Analysing the evolution of single sign-on

Replacing mainframes with 21st century identity

By Paul Madsen, senior technical architect

The concept of single sign-on (SSO) is not a new one, and over the years it has successfully bridged the gap between security and productivity for organizations all over the globe.

Allowing users to authenticate once to gain access to enterprise applications improves access security and user productivity by reducing the need for passwords.

In the days of...

By cloudbestpractices.net, 19 February 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, SaaS , Security.

Sage trims its CRM portfolio to accelerate renaissance

Jeremy Cox, Principal Analyst Enterprise SolutionsOn February 15, Sage announced that it was selling off Sage ACT, Sage SalesLogix, and the Sage Nonprofit Solutions product suite (managed from the US), as well as four other non-CRM products in Europe. Ovum sees this as further evidence of Sage’s customer-focused transformation and desire to accelerate development of its core hybrid cloud and mobile applications portfolio.At last year’s Sage Summit, the company’s definition of what constitutes core did not include Sage CRM....

By Ovum StraightTalk, 18 February 2013, 1 comment. Categories: CRM, Enterprise, SaaS .

Personal cloud usage influences company adoption, says CDW

CDW report looks at the health of cloud computing in terms of drivers, barriers and cost and says that ‘work imitates life’ with cloud adoption

It’s that time of the year again; companies have stopped predicting what the cloud is going to look like for 2013, with organisations instead concentrating on what the ecosystem is currently looking like.

CDW is a case in point. The IT product supplier has issued its ‘2013 State of the Cloud’ report, surveying 1,242 tech professionals,...

By James Bourne, 18 February 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, Migration, Research, Security.

Will CPR significantly increase cloud survival rates?

IT is an acronym crazed world. So crazy that sometimes - when running out of three letter ones - we simply  recycle them or add sequence numbers. Remember MRP, which used to mean Material Requirements Planning, but then became Manufacturing Resource Planning (called MRP II to avoid confusion), to only a couple of years - and a few trillion of investments - later, resurface as ERP. In that era the term BPR also became popular. BPR stood for Business Process Re-engineering (see for example Hammer, M. and Champy, J. A.: (1993) 

By Gregor Petri, 11 February 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, ERP.

The Consumer Electronics Show: All about enterprise

Mike Sapien, Principal Analyst, Enterprise, Ovum

The 2013 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) was the usual media frenzy, with as many new technology announcements as ever. Although CES focuses on mass-market, consumer products, entertainment, and services, it does provide a preview of technologies and products that will most likely enter the enterprise market eventually. It also gives IT departments some idea of what the corporate end user is going to expect in terms of corporate IT services, user interfaces, and service...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 11 February 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Industry.

Build vs buy—5 reasons you shouldn’t build your own CRM

By Sangeetha ParthasarathyAs a business consulting company, we frequently hear the comment, “We are more than capable of building our own home-grown technology ecosystem.” That's great. But before you jump in head-first, and start buying a bunch of servers and stalking developers on LinkedIn, you should consider everything required to build, implement, and maintain your system.

Here at Bluewolf, we’ve discovered several misguided rationales behind building your own CRM. To avoid falling into those traps, consider these 5 wrong reasons to build your own CRM:

  • “I can build it,...

  • By Bluewolf, 01 February 2013, 0 comments. Categories: CRM, Enterprise, ERP.

    Interoute claims CloudStore is “game changer” for cloud computing

    Cloud service provider Interoute has announced the launch of CloudStore, an enterprise app store which doubles up as a compute and storage facility, hosting OS and databases, as well as business apps.

    Interoute, known for its virtual data centre and owning Europe’s largest cloud platform, is further focusing its efforts on the enterprise – understandable, given that’s where most of its client base lies – but featuring a much more rounded...

    By James Bourne, 30 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Enterprise, Storage.

    Cloud cited as key driver for redefining CIO role [infographic]

    A new survey from Brocade has revealed the extent of the changing CIO role in enterprise – and put cloud adoption as a major driver of it.

    The research, which asked 100 CIOs from the EMEA sector (Europe, Middle East, Africa) found the following top-line takeaways:

    • 50% of the CIOs polled expect that cloud adoption will result in their jobs involving less time fretting over the company IT infrastructure
    • One third of CIOs confirmed that cloud services had been deployed by their business without involving the IT department
    • Two in three envisage that by...

    By James Bourne, 24 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Enterprise, Infographic.

    Symantec survey examines increase in “rogue clouds”

    A new research report from Symantec has warned against the use of ‘rogue’ clouds for best practice.

    The survey, entitled ‘Avoiding the Hidden Costs of Cloud’, spoke to IT execs at 3,236 organisations across nearly 30 countries worldwide and found that there was a link between using rogue clouds and losing confidential information, resulting in hidden costs.

    A rogue cloud is one which is...

    By James Bourne, 21 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Research, Security.

    IBM’s stack on big data management and governance

    By Madan Sheina, Lead Analyst, Information Management, Tony Baer, Principal Analyst, Enterprise Solutions, Fredrik Tunvall, Analyst, Information ManagementThe big data phenomenon presents a challenge for data management, a complex IT discipline that many organizations still struggle to deal with effectively today, even with their “small” data sets. As data grows, so too does data uncertainty – and with it lowered quality and trust. IBM is in the process of extending its InfoSphere family of data integration...

    By Ovum StraightTalk, 17 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Enterprise.

    Is cloud computing ready for prime time?

    By John Dixon, Senior Solutions Architect

    A few weeks ago, I took part in another engaging tweetchat on cloud computing. The topic: is cloud computing ready for enterprise adoption? You can find the transcript here.

    As usual with tweetchats hosted by CloudCommons, five questions are presented a few days in advance of the event. This time around, the questions were:

  • Is public cloud mature enough for enterprise adoption?
  • Should public cloud be a part of every...
  • By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 10 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Public, Security, Virtualisation.

    Amazon Web Services starts to assert itself

    By Laurent Lachal, Senior Analyst, Ovum SoftwareAt the end of November 2012, Amazon Web Services (AWS) held its first partner and customer conference in Las Vegas. Dubbed AWS “re: Invent”, the event was a success. It enabled AWS to assert itself as a large and influential player in the IT marketplace. However, as well as AWS’s strengths, it also highlighted some of its traditional weaknesses. These include poor communications and an inability to put forward messages adapted to the needs of enterprise executives.

    A...

    By Ovum StraightTalk, 08 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IaaS, Security.

    What are the top 3 myths about cloud ERP software?

    The growth of cloud computing has caused a paradigm shift in all sorts of business applications, but perhaps most notably in ERP software.

    As noted in a previous article, cloud ERP is growing like wildfire as more and more businesses move to their ERP system to the cloud.

    But as cloud ERP becomes more popular, misconceptions about it also spread and it becomes more difficult to separate fact from fiction. In an effort to do just so, here are the top 3 myths about cloud...

    By Acumatica, 02 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, ERP.

    How enterprise will win back data control in 2013

    In 2012, we began losing our battle against data, as the amount of digital data being created, stored and shared reached new heights. At the same time, we witnessed a record build out of centralized infrastructure, as cloud vendors and enterprises built or expanded datacenters around the globe in an attempt to store and manage all this data. And the pace of both of these are only accelerating as we enter the new year.

    This data escalation combined with the continued forces of consumerization and gamification...

    By Margaret Dawson, 21 December 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Enterprise, Forecasts.