Digital business was a central theme of this year’s INFOCUS, with a special focus on its key “enabling technologies.” What are those technologies? You’ve heard of them before: mobility, cloud and the Internet of Things (IoT). Throughout the conference and in the Oracle and DSI keynotes, speakers made clear that there is no single technology trend that can drive digital business. Rather, it’s the way that businesses use a combination of these technologies that can make a real difference to the top and bottom line.
The prominent themes this year centered on the need for businesses to find ways to get more actionable insights from their data and be able to move quickly in a mobile-first digital world. It was clear that the need to keep core business data secure and dependable while making it easily accessible whenever and wherever business happens remains a challenge. This need was evidenced by those that were looking for answers on how to more quickly collect data and get it into their JD Edwards system. It came through in those seeking to mobilize key parts of the business in order to optimize field operations, and it is a driving force of those looking to automate more processes with Internet of Things (IoT) functionality to eliminate errors and access real-time data. Whether manufacturing, distribution, sales, service or anywhere up and down the supply chain, optimizing business processes and increasing the visibility of data are essential needs.