Inside SAP and Microsoft’s New Digital-Manufacturing Initiatives

April 5, 2019
In parallel but separate initiatives, both SAP and Microsoft are triggering new open-standards efforts to enhance data portability and systems compatibility across warehouses, factories and logistics networks. The broad-based and customer-connected moves by two of the world’s largest and most-influential software companies will boost the digital capabilities across a range of industrial sectors. This is
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Dean Del Vecchio sat down with me to talk about transformation with AWS

The Customer-Centric CIO: How Dean Del Vecchio Created Culture of Innovation

April 4, 2019
Born in 1860, Guardian Life has begun championing such new-fangled notions as companywide innovation challenges, office designs in the style of Google’s and Amazon’s, and the compelling notion that Guardian’s primary competitor is not another insurer but rather a consumer’s latest digital experience. Without question, executive VP, chief of operations and CIO Dean Del Vecchio
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The Top 10 Cloud Vendors By Growth Rate

April 3, 2019

After we recently posted our list of the 10 largest cloud vendors by revenue, some readers asked about growth rates among the Cloud Wars Top 10. Since we’re always eager to engage with such questions, here are some compelling figures on the major cloud vendors’ growth rates. Now, for some of you hand-wringers who will

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Microsoft Targets Manufacturing Sector

Microsoft Partners with Nine Disruptive Startups to Target Manufacturing Sector

April 2, 2019
Looking to gain mindshare and revenue in the booming global industrial sector, Microsoft hosted nine disruptive startups at the world’s largest manufacturing event in yet another example of how Microsoft’s innovative go-to-market strategies have become an enormous factor in its rise to the top. At the recent Hannover Messe in Germany—which drew 200,000 visitors from
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Why Customers Love AWS: Enabling Major Transformation at Guardian Life

April 1, 2019
When Dean Del Vecchio joined 159-year-old Guardian Life Insurance as a top executive five years ago, he discovered that the company’s first policy-administration system was still functioning. “In 1967, before we put a man on the moon, we built our first policy-admin system. I like to say the good news is it's still running and
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How Microsoft, SAP and Adobe Plan to Revolutionize CRM and Rock Salesforce

March 29, 2019
If it’s true that your enemies are a good reflection of who you are, then it’s clear that Salesforce is a customer-company dynamo. Three of the world’s most-powerful companies have high hopes of carving into the huge market shares and growth rates that Salesforce has earned over the past decade as the undisputed king of
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Microsoft Exec on Cloud Market: Not Quite “Limitless” But “Lots of Runway”

March 27, 2019
Large businesses are accelerating their cloud commitments so dramatically that they’ve begun “pulling” Microsoft into new areas. The CFO of Microsoft’s commercial business recently told investors that “I don’t know if I would go so far as to say limitless, but there’s a lot of runway.” In an interview at the Morgan Stanley investors conference
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Murad UL CDO Christian Anschuetz Topcon VP Kris Cowles Marriott Brian King

Rishabh Sinha On Internal Transformation & Employee Satisfaction at Murad LLC

March 26, 2019
Below is a lightly edited transcript of my conversation with Murad Senior Director Rishabh Sinha. Rishabh's full title is Senior Director, IT Enterprise Applications. For skincare icon Murad LLC, Rishabh focuses on creating consensus-based enterprise solutions that are scalable, adaptable, and synchronized with evolving business needs. This interview took place in October 2018.   Bob
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Top 10 Cloud Vendors

10 Key Questions for #1 Microsoft, #2 Amazon, and Other Top Cloud Vendors

March 26, 2019
The first quarter is drawing to a close. 2019 is shaping up to be an explosive year for the world’s top cloud-computing vendors. So here’s a question for each company in my Cloud Wars Top 10 ranking. #1 Microsoft. Executives within both Microsoft and SAP have been saying that huge global corporations are moving mission-critical
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Murad UL CDO Christian Anschuetz Topcon VP Kris Cowles Marriott Brian King

UL CDO Christian Anschuetz: Tech, Trust, and Training From a Former Marine

March 25, 2019
Below is a lightly edited transcript of my conversation with UL CDO Christian Anschuetz. Christian is responsible for identifying, prioritizing and embedding technology innovation and digital trends into the vision, strategy, and operating models at product safety firm UL. He is also a director of ProjectRELO, which is dedicated to transforming America’s perspective on the value
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