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  • A significant number of employees complain that enterprise apps are too complex to use, and the majority of IT decision-makers agree, according to a recent survey from Capriza. The accompanying report, "Complexity: Enemy #1 in Today's Enterprise," reveals that users expect tasks to take no more than a few minutes to complete on these apps. However, they get frustrated due to the need to conduct extensive searches and navigation simply to find the data needed to do their job. As a result, many are resorting to consumer products such as Dropbox to circumvent company-supplied apps. IT leaders realize that they must come up with a better plan, but they should keep in mind that rip-and-replace approaches to enterprise app deployment can strain a budget. For example, large enterprise resource planning (ERP) upgrades can cost between $500,000 and $1 million, according to industry research. "For decades, enterprise applications have taken a one-size-fits-all approach, forcing users, rather than applications, to search and find the information they need to do their job," according to the report. "The answer is to shift away from that paradigm toward solutions that intelligently use context to simply and easily [access] relevant and useful information." More than 1,200 U.S. enterprise app users and 300 IT decision-makers took part in the research.

  • With the rapid pace of technology and business changes, the demand for speedy software development is surging, according to recently released research from Skytap. The accompanying report, the "2015 Software Development Survey," reveals that IT organizations will continue to increase the frequency of software updates. In fact, these updates often occur on a daily basis. The majority of technology teams are turning to cloud-based Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) solutions to keep up with this challenging schedule. And, in the future, a notable share will explore the possibilities of container-based technology—which, as recently as two years ago, was limited for the most part to start-ups. Today, however, the majority of enterprises are using containers—or expect to do so in the near future. "Much of this early usage is exploratory, as large companies build their container skill set and determine which approach to take for updating legacy applications—evolve or rewrite," said Dan Jones, director of product management at Skytap. More than 200 CIOs, CTOs and other IT managers and professionals took part in the research.

  • The Blood and Tissue Center of Central Texas implemented a data workflow management solution in order to streamline and automate its processes and workflows.

  • A French media company improves its customer relationship management application in order to build a better user experience and boost its staff's productivity.