April 10, 2016, 6:00 am / in Featured Authors, Integration Insights, Live from Software AG, Megatrends: What's Hot and What's Not

Software AG is proud to be a founding partner of the Smart IoT London 2016 exhibition, the largest and most influential gathering of Internet of Things expertise in the world, which will be held from 12-13 April. We will be exhibiting software demos and presentations from our T230 stand at the event, as well as a talk from myself, which […]

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Can Algorithms Make Things Smarter?

Can Algorithms Make Things Smarter?

0 by / on April 8, 2016, 6:00 am / in Featured Authors, Integration Insights, Live from Software AG, Megatrends: What's Hot and What's Not

The IoT can be used to prevent shipping delays, stop fraud before it happens, fix equipment before it breaks, address health problems before a hospital visit is necessary, and order retail inventory before it runs out. It sounds too good to be true, right? But it is true. Intelligent algorithms can make the Internet of Things smarter. By adding a […]

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Retailers Rattled by Customer Returns

Retailers Rattled by Customer Returns

0 by / on April 7, 2016, 6:00 am / in Featured Authors, Integration Insights, Live from Software AG, Megatrends: What's Hot and What's Not

An email comes from your favorite store with an offer on a T-shirt that you like and you order it online in two colors and in two sizes, just to be sure. The retailer is offering free returns, so what do you have to lose. The T-shirts arrive and you choose the size that fits best, bundle up the other […]

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Microservices will Demolish Monolithic Architectures

Microservices will Demolish Monolithic Architectures

0 by / on April 5, 2016, 6:00 am / in Featured Authors, Integration Insights, Live from Software AG, Megatrends: What's Hot and What's Not

The microservices movement will gain strength and slowly keep drilling away at the foundation of monolithic architectures, eventually demolishing their dominance. And, as organizations speed up digital transformation, they see that the biggest roadblock to faster innovation is legacy monolithic architectures. This will lead to them adopting more “DevOps” friendly microservices-based architectures. But why microservices? Microservices, the buzzword for integration […]

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Zen and the Art of Digitization

Zen and the Art of Digitization

0 by / on April 4, 2016, 6:00 am / in Featured Authors, Integration Insights, Live from Software AG, Megatrends: What's Hot and What's Not

We will soon reach the stage where everything is digitized. From manufacturing to motorcycles, to art and agriculture, every aspect of the world will have a digital form, physical and virtual Soon the very word “digital” will be as redundant as the word “electric.” No one now says, “I’m going to switch on the electric lights;” we assume that the […]

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Integration Captures Big Data’s Hidden Value

Integration Captures Big Data’s Hidden Value

0 by / on March 22, 2016, 4:56 am / in Featured Authors, Integration Insights, Live from Software AG, Megatrends: What's Hot and What's Not

More and more companies are adopting the Apache Hadoop framework as data volumes grow from gigabytes to terabytes; they need a cost-effective way to store and process data sets.  But most firms have been adopting these platforms without actualizing their full value. With the explosion in big data, a cost-effective framework such as open-source Hadoop was needed. Storing vast amounts […]

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MDMs Vanishing UI

MDM’s Vanishing UI

0 by / on March 21, 2016, 7:55 am / in Featured Authors, Integration Insights, Megatrends: What's Hot and What's Not, Uncategorized

Firstly (and now that you’ve clicked), allow me to assure you that Master Data Management’s user interface (UI) is alive and well.  System administrators still need a 360 degree view of MDM’s back-end system capabilities. Data architects still insist on concise navigation and intuitive usability to configure and build timely data quality and governance solutions. Data stewards still spend a […]

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Manufacturers Move to Protect Intellectual Property

Manufacturers Move to Protect Intellectual Property

0 by / on March 9, 2016, 11:57 am / in Featured Authors, Integration Insights, Live from Software AG, Megatrends: What's Hot and What's Not

Counterfeit goods are big business; from fake handbags to drugs and electronics, they cost manufacturers a staggering $1.7 trillion dollars in lost annual revenues. Counterfeit goods used to be shabby knock-offs of quality products. Fake Gucci handbags were obviously made of plastic or, at the very best, cheap leather. Fake cosmetics made your skin turn red. Fake pharmaceuticals either did […]

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APIs to Enable “Self-Service” Integration

APIs to Enable “Self-Service” Integration

0 by / on March 4, 2016, 6:00 am / in Featured Authors, Integration Insights, Live from Software AG, Megatrends: What's Hot and What's Not

