Why company culture is key to cloud success

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If you ask any successful company for the key to their success, or ask any employee why they are happy in a position, the answer is almost always “the people”. But what makes happy, productive people is usually fueled by a thriving company culture.

Company culture is not built with free lunches, ping pong tables, and bring-your-pet-to-work days. Only companies that develop more meaningful values soar ahead of the rest.

Technology companies and particularly those in the cloud space have a unique...

By Logicworks, 05 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, DevOps, Infrastructure.

Latest cloud infrastructure research shows yet more AWS dominance

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This is not the most surprising news you will hear today: a note published by Synergy Research argues Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) domination of the cloud infrastructure market continues. The Seattle giant held 31% of the worldwide market in 2015, the researchers argue, with Microsoft (9%), IBM (7%) and Google (4%) trailing.

Despite the yawning gap between the market leader and the rest, all four companies continue to grow ahead of the overall rate, as Synergy chief analyst John...

By James Bourne, 04 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, IaaS, Infrastructure, Research.

How cloud providers are fighting the data sovereignty fight for European customers

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For many US-centric cloud providers, Europe is quickly becoming a fierce battleground for their business. Earlier this week, Oracle announced plans to recruit up to 1400 cloudy salespeople across EMEA, while data centres are popping up all over the continent, from Microsoft’s commitment to the UK by the end of 2016 to IBM SoftLayer

By James Bourne, 03 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Data Management, Data Sovereignty, Infrastructure, Privacy.

After the flood: Why IT service continuity is your best insurance policy

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The severe floods that hit the north of England and parts of Scotland in December 2015 and January 2016 devastated both homes and businesses, and led to questions about whether the UK is sufficiently prepared to cope with such calamities.

On December 28, the Guardian newspaper went so far as to say that the failure to ensure that flood defences can withstand the unprecedented high water levels, would cost at least £5bn. Lack of...

By Graham Jarvis, 03 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Data Management, Disaster Recovery.

Gartner argues cloud email is still immature – but gaining traction

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The cloud email market remains relatively immature with Microsoft ahead of Google in enterprise adoption, according to the latest figures from analyst house Gartner.

According to email server domain records of almost 40,000 public companies worldwide, only 8.5% of firms polled use Microsoft, compared to 4.7% on Google’s mail, with the remainder using on-premises, hybrid, hosted, or private cloud email systems.

Gartner also argues a trend of industries using different vendors;...

By James Bourne, 02 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise, SaaS , Software.

What the Safe Harbour ruling means for your business in 2016

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The start of a new year is always a good time for many businesses to get their IT strategies in place. However, there has been one issue in the past couple of months that may potentially cause a lot of complications in IT departments across the US and EU; the implications for cloud compliance of the recent nullification of the EU Safe Harbour Ruling. Safe Harbour, used by over 4,000 firms to move EU data to the US for the past 15 years, was declared invalid by the European Court of...

By Frank Krieger, 28 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Sovereignty.

Dropbox, Box, Egnyte beef up Microsoft Office partnerships

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Cloud storage providers Dropbox, Box, Egnyte, and Citrix ShareFile have announced updates which allow the ability to co-author documents in real time on Microsoft Office products.

The update comes as further validation of Microsoft’s policy for collaboration on Office as opposed to competition, having initially launched the Cloud Storage Partner Program in February 2015. The Redmond giant courted controversy after

By James Bourne, 27 January 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Collaboration, Software, Storage.

From artisans to autonomics: How the automation polar shift will happen

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Since the end of the 19th century, humans have been fascinated with the idea of artificial intelligence and self-governing machines – from the early novels by HG Wells to the Hollywood blockbusters 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Terminator and Ex-Machina.  And while this fascination will probably never subside, one thing is certain: In the not so distant future, machines will become increasingly useful to us.

One area ripe for this advancement is IT infrastructure management....

By Jamie Tyler, 27 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure.

Global public cloud services market to top $200bn this year, Gartner asserts

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Analyst house Gartner has looked into its crystal ball again, and predicts the worldwide public cloud services market will reach $204 billion (£142.8bn) in value by the end of this year.

The majority of the revenue will come through cloud advertising at $90.3bn in 2016 growing at 13.6%. Business process as a service (BPaaS), which Gartner defines broadly as “the delivery of business process outsourcing services that are sourced from the cloud and constructed for...

By James Bourne, 26 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Public, Research.

