Telcos keep the noise down at Cloud World Forum

David Molony, Principal Analyst, EnterpriseTelcos have launched a series of credible cloud services offers, and there is a perception in the market that they can now compete with global systems integrators in the converged ICT space. But telco noise levels are set low. There’s a tentativeness in their marketing (which may be deliberate) but, more importantly, they are not getting the direct advocacy they deserve from their global MNC customers.

Tier-2 telcos ramp up cloud services

Telco cloud service providers were...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 03 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Migration, Trends.

IBM’s Big Data and Analytics portfolio needs more tailoring for life sciences

Andrew Brosnan, Senior Analyst, Health SciencesAt its recent Big Data and Analytics Analyst Insights Summit in Toronto, IBM laid out its portfolio of technologies and services specifically for business analytics. The portfolio is a robust and comprehensive offering, encompassing all types of analytics, with specific tools and technologies across the “stack” for organizations of all sizes.The phrase “easy, fast, and smart” was a recurring theme throughout the event, highlighting IBM’s...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 02 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Security.

Teradata releases own Hadoop products

At the Hadoop Summit conference last week, Teradata announced some Hadoop-only products that are a lead-in for applying its data management services to this emerging platform. The new offerings, announced in conjunction with strategic partner Hortonworks, include a new Teradata-branded Hadoop-only appliance that adds new deployment and node management capabilities, and deeper Teradata-delivered service and support options. The announcements raise the question of what value-add IT incumbents bring to the Hadoop game, when...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 01 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise, PaaS.

Microsoft server platforms pivot to cloud-first development

Fredrik Tunvall, Analyst, Information ManagmentThe overriding themes of Microsoft’s latest server platform announcements delivered last week at the company’s annual TechEd conference were about design for the cloud. Announcements for Microsoft Windows Server and Systems Center 2012 R2 focused heavily on harmonizing management and deployment tools for cloud and on-premise use. For the newly announced SQL Server 2014, it was about optimized backup and “always-on” integration with the Windows Azure...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 20 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Big Data, Data & Analytics, Enterprise.

Genesys accelerates cloud strategy with new Platform On Demand offering

Aphrodite Brinsmead, Senior Analyst, Customer Experience and Interaction

Genesys is making bold moves to strengthen its position in the cloud customer service market. Following its acquisitions of Angel.com in February 2013 and, more recently, SoundBite Communications, Genesys will also offer its own suite of contact center applications in the cloud. The new solution, Platform On-Demand, will be offered in addition to Genesys’ existing partner-led cloud solutions. It is targeted at contact centers with over...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 18 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Consumer, PaaS, Scalability.

The future of integration middleware is hybrid

Saurabh Sharma, Senior Analyst, IT Solutions

Many organisations are struggling with integration issues created by the rapid rise of social, mobile, and cloud platforms, and given the persistent time and budget constraints, are not inclined to use traditional integration approaches for hybrid integration scenarios. IT has no other option but to combine traditional and cloud-based integration approaches to deliver the desired integration capabilities on time and within the allocated budget. The growing...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 18 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Infrastructure, PaaS.

Informatica aims to get its “Vibe” back

Tony Baer, Principal Analyst, Software – Enterprise Solutions

Informatica, which pioneered the current data integration tooling market, is seeking to reboot growth by targeting midmarket prospects who have traditionally perceived its solutions as too complex and expensive. The technology linchpin of this strategy is “Vibe,” a service-oriented architecture to deconstruct and make Informatica’s technologies more easily embeddable into third-party tools and/or cloud-based services. This is not the...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 07 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Big Data, Developers, Enterprise.

Australia launches national cloud computing strategy

Steve Hodgkinson, Research Director, Public Sector TechnologyThe Australian government has finally embraced cloud services as a critical element of the digital economy by releasing a National Cloud Computing Strategy. While not quite “cloud first”, the strategy creates an explicit requirement for agencies to consider cloud services for new ICT procurements, test and development activity, and to migrate existing websites to cloud services at natural refresh points. When combined with a range of other measures, this...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 31 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Government.

Global spend on cloud-based integration platforms to touch $3.7bn by 2018

Saurabh Sharma, Senior Analyst, IT SolutionsOvum’s Integration Middleware Global Market Forecast Model estimates that the spend on cloud-based integration platforms will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 31% between 2012 and 2018, reaching $3.7bn by the end of 2018. Over the same period, spending on cloud-based integration platforms in the Americas and Asia-Pacific regions will grow at CAGRs of 27% and 44% respectively. The Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) cloud-based integration platforms market...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 23 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Forecasts, IaaS, Trends.

Service virtualisation provides a practical approach to delivering DevOps

Roy Illsley, Principal Analyst Ovum ITEven today’s most successful organizations will not survive the converged business future by merely doing the same things they currently do only differently. What is needed is a shift to do different things. Ovum believes that rapid, assured, and sustained business innovation is imperative to an organization’s success. IT leaders therefore need to effectively harness technological advances, cut time to market, and improve quality and performance.Many organizations are...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 20 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, DevOps, Enterprise, SLA, Virtualisation.

