Cloud 2.0 – Business transformation strategy

The main objective of our projects like the Drummond Report and Cloud analysis, is to focus on the relationship between the technology and the desired outcomes in terms of business transformation.

The Drummond Report is another political exercise focused on the growing public sector deficits, Ontario in this case, and the author makes a number of...

By cloudbestpractices.net, 22 March 2012, 0 comments. Categories: PublicSector, Research.

Data breach costs fall despite increased security challenges

The average cost of a serious IT security breach has fallen over the past two years, despite an increase in their frequency and severity, a new report has claimed.

For the first time in seven years the average cost of a breach has decreased, from $7.2m in 2010 to $5.5m last year. Also, the cost per compromised record fell by 10% to $194, the lowest since 2007.

The Ponemon Institute’s research, carried out on behalf of security specialist Symantec, also revealed that negligent employees are still the...

By Matt Henkes, 21 March 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Research, Security.

Five Predictions for Managed Cloud Services in 2012

The proof-positive business impact from managed cloud services deployment, including the numerous associated productivity benefits and anticipated cost-savings, have pushed cloud computing well into the mainstream during 2011. As we move into 2012, International Data Corporation (IDC) predicts that this evolution will continue as...

By David H Deans, 19 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Enterprise, Forecasts, Research.

Industrialised cloud 'cannibalising' the outsourcing industry

Low cost business IT cloud solutions are cannibalising the IT outsourcing market, and by 2015 will have sliced around 15% from the earnings of the top outsourcing players, according to a new analyst forecast.

Gartner predicted that Industrialised Low-Cost IT Services (ILCS) was effecting the perceptions of the value of IT.

Similar to what happened with the adoption of offshore delivery, it will be incumbent upon vendors to invest in and adopt a new cloud-based, industrialized services strategy either directly...

By Matt Henkes, 06 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Forecasts, Industry, Research.

Inadequate IT security creates 'perfect storm for hackers'

Fears around new technologies like cloud computing, smartphones and virtualisation are central to the security concerns of many IT departments, while pressure to improve business productivity and a lack of collaboration with different business divisions is leaving enterprise IT open to increased security risks, according to a new report.

The annual ‘State of Endpoint’ study, carried out by the Poneman Institute for endpoint management and security specialist Lumension, found that the...

By Matt Henkes, 17 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Industry, Research, Security, Virtualisation.

Can neuromarketing really increase email clickthrough rates by 400%?

Is it possible to increase the effectiveness of an email campaign by 400%, including clickthrough and response rates? Well, yes, if you are willing to engage in a new form of market research, which uses customer brain waves to evaluate their true engagement to your brand or message.

PayPal can vouch for this after they hired a company called NeuroFocus to help formulate a coherent global image for one of the world's most visible online payment systems.

Picture one of your web customers...

By VI, 30 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Research.