Three ways to improve selling results with SAP integration

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The more integrated the systems are supporting any selling strategy, the greater the chances sales will increase. That’s because accuracy, speed, and quality of every quote matter more than ever. Being able to strengthen every customer interaction with insight and intelligence often means the difference between successful upsells, cross-sells and the chance to bid and win new projects. Defining a roadmap to enrich selling strategies using SAP integration is delivering results across...

By Louis Columbus, 17 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Software.

Matson, AWS, and overcoming the cloud lock-in challenge for big data

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Shipping giant Matson made news back in November with its major migration to Amazon Web Services (AWS). Matson’s recent announcement to go ‘all in’ with AWS is another example of large enterprises realising the intrinsic value of the public cloud.

But merely getting set up on one of the large cloud providers is now table stakes – everyone has a pilot. True cloud success is another matter.

It took years to complete...

By Prat Moghe, 03 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Big Data, Case Studies, CIO, Infrastructure, Vendors.

Why are CIOs demanding hybrid cloud?

Cloud is big business. Amazon Web Services (AWS) is approaching $10 billion annual revenue. Microsoft Azure is approaching $3bn annual revenue. Then there’s Oracle Cloud, positioning themselves as the enterprise cloud for customers.

When a virtualisation giant like VMware and a cloud giant like AWS partner at an engineering level to deliver VMware on AWS bare metal so that customers can have a seamless hybrid cloud experience, you know the hybrid cloud model is for real.

If you are a VP/director of...

By Chandra Reddy, 28 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

Verizon argues importance of hybrid IT as CIOs agree cloud improves competitiveness

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More than half of CIOs polled by Verizon and Harvard Business Review say their use of cloud computing has improved their organisation’s competitiveness; but hybrid IT is the primary method of coping with digital transformation struggles.

The study, which polled more than 300 business and IT executives worldwide, found that 63% of organisations are pursuing a hybrid IT approach, yet a third (32%) are struggling to integrate cloud with other systems.

The top barriers preventing...

By James Bourne, 10 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

‘Significant’ disconnect between C-suite and IT over disaster recovery

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A ‘significant’ disconnect exists between C-level executives and IT professionals when it comes to an organisation’s ability to recover from a disaster, according to new research from Evolve IP.

The study, which polled more than 500 executives and IT professionals, argued that while almost seven in 10 of the C-suite believe their company is ‘very prepared’ to recover from a disaster, the figure translates less well when it comes to IT pros (44%).

The...

By James Bourne, 03 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data Management, Disaster Recovery.

Getting funding models fit for cloud: How to stop holding businesses back

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When well implemented, cloud caters to the business need to be more agile, flexible and responsive. But many companies using cloud struggle to reap its full benefits. This often has less to do with cloud itself and more to do with how it’s managed across different functions. Most specifically, businesses are held back by outdated and decentralised funding and investment models, and by lines of business taking responsibility for IT deployment. 

Line of business managers...

By John Abel, 07 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Private, Public.

Understanding the three key ways cloud can drive competitive advantage

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The fact of the matter is thus: if you want to stay ahead of the pack, you’ll need to get your head into and around the cloud. However, the reasons and rationale behind cloud migration are very different to that which greeted CTOs in the mid-2000s, and it is this shift that businesses and their staff need to be aware of today.

According to IDC: "more than 70% of western Europe enterprise IT organisations will commit to hybrid cloud architectures by 2017, vastly driving the rate and...

By Sebastian Krause, 23 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Enterprise, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

How the British Medical Journal ditched its old culture for a DevOps environment

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During a recent VMworld keynote, Pat Gelsinger, the CEO of VMware, gave special praise to General Electric (GE). For a company which was founded when Queen Victoria was still on the British throne, its continued innovations through cloud, analytics, and more has helped it remain the only company still standing from the original 12 listed as part of the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

The British Medical Journal (BMJ), founded in 1840, a full 52 years before GE, is another...

By James Bourne, 19 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Case Studies, CIO, Data Management, Developers, Infrastructure.

The importance of coexistence: Adopting an optimal IT infrastructure model

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Some mainstream IT buyers might think that most cloud infrastructure vendors and service providers are essentially alike. But there are key differences. Besides, given the body of market research to the contrary, there’s clearly no such thing as a "one-size-fits-all" cloud solution.

Furthermore, if you believe that a hybrid cloud should support an IT agenda to...

By David H Deans, 15 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

Two in three CIOs yet to formulate ‘comprehensive’ GDPR strategy

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Businesses have been warned and they’ve been previously shown up for not having the required knowledge over the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – now, a new piece of research from mainframe firm Compuware argues that more than two thirds of...

By James Bourne, 13 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Data Sovereignty, Europe, Privacy.

