Welcome!

Agile Computing Authors: Elizabeth White, Mark Ross-Smith, Yeshim Deniz, Carmen Gonzalez, Larry Alton

Blog Feed Post

Why AlwaysOn Founder Tony Perkins Keeps Business Digital

On the heels of DocuSign being honored as AlwaysOn’s OnDemand 100 Company of the Year, we enlisted AlwaysOn Founder and Editor Tony Perkins to map out the realities and trends in today’s business environment.

 

During our chat, we asked Tony to explain how cloud and mobile technologies have converted American business into a fluid and synergistic culture. Read on to learn how to electrify your business and drive results.

 

DocuSign – Tell us how business has evolved over the past few years.

 

Tony – Let’s focus on three disruptive movements that now define how we navigate our professional lives.

 

Cloud – The transition to cloud computing and storage responds to the historical challenge of transparency and completing work from multiple platforms. More than ever, we own our business results and collaboration with the fluidity of a paperless platform.

 

Smartphones – Mobile technologies aptly feed into this fluidity: Business is boundless and borderless. In fact, I’ve long since stashed away my landline phones and rightly so, as the plug in the wall is simply a means of recharging, not one of connection.

 

Flexibility and Mobility – A prominent side effect of mobile cloud platforms is that we’re embracing a virtualized convention to the workforce that fuels and thrives on results. This simply means we’ve refined the concept of working smarter, not longer.

 

DocuSign - With those drivers in place, how would you describe the overall shift in our business needs?

 

Tony - These trends and needs illustrate Work/Life Synergy. As our work is no longer stationary, neither are our work lives. Digital Transaction Management (DTM) and mobile platforms tailor to our goals, both in business and in life. This touches again on working smarter. For example, with my work in my pocket, I can devote time to my family and take care of myself. My work and career reap every benefit. In fact, I predict an onslaught of thought leadership around leveraging mobile and DTM technologies in the workplace to make life better outside the workplace (as well as in the workplace, of course).

 

DocuSign - On that note, what are the key traits and practices that are integral to success in this new digital economy?

 

Tony - As the Internet serves as the business world’s axis, people need to be actively conversant on their online channels. Also, as a workforce, we are increasingly independent and completion-oriented. Everything is more measurable. This shift calls for a strong grasp of online data platforms, such as Salesforce and other CRM systems, to prove and share results. Social media is also an impactful tool to hook instant traction and visibility for products or ideas. Ultimately, you must be flexible and adaptable to the latest innovations. It’s not solely about usage, but more about leveraging these tools to the fullest extent to maximize your ROI.

 

DocuSign - Do you think our recent digital innovations will improve opportunity inequality in our new global economy?

 

Tony - This underscores the emerging need for digital intelligence. I believe that the sooner you are exposed to the new breed of digital and mobile technologies, such as tablets and smartphones, the better you’ll fare in the workforce. That being said, for the later generations, it is never too late to keep up with - or get ahead of - the curve by consistently exploring the latest tools to hit the market.

 

DocuSign - How will digital intelligence be applied in the new economy?

 

Tony – Following on that thought, digital service based companies are steadily making substantial headway in the economy. Consider Uber, mobile services that hand you control over travel plans; likewise, Uber gives control to taxi drivers over contracting their services. Essentially, we should look forward to an economy of instant choice. Mobile apps similar to Uber, such as those for health care, will allow doctors to sign on when they’re willing to see patients. Of course, mobile apps will give patients instant access to these on-call doctors. Because we’re collectively hooked on mobile and the instant gratification of the mobile experience, we’ve deleted the middleman to accelerate speed in the transaction experience.

 

DocuSign - What about the public sector? Why do you think the public sector is slow to integrate digital solutions, such as Digital Transaction Management?

 

Tony - Government is unfortunately broken and in partisan divide. However, because of the breadth of mobile and cloud-based integrations in our economy and society, we the people sharpen our universal demand for efficiency and flexibility. As government historically responds to society’s transitions, they will eventually embrace this new virtual reality, especially as the millennial generation comes of age in the workforce.

 

DocuSign - Speaking of the near future, what are some noteworthy innovations in the market pipeline?

