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When it comes to replacing your billing system or choosing a new billing solution to support revenue management, one of the difficult questions you will face is whether to build a custom software set or purchase a solution from a vendor.
There are a variety of factors to consider when making the build vs. buy decision. This whitepaper helps you determine the right path for your organization.
Download the full whitepaper to discover a practical approach to weighing your options for billing solutions. The whitepaper covers the following topics:
• Question to answer before implementing a billing system
• Considerations for building a billing system
• Costs of building your own system
• Considerations for buying a billing system
• Common billing system requirements to consider
By reading our systematic exploration of billing options and considerations, you will find the approach that will lend the greatest success to y
The Wide Area Network (WAN) is in the midst of a significant evolution. Software-defined WAN
(SD-WAN) is the key factor driving this evolution and bringing along with it many transformational
changes. SD-WAN has enabled several new WAN uses cases, such as enabling reliable, secure and
high performance support of software-as-a-service (SaaS), cloud compute, cloud storage, cloud
security and the ability to use non-deterministic Internet services to provide business-class transport.
The traditional WAN architecture was ill equipped to support these new use cases.
As is usually the case with an emerging market, the first entrants into the SD-WAN space were
start-ups. However, given the ability of SD-WAN to support both traditional and emerging WAN
use cases, the market has recently been flooded with a range of vendors, solutions and technologies
offering varying types of SD-WAN solutions.
While having differing types of solutions provided by numerous suppliers is potentially beneficial,
The Wide Area Network (WAN) is in the midst of a significant evolution. Software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) is the key factor driving this evolution and bringing along with it many transformational changes. SD-WAN has enabled several new WAN uses cases, such as enabling reliable, secure and high performance support of software-as-a-service (SaaS), cloud compute, cloud storage, cloud security and the ability to use non-deterministic Internet services to provide business-class transport. The traditional WAN architecture was ill equipped to support these new use cases.
As is usually the case with an emerging market, the first entrants into the SD-WAN space were start-ups. However, given the ability of SD-WAN to support both traditional and emerging WAN use cases, the market has recently been flooded with a range of vendors, solutions and technologies offering varying types of SD-WAN solutions.
While having differing types of solutions provided by numerous suppliers is potentially beneficial, it
Just like your business, technology never stops advancing. Each year, there are new ways that technology can automate processes, lower costs, and enhance customer and employee satisfaction - all with the goal of increasing revenue! And while it can be difficult to change how your business works, leaving old methods behind and embracing new technology can help lead your business to more success and growth.
The technology landscape in the financial services sector is vast, ranging from cutting-edge to mission-critical, each having an impact on the industry as a whole. Customer-facing services and back-end operations alike are seeing real benefits from innovation, including greater efficiencies and higher levels of customer satisfaction.
The rate at which technology is evolving is increasing almost exponentially. In the business sector, hardware has given way to software-defined everything, while many on-premises technologies are now offered as a service. Much of the advances in technology over the last few years have been the direct result of the growing ubiquity of the cloud and faster connectivity speeds, both of which have enabled companies to adopt digital transformation technologies to help them work smarter and more efficiently.
The quick-service restaurant industry continues to be a favorite among consumers who look to the sector for a wide variety of food served quickly and at a low price. The speed and efficiency of QSRs, which include the emergent “fast casual” restaurants, match today’s on-the-go lifestyle of consumers across all ages who often are too busy to cook at home.
That said, consumers expect their dining experience at a QSR to be comfortable with conveniences ranging from WiFi connectivity to ordering kiosks and dining area entertainment on large screens or even tableside tablets. They expect the information on menu boards to be accurate and up-to-date and their meal orders to be fulfilled quickly and accurately. Technology is a major enabler in meeting consumers’ expectations while simultaneously helping QSR locations increase operational efficiencies and quality of service.
Hospitality is a customer-focused industry, with a hotel brand’s reputation and ultimate success dependent on the quality of the experience of its guests. It is no surprise then, that digital transformation efforts within the hospitality sector are focused on technologies that improve the guest experience, from check-in to check-out and everything in between.
