Understanding the three key ways cloud can drive competitive advantage

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The fact of the matter is thus: if you want to stay ahead of the pack, you’ll need to get your head into and around the cloud. However, the reasons and rationale behind cloud migration are very different to that which greeted CTOs in the mid-2000s, and it is this shift that businesses and their staff need to be aware of today.

According to IDC: "more than 70% of western Europe enterprise IT organisations will commit to hybrid cloud architectures by 2017, vastly driving the rate and...

By Sebastian Krause, 23 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Enterprise, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

Not so fantastic Mr Fox: How the cloud enables British business to work harder than ever

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During a speech at a Conservative Way Forward event on September 9, Liam Fox, the International Trade Secretary, said that Britain had become “too lazy and too fat”, with businessmen preferring “golf on a Friday afternoon” to trying to boost the country’s prosperity.

While somewhat diffused by Downing Street later as “clearly private views”, his statement was certainly thought provoking.

As the CEO of a company that provides cloud-based IT...

By Joseph Blass, 16 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Economy, Enterprise, Software.

Maximising the potential of the Industrial Internet – through the right networks

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Computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided engineering (CAE) often use extremely large files, which make remote working and collaboration difficult to achieve. Most businesses are able to work remotely with laptops, smartphones and tablet PCs, but the processing power required to create, store and share CAD files over a wide area network is often prohibitive. Yet with the power of the internet they can work remotely and collaboratively.

The...

By Graham Jarvis, 09 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobility.

Huawei’s three tenets for making the most of the cloud opportunity

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With an increasingly open IT ecosystem, there are three key principles for all businesses, from SMBs to enterprises, to make the most of their lot: cooperation over competition, benefit sharing, and creating a bigger market rather than fighting for a larger share.

That was the verdict of Guo Ping, rotating CEO of Chinese telco Huawei, at the company’s Huawei Connect event. “Essentially, marketplace advantages will come from within an organisation, as has traditionally...

By James Bourne, 05 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Infrastructure.

Microsoft overhauls Salesforce in enterprise SaaS, Synergy argues

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Microsoft has overtaken Salesforce to become the leading software as a service (SaaS) vendor despite a fragmented market, according to the latest note from Synergy Research.

The analyst firm, which extensively covers cloud software and infrastructure markets, argues that with the latest Q2 data to hand, the global enterprise SaaS market grew by 33% year on year to hit more than $11 billion (£8.3bn) in quarterly revenues.

The space is divided up by Synergy into several buckets....

By James Bourne, 02 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Microsoft, Research, SaaS , Salesforce, Software.

These companies have been ranked the best private cloud firms to work for

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Asana, Greenhouse Software and WalkMe have been ranked as the three best private cloud computing companies to work for, according to a new study from Glassdoor and Battery Ventures.

The study focused on larger, privately held firms, with 200 or more employees, and ranked CEO approval, as well as a ‘positive business outlook’. Participants were asked to rank on a scale between one and...

By James Bourne, 25 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Research, Software.

Adidas Group launches on Dropbox Enterprise for “seamless collaboration”

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Cloud storage firm Dropbox has announced a new customer win in the form of sports brand The Adidas Group.

The announcement, which appeared on the firm’s official blog this morning, explains how Adidas is utilising Dropbox Enterprise, which was launched in November last year, to have ‘fast, reliable access to…data’ and ‘seamless collaboration’ for its employees.

“At...

By James Bourne, 08 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Case Studies, Collaboration, Enterprise, Software, Storage.

Why CIOs need to be strong in picking a cloud strategy – and sticking to it

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This time last year, Fruition Partners, an IT solutions provider, released a report which assessed the state of cloud adoption through the eyes of the CIO. The study bemoaned the rise of shadow IT and gave three best practice tips to control cloud sprawl, by focusing on the user to provide a better service, focusing on business needs, and focusing on IT strategy and how to make better use of IT service management (ITSM).

12 months on and, to quote Led Zeppelin, the song remains the same. 62% of...

By James Bourne, 01 August 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Applications, CIO, Enterprise, Security, Software.

Six key benefits of cloud computing in the healthcare industry

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The cloud has many benefits for businesses - but it is also making advances in the medical industry, becoming a vital tool for healthcare professionals everywhere. What makes it so valuable?

Better collaboration

Collaboration is vital to the healthcare industry, which makes the cloud a perfect companion in the field. By allowing professionals...

By Rick Delgado, 28 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, Economy, Enterprise, Infrastructure.

Why CIOs cannot ‘blindly trust’ public cloud services in their organisation

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Cloud maturity is on the rise, although plenty of problems remain, according to the latest survey data from service management technology provider Fruition Partners.

