Walmart and Microsoft team up for five year strategic cloud deal

Walmart is making Microsoft its preferred cloud provider – with machine learning and artificial intelligence a key focus.

The two companies – both rivals of Amazon – have signed a five year strategic partnership deal with Walmart looking to utilise ‘the full range of Microsoft’s cloud solutions’, as the retailer put it.

A ‘significant portion’ of walmart.com and samsclub.com will be migrated to Azure, including its cloud-powered checkout, while Walmart and...

By James Bourne, 17 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

How to get the right kind of control over your cloud: A guide

Trust in the cloud hasn’t always been universal. There was a time when security and risk management leaders feared entrusting critical data and infrastructure to a third-party cloud provider. This was understandable, arising from the history of network management, where IT teams were intimately familiar with managing the resources that made up their IT infrastructures, from the buildings they were housed in, to the electricity and cooling supply, through to the server, all the way down to the storage...

By Monica Brink, 11 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Security, Software.

Digital dexterity: Exploring the new ways of work

As more progressive business leaders choose to support mobile, team-oriented and non-routine ways of working, an increasing number of them are looking for assistance in adopting digital workplace technology. But why are they searching for actionable information and qualified guidance?

According to the findings from the latest Gartner survey, only 7 to 18 percent of organizations possess the 'digital dexterity' to adopt New Ways of Work (NWOW) solutions -- such as virtual collaboration and a mobile...

By David H Deans, 09 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Collaboration, Research, Software.

Digital skills are evolving – without IT organisation engagement

While there's less commentary about the challenges of "Shadow IT" projects within the enterprise market, the underlying issues that created this phenomena are still very apparent in the workplace. Bypassing the legacy IT organization is a common practice. It's now somewhat expected.

As many IT workers develop greater technology skills and apply them to advance their careers, savvy digital workers in non-IT departments believe their CIO is out of touch with their technology needs. Less than...

By David H Deans, 29 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Collaboration, Software.

Office 365 usage goes up and up leaving G Suite behind, says research

Microsoft Office 365 usage continues to accelerate significantly across organisations of all sizes while Google’s G Suite languishes in comparison, according to new figures from Bitglass.

The cloud access security broker (CASB), in its 2018 Cloud Adoption Report, analysed software usage of more than 135,000 companies globally and found Office 365 continues to rule the roost.

56.3% of the more than 135,000 companies analysed were users, compared with only a quarter (24.8%) for G Suite. The latter has...

By James Bourne, 30 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Microsoft, Research, Software.

Why building a cloud-native desktop service is a different game to VDI

Since virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and remote desktop session host (RDSH) technology has been available, vendors have offered on-premises solutions. Because these companies have made a name for themselves, most people familiar with the VDI space assume that the vendors who’ve been in the game for a long-time must lead sales in desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) solutions as well.

That’s a reasonable assumption, but it happens to be wrong – and the reason says something important about what...

By Harry Labana, 17 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Software, VDI.

How AI will influence the world of cloud-based collaboration and conferencing

Those who attended Cloud Expo Europe earlier this week took their opportunity to assess the next level of cloud services, ranging from blockchain, to artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning.

The cloud underpins these technologies and enables them to flourish, while as this publication has previously reported, the M&A cycle has been lit up by it. But what are some of the practical applications for...

By James Bourne, 23 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Collaboration, Software.

10 ways machine learning is revolutionising marketing

  • 84% of marketing organizations are implementing or expanding AI and machine learning in 2018.
  • 75% of enterprises using AI and machine learning enhance customer satisfaction by more than 10%.
  • 3 in 4 organizations implementing AI and machine learning increase sales of new products and services by more than 10% according to Capgemini.

Measuring marketing’s many contributions to revenue growth is becoming more accurate and real-time thanks to...

By Louis Columbus, 14 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, Collaboration, Data & Analytics, Software.

Why a consumer approach to security – with cloud in mind – may help struggling enterprises

Are Amazon and Facebook the standard bearers when it comes to security? According to the latest identity and access management (IAM) study from Gemalto, more than half of respondents say their organisation’s work authentication methods are worse than those offered by the two tech giants.

The study, which polled more than 1,000 IT decision makers globally, found that the continued rise in cloud applications, as well as the similarly shopworn story around device proliferation, means enterprises are...

By James Bourne, 12 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Compliance, Security, Software.

Why every cloud has a silver lining for today’s HR teams

HR has its head in the clouds. Of course, this conjures images of wistful thinking, while not focusing on the job in hand. However, in this instance, nothing could be further from the truth. HR is getting “smarter”, driven by cloud technology and innovations, enabling things to happen quicker, while adapting to new ways of working.

It is offering businesses the opportunity to - flexibly and cost-effectively - make use of the latest and most appropriate applications that can automate processes,...

By Stephen Burr, 05 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Data & Analytics, Software.