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    • State of the Market Q3 2017: IT Spending Review and Outlook
      State of the Market Q3 2017: IT Spending Review and Outlook Stephen Minton, Vice President, Customer Insights & Analysis Recorded: Nov 16 2017 5:00 pm UTC 63 mins
    • 2017 is shaping up to be a good year for IT spending. New technologies including IoT, robotics, and AR/VR are expanding the overall market, while traditional categories migrate to cloud and mobile platforms and businesses ramp up their investment in analytics or social collaboration to boost productivity. Digital transformation initiatives are driving an uptick in project-oriented spending, as end-users seek to leverage technology innovation into business benefits. A stable global economy has also helped, with emerging markets rebounding while mature economies have continued to post stable growth despite wild cards like Brexit. While economic risks remain, the short-term outlook has improved in recent months. However, beneath this picture of apparent calm and positive growth, seismic shifts are taking place which will reshape the industry for the next decade and beyond.
      In this IDC Web conference, Stephen Minton will review the latest IT spending data and leading economic indicators for IT buyer behavior, alongside updated market sizing and forecasts from the IDC Worldwide Black Book.

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    • Inside Server Evolution and Spending: Insights from 451 Research
      Inside Server Evolution and Spending: Insights from 451 Research Christian Perry, Research Manager, Voice of the Enterprise: Servers and Converged Infrastructure Recorded: Apr 27 2017 6:00 pm UTC 60 mins
    • As workload migration to public cloud continues, IT organizations face a wealth of challenges as they determine the most effective compute ecosystem for their needs. Server technologies are evolving quickly—from converged to hyperconverged to composable—and finding the right fit for on-premises workloads is now a critical component of infrastructure strategies. This webinar will explore the drivers behind enterprise server purchases and how they are planning for the future.

      Join Christian Perry, Research Manager, Voice of the Enterprise: Servers and Converged Infrastructure, for this interactive webinar highlighting analysis of customer spending and adoption trends from 451 Research’s latest survey of IT buyers.

      During the webinar, learn:

      -Drivers of today’s purchases of servers and converged infrastructure
      -Key customer pain points and objectives for servers and converged infrastructure
      -How cloud migration is impacting spending on servers and converged infrastructure
      -Where hyperconverged fits into new infrastructure deployments
      -How vendors are positioning themselves to win in this evolving compute market

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    • Taking Control Of Cloud Spending On AWS
      Taking Control Of Cloud Spending On AWS Toban Zolman, VP of Product Development, CloudAbility Recorded: Oct 10 2013 5:00 pm UTC 46 mins
    • Managing an Enterprise Amazon Web Services budget can be daunting. Your engineers love the flexibility that AWS offers. But your management and finance teams dread the unpredictability of variable cloud costs. They need to know that your costs are under control and that you’re saving money where you can.

      In this webinar, we’ll show you the tools and processes used by successful companies to monitor, manage and communicate complicated AWS cost and usage data. You’ll learn how to:

      - Avoid surprises by monitoring company-wide AWS spending and usage
      - Identify wasted AWS resources and other opportunities to lower costs
      - Communicate AWS spending and usage data to decision-makers throughout your enterprise

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    • Shareholder Efforts to Improve Transparency of Corporate Political Spending
      Shareholder Efforts to Improve Transparency of Corporate Political Spending Ian Bassin, John Coates, Bruce Freed, Mark Lebovitch Recorded: Apr 3 2013 6:00 pm UTC 69 mins
    • This webcast, the latest in BLB&G's Webcast Series for Institutional Investors, focuses on the latest developments in efforts to achieve disclosure of corporate political spending.

      In Citizens United v. FEC, the United States Supreme Court made it easier for corporate directors and executives to use company funds - shareholder assets - to support political candidates or causes. In response to Citizens United, the institutional investor community has urged public companies to enhance their disclosures of political spending.

      Because compliance is voluntary, however, these efforts cannot account for the companies for whom disclosure is most important - those who have something to hide in their political spending. Without meaningful regulation from the SEC or legal precedent to require public disclosures, shareholder efforts to improve transparency faced a roadblock.

      Since Summer 2012, BLB&G's Corporate Governance team, working on behalf of the New York State Common Retirement Fund, pursued a novel alternative for addressing this problem - a Section 220 books and records request. The Fund demanded that technology giant Qualcomm Inc. provide the Fund with corporate books and records reflecting its prior political spending. While Section 220 is regularly used by shareholders seeking to investigate corporate malfeasance, it had never before been used to obtain disclosure of corporate political spending.

