Virtual and other forms of extended enterprise have become increasingly common as organisations seek new ways of delivering value to their shareholders and customers. They integrate both processes and systems to support an end-to-end value chain. Virtual enterprises require an open decentralised architecture for workflow management where multiple workflow management systems can support business processes which cross organisations. We have identified three classes of problem which impede the development of such workflow management systems.
How is SAP's partner ecosystem poised to propel the company towards vital future growth in the cloud? Will this ecosystem earn the enterprise IT leader its sought after slice of the global digital economy, whose app economy alone will be $120B this year? These were the key questions at a recent strategic SAP Partner forum I attended in New York City. The upshot: While the SAP Partner story overall is strong for the firm, there remains critial work to do to prepare for the future and fully realize its potential to achieve the company's strategic goals. The German software giant is well known for providing some of the most mature and sophisticated enterprise solutions in the world.
If there is one innovation that defines 2017 it is intelligent automation (IA) – and all it entails. New intelligent automation technology, which accesses data, processes it and then initiates actions – all the while "learning while doing" – is supporting enterprise decision-makers by providing a significantly improved quality of support services. Apart from improving overall decision-making speed and supporting smarter decision-making, the artificial intelligence underpinning IA also accelerates solutions for large-scale enterprise challenges by complementing human performance. IA's impact reaches from the private sphere of our personal decision-making … across corporate processing … to the far reaches of our solar system. While robotic operations have been used on the factory floor for decades, the adoption of similar capabilities in the "back office" processing environment is a trend that has only recently emerged.
When it comes to evaluating new vendors, it can be challenging to know how best to communicate the requirements of your vendor assessment process and ultimately select the right partner to help your business move forward -- while at the same time avoiding the risk of a third-party security incident.
Today, every organisation needs to reimagine its business model. Customers expect business to meet them anywhere, any time, on any device. To meet this speed of response, businesses need to be ahead of the game, at the cutting edge of what their market is capable of doing and informed by real-time data.