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Industry Roundtable Events

The Industry Roundtable Events are sessions hosted each month for 8 to 15 industry peers to discuss the most pressing topics impacting IT departments in their industry and share their experiences. Each session is facilitated by an industry analyst and supported by our tailored research.

Click an experience track to learn more about the research, Roundtables, and action plan for each topic.

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Business-Aligned IT Strategy

Understand the capabilities and focus areas required to meet your industry’s needs and enable value creation.

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Top Industry
Trends

Identify resource, process, and environmental trends impacting your industry. Implement strategies to mitigate specific risks and take advantage of all relevant opportunities.

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Benchmarking

Reveal the true state of your IT services, processes, spend, and staffing levels to align your priorities and resources.

Benefit from peer data to get a reference point for how well you stack up.

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Core Industry Technologies & Software Selection

Arm yourself with everything you need to provide the right solutions to meet the needs of your business stakeholders.

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Business-Aligned IT Strategy


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Department Stores IT Strategy Initiatives Workbook

  • With input from our research and analysts and your peers, identify new or updated initiatives for your IT strategy.
  • Working with our team, update your IT Strategy Initiatives Workbook.
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Department Stores Industry Impacts on IT Strategy: Senior Management Presentation Template

  • Once you’ve completed the IT Strategy Initiatives Workbook, it’s time to pull it all together and share with your organization’s leadership team.
  • Use the Department Stores Industry Impacts on IT Strategy: Senior Management Presentation Template to highlight the key findings from the business-aligned analysis you’ve done.
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Department Stores Business-Aligned IT Strategy

  • Learn about the ecosystem of factors that impact the Department Stores industry.
  • Explore how your IT team is set to deal with those factors from a PESTLE and SWOT perspectives.
  • Leverage expert insights and takeaways and update your IT strategy accordingly.

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Top Industry Trends


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Department Stores Augmented Reality Report

  • Customers expect new technologies and believe the experience is as important as the product itself, preferring stores with AR experiences.
  • While new tech brings plenty of challenges to IT departments, it also brings a wealth of opportunities with new levels of leadership required to champion the changes.
  • Learn about how the augmented reality trend affects both your organization and IT specifically, including challenges and opportunities, with expert assistance.
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Department Stores Artificial Intelligence Report

  • Many brands benefit from integrating AI into operations. Uses include search, recommendation engines, virtual trial rooms, better customer service, customer data analysis, targeted marketing campaigns, and bots.
  • Learn about how the artificial intelligence trend affects both your organization and IT specifically, including challenges and opportunities, with expert assistance.
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Department Stores Data-Driven Omnichannel Experience Report

  • While most shoppers use multiple channels to buy, data tells a story about how each group focuses on different things.
  • Data is the new currency. The massive amount of data being generated through emerging technologies is an ever-increasing challenge for IT.
  • Learn about how the data-driven omnichannel experience trend affects both your organization and IT specifically, including challenges and opportunities, with expert assistance.

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Industry Benchmarking


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Department Stores IT Staffing Benchmarking Report

  • Many IT departments are already running lean, struggling to keep pace with never-ending demands from the business. IT staffing is stretched thin.
  • By taking the IT Staffing Assessment diagnostic and participating in our unique IT Spend benchmarking, you will gain critical information to position your team to be seen as strategic.
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Department Stores IT Stakeholder Satisfaction Benchmarking Report

  • IT leadership needs to understand where their clients are unsatisfied with the quality of service they are receiving from IT.
  • Understand important focus areas to address and insights into how your team compares with other Retail IT organizations.

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Core Industry Technologies & Software Selection


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Department Stores ERP Report

  • Modern ERP systems have a lot to offer in automating processes, reducing the amount of manual, routine work, and facilitating the flow of information across business units.
  • But ERP projects are long, complex, and costly initiatives that drive massive changes to the way people work.
  • Learn about what ERP is, the state of the market, key features and functions, and leading vendors in the space in order to understand how it can transform your IT strategy and ability to deliver.
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Department Stores Point of Sale Report

  • A modern point of sale (PoS) system has many features and capabilities that optimize operations, enhance customer experience, and assist in selling through various sales channels, which make them very complex.
  • Learn about what a PoS system is, the state of the market, key features and functions, and leading vendors in the space in order to understand how it can transform your IT strategy and ability to deliver.
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Department Stores Demand Planning Report

  • Demand planning is an essential component of the overall supply chain planning, but for a department store, it is one of the most crucial processes in setting up the business for success.
  • A player in the Retail sector needs to understand where the greatest demand planning value is and select solutions accordingly.
  • Learn about what demand planning is, the state of the market, key features and functions, and leading vendors in the space in order to understand how it can transform your IT strategy and ability to deliver.

Latest Department Stores Notes

Short, tailored research notes aimed at providing you with timely insights, relevant to your industry. Hot off the press, these notes will be published regularly and pair great with your morning coffee.

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“Man is born free, and everywhere he is in (supply) chains”: The logistics blockchain

Date published

October 19, 2021

Author:
  • Jeremy Roberts

Retailers and international shippers are already using blockchain technology to track their supply chains. In using a decentralized network to verify digital transactions, shippers can be reasonably sure that the products they deliver to customers are what they say they are, and that they can trace issues (like spoilage) right back to their sources very quickly.

Facial Recognition in the Retail Environment: Opportunities and Challenges

Date published

October 19, 2021

Author:
  • Jeremy Roberts

Facial recognition software has the potential to change how retailers interact with customers. But retailers need to keep their customers happy and comply with privacy regulations.

Is Nothing Sacred? The Rise of E-Commerce in Non-Traditional Spaces

Date published

October 19, 2021

Author:
  • Jeremy Roberts

It doesn’t matter what you’re selling – the online revolution is coming. You may think that the nature of your industry or product protects you from e-commerce, but that’s not necessarily true. Understand the threat to your business and pivot to meet it.

How Software-Defined WANs Can Meet Your Needs and Save You Money

Date published

October 19, 2021

Authors:
  • Fred Chagnon

  • Jeremy Roberts

SD-WAN adds redundancy, lowers costs, and improves visibility. Crucial for retail operations, it reduces provisioning time dramatically, relying on widely available commodity internet connections instead of multi-year MPLS contracts.

How to Ride the Shock Wave of the Amazon Whole Foods Acquisition

Date published

October 19, 2021

Author:
  • Jeremy Roberts

Through its Whole Foods acquisition, Amazon is making a clear statement: no retail segment is safe from the march of technology. Traditional grocery retailers will have to pivot to appeal to consumers who are increasingly comfortable interacting with machines

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