|By Marketwired .||
|July 3, 2014 03:01 AM EDT||
NEW YORK, NY and MUNICH, GERMANY -- (Marketwired) -- 07/03/14 -- Bluewolf (www.bluewolf.com), a leading global business consulting firm, announced today that the company has partnered with ITBconsult (www.itbconsult.com), an award-winning German customer engagement cloud consultancy, to deepen its presence in Europe and offer additional local experiences in the fast-growing DACH (Germany, Austria, and Switzerland) market. Bluewolf is among the top three global leaders in the salesforce.com implementation ecosystem* and recognises ITBconsult as a firm that shares its vision and alignment for driving business transformation across an enterprise -- through technology and business processes, as well as culture.
"We have found an ideal partner in ITBconsult to extend our best practices and business agility across cultural and geographic boundaries," said Eric Berridge, CEO of Bluewolf. "This partnership provides our global clients with additional capacity and digital resources to drive customer engagement and accelerate real business outcomes in top global markets."
Today's businesses are moving at warp speed to penetrate new markets and engage with customers. The need for business agility, including standardisation of IT infrastructure, global collaboration, and lower overall IT costs, is driving the adoption of cloud computing. Bluewolf's latest State of Salesforce survey found that 73 percent of companies plan to reallocate on-premise budgets to cloud-related initiatives in the coming year.
The DACH region is at the forefront of cloud acceleration -- research from Trend Micro indicates that German companies allocate approximately five percent of their IT budget to the cloud and that spend is expected to grow more than 50 percent over the next year.
Coupled with ITBconsult's market expertise, as well as offshore presence in Shanghai, China, Bluewolf can better expand its global message and business transformation expertise with more flexible reach and implementation in local contexts.
ITBconsult has strong positioning among enterprise companies, global organisations, and deep representation in healthcare and manufacturing, and this partnership provides more than 150 ITBconsult clients with added leadership and capacity that extends to North America, the Asia-Pacific region and Europe.
"We're pleased to join Bluewolf's international network of consulting partners," said Maic Stohr, managing director and CEO of ITBconsult. "Organisations are looking to grow their businesses on a global scale, and this partnership integrates our regional expertise, as well as vertical leadership in life sciences and manufacturing, to provide clients the ability to extend their business transformation efforts globally."
Leveraging Mobile to Increase Customer Engagement
This partnership also enables Bluewolf to leverage ITBconsult's best-in-class mobile solution, Mobile VizArt, allowing customers to customise and extend the reach of their Salesforce instance with secure access and updated information from any mobile device, even when they are offline. The application is optimised for real-time capture and import, and automatically uploads changes when the user is back online.
"ITBconsult's mobile technology is a huge value-add to our mobile practice, as companies are looking to mobilise their customised Salesforce instance in an offline capacity on any mobile device, including Windows mobile," said Patrick Bulacz, CTO, APAC, and global head of mobile for Bluewolf. "The ability to streamline customer engagement and business processes at the moment of impact in real-time, online and offline, is crucial to saving valuable time and for organisations to produce effective business results."
"Companies across Europe are turning to salesforce.com for their platform for growth and innovation," said Dan Streetman, senior vice president, worldwide alliances and channel GTM, salesforce.com. "Partners like Bluewolf are transforming how companies in Germany sell, service and market for the Internet of Customers with our world-class Salesforce solutions."
*According to IDC's 2013 MarketScape Report.
Bluewolf is a global business consulting firm that helps companies produce extraordinary customer moments to transform their business. Named a global leader in the salesforce.com ecosystem by IDC MarketScape, Bluewolf's strategic business consulting, cloud implementation, change management and learning, and cloud management and governance services help customer-obsessed enterprises realize business outcomes in weeks, not years. With 14+ years of expertise in cloud computing, our proven Agile Business Transformation methodology, and entrepreneurial people, rapidly innovates business processes and technologies to accelerate business results. To learn more, visit www.bluewolf.com or connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube.
As a salesforce.com Platinum Cloud Alliance Partner and experts in the Life Sciences and Manufacturing industries, ITBconsult provides reliable support to national and international companies during the implementation and development of Cloud-Based CRM Infrastructures. Regardless of whether sales, service or marketing -- as integration experts with the highest level of certification, ITBconsult can advise you in all matters relating to design, implementation and operation of Salesforce solutions.
In conjunction with our mobile offline solutions, specifically created for salespeople, you can use any device (laptop, smartphone, tablet) to collaborate and access to data and applications in your Salesforce environment -- quickly, efficiently, and from any location. Here, ITBconsult provides the opportunity for higher productivity, in order to achieve closer integration and a higher mobility of your employees. To learn more, visit www.itbconsult.com.
Salesforce, Salesforce1 and others are among the trademarks of salesforce.com, inc.
