Technology forecast: Winter 09

Business Management Application

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Image: Paul Horowitz Paul Horowitz
Compares today's enterprises business and economic challenges that result in conundrums similar to those facing decathletes.
   
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Image: Crossing the big divide between strategy and operations Crossing the big divide between strategy and operations
An information mediation layer is the key to operationalizing agility and bridging the gap between strategy and operations.
   
Image: Rise of business management applications Rise of business management applications
The emerging capabilities of these applications are crucial to closing the gap between strategy and operations in pursuit of agility.
 
   
Image: Closing the strategy-operations gap: two examples Closing the strategy-operations gap: two examples
How emerging characteristics of business management applications enable agility in information lifecycle management and accounting fraud risk detection.
Interviews
   
Image: Jonathan Becher From efficiency to effectiveness
Jonathan Becher of SAP Business Objects discusses the role of applications in linking strategy and execution to bring effectiveness to businesses.
   
Image: Andrew Salzman Agility from information mediation
Andrew Salzman,
Rich Becks, and
Rob Schoenthaler from
E2open discuss how mediating
in the cloud creates agility
in the demand and supply
network operations of
their customers.
   
Image: Edward Abbo Abstracting above applications for agility
Edward Abbo of Oracle discusses how abstracting above applications provides agility for enterprises.
 
   
Image: Stan Swete Decoupling data semantics from data storage for agility
Stan Swete of Workday discusses how the
company enables agility in organizational and business process changes.
   
Image: Joe Pucciarelli Nobody owns the Change Monkey
Joe Pucciarelli of IDC discusses the changing buying behavior of enterprises when acquiring IT capabilities.