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From the digital workplace to artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things, there’s more potential for digital transformation than ever—providing companies are able to manage the inherent risks and overcome barriers to change. All of that (and more) has made it into the best of Twitter for July.

Think we’ve missed an important story this month? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter (@teamharmonie).

 @YaacovC discusses how humanizing the #DigitalWorkplace can benefit your business ow.ly/oJ0P30dRdFW

We now live in an era in which we can order taxis, have food delivered to our door and instantly receive updates about world news all from the devices in our pockets. The app economy has made aspects of our lives more convenient. But the consequence of too many apps poses some risk to the enterprise—most notably productivity loss from the notorious ‘Information Overload’.

Our current tendency is to blame productivity loss on the volume of business apps rather than the way they’re designed. In this post from harmon.ie co-founder and CEO Yaacov Cohen, he discusses the Digital Humanist approach and how Topic Computing—the practice of breaking down data silos from business apps by grouping information by topics—can ‘humanize’ the digital experience. Read the full article here

 Organizations that are into their #DigitalTransformation journey are likelier to adopt #AI & #IoT ow.ly/fPTx30dCB0T by @pedrohernandez

A new study from SAP and Oxford Economics, SAP Digital Transformation Executive Study, surveyed more than 3,000 senior execs to uncover their organization’s stance on digital transformation. The results revealed two things:

  • Companies well into their digital transformation journey are likelier to adopt artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT) and Big Data analytics
  • Just 3% of respondents had completed a digital transformation project (with 22% in the planning stages).

For the select few that have managed digital transformation, however, their focus on current digital technologies is bringing real benefits: “Digital transformation leaders are focusing on these technologies because they can redefine end-to-end business processes on the fly, resulting in greater revenue, profit and overall growth” says Vivek Bapat, head of Marketing Strategy at SAP.

Read the full article here for more on the ‘when’, ‘how’ and ‘why’ trailblazing digital organizations are embracing these technologies.

 Are you experiencing #InformationOverload? Discover some great ways to overcome these distractions ow.ly/PWIE30dr0zT

How much time do you spend consuming media? Think of all the time you spend reading, watching or listening to the news, reading blog posts, watching videos, checking your email…the list goes on. Turns out, in 2016 US adults, on average, spent almost 11 hours per day consuming media, or around 70% of our waking hours.

This translates to a lot of information from a lot of different sources, the vast majority of which will use notifications to let you know when new information is available. While intended to help you keep up to date, these notifications can quickly turn into distractions that can weaken your productivity at work. This is the dangerous game of information overload.

In this post from harmon.ie’s Product & Marketing executive David Lavenda, he explores the three types of information overload:

  • Too much information
  • Not enough time
  • Poor quality of information

David also explores the artificial intelligence-driven technologies that are being developed to alleviate the issue of information overload. Read the full article here to find out more.

 4 trends in #AI that affect enterprises ow.ly/uSij30dRfhn via @Enterprisei

Artificial Intelligence’s biggest headlines currently concern self-driving cars, ‘smart-homes’ and the potential AI apocalypse. To most of us, these still seem like far-off dreams. And yet five or so years ago, the same was said about automated voice assistants and virtual reality headsets. Artificial Intelligence is continuing to make strides—AI adoption in Asia, for example, is expected to create an economic value of up to $3 trillion USD per year by 2030.

In this post, Kamal Brar explores four trends in artificial intelligence that are going to have a big effect on the enterprise:

  1. Large-scale machine learning
  2. Deep learning
  3. Human-enhanced AI
  4. Autonomous systems

Read the full article here for more detail on each trend.

 #Gartner estimates IT spending to increase by 2.4% this year, spending on #DigitalTransformation solutions ow.ly/aoSD30dWdFE

In Q1 of this year, Gartner predicted IT spend would increase 1.4% from 2016. Due to the strength of digital transformation spending over 2017, however, the analyst giant has revised that number to 2.4%, expecting total spend to reach $3.5 trillion. So where is that spend coming from, and what does the increase mean for resellers?

As is becoming the theme, spend on devices, particularly smartphones, is estimated to increase. But Gartner expects enterprise software to be one of the strongest areas this year—an expected increase of 7.6% (up from 5.3% in 2016). John-David Lovelock, VP of Gartner, said:

“With the increased adoption of SaaS-based enterprise applications, there also comes an increase in acceptance of IT operations management tools that are also delivered from the cloud. These cloud-based tools allow organizations to more rapidly add functionality and adopt newer technologies to help them manage faster application release cycles.”

Read the full article here for more research, expectations and musings on where IT spending will be directed during the remainder of the year.

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David Lavenda
Vice President of Product Strategy