We certainly live in interesting technological times. And no more interesting than the current competing IoT standards for connectivity. Various standards bodies, approaches, and ecosystems are vying for mindshare and positioning for a competitive edge. It is clear that when the dust settles, we will have new protocols, evolved protocols, that will change the way we interact with devices and infrastructure. We will also have evolved web protocols, like HTTP/2, that will be changing the very core of our infrastructures. At the same time, we have old approaches made new again like micro-services...
Mar. 6, 2015 02:30 PM EST Reads: 3,251
Every innovation or invention was originally a daydream. You like to imagine a “what-if” scenario. And with all the attention being paid to the so-called Internet of Things (IoT) you don’t have to stretch the imagination too much to see how this may impact commercial and homeowners insurance. We’re beyond the point of accepting this as a leap of faith. The groundwork is laid. Now it’s just a matter of time. We can thank the inventors of smart thermostats for developing a practical business application that everyone can relate to. Gone are the salad days of smart home apps, the early chalkb...
Mar. 6, 2015 02:15 PM EST Reads: 879
Operational Hadoop and the Lambda Architecture for Streaming Data Apache Hadoop is emerging as a distributed platform for handling large and fast incoming streams of data. Predictive maintenance, supply chain optimization, and Internet-of-Things analysis are examples where Hadoop provides the scalable storage, processing, and analytics platform to gain meaningful insights from granular data that is typically only valuable from a large-scale, aggregate view. One architecture useful for capturing and analyzing streaming data is the Lambda Architecture, representing a model of how to analyze rea...
Mar. 6, 2015 02:00 PM EST Reads: 1,576
Today’s enterprise is being driven by disruptive competitive and human capital requirements to provide enterprise application access through not only desktops, but also mobile devices. To retrofit existing programs across all these devices using traditional programming methods is very costly and time consuming – often prohibitively so. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Jesse Shiah, CEO, President, and Co-Founder of AgilePoint Inc., discussed how you can create applications that run on all mobile devices as well as laptops and desktops using a visual drag-and-drop application – and eForms-buildi...
Mar. 6, 2015 01:45 PM EST Reads: 3,476
SYS-CON Events announced today that Vitria Technology, Inc. will exhibit at SYS-CON’s @ThingsExpo, which will take place on June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Vitria will showcase the company’s new IoT Analytics Platform through live demonstrations at booth #330. Vitria’s IoT Analytics Platform, fully integrated and powered by an operational intelligence engine, enables customers to rapidly build and operationalize advanced analytics to deliver timely business outcomes for use cases across the industrial, enterprise, and consumer segments.
Mar. 6, 2015 01:45 PM EST Reads: 1,476
Containers and microservices have become topics of intense interest throughout the cloud developer and enterprise IT communities. Accordingly, attendees at the upcoming 16th Cloud Expo at the Javits Center in New York June 9-11 will find fresh new content in a new track called PaaS | Containers & Microservices Containers are not being considered for the first time by the cloud community, but a current era of re-consideration has pushed them to the top of the cloud agenda. With the launch of Docker's initial release in March of 2013, interest was revved up several notches. Then late last...
Mar. 6, 2015 01:00 PM EST Reads: 1,211
SYS-CON Events announced today that Dyn, the worldwide leader in Internet Performance, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 16th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Dyn is a cloud-based Internet Performance company. Dyn helps companies monitor, control, and optimize online infrastructure for an exceptional end-user experience. Through a world-class network and unrivaled, objective intelligence into Internet conditions, Dyn ensures traffic gets delivered faster, safer, and more reliably than ever.
Mar. 6, 2015 01:00 PM EST Reads: 1,116
In their session at @ThingsExpo, Shyam Varan Nath, Principal Architect at GE, and Ibrahim Gokcen, who leads GE's advanced IoT analytics, focused on the Internet of Things / Industrial Internet and how to make it operational for business end-users. Learn about the challenges posed by machine and sensor data and how to marry it with enterprise data. They also discussed the tips and tricks to provide the Industrial Internet as an end-user consumable service using Big Data Analytics and Industrial Cloud.
Mar. 6, 2015 12:30 PM EST Reads: 3,517
The explosion of connected devices / sensors is creating an ever-expanding set of new and valuable data. In parallel the emerging capability of Big Data technologies to store, access, analyze, and react to this data is producing changes in business models under the umbrella of the Internet of Things (IoT). In particular within the Insurance industry, IoT appears positioned to enable deep changes by altering relationships between insurers, distributors, and the insured. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Michael Sick, a Senior Manager and Big Data Architect within Ernst and Young's Financial Servi...
Mar. 6, 2015 12:00 PM EST Reads: 1,536
Performance is the intersection of power, agility, control, and choice. If you value performance, and more specifically consistent performance, you need to look beyond simple virtualized compute. Many factors need to be considered to create a truly performant environment. In his General Session at 15th Cloud Expo, Harold Hannon, Sr. Software Architect at SoftLayer, discussed how to take advantage of a multitude of compute options and platform features to make cloud the cornerstone of your online presence.
