From grassroots to the cloud: How SD-WAN can provide a solution

Air travel: what a gift to global business! Any executive from any country can leap onto a plane and, within a few hours, be busy in any overseas commercial centre or branch office. Only it is not quite like that.

The fact is that, for all the wonders of modern aviation’s high-speed links between major airports across the globe, the typical journey between a distant branch office and the nearest airport (at both ends) can be so tiresome and unpredictable that frustrating and unproductive hours can be...

By Michael Wood, 24 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, CIO, Infrastructure, Software.

Why worldwide IT spending will hit $120 billion by 2021

More CIOs are investing in business technology that improves their organisation's resilience to cyber threats. Worldwide spending on IT security-related hardware, software, and services is forecast to reach $119.9 billion in 2021, according to the latest global market study by International Data Corporation (IDC).

With nearly every industry investing in IT security solutions, enterprise spending will achieve a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.6 percent over the 2016-2021 forecast period. Worldwide...

By David H Deans, 23 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Research, Security, Software.

Analysing Gartner’s top 10 predictions for IT in 2018 – and beyond

  • In 2020, AI will become a positive net job motivator, creating 2.3m jobs while eliminating only 1.8m jobs.
  • By 2020, IoT technology will be in 95% of electronics for new product designs.
  • By 2021, 40% of IT staff will be versatilists, holding multiple roles, most of which will be business, rather than technology-related.

These and many other insights were presented earlier this month at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2017 being held in Orlando, Florida. Gartner’s...

By Louis Columbus, 19 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Enterprise.

How demand has grown for superior managed cloud services

The rush to move IT applications from on-premises enterprise data centers to public cloud service providers, primarily on the basis of the promise of a low-cost, has once again been challenged by recent market research findings.

In fact, savvy CIOs and CTOs are seeking comprehensive solutions that meet all their expectations, rather than merely a limited subset. Even if it costs more to achieve that goal, the demand for superior hybrid cloud services is gaining momentum across the globe.

As an example,...

By David H Deans, 03 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Enterprise, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

How finance executives are embracing multi-cloud service models

CIOs and CTOs are developing comprehensive hybrid IT infrastructure models, in response to growing demand from CFOs and line of business leaders that request access to applications hosted via both on-premises private cloud and off-premises public cloud offerings.

That's why savvy technology leaders must therefore align with the most qualified vendors and service providers that enable them to manage and support these complex multi-cloud scenarios. Furthermore, the chosen provider must demonstrate vertical...

By David H Deans, 27 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Enterprise, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

Why digital transformation leaders are adopting open ecosystems

Are you open to new ideas, and given a compelling choice are you really prepared to change? That’s what informed CEOs are asking their C-suite leadership team.

The context of those questions is about determining who is most qualified to guide the organisation’s digital transformation journey. It’s also about setting expectations for C-level executives to partner.

IT and business leaders must acknowledge that they’ve likely reached a significant turning point. Business technology...

By David H Deans, 05 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, CIO, Collaboration, Data & Analytics, OpenSource.

Technical debt and the cloud: The key steps to repaying your development deficit

Opinion Many years ago, I compared the concept of technical debt to a mismanaged baseball team. The baseball team in question spent untold millions on ageing veterans, rather than home-grown talent that could take them into the future. IT departments the world over tend to exhibit the same behaviours in retaining ageing technology rather than keeping up with upgrades, new methodologies, and new paradigms.

The obvious result of this lack of foresight is the gathering of overwhelming technical debt. After years of...

By David Auslander, 30 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, CIO, IaaS, Infrastructure.

Things that go bump in IT: Eliminate shadow IT nightmares to improve compliance and governance

Lurking in the background of any IT manager’s nightmares is the spectre of shadow IT. Shadow IT can be described as hardware or software used in an enterprise that is not supported by the enterprise. The negativity of the term is justified because it implies that employees are using technology without the knowledge or approval of the IT department – a recipe for disaster.

The risks of shadow IT are well-known and have the potential to damage a business’s ability to function effectively. Even...

By Tom Grave, 22 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Collaboration, Security, Software, Vulnerabilities.

Assessing the key digital transformation trends for the next decade

Three significant business technology trends will enable business leaders to thrive over the next five to 10 years. Artificial intelligence (AI), transparently immersive experiences and new digital platforms will provide the foundation that enables organizations to connect with new business ecosystems.

"Enterprise architects who are focused on technology innovation must evaluate these high-level trends and the featured technologies, as well as the potential impact on their businesses," said Mike J. Walker, research...

By David H Deans, 17 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Infrastructure, Research.

A guide: Top tips to avoid cloud buyers' remorse

Only a fool believes that moving enterprise applications to the cloud is a panacea for the majority of the challenges facing today’s CIOs. Even cloud migration itself, like any IT project, presents a number of complex challenges. My favourite piece of advice is to think the same as you would if buying a house: don’t be impulsive. By taking the time to develop a clear focus at the outset, cloud buyers can eliminate unwanted costs and complications down the road. First and foremost, be clear around...

By Brian Murray, 09 August 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Applications, CIO, Enterprise, Infrastructure.

