How to make test environment management more efficient than ever

“Software is eating the world”, claimed Marc Andreessen back in 2011; though it may have seemed like an exaggeration when his essay was published, so far he has been proved correct. Now that software exists across every industry, organisations that rely on information need to reimagine themselves as software companies to avoid falling behind competitors.

In today’s society, childhood favourite Blockbuster couldn’t stand...

By Bob Davis, 18 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Developers, Monitoring, Platform, Software.

How machine learning quantifies trust and improves employee experiences

By enabling enterprises to scale security with user behaviour-based, contextual intelligence, next-gen access strategies are delivering Zero Trust Security (ZTS) enterprise-wide, enabling the fastest companies to keep growing strong.

Every digital business is facing a security paradox today created by their proliferating amount of applications, endpoints and infrastructure on the one hand and the need to scale enterprise security without reducing the quality of user experiences on the other. Businesses face a...

By Louis Columbus, 16 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Security, Software.

Public cloud market to surpass $300bn by 2021 says Gartner – with 21% growth this year

Public cloud continues to go up and up: according to Gartner, the market will grow 21.4% in 2018 to total $186.4 billion (£131.4bn).

Almost 40% of this will come from software as a service (SaaS), with a quarter to come from what Gartner calls cloud business process services (BPaaS) – delivering business process outsourcing (BPO) – and 22% to come from infrastructure as a service (IaaS).

IaaS, however, will outstrip BPaaS by 2021 according to Gartner’s predictions. In three years total...

By James Bourne, 12 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure, PaaS, Public, Research, SaaS , Software.

Five ways machine learning can save your company from a security breach meltdown

  • $86bn was spent on security in 2017, yet 66% of companies have still been breached an average of five or more times.
  • Just 55% of CEOs say their organizations have experienced a breach, while 79% of CTOs acknowledge breaches have occurred. One in approximately four CEOs (24%) aren’t aware if their companies have even had a security breach.
  • 62% of CEOs inaccurately cite malware as the primary threat to cybersecurity.
  • 68% of executives whose companies experienced significant breaches in hindsight believe that the breach could have been prevented by implementing more...

By Louis Columbus, 09 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Security, Software.

10 ways machine learning is revolutionising manufacturing in 2018

  • Improving semiconductor manufacturing yields up to 30%, reducing scrap rates, and optimising fab operations is achievable with machine learning.
  • Reducing supply chain forecasting errors by 50% and lost sales by 65% with better product availability is achievable with machine learning.
  • Automating quality testing using machine learning is increasing defect detection rates up to 90%.

Bottom line: Machine learning algorithms, applications, and platforms are helping manufacturers find new business models, fine-tune product quality, and optimise...

By Louis Columbus, 31 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Industry, Software.

In today’s cloud world – phones don't need to be frozen out

Over the past few weeks in the UK, thanks to the ‘Beast from the East’ – with a third instalment potentially on its way – we have seen the usual grinding to a halt of the nation as snow has hit.

For business, such a simple, uncontrollable and unexpected event can be eventful, painful and even catastrophic depending on your business type and how you have planned for such occurrences. Snow has a wide sweeping effect, but also consider unfortunately in today’s times, terror attacks...

By Ian Moyse, 26 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Software, UnifiedComms.

How AI will influence the world of cloud-based collaboration and conferencing

Those who attended Cloud Expo Europe earlier this week took their opportunity to assess the next level of cloud services, ranging from blockchain, to artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning.

The cloud underpins these technologies and enables them to flourish, while as this publication has previously reported, the M&A cycle has been lit up by it. But what are some of the practical applications for...

By James Bourne, 23 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Collaboration, Software.

Salesforce acquires MuleSoft for $6.5 billion

Salesforce has announced the acquisition of application network platform provider MuleSoft for $6.5 billion, making it the largest acquisition in the company's history.

MuleSoft - which went public last year - offers a platform which connects SaaS and enterprise applications whether on-premise or in the cloud.

The company's role within Salesforce will be to 'power the new Salesforce Integration Cloud, which will enable all enterprises to surface any data - regardless of where it resides - to drive...

By James Bourne, 21 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, M&A, Software.

The top five reasons for a multi-cloud infrastructure

Having been focused in the cloud sector for more than 12 years now, I have experienced much fast paced change and continued assumptions, misunderstanding and over-promising of cloud as the saviour of all ills.

Cloud is used as a generic term and yet covers a wide plethora of sub form factors (SaaS – software as a service, PaaS – platform as a service and IaaS – infrastructure as a service) and delivery mechanisms (private, public and hybrid clouds). Within these you then have a growing...

By Ian Moyse, 19 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure, Regulation, SaaS , Security, Software.

