Why APIs matter in the world of virtualisation

The All Things API series is tailored to capture thought-provoking ideas and commentary from today’s visionaries, tech leaders, geeks, evangelists and the like. Day-in and -out, we have the pleasure of meeting with subject-matter experts within the community, ranging from developers at Fortune 100 companies to API & developer evangelists writing their own path.

On November 7th, I sat down and chatted with an interesting expert in the realm of APIs: John Kirby, ViaWest API expert and Director of Software Architecture. Kirby has been in the software development field for over 25 years, and when he’s not on the slopes skiing beautiful Colorado or riding his bike, he helps his team focus on the big picture of how the enterprise’s next generation of virtualization can become more agile and responsive to customer needs.

Q: In your own words, how would you describe ViaWest? ViaWest provides...

By Hannah Shain, 09 December 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Developers.

IBM launches enterprise cloud marketplace, talks of “next major step” in portfolio

IBM has announced the launch of the IBM Cloud Marketplace, with Big Blue putting all its cloudy apps and software in one place in what the company calls “the next major step in IBM’s cloud leadership.”

The usual suspects are all there, from 100 SaaS apps, to the newly-launched PaaS developer offering BlueMix, to IaaS package SoftLayer. IBM has categorised each part of the marketplace appropriately – Biz, described as “enterprise-grade business apps to accelerate innovation”...

By James Bourne, 28 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, IaaS, PaaS, SaaS .

Analysing smart mobile apps and open hybrid cloud trends

Savvy executive leaders are already prepared for the shift to more progressive business technology deployments throughout the enterprise. Open hybrid cloud architectures, big data analytics and mobile applications are high-growth platforms at the center of this shift.In particular, the emerging mobile applications must be integrated, flexible, and adaptable to constantly changing business conditions. This is the new normal in many fast-paced industries. That being said, are you ready for the mobile data deluge that's inevitable?According to the Cisco Visual Networking Index global...

By David H Deans, 11 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Hybrid, Research.

Salesforce and the banking industry align as both bet on mobility

For bankers, mobility has become key. Customer-facing mobile banking applications are increasing the flow of traffic through digital channels, which is eroding traffic in bank branches. But it does not stop there: the mobile-enablement of services to increase the productivity of banking employees and drive sales effectiveness in remote locations is also on the rise.

The digital channel revolution is having a significant impact on banking via physical channels, and mobile apps for banking employees will play a...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 02 December 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Consumer, Public, Salesforce.

Salesforce CEO Benioff unleashes Salesforce1, cites ‘internet of customers’ future

Cloud giant Salesforce has unveiled its new shiny cloud platform Salesforce1 at Dreamforce in San Francisco, with CEO Marc Benioff stressing the ‘internet of customers’ – the importance of the consumer in a cloud, social and mobile world.

“I’ve never been more excited to be part of Salesforce.com,” Benioff bellowed to the audience of customers, partners and non-profits.

“In the world of the Internet of Things, it’s really a world of Internet of...

By James Bourne, 20 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Consumer, CRM, Forecasts, Salesforce, Trends.

Cloud and Agile Development: Match made in Heaven?

For some time, cloud computing has been moving from beyond a purely IT-owned paradigm to a more readily accepted part of how different business units achieve their end goals. Application development is no exception.

Product managers and application architects have been at the forefront of this mass adoption, utilizing cloud infrastructure resources to dramatically improve the way applications are developed,...

By Logicworks, 05 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Developers.

HP: How the cloud drives the unpredictability of mobile apps #AppsWorld

Earlier this year Infor CEO Charles Phillips claimed that enterprise apps and software “sucked” – but not so according to Hewlett Packard’s Paul Evans who is part of the company’s Application Transformation global marketing division.

“Enterprise apps can be beautiful. For us mobile apps are enterprise apps,” says Evans, who is speaking at

By Apps World, 08 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise.

New research paper forecasts 2014 to be “year of ERP cloud”

With executives satisfied that they can get a return on investment for low-level apps in the cloud, 2014 is going to be the year when enterprise mission-critical apps will take charge, according to cloudy infrastructure platform provider Virtustream.

The findings have been released in a report, entitled “ERP – The Cuckoo in Cloud Land”, and gives insight both into the ERP (enterprise resource planning) landscape as well as the position of mission critical apps in the cloud.

The report...

By James Bourne, 07 October 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Applications, Big Data, CRM, Enterprise, ERP, Research.

Steve Wozniak: I am a fan of the cloud...but let’s not go all in yet

Exclusive Steve Wozniak says he’s “a fan” of the cloud, yet he’s still worried about what could happen if consumers and companies don’t back things up locally.

This may come as something of a surprise to the tech fraternity, for whom the general consensus was that Woz wasn’t too keen on cloud – to put it politely.

Last August, after a showing of the Mike Daisey monologue ‘The Agony and...