Today’s travelers are digitally savvy, using their smartphones and mobile devices for a multitude of tasks. They expect a high-quality connection throughout the property and the ability to perform certain tasks from the hotel’s app, such as checking in and choosing their own room. They expect in-room entertainment beyond basic cable and in-room digital devices they can use to order food, book a massage or control the lighting, for example.
Retail has been transformed by technology in multiple ways, from the way customers interact with retailers to how products are offered and acquired. Indeed, the entire shopping experience has been redefined and expanded to enable customers to purchase products anytime, anywhere, with any device, from any number of retailers.
Consumers’ changing shopping behaviors and their reliance on technology enables retailers to reach a wider swath of potential buyers, moving well beyond the borders of their physical store locations to new geographies and populations. That said, retailers must understand how to use technology effectively to draw in customers and entice them to purchase, as well as help them improve their operations and enable new, innovative ways to keep customers coming back.
If you’re dealing with the high cost and complexities of
delivering reliable wide area connectivity over traditional
carrier-based networks, you’re probably considering
some form of software-defined wide area networking
(SD-WAN). With the variety of constraints that you face,
selecting the right SD-WAN solution for your enterprise
may require a few compromises. Security, however,
should not be one of them.
There are various models for combining SD-WAN and
network security, but only one that can truly be called
“secure SD-WAN.” Fortinet, the most trusted name
in network security, has leveraged its industry-leading
FortiGate Next Generation Firewall (NGFW) to deliver
integrated best-of-breed SD-WAN capabilities. Powered
by the new FortiOS 6.0 operating system, SD-WANenabled
FortiGate solutions provide the right level of
service for every application, while ensuring effective
protection from advanced evolving threats across your
Enterprises currently face challenges regarding
the price, performance, and flexibility of traditional
wide area networks (WANs). Aggressive growth in
the adoption of public cloud services (a projected
86% spike between 2014 and 2018)1
organizations to look elsewhere for a more effective
network solution to address distributed traffic across
remote sites and branch offices.
Some of the specific issues organizations face with
their traditional WANs include:
- High total cost of ownership (TCO)
- Lengthy provisioning cycles
- Performance degradation with the growth of cloud
- Inadequate redundancy and resiliency
- Lack of application-aware connectivity
To better manage WAN investments, enterprises are
adopting a new approach for their distributed branch
office networks. Software-defined WAN (SD-WAN)
offers improved performance, agility, and operational
flexibility plus significant cost savings. But not all SDWAN
solutions are created equal.
How do you connect to public clouds and drive hybrid IT while prioritizing legacy needs? This detailed eBook on cloud integration provides our most in-depth report.
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Published By: IBM APAC
Published Date: Mar 19, 2018
Unstructured data has exploded in volume over the past decade. Unstructured data, media files and other data can be created just about anywhere on the planet using almost any smart device available today. As the amount of unstructured data grows exponentially, customers using this data need to be able to take advantage of the right storage solutions to support all of their file and object data requirements. IBM® recently added a new storage system to their Spectrum product family, IBM Spectrum Network Attached Storage (NAS). IBM Spectrum NAS adds another software-defined file storage system to IBM’s current unstructured data storage solutions, IBM Spectrum Scale™ and IBM Cloud Object Storage (COS). Below, we will discuss the three systems and supply some guidance on when and where to use each of them.
SharePoint is a technology that most organizations have access to these days, yet it is one that is open not utilized fully. This is in part due to organizations not being fully aware of the breadth of SharePoint’s capabilities. Most SharePoint power users/administrators are aware they can leverage SharePoint as a document repository and to share data seamlessly with a group of colleagues, however, they often are not aware of how to leverage some of SharePoint’s key foundational components effectively. As someone who implements SharePoint, one of the biggest complaints we hear from organizations is users aren’t using it, adoption is low. Without user adoption no technology implementation project can be successful. It is difficult to pinpoint one reason that causes adoption to be low, however, taking steps to effectively build your SharePoint site with a solid foundation along with an end goal of high user adoption is a great way to start.
Longi Engineering, a leading Microsoft SharePoint partner, was engaged to assist a leading Performing Arts Center in implementing an organizational SharePoint intranet to allow them to increase employee collaboration, automate previously manual processes and collaborate more effectively. The organization faced numerous challenges such as document management, legal contract workflow, records retention and labor intensive/error prone manual processes.