      After Qualcomm refused to provide the Fund with the requested books and records, BLB&G filed a lawsuit on behalf of the Fund to enforce its rights under Section 220. On February 22, 2013, Qualcomm adopted a Political Contributions and Expenditures Policy that will provide its shareholders with comprehensive disclosures regarding the Company's political activities.

      The Fund and BLB&G may have broken important new ground that can help the shareholder community obtain more fulsome disclosure of corporate political spending.

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    • IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Hospitality/Travel/Transportation 2018 Predictions
      IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Hospitality/Travel/Transportation 2018 Predictions Jaideep Thyagarajan, Senior Market Analyst, IT Spending/Solutions, IDC Retail Insights Recorded: Dec 14 2017 2:00 pm UTC 46 mins
    • In this IDC FutureScape presentation, IDC's Worldwide Hospitality, Travel and Transportation Team discusses the key predictions that will impact organizations and their ability to digitally transform over the next one to three years. Senior IT leaders and line-of-business executives will come away with guidance for managing the implications these predictions harbor for their digital transformation investment priorities and implementation strategies.

      About IDC FutureScape
      IDC FutureScape reports are used to shape enterprise IT strategy and planning by providing a basic framework for evaluating IT initiatives in terms of their value to business strategy now and in the foreseeable future. IDC's FutureScapes are comprised of a set of predictions designed to identify a range of pending issues that CIOs and senior technology professionals will confront within the typical three year business planning cycle. Each prediction is assessed on the basis of its complexity, organizational impact, and time frame to expected mainstream adoption.

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    • A New Approach to Sustainable Spending in Retirement
      A New Approach to Sustainable Spending in Retirement Presenter: Wade Pfau Recorded: Aug 2 2017 8:15 pm UTC 62 mins
    • The replay is eligible for one IMCA® CE credit

      The probability-based school of thought on retirement income investing, with its emphasis on total-portfolio return, has dominated financial planning since the 1990s. But is it still relevant today? In this session, Wade will examine the core methodology and assumptions behind this approach and discuss how time-segmentation strategies offer a more holistic alternative. Advisors will learn:

      • Why longstanding assumptions about safe withdrawal rates and the “4% rule” may no longer be relevant;
      • How time segmentation allows clients to use varied investment strategies and vehicles to generate needed income during different phases of their retirement;
      • How time segmentation helps advisors deliver more customized, needs-based retirement-income planning solutions for their clients.

      The IMCA® has accepted this program for one hour of CE credit towards the CIMA®, CIMC® and CPWA® certifications. If you stay for the entire session please email us for the IMCA ® webinar ID to self-report your attendance.

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    • The Cloud Visibility Challenge: Can IT Leaders Keep On Top of Cloud Spending?
      The Cloud Visibility Challenge: Can IT Leaders Keep On Top of Cloud Spending? Tim Jesser, Snow Software featuring Forrester VP Andrew Bartels Recorded: Sep 28 2017 2:00 pm UTC 54 mins
    • Cloud solutions offer many benefits. But the ease with which business units can now select and implement Software-as-a-Service applications and Infrastructure-as-a-Service platforms, without the involvement of IT, has created a visibility challenge for the CIO and the IT function.
      The more people that initiate IT spend the more opportunity there is for overspend through duplication, missed opportunities for volume purchasing and shelfware. A lack of insight into rapidly increasing SaaS and IaaS consumption makes them less able to partner with business units and assume their role as influencer over all technology usage and spend.

      Join Snow Software and a guest from Forrester Research as they:
      • Explore the shift in IT spend and how it is driving the need for CIOs to redefine themselves as the Chief Influence Officer.
      • Share how to use data and intelligence about what’s happening on the network to protect against unplanned expenditure
      • Show how you can retain control of costs, optimization and risk in your IT operations.

      Start re-shaping your role in digital business today.

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    • How AI turns customers into big-spending brand loyalists
      How AI turns customers into big-spending brand loyalists Dr. Anand Rao, Global AI Lead for PwC Data & Analytics Recorded: Jul 14 2017 5:00 pm UTC 61 mins
    • Customer loyalty is won with both marketing messaging and customer service that anticipates needs, answers questions, and solves issues on the fly. And a well-integrated, data-soaked AI platform can deliver that perfectly timed, exquisitely personalized customer service with the right message, right time, right place support and communication that leads to big jumps in engagement rates. Not to mention enduring loyalty.

