For many organisations, cloud computing really is the question of “when” not “if”. There are significant advantages of the transition to the cloud, and not just from an IT perspective. The finance functions should be able to reap rewards from this trend as well.
To cloud, or not to cloud, that is the question. For enterprise applications, “cloud” is no longer a buzzword but increasingly becoming a prominent trend. Cloud-based ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) solutions, offered as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), offer significant advantages over other legacy on-premise solutions, which are locally installed on companies’ servers and computers.
By using the most current technology and keeping their skills up to date, management accountants can enhance their careers and their organizations.
In the July 2015 column, the IMA® Technology Solutions & Practices (TS&P) Committee discussed its list of “Key Technology Trends for Management Accountants.” While understanding and tracking the trends is critical, it’s even more important to prepare yourself and your team to identify, analyse, recommend, and implement the technologies that will bring your organization (and your career) to the next level. In a short video on the Competency Crisis website (www.CompetencyCrisis.org), IMA President and CEO Jeff Thompson rallies our profession to meet the challenges of rapid technological and regulatory change and to lead our organizations to this next level as management accountants have always done.
Technology is still developing at a fast-moving pace, some has positively changed the way hospitality operates. However, it’s challenging for Hotels, service providers and hospitality-related services to keep up with these rapid changes and innovation. If you don’t want to be an outsider to these technology changes impacting the hospitality industry, then read these top 5 technology inventions:
Cloud computing (or simply 'the cloud' ) is a popular phrase used mainly to describe all the different computing concepts, which include a great number of computers, connected through a real-time communication (like Internet). It is all about sharing resources! Cloud computing has a great number of benefits for your business as it increases the efficiency of the resources shared and significantly improves your cash flow. So here is a short list of reasons why you should move your business to the cloud.
Yesterday I started sharing my 2013 predictions for application management. This year will be one of change due to Windows XP migration, virtualization taking center stage and cloud discussions moving more on the corporate agenda. Delivering applications to end users is the goal in each of those scenarios. Doing it well will mean great rewards for you in 2013- especially in terms of saving time, money and stress.
Here is part two of my predictions for your application management world in 2013…
6) Weather will continue to be a big story. Floods, hurricanes, blizzards – they all affect how employees get work done. Virtualization is again key here- allowing people to work no matter where their location. Test apps in advance of disaster – be sure mission critical work apps can be accessed on virtual desktops.
7) Workshifting! Unless you’re physically touching in-house hardware, like unplugging a machine, or have a very restrictive management team, you’ll workshift more in 2013. With a virtual desktop, you can work from the coziness of your home, the coffeeshop or the (non-cozy) airport. Know which apps can be delivered virtually and ensure your team can work remote. (Bonus – see the Postcards from Inspiration’s Edge photo contest)
8) Your world is a more global world. Through Facebook, I can see when two Midwestern college friends meet up for dinner in Hong Kong, a friend takes an African dance class in Madrid and a cousin runs a marathon in Istanbul. The same is true for your work world- team members are on every continent. The California engineer and the India contractor need to access the same engineering application – and both can access it best with a virtual desktop. Test application compatibility of in-house developed applications just the same as commercial applications with AppDNA software.
9) Superbugs will continue to cause illness. Whether it’s a flu breakout in your office or at your daycare, no one wants to share germs. Keep your kids’ germs at home by working out of your house. Keep your coworkers’ germs away from you by staying at home when they insist on bringing their “somewhat contagious” outbreak to work. Again, the virtual desktop is better at preventing disease than any zinc, orange juice or wonder drug regimen. Automate application testing, remediation and virtualization for delivery on virtual desktops.
10) You want more zen in 2013. Are you frustrated repeating the same processes over and over again, looking for the one fix that will solve a problem? AppDNA can be the answer key to help you. Let AppDNA software automatically test batches of applications, multiple OS instances or virtual configurations – and show you best options, all in much less time than manual testing.
Get started on your 2013 list. Download the AppDNA software trial and see how to speed your application testing, remediation and virtual app preparation.
Source: Citrix's Blog
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In general, I’m not usually big on “predictions” for the New Year. So many of the “big ideas” the experts tell us are vague memories in April and forgotten by August. I know the experts say the 2013 color of the year is emerald green, Anne Hathaway’s on-screen haircut may have locked an Oscar nod and the Chicago Bears are going to be rebuilding their team. What 2013 holds for the stock market, scientific discovery and new one-hit wonders, I’m not sure.
What I do know is that application management will be more of an issue for you in 2013 than ever before. Here is part one of my predictions for your application management world in 2013…
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While “the cloud” may be the tech buzzword of the year, many Americans remain foggy about what the cloud really is and how it works. A new national survey by Wakefield Research, commissioned by Citrix, showed that most respondents believe the cloud is related to weather, while some referred to pillows, drugs and toilet paper. Those in the know claim working from home in their “birthday suit” is the cloud’s greatest advantage. The good news is that even those that don’t know exactly what the cloud is recognize its economic benefits and think the cloud is a catalyst for small business growth.
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Microsoft has just rolling out Windows 8 and Windows RT devices this month – just in time for the holiday shopping season – and you can depend on Citrix award-winning collaboration, file sharing, remote access, remote support and desktop virtualization services to allow you to work and play from anywhere.
Virtual desktop technology has been known to bring huge benefits to companies. But are these technologies right for the SMB? The answer is yes, especially for those companies interested in centralizing control over data for security reasons or those looking to provide more centralized access to high-end desktop applications. Small financial services companies, such as hedge funds or boutique brokerage houses, are very interested in the technology as a way to keep their extremely confidential and proprietary data off laptops, which have a nasty habit of getting lost or stolen (the U.S. Transportation Security Administration reports that more than 12,000 laptops are lost each week at U.S. airports).
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