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Roboshoring – The next wave of efficiency

Posted by: Mandar Vanarse | March 18, 2015

The Amazon order-fulfillment center in Tracy, California, is more than a million square feet. That’s equal to 28 football fields. Imagine if it was all up to humans to traverse this warehouse, finding, packing and shipping goods! But Amazon’s smart warehouse uses Kiva’s robots to make things easier for its employees.

Business Value Assurance: Transcending Project Management

Posted by: Mandar Vanarse | October 15, 2014

Business value indicates all forms of value that determine the health and well-being of the firm in the long run. The term encompasses creation of value for all stakeholders: shareholders, employees, customers, suppliers, partners and society.

To IoTize or Not to IoTize, That is the Question

Posted by: Mandar Vanarse | October 06, 2014

When the Han Chinese printer Bi Sheng invented movable type printing technology in the 11th century, I’m sure he had little idea that he was setting the ball rolling for machine-enabled communication.

Internet of Things - A Peek into the Future

Posted by: Mandar Vanarse | May 21, 2014

Communication as we know it today has evolved rather rapidly over the last century. Machines first made their presence felt with technologies like the printing press, telegraph and telephone.

Bridging the gap between ERP and EUC

Posted by: Mandar Vanarse | August 28, 2013

ERP systems, in recent times, function as the backbone of an enterprise. The move from manual to automation for the many processes covered by ERP improves efficiency, but decreases flexibility. ERP systems offer very limited customization and may be too rigid and too difficult to adapt to the specific workflow and business processes of some companies. In addition, as these systems are designed for enterprise-wide usage and focus on the big picture, small, niche or specific needs of certain functions are often unaddressed.

Redefining the role of a CIO

Posted by: Mandar Vanarse | June 17, 2013

In my last blog, I had discussed the co-relation between Business, Information, Infrastructure and the role of Enterprise Architecture. Today, I want to share a pattern I have been observing while interacting with global CIOs.

Simulating the Enterprise for Smart CIO

Posted by: Mandar Vanarse | February 19, 2013

In the last blog, we discussed how CIOs should build their organizations to align with the business and we specifically discussed “Cost Pressures of CIO and Variabalization”

Variabilize your IT costs

Posted by: Mandar Vanarse | November 20, 2012

Traditionally, IT is considered to be a significant cost center and is typically one of the first to be affected when any cost cutting initiatives are implemented. The turbulent forces shaping businesses today have led to many changes in expectations and approaches of the CIO. The CIO today is constantly under pressure from the CFO to reduce IT spending to align with business volume. However, the challenge for the CIO is to make those cuts while minimizing impact on business value delivery.

Storage Virtualization - Getting Bang for the Buck

Posted by: Mandar Vanarse | April 13, 2012

Today’s data demands have increased the complexity of enterprise storage environments, straining resources and increasing costs. Storage virtualization can provide the sought-after relief, delivering significant near-term and long-term savings via flexibility and scalability. Virtualization has proved its worth regarding servers and networking, and is now quickly becoming the go-to tactic for efficient resource management.