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.

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.

Larger organisations more likely to push ahead with DevOps initiatives, research argues

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Almost half of respondents in a new study from Redgate Software say they have adopted a DevOps approach to their projects – with a further third planning to join them within the next two years.

The study, the firm’s latest State of Database DevOps survey, polled 1,000 companies globally with more than half employing at least 500 people. While 47% polled overall said they are already on the road with DevOps initiatives, this number rises to 59% among companies with more...

By James Bourne, 09 January 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Data Management, Developers, DevOps, Software.

The top 10 ways integrating ERP, CRM, and more will transform manufacturing in 2017

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Integrating ERP, CRM, and legacy systems lead to greater manufacturing innovation, setting the foundation to move beyond business models that don’t stay in step with customers’ fast-changing needs. Bringing contextual intelligence into manufacturing that centers on customers’ unique, fast-changing requirements is a must-have to keep growing sales profitably. By integrating ERP, CRM, SCM, pricing and legacy systems together, manufacturers can provide customers what...

By Louis Columbus, 03 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CRM, Data & Analytics, Enterprise, ERP, Software.

The key takeaways from Gartner’s 2016 CPQ application suites market guide

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  • Gartner estimates the CPQ application suites market was $570M in 2015, attaining 20% year-on-year growth between 2014 and 2015.
  • Cloud-based CPQ revenue was $157M in 2015, attaining 46% year-over-year.
  • Gartner predicts CPQ will continue to be one of the hottest enterprise apps for the foreseeable future, predicting a 20% annual growth rate through 2020 with the majority being from cloud-based solutions. Legacy on-premise vendors including SAP’s Variant Configurator (VC) are going to face increasingly strong headwinds in the market as a...

By Louis Columbus, 22 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise, Research, Software.

How software asset management needs to adapt to changing cloud conditions

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A new report issued today by Flexera Software argues that software asset management (SAM) needs to evolve to keep up with software as a service (SaaS) and virtualisation moving into the mainstream.

The study, which polled almost 500 respondents answering questions on enterprise and application production, found that for 20% of respondents, more than a quarter of their software is SaaS-based, while 39% say more than a quarter is virtualised. Interestingly, while three quarters say 80% or...

By James Bourne, 06 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Research, Security, Software, Vulnerabilities.

SimpliVity and Huawei team up in hyperconverged play

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Hyperconverged: it’s a word which elicits knowing nods from those in the industry, and looks of panic from those few who haven’t heard of it. Yet hyperconverged infrastructure, bundling in compute, storage, networking and virtualisation in a software-centric architecture, is here to stay, and Massachusetts-based SimpliVity has today announced a deal to put its OmniStack technology on Huawei FusionServer in a new collaboration.

The offering is available on SimpliVity's...

By James Bourne, 06 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Software, Vendors, Virtualisation.

Why analytics and data storage will lead cloud adoption in 2017

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  • U.S.-based organisations are budgeting $1.77M for cloud spending in 2017 compared to $1.30M for non-U.S. based organisations.
  • 10% of enterprises with over 1,000 employees are projecting they will spend $10M or more on cloud computing apps and platforms throughout this year.
  • Organisations are using multiple cloud models to meet their business’s needs, including private (62%), public (60%), and hybrid (26%).
  • By 2018 the typical IT department will have the minority of their apps and platforms (40%) residing in on-premise...

By Louis Columbus, 05 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Research, Software, Storage.

CA Technologies acquires Automic in €600m deal

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US tech giant CA Technologies has announced its intent to acquire business automation software provider Automic in a reported €600 million (£505m) deal.

The move is to enhance CA’s European reach, as well as adding automation and orchestration capabilities across its portfolio.

“With the acquisition of Automic, we will deliver automation, scale work flows and business processes while reducing costs and greatly improving accuracy,” said Ayman Sayed, CA...

By James Bourne, 05 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: M&A, Software.

Latest survey data warns SMBs are not using automation for cloud backups

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Almost 70% of small businesses in a survey from B2B analyst and reviews firm Clutch say they rely on their cloud storage provider for backups, with only 15% opting for automated services and 12% not bothering at all.

