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  • This guide report compiles CIC’s market observations, recommendations and further IoT insights, resulting from a study that looked to investigate the role of Internet connected products and operational processes within the industrial market and specifically within those organizations that produce smart, software enabled products and systems. It is a companion report to two further reports in this “IoT fundamentals for product delivery and manufacturing operations” series: Part 1 Executive Report: Guiding Principles for building a sustainable strategy for IoT support and Part 2 IoT Study: Insights into the realities of Internet connectivity in the product and systems market. This paper was authored on an independent basis by the analyst team at Creative Intellect Consulting, with sponsorship from IBM. The content is based on industry intelligence gathered and analysed by the authors and does not necessarily reflect the views of the sponsor.
  • This guide outlines the results of a study that looked to investigate the role of Internet connected products and operational processes, within the industrial market; specifically within those organizations that produce smart software enabled products and systems. An in-depth review of those results is provided to showcase the business and operational realities of IoT adoption and roadmaps within a spectrum of businesses and organizations within the industrial market. This report is a companion to two further reports in this “IoT fundamentals for product delivery and manufacturing operations” series: Part 1 Executive Report: Guiding Principles for building a sustainable strategy for IoT support and Part 3 IoT Roundup: CIC market observations and recommendations.
    This paper was authored on an independent basis by the analyst team at Creative Intellect Consulting, with sponsorship from IBM. The content is based on industry intelligence gathered and analysed by the authors and does not necessarily reflect the views of the sponsor.
  • It is widely recognized that Internet connectivity will present significant opportunities and savings for a spectrum of those businesses and organizations who deliver software enabled systems and products. Some organizations are already demonstrating how Internet connectivity is delivering a level of smart operational capabilities to their products, systems, features and application extensibility. This guide report outlines, in brief, the results of a study that investigated the role of Internet connected products and operational processes within the industrial market, especially within those organizations that produce smart, software enabled products and systems. The results serve to provide the basis for the guiding principles for a sustainable strategy for IoT support that we summarize for organizations and businesses looking for more effective outcomes both in the market and within their operations. This report is a companion to two further reports in this “IoT fundamentals for product delivery and manufacturing operations” series: Part 2 IoT Study: Insights into the realities of Internet connectivity in the product and systems market and Part 3 IoT Roundup: CIC market observations and recommendations. This paper was authored on an independent basis by the analyst team at Creative Intellect Consulting, with sponsorship from IBM. The content is based on industry intelligence gathered and analysed by the authors and does not necessarily reflect the views of the sponsor.
  • This report specifically looks at the productivity gains achieved through the Uniface platform compared to the more common approach of using various frameworks, languages and paradigms to build complex applications. These gains primarily come over the life of the application, rather than all in the initial build phase. For this reason, the report looks at how applications have typically evolved during their lifetime and how the Uniface platform would have shown productivity benefits during that time, in comparison to other types of common technology development platforms.
  • Mobile tools and technologies, in all their forms, have been steadily becoming more pervasive over a number of years. Wireless networks, smart devices in a variety of form factors, tools for application development and delivery, and new tools for social collaboration, have all come together to create an environment for doing business, where we can truly say that the web is everywhere. The opportunity for enterprise is not just to connect, but also to engage. This report examines the opportunities for enterprises that wish to explore the art of the possible, with some of the factors they will need to consider in the short and long term.
  • Business leaders are beginning to wake up to the fact that their core customer data must be of the highest standard to enable a consistent service experience. CRM (Customer Relationship Management) applications sit at the very centre of this issue, but the age old adage remains true that the system is only ever as good as the data that enters into it. Data flows into the organisation from multiple sources and the risk of contamination needs to be managed carefully to avoid undermining the investment that has already been made in CRM technology within the business. The solution is to protect your enterprise CRM through integrated software tools that manage data at the point of capture and overtime. This audit looks at the Experian Data Quality software offerings with pre-built integrations into enterprise applications.
  • With impacting trends such as “Big Data” analytics, social, mobile and Cloud computing services, organisations can expect to drive greater value from the data held internally within their systems, and from sources externally generated and maintained. The negative side of data quality impacts brand reputation and regulatory compliance and raises operational costs when errors have to be rectified. The experiences of those organisations attending the Experian Data Quality Master Class and the many case studies from within the wider market, show that there is much to be gained from implementing a proactive strategy towards improving data quality. This guide provides real world insights into data quality concerns and the realities faced by many organisations within the market place, and in particular, those attending the Experian Data Quality Master Class. The guide highlights the areas of focus for organisations from both the private and public sector looking to improve their master data quality processes.
  • This guide presents directions for Agile deployment strategies in the delivery of embedded software products and complex systems. It does so based on analysis and insights from an in-depth qualitative study of Agile implementations within organizations delivering embedded software products and complex and safety critical systems. The goals of the study were to explore the current practices and challenges for Agile deployment and to establish the business issues addressed by organizations moving to agile development practices within this market sector. The guide provides an analysis of the maturity of Agile implementation within the providers of embedded software products and complex and safety critical systems, and the steps taken to ensure widespread engagement, cross organizational alignment and successful business outcomes. Within the guide we highlight some of the detailed findings from the organizations interviewed that give insight into the prevailing trends, tools in use, experiences gained and common practices in play.
  • This report for Micro Focus examines how the advanced capabilities of its Enterprise Product Set underpin modernization strategies that were difficult or impossible until fairly recently. We describe a set of strategies for integrating legacy applications quickly into a truly modernized environment, laying the foundations for adding state-of-the-art capabilities based on business priorities, virtually unhindered by legacy technical constraints. (To download this file, you will be taken to Micro Focus's site.)
  • Since the arrival of the PC in the early 1980s, the demise of the mainframe has been talked about. In the last three decades we've seen the emergence and impact of client/server, distributed computing, blade computing and, more recently, cloud computing. Despite this, for large enterprises, multinationals, banking, manufacturing and governments, the mainframe is still present in the IT estate and runs some of the most business critical workloads. Investments made in the mainframe platform and the challenge of incorporating it into the workflow of a broader developer community is being recognized by the leading providers of mainframe tool support. Some of the traditional tools serving the platform have not evolved to keep in step with the sophisticated capabilities of tools serving the market today. They have not implemented many of the rich productivity features that are now considered to be standard in tools for the future. In this spotlight review report we assess Serena’s support strategy for improving the change management of mainframe application assets and enabling a broader community of developers to support the mainframe platform.
  • Creative Intellect Consulting UK is constantly monitoring adoption of software testing tools and best practices. In this paper we examine the benefits and challenges of early lifecycle testing for a cluster of technical test types, commonly known as performance testing. The aim is to bring managers up to date on the latest thinking on the subject and practice in the field, with a view to cutting away the myths and removing obstacles blocking adoption.