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.

HSBC focuses cloud and DevOps vision with $10 million investment

HSBC has been moving towards a cloud-first world - and the bank's latest endeavour has shed light on how it is pushing ahead in the DevOps sphere.

The company is investing $10 million (£7.8m) in capital investment to CloudBees, the continuous delivery software provider and arbiter of open source automation server Jenkins. 

This is by no means an entirely altruistic act, with HSBC using CloudBees significantly since 2015 in order to bolster its software delivery system. The companies had previously...

By James Bourne, 21 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, DevOps, Google, Platform.

Riding the cloud-native wave: How to get your strategy in order

“Cloud-native” is an approach for building applications which often incorporates microservices, containers, and cloud services on dynamically orchestrated platforms. There can be a steep learning curve, but these techniques and technologies fully exploit the advantages of the cloud computing model.

Managing application operations through agile DevOps processes and continuous delivery pipelines empowers...

By Patrick Hubbard, 20 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Containers, Developers, DevOps, Microservices, Platform.

VMware acquires Bitnami to accelerate multi-cloud and enterprise deployments

VMware has announced its intent to acquire Bitnami, a provider of application packaging and delivery, to help accelerate app delivery for multi-cloud use cases.

Bitnami, based out of San Francisco, offers organisations the capability to deploy a multitude of applications through its libraries either natively or across a plethora of cloud providers. The company was a graduate of Y Combinator and was noted for a reticence on funding, only accepting a seed round in May 2013.

This need for greater enterprise...

By James Bourne, 16 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Infrastructure, M&A, VMware.

Unravel Data secures $35 million series C funding to help combine APM with big data muscle

Meet Unravel Data. The California-based big data software provider has secured $35 million (£27.1m) in a series C funding round – with the aim of revamping the application performance management (APM) space.

The round was led by Point72 Ventures, with participation from Harmony Partners, as well as existing investors Menlo Ventures, GGV Capital, and M12, formerly Microsoft Ventures.

By James Bourne, 14 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, Economy.

Exploring WAN data acceleration: Is edge computing really necessary?

Most traditional forms of dealing with network and data latency, as well as packet loss, fall short of their promise. This includes WAN optimisation. SD-WANs are great, but their performance can also be improved by adding a WAN data acceleration layer. With the growth of the Internet of Things, therefore, organisations are looking for new ways to reduce the impact of latency and packet loss.

David Linthicum, chief cloud...

By Graham Jarvis, 13 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Architecture, Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Infrastructure.

Sumo Logic secures $110 million in series G round to focus on DevSecOps use cases

Sumo Logic, a California-based big data and analytics platform provider, has announced an $110 million (£84.5m) funding round – and secured a more than $1 billion valuation in the process.

The funding round, which was led by Battery Ventures and also featured contributions from Tiger Global Management and Franklin Templeton, will aim to in the company’s own words continue to keep its position ‘as the SaaS...

By James Bourne, 08 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, DevOps, Economy, Platform.

Supply chains and digital transformation: How Manutan rebuilt its systems and strategy

Executive summary: Distributing giant Manutan moved from a reactive customer engagement strategy to a proactive approach through going cloud-native. While the process had various roadblocks, the sense of engagement and community was key. Xavier Laurent, director of value added services at Manutan, has ‘lived the journey of transformation’ over the past 10 years and discusses how the company meets customer demand in the digital...

By Ian Moyse, 07 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Architecture, Case Studies, CIO, Infrastructure.

CloudBees acquires Electric Cloud to further CI/CD mission

CloudBees has announced the acquisition of San Jose-based software veteran Electric Cloud, with the aim to become the ‘first provider of end-to-end continuous integration, continuous delivery, continuous deployment and ARA (application-release automation).

The acquisition will marry two leaders in their respective fields. Electric Cloud was named as a leader in reports from both Gartner and Forrester around application release...

By James Bourne, 18 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, DevOps, Infrastructure, M&A, OpenSource, Platform.

A guide to securing application consistency in multi-cloud environments

Cloud computing. It is like a well-trodden path when it comes to talking about digitalisation. Multi-cloud is another term that has crossed many lips, and something that we are still getting to know now, as efforts continue to ramp up to meet the demand of the digital era. For organisations, the demand to adapt and move with the times is apparent. But the demand for organisations to transform digitally is even more pressing. The whole ecosystem of growth, progression...

By David Moss, 18 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Architecture, Best Practice, Infrastructure, Storage.

