Move over Skype for Business – Hello Microsoft Teams!

Microsoft announced that Skype for Business Online will retire July 31, 2021. For organizations still using Skype for Business Online, this means that between now and July 31, 2021, no changes will be made to the Skype for Business service, and communication may continue as usual. However, after July 31, 2021, according to Microsoft, “. . . it (Skype for Business) will no longer be accessible or supported. We encourage Skype for Business Online customers [...]

September 24th, 2019|Categories: Microsoft Solutions|Tags: , , |

How municipalities are digitally transforming in 2019

Digital transformation is a constantly evolving and somewhat abstract concept. Its popularity rests in its improvement of outcomes by increasing digital maturity and inspiring digital adoption; two goals that have consistently shown to make organizations be more competitive, sustainable and prosperous. For many rural governments and public agencies, there is now a tipping point in the ROI for launching digital transformation initiatives. Cloud-based workplaces have stronger integrations than their predecessors and are more accessible from [...]

September 13th, 2019|Categories: Cloud, In Our Community, Technology and Beyond|Tags: , , |

Cloud Sustainment: Understanding and optimizing Day 2 operations

Understanding cloud sustainment and optimizing production operations Once you are live on Oracle Cloud, how do you support end users, handle regular updates, and live with a culture of continuous innovation that cloud enables? Sierra Systems’ Susie McLeod and Ken Akerley talk about different support models for Oracle Cloud including roles and responsibilities between Oracle and the client. Also discussed will be considerations for functional support, technical support for patches and updates, reporting and [...]

September 5th, 2019|Categories: Cloud, Oracle Solutions|Tags: , , , , , , |

A big industry, a big target for disruption

No one needs reminding just how large the insurance industry is. Numbers reported by the Insurance Information Institute provide a mind-blowing perspective. In 2017 alone $1.2 trillion in premiums contributed $602.7 billion, or (3.1%), to the nation’s GDP while employing 2.7 million people. Yep, insurance is big business. Today’s large legacy insurance providers are squarely in the crosshairs for disruption, and know that IFRS 17 is their wake up call. Businesses that recognize and capitalize [...]

Cloud implementation strategies for success

What you need to know about SaaS Implementations All successful projects require a clear articulation of the future vision and the roadmap for how to achieve it. Sierra Systems’ Susie McLeod and Ambar Singhai draw from their years of Oracle experience to explain the attributes of a SaaS implementation project and how it follows a different cadence and approach than traditional ERP projects. We will also discuss three steps that will help form the [...]

August 21st, 2019|Categories: Cloud, Oracle Solutions|Tags: , , , , , , |

Setting up for success when moving to the cloud

Rationale to move to cloud and important considerations that will impact the path you choose Cloud is pervasive in our day to day life which is influencing the workplace. It is likely that your organization already has a cloud strategy, so what does that mean for HR and Finance? Sierra Systems’ Susie McLeod and Ambar Singhai talk about options for HR and Finance to move to cloud, and then highlight different factors that can influence [...]

August 15th, 2019|Categories: Cloud, Oracle Solutions|Tags: , , , , , , |

How To Find Balance In Your Technology Stack

How to ensure your organization’s technology incorporates the right elements of innovation without disrupting your business’ competitive advantage Organizations are pressured to balance business efficiency with innovation to stay relevant and competitive. With so many breakthrough and disruptive technologies exciting us, how do we find the balance between leveraging new and innovative technologies and ensuring that our core business requirements are fulfilled? This webinar reviews innovation and how to ensure your organization’s technology incorporates [...]

Today’s Youth in Technology on the Future of Artificial Intelligence

We’ve invited school students to lend their perspectives on one of our hottest topics; Artificial Intelligence (AI). Paul Twigg from Sierra Systems and Virginia Ashley from Microsoft facilitate a panel discussion to gain an understanding of how this technology is being used by today’s youth, and how it will help shape their future. Topics discussed: How today’s youth are already learning about AI and Machine Learning in their day to day lives and classrooms. How [...]

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