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Kofax's journey to Lexmark's $1bn buy-out

It’s been an interesting few years in the AP automation space, firstly with the shift away from on premise solutions and the journey into the cloud, and secondly with the new processes and possibilities that have opened up on the back of disruptive technology. Of course, the solutions that a technology company produces can be both the driver of new processes and a reflection of the current trends and needs it serves. As a result, a lot of agile new companies have sprung up over the last 4 or 5 years offering bespoke solutions servicing very specific needs.

How digital is on course to disrupt business

By guest contributor - Vishal Patel, Senior Solutions Manager, Tradeshift

Iit should come as no surprise to business leaders that we are very much in the digital age. Digital disruption is taking place across industries, functions and business processes, as they introduce cloud, mobile, social and big data.  But the problem is, not every organisation or industry is following suit. And businesses are now falling into two categories: those that have already been disrupted and reshaped by digital, and those that have yet to be.

What SAP’s imminent deal with Fieldglass tells us about today’s workplace

If you’re going to talk about the effects of globalisation and a more interconnected way of working - Rome’s not a bad place to start the conversation. If there’s one thing that everyone knows about Rome, it’s that above all, the ancient Romans knew how to get the best talent working for them, no matter how far flung the place may have been.

So, the shadow (ok, it was a long shadow…) of the Colosseum seemed an appropriate place to talk to Jai Shekhawat, CEO of the cloud-based contingent workforce solution provider, Fieldglass and Tim Minahan, CMO SAP Cloud at the AribaLIVE  event in Rome this week. For those who don’t already know, SAP is expected to close a deal to buy Fieldglass within the next few weeks.

Clearing the haze – smarter clouds on the horizon

To some extent 2013 can be viewed in terms of a technology race. Momentum had been building around process, e-invoicing, payments and the possibility of Big Data in the cloud for a few years, but 2013 witnessed the building of connected, broad business platforms. The benefits were large and far reaching, but were perhaps not as coherent, or as widely understood as they might have been. In other words, the noise was causing confusion. And where there’s confusion, business opportunities lose traction.