A decade or two ago, IT was all about applications. Whether it was a word processing app, a spreadsheet, a back office reconciliation system or a database, each application was the focus of a particular department or industry. Few applications could communicate with other apps. Eventually, organizations learned that the real value of an application comes from its ability to […]

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Avoid the “Last Item in Stock” Conundrum

Avoid the “Last Item in Stock” Conundrum

0 by / on March 1, 2016, 6:00 am / in Featured Authors, Integration Insights, Live from Software AG, Megatrends: What's Hot and What's Not

As a customer, there is nothing more frustrating than seeing that the item I have just clicked on has already gone to someone else. We consumers tend to believe that inventories are endless, especially when we really want something. So, when we cannot get what we want, our frustration often translates into finding another retailer that CAN offer it. This […]

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Instant Gratification to Transform Retail in 2016

Instant Gratification to Transform Retail in 2016

0 by / on February 23, 2016, 10:35 am / in Featured Authors, Integration Insights, Live from Software AG, Megatrends: What's Hot and What's Not

In 2016, retailers are looking to further customize and personalize instant gratification “buy buttons” hoping that these buttons, which can be found anywhere from Twitter to Amazon, will transform customers’ shopping experiences – and translate their social media presence into higher earnings. With this form of Connected Retail, you can now buy laundry detergent with the touch of an Amazon […]

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In 2016, the Internet of Things Fuels New Revenues

In 2016, the Internet of Things Fuels New Revenues

0 by / on February 17, 2016, 6:00 am / in Featured Authors, Integration Insights, Live from Software AG, Megatrends: What's Hot and What's Not

The manufacturing industry is changing at breakneck pace, with the traditional product-based sales and service model evolving into one using the Internet of Things (IoT) to better focus on customer requirements. This year more manufacturers are providing pricing models based on a combination of products and services to produce specific outcomes that will match customer requirements, in order to compensate […]

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Integration in 2016: How to Deal with Digital Disruption

Integration in 2016: How to Deal with Digital Disruption

0 by / on February 16, 2016, 1:00 pm / in Featured Authors, Integration Insights, Live from Software AG, Megatrends: What's Hot and What's Not

Digital transformation cannot happen quickly enough. In 2016, we will see APIs begin to enable do-it-yourself (DIY) data integration and customer behaviour will drive MDM solutions. These are just some of the integration trends we expect to see as consumer behavior further drives change, putting a question mark on every business model. Here are our top integration predictions for 2016: […]

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Using Monitoring, Retailers can Clean up on Aisle One

Using Monitoring, Retailers can Clean up on Aisle One

0 by / on February 16, 2016, 11:59 am / in Featured Authors, Integration Insights, Live from Software AG, Megatrends: What's Hot and What's Not

Powered by Connected Retail, the store of the future will need to maximize process efficiency across many levels— in-store staff, inventories and technology while increasing sales —in order to survive. Real-time monitoring capability will be critical for the store of the future, in order to sense, correlate and automate all of these processes thus proactively managing staff, inventories and related […]

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Manufacturers: Obsessed with Customer Focus

Manufacturers: Obsessed with Customer Focus

0 by / on February 10, 2016, 9:24 am / in Featured Authors, Integration Insights, Live from Software AG, Megatrends: What's Hot and What's Not

In the early 1900’s Henry Ford famously said about the Model T: “You can have any color, as long as it’s black.” The quote sums up the almost total lack of flexibility in the past for traditional assembly line manufacturing, which has dominated the industry for decades. Production was extremely efficient but customer requirements could not be introduced to the […]

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Retailers Eye Immersion Therapy for Shoppers

Retailers Eye Immersion Therapy for Shoppers

0 by / on February 10, 2016, 9:21 am / in Featured Authors, Integration Insights, Live from Software AG, Megatrends: What's Hot and What's Not

Imagine you are in a do-it-yourself store and looking for a new kitchen countertop. The array of product samples is dazzling; granite, marble, soapstone, quartz, wood. Colours range from pure white to deepest blue and prices range from “hmmm” to “HOW much?” You have no idea how any of these will look in your kitchen. Will this one complement the […]

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Inside-Outside MDM Analytics

Inside-Outside MDM Analytics

0 by / on February 2, 2016, 11:28 am / in Featured Authors, Integration Insights, Live from Software AG, Megatrends: What's Hot and What's Not

Master Data Management (MDM) is supported and enabled through analytics, which is fair enough when you consider that enterprise analytics are enabled through MDM. Companies want to qualify their MDM process by examining master data’s journey (or its lineage) as it passes end-to-end, through the MDM life-cycle. But they also want to quantify the value of MDM’s data quality process […]