Claranet argues lack of understanding remains between business and IT

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It’s a well-worn theme, yet raises its head again; new research from Claranet and Vanson Bourne argues that European businesses are suffering from a lack of understanding between the IT department and the rest of the organisation.

Just over a quarter (26%) of the 900 IT leaders polled – based in Benelux, France, Germany, Portugal, Spain, and the UK – said they believe the wider business has total understanding of the role of the IT department. A similar number...

By James Bourne, 23 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Developers, Research.

A CIO writes (sort of): I’m terrified of cloud lock-in - what should I do?

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“Dear Deidre,

I’m stuck in a loveless marriage.

I’m in a three-year relationship which I don’t think I can get out of. It started off great, but now I’m getting bled dry and I don’t have the freedom I thought I would have. What should I do?

Regards,

C.I O'Really.”

Some of you will be suffering from the same concerns as poor Mr. O’Really. Over the last two years it seems like every organisation has been enthusiastically walking down...

By Mat Keep, 17 August 2016, 2 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Infrastructure, Vendors.

Three in four CIOs are spearheading their company’s move to the cloud, research finds

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CIOs cannot blindly trust public cloud services which appear in their organisation – at least according to one recent study – but for the majority of firms, the CIO is spearheading their transition to the cloud.

That’s the latest from a survey conducted by IT services provider Unisys, which found that for almost three quarters (72%) of firms, the CIO is...

By James Bourne, 03 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Infrastructure.

Why CIOs need to be strong in picking a cloud strategy – and sticking to it

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This time last year, Fruition Partners, an IT solutions provider, released a report which assessed the state of cloud adoption through the eyes of the CIO. The study bemoaned the rise of shadow IT and gave three best practice tips to control cloud sprawl, by focusing on the user to provide a better service, focusing on business needs, and focusing on IT strategy and how to make better use of IT service management (ITSM).

12 months on and, to quote Led Zeppelin, the song remains the same. 62% of...

By James Bourne, 01 August 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Applications, CIO, Enterprise, Security, Software.

The top five concerns and takeaways from the techUK cloud security panel

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Last week, iland took part in techUK’s “How to Build Trust in the Security of Cloud Computing” panel debate in London.  The event ran in two parts; the first panel looked at the key concerns associated with cloud security and then a second panel examined what needs to be done to help businesses address these concerns.

The UK is incredibly successful both on the supply side with the expertise we have developed delivering products and services, as well as the...

By Sam Woodcock, 29 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Infrastructure.

Why CIOs cannot ‘blindly trust’ public cloud services in their organisation

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Cloud maturity is on the rise, although plenty of problems remain, according to the latest survey data from service management technology provider Fruition Partners.

The study, which was undertaken by Vanson Bourne and polled 400 CIOs from the UK and US, found that for almost three quarters (73%) of respondents, “significant” financial waste is occurring with cloud adoption without IT insight. Yet 85% of CIOs polled believe cloud is reducing their organisations’...

By James Bourne, 27 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Enterprise, Software.

How cloud assurance is at the heart of digital transformation

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Cloud computing is transforming modern business. Through the cloud, new digital-centric businesses are emerging that are more agile and innovative than anything seen before. Whether a new, ‘upstart’ business like Uber, with its compelling approach to city transport; or an established company breaking into new markets, like General Motors with its investment into Lyft, businesses are pioneering new customer services and business models that are disrupting entire industries...

By Michael Segal, 27 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Enterprise, Infrastructure.

Opinion: Why there is no such thing as managed IaaS

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By Jason Deck, SVP of Strategy, Logicworks

The age of managed infrastructure is coming to an end. Cloud providers like Amazon Web Services (AWS) have spent the last decade developing platforms that eliminate the manual, time-consuming maintenance of hardware, network, and storage, and enabling infrastructure to be controlled via software, i.e. infrastructure...

By Logicworks, 20 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, CIO, IaaS, Infrastructure.

Who should be in charge of big data analytics: the CIO, CFO, or a specialist?

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A new report from big data analytics provider Mu Sigma argues that higher performing companies are four times more likely to use a consistent approach to big data analysis, while consensus is divided on whether the CIO or CFO should be in charge.

The findings come from a survey of 150 large enterprises which turn over at least $500 million (£377.2m) a year, and draw some interesting conclusions on how large firms prioritise their data crunching. 23% of those polled said the CIO...

By James Bourne, 13 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, CIO, Data & Analytics, Data Management.

Assessing the business case for hybrid cloud services adoption

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Forging a viable business technology strategy for today’s global networked economy is a high priority for most forward-thinking CEOs across the globe. Their guidance to CIOs is to create the fusion between existing IT infrastructure and modern cloud services. Moreover, the shift to a hybrid IT model must support the organization’s key commercial expansion objectives.

The savvy leaders who have a superior approach can extract greater value from their legacy IT investments,...

By David H Deans, 05 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Hybrid, Infrastructure.