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Nov 21 16

Reality of an annual performance review without Continuous Performance Management

by Mark Wade, HCM Practice Lead QLD, on November 21th, 2016


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It’s that time of year again, you completed your objective and KPI setting almost 12 months ago and the e-mail from HR hits your in-box – you have 4 weeks to complete your performance self review, make sure your manager does their bit, have a conversation and hope that you achieve a decent enough rating to be in with a shout for a pay rise or bonus next year – sound familiar?…….

That is the reality for many of us and when you are of a certain age like me, remembering achievements, what went well, what didn’t over the period of a week or two is a challenge, let alone 12 months.

 

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As I work through my self review I find myself trawling through e-mails, thinking where has this year gone, trying to cross reference the work I had completed back to my objectives and surprising myself how busy I have actually been – how am I going to articulate this to my manager in a few short paragraphs?

At NTT DATA Business Solutions we have been using SAP SuccessFactors Performance & Goals to manage our own performance and development processes. Of course it’s a great solution and allows us to capture our KPI progress during the year, collate feedback, and update our plans easily. So why am I in this position of trawling through e-mails and dusting down my memory bank? Well I’m only human, I’ve been busy, I just haven’t had the time or quite frankly the inclination to practice what I preach. So many excuses and now I am paying the price!

Earlier this year SAP SuccessFactors released a great new feature called Continuous Performance Management – and I can’t wait for us to have it up and running for next year’s process. Only now do I truly appreciate how this great addition to the employee and manager toolkit is going to make life so much easier for me, my manager and poor old HR who are chasing us all to complete our reviews.

What I love about the solution is being able to quickly capture activities as they happen and link them to objectives from any device, mobile, desktop etc. Not only that, I can keep my manager informed, set up 1:1 meetings, and turn my activities into achievements in seconds. My manager can provide me with feedback, advice and informal coaching.

 

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And another great option – not only can Continuous Performance Management complement existing processes and seamlessly integrate with a formal objective/KPI plan, it can also be deployed ‘standalone’ for organisations that may wish to rely solely on an activity and achievement driven framework without the formalities of an annual review, whilst still aligning and measuring achievements against organisational strategy and business plans.

There are many options to deploy this great new feature. And it is available with our NTT DATA Business Solutions Ready2Run rapid deployment for SAP SuccessFactors.

Are you ready to transform your Performance Management processes and move to a next generation solution where the review forms and goal plans can simply become a repository for your workforce’s activities and achievements?

If you are quick you can still take advantage of our limited time offer with free subscriptions for the first 250 employees and a fixed price of $40,000 to have you up and running in 3 weeks.

Act now and be ready to start 2017 with our SAP SuccessFactors Performance & Goals solution, including the great new Continuous Performance Management feature.

For more details about this and other incredible limited time offers for our SAP SuccessFactors Ready2Run packages please contact me direct or visit:

http://www.nttdatasolutions.com.au/successfactors-rds-solutions-offer/

 

 

Oct 28 16

‘tis the season to be planning’

tis the season to be planning

As we head into the final quarter of 2016 many organisations are in the midst of, if not completed, their business strategy planning for 2017.

Business leaders and HR teams will be on notice – to prepare their teams and align their focus and objectives to that strategy. Having a strategic business plan with what an organisation’s objectives are and what they need to do to achieve them is the platform for any successful enterprise, regardless of their size. The task of structuring that plan into a manageable, scalable and agile workforce KPI framework is the challenge for the leaders in partnership with HR and critical to the success of the organisation.

Your plan vs Reality

For many who have yet to implement a sustainable solution to support this process the investment and business outcome risk can be significant year after year. Think about the people involved to support ad-hoc systems and templates, not to mention the quality assurance of content and information that is captured and shared in the process – or maybe more to the point, the important information, collaboration and progress tracking that is not captured or lost when there are multiple sources and disconnections in play.

Work Force

So, as we accelerate towards the ‘season to be jolly’ back of mind for those involved in workforce strategic alignment will be what tasks lie ahead when we return from our seasonal breaks.

At NTT DATA Business Solutions we have a number of solution offerings, deployed using SAP SuccessFactors and our Ready2Run rapid deployment solutions that can provide businesses with modular talent management and comprehensive HRIS solutions at a fraction of the cost and implementation time compared to the more traditional implementations – typically 1/3rd.