The top three approaches for improving cloud migration and security

For many enterprises, migrating towards a cloud delivered approach for IT systems is an attractive proposition. Cost efficiency and business agility are big drivers for CIOs to make the move.  Most modern companies have either started migrating toward a public cloud or they are in the early planning and analysis phases of doing so.

At the same time, making the jump from on-site infrastructure to cloud-hosted platforms is not free of challenges such as, regulations, data governance, billing and cost...

By Mike Kail, 21 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Migration, Regulation, Security.

Do you have the data agility your business needs?

Data is the new battleground. For companies, the situation is clear – their future depends on how quickly and efficiently they can turn data into accurate insights. This challenge has put immense pressure on CIOs to not only manage ever-growing data volumes, sources, and types, but to also support more and more data users as well as new and increasingly complex use cases.

Fortunately, CIOs can look for support in their plight from unprecedented levels of technological innovation. New cloud platforms,...

By Mike Tuchen, 26 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Big Data, CIO, Data & Analytics, Infrastructure.

CIOs and factors overlooked when changing your cloud

By Clint Gilliam, Virtual CIO, GreenPages Technology Solutions

The topic of cloud computing currently ranks in the top-five of IT articles published for IT professionals. Daily we hear about the benefits of this new world, the range of exciting new services now available, and of course how to make the transition.

Even with the valuable insights provided by these articles, there is one critical aspect given too little attention or even overlooked entirely.  Specifically, how to plan for a breakup.

If one...

By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 02 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data Management, Enterprise, Infrastructure.

Cloud native architecture ‘default’ for customer-facing apps by 2020, says Capgemini

Cloud native architectures will become the ‘default’ option for customer-facing applications by 2020, according to a new study from Capgemini.

The research, which surveyed more than 900 senior professionals across 11 countries, found that 15% of new enterprise applications are cloud native today, set to jump to 32% by 2020.

The study also outlined the different stages organisations are currently at in deployments. ‘Leader’ organisations, those which are already committed to...

By James Bourne, 31 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Architecture, CIO, Infrastructure.

New research explores continued difference between LOB and IT on cloud initiatives

Is it the line of business or IT leading cloud initiatives? According to the latest paper from the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF), IT directors believe that cloud adoption is driven principally by their IT function as part of a strategic shift, rather than the need for change driven by business decision makers.

The study, which polled 250 IT and business decision makers in large enterprises, found that overall cloud adoption now stands at 88%, with more than two thirds (67%) of users expecting to increase their...

By James Bourne, 30 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CIO, Data & Analytics.

CIOs getting the cloud message, new research affirms

More than nine in 10 UK CIOs and IT decision makers polled by Trustmarque say they plan to migrate their on-premise apps to infrastructure, platform, and software as a service clouds within five years.

The study, which took the opinions of 200 CIOs and senior IT decision makers from enterprises with more than 1,000 employees, also found that public sector CIOs were more likely to move quickly compared to their private sector counterparts.

Not surprisingly, cost saving was the biggest benefit according to the...

By James Bourne, 16 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Infrastructure.

Salesforce report argues IT stands at a ‘crossroads of change’

A new report from Salesforce sheds further light on the shifting sands of IT; eight out of 10 UK tech leaders say IT is now the primary enabler of customer experience, while three quarters admit IT is currently undergoing the biggest historical shift of its role.

“IT stands at a crossroads of change,” a post from Devon McGinnis, editorial manager of marketing research at Salesforce explains. “Companies are increasingly adopting customer-centric models. Business units like sales, customer...

By James Bourne, 02 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data Management, Enterprise, Software.

The CIO’s guide to the new economics of real-time integration

CEOs’ decisions today to pursue digital-first strategies for greater revenue growth are defining their company’s competitive strengths in the future. CIOs and their teams are being challenged to drive a larger percentage of revenue growth in 2017 than ever before by providing IT-based insights daily.

  • Enabling faster revenue growth, improving products and replacing obsolete technologies are the top three CEO priorities have for CIOs in 2017.
  • 42% of CIOs say “digital first” is their company’s go-forward strategy for IT investments in 2017...

By Louis Columbus, 24 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, CIO, Data & Analytics, Data Management.

The value of hybrid: Operate for today and optimise for tomorrow

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The term “hybrid cloud” has grown in popularity among established technology vendors, but one could be forgiven for thinking it’s a convenient “cloudwash” for companies to showcase progress while delaying an inevitable shift to public cloud. I say that because to focus exclusively on cloud overlooks the reality that almost every CIO in an established enterprise today is contending with legacy as much as the need to embrace new technologies. Some critical...

By Olly Presland, 13 April 2017, 1 comment. Categories: CIO, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

CIOs look to hybrid cloud future – with security a positive

CIOs are preferring hybrid cloud models with security the primary motivation for adoption, according to a new study from NetApp.

The research, which polled 750 CIOs and IT managers in France, Germany and the UK, saw more than half of respondents in each country saying they use a combination of private and public cloud. Germany came out on top with 69%, compared with France (61%) and UK (58%). In terms of partner options, local service providers are the most popular, cited by a combined 26% of respondents,...

By James Bourne, 17 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Security.