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Manufacturing 2016: A Digital Transformation

Manufacturing 2016: A Digital Transformation

0 by / on February 2, 2016, 10:03 am / in Featured Authors, Integration Insights, Live from Software AG, Megatrends: What's Hot and What's Not

We will see a dramatic digital transformation in manufacturing in 2016, as the industry seeks to become more flexible and agile in its business practices, value chains and customer offerings. Here are a few key initiatives that will come out of the need to adapt to these changes: Digital transformation will drive the bottom line. Manufacturers will adopt technologies in […]

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Connected Retail Requires a ‘Coalition of the Willing’

Connected Retail Requires a ‘Coalition of the Willing’

0 by / on January 25, 2016, 4:11 pm / in Featured Authors, Integration Insights, Live from Software AG, Megatrends: What's Hot and What's Not

To truly innovate in retail today you cannot go it alone; you need a coalition of companies working together to make ideas happen.  That was one of my key takeaways from this year’s National Retail Federation (NRF) convention in New York City. This didn’t happen overnight; 20 years ago retail innovation could be realized by just one company on its own. It […]

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How to Survive in a Low Oil Price Era

How to Survive in a Low Oil Price Era

0 by / on January 22, 2016, 10:30 am / in Featured Authors, Integration Insights, Live from Software AG, Megatrends: What's Hot and What's Not

As crude oil prices break below $30 per barrel after a 1 ½ year slide, it becomes increasingly clear that not every producing company will make it through this year alive. After months of living in denial and burning through output-generated cash to service debt, the handwriting is on the wall: producers will have to stop churning out oil or […]

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For “Omni-Everything” You Need Mission Control

For “Omni-Everything” You Need Mission Control

0 by / on January 19, 2016, 6:00 am / in Featured Authors, Integration Insights, Live from Software AG, Megatrends: What's Hot and What's Not

This year promises to be a watershed for retailers trying to get on board the omni-channel boat. The complexity and difficulty of evolving from being a brick and mortar store into a fully-fledged omni-channel enterprise cannot be underestimated. The cracks are already starting to show; Macy’s department store chain was the latest victim of not getting omni-channel right. After the […]

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Retail 2016: The Price is Right

Retail 2016: The Price is Right

0 by / on January 12, 2016, 5:23 am / in Featured Authors, Integration Insights, Live from Software AG, Megatrends: What's Hot and What's Not

In 2016, differentiation by price will start to be much more dynamic in nature as retailers scramble to beat the competition and customers become more aware of— and more sensitive to—price. Imagine if the TV game show “The Price is Right” were to implement dynamic pricing. A contestant would correctly guess the exact price of a new car only to […]

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Connected Retail: What’s in Store for 2016?

Connected Retail: What’s in Store for 2016?

0 by / on January 8, 2016, 10:26 am / in Featured Authors, Integration Insights, Live from Software AG, Megatrends: What's Hot and What's Not

This year promises to be one of disruptive change for retailers as the worlds of e-commerce and brick and mortar collide and merge. Retailers will evolve to a full omni-channel approach—integrating mobile, cloud, analytics and social media into a unified merchandising system designed to vastly improve customer engagement. The following New Year predictions highlight my views of the retail industry […]

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Microservices: Where Development and Operations Meet

Microservices: Where Development and Operations Meet

0 by / on January 5, 2016, 10:54 am / in Featured Authors, Integration Insights, Live from Software AG, Megatrends: What's Hot and What's Not

The introduction of microservices in IT impacts deeply ingrained culture and breaks down the barriers between IT development and operations. This signifies a movement away from the traditional IT development and IT operations into DevOps. In the previous blog of this five-part series on microservices, we countered the common contention that microservices is simply “SOA done correctly.” In this final […]

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Microservices are Not the Same as SOA

Microservices are Not the Same as SOA

0 by / on December 15, 2015, 11:17 am / in Featured Authors, Integration Insights, Live from Software AG, Megatrends: What's Hot and What's Not

People often get mixed up between microservices and SOA; after all, the argument goes, microservices look like SOA, walk like SOA and talk like SOA. But there is an important distinction—microservices are more agile and independent than SOA. We will explain why here. In our previous blog in this series on microservices, we saw how microservices evolved as the new, […]

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2016: The Year of the Customer

2016: The Year of the Customer

0 by / on December 14, 2015, 12:13 pm / in Featured Authors, Integration Insights, Live from Software AG, Megatrends: What's Hot and What's Not