Oracle puts applications in the Fast Data lane

Tony Baer, Principal Analyst, IT – Enterprise SolutionsWith the X3 generation of the Oracle Exadata and Exalogic engineered-systems platforms significantly upping the amount of Flash (SSD) and memory (DRAM), Oracle is now cranking up the speed on its applications portfolio. With Flash and DRAM prices plummeting, it is now cost-effective to persist, rather than temporarily cache, data. Oracle claims that much of its existing application portfolio can run up to 16x faster, unmodified, on the X3-2 Oracle Exadata and Exalogic...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 16 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CRM, Enterprise, Storage.

VMware sees software defined data centre as the future for IT as a service

Roy Illsley, Principal Analyst, Ovum ITThe recent VMware Forum 2013 in London provided a platform for VMware EMEA chief technologist, Joe Baguley, to reveal how VMware is addressing the challenges of transforming IT to an as-a-service paradigm. This transformation is based on three key pillars. First, it is about making the entire data center more agile, and the software-defined data center (SDDC) is the vehicle that VMware sees as being a major disruptive technology to enable the delivery of IT in this way. Second, it is about open...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 10 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Hybrid, Private, Public, VMware.

Actian goes on a Big Data acquisition spree

Tony Baer, Principal Analyst, Software – Enterprise Solutions

Actian, the vendor formerly known as Ingres, has suddenly put itself on the map through rapid-fire acquisitions of Pervasive Software, ParAccel, and Versant Software. The die was cast more than two years ago with its acquisition of Vectorwise, a fast, single-node analytic database. Actian’s goal is to assemble a mini-stack that includes a data integration engine and different data platforms for different transactional and analytic use cases. With the...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 09 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, M&A.

Big data must become a first-class citizen in the enterprise

Tony Baer, Principal Analyst, Software – Enterprise SolutionsFew topics have lately drawn more hype and scrutiny than Big Data. Having originated with Internet firms, Big Data has captured enterprise attention with examples that show how organizations, from public sector to financial services firms, telcos, and media derived insights that improved customer retention, operational efficiency, and risk mitigation. Big Data has drawn media attention with examples that touch people’s lives, such as the...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 08 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Enterprise.

UK G-Cloud to champion public cloud

Joe Dignan, Chief Analyst, Public Sector TechnologyThe third iteration of the UK government’s cloud store is about to go live, so what has changed and what is likely to happen next? The good news is that we appear to have reached the end of the beginning for G-Cloud, with the Cabinet Office reporting sales of £18.2m going through the first two procurement frameworks, G-Cloud i (Gi) and G-Cloud ii (Gii). The delay in getting G-Cloud iii (Giii) up and running is apparently due to there being 50% more...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 07 May 2013, 3 comments. Categories: Europe, Public, PublicSector.

BI bites into a bigger slice of Oracle’s Red Stack

Madan Sheina, Lead Analyst, Information Management

Oracle recently held its third annual Industry Analyst World conference at its Redwood Shores headquarters, and it came as no surprise to Ovum that business analytics featured as one of six major track themes (aligning nicely with our Big Data and Analytics Super Theme for 2013). Oracle’s business intelligence (BI) and enterprise performance (EPM) portfolio is undoubtedly impressive in both breadth and depth. Having spent much time and effort rationalizing and...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 02 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Big Data, Data & Analytics.

Cloud services first: A next-generation shared services policy for government

Dr Steve Hodgkinson, Research Director, IT, Asia-PacificWe believe it is time for governments to elevate their policy thinking about cloud services to confront their ICT strategy conundrum. They must address increasing fiscal constraints and disappointment with existing approaches to boosting ICT productivity with an approach that enables cross-agency sharing. Mature enterprise cloud services are “capitalist economy” shared services that work. Cloud services break the cycle of agency investment in dedicated ICT solutions that are difficult or impossible to share. In contrast, each procurement of...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 24 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Government.

Proactive security is required in highly regulated industries

Andrew Kellett, Principal Analyst, Infrastructure and SecurityMaintaining security that meets the risk and compliance requirements of the enterprise is a constant challenge. Systems and networks are becoming more open and accessible, but at the same time, threats have become more advanced, persistent, and complex. This is a particularly important issue in highly regulated markets such as financial services, where failure to protect sensitive information will have a negative effect on the business and how it is...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 22 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Data & Analytics, Enterprise, Hacking, Infrastructure, Security.

Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise expands its cloud vision

Brian Riggs, Principal Analyst, EnterpriseThrough 2013 Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise (ALU-E) will roll out a set of solutions on which its partners can offer a range of hosted unified communications (UC) services. The company’s strategy is different to those of its competitors in that it will deliver separate solutions for enterprises and SMBs, as well as a set of application services. These will be offered to operators, and also sold to value-added resellers and distributors that want to compete not...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 17 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, UnifiedComms, Vendors.

ICT remains mostly in-house, but cloud services adoption is growing

Dr Steve Hodgkinson, Research Director, IT, Asia Pacific

Ovum publishes Australian CIO Survey: ICT Challenges, Investment Priorities, and Sourcing Approaches

Our survey of 63 Australian CIOs across a range of sectors reveals a slightly surprising picture of the reality of ICT management compared to the media hype. While alternative sourcing approaches such as shared services, outsourcing, and cloud services are much discussed at conferences and in the media, the reality for this group of CIOs is that ICT management is still about...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 09 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Migration.