Datical: Why DevOps is right for every organisation

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For a concept which merges different stakeholders within a business, it is perhaps not surprising that recent research concerning DevOps shows a fractured landscape. 84% of respondents surveyed by Gleanster Research in August defined DevOps in a multiple choice poll as “developers and system administrators collaborating to ease the transition between development and production”, while 69% opted for “using infrastructure automation to facilitate self-service...

By James Bourne, 25 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Developers, DevOps.

Access and identity governance in the cloud: Problems and solutions

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There has been a consistent growth and increase in cloud application usage over the past five years as organisational IT leaders have realised the benefits of implementing them. This is also, in part, because of the fact that there is a major increase in remote employees, who need applications in the cloud to be able to work. Cloud applications have many obvious benefits to an organisation, such as improving efficiency, reducing costs and improving security.

Once these applications are...

By Dean Wiech, 22 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Security, Software.

Planning for shared cloud services in local government: How to make it work

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Shared services across the public sector continue to grow. Councils in particular are choosing to partner with neighbours, to share capacity, costs, risk and best practice.

The experience of many public sector shared services projects, show the importance of IT in successful shared programmes. Meanwhile in the private sector, recent research by McKinsey into the role of IT in mergers and acquisitions shows that typically 50% of merger value is related to IT synergy.

This emphasises...

By Jos Creese, 22 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Public, PublicSector.

How hybrid cloud is the “great enabler” of digital transformation

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Almost nine out of 10 (88%) respondents in a survey conducted by tech giant EMC believe hybrid cloud capabilities are ‘important’ or ‘critical’ to organisations who wish to enable digital business transformation.

The study, which polled more than 900 respondents, with one third in EMEA, found an overwhelming need for digital business initiatives. 92% said their company’s strategy called for such, while 90% said digital business was a “top priority”...

By James Bourne, 21 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Infrastructure, Research.

Culture over technology: The key to DevOps success

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Don’t take this the wrong way. As anyone who has been reading my articles can tell, I am all about the technology that enables DevOps but sometimes the greatest change in the enterprise comes from non-technical places.

To many of you reading this statement, that might be a radical concept – but when it comes to overarching changes such as implementing a DevOps program, culture is much more important than what code repository to use. DevOps in particular not only...

By David Auslander, 21 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, DevOps, Infrastructure.

Enterprise storage migration: Reliability key – but UK lagging behind

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The latest research from Western Digital Corporation has revealed that reliability continues to be more important than cost for enterprises looking to move their data to the cloud.

The survey, which polled 700 senior technology decision makers across three continents including in the energy, finance and healthcare industries, saw cloud budgets remain the leading growth area in IT, with more than four in five (84%) either planning, are completing or have completed cloud migrations.

Yet...

By James Bourne, 20 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, Software, Storage.

Microsoft announces $1bn cloud pledge for “public good”

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has revealed a three part philanthropic initiative whereby the tech giant will donate $1 billion (£704m) of cloud computing resources towards non-profit organisations and education over the next three years.

The Redmond firm argues the cloud is a vital resource for “unlocking the secrets held by data”, in terms of communications and problem solving, better delivery of services, and helping organisations work in a more productive and...

By James Bourne, 20 January 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Public, Software.

Is there a DevOps skills gap?

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I have been seeing job ads more and more frequently that heavily emphasise the requirement for ‘current skill sets’. The fact that these ads are putting such emphasis on the importance of skill sets being current signals to me a trend within the DevOps landscape: the ever-widening gulf between technological innovation and those who have exposure to it.

There are two core reasons why this problem exists and is growing. Firstly, maintaining employees with ‘cutting...

By Jason DuMars, 19 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, DevOps.

How manufacturing leaders are falling for the public cloud

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85% of line of business (LOB) decision makers in the manufacturing industry are using at least one form of public cloud service, according to a new research study.

The report, released jointly by EMC, VCE, and VMware – all now part of Dell in some capacity after the whopping $67 billion deal for the former in October – polled more than 600 decision makers...

By James Bourne, 19 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Infrastructure, Public.

Why Hong Kong is playing “cloud catch up” – but moving quickly

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It may be strange to hear, but Hong Kong has fallen behind much of the rest of the world when it comes to adopting cloud computing.

Hong Kong is well known for being an enormous financial hub for south-east Asia and one of the busiest centres of economic activity in the world, so to think that they’re lacking on the technological front would seem out of character. And yet, that’s exactly the case.

In many ways, Hong...

By Rick Delgado, 18 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Enterprise, Infrastructure.