Globally, the demand for power is increasing, driven by a growing population, mass urbanisation, and rapid industrialisation of nations like China and India. The consequence for those in the business of power generation, transmission and distribution is a need to achieve greater productivity and reliability, in a challenging climate of stricter environmental targets, severe penalties for supply interruptions, tighter budgets and tougher operating conditions.
While simple fixes may cost a few thousand dollars, lost revenue from equipment failures can run into the millions of dollars in lost productivity and replacement costs. There can be longer-term impacts, too, if the downtime inhibits a manufacturer’s ability to meet customer needs.
That’s why it is important for companies to think about lubrication and equipment maintenance holistically, recognizing that short term cost savings may be leading to bigger, preventable expenses over the long term.
Cheaper oil, for example, may save money initially, but it requires more frequent changes and provides less protection to the equipment, which could shorten component life. For many companies, the short-term savings simply aren’t worth the longterm cost risk. “Some companies don’t realize that they may be able to reduce their overall maintenance costs significantly by spending more up front on better quality lubricants,” Saffell says. “Their equipment may last longer and they are likely to see
The energy landscape has become increasingly complex. Globally, we’re relying less on centralized, steady power sources – such as gas-fired and coal-fired power stations – and more on mixed, locally-distributed renewable energy supplies including solar, wind, tidal and battery. While this is positive for the environment and carbon emissions, it makes balancing power grids a much more complex task. Power quality and reliability becomes more variable in output, while demand for power continues to increase steadily. But when it comes to energy resilience, many organizations simply don’t know where to start. What solutions are available? Which are the best ones for their specific situation and physical premises? What will be their return on investment? Is it simply the cost of doing business, or is there actually a business case? The guide will give you the tools and data to build your understanding and quantify the benefit for your organization.
Humans excel at tasks that require creativity, the opportunity to respond to the unexpected, and general attentiveness to the surrounding environment. Technology and machines, on the other hand, are built to process a lot of information quickly without getting bored; technology reliably completes the task it is assigned without deviation. The most powerful approach to adding technology to a team takes the strengths of both humans and technology into account and from that, creates a superior, collaborative system. For example, reporting software such as Spreadsheet Server and Atlas for Dynamics AX/365 by Global Software, Inc. both serve as machine learning intelligence that uses automation to reduce errors, while at the same time preserving humans’ ability to create reports and outcomes from the data the way they need to see it.
Published By: Datastax
Published Date: Aug 07, 2018
Relational databases had their day and are still viable for certain use cases, but the advent of the cloud and subsequent proliferation of cloud applications is putting an almost unmanageable burden on their capabilities. Read this eBook to learn why your RBMS fails at scale, and why it's no longer a viable option for today's distributed, super fast-paced, cloud-friendly world.
The U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the U.K. Bribery Act (UKBA), Sapin II and many other Anti-Bribery and Corruption (ABC) laws and regulations around the world make it clear that bribery and corruption is prohibited, illegal and the source of fines, penalties, reputational damage, and in some cases criminal liability. This is particularly true when the bribes are offered to foreign government officials, especially by third parties.
Use this document to identify when bribery and corruption activities are most likely to be occurring within your business. Next to each bribery and corruption ‘red flag’ we have provided some suggested responses and best practices an organisation can use to address these issues and minimize the risks for your business.
What procedures should I have in place for third party engagements?
Are there particular red flags that indicate increased corruption risk?
How should I respond to high-risk third-party red flags?
From professional services and hospitality to healthcare and retail, businesses thrive when they have fast, reliable Internet connections. You need reliable connections to send sales transactions, upload files, transmit payroll data, and take advantage of cloud-based applications for sales, finance, and shipping. Then remember all of the different devices in your office – like mobile phones, wearables, tablets, and even desktop phones – and the need becomes even greater.
Published By: EverString
Published Date: Jul 27, 2018
You have lots of leads, but finding the right match is getting harder and harder.
You know the good leads are out there. They might even be looking for you. The trouble is, those good leads are hidden among so many bad ones. Your sales and marketing teams know this. They’re facing a deluge of data, not all of it reliable, and they’re trying to decode that data using outdated point solutions and imperfect criteria. Which means a lot of time spent running campaigns, initiating conversations and booking meetings that go nowhere. If this were the dating world, we’d be talking about a calendar full of bad first dates. Everyone’s “swiping right,” but no one’s truly matching. No one’s getting a second date. No one’s committing. Something just isn’t working.
