In The Cloud with Game-Changers presented by SAP

In The Cloud with Game-Changers presented by SAP

Game-changing technologies are transformational, exciting and disruptive. They move you in amazing new directions and open up a whole new world of possibilities – especially when they’re in the cloud. You’ve heard the buzz and hype about ‘the cloud’, but do you really know what it is - and what it can do for you and your business? And if you already have a ticket to the cloud, are you prepared to navigate this new terrain? Join us as we look skyward to demystify the cloud - and help you become the savvy innovator who takes your company across the finish line for your next breakthrough strategy - in the cloud.

Episodes

September 27, 2012 56 min
Cloud buzzword of the day: PaaS - platform as a service. With so many so-called best-of-breed software solutions floating around, it feels like we are back in the siloed ‘90s. Industry futurists say that PaaS can tie them all together. So, are you ready to boost your company’s status from mere-mortal best-in-class to first-mover advantage and beyond? Our experts speak: Chris Horak: “Technology is king. Content is King Kong.” Fran...
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The cloud. Shopping for cloud solutions based solely on price? Look deeper, say the experts. Jeff Anders: “Nearly everyone is under the gun to save money and looking for that ‘silver bullet’ to solve their problem, but even the most skilled hunter can shoot himself in the foot sometimes. Cost is only one factor when trying to decide between public, private and hybrid cloud solutions.” Allan Krans: “It may be time to rethink every...
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September 13, 2012 56 min
Business Intelligence (BI). In 1989, Howard Dresser proposed BI to describe “concepts and methods to improve business decision making by using fact-based support systems.” Yes, your company needs BI to survive, but now you have to choose between on-premise BI – inflexible, complex – and cloud or SaaS BI – more agile, affordable, accessible. And if you opt for cloud, is it mature or trustworthy enough yet? The experts debate. Cindi...
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Mobile Moments. According to Mary Meeker’s 2012 annual Internet trends report, 2.3 billion people are globally connected by the Internet, almost 3 % of all US adults own a tablet, and mobile is the source of 8% of all e-commerce. These trends can mean opportunity or catastrophe for your business. Which will it be? Our experts weigh in:
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August 30, 2012 56 min
Women in IT. True or false: Gender diversity in the information technology workforce enables better decision making, increased creativity, and innovative performance? We’ll ask the experts. Emily Jasper: “When you talk about women in IT, two different conversations are going on: women in computing roles versus women in leadership. Solutions that address one area may actually hinder the other.” Marilyn Kibler-Col?n: “Women are exce...
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Shadow IT. Rogue IT. Call it what you will, it’s still a force lurking outside traditional IT. Our June 14 panel had so much to say that we’re continuing the discussion around these experts’ insights: Steve Romero: “If the business fulfilled its obligation to govern IT, there would be no Shadow IT.” Judson Wickham: “If Shadow IT can provide dashboards and charts that executives can twirl around on their iPad, they don’t care about ...
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August 16, 2012 57 min
HR globalization. An inevitable challenge as your marketplace changes and new opportunities arise, perhaps in maturing countries. But are you and your employees ready to venture out of your home base comfort zone, to do business among other cultures around the globe? The experts have a lot to say. Emily Jasper: “Globalization is centralizing how we do business, bringing us to a new universal model. Comparative advantage will go to...
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Start-ups. A bad time to launch one? Not! Technology is helping start-ups disrupt the status quo and become real economic game-changers. Louis Leporace, Next Principles: “Companies that fail to successfully incorporate social media, analytics, and big data into their business today will be the dinosaurs of their industry in three to five years.” Joe Hyland, Taulia: “We can make real time funding decisions, all within the cloud, b...
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Cloud. More than just another delivery mechanism for same-old enterprise software, the cloud facilitates peer2peer collaboration at new altitudes, with surprising benefits. The experts discuss this important game-changer. Michael Krigsman: “Cloud embodies new relationships and the promise of business and IT finally getting their act together for working in alignment and toward common goals. The cloud brings a technology shift, but ...
