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FORRward: A Weekly Read For Tech And Marketing Execs

Emily Collins 3 days ago
Brands Pledge To Stand With The Black Community In the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder, citizens are taking to the streets to protest institutionalized racism. Brands are speaking out, too, because, as Netflix tweeted, “To be silent is to be complicit.” Netflix joins brands such as Google, Nike, Peloton, and Target (whose stores were looted) in taking a vocal anti-racist stance. Firms hear consumers’ desire to align with brands that share their values and are emboldened to make […]
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FORRward: A Weekly Read For Tech And Marketing Execs

Emily Collins May 26, 2020
Ensuring Employee Mental Health Is Crucial For COVID-19 Economic Recovery The mental health impact of COVID-19 is coming to light, and it’s not reassuring. In a survey conducted by SAP, Qualtrics, and Mind Share Partners, over 40% of respondents said their mental health has declined since the outbreak of COVID-19. Returning to work is not likely to fix the issue. The workplace is […]
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Dependability Demands Of Your VDI Infrastructure Are Skyrocketing

Naveen Chhabra May 19, 2020
The rush to scale up virtual desktop infrastructure doesn't mean you should abandon risk management. Get three tips for IT continuity risk planning.
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FORRward: A Weekly Read For Tech And Marketing Execs

Emily Collins May 18, 2020
Firms Poised To Survive The Pandemic Aren’t Laying Off CX Pros — They’re Doubling Down To cut costs, companies are laying off employees in customer experience (CX), customer success, and customer support. That’s a big mistake for three reasons. First, we have proof that improving CX increases revenue, lowers cost, and mitigates risk. Second, firms with a strong CX function have the customer understanding needed to weather the pandemic. Insights about needs and […]
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FORRward: A Weekly Read For Tech And Marketing Execs

Emily Collins May 11, 2020
COVID-19 Accelerates Momentum For Sales Engagement B2B sellers face the most challenging selling environment of their lifetimes. Business leaders who already invested in sales digital transformation and technologies are reaping the rewards for their prescient decisions. Sales engagement (SE) solutions — originally designed to help sales development reps manage and automate multichannel touchpoints — now deliver significant productivity gains and more to entire revenue teams. The COVID-19 pandemic is accelerating existing […]
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Red Hat’s Marketplace Seeks To Simplify Kubernetes (K8s) Management

Tracy Woo May 11, 2020
The biggest announcement from Red Hat’s Summit virtual event was Red Hat Marketplace, operated by IBM. Building on its existing container orchestration software, OpenShift, Red Hat has created a central software purchasing location for automated deployment to any cloud. Red Hat is positioning its Marketplace as the solution to critical pain points from development, security, […]
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Managing Costs In Azure

Tracy Woo May 8, 2020
Cost management is a topic that consistently comes up in inquiry, regardless of whether the original question was about cost management or about other aspects of cloud strategy. Up until recently, cost management was exclusively served by third-party software offerings. Over the past two years, however, native cloud providers have started to invest in native […]
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FORRward: A Weekly Read For Tech And Marketing Execs

Emily Collins May 4, 2020
Use Federal Stimulus Funds To Deepen Customer Obsession US federal stimulus packages feature over $1 trillion in benefits to businesses. How will your company use its share? In our report, “Six Ways You Should Use The Federal Stimulus To Drive Customer Obsession,” we detail key ways businesses can use federal stimulus money to put customers at the […]
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FORRward: A Weekly Read For Tech And Marketing Execs

Emily Collins April 27, 2020
COVID-19 Is Proving That Consumer Voices Can Influence Business Decisions Last week, major corporations learned firsthand the power of values-based consumers. Many received harsh backlash after applying for and receiving funds from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), intended to help small businesses keep their workforces employed amid the COVID-19 crisis. The US government allocated $349 billion to the program, but many small businesses were denied after larger players received […]
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In A Crisis, People Want Dependable Technology

