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8 ways to get the most out of your ERP system
ERP News April 07, 2016
Implementing an ERP system is an expensive proposition that can cost millions of dollars (with the software licenses, consulting fees, integration costs, training and upgrades factored in) and take months, even years, to fully deploy. And, according to a report commissioned by Panorama Consulting, one in five ERP implementation projects (21 percent) end in failure.
So what steps can you take when choosing or deploying an ERP solution to decrease the likelihood of failure? Here are eight suggestions from ERP experts, systems integrators and project managers who have successfully implemented an ERP software system.
Apple & SAP Partner to Revolutionize Work on iPhone & iPad
SAP May 11, 2016
Apple® and SAP today announced a partnership to revolutionize the mobile work experience for enterprise customers of all sizes, combining powerful native apps for iPhone® and iPad® with the cutting-edge capabilities of the SAP HANA platform.
This joint effort will also deliver a new iOS software development kit (SDK) and training academy so that developers, partners and customers can easily build native iOS apps tailored to their business needs.
Apple CEO Tim Cook and SAP CEO Bill McDermott meet at Apple's campus in Cupertino to announce a new partnership to revolutionize work on iPhone and iPad. Courtesy of Apple/Roy Zipstein Apple CEO Tim Cook and SAP CEO Bill McDermott meet at Apple’s campus in Cupertino to announce a new partnership to revolutionize work on iPhone and iPad. Courtesy of Apple/Roy Zipstein
“This partnership will transform how iPhone and iPad are used in enterprise by bringing together the innovation and security of iOS with SAP’s deep expertise in business software,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “As the leader in enterprise software and with 76% of business transactions touching an SAP system, SAP is the ideal partner to help us truly transform how businesses around the world are run on iPhone and iPad. Through the new SDK, we’re empowering SAP’s more than 2.5 million developers to build powerful native apps that fully leverage SAP HANA Cloud Platform and tap into the incredible capabilities that only iOS devices can deliver.”
“We’re proud to take this special partnership between Apple and SAP to a groundbreaking new place,” said Bill McDermott, CEO of SAP. “In giving people an agile and intuitive business experience, we empower them to know more, care more and do more. By combining the powerful capabilities of SAP HANA Cloud Platform and SAP S/4HANA, together with iOS, the leading and most secure mobile platform for enterprise, we will help deliver live data to people wherever and whenever they choose to work. Apple and SAP share a commitment to shaping the future, helping the world run better and improving people’s lives.”
Government reveals details about energy grid hacks
CNN MONEY April 05, 2016
Hackers have stolen sensitive information from American energy companies -- and have planted malware in the energy grid with the intent to turn off the lights in the future.
They even managed to infect at least three energy companies with Cryptolocker ransomware, a particularly nasty computer virus that locks digital files and demands a ransom payment.
Newly released documents from the Department of Homeland Security are finally shedding some light on what exactly hackers are doing when they sneak into the American electrical grid.
The DHS intelligence assessment -- originally dated January 27, 2016 -- was published by Public Intelligence, a research project that shares secretive documents to educate people.
Some of the attacks described in the report are potentially serious.
3 common cloud pitfalls IT should avoid
Matt Kapko/CIO Magazine April 04, 2016
It can be difficult these days to come up with sensible reasons why businesses shouldn't embrace cloud-based productivity tools such as Google for Work or Microsoft Office 365. The benefits of the cloud are many and expanding. However, a number of common pitfalls for IT professionals exist and can have lasting negative implications on any organization.
Here are three mistakes IT professionals making a switch to the cloud should avoid: