IBM announces deal with WPP, taps into greater big data and analytics

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IBM has announced that communications services group WPP has extended its partnership with the tech giant, providing a service delivery and technology platform to run WPP’s operations in the cloud for $1.25bn (£797m).

The current agreement will last for seven years, with WPP able to expand the use of big data and analytics and deploy new products and services through Big Blue.

“As the world’s largest communications group, we are seeking to exploit...

By James Bourne, 03 December 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure.

Cloud computing and the changing role of the CIO: Which is best for your business?

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Cloud computing has been named as one of 12 disruptive technologies which will change the relationship between the CIO and the boardroom, according to a report by Advanced 365.

The evolving role of the CIO, and the C-suite in general, has long been a feature of modern business. Opinions differ, whether it’s a wag who proclaims CIO to mean ‘career is over’, or whether it’s a report which advocates more fluency and fluidity between executives.

The Advanced 365...

By James Bourne, 01 December 2014, 3 comments. Categories: CIO, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Research.

How enterprises see big data analytics changing the competitive landscape next year

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87% of enterprises believe big data analytics will redefine the competitive landscape of their industries within the next three years. 89% believe that companies that do not adopt a Big Data analytics strategy in the next year risk losing market share and momentum.

These and other key findings are from a Accenture and General Electric study published this month on how the combination of Big Data analytics and the Internet of Things (IoT) are...

By Louis Columbus, 01 December 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Research.

Look closer to home for the biggest cloud security issue, SME execs told

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The biggest threat to cloud security among IT is the company’s employees unintentionally exposing data, according to the latest research figures from CloudEntr.

The study, which took 438 survey responses from industries including financial and manufacturing, found three quarters (75%) of smaller businesses are most worried about their workforce when it comes to securing data in the cloud. Larger IT firms were more concerned about hackers using employee credentials to get...

By James Bourne, 27 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management, Security.

Why more organisations than you think have failed or stalled their cloud migrations

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Nearly half of organisations polled in a recent survey admitted they had failed or stalled their cloud hosting implementations, with a further half claiming they had to alter their budget and a whopping 70% force to make changes to their design.

These are the latest figures from a study of 358 respondents conducted by INetU and THINKStrategies entitled “The Adventures of Moving to the Cloud”, which aims to show CIOs and business managers it’s not a “walk in...

By James Bourne, 25 November 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Migration.

Why growing cloud commoditisation still won’t rain on the data centre’s parade

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Rackspace’s recent decision to discontinue its pure infrastructure as a service (IaaS) offering in favour of “managed cloud” services is further evidence that it is the cloud rather than the data centre providers most at risk of becoming commodities – as I originally predicated here back in May.

Take Rackspace’s exit from IaaS as a sign of things to come. Many...

By Nick Razey, 12 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Centres, IaaS.

Kurt Marko; Creating the Omnichannel Customer Experience

The nexus of mobile, social, cloud and big data is radically reshaping customer experience. This article by Kurt Marko, editor-at-large for Information Week and Network Computing, explores how Big Data, Predictive Analytics and Real-time Decisioning improve customer experience for multi-platform, mobile and social consumers.

Read this article and learn:

  • The trends and opportunities for omnichannel CX
  • Implications for business executives
  • How real-time predictive analytics transforms the multi-platform, mobile, social customer experience

By Richard Potts, 10 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Mobility, Research.

Data centres: To buy or not to buy - that is the question

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When the CIO of a company recently contacted us about data space for housing 25 racks with the possibility of growing to 80 racks, he mentioned in passing that he was thinking about building his own data centre as an alternative. “We’re not experts in data centres but it would be much cheaper than buying from you,” he added.

Well, on the face of it, he could be right assuming a build cost of £2.5m, depreciate it over 10 years and you’ve a cost of...

By Nick Razey, 06 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Centres.

More than three quarters of workloads will be through cloud data centres by 2018

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By 2018, 78% of workloads will be processed by cloud data centres, while annual global cloud IP traffic will reach 6.5 zettabytes (ZB).

These are the two main takeaways from Cisco’s latest Cloud Index study, which aims to show the extent of growth of global data centre and cloud-based IP traffic.

Annual global data centre IP traffic will reach 8.6 ZB by the end of 2018, up significantly from last year’s...

By James Bourne, 04 November 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Research.

Beware the fat finger when it comes to cloudy data loss

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Human error is responsible for one in five data loss errors, according to the latest study from cloud provider Databarracks.

The study, the fifth annual Data Health Check report, found that employee idiocy was the third most popular reason for data going missing with 18% of the vote, behind software failure (19%) and hardware failure (21%). Interestingly, corruption and theft were responsible for 15% and 7% of the poll respectively.

Yet it’s the larger companies who continue...

By James Bourne, 03 November 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Disaster Recovery.