Lloyds Banking Group signs up to Google Cloud in five-year partnership

Google Cloud continues to secure the big-ticket clients, with the company announcing that Lloyds Banking Group is set to embark on its ‘cloud transformation’ journey with Google.

The bank is investing a total of £3 billion ($3.9bn) between 2018 and 2020 in wider IT initiatives, and in this five-year deal, Lloyds will deploy various Google Cloud services focused around the customer experience....

By James Bourne, 10 March 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Google, Industry, Infrastructure, Software.

Major League Baseball makes Google Cloud official cloud partner as AWS strikes out

Updated March 6 Major League Baseball (MLB) has selected Google Cloud as its official cloud partner, bringing to an end the company’s long-standing relationship with Amazon Web Services (AWS).

In what both companies described as a ‘powerful multi-year collaboration’, MLB will migrate its cloud and on-premise systems to Google Cloud, as well as move Google in to power tracking technology Statcast. Machine learning...

By James Bourne, 05 March 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Google, Infrastructure, Migration, Software.

Salesforce acquires Vlocity in $1.33bn all-cash deal amid executive shuffle

Salesforce is to acquire Vlocity, a provider of industry-specific cloud and CRM apps, for $1.33 billion (£1.04bn) in an all-cash deal – amid an action-packed end to the company’s fiscal year.

The news was tucked away at the very end of Salesforce’s fourth quarter update. The company’s financial results were described as ‘phenomenal’ by CEO Marc Benioff – not co-CEO, more on which...

By James Bourne, 27 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: CRM, Economy, SaaS , Salesforce, Software.

How SaaS, AI and machine learning are boosting sports broadcasting: A guide

The sports broadcasting industry has a problem. Fan bases are growing, as are viewing figures; but it is becoming harder and far more expensive for sports broadcasters and rights holders to manage, package and distribute their content. Obsolete methods of distribution that require expensive software and hardware packages, sold on fix term licenses, are hindering broadcasters from making back-end efficiencies that can ultimately lead to enhanced fan experience.

By Matt Bowman, 26 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Amazon, Applications, Big Data, Data & Analytics, SaaS , Software.

DataOps preparation: It’s time to get your data out of silos and into the action

Are you facing pressure to make better decisions, faster? Are you uneasy about making too many gut-level business decisions? Are you being asked to have a data strategy and wondering how to compete in a data-driven world?

You are not alone. These are common themes emerging in today’s digital economy. Customers of all kinds – from consumers to enterprise businesses – have greater and greater choices than ever...

By Rob Whelan, 24 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Developers, DevOps, Software.

Don’t expect AI software companies to gobble up revenues SaaS-style, warns a16z

The potential of artificial intelligence (AI) revolutionising software is evident, from creating new data models to the improved insights gleamed from the data provided. If you’re a business intelligence (BI) vendor and you are not exploring AI or machine learning in some capacity, for instance, then there is a real danger of missing the boat.

But if you’re expecting AI software companies to eat up recurring revenues like...

By James Bourne, 21 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, Economy, Software.

Partnerships key for public cloud vendors to succeed in IoT analytics, says ABI Research

The hyperscale cloud providers are looking at Internet of Things (IoT) offerings and connectivity amid a swath of emerging technologies – and according to a new note from ABI Research, cloud suppliers will grow their share of IoT data and analytics management revenues from $6 billion (£4.6bn) to $56bn (£43bn) in the next six years.

The way to do this, the analyst firm notes, is through partnerships. As ABI...

By James Bourne, 19 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Research, Software, Vendors.

Don’t forget to budget for business objectives to gain digital transformation ROI

Digital transformation is hugely important and extremely difficult. No matter what form an organisation’s transformation takes, it’s bound to introduce new and unanticipated challenges and costs even as it leads to positive long-term outcomes.

While increased challenges and costs are a normal part of digital transformation, they can trigger C-suite leaders to recalibrate their...

By Chris Rechtsteiner, 18 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Data Management, Economy, Enterprise, Monitoring, Software.

How financial services can stay secure in the cloud: A guide

It was only a few years ago that an air of trepidation surrounded the cloud. However, in the present day, there is no question that having got through what Gartner termed a 'phase of disillusionment’, retail financial services firms see the immense value that cloud can bring. What’s more, with the implementation of the second Payment Services Directive (PSD2), the rise of fintech competitors and the emergence of blockchain technologies, many banks are...

By Chris Hill, 18 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Blockchain, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure, Security, Software.

Onecloud.com domain up for sale – but who could the prospective buyers be?

Exclusive The domain onecloud.com is up for sale – and the upcoming battle for its signature could attract a seven-dollar sum.

That is the verdict of Andrew Miller, president at ATM Holdings. Miller is helping conduct the transaction having been contacted by an individual seller. The seller, who has owned the domain since the early 1990s and has worked as a senior technology executive, ‘had a very hard time deciding...

By James Bourne, 11 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Consumer, Software, Trends, Vendors.