How data and analytics benefits need to be driven by cultural change

Managing big data apps is a challenge for many IT organisations. Moreover, chief data officers (CDOs) and their data and analytics (DA) teams are not achieving the best balance required to deliver superior performance, according to the latest market study by Gartner.

"CDOs are generally focused upon the right things, but they do not have the right mix of activities," said Debra Logan, vice president at Gartner.

Data and analytics market development

The Gartner...

By David H Deans, 30 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Software.

Gartner argues Amazon holds almost half of cloud infrastructure market in latest analysis

As the largest players have published their most recent financial results, Gartner has weighed up the situation and looked into its crystal ball – and has given Amazon a greater advantage than before.

The analyst firm has put together its latest forecast around the global infrastructure as a service (IaaS) market and found growth of 31.3% in 2018. The worldwide IaaS market was rated at $32.4 billion (£26.2bn) last year, up from $24.7bn...

By James Bourne, 29 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Infrastructure, Research.

AWS and Google Cloud earnings beget laws of large numbers – and expectations – for cloud revenue

It is not only the law of large numbers which applies in cloud revenues, but also the law of large expectations. Amazon Web Services (AWS) reported revenues of $8.38 billion (£6.7bn) for its most recent quarter although a slight dip in growth saw pessimism from the analysts. Google Cloud, meanwhile, secured an annual run rate of $8 billion in its results to a much friendlier outlook.

Amazon’s downturn with AWS was...

By James Bourne, 26 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Economy, Google, Infrastructure.

A comprehensive guide to selecting SaaS project monitoring tools

Project monitoring is one of the most important aspects of the SaaS development process. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the most neglected aspects. Given how complex and problem-prone this process can be, proceeding without careful scrutiny can create a lot of liabilities.

When monitoring is a priority in a SaaS project, system operation engineers are able to identify and address problems before end users even notice. Engineers can conduct workload and performance testing, estimate infrastructure...

By Dennis Turpitka, 25 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Microsoft, Monitoring, SaaS , Software.

The rise of Office 365 phishing scams: How one compromised account can cost millions

More businesses than ever are now choosing to use cloud services. Despite the many benefits of doing so, such as reduced maintenance costs and improved scalability, there are a number of cyber security risks than organisations need to be aware of – including sophisticated phishing scams that intentionally target SaaS applications.

With more than 155 million active commercial monthly users, Office 365 is among the most widely used cloud hosted email and productivity suites – and consequently a...

By Mark Nicholls, 25 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Microsoft, SaaS , Security, Software.

CircleCI secures $56 million series D funding to further expand CI/CD focus

CircleCI has secured $56 million (£44.8m) in series D funding to further its presence and product – with one investor arguing the company is the ‘DevOps standard’.

The San Francisco-based provider of continuous integration and delivery software has taken its total funding to $115.5 million, having most recently raised $31m for its series C in January

By James Bourne, 24 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, Developers, DevOps, Economy.

LinkedIn begins ‘multi-year’ migration to Microsoft Azure

LinkedIn has announced the launch of a ‘multi-year migration’ project to Microsoft Azure.

The move will see LinkedIn move its infrastructure across, having already utilised Azure for a variety of services including video delivery and machine translation across the social network’s news feed.

“Today’s technology landscape makes the need for constant reinvention...

By James Bourne, 24 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Microsoft, Migration.

Capgemini report shows why AI is the future of cybersecurity

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By Louis Columbus, 23 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Security.

How can VDI support an edge computing strategy?

Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) is, as the name suggests, a virtualisation technology that creates individual, fully personalised desktop virtual machines with user profile control. It has been in existence since 2006, and while it has experienced some variation in popularity, in recent times, it has seen considerable growth. This is reflected in market...

By Alan Conboy, 22 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, VDI.

Microsoft Azure secures 64% growth with goal to build 'world's computer'

Microsoft has unveiled its fourth quarter results to almost universal acclaim, with revenue up 12% to $33.7 billion (£26.9bn) and Azure revenue growth up 64%.

The company has been resolutely sticking to a theme on its earnings reports. "Microsoft Cloud drives record fourth quarter results," the release read this time last year. It was "Microsoft Cloud strength powers record first quarter results" three months hence, and for Q2, "Microsoft Cloud strength fuels second quarter...

