Aaron Polikaitis

79 Added | 1 Magazine | 1 Like | 7 Followers | @AaronPolikaitis | Aaron Polikaitis, Vice-President of IDC's IT Executive Programs (IEP) Vendor Sourcing and Management practice, helps organizations achieve sourcing effectiveness through organizational optimization, software licensing, technology portfolio management, and governance. A strong technical, legal and business background lends him credibility within technical and financial steering committees, as well as in sourcing and procurement organizations. His research empowers procurement executives to source and leverage technology used in digital transformation initiatives. 

How to fix the data integration mess

Data integration represents a big issue for most enterprises especially as enterprise architecture becomes brittle and complex. CIOs and enterprise …

Project Management

Beware the dreaded scourge of cloud sprawl: Act now or lose control

<i>Simplify. It's a key reason why enterprises fall for the allure of cloud computing. Simplify the infrastructure to the point of perhaps of dumping it</i> …

SEO

Multi-cloud strategy: 8 things to know

How to shape and improve your multi-cloud strategy: Expert advice

CIOs

How to Effectively Manage Cloud Sprawl

Over the past decade business success and cloud adoption have become synonymous. It’s no wonder that at the recent 2017 Code Conference in Rancho …

Why cloud sprawl can hurt small businesses, and how to avoid it

In many ways, running a successful small and mid-sized business (SMB) can be more difficult than leading a large enterprise. SMBs lack the capital …

Small Business

Applications Rationalization During M&A

<i>By engaging in applications rationalization, organizations can reduce costs, operate more efficiently, and focus on what really matters during the M&A process: supporting deal objectives, legal and regulatory issues, systems and process integration, and business continuity.</i><p>Most companies accumulate …

IT

How to do software rationalization right

From a high-level perspective IT budgets have two parts: maintenance and strategic initiatives. Maintenance tends to grow at the expense of strategic …

3rd Platform KPIs for Vendor Sourcing and Management

Abstract<p>"Shifting the focus from savings to 3rd Platform KPIs enables the integration and incorporation of VSM operations within innovation centers …

How Quickly Will PC-as-a-Service Adopters Shift to the New PC Procurement Model?

Abstract<p>This IDC Survey Spotlight looks at the adoption plans of the U.S. respondents that have PCaaS already in place at their organizations. In …

Data Warehousing

Lead Digital Transformation (DX) with New IT Capabilities - IDC Community

In Part 1 of this Digital Transformation (DX) blog series, the strategic priorities of a digital strategy were introduced. Today's strategic …

Innovation

You aren’t thinking about changes to the ERP system are you? - IDC Community

<b>What’s Next?</b><p>Intelligent ERP (i-ERP) applications are ERP applications or suites that use machine learning and advanced analytics with curated data …

Take control of your Oracle contracts -- and stop fearing Oracle

I worked at Oracle for over 15 years. A good part of that time, I ran its global contracts and business practices...<p>teams. When I left Oracle in …

Do SAP's licensing changes signal a break with complexity?

Against a backdrop of multi-million dollar legal battles with high profile customers, SAP is trying to reassure its vast user base that it doesn't …

How to negotiate a contract with a cloud or SaaS provider

Cloud and SaaS services are rapidly gaining traction with enterprises and SMBs -- yet IT, which is usually responsible for negotiating contracts with …

How to protect your organization with strong service level agreements

One of the most critical aspects of working with tech vendors is establishing and managing solid SLAs. Here's a look at key details and areas of …

Why aren’t more enterprises adopting digital transformation?

Simple technology. Just like a “working vacation” or a “genuine imitation,” this can often seem like an empty oxymoron — especially for groups …

3 benefits of strategic sourcing

Strategic sourcing can be the bedrock for deep change within a supply chain that leads to better financial gains. With all of the necessary tasks …

Management

How DHS got strategic sourcing right

The Homeland Security Department has had a rough couple of weeks around procurement. But despite losing a bid protest for a $1.6 billion cloud …

SAP goes after world’s largest brewing company in $600m licence dispute

Belgian brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev says it intends to defend “vigorously” against software licensing claims by SAP

Anheuser-Busch InBev

Evolve vendor, cost management strategies for use with multiple clouds

When enterprises move to a multicloud model, they risk losing leverage when it comes to cloud provider negotiations...<p>and service- level agreements, …

Scout Eyes Strategic Sourcing

Share Email<p>By now it’s not news that procurement has gone through an evolution, one that is digital, automated and a potential area of strategy for …

Innovation

Sourcing Strategies for Digital Transformation — Part 1: Vendor Sourcing Under Fire

Abstract<p>This IDC Perspective provides insight to CFOs, CIOs, CPOs, and VSM practitioners on the challenges of sourcing 3rd Platform technologies to …

You still control tech spending

CIOs still control the purse strings for most corporate IT, owing to the complexity of broad technology implementations. But other business …

State of the Market 1Q17: IT Spending Review and Outlook

Abstract<p>This IDC Web Conference presents IT spending review and outlook for 1Q17. After a sluggish year for IT spending in 2016, hopes were high that …

Services Innovation: Spending Metrics — U.S. IT Spending by Industry Sector, 2016

Abstract<p>This IDC Perspective provides a data-driven overview of the current high-level IT spending trends. It is targeted at CIOs, IT executives, and …

IT Procurement Functions Not Ready for Digital Transformation

IT departments are becoming ever more closely aligned to their companies’ business strategies—but IT procurement is lagging behind in supporting …

Government IT can’t modernize without reforming procurement practices

Federal chief information officers may have one of government’s hardest jobs: protecting our country’s largest networks against rapidly evolving …

A CFO's Guide to Maximizing Vendor Business Value

Abstract<p>This IDC Perspective provides insight to CFOs, CIOs, CPOs, and VSM practitioners on shifting resources and efforts from tactical savings …