We can’t help you if you’re dating. But if you’re trying to sell your company’s products and services—well, the game is about to change. Instead of moving through a volume of potential customers as quickly as possible to build pipeline, th
Il est tout aussi facile d'être submergé par l'omniprésent Big Data qu'il l'est pour les organisations d'être découragées par les défis qu'elles rencontrent lorsqu'elles implémentent une initiative en matière de Big Data. Les préoccupations liées aux ensembles de compétences associées au Big Data (et à leur absence), à la sécurité, à l'imprévisibilité des données, aux coûts non viables et à la nécessité d'effectuer une analyse de rentabilité peuvent mettre brutalement fin à une initiative en matière de Big Data.
Published By: Microsoft
Published Date: Jul 20, 2018
Microsoft commissioned Forrester Consulting to conduct a Total Economic
Impact™ (TEI) study to examine the potential return on investment (ROI)
enterprises may realize by shifting some or all their management and
operations from on-premises, hosted, and outsourced implementations to
Azure’s infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) offering. The purpose of this
study is to give readers a framework to evaluate the potential financial
impact, or ROI, of leveraging Azure IaaS for their organizations. Benefits
gained by interviewed customers that migrated or re-architected some or
all workloads from on-premises to IaaS include:
› Greater revenue opportunities from business-to-business (B2B) and
customer web channels with a solution that is more mobile and reliable,
and meets scale and seasonality needs.
› Increased profits from those revenues.
› Improved production efficiency.
› Reduced datacenter, IT resource, and outsourcing costs.
› Easier and faster software and hardware management (such as
The next wave of cloud storage innovation is upon us. It’s called multicloud. With multicloud storage you can combine cloud simplicity with enterprise-grade reliability, provide data mobility among multiple cloud types, and eliminate vendor lock-in. And it’s available right now through the Nimble Cloud Volumes service.
Most companies would love to move enterprise applications
to the public cloud and cut the costs, complexities,
and limitations of current infrastructure.
Major public cloud providers, such as Amazon Web Services (AWS),
Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud have done well in enabling
web, mobile, and content applications in the cloud. These are
cloud-native applications designed to use cloud “object” storage,
and object storage is very popular for use cases such as backup
and disaster recovery. However, enterprise applications typically
require “block” storage. Although native cloud block storage
exists, it has several shortcomings, particularly around reliability,
durability, and lack of data mobility. So, enterprise applications
have largely stayed on-premises or in private clouds.
Now there’s an innovative new way to move enterprise applications
to the public cloud while actually reducing risks and tradeoffs.
It’s called multicloud storage, and it’s an insanely simple,
reliable, secure w
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Great customer service hinges on efficient order fulfillment — especially the initial processing of a customer’s order. With thousands of sales orders coming into most large organizations monthly, this mission-critical process can demand a significant portion of customer service representatives’ (CSRs') time and attention in the quest for near-perfect input accuracy and order fulfillment.
But such intensive personnel support isn’t necessary for effective order processing. Great customer service doesn’t have to be cumbersome. Sales order automation can transform customer service and operations which provide quantifiable benefits to the organization.
Automation provides an opportunity to improve order management by:
• Reducing error rates and decreasing costs per order
• Improving process transparency from receipt to archival
• Reducing reshipping and inventory problems
The traditional IT organisation is struggling to meet the insatiable demand for new digital capabilities from business stakeholders. It’s time for a new IT operating model – ¬but what will it look like?
Read this insight to find out:
• what three new roles the future IT operating model must encompass
• what new skills and positions will be required in the IT function
• which integration needs the future IT function must address
• what the priorities should be in terms of orchestrating the IT ecosystem.
Read this insight now
Published By: EverString
Published Date: Jul 10, 2018
Account-Based Marketing (ABM) is gaining traction as the viable compliment to traditional sales and marketing efforts. ABM allows sales and marketing teams to be more personalized and targeted for the accounts that matter most to their business.
In this ebook we will take you through:
- The foundation of Account-Based Marketing
- Why ABM has become so popular
- How to select your target accounts
- How to build a data-backed ABM strategy
- How to implement an ABM strategy
Alliances are becoming a key part of corporate strategy for organisations seeking to keep abreast of disruptive technologies. Is this the right route for your organisation – and how can you maximise the chances of success?
Download this report to find out:
• how alliances are reshaping industries worldwide
• whether strategic alliances are a viable alternative to M&A
• the factors that can make or break an alliance
• three priorities for making an alliance work.