The study, which was undertaken by Vanson Bourne and polled 400 CIOs from the UK and US, found that for almost three quarters (73%) of respondents, “significant” financial waste is occurring with cloud adoption without IT insight. Yet 85% of CIOs polled believe cloud is reducing their organisations’...

By James Bourne, 27 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Enterprise, Software.

How cloud assurance is at the heart of digital transformation

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Cloud computing is transforming modern business. Through the cloud, new digital-centric businesses are emerging that are more agile and innovative than anything seen before. Whether a new, ‘upstart’ business like Uber, with its compelling approach to city transport; or an established company breaking into new markets, like General Motors with its investment into Lyft, businesses are pioneering new customer services and business models that are disrupting entire industries...

By Michael Segal, 27 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Enterprise, Infrastructure.

How the public cloud can benefit the global economy

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A great deal has been written over the past few years about the financial benefit of migrating to the public or hybrid cloud for enterprises around the world. For enterprise looking for economic benefits of moving to the cloud, the main points have always been the ability to only pay for what you need, reduced operational cost, agility, availability, and elasticity.

The naysayers continue to point to the risks and the considerable labour involved in an enterprise-wide cloud migration. I...

By David Auslander, 25 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Enterprise, Infrastructure, Public.

Dropbox and Egnyte move to leaders section in Gartner EFSS Magic Quadrant

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Box, Citrix, Dropbox, and Egnyte represent the leaders’ section in the latest Gartner enterprise file sync and share (EFSS) Magic Quadrant.

The 2016 rankings show an interesting correlation year on year; Dropbox and Egnyte move from the challenger and visionary sections respectively, while the overall number of vendors, 13, represents a step down from 16...

By James Bourne, 22 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Research, Software, Storage.

IDC notes how public cloud IaaS is ‘transforming enterprise IT value chain’

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A short research note from analyst house IDC argues how enterprise acceptance and adoption rates are driving strong growth of public cloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS).

According to IDC forecasts, public cloud IaaS revenues are set to more than triple, from $12.6 billion (£9.5bn) in 2015 to $43.6bn in 2020, at a compound annual growth rate of 28.2% over that period. The public cloud IaaS market grew 51% in 2015, according to IDC, with that growth expecting to slow after...

By James Bourne, 18 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IaaS, Infrastructure, Public.

Why cloud and mobile bring growth – and new challenges – to the mainframe

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There is abundant evidence that prove the mainframe remains the world’s most reliable, scalable and secure computing platform today. Does the adaptability, scalability and low entry costs offered by the cloud compete for its workload?

Short answer: no. Rather, cloud has increased the mainframe workload. Cloud, mobility, and the explosion of the application economy are directly responsible for driving growth in mainframe utilization. In fact, our mainframe customers have...

By Cameron Van Orman, 14 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: DevOps, Enterprise, Infrastructure.

The three common pitfalls of CRM deployments

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Beware of the fast-talking salesperson with the “simple” solutions. If you’re being told that the solution to your business problems is as easy as 1-2-3, there’s a good chance it’s not. That common principle applies to most tech products, and a Customer Relationship Management tool (CRM) is no exception.

While the cloud has standardised software use by removing what is often the most complicated part of the process — the installation on the...

By Rhonda Sherwood, 12 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: CRM, Enterprise, SaaS , Software.

Google study: Examining how cloud trust relates to business performance

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Cloud technology can create positive business outcomes for businesses – but only if the organisation is willing to foster business transformations that leverage what the cloud offers.

That is the key finding from a report published by The Economist and sponsored by Google on how trust in cloud computing correlates with business performance.

The report, which is based on a global survey of more than 450 executives in 10 countries across five continents, finds 38% of enterprise...

By James Bourne, 11 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Economy, Enterprise, Google, Infrastructure.

Why the nirvana of cloud scalability can be easily achievable today

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It’s perhaps the most captivating myth of cloud: autoscaling. A major selling point, the promise of autoscaling is that the amount of computing resource automatically scales based on load. It can handle those unexpected traffic spikes better, automatically, with no human intervention. Workloads just know for example when your website has been mentioned on a television show or in a major magazine, demand spikes, and the cloud compensates. The cloud becomes a nimble, always-on,...

By Monica Brink, 06 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, Enterprise, Infrastructure.

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.

Why enterprise cloud transformation is all a matter of transition

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The move for enterprises to the cloud is not a question of if but when – and neither is it a question of pace.

That’s the view of Matthew Finnie, chief technical officer at virtual data centre (VDC) provider Interoute. He argues that the industries traditionally less than keen on changing – finance and manufacturing, and a trend which this publication has covered extensively – have all come to the same realisation. “The issue for us is not so much the speed at...

By James Bourne, 01 July 2016, 2 comments. Categories: Adoption, Data Centres, Enterprise, IaaS, Infrastructure, Virtualisation.