Louis Columbus

Louis Columbus

Louis Columbus has a diverse background that includes business strategy, marketing, product management, industry analyst, sales and technology leadership roles in start-ups and large-scale enterprises. He’s also an active member of the Enterprise Irregulars, a group of enterprise software analysts, bloggers, and executives. Louis also teaches graduate-level courses in business strategy and marketing at Webster and Loyola Marymount universities. He is a regular contributor to the Forbes.com as Enterprise Software Strategist and his own Software Strategies blog. Louis has published 16 books on a variety of operating system and software topics and spoken internationally on many aspects of cloud computing and enterprise software.

10 Ways Real-Time Business Analytics Are Driving Revenue

In 2018, real-time analytics will continue to drive new business models, increase insights into customer behavior and be one of the primary catalysts driving a revolution in selling, manufacturing and service. From the algorithms to the applications they power and the systems they enable, companies of all sizes will have a chance to capitalize on real-time analytics.

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How the Internet of Things (IoT) is Revolutionizing Inventory Management

The greater the speed, scale and accuracy of data collaboratively shared across supply chains, the stronger supplier networks become. The world’s best-performing supply chains, as defined by Gartner earlier this year in their annual Supply Chain 25 List, are all using digital transformation technologies including the Internet of Things (IoT) and predictive analytics in full production environments. IoT is revolutionizing every aspect of these world-class supply chains.

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Building a Warehouse Management System Business Case

All businesses put a high priority on making their supply chains efficient, economical and a strong contributor to profitable growth. The gains made throughout a supplier network are, at times, marginalized by inefficient distribution, storage and warehouse locations that don’t have a Warehouse Management System (WMS) in place, or are relying on one built for business requirements of the past. In high-performance supply chains, the WMS orchestrates every aspect of optimizing multiple warehouse locations, from receiving and storage to inventory management, order processing, shipping and Material Handling Device Control. In many ways, the WMS is the core of any supply chain and supplier network.

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Exploring Supply Chain Technology Stack’s Inflection Point

The progression from a series of integrated applications that support relatively simple supply chain processes and workflows to technology stacks designed to scale across global operations is accelerating. Application and infrastructure middleware and platform providers now have software designed just for streamlining the creation and fine-tuning of supply chain technology stacks. IoT spending is predicted to accelerate mainly as a result of supply chain technology stacks, as is the proliferation of Application Programming Interfaces (APIs).

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2017 Enterprise Performance Management Software Update

Improving operational performance has a direct effect on the financial performance of any business. The vital link of operational data generated from service, sales, support and production workflows to the machinery and production team levels are now possible. Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) is entering a new era, where long-standing challenges of linking day-to-day operations data with strategic performance is a reality. Cloud platforms are enabling technology industry frontrunners, including Host Analytics, to be adopted quickly, in addition to helping define Corporate Performance Management (CPM).

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10 Ways Cloud Platforms Are Enabling Greater Mobile CRM Success

The inflection point of enabling mobile devices with greater contextual intelligence, data reporting, visualization and selling features has arrived. The mobile-first strategies of every major CRM provider are now in its third generation of application development, often configurable with easy-to-use administration screens by users in a wide variety of languages. Global adoption of CRM has improved significantly, thanks to the continued success of mobile-first application development strategies.

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Business Analytics Is Creating A New Era Of Manufacturing Intelligence

The rapid gains in analytics, big data, machine learning and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are fueling a new era of manufacturing. Based on the rapid gains in analytics applications, technologies and platforms, manufacturers can gain greater visibility across their supply chains, from the shop floor to the top floor of their companies.

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7 Cutting Edge Business Analytics Tools

Business analytics is going through an inflection point today, and it’s being driven by the need to increase the depth of functionality that these tools deliver without needing a data scientist to support them. Organizations that are driving this inflection point in business analytics tools are also designing advanced technologies, including Natural Language Processing (NLP), support for Hadoop, R and machine learning algorithms into their applications.

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Insights into Cloud Supply Chain Solutions

Supply chains are the lifeblood of any business. Increasing the speed and scale of suppliers is an essential catalyst for driving future revenue growth. With the revenue of every business, especially manufacturers, dependent on having an efficient, integrated and stable supply chain, the need for scalable and secure cloud-based Supply Chain Management (SCM) systems is increasing. Logistics, strategic sourcing, and transportation are areas where cloud SCM applications continue to lead adoption. Companies competing in this area of the supply chain rely on geographically-distributed business models that thrive on tight integration, real-time communication and global real-time collaboration. Cloud-based SCM systems can deliver on these requirements while increasing the quality of analytics, improving data management and defining a single system of record for the entire company.

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