Transformation of Back-Office IT into the Cloud?

Peter Judge, TechWeek Europe; Len Padilla, NTT Europe; John Easton, IBM
How realistic is transformation of back-office IT into the cloud for medium sized organizations?

Cloud has come a long way in the last few years. The technology has matured and is firmly accepted in the mainstream. Further to this many larger sized organizations are benefiting from new business models which deliver cost savings and flexibility. But what do medium sized organizations want and how can they realistically benefit?

Attend this webcast to learn how to maximize the benefits of cloud transformation.
Apr 18 2012
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Transformation of Back-Office IT into the Cloud?
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    If you already have a question in mind, send a tweet with the hashtag #BrightTALKITSM and our presenters will collate before the event and answer them during the debate.
  • Achieve Customer Experience and Business Agility with Unified Service Assurance Recorded: Apr 9 2014 61 mins
    Looking beyond customer retention strategies towards long term customer loyalty, this webinar focuses on achieving end-to-end customer experience, business agility, and operational efficiency by implementing a unified service assurance platform. Agenda includes:

    - Analyst assessment of challenges/benefits with customer-centric service assurance shift
    - Next generation service management platform case study by eircom
    - Unified service assurance delivery challenges, including tools consolidation
    - TCO and business case drivers to lower operations costs and improve CEM & agility
    - Round table Q&A discussion
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