For example, our Ready2Run perform&align.it, powered by SAP SuccessFactors, can be deployed in as little as 3 weeks. You can be up and running well in time for 2017 and rest easy knowing you have your solutions in place, ready to execute and cascade your business strategies throughout the whole of your workforce.

And whilst this is not quite the ‘silly season’ you might think so when NTT DATA Business Solutions are offering our Ready2Run perform&align.it package that includes implementation services & supporting documentation like training guides & test scripts, 12 months FREE software subscription for the first 250 employees and SAP SuccessFactors support once you are up and running all for a bundled fixed price of $40,000.

For more details about this incredible limited time offer and our other Ready2Run talent management and HRIS offerings powered through SAP SuccessFactors please contact me direct or visit:

http://www.nttdatasolutions.com.au/successfactors-rds-solutions-offer/

Act now and be workforce ready for 2017!

Apr 20 16

The Truth about SAP HANA

The Myths Debunked (Part 1)

Speed and performance are often thought to be the main incentives to switch to SAP HANA. But is there more to it than that? This blog series will deal with the four most common myths and uncover the real truth behind them.

The Myth: SAP HANA Is Primarily Intended to Accelerate Data Processing

SAP itself is partly responsible for this misconception. Initially, the company emphasized the ability of SAP HANA to crunch data in considerably less time than conventional database platforms. As a result, many enterprises believe that this is its main purpose. Now they are desperately trying to find a business case for the speed increase.

The Truth: Speed Is Just the Catalyst

While SAP HANA is indeed fast, this generally does not justify the costs of switching. By itself, accelerated data processing is not enough to build a convincing business case. What really matters is how an enterprise uses this speed and how it leverages the potential offered by innovations based on SAP HANA—the SAP S/4HANA business suite, for example.

Myth-One

It is important to react quickly and take full advantage of new trends and developments in the digital age. One of the main strengths of SAP HANA is that it provides businesses with the flexibility and agility needed to profit from big data and the Internet of Things. With SAP enhancements, and programming customized according to specific business needs, companies can more easily develop new business models and create additional revenue streams.

SAP HANA: Speed Is the Main Benefit

And beyond increased speed and flexibility, SAP HANA offers integration and simplification. It consolidates data from multiple sources to provide a single point of truth. This makes it far easier for users to obtain the data they need, when they need it, and accelerates insight to action. Decision making is strengthened as outcomes and impact can be instantly checked and evaluated using predictive analytics.

What’s more, new interfaces considerably improve the user experience. SAP Fiori requires little additional training and can be customized to increase efficiency and usability, for example.

A Matter of Misplaced Emphasis?

The focus is just on the wrong strength. Speed may be an advantage for some, but the real benefit of SAP HANA is its additional functionality and the new opportunities this opens up. That is what really makes businesses more competitive.

 

The post  “The Truth about SAP HANA?” appeared first on http://itelligencegroup.com/uk – an NTT DATA company, and has been republished with permission.

For more information on South East Asia Cloud  requirements please email:  contact_apac@nttdata.com.

 

Mar 24 16

SAP HANA Cloud Services: A Spotlight on Market Offerings

SAP HANA

 

More and more providers are launching their own packages for SAP HANA Cloud Services. Pricing, features, and the scope of services can vary significantly. How do you know which offer is the right one for your company?

Amazon, Microsoft, SAP, and itelligence: All of the industry’s major players have several variants of the SAP HANA Cloud Services in their portfolio. Their scope stretches from the bare technical infrastructure to the entire cloud environment certified for production use with SAP solutions.

Most of the starter packages merely provide the technical infrastructure, i.e. the servers on which companies can install their databases. A license for SAP HANA is not included, and support is rarely offered. In a comparison of the ‘big four’, itelligence is the only provider to operate, manage and maintain the customer’s SAP HANA instance as well as the hardware. Competitors only offer this from the medium price range upwards.

Flexible database sizes are not a given

Those who simply want to try out SAP HANA opt for the next category up. This package offers the SAP HANA license and database installation in addition to the server. At first glance, there appears to be little contrast between SAP HANA One (Amazon), the SAP HANA Cloud Platform DBaaS (SAP), the virtual machine and SAP Cloud Appliance Library (Microsoft), and the itelligence PMC. But upon closer inspection, you can recognize clear differences – in terms of memory size, for example.