Mar. 6, 2015 12:00 PM EST Reads: 3,783
Even as cloud and managed services grow increasingly central to business strategy and performance, challenges remain. The biggest sticking point for companies seeking to capitalize on the cloud is data security. Keeping data safe is an issue in any computing environment, and it has been a focus since the earliest days of the cloud revolution. Understandably so: a lot can go wrong when you allow valuable information to live outside the firewall. Recent revelations about government snooping, along with a steady stream of well-publicized data breaches, only add to the uncertainty
Mar. 6, 2015 11:15 AM EST Reads: 988
Mar. 6, 2015 10:30 AM EST Reads: 2,886
Docker is an excellent platform for organizations interested in running microservices. It offers portability and consistency between development and production environments, quick provisioning times, and a simple way to isolate services. In his session at DevOps Summit at 16th Cloud Expo, Shannon Williams, co-founder of Rancher Labs, will walk through these and other benefits of using Docker to run microservices, and provide an overview of RancherOS, a minimalist distribution of Linux designed expressly to run Docker. He will also discuss Rancher, an orchestration and service discovery platf...
Mar. 6, 2015 10:00 AM EST Reads: 1,022
PubNub on Monday has announced that it is partnering with IBM to bring its sophisticated real-time data streaming and messaging capabilities to Bluemix, IBM’s cloud development platform. “Today’s app and connected devices require an always-on connection, but building a secure, scalable solution from the ground up is time consuming, resource intensive, and error-prone,” said Todd Greene, CEO of PubNub. “PubNub enables web, mobile and IoT developers building apps on IBM Bluemix to quickly add scalable realtime functionality with minimal effort and cost.”
Mar. 6, 2015 10:00 AM EST Reads: 5,041
Sensor-enabled things are becoming more commonplace, precursors to a larger and more complex framework that most consider the ultimate promise of the IoT: things connecting, interacting, sharing, storing, and over time perhaps learning and predicting based on habits, behaviors, location, preferences, purchases and more. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Tom Wesselman, Director of Communications Ecosystem Architecture at Plantronics, will examine the still nascent IoT as it is coalescing, including what it is today, what it might ultimately be, the role of wearable tech, and technology gaps stil...
Mar. 6, 2015 09:45 AM EST Reads: 1,202
CommVault has announced that top industry technology visionaries have joined its leadership team. The addition of leaders from companies such as Oracle, SAP, Microsoft, Cisco, PwC and EMC signals the continuation of CommVault Next, the company's business transformation for sales, go-to-market strategies, pricing and packaging and technology innovation. The company also announced that it had realigned its structure to create business units to more directly match how customers evaluate, deploy, operate, and purchase technology.
Mar. 6, 2015 09:00 AM EST Reads: 851
In the consumer IoT, everything is new, and the IT world of bits and bytes holds sway. But industrial and commercial realms encompass operational technology (OT) that has been around for 25 or 50 years. This grittier, pre-IP, more hands-on world has much to gain from Industrial IoT (IIoT) applications and principles. But adding sensors and wireless connectivity won’t work in environments that demand unwavering reliability and performance. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Ron Sege, CEO of Echelon, will discuss how as enterprise IT embraces other IoT-related technology trends, enterprises with i...
Mar. 6, 2015 09:00 AM EST Reads: 2,511
When it comes to the Internet of Things, hooking up will get you only so far. If you want customers to commit, you need to go beyond simply connecting products. You need to use the devices themselves to transform how you engage with every customer and how you manage the entire product lifecycle. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Sean Lorenz, Technical Product Manager for Xively at LogMeIn, will show how “product relationship management” can help you leverage your connected devices and the data they generate about customer usage and product performance to deliver extremely compelling and reliabl...
Mar. 6, 2015 09:00 AM EST Reads: 1,608
The Internet of Things (IoT) is causing data centers to become radically decentralized and atomized within a new paradigm known as “fog computing.” To support IoT applications, such as connected cars and smart grids, data centers' core functions will be decentralized out to the network's edges and endpoints (aka “fogs”). As this trend takes hold, Big Data analytics platforms will focus on high-volume log analysis (aka “logs”) and rely heavily on cognitive-computing algorithms (aka “cogs”) to make sense of it all.
Mar. 6, 2015 09:00 AM EST Reads: 1,395
With several hundred implementations of IoT-enabled solutions in the past 12 months alone, this session will focus on experience over the art of the possible. Many can only imagine the most advanced telematics platform ever deployed, supporting millions of customers, producing tens of thousands events or GBs per trip, and hundreds of TBs per month. With the ability to support a billion sensor events per second, over 30PB of warm data for analytics, and hundreds of PBs for an data analytics archive, in his session at @ThingsExpo, Jim Kaskade, Vice President and General Manager, Big Data & Ana...
Mar. 6, 2015 09:00 AM EST Reads: 1,501