February Round Up of ERP News

Mar, 02. 2016


Survey Tsunami
According to KPMG’s latest tech innovation survey, CIO’s are facing a tsunami of converging technologies.  However, they face challenges with global consistency and variation as some innovations are emerging on a worldwide scale but others very much regional such as China where biometrics is expected to have the greatest impact.

Window Dressing
With a cautious take up (probably because past experiences have been less than ideal), it does seem upgrading to the latest Microsoft OS is the smoothest transition in years.  Apparently more than 200 million devices run Windows 10 including 22 million in business and education.  If you are not sure yet whether to make that plunge then check out CIOs article, Should You Upgrade to Windows 10 in 2016?

Fair Cop
Cyber-crime is a frequent topic in IT news headlines and in PwC’s latest Global Economic Crime Survey over half of British businesses will suffer cyber attacks by 2018.  Their report identified that a third of organisations admitted they have no response plan to protect themselves.  Whilst Asset Misappropriation still represents the bulk of economic crime at over 60% in 2014, it is, along with Fraud, on the decline.  Conversely, Cybercrime has gone up to 44%, an increase of  20% since 2014 and looks set to still increase.

Driving Force
Following on the heels of SAP (sponsors of McLaren), and QAD (Williams) IFS are racing into the headlines with the announcement that they are to become a sponsor of the Sauber F1 team.  The IFS branding will appear on the cars as well as Sauber drivers’ (Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr) overalls and helmets.

In the Clouds
Building on their cloud product platform SAP has acquired Roambi, a mobile-centric analytics and data visualisation solution.

Since Infor made a strategic decision to partner with Amazon Web Services (AWS) their Value Engineering Team have helped customers identify the return on investment of moving to the cloud.  Last year alone the savings customers made by moving to the cloud ranged from just under 30% and up to 76%.  This was, in the main, due to the elimination of on-premise costs.

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