SAP announces solid Q419 revenues – but decline in new cloud bookings causes concern

SAP announced solid cloud revenues for its most recent quarter and noted it hit all of its revenue targets in 2019 – yet a quarterly downturn in new cloud customers caused some concern.

For Q4 2019, cloud revenue was at €1.90bn, up 35% from this time last year. Combined cloud and software revenues were €6.85bn, up 8% from Q418, while total revenues, of €8.04bn, also rose 8% year on year.

By James Bourne, 29 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, SAP, Software.

More sensitive data moves to the enterprise cloud – but the security risk widens with it

Enterprises continue to feed their clouds with increasingly sensitive information, yet according to McAfee’s latest report the security issues are building alongside this trend.

The study, titled ‘Enterprise Supernova: The Data Dispersion Cloud Adoption and Risk Report’, polled 1,000 enterprises across 11 countries, as well as logging anonymous data from 30 million enterprise cloud users.

By James Bourne, 28 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Enterprise, Research, SaaS , Security, Software.

Data centre M&A broke the 100 deal barrier in 2019 – driven by private equity

2019 saw a bumper year of data centre merger and acquisition deals with the total number passing 100 for the first time, according to Synergy Research.

The record number has come about following a dramatic swing in private versus public deals, with 50% in private equity and a 45% downturn for sales closed by public companies.

The number of billion-dollar deals declined again in 2019,...

By James Bourne, 27 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Infrastructure, M&A, Research.

CloudKnox raises $12 million in funding to further continuous cloud security mission

CloudKnox, a provider of identity authorisation for hybrid and multi-cloud environments, has secured $12 million (£9.17m) in a funding round to accelerate product and go-to-market plans.

The company has a cloud security offering based around continuous decision making, monitoring, adapting and responding to identity and access management (IAM) risks in real-time. Its intriguingly-named Privilege Creep Index (PCI) as part of its...

By James Bourne, 24 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Platform, Security.

Microsoft to launch cloud data centre region in Israel

Microsoft has announced the launch of a new cloud data centre region in Israel, bringing the total number of countries served by Azure to 21.

The region is expected to go live in 2021, starting with Azure and with Office 365 to follow. The move represents another EMEA expansion, following recent launches in Germany and Switzerland.

Among the list of customers using Microsoft's...

By James Bourne, 23 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Europe, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

The war rages on for AWS, Azure and Google Cloud: Exploring the battlefield and strategy for 2020

The hyperscale cloud providers – Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform, with other pretenders occasionally cited – naturally generate the vast majority of revenues and, with it, the headlines.

According to figures from Synergy Research in December, one third of data...

By James Bourne, 22 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Google, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Software, Vendors.

Edge computing and ITOps: Analysing the opportunities and challenges ahead

It’s true that edge computing is hard to define and is running high on the hype scale. But research and surveys continue to indicate that this trend of processing data where it’s collected for better latency, cost savings and real-time analysis is an innovation with legs. There will be 75 billion IoT devices by 2025, according to Statista.

By Bhanu Singh, 21 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Architecture, CIO, Data Management, Enterprise, Infrastructure.

Google Cloud and Bharti Airtel partner in echo of Azure and Jio telecoms deal

Updated Google Cloud’s rampant push at the start of this year has continued, with the company announcing a partnership with Indian telco Bharti Airtel, as well as a customer win in airline Lufthansa.

The agreement with Airtel will see the company offer collaboration tool G Suite to small and medium sized businesses as part of its integrated B2B connectivity solutions.

By James Bourne, 21 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Google, Software, Vendors.

Why CIOs and CTOs need to realise digital business transformation requires collaboration

The evolution of information technology (IT) leadership - sometimes driven by the line of business (LoB), sometimes by the legacy IT organisation - is reaching a state of balance where business-IT collaboration sets the stage for meaningful digital transformation.

Software application leaders must examine these predictions to learn how this equilibrium will take shape in their organisation. Over the next two years, ~50 percent of organisations will experience increased collaboration between their...

By David H Deans, 20 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Collaboration, Research, Software.

Expect 2020 to see public and private cloud outspend traditional IT infrastructure, says IDC

Revenue for cloud infrastructure equipment dipped a little in the most recent quarter, IDC has argued – yet it is more indicative of a wider IT downturn than a cloud-specific malaise.

