Azure Database Migration

Azure Database Migration

The ability to innovate is what separates long-term successful businesses from the pack. However, a business can have all the game-changing innovative ideas in the world, but it won’t do them any good unless they are actually implemented.  SitePro gained a competitive advantage by combining onsite sensors and data collection with online data processing and management using Microsoft Azure. As a result, they were able to provide faster and more effective service to their customers, which in turn strengthened the offerings of their customers. It's a win for everyone. “We realized we were leaving too many good ideas on the side,” Aaron Phillips, President and CEO, SitePro.  SitePro, a software platform that supports oil and gas facilities, knew that to power the kind of data collection and usage they imagined, they were going to need to switch from an onsite infrastructure to a scalable cloud service. They found the solution they were looking for in Microsoft Azure.  Now, they alone can provide data services that usually require multiple companies to perform, and they are passing on those benefits in cost savings and efficiencies...
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Agile Transformation For An Insurance Provider

Agile Transformation For An Insurance Provider

OVERVIEWA large insurance provider in the Northeastern US decided to implement an Agile Transformation initiative across their organization, as part of the implementation of a new policy provisioning system.CHALLENGEThe Operations department were using a number of time intensive manual tasks to process client applications.  The Business and IT relationship had grown to be rather dysfunctional, with a series of failed or incomplete projects.  The business did not feel included in the initial development process, believed they needed to have the project scope identified in advance, and continued to build and support Microsoft Access databases to track work progress because the provided tools were not process focused. SOLUTIONPartnering with the client, we were able to break the 12 month waterfall project into four separate 90 day releases, with 2 week sprint cycles per release.  The first release consisted of the technical framework, creation of an Agile development cycle, simple product sets, and simple quality assurance and training review steps.  The subsequent releases...
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Digital Transformation Within Hospitality – A Mobile First Case Study

Digital Transformation Within Hospitality – A Mobile First Case Study

Digital transformation within the hospitality industry has begun to push innovation in the mobile technology space. As a result, user experience and customer loyalty have become more important than ever before. Customers want to quickly make decisions and act upon them...all while on-the-go. Simple responsive websites are not enough to meet the needs for an ever-demanding demographic.Why Digital Transformation?A Mid-Western regional hotel brand, needed to make a meaningful change to the way users interacted with their booking and reservation system. They had a basic responsive website solution designed to allow mobile users to both make and manage reservations and learn about customer loyalty promotions on a website that automatically resized based on the device the customer used. In the past, companies would use this technique to meet customer needs in a cost-effective manner. Ten years ago, the concept of responsive design was introduced to meet the problems experienced by many business struggling to address the demands of the marketplace.  Google even started...
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Designing the Consumer Experience (Physical and Digital)

Designing the Consumer Experience (Physical and Digital)

A quality consumer experience means everything.  As consumers, we often don't think about the importance of a great consumer experience.  As businesses, it is everything we should be thinking about.  Isn't it all about the customer?  Recently, an article by PSFK outlined some of the takeaways from the retail conference. The findings are in line with a recent interview with Virgin Atlantic’s SVP for Marketing and Customer Service, Reuben Arnold. Reuben said that the technology is not the focus, though in this digital age, you would think that's false. But as always, as any good marketer or business person knows, it should be all about the customer.Designing The Consumer Experience For Shoppers"Not a lot has happened in retail, but the consumer has changed,” Keith Mercier, Worldwide Retail Leader at IBM Watson said during his presentation at the Future of Retail 2016 NYC.“The most important thing for me is we never start from a point of saying, how can we use...
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The Business Potential of IT Transformation

The Business Potential of IT Transformation

No one thinks of IT as a back-office support department—now everyone looks to IT as an integral part of overall strategy. But where should CIOs begin? First, they need to think beyond their own experiences and domain expertise and begin viewing IT through a wider operational and strategic lens. Deloitte University Press.  IT unbounded: The business potential of IT transformation Tech Trends 2017.  Written by Atilla Terzioglu, Martin Kamen, Tim Boehm, Anthony Stephan.  February 07, 2017.    IT Transformation As organizations modernize their IT operating and delivery models, some are creating multifunctional teams and breaking down silos across IT. They are also looking beyond organizational boundaries to explore the open talent market and to form new types of relationships with vendors, incubators, and academics. Finally, with technology dominating strategic business priorities, some companies are educating executives and staff to increase awareness and understanding of both core and emerging technologies. For many, embracing this multifaceted approach may require adjustments to org models, IT processes and supporting...
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