Some offerings are limited to a 64 gigabyte database size. While this is adequate for running test and development environments, it is rarely suitable for production use. Moreover, with the exception of itelligence, no providers enable the chosen memory size to be scaled up or down flexibly. Adjustments are theoretically possible with SAP, but require a new contract or the choice of a new system category.

Major differences in scope of services

In the event of a problem, response times are crucial. If a business-critical application suddenly encounters issues, the error needs to be resolved within a matter of minutes. However, even in the premium price segments, Amazon and Microsoft only guarantee response times of a few hours. Promises of high availability attempt to make up for this, but the majority of providers can only ensure that the server runs – which is of little use if the operating system or business application crash. itelligence and SAP guarantee 99.5 percent availability. This includes the possibility for users to log in to the installed system and work with the essential functions.

A closer look at the small print in the contract shows that the supposedly cheap offerings are simply not suitable for most purposes. Support, assistance for implementation and operation, and a site that complies with data protection policy are all critical factors that decision-makers should bear in mind when switching to SAP HANA Cloud Services.

The main offerings in detail

A new expert paper can help you to find your way in the market melee. It closely scrutinizes the major providers’ current offerings, and evaluates the validity of their sales arguments. It is an important decision-making aid for any IT executive.

– From Ulrich Meine, Director Product Management Hosting, itelligence AG –

SAP HANA® Cloud Services: Spotlight on Market Offerings 

The post  “SAP HANA Cloud Services: A Spotlight on Market Offerings?” appeared first on http://itelligencegroup.com/uk – an NTT DATA company, and has been republished with permission.

For more information on South East Asia Cloud  requirements please email:  contact_apac@nttdata.com.

 

Mar 7 16

How can my business profit from Big Data?

Big Data

 

You are a business leader and want to use Big Data to get important business insights? Our information portal answers your pressing questions and helps with innovative cloud solutions.

How to gain from Big Data

According to a forecast by research firm International Data Corp. (IDC), the Big Data market will grow 23% till 2019, meaning that by 2019, companies will spend nearly 50Billion US-Dollars on business data each year.

Especially the Internet of Things (IoT) – turning everyday objects into smart machines that collect and use information – will be one of the key elements that will turn Big Data from an innovation to a necessity.

Cloud solutions therefore play a big role as they manage to detach the data from local servers and central office desks. Instead, you can obtain, work with and view data from your tablet, smartphone or laptop wherever you are.

Furthermore, instead of reshaping your local infrastructure over and over again to cover the demand, the scalability of cloud infrastructure helps your company to adapt to new data-driven business models in no time.

Be on top of the Internet of Things

The IoT is the combination of data and workflows, resulting in processes that can be optimized while they’re running. If you add sensors to your machinery, you can control workflows but also learn from them, obtain information on how your company uses the machines and how their use can be optimized.

Even though most media are talking about smart kitchens and Wearables, the real force of the IoT lies within business intelligence and workflow-optimization

Learn how to use the Internet of Things for your company’s success. Read our free eBook and effectively manage the new digital transformation.

However, to ensure real-time access to your data, cloud based solutions and infrastructures are best suited, especially as the amount of data will grow exponentially in the next few years.

Be smart about Data

Big Data is only the beginning. To truly gain business intelligence from the information your employees, your customers and your machinery generate, you need to be able to analyze and report data. All in all, you need to turn Big Data into Smart Data to truly gain an advantage on the market.

The workflows involved to gather, store and process Big Data need to be fast and automatized. You don’t have time for employees to pour over lists of data sets to find true insights. You need software instead that will give your employees the right business reports that will help your company grow.

If you have any additional questions around innovative cloud solutions, visit our cloud information portal. We are actively listening to your questions and addressing them with information based on our customers’ firsthand experiences and from top industry resources.

The post  “How can my business profit from Big Data??” appeared first on http://itelligencegroup.com/uk – an NTT DATA company, and has been republished with permission.

For more information on South East Asia Cloud  requirements please email:  contact_apac@nttdata.com.

 

Mar 1 16

How can I rapidly and successfully realize innovation?