The hackneyed phrase “the customer is always right” will be getting a new airing in 2016, as retailers make customer-centric personalization their top priority. Customer centricity will be the must-have differentiator for retailers and it will become much more targeted in order to better understand and delight customers. There has been a lot of hype around customer centricity in many […]

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In IT, Accepting Failure is Not a Virtue

In IT, Accepting Failure is Not a Virtue

0 by / on December 10, 2015, 2:22 pm / in Featured Authors, Integration Insights, Live from Software AG, Megatrends: What's Hot and What's Not

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” (Thomas A. Edison) “Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success.” (C. S. Lewis) “If ‘Plan A’ didn’t work, the alphabet has 25 more letters. Stay cool.” (unknown) “If at first you don’t succeed, failure may be your style.” (Quentin […]

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Retail 2016: Fewer Stores, More Stuff

Retail 2016: Fewer Stores, More Stuff

0 by / on December 9, 2015, 1:10 pm / in Featured Authors, Integration Insights, Live from Software AG, Megatrends: What's Hot and What's Not

Retailers will reduce focus on brick and mortar stores in 2016 as they dramatically reinvent themselves to address omni-channel challenges. Brick and mortar retailers will add fewer new outlets, but the stores they do have (and add) will offer a bigger variety of goods and expanded services. Existing stores will take a “hub and spoke” approach, acting as pick up […]

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Don’t Code, Connect!

Don’t Code, Connect!

0 by / on December 9, 2015, 10:59 am / in Featured Authors, Integration Insights, Live from Software AG, Megatrends: What's Hot and What's Not

Your grandpa’s integration just won’t cut it anymore. If the explosion of the Internet of Things and Big Data and the dynamic arrival of new cloud and on-premises applications have taught us anything, it is that writing code to support enterprise integration is not the most efficient way to do things. Today’s integration challenges, whether you are deploying applications and […]

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Is Black Friday Worth the Effort?

Is Black Friday Worth the Effort?

0 by / on December 8, 2015, 1:50 pm / in Featured Authors, Integration Insights, Live from Software AG, Megatrends: What's Hot and What's Not

Crowds, chaos and controversy—that is what Black Friday has boiled down to for many shoppers and retailers are now starting to rethink the practice. Asda, for one, decided to eschew the whole thing this year and did not regret it. “It was the one of the best decisions we’ve made this year,” said chief executive Andy Clarke, citing unwanted leftover […]

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The Evolution of Microservices

The Evolution of Microservices

0 by / on December 8, 2015, 1:47 pm / in Featured Authors, Integration Insights, Live from Software AG, Megatrends: What's Hot and What's Not

When microservices evolved from the dominant monolithic enterprise IT approach it began to look as if smaller was, in fact, better. Today we examine how microservices, the new, agile and flexible approach to enterprise development, shattered the monolith and became the architecture du jour. In our previous blog post of this five-part series on microservices, we examined how when enterprise […]

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Microservices: Shattering the Monolith

Microservices: Shattering the Monolith

0 by / on December 4, 2015, 1:33 pm / in Featured Authors, Integration Insights, Live from Software AG, Megatrends: What's Hot and What's Not

When enterprise IT was emerging from the mainframe-dominance era, developers intentionally built systems in a monolithic way. The result was a system that was about as agile as an oil tanker is easy to turn. Today we examine how microservices, the new, agile and flexible approach to enterprise development, can shatter the monolith. In the first of this five-part series […]

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Apama and IoT: Predictive, Preventive, Effective

Apama and IoT: Predictive, Preventive, Effective

0 by / on December 3, 2015, 1:01 pm / in Featured Authors, Integration Insights, Live from Software AG, Megatrends: What's Hot and What's Not

The Internet of Things (IoT) is taking over the world, creating products that interact in an intelligent, meaningful way with customers and organizations. In Software AG’s Apama 9.9 we offer additional support for IoT devices which, when combined with our enhanced support for Predictive Analytics and Docker, provides a solid foundation for an IoT platform. In our last postings we […]

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How to Stay Agile in an Omni-Channel World

How to Stay Agile in an Omni-Channel World

0 by / on December 2, 2015, 6:00 am / in Featured Authors, Integration Insights, Live from Software AG, Megatrends: What's Hot and What's Not

As retailers scramble to provide a seamless omni-channel experience, they are investing heavily in new core merchandising technology. These can take years to implement, all the while the marketplace continues to change, and competition grows. Replacing core merchandising systems while you continue to do business is like as performing a heart and lungs transplant while the patient is running a […]

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How to Anticipate the “Retail Moment”

How to Anticipate the “Retail Moment”

0 by / on November 23, 2015, 2:43 pm / in Featured Authors, Integration Insights, Megatrends: What's Hot and What's Not

