Enterprises at risk of ‘significant overspend’ on cloud services, research warns

1&1 continues to be the best value for money cloud provider with Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS) trailing, according to the latest report from cloud performance benchmarking firm Cloud Spectator.

The annual report, of which regular readers of this publication will already be aware, this time covers the US infrastructure as a service (IaaS) space, and aims to show that biggest is not always best.

10 cloud service providers were analysed, including the four largest players in the market – AWS,...

By James Bourne, 24 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Economy, Enterprise, IaaS, Infrastructure, Research.

The top five in-demand cloud skills for 2017

Financial results for the fourth quarter of 2016 reveals massive growth for the top cloud providers. With 47% and 93% revenue growth for Amazon AWS and Microsoft respectively, one thing is clear – cloud is growing at a breakneck pace.

Enterprises and small businesses will continue to adopt and invest in cloud technology. Cisco’s Global Cloud Index whitepaper shows global cloud IP traffic will almost...

By Alex Bennett, 23 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Best Practice, Developers, DevOps, Enterprise.

Where is the true state of the cloud in 2017? Analysing two influential reports

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Two reports have hit this publication’s inbox around the ‘state of the cloud’ in recent days; a study from RightScale argues the market is growing at a solid clip, while the summary from Bessemer Venture Partners’ (BVP) Byron Deeter found an industry which struggled at the start of 2016 but has since roared back.

While both reports differ – RightScale focuses on the adoption and vendors, while Deeter looks almost exclusively at the financial angle –...

By James Bourne, 16 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, DevOps, Enterprise, Infrastructure, M&A, Research.

The six golden rules to training health industry employees

You could have the world's best instructors, access to bleeding edge technology and course materials that would grace Harvard - but if you're taking the wrong approach to training employees then it will still end in failure.

This whitepaper from Blackboard assesses the most important approaches to training health industry employees, and how a cloud-based content system could be of benefit.

By James Bourne, 15 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Industry, Software.

Analysing compliance in the health industry

If you work in the health industry, you'll already be familiar with how 'tickbox' courses work. A set of slide titles down the side; a narration that more than likely just repeats what's written on the slides; an easy multiple choice question at some point to 'prove' that employees understand the course; and a metaphorical tick at the end. Well done, you've ticked off compliance.

But who is that helping - and is it even helping the employer? This whitepaper from Blackboard assesses best practice and ideas to...

By James Bourne, 15 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, Enterprise, Industry.

SAP promises ‘new generation of intelligent cloud ERP’ with latest offering

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German software giant SAP has unveiled its roadmap for the ‘next generation’ of cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) with the latest release of SAP S/4HANA Cloud.

S/4HANA, SAP’s public cloud offering which was originally released towards the end of 2015, is being updated with a new architecture of in-memory in combination with contextual analytics, digital assistant capabilities and machine learning, according to the press materials.

In other words, SAP is...

By James Bourne, 10 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, ERP, SaaS , Software.

Why flexibility in cloud services is key to ERP success in today’s age

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In the fast-moving digital world, being able to quickly adapt to disruptive business processes and changing business needs is key to success and survival. While organisations might be able to adapt their strategy and culture, they also need their business systems to adapt to these new processes and requirements. The need for flexibility and near real-time response to changing business processes is especially essential for an organisation’s core ERP system.

Here are five reasons why...

By Stephan Romeder, 08 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Enterprise, ERP, Hybrid.

Five key cloud trends to look forward to in 2017: Containers, AI, and more

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There’s no denying that cloud computing has changed the way both large enterprises and small businesses operate.

The latest market analysis from Cisco states that global cloud IP traffic will almost quadruple (3.7-fold) over the next 5 years. It will grow at a CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) of 30% from 2015 to 2020.

With the increased acceptance of cloud computing,...

By Pratik Dholakiya, 03 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Enterprise, Infrastructure, Migration.

Why 2017 is the year integration enables Industry 4.0 growth

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  • 35% of companies adopting Industry 4.0 predict revenue gains over 20% in the next five years.
  • Data analytics and digital trust are the foundations of Industry 4.0.
  • Cost-sensitive industries including semiconductors, electronics, and oil and gas are the most focused on adopting Industry 4.0, with 80% of companies in these industries saying it is one of their top priorities.

The recent article by Boston Consulting Group (BCG),

By Louis Columbus, 30 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Enterprise, Industry, Infrastructure.

Blockchain beyond Bitcoin: Assessing the enterprise use cases

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Updated Jan 25 Blockchain has serious potential to disrupt a multitude of industries, but a lot of barriers – not least confusion – still need to be ironed out.

That’s one of the verdicts from a recent research report from analyst firm Tractica on how the database technology, defined as a 'distributed data verification technology wherein financial and operational transactions are recorded and validated across a network, rather than through a central authority', can...

By James Bourne, 24 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Architecture, Data & Analytics, Developers, Enterprise.