Day: October 20, 2020

4 key moves CIOs can use to accelerate digital business according to Gartner

Gartner outlines how CIOs can move their companies ahead next year and gain long-term agility.

The race to digital is on, and the companies that win will be those that can continue the momentum built up this year during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Gartner’s CIO Agenda survey for 2021, which was announced during the Gartner IT Symposium/Xpo Americas conference, which runs through Thursday. 

“The most important job you have as CIO, as an IT leader, is figuring out how to accelerate your digitization,” said Andy Rowsell-Jones, distinguished research vice president at Gartner. 

“Coming into 2021, I think it’s more of a straight road now. The black top is a bit more solid under our feet. There’s still a few nasty twists and turns to be had, but I don’t think from what we’re seeing 2021 is going to be as interesting as 2020 was. It’s going to be

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Trilo lets merchants offer rewards to customers choosing bank-to-bank payments – TechCrunch

Open banking enables bank-to-bank payments, meaning that (in theory) merchants should be able to accept payments without having to hand over fees to Visa or Mastercard or other payment providers, such as Stripe. The challenge, however, isn’t just implementing open-banking based payments as a checkout option — there are are already a host of open banking tech providers — but persuading customers to switch to a new payment option they are likely unfamiliar with.

The solution, according to fintech Trilo, is to offer customers incentives, for using open banking, such as cashback or additional perks, coupled with a user-friendly payment flow. The U.K. startup is breaking cover today with the launch of its alpha.

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“Businesses lose out on so much of their hard-earned money whenever a payment is made with cards, their transaction fees can be up to and above 4% in some cases,” says founder

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Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop: A cheat sheet

Cloud-based DaaS offers several advantages to a remote workforce. This smart guide to Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop assesses the platform and what it can offer.

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Unprecedented conditions surrounding COVID-19 and the accompanying global pandemic have left many business enterprises scrambling to find ways to accommodate an increasingly remote and virtual workforce. Some businesses have discovered that workforce productivity is the same, if not better, under a virtual scheme. These enterprises are likely to adopt platforms like Desktop as a Service (DaaS) and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) going forward, even after the pandemic has subsided.

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Cloud-based DaaS and VDI services are offered by a number of vendors including Microsoft through its Azure cloud platform. Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop is offered as a free service to certain Microsoft 365 and Azure subscribers. Licenses for individual Windows Virtual

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