There is a magical sweet spot in business—an instant in time where someone, somewhere wants to do or buy something. The “retail moment” is one of them. A customer in your store sees an item, picks it up, turns it over, and either puts it back down on the shelf or pops it into her basket. Why did she buy […]

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Don’t Build a Parallel Universe in the Cloud

Don’t Build a Parallel Universe in the Cloud

0 by / on November 19, 2015, 1:10 pm / in Featured Authors, Integration Insights, Live from Software AG, Megatrends: What's Hot and What's Not

Cloud computing is one of the most important trends of our decade; adding capacity and extending IT capabilities for organizations without the need for them to invest in new infrastructure. The idea of the cloud has captivated companies to the extent that some are considering a cloud-only strategy. But maybe you should not just stick everything into the cloud and […]

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Introducing Support for Docker in Apama 9.9

Introducing Support for Docker in Apama 9.9

0 by / on November 18, 2015, 1:16 pm / in Featured Authors, Integration Insights, Live from Software AG, Megatrends: What's Hot and What's Not

Last week I wrote about how the latest release of Apama now includes support for Predictive Analytics. This week I’m going to look at another significant step forward for Apama 9.9 as the new release also includes support for Docker containers. What makes Docker exciting is that it is free, it works with all the major OSes and has a […]

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Staying Power Requires Staying Relevant

Staying Power Requires Staying Relevant

0 by / on November 18, 2015, 11:11 am / in Featured Authors, Integration Insights, Live from Software AG, Megatrends: What's Hot and What's Not

Staying power in today’s business environment is not just a matter of sheer size and market might, despite what may be perceived as a world dominated by multi-nationals. Staying power is about staying relevant; staying relevant to existing customers and their changing needs and also staying relevant to your market by acknowledging new buyer expectations. With the recent obsession with […]

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Microservices: Right Tool, Right Job

Microservices: Right Tool, Right Job

0 by / on November 12, 2015, 11:17 am / in Featured Authors, Integration Insights, Live from Software AG

Microservices is a hot new buzzword for integration technology today; essentially it boils down to a type of software architecture where small, independent processes—arising from the web, wearable devices or the Internet of Things—communicate with each other by using application programming interfaces (APIs). The term microservice, widely believed to have been popularized (if not coined) by Martin Fowler, is increasingly […]

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Anticipate, Influence and Respond Using Apama 9.9

Anticipate, Influence and Respond Using Apama 9.9

0 by / on November 11, 2015, 10:21 am / in Featured Authors, Integration Insights, Megatrends: What's Hot and What's Not

With its latest release of Apama streaming analytics, Software AG has taken an exciting step forward by incorporating predictive analytics capabilities into the product. In this post, I’m going to look at is why this is such an important step for our customers. Predictive analytics delivers the ability for organizations to predict, with a reasonable amount of certainty, an event […]

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Holistic MDM

Holistic MDM

0 by / on October 29, 2015, 9:45 am / in Featured Authors, Integration Insights, Live from Software AG, Megatrends: What's Hot and What's Not

Master Data Management should be holistic – not an original idea, but eminently repeatable. webMethods OneData for master data management is holistic – and has been since 2003. Huh? I’ll explain. OneData was originally developed and marketed by Data Foundations (formerly headquartered in beautiful downtown Hackensack, New Jersey). As a former member of the Data Foundations team, I can tell […]

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The Future of Retail Customer Centricity

The Future of Retail Customer Centricity

0 by / on October 29, 2015, 6:00 am / in Featured Authors, Live from Software AG, Megatrends: What's Hot and What's Not

Customer centricity is considered the most important competitive differentiator for any consumer-focused company. From your customers’ initial browsing session (shelves or website), to point of sale and beyond, a retailer has to create an experience that is not just positive but also memorable. You want them to come back – and to tell others about you. At Software AG’s Innovation […]

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Innovate, Differentiate and Win with Digital Marketplace

Innovate, Differentiate and Win with Digital Marketplace

0 by / on October 20, 2015, 6:00 am / in Featured Authors, Live from Software AG, Megatrends: What's Hot and What's Not

Developing new, innovative and exciting applications can mean the difference between succeeding as a digital enterprise—or languishing in the dust of other disruptors. But it is not always easy to go from idea to production, or to get your apps to fit with your existing technology. Time to value is crucial in this era of uber-fast competitors. That is why […]

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Introducing Ready-to-Wear to the Internet