Innovation blog post

 

You are a business leader and want to bring your company to the forefront of the market (or keep it there)? Our information portal answers your pressing questions and helps with innovative solutions.

Innovation is the key to not only success in the market but also durability. Only innovative businesses can make sure that they can weather the rapid changes of digital evolution and the fluid changes of customer relationships via social media and mobile marketing. Innovation is the evolutionary advantage for today’s businesses.

But how can you ensure the foundation for innovation? How can you create an environment that fosters creativity and enhances the realization of ideas?

1. Be flexible

Innovation requires mobility and flexibility to change directions and try new ones if necessary. Cloud solutions enable you and your company to adapt to new developments due to the scalability of this new technology. Additionally, you can reach your customers, partners and suppliers in new ways and make sure they can reach you whichever way they prefer. Need all your data on the go? Thanks to the cloud you’re taking your desk with you wherever you are.

According to a study by Oxford Economics, 74% of business and IT executives believe that innovation happens somewhat or mostly through the use of cloud technologies.

2. Be fast

Whether it is data analysis or traffic demands, the cloud helps you react immediately to changes on the market, in customer behavior and with work demands. Cloud technologies can give you the fastest workflows, reports and reaction times that you and your customers desire. You want processes to be faster? You want analysis now and not tomorrow? You don’t have to wait for your ideas to take shape if you use the cloud.

Adapt to change faster than ever before.

Learn about new opportunities by combining technology and your individual strategies. Don’t see digitalization as a disruption, see it as an opportunity. Read the whitepaper and gain information on leadership strategies and best practices. Download the free white paper for valuableCloud industry insights.

3. Be intuitive

Big Data is the currency of today’s market. As much as innovation is the key to success, information is key to innovation. But Big Data needs to be turned into smart data to fully realize its potential. Cloud solutions can help to speed up analysis but also to give data a direction. If you know about your customer’s behavior and the evolution of the market, you can foresee future trends and movements and you can adapt your business towards them. Use cloud technology to give your intuition a foundation.

The digital world makes way for new opportunities

How can you explore new markets and opportunities in the speed of light? Our DANONE success story shows you how the company gained consumer-friendly applications with the SAP HANA Cloud Platform.

If you have any additional questions around innovative cloud solutions, visit our cloud information portal. We are actively listening to your questions and addressing them with information based on our customers’ firsthand experiences and from top industry resources.

The post  “How can I rapidly and successfully realize innovation?” appeared first on http://itelligencegroup.com/uk – an NTT DATA company, and has been republished with permission.

For more information on South East Asia Cloud  requirements please email:  contact_apac@nttdata.com.

 

Feb 17 16

How can my business profit from Big Data?

Cloud

You are a business leader and want to use Big Data to get important business insights? Our information portal answers your pressing questions and helps with innovative cloud solutions.

How to gain from Big Data

According to a forecast by research firm International Data Corp. (IDC), the Big Data market will grow 23% till 2019, meaning that by 2019, companies will spend nearly 50Billion US-Dollars on business data each year.

Especially the Internet of Things (IoT) – turning everyday objects into smart machines that collect and use information – will be one of the key elements that will turn Big Data from an innovation to a necessity.

Cloud solutions therefore play a big role as they manage to detach the data from local servers and central office desks. Instead, you can obtain, work with and view data from your tablet, smartphone or laptop wherever you are.

Furthermore, instead of reshaping your local infrastructure over and over again to cover the demand, the scalability of cloud infrastructure helps your company to adapt to new data-driven business models in no time.

Be on top of the Internet of Things

The IoT is the combination of data and workflows, resulting in processes that can be optimized while they’re running. If you add sensors to your machinery, you can control workflows but also learn from them, obtain information on how your company uses the machines and how their use can be optimized.

Even though most media are talking about smart kitchens and Wearables, the real force of the IoT lies within business intelligence and workflow-optimization.

Learn how to use the Internet of Things for your company’s success. Read our free eBook and effectively manage the new digital transformation.

Click here for more insights

However, to ensure real-time access to your data, cloud based solutions and infrastructures are best suited, especially as the amount of data will grow exponentially in the next few years.

