Why you can’t afford to play Russian roulette with your network

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With the advent of software defined networks (SDN), NFV (network function virtualization), and new network equipment, networks are being upgraded at a faster pace than ever before.  But dropping a new piece of equipment into a live network environment is a lot like playing Russian roulette – you have no way of knowing if a bullet is in the chamber or not. Luckily, network test labs can help you spot network problems before anyone pulls the trigger to go live.

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By Joan Wrabetz, 11 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Monitoring, Platform, Software, Virtualisation.

Analysing the evolution of the SaaS market: $50bn spending expected by 2024

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The global software as a service (SaaS) market is expected to break $50 billion in terms of product spending by 2024, from $12bn this year, according to a report released by price comparison checker Better Buys.

The report, an examination on the state of the SaaS market which takes its cues from various industry reports, argues almost two thirds (64%) of small and medium businesses rely on cloud technologies to drive growth and workforce efficiency, while more than three quarters...

By James Bourne, 04 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: SaaS , Software.

10 ways machine learning is revolutionising the manufacturing industry

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Every manufacturer has the potential to integrate machine learning into their operations and become more competitive by gaining predictive insights into production.

Machine learning’s core technologies align well with the complex problems manufacturers face daily. From striving to keep supply chains operating efficiently to producing customised, built- to-order products on time, machine learning algorithms have the potential to bring greater predictive accuracy to every phase of...

By Louis Columbus, 04 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Platform, Software.

Is the cloud’s fatal flaw offering users too much choice?

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The last few years have seen an influx of ‘disruptive’ new tech startups entering the marketplace with all sorts of software as a service (SaaS) and app solutions for small businesses and larger enterprises. On the face of it, this is great news. However, the phrase “spoilt for choice” could also apply, and might even be causing paralysis in cloud service adoption.

With regards to document management systems (DMS), centralisation has been the goal for many years;...

By Richard Shaw, 01 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: SaaS , Software.

Why more and more organisations are adopting network virtualisation

The ‘iron’ of routers and switches has been the backbone of the enterprise for decades. But in recent years, high profile companies have challenged long-held ideas of what makes a network strategic and powerful.

Leaps in agility, flexibility, security, efficiency and scalability are only possible when you abstract or virtualise network services and decoupling them from hardware, as this paper from VMware explains.

By James Bourne, 24 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Software, Virtualisation, VMware.

The next phase of SDN: Software defined campus networks

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Enterprise and university campus networks have enjoyed decades of architectural permanence. For years, these networks have been built with cookie cutter designs, with the only critical decision points being the number of ports and users. But new challenges presented today – more devices (both in number and type), mobility, security, and diverse application traffic – the management of these networks is finally coming to the forefront. Software-defined networking (SDN) is...

By Ayu Shah, 24 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Software, Vendors, Virtualisation.

The four key storage drivers for SaaS success

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Software as a service (SaaS) and cloud delivery models are disrupting the world of traditional enterprise software.  As IT organisations embrace agile infrastructure strategies to keep pace with the rapid change of the businesses they support, SaaS delivered applications have a clear advantage over traditional on-premises enterprise apps.  As the forces of digital transformation reshape enterprise IT for the on-demand world, SaaS applications will be a driving force in...

By Josh Epstein, 22 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: SaaS , Software, Storage.

Analysing the analysis: Gartner’s 2015 CRM market share report

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Top line findings

  • Worldwide customer relationship management (CRM) software totaled $26.3B in 2015, up 12.3% from $23.4B in 2014.
  • SaaS revenue grew 27% year over year, more than double overall CRM market growth in 2015.
  • Asia/Pacific grew the fastest of all regions globally, increasing 9% 2015, closely followed by greater China with 18.4% growth.

These and many other insights into the current state of the global CRM market are from

By Louis Columbus, 20 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: CRM, Research, SaaS , Salesforce, Software.

Traditional software giants are starting to kick it in the cloud — so what’s next?

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For years the benefits of the cloud have been the subject of much debate within the IT industry. In the past, sceptics claimed that the cloud wasn’t reliable or secure — although Gartner sought to dispel that myth. Now, the sceptics are harder to find and Gartner doesn’t have to dispel as many cloud myths. Our latest Businesses @ Work report shows that companies are not only enabling...

By Phil Turner, 16 June 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Research, SaaS , Software, Trends.

Are you being served? Big data and the disrupters of customer service

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We often hear the buzzword phrases of customer service, quality of service, customer first and net promoter score, and both the B2C and B2B markets have been constantly changing, driven by more demanding customer expectations with the bar being set ever higher by new disrupters. Take the age-old example of Blockbuster, a model and brand that was globally successful and known, quickly disrupted when newcomers set the de facto bar: download a movie anywhere, anytime to a growing number of...

By Ian Moyse, 15 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Consumer, Data & Analytics, Software.