Introducing Ready-to-Wear to the Internet

0 by / on October 16, 2015, 7:00 am / in Featured Authors, Integration Insights, Live from Software AG, Megatrends: What's Hot and What's Not

Buying fashionable clothing online used to be a chore, with few choices and difficult return procedures. That is changing rapidly as the fashion industry becomes increasingly connected; offering not just clothing but also shoes and home goods online—and making returns simple. A great example of this is fashion retailer Kiabi, with a strong online presence servicing 20 million customers across […]

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Cyber Monday – 45 days left

0 by / on October 16, 2015, 6:00 am / in Featured Authors, Integration Insights, Live from Software AG

There are only 45 days left until Cyber Monday, the online super-shopping Monday after the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday; are you ready to deal with peak Internet shopping traffic? Well-known events such as Black Friday and Cyber Monday see significant peaks in online and in-store trading. While it is nice to have the problem of too many customers, unprepared retailers often […]

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In-Memory is the Elixir to Soothe Big Data Pains

In-Memory is the Elixir to Soothe Big Data Pains

0 by / on October 15, 2015, 6:00 am / in Featured Authors, Integration Insights, Live from Software AG, Megatrends: What's Hot and What's Not

An explosion in Big Data, coming from both inside and outside the enterprise, requires sophisticated technology to corral and use it productively. Whatever business you are in, from financial services to healthcare, retail or telecommunications, you need to perform real-time analysis of this data for taking quick actions. This is only feasible by storing this data in-memory to have the […]

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The Digital Marketplace Brings Inspiration to Innovation

The Digital Marketplace Brings Inspiration to Innovation

0 by / on October 14, 2015, 10:00 am / in Featured Authors, Integration Insights, Megatrends: What's Hot and What's Not

Digital disruption is everywhere and it is changing everything. Some brick and mortar shops have disappeared thanks to pressure from online vendors. Traditional newspaper and magazine vendors have had to reinvent themselves with web offerings. Neighborhood banks are under threat from innovative digital banking and payment apps. Every company is under pressure to innovate or it might simply go out […]

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Retail Things To See and Do at IW

Retail Things To See and Do at IW

0 by / on October 12, 2015, 6:00 am / in Uncategorized

The retail world is undergoing a digital sea change, embracing omni-channel, customer centricity and smart stores in order to re-invent the shopping experience. At Software AG’s Innovation World 2015, retailers can find out how. We will show how Smart Signage can leverage the Internet of Things to create bespoke context-driven content, based on real-time analysis of multiple video streams and […]

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Streaming Analytics Get Predictive

Streaming Analytics Get Predictive

0 by / on October 9, 2015, 6:00 am / in Featured Authors, Live from Software AG, Megatrends: What's Hot and What's Not

After the announcement of Apama Queries back in April, Software AG is well positioned to make another wave of announcements for new Apama streaming and predictive analytics capabilities at Innovation World 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Predictive Analytics enables an organization to project the likelihood of outcomes based on complex decision trees and probabilistic models. Imagine how powerful this capability […]

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Bimodal IT: Now You Can Have Your Cake and Eat It Too

Bimodal IT: Now You Can Have Your Cake and Eat It Too

0 by / on October 8, 2015, 6:30 am / in Featured Authors, Live from Software AG, Megatrends: What's Hot and What's Not

Currently, there are many application development offerings in the market that are geared for one of two modes, either long term, largescale projects or spur of the moment small scale opportunities. It seems like you can’t have both. The first mode supports plan-oriented strategic methodology which has the advantage of efficiency and longevity, but it also comes with the risk […]

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Speed-Dial Your IoT Data

Speed-Dial Your IoT Data

0 by / on October 8, 2015, 6:00 am / in Featured Authors, Live from Software AG, Megatrends: What's Hot and What's Not

A recent report finds that retailers are gearing up to handle and make use of the high-speed data arising from the Internet of Things (IoT). The IoT, with its millions upon millions of sensored devices, is a real-time challenge for companies; it is Big Data analysis in a pressure cooker. Sensor data offers the ability to know what is happening […]

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Feeling the Love: IT and Citizen Developers Come Together

Feeling the Love: IT and Citizen Developers Come Together

0 by / on October 6, 2015, 6:00 am / in Featured Authors, Live from Software AG, Megatrends: What's Hot and What's Not

Mention the term “citizen developer” to anyone in IT and you will get an instant opinion—either for or against. IT departments find the tactical, quick-and-dirty, low-code citizen developers’ apps a bit awkward to incorporate into complex enterprise systems, to say the least. Let’s just say they are not feeling the love. Yet there are many others who believe that these […]

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New Support for the MDM Business Community

