How cloud is ‘background radiation’ in a record tech M&A 2016

The cloud tech IPO landscape may have struggled a little of late, but the analysts at EY – formerly Ernst & Young – argue that on a global scale, 2016 saw an all-time record high in overall technology activity due to the “massive digital transformation” caused by disruptive technologies.

The overall aggregate 2016 value of $466.6 billion (£373bn) was up 2% over 2015’s previous record, while the Q416 figure of $117.2bn was down 38% year over year.

For the full year of...

By James Bourne, 23 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, M&A, Research, SaaS , Software.

Finance industry leading the way in DevOps implementations, research says

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Financial services firms are embracing DevOps approaches and best practices more quickly than other industries, according to new research from managed services provider Claranet.

The study, put together in conjunction with Vanson Bourne and polling 900 end user IT leaders across European mid-market businesses, found almost half (45%) of finance companies polled had already developed a DevOps approach. This compared favourably against other industries, such as retail, software, and...

By James Bourne, 14 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, DevOps, Industry, Infrastructure.

How to achieve HIPAA compliance on AWS: A guide

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Healthcare companies that are accustomed to complete control over physical systems often struggle to understand their responsibilities in a cloud environment. Who is responsible for which aspects of compliance? Can healthcare companies trust Amazon with their mission-critical apps and sensitive data? What are the rules and boundaries for AWS compliance?

Mastering these intricacies can help you create compliance-ready systems on AWS. In this article, we will cover the basics, but for a deeper...

By Logicworks, 09 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Data & Analytics, Industry, Infrastructure.

Five ways big data and integration enables the factory of the future

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  • 93% of global product leaders say that predictive maintenance combined with real-time equipment monitoring enabled by integration is a must-have for factory planning today.
  • 75% of global product leaders plan to implement factory of the future initiatives and programs in the next five years or less, starting with Industry 4.0
  • 67% of automotive executives expect that new technologies enabled by real-time integration will enable their teams to reach and exceed lean management and continuous improvement goals starting this year and accelerating...

By Louis Columbus, 07 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Industry, Infrastructure.

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.

How the cloud is improving healthcare in remote populations

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From improved diagnosing to enhanced treatment methodologies for a multitude of illnesses and diseases, the healthcare industry has benefited tremendously over the past decade thanks to advancements in technology. One of the most notable improvements has come about as the result of cloud technology – an increased ability to provide healthcare to remote populations.

In India, approximately 70% of the population

By Rick Delgado, 16 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Case Studies, Data & Analytics, Industry, Software.

Mobility, IoT and SDN helping in network refreshes – but security may be an afterthought

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Good news and bad news, according to the latest research from Dimension Data; enterprise networks are being refreshed more frequently, but it’s coming at a cost on the security side.

The classic image of the enterprise network sagging under a series of legacy technologies is becoming a thing of the past, the company argues in its latest Network Barometer Report due to the pressure from technologies such as mobility, software defined networking (SDN) and the Internet of Things...

By James Bourne, 09 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Mobility, Security, Software.

How the cloud service economy and vertical SaaS is opening up huge benefits for banks

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Regulatory and security burdens are no longer the barriers to cloud adoption that they used to be for the financial sector – and vertical software as a service (SaaS) is now making the leap a true no-brainer.  

The digital economy has created so many opportunities. So much has changed in such a short period of time; just five years ago, the notion of cloud services being used in business would have been an utterly alien concept. Now, it’s well on the way to gaining...

By Steven Boyle, 08 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Regulation, SaaS , Software.

How the financial services industry is slowly waking up to cloud computing

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Just five years ago, the idea of using cloud services would have seemed wildly optimistic even to the most radical of businesses operating in the financial services sector. But cloud is no longer the new kid on the block. After becoming the word on everybody’s lips a few years ago, it has already plumbed what the Gartner Hype Cycle terms the ‘trough of disillusionment’; often experienced by new technologies as the doubters queue up to question the impact it can have....

By Rahul Singh, 03 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, Industry, Private, Public.

