This paper examines how cities are using cloud technology to address public challenges, using the framework of the global coalition, Smart Cities Council. This framework promotes three core values for smart cities: livability, providing clean, healthy living conditions without pollution and congestion; workability, providing an enabling infrastructure (energy, transportation, internet connectivity) and high-quality jobs; and sustainability, doing so at no cost to future generations, as the Council puts it. This paper proposes a fourth core value, inclusivity: provisioning services to all city residents regardless of their background.
Government agencies often look to promote new technology for cost-savings and efficiency, but it does not stop there. The second and third-tier effects of technology can be long lasting for citizens, businesses, and economies. When public institutions adopt the cloud, they experience an internal transformation. Inside an organization, cloud usage drives greater accessibility of data and information sharing, increases worker productivity, and improves resource allocation. The external benefit of the cloud is recognized through a government’s ability to put reclaimed time and resources toward serving citizens. This includes provisioning public services, such as occupational-skills training, quicker and more effective service delivery, a pathway to a more productive workforce, and ultimately, a boost to local development. This whitepaper examines the enterprise-level benefits of the cloud, as well as the residual impact on economic development. The U.S. Economic Development Administration
Amazon Web Services (AWS) provides rapid access to flexible and low-cost IT resources. With cloud computing, public sector organizations no longer need to make large upfront investments in hardware, or spend time and money on managing infrastructure. The goal of this whitepaper is to help you gain insight into some of the financial considerations of operating a cloud IT environment and learn how to maximize the overall value of your decision to adopt AWS.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) offers scalable, cost-efficient cloud services that public sector customers can use to meet mandates, reduce costs, drive efficiencies, and accelerate innovation. The procurement of an infrastructure as a service (IaaS) cloud is unlike traditional technology purchasing. Traditional public sector procurement and contracting approaches that are designed to purchase products, such as hardware and related software, can be inconsistent with cloud services (like IaaS). A failure to modernize contracting and procurement approaches can reduce the pool of competitors and inhibit customer ability to adopt and leverage cloud technology.
Innovation requires many ingredients: a great idea, creativity, persistence, the right data, and technology. Governments around the world are taking advantage of the cloud to reduce cost and transform the way they deliver on their mission. The expectations of an increasingly digital citizenry are high, yet all levels of government face budgetary and human resource constraints. Cloud computing (on-demand delivery of IT resources via the Internet with pay-as-you-go pricing) can help government organizations increase innovation, agility, and resiliency, all while reducing costs. This whitepaper provides guidelines that governments can use to break down innovation barriers and achieve a digital transformation that helps them engage and serve citizens.
The proliferation of communications channels has set expectations around cost and productivity
benefits. Unified Communications (UC) is proffered as a way of helping bring them all together, but
companies struggle to justify the business case for it. Against this background, how important is UC as an approach to streamlining communications, and how can businesses exploit it?
Published By: Genesys
Published Date: Dec 20, 2018
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is staggering in its speed of handling simple requests and automating conversations. But AI solutions are not enough for the best customer experiences. Human emotions sometimes demand the human touch that only live agents can provide.
Kate, Customer Experience AI by Genesys, combined with the power of human touch can improve customer experience, empower employees and dramatically reduce costs. This seamless combination of AI technology and humans, or “Blended AI by Genesys,” addresses the entire customer journey for the best possible outcomes.
Download the eBook and learn how Kate and Blended AI lets you:
• Personalize self-service
• Connect customer conversations
• Create smart agent experiences
Start small and deploy fast with MicroApps
Published By: Genesys
Published Date: Dec 20, 2018
If you are considering the right deployment model for your contact center, economic guidelines can help you choose the solution that is best for your company. Cloud, on-premises or hybrid.
Just a few years ago, businesses were still unsure of the viability of moving their contact centers and other critical enterprise systems to the cloud. Since then, with the decrease of cloud costs, and the corresponding increase in security and, the viability and total cost of ownership of cloud deployments are attracting more and more companies.
This eBook will cover how different criteria can affect a choice between a cloud or on-premises contact center, including:
• The size of your contact center, and business requirements such as customer journey management
• The location and quantity of contact centers being managed
• The need for scalability, speed of deployment, and maintenance requirements
Published By: MuleSoft
Published Date: Apr 15, 2019
Life sciences companies are facing increasing pressure to provide new products to market faster than ever before while adhering to the growing number of safety and regulatory needs. Pfizer, one of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies, is transforming its business with an application network that enables the scale and speed necessary to compete in the digital economy.
Read this whitepaper to learn:
How Pfizer achieved a 69% decrease in IT project delivery costs with API-led connectivity.
How Pfizer’s application network enabled omnichannel physician engagement and secure clinical data sharing.
How Pfizer’s Center for Enablement (C4E) unlocked speed and agility through API reuse across the enterprise.
Published By: MuleSoft
Published Date: Sep 12, 2019
Digital insurance platforms enable insurance companies to connect with their ecosystem of customers, partners, and vendors on a single, unified platform. Hear firsthand from CTO Ben Turner how Legal and General’s digital insurance platform helped the company diversify product offerings, and scale quickly to meet customer expectations.
How industry leaders have digitally transformed insurance offerings with a platform business model.
How to build an integrated insurance platform to connect your ecosystem of suppliers and exceed customer expectations.
Best practices to increase customer retention and profitability with a single view of the customer.