By James Bourne, 02 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Developers, Industry, Interview, Security.

Hybrid cloud computing overview and benefits

A hybrid cloud offers both affordability and security by splitting business requirements so that each process demand goes into the right cloud

As we witness high adoption rates for the public cloud and the private cloud, businesses are turning towards a hybrid cloud computing solution. The reason is obvious; in the initial days of cloud computing technology, enterprises used public clouds extensively for VDI, RDP and BYOD requirements. However, over the last few years security issues,...

By 2X Software, 05 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise, Hybrid, VDI, Virtualisation.

Integration remains a barrier to SaaS adoption

Saurabh Sharma, Senior Analyst, IT Solutions

The ever-increasing significance and adoption of software-as-a-service (SaaS) in enterprise IT has concealed the issues inherent to the shift from a traditional model for software delivery to an “as-a-service” model. Despite the emergence of similar delivery models (i.e. integration-as-a-service), integration remains a barrier to SaaS adoption. The situation has not improved much over the last couple of years, as IT still does not consider integration as a...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 01 August 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Applications, Enterprise, SaaS .

How effective identity management reins shadow IT and password sprawl

By Quinton Wall, Director of Technical Platform Marketing, Salesforce.com - @quintonwall

The cloud has sped up and simplified many aspects of IT. Enterprises and end-users alike have incredibly swift and affordable access to more applications and IT resources than ever before.

This access helps cut or keep costs low and enables businesses to innovate and respond to evolving market demands. However, in other ways,...

By Salesforce.com, 22 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, Enterprise, IaaS, Mobility, Salesforce, Security.

Next generation data centres – The evolution of Application Delivery Services

Application delivery controllers (ADCs) are now essential for business-critical applications, managing fast-changing transaction loads, and enhancing performance, resilience and security. However, many online applications change frequently to reflect customer requirements, and the increasing speed of change in application deployment means that traditional ADC architectures can hold back the pace of change.

So, enterprises rolling out private clouds still face several technology and operations limitations...

By Paul Wallace, 10 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise, Industry, Private, SaaS .

With HANA, SAP says commitment to cloud is "stronger than ever"

There were some pretty big statements being laid down during Rob Enslin’s keynote speech at the SAP UK and Ireland Forum today, with the enterprise giant’s global customer operations president making plenty of noise about HANA, the company’s big cloud bet and a shift to the database sector.

The big push this year, of course, is HANA's Enterprise Cloud, which is in the words of SAP, “the power of real-time business and simplicity of the cloud". It's enterprise class with cloud’s...

By Cloud Tech, 03 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Editorial, Enterprise, ERP, PaaS.

Why trade finance is moving to the cloud

The development of cloud technology is opening the door for companies in the trade finance sector to move away from the inherent constraints of paper-based processes.

In Asia, this is particularly compelling, as importers don’t need to invest heavily in hardware and software to use cloud-based trade finance solutions – in some cases enabling them to leapfrog more costly and complex ERP tools.

As such, many operators in these less mature markets are very open to working in the cloud and receptive...

By Tom Rahdar, 01 July 2013, 2 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, Consumer, Economy, SaaS .

Teradata releases own Hadoop products

At the Hadoop Summit conference last week, Teradata announced some Hadoop-only products that are a lead-in for applying its data management services to this emerging platform. The new offerings, announced in conjunction with strategic partner Hortonworks, include a new Teradata-branded Hadoop-only appliance that adds new deployment and node management capabilities, and deeper Teradata-delivered service and support options. The announcements raise the question of what value-add IT incumbents bring to the Hadoop game, when...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 01 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise, PaaS.

Amazon's AutoRip helps ease consumer transition to the Cloud

Admit it, we all thought the CD was on its way out, and it probably is. Yet if any company wishes to hold on to sales a little bit longer, it’s Amazon.

Today the firm has announced ‘AutoRip’ which offers any physical media you’ve (ever) bought to stream for free from the Cloud.

 

Whilst many music-lovers have already subscribed to one of the extensive-list of new generation streaming services; such as Spotify, Google Play Music, Rdio, Pandora, Xbox Music, or Deezer. Many still...

By Ryan Daws, 27 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Consumer, Industry, Public, SaaS .

Splunk’s “Hunk” makes dealing with Hadoop big data easy

Earlier this week we got to speak with Sanjay Mehta, VP of Product Marketing, and Clint Sharp, Senior Product Manager, Big Data; concerning the (beta) launch of a new product, “Hunk”, making exploring data stored in Hadoop easy.

In fact, one of the taglines randomly generated on the company’s website is “taking the ‘sh’ out of IT”, solutions which work for clients in the real-world is a clear priority.

Sanjay gives an interview of the company’s background:...

By Ryan Daws, 26 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Developers, Enterprise, SaaS , Storage.