Cloud usage in healthcare on the up, new research argues

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More than half of respondents in a survey from cloud migration services provider SADA Systems say cloud-based apps are improving patient satisfaction and leading to better treatment.

The survey, which polled more than 300 North American IT professionals, found Microsoft was the primary cloud infrastructure platform for healthcare organisations, cited by 42% of respondents. Google (29%) and Amazon (27%) trailed behind. In terms of mobile device management, Microsoft (55% of...

By James Bourne, 23 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Industry, Security, Software.

Maximising the potential of the Industrial Internet – through the right networks

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Computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided engineering (CAE) often use extremely large files, which make remote working and collaboration difficult to achieve. Most businesses are able to work remotely with laptops, smartphones and tablet PCs, but the processing power required to create, store and share CAD files over a wide area network is often prohibitive. Yet with the power of the internet they can work remotely and collaboratively.

The...

By Graham Jarvis, 09 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobility.

The ‘cloud shift’ grows: Gartner predicts more than $1tn IT spend affected by 2020

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IT spending has long since been shifting from traditional IT offerings to cloud services – and according to the latest prognostication from Gartner, more than $1 trillion (£759bn) of IT spending will be directly or indirectly affected by the shift to cloud in the coming five years.

The aggregate amount of ‘cloud shift’ in 2016 is estimated by Gartner to hit $111 billion, going up to $216bn by 2020. Business process outsourcing – with the cloud segment of...

By James Bourne, 21 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, IaaS, Industry, PaaS, SaaS .

FCA gives green light to financial firms using cloud technologies – but with a caveat

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The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has issued a series of guidelines on how financial firms can migrate to the cloud and provisionally giving the green light to them.

“We see no fundamental reason why cloud services (including public cloud services) cannot be implemented, with appropriate consideration, in a manner that complies with our rules,” the report notes.

The authority notes that they have successfully supported many firms to use cloud and other IT service...

By James Bourne, 12 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Infrastructure, Migration.

IoT, cloud, and the logical progression to everything ‘as a service’

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The growth of all things connected and of all things cloud seems unstoppable, and monikers are jumping to the logical end…that the Internet of Things will be the Internet of Everything and that the 'as a service' model will morph into 'everything as a service'.

On-demand products have always had a place in business. For more than forty years, mainframe time has been sold ‘as a service’ where users only pay for what they need when they need it. At a time when...

By Alex Vilner, 30 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Developers, IaaS, Industry.

Why the healthcare industry's move to cloud computing is accelerating

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Physicians are targeting breast and ovarian cancer through research that crunches massive amounts of information from more than 2,000 DNA sequences at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. The data set is gigantic — more than 100 terabytes — and the analysis happens aboard a secure cloud-based platform through Amazon Web Services.

“By using AWS, we can store source files securely and cost-effectively with significant durability and accessibility,” 

By Karin Ratchinsky, 27 June 2016, 2 comments. Categories: Big Data, Case Studies, Data & Analytics, Industry.

Airbnb: How big data is used to disrupt the hospitality industry

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Writing on Airbnb’s ‘Nerds’ hub, Riley Newman, head of data science, says: “A datum is a record of an action or event, which in most cases reflects a decision made by a person. If you can recreate the sequence of events leading up to that decision, you can learn from it; it’s an indirect way of the person telling you what they like and...

By Bernard Marr, 09 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Industry.

Ford invests $182.2 million in cloud-based software company Pivotal

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With a view to improve its software development capabilities and fast track innovations to customers, Ford has invested $182.2 million in cloud-based software company Pivotal. The automaker is working towards becoming an auto and a mobility company. Along with a focus on its core automotive business, Ford is looking to boost its Ford Smart Mobility initiative by...

By Cloud Tech, 06 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Industry, Mobility.

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.

VMware opts out of joint venture with parent EMC

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In October 2015, Dell announced a $67-billion bid to acquire EMC, an entity which owns approximately 80% of VMware. A little later, EMC and VMware announced plans to create a joint venture named ‘Virtustream’ which aimed to integrate the cloud services of both entities. However, the market was not receptive to such a move, and the shares of VMware declined by close to 20%...

By Cloud Tech, 15 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, VMware.