Ben Turner, CTO, Legal and General
Dan Snowdon, UK&I Financial Services Marketing Lead, MuleSoft
Angie Lee Campos, Global Financial Services and Insurance Lead, MuleSoft
Published By: MuleSoft
Published Date: Oct 10, 2019
API security has become a strategic necessity for your business. APIs facilitate agility and innovation. However, the financial incentive associated with this agility is often tempered with the fear of undue exposure of the valuable information that these APIs expose. With data breaches now costing $400m or more, senior IT decision-makers are right to be concerned about API security.
In this whitepaper, you'll learn:
The top API security concerns for today's enterprises.
How IT leaders can protect identity, integrity, and confidentiality of information without risking availability.
The top three qualifications you need to keep your APIs secure.
SD-WAN transforms your network by making it more responsive, providing greater bandwidth and being more cost effective. It also simplifies deployment and management of network edge devices. Learn more in this eBook.
Published By: PatSnap
Published Date: Sep 27, 2019
R&D and IP can no longer afford to work independently. Current siloed processes in both teams are leading to bottlenecks in the innovation and asset management process across the market, costing companies thousands of dollars monthly.
This eBook presents both IP and R&D teams with 9 insider tips to effortlessly facilitate a more symbiotic relationship; translating to better productivity, a breakdown of barriers, better alignment to company goals, and higher returns on investment.
Today, when you make decisions about information technology (IT) security priorities, you must often strike a careful balance between business risk, impact, and likelihood of incidents, and the costs of prevention or cleanup. Historically, the most well-understood variable in this equation was the methods that hackers used to disrupt or invade the system.
Countless studies and analyst recommendations suggest the value of improving security during the software development life cycle rather than trying to address vulnerabilities in software discovered after widespread adoption and deployment. The justification is clear.For software vendors, costs are incurred both directly and indirectly from security flaws found in their products. Reassigning development resources to create and distribute patches can often cost software vendors millions of dollars, while successful exploits of a single vulnerability have in some cases caused billions of dollars in losses to businesses worldwide. Vendors blamed for vulnerabilities in their product's source code face losses in credibility, brand image, and competitive advantage.
An excellent CMS solution provides your business with the flexibility to grow into a broad experience delivery platform. It should enable your business to scale and add new capabilities as it grows, and easily integrate with other marketing technologies.
Why should the target audience care?
Customer expectations have increased. They now expect their in-store experiences to be continuous and consistent extensions of the online journey. And the online journey provides fast, dynamic, and interactive experiences. If your business is not well informed on what is needed from a content management solution, it may come up short on customer experience. A successful and growing business will choose a solution that helps them future-proof for emerging channels and effectively manage mature ones.
Navigate your business through the noise. Apply these questions and insights to your selection process and avoid the pitfalls of costly and rigid content management systems.
Across every industry, many of the world's best and fastest-growing brands are using Adobe Experience Manager to deliver personalised content accurately and on time.
Why should the target audience care?
86% of buyers will pay more for a better customer experience. What’s more, customer experience will overtake price and product as the key brand differentiator among consumers by 2020.
With Adobe Experience Manager, high levels of customer experience personalization, workflow efficiency, and data analysis are no longer cost- and resource-prohibitive dreams for only the biggest players. Brands featured include Silicon Labs, Morningstar, Swisscom, Raiffeisen, Hyatt, Nissan, Sony, SAS, Informatica, Jefferson Health.
This guide provides tips on how to filter through targeted solution marketing to make an informed, objective assessments when selecting the best commerce solution for you. Key points include: - Finding a platform that is flexible, agile, scalable. - The benefits of employing a single platform for all commerce use cases. - Leveraging customer data for commerce strategies - Employing an ecosystem of support. - Focusing on long term value over the initial costs. Every organization is at a different point in their ability to deliver frictionless shopping experiences that customers demand. Follow these guidelines to position your business for strategic growth.
Over the past ten years, IT personnel costs have risen faster than hardware and software investments. IT services have not improved process-wise and still require as much manpower, if not more, to operate now as they did in the past. As firms spend 76% of their IT budget on maintenance and support, they will naturally invest in BSM solutions that will reduce costs, enable ITIL, and provide an optimal ROI.
In order to provide high quality, cost effective business services in complex, distributed environments, improved IT management strategies are required. Business Service Management (BSM) is a strategic approach to managing IT services in support of improved business performance.
Because business success is tightly fused with technology, IT costs are rising, and this trend is expected to continue. As a result, businesses are demanding that IT be more than a static resource. IT is expected to deliver business results with a measurable contribution to the organization's bottom line.
Composite applications can provide multiple benefits, such as business agility, better utilization of business software assets through code reuse, development efficiencies, and cost optimization. Once companies are skilled at deploying them, many find that they roll out new applications and integrations faster, while maximizing the value of "tried and true" software components.
Application Portfolio Optimization (APO) provides executives with tools and information to assess the quality and condition of application assets as well as a means for understanding the impact of proposed application changes.
DatacenterDynamics is a brand of DCD Group, a global B2B media and publishing company that develops products to help senior professionals in the world's most ICT dependent organizations make risk-based infrastructure and capacity decisions.
Our portfolio of live events, online and print publishing, business intelligence and professional development brands are centred on the complexities of technology convergence. Operating in 42 different countries, we have developed a unique global knowledge and networking platform, which is trusted by over 30,000 ICT, engineering and technology professionals.
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