Extending solutions with cloud applications: What every enterprise should know

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The agile enterprise; it becomes ever more elusive the larger a business grows. As systems are developed over time, they can often hamper progress as they become inflexible and more complicated in comparison to the consumerisation of modern business technologies which are increasingly intuitive and blur the lines between the technologies that people use at home and work.

For some enterprises the answer is a large wholesale change, taking a phased approach to its implementation whilst...

By Josh Gilbertson, 27 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Editorial.

Microsoft unveils Azure App Service, digs into cloud first mantra again

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With everything Microsoft releases, it’s a “mobile first, cloud first” mantra which accompanies it. This is no different; the tech giant has announced the launch of the Azure App Service, a cloud service which enables developers to built web and mobile apps for any platform and any device.

The service brings together the capabilities from Azure Websites, Azure Mobile Services and Azure BizTalk Services. Microsoft aims to provide an integrated solution that streamlines...

By James Bourne, 25 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Developers, Microsoft.

Shining a light on shadow IT - and how to ensure you get it right

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The nature of work is evolving; employees are mobile and cloud-enabled, free to work anywhere from almost any device. In response to this shift, the BYOD trend has emerged stronger than ever. Coupled with this is the growth of employees desiring more accessible applications. However, these factors have undoubtedly contributed to the emergence of shadow IT, which is creating a problem for many IT departments.

Applications such as Dropbox are increasingly being used by employees for business...

By Angelo di Ventura, 25 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, SaaS , Security, Software, Vulnerabilities.

Most UK employees unaware of employers’ cloud computing policy, claims research

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The majority of UK office workers are in the dark about their employer’s cloud computing policy, and even if they do know they’re likely to ignore it, according to research published by Trustmarque.

The report’s findings, of over 2000 employees, saw the growth of cloud applications used in the workplace, be it approved or through shadow IT, continue to grow, meaning security and compliance fears grow with it. It’s a similar finding to

By James Bourne, 24 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Enterprise, Software.

New report assesses the importance of cloud services to SMBs for marketing and collaboration

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A report published by BCSG has revealed how awareness and uptake of cloud services in small to medium businesses (SMBs) is on the rise.

The survey, of 600 European participants across all stages of small business, from micro businesses to pre-startups, found 64% of SMBs are already using cloud-based software, while the average number of applications in use is three.

78% of respondents say they are considering purchasing new solutions in the next two to three years – potentially...

By James Bourne, 05 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Collaboration, Software.

Most enterprise cloud app usage falls under shadow IT, but could this be a positive for the CIO?

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86% of cloud apps used by enterprises fall under the category of shadow IT, while nearly three quarters aren’t ‘Safe Harbour’ approved, according to an industry report from CipherCloud.

The research findings, coming amidst worries of more sophisticated mobile malware and vulnerabilities, suggest organisations need to do more to assess what’s going on in their internal IT. One major US enterprise polled estimated it had 10 to 15 file sharing applications in use;...

By James Bourne, 03 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management, Research, SaaS , Software.

Why APIs matter in the world of virtualisation

The All Things API series is tailored to capture thought-provoking ideas and commentary from today’s visionaries, tech leaders, geeks, evangelists and the like. Day-in and -out, we have the pleasure of meeting with subject-matter experts within the community, ranging from developers at Fortune 100 companies to API & developer evangelists writing their own path.

On November 7th, I sat down and chatted with an interesting expert in the realm of APIs: John Kirby, ViaWest API expert and Director of...

By Hannah Shain, 09 December 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Developers.

IBM launches enterprise cloud marketplace, talks of “next major step” in portfolio

IBM has announced the launch of the IBM Cloud Marketplace, with Big Blue putting all its cloudy apps and software in one place in what the company calls “the next major step in IBM’s cloud leadership.”

The usual suspects are all there, from 100 SaaS apps, to the newly-launched PaaS developer offering BlueMix, to IaaS package SoftLayer. IBM has categorised each part of the marketplace appropriately – Biz, described as “enterprise-grade business apps to accelerate innovation”...

By James Bourne, 28 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, IaaS, PaaS, SaaS .

Analysing smart mobile apps and open hybrid cloud trends

Savvy executive leaders are already prepared for the shift to more progressive business technology deployments throughout the enterprise. Open hybrid cloud architectures, big data analytics and mobile applications are high-growth platforms at the center of this shift.In particular, the emerging mobile applications must be integrated, flexible, and adaptable to constantly changing business conditions. This is the new normal in many fast-paced industries. That being said, are you ready for the mobile data deluge that's inevitable?According to the Cisco Visual Networking...

By David H Deans, 11 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Hybrid, Research.