The findings appear as the second of two reports on SMBs and cloud strategy, with the first in November advising that many small firms are risking their...

By James Bourne, 02 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, Security, Software, Storage.

Box on track for positive free cash flow target after solid Q317 results

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Cloud storage provider Box has announced its Q317 financial results, with revenue hitting a record $102.8 million (£81.3m), an increase of 31% on the same time last year.

Billings in the third quarter was $112.4m, up 26% from this time last year, while GAAP operating loss was at $37.8m, lower than expected. The company says it is on track to achieve positive free cash flow by the end of Q4, while its guidance has been raised to $397-$398m, up from $394-$396m.

“Our results this...

By James Bourne, 01 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Software, Storage.

Clutch survey warns about security of small businesses using free cloud storage

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Small businesses continue to put security as their main priority when selecting a cloud storage provider, yet many continue to risk their security by choosing free solutions, according to a new survey from analyst firm Clutch.

According to the survey, which polled almost 300 small and medium businesses who use at least one cloud storage platform, 25% of respondents admit they use a free cloud storage product, compared to 71% who said their organisations pay for cloud storage.

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By James Bourne, 16 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Research, Security, Software, Storage.

Cisco argues global cloud traffic to hit 14 ZB by 2020 in latest study

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It’s that time of year again: Cisco has released its latest cloud index survey, and the numbers keep getting bigger. This time, global cloud traffic is predicted to rise from 3.9 zettabytes (ZB) per year in 2015, to 14.1 ZB per year by 2020, assisted by greater data centre virtualisation and increased migration to cloud architectures.

The figures from this time...

By James Bourne, 14 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Platform, Research, Software.

Why six million developers are creating big data and advanced analytics apps today

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  • 2 million developers are working on IoT applications, increasing 34% since the last year.
  • Over 50% of the developers working on IoT applications are writing software that utilizes sensors in some capacity.
  • 4m enterprise developers play decision-making roles when it comes to selecting organizational IT development resources. Another 5.2 million hold decision-making authority for selecting IT deployment resources.
  • 4m developers (26% of all developers globally) are using the cloud as a development environment today
  • The APAC region leads the world with approximately 7.4m...

By Louis Columbus, 14 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, Data & Analytics, Developers, Software.

How to reduce write amplification on NAND chips in a cloud storage system

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Solid-state disk (SSD) technology using integrated circuit assemblies is considered to be a readily available, drop-in replacement for discrete hard disks and is used to increase throughput in large cloud storage networks. But unfortunately, these devices introduce the problem of write amplification (WA) into a cloud storage system.

Reducing this occurrence is of paramount concern to most system administrators who use NAND chips in these situations because it reduces the lifespan of these chips and...

By Ariel Maislos, 09 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Software, Storage.

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.

Oracle completes $9.3bn NetSuite deal after bump in road

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Oracle has announced the completion of cloud ERP software provider NetSuite for $9.3 billion after shareholders approved the transaction.

In a short note issued earlier this week, the company confirmed that the acquisition would be completed by November 7, after a small majority – 53% - of NetSuite shares had been tendered in favour of the agreement. The original tender date expired on November 4, while the...

By James Bourne, 09 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: ERP, M&A, 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.

What will 2017 bring for the storage industry?

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In a field as competitive as the storage market is, knowing what’s going to happen before it actually happens can be extremely valuable. And right now, the storage market is going through some big transitions, some of which are upending the industry.

This is kind of to be expected when dealing with a business that incorporates the latest technological advances, but even with that in mind, the rapid evolution underway at the moment is impressive to watch. The storage market as we...

By Rick Delgado, 07 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Software, Storage, Trends.

Cloudian raises $41m for ‘rapid adoption’ of object storage platform

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Hybrid cloud object storage system provider Cloudian has announced the completion of a $41 million (£33.8m) financing round, with the funds helping the company expand sales and marketing as well as growing international operations.

The funding round includes existing investors including Intel Capital, INCJ, Eight Roads, and Goldman Sachs, as well as new investors Lenovo, City National Bank, Epsilon Venture Partners, and DVP Investment.

“Connected devices are already...

By James Bourne, 28 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Software, Storage.