Four nines and failure rates: Will the cloud ever cut it for transactional banking?

Banks looking to take their cloud plans to the next level are likely to have returned to the drawing board following the latest Amazon Web Services outage, which disrupted the online activities of major organizations from Apple to the US Securities and Exchange Commission. One estimate suggests US financial services companies alone lost $160 million – in just four hours. It’s been a timely reminder that any downtime is too much in an always-on digital economy, certainly for financial services.

The...

By David Richards, 26 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Infrastructure, SLA.

Oracle secures ISO 27001, HIPAA and SOC certifications for its cloud portfolio

Oracle has announced its public cloud services have achieved various security and compliance certifications, including ISO 27001, HIPAA, SOC1 and SOC2, in what the company describes as ‘continued momentum’ for its products.

The Redwood giant’s platform as a service (PaaS) and infrastructure as a service (IaaS) has received Service Organisation Control (SOC) attestations across a variety of key services, while its Fusion software as a service (SaaS) is HIPAA-accredited and the ISO 27001 was...

By James Bourne, 03 April 2017, 2 comments. Categories: Compliance, Industry, Infrastructure, Platform, Security, Software.

Healthcare firms believe their data is safer in the cloud than on-prem for a disaster

As more and more traditionally slower-moving industries start to move their resources to the cloud, an interesting note from Evolve IP: healthcare IT professionals believe their data is safer in the cloud than on-premises when faced with a hardware issue or environmental disaster.

The report, which surveyed 180 healthcare professionals, found that for environmental disasters, 61% of respondents felt their information was safest in a private cloud, compared to 27.5% for a public cloud and 11.5% on premise,...

By James Bourne, 28 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Industry, Infrastructure.

Deloitte strengthens cloud options with acquisition, new jobs and studios

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Deloitte has announced the acquisition of Day1 Solutions, a cloud consulting business, to expand its options and accelerate clients’ digital transformation.

The consulting giant is also adding 3,000 new US-based high tech engineering jobs, as well as opening a series of cloud studios in Orlando, New York, and Washington D.C.

Day1 Solutions is a certified Amazon Web Services (AWS) partner, and its website now links to Deloitte’s cloud page....

By James Bourne, 27 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Industry, M&A, Migration.

Why AWS and public clouds are a great fit for digital health companies

Global equity funding to private digital health startups grew for the 7th straight year in 2016, with a 12% increase from $5.9B in 2015 to $6.6B in 2016, according to CBInsights.

Not incidentally, the rise of digital health has coincided with rising familiarity and market acceptance of public cloud providers like Amazon Web Services (AWS). Public cloud is what has allowed growing healthcare software companies to get to market faster, scale, and...

By Logicworks, 23 March 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Amazon, Industry, Infrastructure.

The six golden rules to training health industry employees (Français)

You could have the world's best instructors, access to bleeding edge technology and course materials that would grace Harvard - but if you're taking the wrong approach to training employees then it will still end in failure.

This whitepaper from Blackboard assesses the most important approaches to training health industry employees, and how a cloud-based content system could be of benefit.

Note: this paper is in French. If you would like an English language version, please visit

By James Bourne, 16 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Industry, Software.

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.

The six golden rules to training health industry employees

You could have the world's best instructors, access to bleeding edge technology and course materials that would grace Harvard - but if you're taking the wrong approach to training employees then it will still end in failure.

This whitepaper from Blackboard assesses the most important approaches to training health industry employees, and how a cloud-based content system could be of benefit.

By James Bourne, 15 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Industry, Software.

Analysing compliance in the health industry

If you work in the health industry, you'll already be familiar with how 'tickbox' courses work. A set of slide titles down the side; a narration that more than likely just repeats what's written on the slides; an easy multiple choice question at some point to 'prove' that employees understand the course; and a metaphorical tick at the end. Well done, you've ticked off compliance.

But who is that helping - and is it even helping the employer? This whitepaper from Blackboard assesses...

By James Bourne, 15 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, Enterprise, Industry.

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.