Be smart about Data

Big Data is only the beginning. To truly gain business intelligence from the information your employees, your customers and your machinery generate, you need to be able to analyze and report data. All in all, you need to turn Big Data into Smart Data to truly gain an advantage on the market.

The workflows involved to gather, store and process Big Data need to be fast and automatized. You don’t have time for employees to pour over lists of data sets to find true insights. You need software instead that will give your employees the right business reports that will help your company grow.

The post  “How can my business profit from Big Data?” appeared first on http://itelligencegroup.com/uk – an NTT DATA company, and has been republished with permission.

For more information on South East Asia Cloud  requirements please email:  contact_apac@nttdata.com.

Feb 16 16

SAP S/4HANA Unraveled: How Logistics Evolved into the Digital Core|Axel Sieker

SAP S4 HANA Logo

In November 2015, the next-generation business suite reached a pivotal moment in its development. The release of SAP S/4HANA Enterprise Management brings new logistics functionality to the table and aims at complete simplification of ERP landscapes.

In the final post of this blog series, we will explore what SAP S/4HANA Enterprise Management actually offers and whether it can give businesses the competitive edge in the digital age.

Tap the Full Potential of SAP S/4HANA

SAP S/4HANA Enterprise Management is built as the digital core for digital business and encompasses essential functionality for all lines of business. It covers all areas of logistics and material requirements planning (MRP), from inventory and warehouse management to material valuation and production planning. This new release brings us another large step towards a business suite entirely based on the SAP HANA in-memory platform. But what does this mean for enterprises?

In March, we witnessed the rollout of SAP S/4HANA Finance, which promises to take finance management to the next level and features virtually all of the familiar functions of SAP Business Suite. With the introduction of SAP S/4HANA Enterprise Management, on the other hand, these functions will be gradually replaced by new ones in order to more fully take advantage of the capabilities of SAP S/4HANA.

A New Direction? Rethinking the Business Suite

Our initial evaluation has revealed that pricing functionality and output determination have been completely redesigned, and database tables have been simplified and integrated. Moreover, SAP is eliminating redundant system design. As an example, customer and vendor master data objects are replaced by the familiar concept of business partners (e.g. in CRM, SRM or GTS). This means that, increasingly, functions are being simplified and harmonized, unlocking the potential to deliver new functionality. Powered by the strength of the SAP HANA database, the integration of analytical and transactional data (OLAP and OLTP) will enable predictive analytics for materials planning, for example. What’s more, the new simplified table design and the elimination of aggregates and indexes increase user-friendliness and provide a considerable boost to performance. We predict that this development will continue through 2016 and gather pace in the coming years.

But new customers are not the only ones who can look forward to new functions and processes. Enterprises already using SAP ERP can also benefit from this new approach and the realization of a simple, but powerful, integrated business suite. Businesses should first carry out feasibility studies to ensure that upcoming process changes and new programs can be migrated to SAP S/4HANA Enterprise Management, and whether the new asset accounting or the business partner functions can be introduced, for example.

The post  “SAP S/4HANA Unraveled: How Logistics Evolved into the Digital Core” appeared first on http://itelligencegroup.com/uk – an NTT DATA company, and has been republished with permission.

For more information on South East Asia Cloud  requirements please email:  contact_apac@nttdata.com.

 

Feb 10 16

How can I predict and successfully implement business changes?

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How can I predict and successfully implement business changes?  You are a business leader and want to use business intelligence to predict changes in the market to adapt and capitalize on them? Our information portal answers your pressing questions and helps with innovative cloud solutions. BI: more than data Is data the currency of the 21st century? No, but it is the material that the currency is made of. With information being the true currency, you need to be able to turn data (and Big Data) into knowledge. Cloud solutions are the best way to collect, categorize, sort and interpret data and therefore influence future business decisions, make predictions on customer behavior and furthermore make fast changes reality in your company. With the rise of obtainable data from customers, business analytics and market developments, Big Data plays a bigger role in everyday management.

Analyze: from Big Data to Smart Data

However, the bigger the data, the harder the condensation into Smart Data, meaning useful data sets that will help your company to be fast, flexible and innovative according to the demands of customers, business partners and the market. You don’t need to look for the needle in the hay if your software does the searching for you. “To find the nuggets of wisdom held therein, they require tools such as predictive analytics to mine them”, Ben Kerschberg writes about Big Data for Forbes.com. Cloud based tools can weather the rising amount of data, the power needed to process it and the storage space to keep it save and available at any time, any place.

