Can you run a factory on Cloud Apps? Is it too risky?

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Is it too risky to run a factory on Cloud Apps? Is the business too complicated to bring it up to cloud?

Mission-critical applications such as IQMS enterprise resource planning (ERP), which companies use to run their factories, were once considered the last software that would move to the cloud. It’s too risky, conventional wisdom long held, to run such software over the internet, from a supplier’s data center instead of your own.
“If that software fails, the plant shuts down,” says IQMS CEO and President Gary Nemmers.

Let’s hear from the CEO on why small and midsize manufacturers are ready for cloud now.

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Microsoft Excel : Deadly sins you should not do in Excel (Part 1)

In this series of articles, I will be talking about things you shouldn’t be doing in Excel. No, you will not become power user after reading them. But, you will definitely have more understanding and be able to manuever Excel easier. Follow me around and I will make you realize there are a lot of things you’ve been doing may not necessary is good, and of course I will follow with some solution for a quick fix.

I once read this article from an author Kay Boogaard, she too wrote about thing you should know about Excel. In the article she mentioned that she met her husband who he converted her from a person who would rather lock themselves in the phone booth full of mosquitos than having her eye crossed starring at the rows and columns in Excel into an Excel lover. People start hating Excel reason is because they do not understand why Excel behave in such and things always turn out the other way around. I can totally relate that because majority of us are self-taught Excel user. And when you are a self-taught user, you may not necessary learn or use it by googling “Excel 101” or “Do’s and Don’ts with Excel”. You dive right into the worksheet, and when things don’t seem right, you google it only when you’re in trouble. Continue reading “Microsoft Excel : Deadly sins you should not do in Excel (Part 1)”

Getting Service Integration Automation and Management (SIAM) to really work for you

Although the demand-supply governance of outsourcing has been a high priority on the agenda’s of CIOs for over fifteen years, recently, at many organizations, a complex landscape has been created in which a large number of suppliers have to work together to deliver good quality services to the user organization. The rise of cloud computing, agile working methods and the further automation of IT management and operations are all drastically changing the way in which customer organizations and IT services providers work together. Service Integration, Automation and Management (SIAM) was introduced to manage this changed and complex landscape SIAM is aimed at coordinating and integrating the different services provided by multiple suppliers in such a way that customers feel like they are dealing with a single supplier.

In this white paper, we examine what SIAM actually is, and how you can realize a ‘House of SIAM’ that works optimally and delivers services that are integrated, well coordinated and consistent. What impact does this have on tooling and processes, as well as the people who have to implement them? What are the most important building blocks and best practices for designing a House of SIAM?

Check out the whitepaper here by Quint.

Source: Quint Wellington Redwood

When IT underperforms, it hurts an organization’s performance. An IT department that is not responsive to its users limits an organization’s ability to adapt to shifting demands, increases the time it takes to release products and services, and reduces customer satisfaction.

Info Trek offers a series of ITSM certification training programs based on frameworks and standards such as Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL®), ISO/IEC 20000 (Service Quality Management), Change Management, and Application Service Library (ASL®) to address the needs above.

War on Microbes

Humans and bacteria have been clashing for as long as both have inhabited the Earth, and for decades now, humans have had the upper hand. Starting with penicillin in 1942, antibiotics have brought previously untreatable maladies like tuberculosis under control and made surgery far safer.

But bacteria didn’t stop evolving, and infectious agents have been mutating at a rate that has begun to threaten that victory. In the United States, more than a dozen types of infections from bacteria are now resistant to all or nearly all known drugs, including clostridium difficile, which causes severe diarrhea; methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, also known as MRSA, and even a strain of the sexually transmitted disease gonorrhea. Public health experts warn that left unchecked, antibiotic-resistant infections will surpass cancer as one of the world’s biggest killers, claiming 10 million deaths annually by 2050.

Health leaders have been sounding the alarm that infectious disease could become the first big medical gain that humans eventually surrender. “This may even bring the end of modern medicine as we know it,” Margaret Chan, former director-general of the World Health Organization, warned previous year. Continue reading “War on Microbes”

Transforming Consumer Financing : Challenges and Opportunities in the Lending and Leasing Market

Building and maintaining competitive advantage in the lending and leasing market has never been tougher. As the industry becomes increasingly complex and competitive, financial institutions must diagnose their own IT infrastructure and systems. Why? To determine ways in which they can improve business efficiency, drive growth and enhance dealer relationships, while enabling a seamless customer experience. For many, the answer lies in a technology solution with end-to-end capabilities and a flexible, scalable architecture to safeguard investment – from loan origination to servicing and collection processes to traditional screening, credit scoring, underwriting and loan processing.

To further examine the lending industry landscape and the associated challenges and opportunities, Oracle partnered with Cognito to conduct a survey amongst key members within the lending and leasing space. The survey was performed through LinkedIn, by engaging directly with relevant community groups and their members through group postings and direct message outreach. Participants hailed from banking institutions, credit unions and automobile dealers, amongst other financial institutions. Within the survey, 70% of the participants qualified themselves as being directly responsible for managing their consumer finance operations in some capacity.

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