The five key traits your burgeoning DevOps team needs to have

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It’s the buzzword of the moment. It’s growing so fast in popularity according to Gartner that a quarter of Global 2000 organisations will deploy it by the end of this year. So what exactly is DevOps?

At the heart of DevOps are four crucial elements: speed, quality, control and cost. Speed is fundamental to competitive execution and market positioning. Quality is vital to successful implementation and long-term viability. Control, the command of data use, security, access and...

By Ash Ashutosh, 07 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Developers, DevOps.

Why company culture is key to cloud success

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If you ask any successful company for the key to their success, or ask any employee why they are happy in a position, the answer is almost always “the people”. But what makes happy, productive people is usually fueled by a thriving company culture.

Company culture is not built with free lunches, ping pong tables, and bring-your-pet-to-work days. Only companies that develop more meaningful values soar ahead of the rest.

Technology companies and particularly those in the cloud space have a unique...

By Logicworks, 05 February 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Collaboration, DevOps, Infrastructure.

Gartner argues cloud email is still immature – but gaining traction

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The cloud email market remains relatively immature with Microsoft ahead of Google in enterprise adoption, according to the latest figures from analyst house Gartner.

According to email server domain records of almost 40,000 public companies worldwide, only 8.5% of firms polled use Microsoft, compared to 4.7% on Google’s mail, with the remainder using on-premises, hybrid, hosted, or private cloud email systems.

Gartner also argues a trend of industries using different vendors;...

By James Bourne, 02 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise, SaaS , Software.

Dropbox, Box, Egnyte beef up Microsoft Office partnerships

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Cloud storage providers Dropbox, Box, Egnyte, and Citrix ShareFile have announced updates which allow the ability to co-author documents in real time on Microsoft Office products.

The update comes as further validation of Microsoft’s policy for collaboration on Office as opposed to competition, having initially launched the Cloud Storage Partner Program in February 2015. The Redmond giant courted controversy after

By James Bourne, 27 January 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Collaboration, Software, Storage.

Collaboration and the cloud: How business needs to operate in the digital economy

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The emergence of the cloud has dramatically changed the way businesses operate and collaborate. With trends such as flexible working and the gig or sharing economy on the rise, communication is now more important than ever to enable colleagues to keep in touch regardless of time zone or location.

Here are just a few of the ways the cloud can be utilised to ensure effective collaboration:

Access anywhere

With...

By James Campanini, 04 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise, Software.

Microsoft turns off unlimited OneDrive for Office 365, blames greedy users

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It turns out unlimited does not mean unlimited after all: Microsoft has reneged on its plans to give Office 365 subscribers unlimited OneDrive cloud storage, capping each account at 1 TB.

This is perhaps being a little harsh, and isn’t a particularly egregious rewriting of the English language. Microsoft’s reason for cutting back on OneDrive and its unlimited access, available for just over a year, is that some people are just too greedy for their own good.

“Since we started to...

By James Bourne, 03 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise, Software, Storage.

Don’t forget the virtual environment for greater business collaboration

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As I’m writing this, I’m looking over at the foosball table that resides in the corner of the Dropbox office. It’s a hub of activity as two of my colleagues battle it out while they take a break from a planning session. There’s also a group of people huddled together on beanbags and sofas, armed with coloured markers and clearly intent on solving a challenge.

The atmosphere is informal but productive, and the reason they are able to work in this non-traditional...

By Mark Van Der Linden, 27 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise, Software.

Managing the risks of cloud collaboration in business today

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Gartner predicts that cloud office systems will account for 33% of the overall office market by 2017. This is a big step considering a few years ago collaboration in businesses typically involved emails, phone calls, and perhaps a few instant messages exchanged within the company.

However, nowadays the arrival of cloud computing and all the remunerations that come with it have shaped the path for collaborative cloud-based services, which is reforming how...

By Nigel Moulton, 16 October 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Collaboration, Security.

Adobe and Dropbox team up for easier PDF handling on the go

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Digital giant Adobe and cloud storage provider Dropbox have announced a partnership for more seamless document handling and editing in a variety of locations.

According to Dropbox, there are more than 18 billion PDF files in the storage provider’s repository, being one of the most common business file types in Dropbox. The new partnership enables easier collaboration facilities with Adobe files, including viewing additional actions on PDF files stored in Dropbox Basic, Pro,...

By James Bourne, 14 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Software, Storage.