 

Tony - We center our lives around our mobile devices. I recall a report that said that we access our mobile phones around 165 times per day. I venture a hunch that the grand majority of those occasions were to check the time. As such, I really see smart watches and other wearable devices that would streamline our lives one step further. All pertinent information – time included – just in the turn of the wrist, but with the advances of mobile technology on your smart watch to take the value beyond today’s options.

 

Speaking of seamless processes, I think we’re going to integrate our mobile phones with our automobiles in that the data present on our phones syncs with our automobile in a safe and easy fashion. At the end of the day, it’s all about synergizing our lives as seamlessly as possible.

 

 

Thank you so much, Tony for showing us a business reality that is the perfect backdrop for DTM.

 

Please share your thoughts and reactions in the comments below.

 

Click here to learn about supercharging your business ROI with Digital Transaction Management.

 

Follow up this conversation with Tony on Twitter  

Blog Category:

Blog Image: 
Why AlwaysOn Founder Tony Perkins Keeps Business Digital
Blog Banner Image: 

Read the original blog entry...

More Stories By An Bui

Social Media Professional with substantial experience identifying, characterizing and connecting online communities and authors. Strong orientation on actionable recommendations that provide mutually beneficial value for communities and organizations for stakeholders.

Currently, I serve as the social media manager for DocuSign, Inc., the market leader and global standard for electronic signature. DocuSign provides the world’s largest and fastest growing electronic signature platform, empowering businesses to complete transactions online quickly and securely while improving compliance and dramatically reducing costs.

DocuSign is the only cloud computing-based electronic signature platform that entirely replaces slow, expensive paper transactions with a fast, efficient and completely digital solution. Accessible from any Internet-connected device, DocuSign supports virtually any document and form type in simple and complex workflows, and provides broad user authentication options, data collection, secure document/data storage and retrieval, as well as real-time negotiation and collaboration tools.