By James Bourne, 19 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

AT&T seals major cloud deals with IBM and Microsoft as edge, AI and 5G key

Update July 18 It has been a busy 24 hours or so for AT&T; the telecoms giant has announced partnerships with IBM and Microsoft, building out offerings and collaborating on the latter’s clouds with the aim of becoming a ‘public cloud first’ company.

IBM and AT&T announced a multi-year 'strategic alliance' whereby the telco...

By James Bourne, 17 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Industry, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

Why the path to digital transformation starts with your data strategy

More and more businesses are waking up to the significant opportunities that embracing artificial intelligence (AI) could offer – from improved customer service to increased productivity. But simply not knowing where to start on their digital transformation journey can often hold them back.

A major benefit of AI is the potential to use new technology to gather fresh insights from data. If that sounds like something your company could benefit from, the best place to embark on your digital transformation...

By Matthew Beale, 17 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Software, Storage.

Using hybrid cloud to power your business: A guide

In this modern world, organisations are facing great pressure to adapt rapidly and innovate to keep up with their competitors. Businesses are being forced to move faster and faster, with the only constant  being change: changing infrastructure, changing strategies and changing technologies. Transforming to a ‘digital business’ by implementing cloud services and platforms is no longer an option but an absolute necessity, failure to do so will lead to an...

By Tom Adams, 16 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Infrastructure.

10 charts that will change your perspective of AI in marketing

  • Top-performing companies are more than twice as likely to be using AI for marketing (28% vs. 12%) according to Adobe’s latest Digital Intelligence Briefing.
  • Retailers are investing $5.9B this year in AI-based marketing and customer service solutions to improve shoppers’ buying experiences according to IDC.
  • Financial Services marketers lead all other industries in AI application adoption,...

By Louis Columbus, 15 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Research, Software.

How public cloud continues to drive demand for cybersecurity solutions

Ongoing investment in cybersecurity solutions continues to grow. According to the latest worldwide market study by Canalys, cybersecurity solutions for public cloud and 'as a service' accelerated in the first quarter of 2019. Those deployment models collectively grew 46 percent year-on-year.

These type of solutions accounted for 17.6 percent of the total cybersecurity market value -- that's up from 13.8 percent in the same period a year ago. Virtual security appliances and agent solutions also...

By David H Deans, 12 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Public, Research, Security.

Does the rise of edge computing mean a security nightmare?

What do we mean by edge computing? In a nutshell, with edge computing you are processing data near the edge of your network, where the data is being generated, instead of relying on the cloud - or, more specifically, a collection of data centres.

As a relatively new methodology, computing at the edge invites new security challenges as you are looking at new setups or new architecture. Some say...

By Yair Green, 11 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Exploits, Infrastructure, Security.

Google Cloud to acquire storage provider Elastifile, further reinforces enterprise ambitions

Google Cloud’s focus on the enterprise continues apace, with the company announcing its intent to acquire Santa Clara-based cloud storage provider Elastifile.

Elastifile offers cloud-native file storage which promises an enterprise-grade distributed file system, as well as ‘intelligent’ object tiering. While the company had been somewhat under the radar – its most recent funding round of $16 million in...

By James Bourne, 10 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Google, M&A, Software, Storage.

How Sophos looks to deep learning and the cloud for stronger security protection and delivery

Keeping your organisation secure in a device- and data-heavy world is tougher than ever. Utilising cloud and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies can lead to various issues – recent coverage has spoken of the problems of hackers ‘hijacking’ AI technology, for instance – but it can also...

By James Bourne, 10 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Infrastructure, Security, Software.

How CRM remains the fastest growing enterprise software market – and how Salesforce still dominates

  • Salesforce dominated the worldwide CRM market with a 19.5% market share in 2018, over double its nearest rival, SAP, at 8.3% share
  • Worldwide spending on customer experience and relationship management (CRM) software grew 15.6% to reach $48.2B in 2018
  • 72.9% of CRM spending was on software as a service (SaaS) in 2018, which is expected to grow to 75% of total CRM software spending in 2019
  • Worldwide enterprise application software revenue totalled more than $193.6B in 2018, a 12.5% increase from 2017 revenue of $172.1B. CRM made up nearly 25% of the entire enterprise software revenue...

By Louis Columbus, 09 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: CRM, Research, SaaS , Salesforce, SAP, Software.