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      • Contact center upgrades to clear up complex customer service

        Contact centers are struggling to stay on top of the myriad communication channels available to consumers today. To effectively manage those channels, many contact center managers are looking to upgrade the hardware and technologies that form the backbone of their operations. An upgrade, however, requires due diligence, careful planning and a trained eye on the prize -- improving the customer experience.

        In this three-part guide, veteran IT reporters cover infrastructure trends, strategies and technologies. First, Pamela DeLoatch details why outmoded technology -- not the people behind it -- is to blame for the bad rap often given to contact centers. DeLoatch also looks at the purported benefits of cloud-based operations -- for smaller companies, especially. Next, Sue Hildreth explains why customer service automation is a compulsory today. In her story, industry watchers serve up five best practices for ensuring the success of customer service automation. Christine Parizo finishes with a close look at the multichannel challenges facing contact centers and whether the cloud -- said by some to be a cure for fragmented customer service -- is all it's cracked up to be.

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      • Devising a security strategy for the modern network

        The network of today's enterprise is larger and more diverse than ever, which means there's more for hackers to attack. So as enterprises update their network security strategy to take into account the latest devices coming online, they must also prepare for the future, too. This TechGuide looks at the options for network defense today and in the near future, including how to spot vulnerabilities and how to rank them, too, so infosec pros can respond to inevitable attacks quickly and efficiently.

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      • Nailing down a business case for Oracle Fusion Applications

        Oracle Fusion Applications, a suite of enterprise resource planning applications, get a lot of air time. Still, evidence has shown that adoption has yet to hit a blistering pace. While Oracle promises the new applications will bring genuine business value to an organization, some of the hurdles -- among them, cost -- have kept businesses away.

        In this three-part guide, readers will benefit from an in-depth look at how well -- to the surprise of many users -- Oracle Fusion Apps thrive in the cloud. Further, they'll learn why and how to determine the best fit for their organization from Oracle's catalog. First, IT writer Robert Sheldon drills down on the development of Oracle Fusion Cloud Services -- how they came to be and where they're headed. And he gives a rundown of services offered. Next, Alyssa Johnson, Oracle Applications Users Group president, sits down for an interview and details the future of Oracle ERP systems and Fusion Apps. To close, ComputerWeekly writer Lindsay Clark explores the reasons -- despite high expectations for enterprise cloud applications and at least one notable example of a company running them -- Fusion Applications have yet to see a mass conversion.

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      • Cultivating IT Talent

        19 August 2014

        Includes:
        • Morrison Utility Services fills in holes faster with ETAdirect
        • Why digitisation transforms supplier relationships
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      • Cloud computing applications force attitude adjustment in the enterprise

        With companies everywhere still grappling with the bring-your-own-device phenomenon, industry observers are pointing to fast-growing "bring your own cloud" as the real trend to watch. Employees are increasingly bringing their own cloud apps to work, creating new headaches for the business side, where managers may have workers using a variety of different tools, and for the IT team, which could find itself tackling any number of new security threats.

        In this three-part guide, consultant Tom Nolle and journalist George Lawton discuss the trend -- while offering sound advice for organizations looking to keep ahead of the cloud curve. First, Nolle looks at potential outcomes from the BYOC trend -- specifically, what it means for worker and application support in the enterprise. In the next piece, readers will examine the tenuous balance of cost advantages and security risks that are part and parcel to personal cloud-hosted services. Yet more trends -- cloud storage being the most common -- further threaten that necessary balance. To close, Lawton picks the brains of two early cloud adopters, a major medical supply vendor and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, to advise readers on cloud pilot program best practices.

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      • Up, up and away: Java app development heads to the cloud

        With all the hype surrounding cloud computing, everyone is eager to see how the cloud "revolution" will play out. And while a "paradigm shift" might be interesting for analysts and theorists, day-to-day IT professionals need to know how the cloud changes day-to-day IT. In this expert handbook, see how the advent of cloud computing is affecting Java app development. Learn about the specific ways in which Java development is moving into the cloud, how cloud security is evolving, and what to expect in the near future from Java in the cloud.

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      • Developing for the cloud: Challenges and best practices

        The developer is in demand more than ever, and yet the role still alludes most in the IT world. With some insight into cloud computing, platforms and ecosystems, development processes can be more clearly defined, and the part of the developer will come into focus.

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      • What to know about PaaS in the cloud

        Platform as a Service technologies have quickly evolved beyond just supporting application development for Software as a Service. PaaS technologies and providers now offer broad application lifecycle management support, and more are on the way. In addition to having more services from which to choose, application decision makers also have more vendors to evaluate, as more than 50 PaaS cloud vendors are vying for customers today. This handbook shows what PaaS technologies and providers offer today and will offer in the future -- as well how to evaluate both.

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      • Cloud architecture key to leveraging cloud-based services

        February 2012, Issue 1

        Includes:
        • Java Platform as a Service providers vie for developers' affection
        • VIP Art Fair picks OpDemand over RightScale for IaaS management
        • Java PaaS providers compete for the attention of developers
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  • Contact center upgrades to clear up complex customer service

    Contact centers are struggling to stay on top of the myriad communication channels available to consumers today. To effectively manage those channels, many contact center managers are looking to upgrade the hardware and technologies that form the backbone of their operations. An upgrade, however, requires due diligence, careful planning and a trained eye on the prize -- improving the customer experience.

    In this three-part guide, veteran IT reporters cover infrastructure trends, strategies and technologies. First, Pamela DeLoatch details why outmoded technology -- not the people behind it -- is to blame for the bad rap often given to contact centers. DeLoatch also looks at the purported benefits of cloud-based operations -- for smaller companies, especially. Next, Sue Hildreth explains why customer service automation is a compulsory today. In her story, industry watchers serve up five best practices for ensuring the success of customer service automation. Christine Parizo finishes with a close look at the multichannel challenges facing contact centers and whether the cloud -- said by some to be a cure for fragmented customer service -- is all it's cracked up to be.

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    The network of today's enterprise is larger and more diverse than ever, which means there's more for hackers to attack. So as enterprises update their network security strategy to take into account the latest devices coming online, they must also prepare for the future, too. This TechGuide looks at the options for network defense today and in the near future, including how to spot vulnerabilities and how to rank them, too, so infosec pros can respond to inevitable attacks quickly and efficiently.

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