Collaboration and agility shows why enterprise cloud is “worth the effort”

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A new report from Harvard Business Review Analytic Services argues that as cloud usage in the enterprise continues to rise, collaboration is now the key benefit ahead of business agility.

The research, which had more than 450 participants and was sponsored by Verizon Enterprise Solutions, found 84% of respondents agreeing their organisation’s use of cloud computing had increased in the past year. 72% said their use of cloud increased collaboration options, while 71% argued business...

By James Bourne, 17 August 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Collaboration, Enterprise.

Microsoft reveals cloud growth but $3.2bn net loss in latest financial results

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Microsoft has reported a $3.2 billion net loss for the second quarter of 2015, the worst in the company’s history, but backed it up alongside continued strong cloud growth.

It was always going to look nasty. Following the $7.5bn writedown of its Nokia offshoot, the analysts were prepared to sink their teeth into the Redmond giant as its latest financial results came through. Yet Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella was unrepentant, arguing the cloud and mobile gains were pushing the...

By James Bourne, 22 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Economy, Enterprise, Microsoft, Software.

Hybrid the future for now, but Microsoft on track to convert customers to the cloud

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A report from enterprise mobile collaboration provider harmon.ie argues Microsoft is making progress in moving its customers’ productivity software to the mobile cloud, yet on premise remains important.

The company, which offers a tool which puts all Microsoft productivity tools within a single screen, notes Microsoft has a stronghold on productivity suites. 97% of respondents polled said they expect their clients’ use of Office 365 to increase in the coming 12 months,...

By James Bourne, 14 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise, Microsoft, Mobility, SaaS , Software.

Google Apps or Microsoft Office? Survey argues which cloud office is best for your business

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If you’ve ever talked to an acquaintance about what technology they use at their place of work, then this might be the article for you: a survey from BetterCloud has found the benefits of Google Apps and Microsoft Office for organisations of all sizes.

The report argues there is a “clear trend” for larger organisations to run Office 365 as opposed to Google Apps – Office 365-based organisations are more than four times larger and five years older on average,...

By James Bourne, 08 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Google, Hybrid, SaaS , Software.

Cloud-based collaboration: What the private sector can learn from the public sector

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The Cloud World Forum event, which starts tomorrow in London and will have this publication in attendance, will more than likely discuss business cloud strategies, security fears, as well as the emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT) and DevOps concepts.

Among the list of expected attendees, there is a not unreasonable amount of security professionals from the private sector. Also there is cloud-based enterprise collaboration...

By James Bourne, 23 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise, SaaS , Software.

Box nails big customer win with US Department of Justice

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Cloud storage provider Box has announced that it is working with the US Department of Justice (DOJ) to deliver secure file sharing and collaboration to its employees.

The move represents a major customer win for the firm, who now has more than 40 federal customers on its books. “Innovative government agencies, like DOJ, are deeply committed to leveraging emerging cloud technologies to better serve the American people, while ensuring the security and privacy of sensitive...

By James Bourne, 28 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Compliance, Enterprise, Storage.

AWS remains most popular enterprise cloud service, according to Skyhigh report

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) remains the most popular enterprise cloud service, according to the latest quarterly report from Skyhigh Networks, while the number of cloud services used by firms continues to rise.

According to the report the average employee uses 27 apps at work, while the average number of cloud services in use per company was 897 in Q414, which compares favourably against 831 in Q3 and 626 in Q413. The biggest rise in app type was development, which saw a 97% spike in...

By James Bourne, 12 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Collaboration, SaaS , Salesforce, Software.

New report assesses the importance of cloud services to SMBs for marketing and collaboration

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A report published by BCSG has revealed how awareness and uptake of cloud services in small to medium businesses (SMBs) is on the rise.

The survey, of 600 European participants across all stages of small business, from micro businesses to pre-startups, found 64% of SMBs are already using cloud-based software, while the average number of applications in use is three.

78% of respondents say they are considering purchasing new solutions in the next two to three years – potentially...

By James Bourne, 05 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Collaboration, Software.

Box’s IPO: Shares go skywards, but reaction is mixed

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“IPOs are one of the great, mysterious Wall Street spectacles,” Shawn Tully wrote in Forbes earlier this week. “The praise is overwhelming, the definition of ‘success’ is baffling, and anyone who questions the system is taken for a dullard.”

This might explain why everyone and their dog has attempted to shed light on one of...

By James Bourne, 27 January 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise, SaaS , Software, Storage.