@ThingsExpo Stories
Every successful software product evolves from an idea to an enterprise system. Notably, the same way is passed by the product owner's company. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Oleg Lola, CEO of MobiDev, will provide a generalized overview of the evolution of a software product, the product owner, the needs that arise at various stages of this process, and the value brought by a software development partner to the product owner as a response to these needs.
WebRTC services have already permeated corporate communications in the form of videoconferencing solutions. However, WebRTC has the potential of going beyond and catalyzing a new class of services providing more than calls with capabilities such as mass-scale real-time media broadcasting, enriched and augmented video, person-to-machine and machine-to-machine communications. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Luis Lopez, CEO of Kurento, introduced the technologies required for implementing these idea...
The WebRTC Summit New York, to be held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, announces that its Call for Papers is now open. Topics include all aspects of improving IT delivery by eliminating waste through automated business models leveraging cloud technologies. WebRTC Summit is co-located with 20th International Cloud Expo and @ThingsExpo. WebRTC is the future of browser-to-browser communications, and continues to make inroads into the traditional, difficult, plug-in web co...
The Internet of Things will challenge the status quo of how IT and development organizations operate. Or will it? Certainly the fog layer of IoT requires special insights about data ontology, security and transactional integrity. But the developmental challenges are the same: People, Process and Platform. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Craig Sproule, CEO of Metavine, demonstrated how to move beyond today's coding paradigm and shared the must-have mindsets for removing complexity from the develop...
While not quite mainstream yet, WebRTC is starting to gain ground with Carriers, Enterprises and Independent Software Vendors (ISV’s) alike. WebRTC makes it easy for developers to add audio and video communications into their applications by using Web browsers as their platform. But like any market, every customer engagement has unique requirements, as well as constraints. And of course, one size does not fit all. In her session at WebRTC Summit, Dr. Natasha Tamaskar, Vice President, Head of C...
Who are you? How do you introduce yourself? Do you use a name, or do you greet a friend by the last four digits of his social security number? Assuming you don’t, why are we content to associate our identity with 10 random digits assigned by our phone company? Identity is an issue that affects everyone, but as individuals we don’t spend a lot of time thinking about it. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Ben Klang, Founder & President of Mojo Lingo, discussed the impact of technology on identity. Sho...
DevOps is being widely accepted (if not fully adopted) as essential in enterprise IT. But as Enterprise DevOps gains maturity, expands scope, and increases velocity, the need for data-driven decisions across teams becomes more acute. DevOps teams in any modern business must wrangle the ‘digital exhaust’ from the delivery toolchain, "pervasive" and "cognitive" computing, APIs and services, mobile devices and applications, the Internet of Things, and now even blockchain. In this power panel at @...
With all the incredible momentum behind the Internet of Things (IoT) industry, it is easy to forget that not a single CEO wakes up and wonders if “my IoT is broken.” What they wonder is if they are making the right decisions to do all they can to increase revenue, decrease costs, and improve customer experience – effectively the same challenges they have always had in growing their business. The exciting thing about the IoT industry is now these decisions can be better, faster, and smarter. Now ...
WebRTC is about the data channel as much as about video and audio conferencing. However, basically all commercial WebRTC applications have been built with a focus on audio and video. The handling of “data” has been limited to text chat and file download – all other data sharing seems to end with screensharing. What is holding back a more intensive use of peer-to-peer data? In her session at @ThingsExpo, Dr Silvia Pfeiffer, WebRTC Applications Team Lead at National ICT Australia, looked at differ...
Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place June 6-8, 2017 at the Javits Center in New York City, New York, is co-located with the 20th International Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. @ThingsExpo New York Call for Papers is now open.
WebRTC has had a real tough three or four years, and so have those working with it. Only a few short years ago, the development world were excited about WebRTC and proclaiming how awesome it was. You might have played with the technology a couple of years ago, only to find the extra infrastructure requirements were painful to implement and poorly documented. This probably left a bitter taste in your mouth, especially when things went wrong.
A critical component of any IoT project is what to do with all the data being generated. This data needs to be captured, processed, structured, and stored in a way to facilitate different kinds of queries. Traditional data warehouse and analytical systems are mature technologies that can be used to handle certain kinds of queries, but they are not always well suited to many problems, particularly when there is a need for real-time insights.
Big Data engines are powering a lot of service businesses right now. Data is collected from users from wearable technologies, web behaviors, purchase behavior as well as several arbitrary data points we’d never think of. The demand for faster and bigger engines to crunch and serve up the data to services is growing exponentially. You see a LOT of correlation between “Cloud” and “Big Data” but on Big Data and “Hybrid,” where hybrid hosting is the sanest approach to the Big Data Infrastructure pro...
Businesses are struggling to manage the information flow and interactions between all of these new devices and things jumping on their network, and the apps and IT systems they control. The data businesses gather is only helpful if they can do something with it. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Chris Witeck, Principal Technology Strategist at Citrix, discussed how different the impact of IoT will be for large businesses, expanding how IoT will allow large organizations to make their legacy applica...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Catchpoint, a leading digital experience intelligence company, has been named “Silver Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Catchpoint Systems is a leading Digital Performance Analytics company that provides unparalleled insight into your customer-critical services to help you consistently deliver an amazing customer experience. Designed for digital business, C...
With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing IoT strategies, now is the perfect time to attend @ThingsExpo 2016 in New York. Learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is as "IoT-Ready" as it can be! Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, New York, is co-located with 20th Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry p...
The 20th International Cloud Expo has announced that its Call for Papers is open. Cloud Expo, to be held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, brings together Cloud Computing, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps, Containers, Microservices and WebRTC to one location. With cloud computing driving a higher percentage of enterprise IT budgets every year, it becomes increasingly important to plant your flag in this fast-expanding business opportunity. Submit your speaking proposal ...
"There's a growing demand from users for things to be faster. When you think about all the transactions or interactions users will have with your product and everything that is between those transactions and interactions - what drives us at Catchpoint Systems is the idea to measure that and to analyze it," explained Leo Vasiliou, Director of Web Performance Engineering at Catchpoint Systems, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York Ci...
20th Cloud Expo, taking place June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. Cloud computing is now being embraced by a majority of enterprises of all sizes. Yesterday's debate about public vs. private has transformed into the reality of hybrid cloud: a recent survey shows that 74% of enterprises have a hybrid cloud strategy.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Super Micro Computer, Inc., a global leader in Embedded and IoT solutions, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 7-9, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Supermicro (NASDAQ: SMCI), the leading innovator in high-performance, high-efficiency server technology, is a premier provider of advanced server Building Block Solutions® for Data Center, Cloud Computing, Enterprise IT, Hadoop/Big Data, HPC and E...