New Support for the MDM Business Community

0 by / on October 2, 2015, 6:00 am / in Featured Authors, Live from Software AG, Megatrends: What's Hot and What's Not

This October at Software AG’s Innovation World 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada, webMethods OneData will celebrate with a special master data management (MDM) message directed toward data stewards and data business analysts. Yes – OneData still provides the necessary system integration to holistically govern, enrich and deploy any kind of sharable data across the digital enterprise. And yes, OneData is […]

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Cyber Monday – 60 days and counting

Cyber Monday – 60 days and counting

0 by / on October 1, 2015, 6:00 am / in Featured Authors, Megatrends: What's Hot and What's Not

There are 60 days left until Cyber Monday, the online super-shopping Monday after the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday; do you have full visibility of your inventory? Today’s customers expect to get what they want, where and when and how they want it—especially when it is a real bargain on a Black Friday or a Cyber Monday. They want to grab a […]

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Making the Industrial Internet Work for You

Making the Industrial Internet Work for You

0 by / on September 30, 2015, 6:00 am / in Featured Authors, Megatrends: What's Hot and What's Not

Disruption is everywhere. Now more than ever, rapid innovation in software applications is key to winning and retaining customers. But what are some of the industry mega-themes being shaped by software? We are taking some time out of the calendar at Software AG’s Innovation World 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada, to find out. On October 13th we will take an […]

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In-Memory Innovation Boosts Vitamin I

In-Memory Innovation Boosts Vitamin I

0 by / on September 29, 2015, 6:00 am / in Uncategorized

Join us at Innovation World, 2015 in Las Vegas to learn how Software AG’s Terracotta In-Memory Data Fabric Platform is empowering different components of the Digital Business Platform. We will kick things off by showing the audience how to get started with predictive analytics, utilizing two best-of-breed products: Terracotta, the in-memory market leader, and the streaming analytics market leader, Apama. […]

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Make Development Fun Again

Make Development Fun Again

0 by / on September 28, 2015, 6:00 am / in Featured Authors, Megatrends: What's Hot and What's Not

How can companies make sure that developers don’t lose interest in maintaining their legacy code base? It’s quite easy: make the development process fun again. Join us for a discussion at Innovation World 2015 in Las Vegas to learn how developing can be fun again. Want to see how? Come and hear how a small team at Alte Oldenburger turned […]

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Ebb and Flow of MDM Data Modeling

Ebb and Flow of MDM Data Modeling

0 by / on September 17, 2015, 12:20 pm / in Uncategorized

In the last of our three-part data governance blog series, we discuss the ongoing controversy over MDM data modelling; an art form which ebbs and flows in popularity. It comes as no surprise that any system that creates and manages master data must organize that data through data models. Whether created independently through modeling tools or presented as fait accompli […]

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Miffed with MiFID

Miffed with MiFID

0 by / on September 17, 2015, 1:19 am / in Featured Authors, Live from Software AG, Megatrends: What's Hot and What's Not

Last week FOW hosted a regulation event in London with presentations and panel discussions covering a range of topics with a strong focus on Mifid II With submission of the final draft of ESMA’s regulatory technical standards (RTS) being delay by three months, there was much concern over the challenging deadline. Many firms have already started implementation of yet to […]

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Enterprise Architecture: Just Breathe and Find the Time to Plan

Enterprise Architecture: Just Breathe and Find the Time to Plan

0 by / on September 10, 2015, 6:00 am / in Uncategorized

In the recently published Forrester Research report*, the research firm includes the following evaluation category: “Business Technology Agenda Support.” Just breathe. Besides being one of my favorite Pearl Jam songs, that is my advice when you are feeling the pressures of this brave new digital world. Just breathe – and start planning. That old adage “failing to plan is planning […]

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Master your Data Management Solution

Master your Data Management Solution

0 by / on September 9, 2015, 10:34 am / in Uncategorized

In the second of our three-part blog series, we discuss how to implement your master data management (MDM) solution and maximize its effectiveness by ensuring that it is truly process-oriented. Master data management —putting together the processes, governance and standards that turn your critical data into a single, reliable source of good and consistent, operational data —is not without its […]

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For Retailers, the Destination is Omni-Channel

For Retailers, the Destination is Omni-Channel

0 by / on September 8, 2015, 7:00 am / in Uncategorized

While the retail journey towards omni-channel may be unclear, or fraught with detours and deviations, it is a destination worth pursuing in order to retain customers and sustain growth. We said at the beginning of this series that although the journey to omni-channel is unstoppable, the actual destination is not always clear. After all, there is no blueprint for success […]