      But while integrating AI technology into your marketing automation systems can help build profitable long-term relationships, there are security issues to tackle, privacy issues to consider, and data integration to execute flawlessly.

      Want to do it right? Join our free VB Live event to learn how master marketers join marketing insight with AI intelligence execution to significantly boost customer loyalty.

      In this webinar, you’ll:
      * Learn how deep learning can help your customers get a "human" through chat
      * Cut through the hype around chat bots and learn what really matters
      * Understand privacy issues around AI and how it may impact your org's security
      * Integrate a successful marketing campaign using chatbot interactions

      * Dr. Anand Rao, Global AI Lead for PwC Data & Analytics
      * Scott Horn, CMO, 24[7]
      * Stewart Rogers, Director of marketing technology, VentureBeat
      * Rachael Brownell, Moderator, VentureBeat

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    • When Spending Money Saves Money: Making Software Purchases on a Limited Budget
      When Spending Money Saves Money: Making Software Purchases on a Limited Budget Kristin Zimmerman Recorded: Aug 17 2016 3:00 pm UTC 33 mins
    • Continuing her high-performance communication series, technology industry veteran Kristin Zimmerman narrows her focus to IT project proposals and strategies to show ROI on software purchases.

      Often, IT insiders see the value in innovative products and services from vendors, but these experts struggle to get the go-ahead from purchasing, finance, or C-level decision makers. As an executive at a software development firm, she encounters clients struggling with this very issue. In this presentation, she shares effective practices for getting a much needed project approved when companies are operating with budget constraints.

      Kristin Zimmerman is the EVP of Global Sales at Akkadian Labs and has held previous leadership positions at Cisco, Avaya, and Xerox. Over her tenure, she has embraced a simple architecture for high impact communication and presentations.

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    • Security Connected: How Smart Companies Get More Secure While Spending Less
      Security Connected: How Smart Companies Get More Secure While Spending Less Barbara G. Kay, Senior Director Recorded: Sep 3 2014 1:00 pm UTC 60 mins
    • Summer survey data from Black Hat and the SANS Institute indicates that organizations are still—even increasingly—struggling with the challenges of detecting, dissecting, and defending against sophisticated threats.

      This presentation will explain how the splinters and silos of typical organizations are obstructing the transition to mature and efficient security operations. It details the ways that the Security Connected platform changes operational models to give CISOs and their teams more power and better options through active and continuous control.

      Why should you care? Inefficiency favors the attacker, increases the likelihood of data exfiltration and its associated penalties and expenses, and keeps you from getting to the fun parts of information security.

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    • The Coming Patent Cliff and Recession in Pharma Digital Spending
      The Coming Patent Cliff and Recession in Pharma Digital Spending John Mack, Pharma Marketing News Recorded: Jan 31 2012 3:00 pm UTC 17 mins
    • Just because it is cheaper to launch a Website, Facebook page or Twitter Account, it doesn't mean that the pharmaceutical industry will shift more promotional dollars to the digital realm. In fact, recent data and news stories provide indications that the recession in pharma digital spending is already here and the cause is patent expirations of major drugs. Despite a recent slight increase in overall direct-to-consumer spending by pharma in the first three quarters of 2011 vs 2010, WebMD suffered weak earnings due to pharmaceutical companies œholding back on spending as they deal with expiring drug patents. Search advertising is also suffering from the patent cliff syndrome: a representative of Google recently implied that pharma is not currently leveraging the Internet and the drug industry was not considered a "key client by Google because of it's low spend." This is counterintuitive. Digital tools can help pharma companies survive the patent cliff if they use these tools to focus more on patient education and support rather than on branded messaging.

      Pharmaguy (@pharmaguy)- also known as John Mack - is the Publisher and Editor of Pharma Marketing News, an independent monthly electronic newsletter focused on issues of importance to pharmaceutical marketing executives. Pharmaguy is also an accomplished blogger. In January 2005, he created Pharma Marketing Blog (www.pharmamarketingblog.com), which focuses on commentary about topical pharmaceutical marketing issues. Pharma Marketing Blog was cited by the Wall Street Journal as a blog "insiders read to stay current" and by MedAdNews as "...often-entertaining, always informative..."

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