SAP settles licensing dispute with AB InBev

SAP has quietly settled its $600 million software licensing dispute with Anheuser-Busch, the U.S. subsidiary of beverage conglomerate AB InBev. “The parties settled the dispute on 30 June 2017 and the matter is now closed,” AB InBev said in its 2017 Annual Report, published Tuesday. [ Comparison shopping? See “The best ERP systems:10 enterprise resource…

IDG Contributor Network: Lessons from M&A IT: How to use a value creation approach to drive your IT agenda

In most cases, CIOs rightly focus on aligning IT strategy with the overall strategy for the business, and they attempt to meet those objectives in the most efficient manner possible. However, management’s short-term financial targets (eg. quarterly earnings) often force IT leaders to look for quick solutions to meet specific problems, as opposed to building…

What is CMMI? A model for optimizing development processes

What is CMMI? The Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) is a process and behavioral model that helps organizations streamline process improvement and encourage productive, efficient behaviors that decrease risks in software, product and service development. The CMMI was developed by the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University as a process improvement tool for projects,…

IDG Contributor Network: Firefighting: How do we know when IT and cloud organisations have gone over the tipping point?

The rate of technology change and voracious competition for market share are producing cloud organisations that are seriously overburdened, and it’s going to get worse if Kevin Casey’s “5 cloud computing trends for 2018” materialize. Trends such as multiple hybrid cloud models require multivendor management, in addition to the integration of the technologies. This all…

IDG Contributor Network: Build vs buy for your next-gen data center network infrastructure?

As you implement digital transformation strategies, you need to plan for an explosion in traffic growth. Consequently, you need to build data centers using the same state-of-the-art principles the hyperscales have adopted: A leaf spine Clos design, which accommodates large amounts of east-west traffic, is essential to support today’s web applications A multi-hardware vendor strategy,…

IDG Contributor Network: 5 keys to digital transformation

While global enterprise businesses are perpetually challenged to grow revenues while improving their margins, the current generation is also wrestling with the threat of industry-wide disruption driven by new, “digital first” entrants. Consider how entire industry verticals – media, payments, shopping, travel, hospitality, to name but a few – have been up-ended by new entrants…

10 early warning signs of IT outsourcing disaster

There are a number of reasons why IT outsourcing engagements fail — from unrealistic expectations and lack of governance to misaligned interests and poor communication. Sometimes the problems lie with the IT service provider; other times, the customer is at fault. In most cases, the two parties each share some of the blame. However, there…

IDG Contributor Network: Why it’s dicey to de-prioritize digital innovation

Digital technologies present an immense opportunity for organizations to grow their revenues through innovative customer experiences and business models. However, the same opportunities are also available to competitors and digital disruption is now one of the biggest competitive threats that organizations should be prepared for. A recent study by MIT Sloan Management Review (SMR) determined…