The analyst firm, in its latest Worldwide Quarterly Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker report, found an overall quarterly figure of $16.8 billion (£12.9bn) – a decline of 1.8% year over year. IDC increased its forecast for total 2019...

By James Bourne, 20 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Private, Public, Research, Vendors.

Google Cloud unveils premium support offering to further woo enterprise customers

Google Cloud continues to push its wares for an enterprise base with the launch of a premium support offering for enterprise and mission-critical requirements.

The service builds upon current offerings, of providing technical account managers and 15-minute SLOs (service level operations). Any companies with premium support will have their cases handled directly by the best of the best – or ‘context-aware...

By James Bourne, 16 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Google, Infrastructure, Monitoring, Security.

Cloud infrastructure trends: Usage continues to rise – with AWS-VMware workloads soaring in parallel

85% of organisations expect to have the majority of their workloads cloud-based by the end of 2020, according to a new study from AllCloud.

The study, which polled more than 150 IT decision makers at organisations where at least 300 employees were using cloud infrastructure, found seven in 10 respondents already ran at least half of their workloads on the cloud.

When it came to...

By James Bourne, 16 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Architecture, Infrastructure, Research, Security.

Securing distributed clouds with an integrated approach: A guide

As digital innovation and resulting transformation increase, organisations also face the rise of traffic volumes from end user and IoT devices, SaaS applications and data from employees, consumers, and partners. As a result, many big data and large-scale applications simply outpace the centralised data centre infrastructure and the IT teams who have to manage and maintain distributed clouds.

By Lior Cohen, 15 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Architecture, Best Practice, Data & Analytics, Hybrid, Security, Software.

Get ready for a seismic shift in business structure for 2020 – underpinned by cloud

The technology industry is advancing at a rapid pace, with new developments like IoT and AI moving on leaps and bounds within the span of mere months. The broader impact of this is that the very structure of business is being altered by this acceleration, and the management of such technologies is becoming a discipline – and a necessity – in itself.

In 2020, it will be more important than ever to have the proper...

By Henrik Nilsson, 15 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CIO, Infrastructure, Software.

Google Cloud unveils retail updates, expands Lowe’s and Wayfair partnerships

Google Cloud has announced it is expanding its retail acceleration program (RAP) among other initiatives designed to scale up retailers’ cloud projects.

The moves were announced at NRF 2020, the biggest event in the retail space, with Google doubling down on its message to accelerate retailers’ digital growth and customer experience – pinned together with its data expertise.

By James Bourne, 14 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Google, Industry, Infrastructure, Software.

Bundesliga goes all-in on AWS, cites ML and AI expertise for archiving as key

Yet another sporting franchise is signing up with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to utilise its artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) capabilities. The Bundesliga, Germany’s top flight football league, has announced it its going all-in on AWS to beef up its statistical acumen as well as improve the fan experience.

Among the technologies in AWS’ arsenal being used by the Bundesliga are image and video...

By James Bourne, 13 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Applications, Case Studies, Data Management, Infrastructure, Software.

What will drive 2020 in cloud governance? In a hybrid world, a solid strategy is key

Now that we are a few weeks into 2020, we should consider what lies ahead in the ever-evolving world of cloud governance. What seems certain is that when it comes to IT governance there is still the same need to balance the benefits of agility and speed which come from decentralisation, against key business risks be they security and/or cost management.

In fact, what is meant by cloud governance really depends on where you sit...

By Jay Chapel, 13 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, Infrastructure, Monitoring, Security.

Veeam to be acquired by Insight Partners in $5 billion deal

Veeam has always been a green company – in terms of its branding and UI at least – and now the Swiss cloud backup and data management provider is getting its Green Card.

Software investor Insight Partners announced it is set to acquire Veeam in a transaction valued at $5 billion (£3.84bn), with Veeam becoming a US-based company with a US leadership team.

Veeam focuses...

By James Bourne, 09 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, Disaster Recovery, M&A, Monitoring, Software.

Ela Osterberger, Deliveroo: On inspiration, injustice, and building great data science teams

“I’m someone who always has to speak up if there is any injustice,” says Ela Osterberger, director of data science at Deliveroo. “As soon as I see something not being quite right, I have to speak about it.”

Being an experienced data science leader, with Omnicom and The Guardian among others before Deliveroo, means Osterberger has seen her fair share of it over the years. Presenting her Master’s thesis,...

By James Bourne, 08 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Case Studies, Collaboration, Data & Analytics, Software.