Visualize: make intelligent predictions

However, cloud business software does not only provide the analysis of Big Data but also visualizes it, reducing time and stress to make sense of abstract figures and numbers. But according to a Forbes article from 2014, most companies still don’t make enough use of visualized business data. “Almost half the companies (45%) fill reporting needs through manual extraction and data cleansing tools, feeding the information to spreadsheets or PDF formats.

Realize: distribute knowledge to the right people

Knowing and using business insights are two different things and quite often, companies already have the knowledge but lack the network to make use of it. The cloud offers the best reporting software to enable mobile workflows and distribute information to the right channels. Who needs customer data, who can work with market predictions and who will transform data on the company’s logistics? 57% of companies expect that in three years (by the end of 2017) cloud will have an impact on increased agility and responsiveness to customers. What else will evolve due to the cloud? Read more: The cloud’s enduring promise. If you want to be agile and flexible in the market, you need to know what is going to happen next and you need to act on it. With the right software, you don’t need to follow trends because everyone does – you can make your own trends.

The post  “How can I predict and successfully implement business changes?” appeared first on http://itelligencegroup.com/uk – an NTT DATA company, and has been republished with permission.

For more information on South East Asia Cloud  requirements please email:  contact_apac@nttdata.com.

Feb 5 16

SAP S/4HANA unraveled: Can Efficient Finance Management Take You to the Top? | Dr. Axel Sieker

SAP S4 Finance

SAP S/4HANA unraveled: Can Efficient Finance Management Take You to the Top?

When evaluating an IT solution, you can draw several parallels with sporting disciplines. Speed, power, agility: These are the attributes that make for great athletes and successful software alike. In this blog post I will examine SAP S/4HANA Finance, the first solution for the next-generation business suite, and see whether it can really give businesses a head start.

Is SAP S/4HANA Finance a true all-rounder?

The decathlon is a grueling contest. Comprising ten running, jumping, and throwing events, it is a sport that requires an all-round athlete. Similarly, effective financial management requires solutions that are fast, powerful, precise, and reliable. The new generation of software from SAP promises to deliver by combining its leading products with SAP HANA and SAP Fiori technology.

Increasingly, I see businesses that have grown in size and complexity and find themselves having to ‘hop’ between diverse systems to obtain the data they need. This is both frustrating and time-consuming. SAP S/4HANA Finance provides a single source of information for all accounting entries by merging finance and controlling. Data is no longer stored in silos, but all in one system.

The advantage is that more organizations will be able to respond to requests for financial reports in real time. According to a recent survey by CFO Research, only 12 percent of respondents could do this – meaning that by the time the analysis is generated, it is already out of date.

Most companies I’ve visited required several separate programs for month-end closing. But with SAP S/4HANA Finance you require fewer additional programs, which saves users time and effort, and reduces IT costs. It automatically posts financial statements online, cutting out several monthly closing processes altogether.

S/4HANA Finance has been the first module of the radical new SAP S/4HANA ERP system. The itelligence Expert, Dr. Axel Sieker, compared S/4HANA Finance with a decathlon athlete – explore his findings here.

Still several hurdles to overcome?

However, not all processes are automated yet: While the central system significantly simplifies accounting processes, some month-end closing tasks still have to be performed by running special programs. SAP interfaces are undergoing a transformation, but with the current release, we still haven’t reached the point where working exclusively with SAP Fiori apps is a possibility. Find out more.

What SAP S/4HANA Finance can do, however, is accelerate accounting processes, freeing up more time to focus on other important tasks. It makes finance easier and less error-prone. Furthermore, with the experience of itelligence, existing SAP customers can enjoy a non-disruptive switch to SAP S/4HANA.

Given that SAP S/4HANA Finance is a revolutionary development based on brand-new technology, it is probably the most stable SAP product I’ve ever seen. That is why I view the introduction of the new business suite as one of the most exciting changes in the SAP consulting business in the past two decades. And we’re only at the start. On your marks!

 

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The article was written by Dr. Axel Sieker and originally appeared at  itelligencegroup.com/uk – an NTT DATA company, and has been republished with permission.

 

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