Glenn O'Donnell April 23, 2020
If there’s one thing the COVID-19 pandemic has taught businesses, it’s how vital core infrastructure and operations are to an organization’s resiliency and dependability. But where does innovation fit into the new normal?
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Earth Day Insight: The Major Cloud Providers Are Leaders In Sustainability

Abhijit Sunil April 22, 2020
Cloud vendors are leading the way in sustainability initiatives. On Earth Day, I look at some of the key initiatives in the past decade by the leaders in the space.
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FORRward: A Weekly Read For Tech And Marketing Execs

Emily Collins April 20, 2020
The March Numbers Are In: Retail Sales Are Down But Not Out The United States Census Bureau released preliminary figures for March sales in the US on April 15, which provided an official glimpse of the impact of COVID-19 on the US economy and retail spend. We expect the upcoming slate of earnings releases to reinforce the following narrative: Consumer spend is up at grocery stores (including alcohol […]
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Google Helps Users Reduce Google Cloud Costs

Tracy Woo April 20, 2020
Over the past two years, the major native cloud players have launched cloud management product teams focused on improving the visibility, billing, and optimization capabilities available natively. Google has also joined this effort. The company provides customers with cost and billing support via onboarding checklists, how-to guides, billing support specialists, and providing billing account, catalog, […]
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Six Aspects To Palo Alto’s Acquisition Of CloudGenix

Andre Kindness April 15, 2020
On March 31, Palo Alto Networks announced the intent to acquire CloudGenix, a software-defined WAN appliance vendor. This was another announcement in a long list from the security and networking industries about merging together SDWAN and security. Such combinations are inevitable because: SDWAN adoption hasn’t matched the hype. Here is a dirty little secret: SDWAN […]
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FORRward: A Weekly Read For Tech And Marketing Execs

Emily Collins April 13, 2020
Zoom Forfeits Goodwill By Failing To Secure What It Sells COVID-19 has crippled many companies, but one that surged, at least at first, was Zoom Video Communications, Inc. Zoom’s failure to secure what it sells, however, turns one of the few bright sides of physical distancing into a parable of product security: Releasing a product with shocking security flaws and privacy issues will come back to haunt a company at […]
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FORRward: A Weekly Read For Tech And Marketing Execs

Emily Collins April 6, 2020
Remote Work Is Having A Moment: Ensure Employee Productivity Now COVID-19 is forcing companies across the globe to rapidly transition their workforces from the office into the home. Ninety-eight percent of Goldman Sachs employees are working remotely, and in the first two weeks of March, Cisco customers spent 5.5 billion minutes in virtual meetings. Our research shows that remote and […]
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Cloud Players And Research Groups Join The Fight Against COVID-19 With High-Performance Computing

Tracy Woo April 2, 2020
A unique public/private consortium organized by IBM and the Department of Energy is bringing high-performance computing to the COVID-19 fight. Analyst Tracy Woo provides details.
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COVID-19 — Vendors Step Up To Help IT Manage Increased Digital Loads

Nigel Fenwick April 1, 2020
To help IT teams manage traffic surges while employees work from home, vendors have begun offering free access to their performance monitoring tools.
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FORRward: A Weekly Read For Tech And Marketing Execs

Emily Collins March 30, 2020
Learn From Charter’s Mistake: COVID-19 Is A Meaningful Moment For Employees Two weeks ago, news outlets reported that Charter CEO Tom Rutledge sent a memo to employees reiterating that despite the growing COVID-19 outbreak, he expected all employees to continue to report to the office. An engineer who took issue with the policy and sent an email to executives and other engineers questioning the policy resigned shortly thereafter. Although the company has since amended its […]
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An Appetizer For My Latest Doc: Mind The Cloud Skills Gap

Tracy Woo March 24, 2020
Last week I published “Mind The Cloud Skills Gap.” I didn’t end that declaration with an exclamation mark, but really, that’s what I feel: excitement! Why? 1) It’s my first Forrester report and 2) The report covers a topic that many clients are asking about: What do we do when we want to build a […]
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