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Cloud. A handful of applications may give you fast growth, cost-effective innovation, new agility - but siloed, disconnected clouds and on-premise databases won’t talk to each other or to you. What to do? Lauren Nelson / Forrester: “For most enterprises today, cloud environments remain isolated from other cloud and non-cloud environments due primarily to a lack of standards. Looking forward, it will be a combination of vendors, ope...
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True or False: Your company is too large - or too small - for cloud computing. Answer: False! Learn why from our panelists: Sina Moatamed: “Enterprises that are willing transform into lean, agile, and highly competitive organizations will understand and embrace the cloud regardless of their size or industry. Cloud will finally weave IT into the fabric of business.” David Sweetman: “The scalability, affordability, consistency and ac...
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Is your company culture ‘social’ yet? It’s the new game-changer in business and we hope you’re not missing out. Dr. Natalie Petouhoff: “What if your CEO said, ‘I don’t want employees talking to each other. I want people to work by themselves and not collaborate. I don’t care about what customers say. We should be insular and not take any feedback from employees or customers! That’s how we will beat the competition!’?...Unfortunate...
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As if cloud computing weren’t disruptive enough, there’s a force lurking outside traditional IT: ‘Shadow IT’ or, worse, “Rogue IT”. The experts have a lot to say: THINKstrategies’ Jeff Kaplan: “Most CXOs don’t know how many SaaS/Cloud apps are being used in their organizations.” SAP’s Greg Chase: “What is new is consumerization of IT, or really, IT-ization of the consumer – basically we’re all digital natives now. Individuals are m...
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Where were you at 10:26 am GMT on Jan. 22, 2011? That’s when the 10 billionth app was downloaded from the Apple App Store. Apple’s iconic success paved the way for how your business and, more importantly, your employees now access software. Alan Lepofsky notes, Via the App Store and the ‘There's an app for that’ marketing campaign, Apple rapidly changed the way people add features and functions to their mobile devices...Now th...
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June 21, 2012 56 min
Jacques Cousteau and Emile Gagnan. William Proctor and James Gamble. Bill Gates and Paul Allen. Their collaborative innovative solutions delighted their respective markets. How can your business co-innovate with the people who best understand what your audiences want? Look to the cloud. Sherryanne Meyer quotes Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz: “Toto, we’re not in Kansas anymore.” She adds, “The old way of working will no longer work. Th...
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June 14, 2012 56 min
As if cloud computing weren’t disruptive enough, there’s a force lurking outside traditional IT: ‘Shadow IT’ or, worse, “Rogue IT”. The experts have a lot to say: THINKstrategies’ Jeff Kaplan: “Most CXOs don’t know how many SaaS/Cloud apps are being used in their organizations.” SAP’s Greg Chase: “What is new is consumerization of IT, or really, IT-ization of the consumer – basically we’re all digital natives now. Individuals are m...
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Cloud computing: a positively disruptive innovation offering opportunities for every business – including yours. Today our experts discuss virtualization and the private cloud. SAP’s Jeff Anders: “There are a lot of misperceptions about virtualization and cloud computing, based on outdated information.” Deloitte’s Scott Wall: “Virtualization is a key step in creating a private cloud or internal cloud-like capabilities that can enh...
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“Good help is hard to find.” Is this how you explain your company’s talent shortage? News flash! Our experts say YOU may be the problem. Dr. Steven T. Hunt at SuccessFactors: “High performing, highly skilled professionals want to work for companies that value and invest in them – and they will even forego some level of financial reward to work on what might be called ‘cool stuff’. Kevin Wheeler at Future of Talent Institute: “The...
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The economic forecast is rosy for professional services aka ProServe firms. Why? The cloud, says THINKstrategies’ Jeff Kaplan. “While often easier to use than traditional on-premise apps, cloud solutions still require specialized skills that most internal IT and SW development organizations don’t have. This has opened up a great opportunity for professional services firms.” But double-digit growth has a price, notes Service Perfor...
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Where do you stand on the great cloud computing debate: the cloud creates jobs or the opposite? Eager for a definitive answer, Jacqueline Vanacek at SAP and MR Rangaswami at Sand Hill Group launched a “Job Growth in the Forecast” study to determine how cloud computing impacts US job creation. The findings are optimistic. “As cloud computing transforms the entire IT landscape, it will also be a powerful catalyst for generating hun...
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