With Azure Arc, Microsoft aims to go beyond traditional hybrid cloud – with Anthos and Outposts for company

Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer. Microsoft’s most eye-catching announcement at MS Ignite earlier this week was around Azure Arc which, similar to AWS Outposts and Google Anthos, allows Azure to run and be run on its hyperscale rivals.

The rationale, as the company has put it in the press materials, was to go beyond the usual definitions of hybrid cloud in an area which is rapidly becoming more than table stakes for...

By James Bourne, 07 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

A guide to enterprise cloud cost management – understanding and reducing costs

For the enterprise, managing cloud costs has become a huge problem. Public cloud continues to grow in popularity and top providers, such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google offer competitive prices to attract enterprises. But your search to save money shouldn't stop there. There are many factors - some of which IT teams initially overlook - that can increase a public cloud bill. Fortunately, organisations can avoid any unwanted billing...

By Yair Green, 04 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Economy, Enterprise, Infrastructure, Monitoring.

If your enterprise is still on the fence around cloud - here's what you need to know today

Cloud infrastructure services are rapidly becoming the de facto choice for enterprise IT workloads. According to Gartner, the 2019 worldwide revenue from public cloud IT services is expected to grow by 17.5% and will become a $330 billion dollar industry by 2022. Cloud-based technology is no longer an emerging trend, it’s mainstream, with 69% of enterprises moving business-critical workloads to the cloud.

What is the appeal of the cloud?

Cloud technology enables an agile working environment that can...

By Marty Puranik, 25 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, Infrastructure, Security.

How cloud technologies continue to enable innovation in the pharmaceutical industry

The pharmaceutical world is in the midst of a sea change. As new deadlines approach for compliance with the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA), pharmaceutical companies are racing — and struggling — to comply. The provisions’ end goal — creating an electronic database to identify and trace the distribution of prescription drugs...

By Gina Parry, 23 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Enterprise, ERP, Software.

The rise of SD-WAN: How scaling cloud services is key to growing a digital business

  • 93% of enterprises are securing remote locations with a centralised approach that rarely scales to secure every endpoint and identity of remote branch locations, leaving an enterprise more vulnerable to a breach
  • Enabling network security is the greatest challenge enterprises face when managing a highly distributed network with numerous remote locations
  • In an era of cloud-first networks, nine out of 10 companies are still relying on centrally managed networks that don’t scale for remote system users, creating productivity bottlenecks
  • 75% of enterprises experience...

By Louis Columbus, 18 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Infrastructure, Research, Scalability, Security.

What’s new in Gartner’s 2019 hype cycle for AI – and what businesses need to know about

  • Between 2018 and 2019, organisations that have deployed artificial intelligence (AI) grew from 4% to 14%, according to Gartner’s 2019 CIO Agenda survey
  • Conversational AI remains at the top of corporate agendas spurred by the worldwide success of Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and others
  • Enterprises are making progress with AI as it grows more widespread, and they’re also making more mistakes that contribute to their accelerating learning curve

These and many other new insights are from 

By Louis Columbus, 09 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise, Research, Software.

Public cloud revenue will reach $500 billion in 2023: The key factors driving it

The pace of cloud computing adoption will accelerate as more organizations explore hybrid IT strategies. CIOs and CTOs will fine-tune the mix of on-premises and managed cloud services for their user's varied applications and workloads.

Worldwide spending on public cloud services and infrastructure will more than double over the 2019-2023 forecast period, according to the latest market study by International Data Corporation (IDC).

With a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 22.3 percent, public...

By David H Deans, 16 September 2019, 1 comment. Categories: Enterprise, IaaS, Infrastructure, PaaS, Platform, Public, Research, SaaS , Software.

Why it continues to make sense for IT ops to move to the cloud: A guide

There’s been a lot of movement in the IT operations management (ITOM) business lately, from the acquisition of SignalFx by Splunk to the PagerDuty IPO, and all signs point to a Datadog IPO in the future. What’s with all this consolidation? I believe we’re seeing the rise of a future-state of ITOM; that is to say, it’s the rise of SaaS-based ITOM. And it’s easy to see why.

In my previous consulting...

By Wael Altaqi, 28 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, Enterprise, SaaS , Software.

Enterprise blockchain firm Cypherium secures Google Cloud partnership, adding to AWS deal

Meet Cypherium. The New York-based blockchain startup is partnering with Google Cloud – making it the third major cloud provider to secure a deal with the company.

The company’s goal is to provide an enterprise-ready blockchain platform which promises up to 5,000 transactions per second. Scalability continues to be a concern for organisations looking to utilise blockchain technologies, and is seen as a determining...

