Managing multi-cloud: Navigating your multi-cloud tagging strategy

Many companies are embracing multi-cloud strategies, and it’s easy to understand why. The cloud enables greater flexibility, accessibility and overall resilience. The bigger the organization, the more likely these assets are spread across public and private clouds. But managing these resources can quickly become a challenge.

The key to simplifying this issue lies in global tagging strategies. Organizations need to be very purposeful in creating global tagging strategies that will work across all clouds....

By Brian Johnson, 15 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise.

Netskope secures $168m series F funding to further accelerate enterprise cloud security

Cloud access security broker (CASB) Netskope has announced the close of a series F funding round of $168.7 million (£130.5m) to ‘further cement [its] position as the leader in accelerating security transformation throughout the enterprise’, in the company’s words.

The funding round was led by existing investor Lightspeed Venture Partners – whose interests in the cloud security space have included

By James Bourne, 14 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Economy, Security.

How should CIOs manage data at the edge?

The ubiquity of popular buzzwords or phrases in the technology community brings a certain kind of pressure. If everyone seems to be talking about the importance and transformative potential of an exciting new technology, then as a CIO it’s only natural to want to dive straight in and explore its potential use cases as soon as possible.

This is particularly true of businesses and edge computing. After all, edge...

By Ravi Naik, 13 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Architecture, CIO, Data & Analytics, Infrastructure.

Get off of your cloud: AWS CEO claims move away from Oracle is imminent

The Oracle and Amazon mud-slinging shows no signs of slowing down. Amazon Web Services (AWS) has claimed its consumer businesses are now fully off Oracle’s data warehouse, with the vast majority of critical system databases running on its own solution by the end of the year.

The source comes right from the top; writing on Twitter, CEO Andy Jassy said Amazon’s consumer arm turned off Oracle on November 1 and moved to Redshift, Amazon’s...

By James Bourne, 13 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure.

How manufacturers need to move from products to services with the rise of IoT

  • 91% of manufacturers are investing in predictive analytics in the next 12 months, and 50% consider artificial intelligence (AI) a major planned investment for 2019 to support their subscription-based business models.
  • New subscription business models and smart, connected products are freeing manufacturers up from competing for one-time transaction revenues to recurring revenues based on subscriptions.
  • By 2020, manufacturers are predicting 67% of their product portfolios will be smart, connected products according to an 

By Louis Columbus, 13 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Research, SaaS , Software.

A guide to the key principles of chaos engineering

Chaos engineering can be defined as experiments over a distributed system at scale, which increases the confidence that the system will behave as desired and expected under undesired and unexpected conditions.

The concept was popularised initially by Netflix and its Chaos Monkey approach. As the company put it as far back as 2010: "The...

By Nazareno Feito, 12 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Disaster Recovery, Infrastructure, SLA, Vulnerabilities.

SAP acquires Qualtrics in $8bn deal to deliver stronger brand and customer experiences

SAP has announced the acquisition of research management software provider Qualtrics for $8 billion (£6.2bn) with the aim to ‘deliver the transformative potential of experience and operational data.’

Qualtrics, based in Utah and Washington, offers a platform which enables organisations to conduct internal and external surveys, gauging customer experience, employee expectations and brand advocacy. With SAP...

By James Bourne, 12 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, M&A, SaaS , SAP, Software.

ThousandEyes assesses the key performance differences between AWS, Azure and GCP

Plenty of factors have to be taken into account when choosing a cloud provider, from performance to price and everything in between. Indeed, many organisations have gone ahead of this process and are now weighing up more than one cloud provider, assessing which workloads fit best.

When it comes to the combination of price and performance, companies

By James Bourne, 09 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Architecture, Google, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Research.

How to protect healthcare IoT devices in a Zero Trust world

  • Over 100 million healthcare IoT devices are installed worldwide today, growing to 161m by 2020, attaining a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 17.2% in just three years according to Statista.
  • Healthcare executives say privacy concerns (59%), legacy system integration (55%) and security concerns (54%) are the top three barriers holding back Internet of Things (IoT) adoption in healthcare organizations today according to the 

By Louis Columbus, 08 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, Security, Software, Vulnerabilities.

VMware takes AWS and IBM partnerships up another notch and fills a Kubernetes-shaped hole

VMware appears intent on celebrating its 20th birthday in some style. The company's various announcements at VMworld Europe in Barcelona have further showcased its position as an enabler of enterprise cloud technologies, with acquisitions and partnerships key.

Regarding the former, VMware announced the acquisition of Heptio, a company set up by two founding Kubernetes engineers to help expand the container orchestration tool's reach into the enterprise. Craig McLuckie, co-founder, CEO and former Google product...