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Enterprise Architecture: Back to the Future

Enterprise Architecture: Back to the Future

0 by / on September 8, 2015, 6:00 am / in Uncategorized

Independent research firm Forrester Research has recognized Software AG as a leader among companies offering Enterprise Architecture Management Suites. The way research firms keep redefining what enterprise architecture (EA) is could give the impression that the most recent mutation is a completely new animal aimed at new problems that need solving. In the recently published The Forrester Wave: Enterprise Architecture […]

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When Worlds Collide: Retail and IoT

When Worlds Collide: Retail and IoT

0 by / on September 4, 2015, 6:00 am / in Uncategorized

A recent report from Retail Systems Research (RSR) foretells of an imminent collision between the Internet of Things and retail; the result will be a dramatic change in the way retailers operate. In RSR’s latest report, The Internet of Things in Retail: Great Expectations, 80% of respondents agreed that the Internet of Things will drastically change the way companies do […]

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Managing Data Governance: A Primer

Managing Data Governance: A Primer

0 by / on September 2, 2015, 6:00 am / in Uncategorized

In the first of a series of three blogs, we offer a primer for deploying process-driven data governance, which is rapidly becoming critical to maintaining competitiveness. Data is all around us; it comes from internal processes and external sources and streams through our enterprises like a spring flood, overflowing our databases. New data flows in from increasingly complex and disparate […]

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Omni-Channel: Conduct Your “Orchestra”

Omni-Channel: Conduct Your “Orchestra”

0 by / on September 1, 2015, 6:00 am / in Uncategorized

The omni-channel dream can be achieved once your supply chain network, store network and individual systems come together to form an “orchestra,” with which the retailer can play an “omni-channel tune.” Omni-channel retailers have a formidable challenge when trying to match, or even beat, retailers such as Amazon. Many retailers have the legacy of an existing store network, which can […]

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Maximize Resource Return

Maximize Resource Return

0 by / on August 24, 2015, 6:00 am / in Uncategorized

To achieve the omni-channel dream, retailers need full visibility of their valuable inventory; enterprise resource planning software (ERP) or a new merchandising system may well offer a fix, but can these deliver the complete visibility you need in the next few months—or will it take 2-3 years? After employees and “store estate” —physical and online premises—inventory is arguably the most […]

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Prepare for the Peak

Prepare for the Peak

0 by / on August 19, 2015, 6:00 am / in Uncategorized

Achieving the omni-channel dream means ensuring you are prepared for peak business traffic, which also benefits your business during normal trading conditions, to reduce the chance of customers abandoning their shopping baskets. The journey to achieving the omni-channel dream requires planning, and one of the most important milestones on that journey is being prepared for periods of high traffic in […]

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Thingalytics Chapter 1: It’s All About Me

Thingalytics Chapter 1: It’s All About Me

0 by / on April 1, 2015, 6:00 am / in Uncategorized

“Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is I don’t know which half.” John Wannamaker, advertising and marketing pioneer Advertising is all about the audience; if you get the audience wrong, you are wasting ad money. Today, advertising and marketing are evolving to become highly targeted, deeply personal experiences that not only draw in the right […]

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Thingalytics: An Introduction

Thingalytics: An Introduction

0 by / on March 30, 2015, 6:00 am / in Uncategorized

People often ask me: “John, what really is this Internet of Things? It sounds like a lot of hype about smart fridges that tell you when to buy milk.” Actually, the Internet of Things (IoT) is much more important and transformative than that. In fact, it is changing everything – just as the original Internet did. Put simply, the Internet […]

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IoT: The Integration of Things

IoT: The Integration of Things

0 by / on March 25, 2015, 6:00 am / in Featured Authors, Integration Insights, Live from Software AG, Megatrends: What's Hot and What's Not

The Internet of Things is going to be the biggest driver of integration technology in history. Like Metcalfe’s law states that the value of a telecommunications network is proportional to the square of the number of connected users of the system (n2), Herring’s corollary of Metcalf’s Law states that the value of integration is directly proportional to the number of […]

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Top 10 Supply Chain and Manufacturing Predictions for 2015

Top 10 Supply Chain and Manufacturing Predictions for 2015

0 by / on January 26, 2015, 2:39 pm / in Uncategorized

Next year innovative manufacturers will leap ahead by deploying more and better sensors, add more comprehensive automation and increasingly choose local fabrication. In 2015, we will see manufacturers and their partners accelerate the implementation of initiatives that will deliver on the promise of the Internet of Things. For some companies, this will be a challenge, but for many others it […]

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