Why we’re becoming savvier in our cloud initiatives – with object storage and containers key

The latest research report, this time from cloud cost management provider Cloudability, reveals some interesting findings: only four infrastructure services comprise almost 85% of spend among the company’s customers, while changing trends in object storage and containers are becoming apparent.

The study, which features data comprised from anonymous analysis of Cloudability’s analytics platform, found Amazon EC2 was by far the most popular service, accounting for 58.7% of spend, compared with...

By James Bourne, 14 March 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Containers, Infrastructure, Research, Software, Storage.

10 ways machine learning is revolutionising marketing

  • 84% of marketing organizations are implementing or expanding AI and machine learning in 2018.
  • 75% of enterprises using AI and machine learning enhance customer satisfaction by more than 10%.
  • 3 in 4 organizations implementing AI and machine learning increase sales of new products and services by more than 10% according to Capgemini.

Measuring marketing’s many contributions to revenue growth is becoming more accurate and real-time thanks to...

By Louis Columbus, 14 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, Collaboration, Data & Analytics, Software.

Nutanix acquires app mapping provider Netsil in another nod to multi-cloud rise

The rise of multi-cloud has helped secure another M&A deal in the cloud division: enterprise cloud services provider Nutanix has announced the acquisition of Netsil, an app mapping, discovery and management software provider.

Netsil, based in San Francisco, aims to give enterprises complete visibility into all of their applications and services. In the words of the company, its ‘algorithm-based and non-invasive technology helps to achieve visibility and control at scale while keeping application...

By James Bourne, 13 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise, M&A, Microservices, Software.

Why a consumer approach to security – with cloud in mind – may help struggling enterprises

Are Amazon and Facebook the standard bearers when it comes to security? According to the latest identity and access management (IAM) study from Gemalto, more than half of respondents say their organisation’s work authentication methods are worse than those offered by the two tech giants.

The study, which polled more than 1,000 IT decision makers globally, found that the continued rise in cloud applications, as well as the similarly shopworn story around device proliferation, means enterprises are...

By James Bourne, 12 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Compliance, Security, Software.

Dropbox and Salesforce commit to deeper strategic partnership

Dropbox continues to make progress after its IPO filing earlier this month, announcing a strategic partnership with Salesforce to connect platforms through new integrations.

The two companies are in their own ways poster children of the software as a service revolution; Salesforce being the first SaaS company to cross a billion dollar annual run rate, Dropbox being the fastest to do it.

While the duo already offered some level of integration – the Dropbox for Salesforce app has been available on...

By James Bourne, 09 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: SaaS , Salesforce, Software, Storage.

Enterprise software lit up by ‘eye-catching’ M&A deals in 2017, says Hampleton Partners

It’s a simple proposition for traditional companies in today’s tech-heavy marketplace: assess the prospects of technologies such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, the Internet of Things and more, or be left behind.

That is the verdict of mergers and acquisitions advisor Hampleton Partners in its latest report focusing on the tech M&A outlook up until 2020.

Back in August,...

By James Bourne, 05 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise, M&A, Research, Software.

Why every cloud has a silver lining for today’s HR teams

HR has its head in the clouds. Of course, this conjures images of wistful thinking, while not focusing on the job in hand. However, in this instance, nothing could be further from the truth. HR is getting “smarter”, driven by cloud technology and innovations, enabling things to happen quicker, while adapting to new ways of working.

It is offering businesses the opportunity to - flexibly and cost-effectively - make use of the latest and most appropriate applications that can automate processes,...

By Stephen Burr, 05 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Data & Analytics, Software.

Cloudian secures $125m in funding, cites AI and Amazon S3 API in driving object storage growth

It has been a busy couple of weeks for storage provider Cloudian. The company has announced $125 million (£90.7m) in funding, a short time after its most recent product release.

The funding round is being made alongside Digital Alpha Capital, a private equity firm focused on software as a service (SaaS) and eCommerce providers, with $100 million going on ‘consumption-model financing’ – or debt financing, as it is recorded in...

By James Bourne, 02 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Software, Storage.

A roundup of machine learning forecasts and market estimates for 2018

  • Machine learning patents grew at a 34% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) between 2013 and 2017, the third-fastest growing category of all patents granted
  • International Data Corporation (IDC) forecasts that spending on AI and ML will grow from $12bn in 2017 to $57.6bn by 2021
  • Deloitte Global predicts the number of machine learning pilots and implementations will double in 2018 compared to 2017, and double again by 2020

These and many other fascinating insights are from the latest series of machine learning market forecasts, market estimates, and...

By Louis Columbus, 01 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, Economy, M&A, Software.