By James Bourne, 16 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Blockchain, Enterprise, Google.

Google Cloud to acquire storage provider Elastifile, further reinforces enterprise ambitions

Google Cloud’s focus on the enterprise continues apace, with the company announcing its intent to acquire Santa Clara-based cloud storage provider Elastifile.

Elastifile offers cloud-native file storage which promises an enterprise-grade distributed file system, as well as ‘intelligent’ object tiering. While the company had been somewhat under the radar – its most recent funding round of $16 million in...

By James Bourne, 10 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Google, M&A, Software, Storage.

Why CEOs crave digital transformation results – and the greater impact on business growth

Digital transformation fuels upside market opportunities, and related growth goals are now the CEO's top business priority, according to the latest worldwide study by Gartner. Moreover, a growing number of CEOs will focus more on financial priorities - especially profitability improvement.

The annual survey of CEO and senior business executives in the fourth quarter of 2018 examined their business issues, as well as some areas of technology agenda impact. In total, 473 business leaders of companies...

By David H Deans, 02 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Enterprise, Research.

Overcoming the skills gap for cloud and digital: Where does security and automation fit in?

Digital transformation initiatives require a distinct technological and cultural change – and the element which binds both together is skills.

Yet getting the right skills remain a near-impossibility. The skills gap shows no sign of lessening, with two recent studies proving this point. In December OpsRamp found the vast majority of businesses

By James Bourne, 25 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Best Practice, Enterprise, Security.

Why cloud projects need a small team of effective IT stakeholders to keep things going

Before the cloud, IT projects had a definitive start and end. Choosing the right leadership team to keep all players on task was paramount to success. In the cloud era, instead of distinct start and end points, IT leads continual cycles of change and improvement. In a way, this means that projects are never done. As well, projects are continually evolving.

Project leaders must sometimes make decisions on the fly about platforms and technologies, to minimise redundancy and sprawl or in response to an urgent...

By Marcus Bearden, 20 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, DevOps, Enterprise, Infrastructure.

What matters most in business intelligence 2019: Key enterprise use cases

  • Improving revenues using BI is now the most popular objective enterprises are pursuing in 2019
  • Reporting, dashboards, data integration, advanced visualisation, and end-user self-service are the most strategic BI initiatives underway in enterprises today
  • Operations, executive management, finance, and sales are primarily driving business intelligence (BI) adoption throughout enterprises today
  • Tech companies’ operations and sales teams are the most effective at driving BI adoption across industries surveyed, with advertising driving BI adoption across marketing

These...

By Louis Columbus, 17 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Enterprise, Research, Software.

How shared responsibility means CIOs and CFOs need to be close partners

In today’s complex business ecosystem, the relationship between the CIO and the CFO has to be closely aligned, which goes beyond just an agreement on the budget. The CIO and the CFO have to be as one, working together as two strong pillars that ensure the organisation meets every demand the regulators, shareholders, customers, partners and employees place on it. The days of tension between the CIO and CFO are long gone.

By Wendy Pfeiffer, 14 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data & Analytics, Enterprise, Security.

Dropbox revamps as enterprise collaboration space to help users conquer ‘work about work’

Dropbox has launched a significant redesign, repositioning itself as an enterprise collaboration workspace and moving away from its file storage heritage.

The move will see Dropbox aim to be a one-stop-shop. The relaunched desktop app will enable users to create, access and share content across the Google and Microsoft portfolio, opening Google Docs and Microsoft Office files, offer synchronised search, alongside partnerships with...

By James Bourne, 13 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Data & Analytics, Enterprise, Software, Storage.

Why the real multi-cloud motivator is choice - rather than lock-in

Multi-cloud is one of the biggest initiatives for enterprises today; however, if you analyse the justification for this trend, so much of it is driven by fear — fear of lock-in, fear of outages, fear of cost. And while those concerns may be valid, the enterprises that are realising the value of multi-cloud have an even more compelling reason for it: choice.

A few years ago, battle lines were drawn. For the most part you either used AWS, Azure, or GCP in addition...

How to improve supply chains with machine learning: 10 proven ways

Bottom line: Enterprises are attaining double-digit improvements in forecast error rates, demand planning productivity, cost reductions and on-time shipments using machine learning today, revolutionising supply chain management in the process.

Machine learning algorithms and the models they’re based on excel at finding anomalies, patterns and predictive insights in large data sets. Many supply chain challenges are time, cost and resource constraint-based, making machine learning an ideal technology to...

By Louis Columbus, 22 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, Enterprise, Software.