Internet of Things
The Internet of Things (IoT) has made your home smart; you can program your heat, lighting and security system to automatically adjust themselves. You can program your Roomba to vacuum when you’re asleep. You can ask Google or Alexa to play whatever music you like when you come home. So why shouldn’t your workplace be smart as well?
You're starting to build software for your organization. It's a big project and you've got a lot of ideas about how it will work, who it will serve and how you want it to look. It's an exciting time but before you go any further, it's time to stop and ask yourself some important questions. Software and custom app development is all about specifics. Before you even start, you need to know exact details about what and who you're designing the software for and why you're designing it. Otherwise you risk wasting time, money and resources on software that isn't a good fit for the job you want it to do. Luckily, it's easy to properly vet your idea. Stop right now and ask yourself these seven questions:
BizTalk Server, some versions of Windows 10, Windows mobile, Azure scheduler and Microsoft SQL Server 2008. What do all these Microsoft products have in common? In 2019, Microsoft will stop supporting them and if your business uses any of them, you will want to start planning now for upgrades and replacements. The above software is just a small sampling of the products that are at the end of their support lifecycle with Microsoft. In October, the company updated its End of Service list, which includes more than 50 products for which service is ending or changing. Businesses that have been relying on older software should check the full list, or even better, check the Microsoft Product Database for their specific products to make sure their software is still covered by Microsoft support. But first, what is "end of support"?
Business Process Management
Your company has just put a lot of money into software that will help your organization’s business process management (BPM). Or maybe your organization is thinking of purchasing software that will help automate processes or has identified a process that needs to be automated. There's just one problem: How do you justify the expense of business process automation (BPA) software? In other words, how do you prove that such a large expense is worth it? The latest episode of Omni's series, All Things BPM with Aaron and Mike: A Vlog Dedicated to Business Process Management, digs into the return on investment, or the ROI, of BPA.
There has never been a better time to be a technology consultant. The technology talent crunch is real, thanks to the rapid evolution of technology, the competition between companies for top IT talent and the limited number of professionals with sought-after technological skills. That means that if you're an IT consultant, you've got a lot of choices. Agencies are after you. Corporations want you. Small to mid-size businesses need you. Recruiters are banging down your door. So how do you know which opportunities to pursue? The short answer? Work for the technology consulting company that prioritizes your happiness. That might sound trite but consultant happiness is important for a consulting firm, says Omni Senior Talent Acquisition Specialist Kaycee Whitaker.
Business Process Management
Wouldn't it be nice if your work calendar synced up with your personal calendar automatically? What if your Human Resources office automatically sent an email to everyone on staff on Thursday, reminding them to get their time sheets in for the week? What if you got an email every time your company was mentioned on Twitter?
Your organization has a lot of data to manage. Your team members create files and documents, your customers generate data and your technology is likely churning out information as well. There are also several options available for storing that data: free services, paid services and even services you may have already invested in but don’t use. So where should you be storing your data so that it’s organized, searchable and shareable with everyone in your organization?
From IT strategy, to software development, to basic technology staff augmentation, technology consultants provide a lot of value for an organization. Technology consultants can play a huge role in your organization — they can fix major issues or help you create a strategy that will shape your IT infrastructure for years to come— or they can play a small role, lending a hand when your organization needs one or offering staff development. Technology consultants are also increasingly in demand; a recent survey found that 50 percent of CFOs say they plan to bring in outside consultants in the next 12 months to help with their business systems. Why because they need "experienced professionals with hard-to-find, specialized skills," according to the survey. Why do you need to engage a technology consulting company? And what do you need to know before you even contact them?
5G is almost here and when it arrives it's going to be fast. Major markets are ramping up now, with the expectation that 5G will be widely deployed in 2020. What does that mean for the world? Faster load times, speedier connections and brand-new devices. What does it mean for your business? Likely the same thing, along with some IT upgrades and the new possibilities that come with higher speeds.