How AI and big data analytics keep the most innovative companies ahead of the pack

Alphabet/Google is now the most innovative company in the world according to Boston Consulting Group (BCG), unseating Apple’s 13-year dominance of their annual rankings.

  • Alphabet/Google is now the most innovative company in the world according to BCG, unseating Apple’s 13-year dominance of their annual rankings
  • Strong AI innovators are over three times more likely to have deep expertise in big data analytics
  • The ten most innovative companies in the world extensively use AI and platforms today to grow faster than competitors and markets

By Louis Columbus, 01 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, Data & Analytics, Software.

Operating and maintaining systems at scale with automation: A guide

For the large or midsize MSP, managing numerous customers with unique characteristics and tens of thousands of systems at scale can be challenging. In this article I want to pull back the curtain, so to speak, on some of the automation and tools that I have used to solve these problems. The approach has three main components: collect, model and react.

Collect

By Ken Weinreich, 28 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Architecture, Best Practice, Infrastructure.

Organisations looking to get best of breed and guaranteed app availability with ‘true’ multi-cloud

Multi-cloud is rapidly becoming the de facto deployment model for organisations of all sizes – and a new report from hybrid cloud software provider Turbonomic has found that the vast majority of respondents ‘expect workloads to move freely across clouds.’

The study, the company’s 2019 State of Multicloud Survey which polled almost 850 respondent across multiple IT functions, found the key drivers for...

By James Bourne, 27 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Infrastructure, Research.

How ‘AI at the edge’ is creating new semiconductor demand

As more CIOs and CTOs focus attention on selecting the best-fit IT infrastructure for their particular cognitive computing needs, vendors of semiconductor technologies are exploring new ways to optimize their investment in solutions at the edge of enterprise networks.

Revenue from the sale of artificial intelligence (AI) chipsets for edge inference and inference training will grow at 65% and 137% respectively between 2018 and 2023, according to the latest worldwide market study by ABI Research.

During...

By David H Deans, 26 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Architecture, Big Data, Data & Analytics, Infrastructure, Vendors.

Monitoring cloud app activity for better data security: Five key tips

Digitisation has dramatically changed how work gets done. Business-critical apps and data are a keystroke away, no matter where an employee is or what time it is. Perhaps it is this familiarity with data that makes employees feel so connected to it that, when they switch jobs, they often take some of it with them. Maybe it’s why most of them don’t think this is a criminal act.

Whatever the reasoning for this...

By Mike Mason, 22 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Security.

Practical cloud considerations: Security and the decryption conundrum

Compute in the cloud may be cheap but it isn't free. Most of today’s apps are delivered via secure HTTP. That means TLS or the increasingly frowned upon SSL. It means cryptography, which traditionally has been translated to mean performance problems.

Thanks to advances in technology, CPUs are now incredibly fast and many client (and...

AWS will support NVIDIA’s T4 GPUs focusing on intensive machine learning workloads

Amazon Web Services (AWS) will release its latest GPU-equipped instance with support for NVIDIA’s T4 Tensor Core GPUs with a particular focus on machine learning workloads.

The specs, while not fully there yet, promise so far AWS-custom Intel CPUs, up to 384 gibibytes (GiB) of memory, up to 1.8 TB of fast local NVMe storage, and up to 100 Gbps in networking capacity.

From NVIDIA’s side,...

By James Bourne, 19 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Applications, Infrastructure.

Joining the dots: Equipping the hybrid cloud to meet the needs of the digital enterprise

Love it or loathe it (and I personally love it) the cloud is having a big impact on enterprise IT, but I don’t think I realised just how big until I got to see the results of a comprehensive survey looking at exactly what was going on in the enterprise cloud market.

Conducted on behalf of Nutanix by Vanson Bourne, a leading specialist in high tech research, this survey gathered some intriguing data from over 2,300...

By Rob Tribe, 05 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Vendors.

Enterprise demand for agile, data-centric architectures: The next wave of big data and analytics

Augmented analytics, continuous intelligence and explainable artificial intelligence (AI) are among the top trends in big data and analytics that have significant disruptive potential over the next three to five years, according to the latest worldwide market study by Gartner.

"The size, complexity, distributed nature of data, speed of action and the continuous intelligence required by digital business means that rigid and centralized architectures and tools break down,” said Donald Feinberg, vice president at...

By David H Deans, 05 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, Blockchain, Data & Analytics, Data Management.