Longi Engineering was engaged to assist a Community Action non-profit in implementing SharePoint to fulfill several organizational requirements they had as well as resolve multiple challenges they faced. Manual paper processes were hindering the organization from being able to efficiently focus on their goal of providing services and strengthening the community to improve the quality of life for residents in their County.
Longi Engineering was engaged to assist a Private Equity Firm in implementing a SharePoint deal management system as an additional component to their existing on premise SharePoint server solution. The organization faced multiple challenges in that they did not possess an efficient technology solution that allowed them to manage their deals and associated history. One of the organization’s goals was to create a centralized, easily accessible dashboard interface from which they could rapidly determine the status of a deal as well as manage their deals. Their deal lifecycle had multiple stages depending on whether a deal was New, in a diligence phase, on Hold or Dead.
Published By: Zingbox
Published Date: Oct 31, 2017
The arrival of the Internet of Things (IoT) moves on with ever-intensifying pace as enterprises experiment with business projects that incorporate IoT endpoints and technologies. This engagement is necessitating a profound commitment by security and risk management leaders to more capable forms of protection. Several vendors are offering distinct approaches to enterprise mobility management, software composition analysis and asset discovery. This Gartner review of the notable vendors serving IoT engagements looks closely at how these companies developed representative cool technologies and solutions to support the expansion of IoT interconnectivity.
Published By: Red Hat
Published Date: Sep 08, 2017
Red Hat is a modern-day success story; it’s open-source software (OSS) model has now penetrated nearly every layer of IT systems that were once proprietary — compute, storage, cloud, middleware and others. The company is recognized as a strategic, multi-product portfolio software solutions vendor among enterprise users.
Communications service providers are looking for alternative deployment models that will help them support fast-growing network demand. Moving to a virtualized EPC (vEPC) solution can help service providers achieve more cost-e?ective scaling by using standard high-volume servers in place of purpose-built systems. System integrators, software vendors, and platform providers rely on Intel® technologies to deliver the performance and scalability required for vEPC solutions. Intel is also participating in the development of open standards, contributing to the open source community, developing reference architectures, engaging with industry participants, and collaborating on trials that can help facilitate the evolution to vEPC solutions and accelerate network transformation by use of network functions virtualization.
OpenLab is a centre of innovation provided by Juniper, for business leaders who want to build network-integrated software applications and solutions quickly and securely. This is done by offering hands-on and cloud-based access to Juniper and third-party solutions including SDN sandboxes and NFV interoperability testing.
Traditional enterprise performance management solutions were designed for applications running inside the corporate network and are unable to provide visibility beyond the corporate network perimeter. With the rapid adoption of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications by enterprises, these performance management solutions that are completely blind to issues outside the enterprise, are unable to help IT teams troubleshoot performance problems with the SaaS applications.
The need to simplify IT complexity has created a whole new market for converged infrastructure solutions that bring together servers, storage, networking, and systems software into a unified solution that is easier to deploy and manage. While these solutions can indeed help reduce operational costs and increase agility, Oracle believes there is a better approach.
Today, data is constantly flowing in and out of organizations from electrical and mechanical sensors, RFID tags, smart meters, scanners, mobile devices, vehicles, live social media, machines and other objects. Did you know that a modern plane with more than 10,000 sensors just in the wings is expected to generate more than 7 terabytes a day? And Bain predicts that by 2020 annual revenues could exceed $470 billion for the internet of things (IoT) vendors selling hardware, software and comprehensive solutions.
Analysts believe that all of this data will drive a new type of industrial revolution – one that’s driven by highly accurate, real-time analysis, alerts and actions. Increasingly, machines will automate decisions and simply notify humans with instructions. Consider the promise of the IoT, where any object can be connected to the internet and continuously send and receive data. Gartner says that by 2020, 21 billion IoT devices will be in use worldwide.
"The need to simplify IT complexity has created a whole new market for converged infrastructure solutions that bring together servers, storage, networking, and systems software into a unified solution that is easier to deploy and manage. While these solutions can indeed help reduce operational costs and increase agility, Oracle believes there is a better approach."