Gaps in care in health systems cause higher mortality rates and inflate costs. Download this case study for a closer look at how one health system used IBM CareDiscovery data to prove to their board that an outpatient palliative care service line was viable in both cost savings and quality of care improvement.
Carson Tahoe Health needed insights to convince its board that an outpatient palliative care program could help address its higher-thanaverage mortality rates and help decrease the risk of future financial impact from those rates
The healthcare system used IBM® CareDiscovery to track and analyze end-stage patient mortality and related length of stay, readmissions, utilization and costs in key disease groups—by comparing those who participated in trial inpatient palliative care and those who did not
The analysis was used to demonstrate to the system’s board that an outpatient palliative care service line was viable in terms of both cost savings and quality-of-care improvement
The cyberattacks of 2017 proved more numerous, sophisticated, and ruthless than in years past. Threat actors, armed with knowledge stolen from the CIA and tools lifted from the NSA, demonstrated an elevated level of proficiency. WannaCry and NotPetya, two prominent threats from last year, successfully exploited these stolen assets in their assault on systems worldwide. As 2017 progressed, new opportunities developed in ransomware-as-a-service (RaaS), opening the gates of malware-for-profit to everyone. Advancements in fileless attacks provided new ways for threats to hide from once reliable detection methods. Malware features such as polymorphism continued to play a powerful role in evading traditional defenses. The victims of cybercrime ranged from private businesses to the fundamental practices of democracy. France and the United States saw significant data breaches during their recent presidential elections. Several high-profile companies lost their customers’ personally identifiable information to cyberattacks, blemishing their brands and costing them untold millions in recovery operations. This report contains an overview of the threat trends and malware families Cylance's customers faced in 2017. This information is shared with the goal of assisting security practitioners, researchers, and individuals in our collective battle against emerging and evolving cyberthreats.
When selecting a new cybersecurity vendor, Cylance® recommends that you review your options carefully. Here are 4 things to consider before making a selection: Effectiveness, Simplicity, Performance, Vendor Viability. See the infographic for more details.
VolitionRx Limited is a multi-national company which develops new ways to detect cancer. Their ideal product needed to be reliable, efficient, and easily manageable for their modestly-sized IT department. Additionally, the solution had to be readily deployable to their operations in four separate countries. According to Daniel Halter, Group IT Manager at Volition, traditional antivirus vendors were “offering the same old solution only slightly jazzier. The model they were offering, although new, was and is the same thing that has been around for a while.” Daniel also stated that Volition had little time to determine which vendors are “selling the truth and which ones are selling the dreams.” Seeking an ideal match, Daniel reached out to Khipu Networks for their security recommendation. Khipu Networks suggested CylancePROTECT®, Cylance’s artificial intelligence endpoint security product. Read the full case study to learn about the results Cylance was able to deliver.
Matthew Coy, Safelite’s Vice President of Information Technology, is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the company’s IT infrastructure, including selecting, administering, and supporting technology products. The company handles personally identifiable information, including credit card information and insurance data collected from several sources, and must comply with insurance industry regulations and the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard. Safelite is the target of constant external attacks. The organization experienced ongoing security issues stemming from infected software, drivebys and other malicious downloads. According to Matthew, “A lot of malware and email viruses were making it through the environment, all bypassing our email security and AV.” Not only were the security controls ineffective, the previous AV platform required nearly 150 hours per week to manage. Matthew knew Safelite needed to make a change, and fast. Having worked with Cylance® at two previous companies, he was confident CylancePROTECT® could significantly improve Safelite’s endpoint security. Read the full case study to learn about the results Cylance was able to deliver.
Businesses are struggling with numerous variables to determine what their stance should be
regarding artificial intelligence (AI) applications that deliver new insights using deep learning.
The business opportunities are exceptionally promising. Not acting could potentially be a
business disaster as competitors gain a wealth of previously unavailable data to grow their
customer base. Most organizations are aware of the challenge, and their lines of business
(LOBs), IT staff, data scientists, and developers are working to define an AI strategy.
IDC believes that this emerging environment is to date still highly undefined, even as
businesses must make critical decisions. Should businesses develop in-house or use VARs,
systems integrators, or consultants? Should they deploy on-premise, in the cloud, or in some
hybrid form? Can they use existing infrastructure, or do AI applications and deep learning
require new servers with new capabilities? We believe that many of these questions can be
Published By: ForUsAll
Published Date: Jul 02, 2018
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