By James Bourne, 07 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Enterprise, Europe, Infrastructure, VMware.

How tech leaders are looking to AI, IoT and robotics to fuel growth by 2021

  • 30% of tech leaders globally predict blockchain will disrupt their businesses by 2021.
  • IoT, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Robotics have the greatest potential to digitally transform businesses, making them more customer-centered and efficient.
  • 26% of global tech leaders say e-Commerce apps and platforms will be the most disruptive new business model in their countries by 2021.
  • IDC predicts worldwide IoT spending will reach $1.1T by 2021.

These and many other insights are from KPMG’s recent research study 

By Louis Columbus, 07 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Hybrid, Research, Software.

Banks want to move to the cloud – but they need better models to do it efficiently

Banks are recognising the benefits of cloud computing – but progress remains slow.

That’s the verdict of consulting firm Accenture, who has released a new report focused on how banks need to win in the digital age.

The report, which showcased the opinions of 35 executives at global banks who were responsible for technology and information security, found very few to have...

By James Bourne, 06 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, Infrastructure.

Examining the rise of digital-native enterprises: The need for agile connectivity and edge computing

IDC unveiled its top information and communications technology (ICT) predictions for Asia-Pacific excluding Japan (APeJ) region. IDC now predicts that many more organisations will be 'digitally determined' by 2020, transforming commercial markets and reimagining their future growth potential.

Digitally determined organisations demonstrate the ability to vision, plan, and operationalise their digital transformation (DX) through ambition, grit, discipline and commitment. Ultimately, all digital...

By David H Deans, 06 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CIO, Enterprise, Infrastructure.

Gartner’s latest Magic Quadrant shows the need for cloud access security brokers going forward

The role of the cloud access security broker (CASB) will become ever-more important in the context of organisational security.

According to analyst firm Gartner, through 2023 “at least 99%” of cloud security issues will be the fault of the customer. The notion of shared responsibility – one which regular readers of this publication may well be sick of hearing given its frequency – needs to be hammered...

By James Bourne, 05 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Research, Security, Vulnerabilities.

How blockchain can improve manufacturing efforts in 2019

  • The business value-add of blockchain will grow to slightly more than $176B by 2025, then exceed $3.1T by 2030 according to Gartner.
  • Typical product recalls cost $8M, and many could be averted with improved track-and-traceability enabled by blockchain.
  • Combining blockchain and IoT will revolutionise product safety, track-and-traceability, warranty management, Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (MRO), and lead to new usage-based business models for smart, connected products.
  • By 2023, 30%...

By Louis Columbus, 05 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Blockchain, Platform.

Alibaba’s cloud revenues hit $825 million this quarter – up 90% year over year

Alibaba has hailed a 90% year-on-year increase in its cloudy operations – posting quarterly revenues of $825 million (£636m).

Total revenue for the company was at $12.4 billion (£9.57bn), meaning cloud contributed to 6.6% of the overall pot. Overall revenues rose 54% year over year, representing the first time the company’s growth did not break 55% in seven quarters.

Among Alibaba Cloud’s...

By James Bourne, 02 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Alibaba, Economy, Infrastructure.

Avis chooses AWS to drive forward a connected car platform vision

Another example of an ‘industry cloud’, albeit this time with a twist: car hire firm Avis is tapping into Amazon Web Services (AWS) to help with connected car data analysis.

Avis is using AWS Connected Vehicle Solution, the infrastructure behemoth’s product which focuses on transporting vehicle data to Amazon’s cloud securely, with low latency and low overhead.

By James Bourne, 02 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Applications, Platform.

CEOs are concerned about the cloud skills gap but doing little to remedy it – so plough your own furrow

The majority of top brass at UK organisations say they concerned about the digital skills divide – yet only a small percentage are willing to invest in digital skills training for existing staff.

That’s the key finding from a report by cloudy software firm Domo. The study, titled ‘Leading at the Speed of Data’ and which polled 107 CEOs in total, found a generational gap in some areas. 84% of CEOs aged...

By James Bourne, 01 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Data & Analytics, Economy, Research, Trends.

For better or for worse: Why your brand reputation is hitched to your ability to manage and protect data

The potential benefits of technology to change and improve lives are clear for all to see. At an individual level, wearable devices can help better manage health, home sensors can reduce your energy use and costs, and analytics can hone services to meet your every need. At an organisational level, digital transformation can not only boost efficiency and productivity, but it can change the way that whole industries operate and allow organisations (including...

By Bill Mew, 01 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Privacy.