Should vendors be forced to give encrypted data to the government?

(c)iStock.com/maxkabakov

More than one in three IT pros believe cloud providers should be forced to give government access to encrypted data, according to the latest research study from the Cloud Security Alliance and data protection providers Bitglass.

The research, which appears in a report entitled Mitigating Cloud Risks, surveyed 176 information security professionals and found US-based respondents were more likely to be opposed to government information (64%) than their EMEA counterparts (42%). 10% of...

By James Bourne, 11 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud , Data & Analytics, Privacy, Security.

Assessing ERP software of the future: Speed, cost, and creativity key

(c)iStock.com/jackaldu

One of the main trends we are bound to observe in the evolution of ERP (enterprise resource planning) solutions is the decoupling of cumbersome, large-scale, inflexible all-in-one systems. These systems are giving way to looser and even more highly adaptable options such as cloud applications, SaaS models, alternative integrations, and hybrid IT architecture. This allows for a veritable breeding ground of best in class integrations and combinations to shine.

The natural evolution of ERP...

By Aaron Continelli, 04 August 2016, 1 comment. Categories: CIO, Cloud , Data & Analytics.

Salesforce acquires Quip for $582m: What happens from here?

(c)iStock.com/Jason Doiy

Cloud software giant Salesforce has agreed to acquire Quip, an enterprise collaboration software provider, for around $582 million (£440m) of company stock.

San Francisco-based Quip, which is led by former Facebook CTO Bret Taylor and Google App Engine founder Kevin Gibbs, offers a plethora of methods to reimagine Outlook, Word, and more. One of the firm’s key concepts,

By James Bourne, 02 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud , Collaboration, Marketing, Productivity.

Cisco aims to put bots at centre of conversation with Gupshup collaboration

(c)iStock.com/Thomas Vogel

Cisco has announced a partnership deal with Gupshup, an San Francisco-based bot platform provider, aiming to improve enterprise collaboration with bot development capabilities for developers integrated into the Cisco Spark cloud service.

The move, announced at the Cisco Live conference earlier today alongside another partnership with API.ai, a similar provider in the space, will allow developers to build bots for enterprise users of Cisco Spark, creating customisable user experiences and...

By James Bourne, 11 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud , Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

IBM and Cisco announce deal to give collaboration suite a touch of Watson

(c)iStock.com/Valerie Loiseleux

IBM and Cisco have announced a partnership to integrate its AI system Watson among others into Cisco collaboration tools, including Spark and WebEx, to create “a more inspiring, productive and data-driven workplace.”

Watson, alongside IBM’s analytics, email and social offerings, is set to be integrated with Cisco’s productivity suite, with the two companies putting together joint solutions backed by a partner ecosystem. The companies give an interesting...

By James Bourne, 01 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud , Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

Google and RingCentral: Targeting Microsoft ambitious, but the opportunity is there

(c)iStock.com/serg3d

Analysis Late last week, Google announced a partnership with cloud communications provider RingCentral. The target, the two companies asserted, was medium to large enterprises looking for a more seamless transition to cloud collaboration. Yet a little further in the distance, the figure of Microsoft looms large.

Microsoft’s various offerings in the enterprise have been widely scrutinised and praised. Take Skype for Business, Cortana, and Yammer to name just three, held together by Office 365 and...

By James Bourne, 28 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud , Collaboration, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

The operator’s mobility paradox: How to succeed in a market they should have owned

(c)iStock.com/lekchangply

Mobile operators had a great opportunity on their hands with the cloud. They had all the right ingredients – infrastructure, network, customer base, but it didn’t really work out. Now, there is an opportunity for them to get on board in enterprise mobility – with partnerships the key.

That is the key finding from a new report released by analyst house CCS Insight and Red Hat. The paper, titled ‘The Enterprise Mobile App Platform Opportunity for...

By James Bourne, 10 June 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Applications, Cloud , Enterprise Mobility.

Majority of enterprises believe cloud apps are as secure as on premise, says research

(c)iStock.com/ismagilov

The latest report from cloud access security provider Bitglass contains an intriguing finding; a majority of enterprises surveyed believe cloud apps are just as secure as on premise for the first time.

The research, entitled ‘The Rise of Purpose-Built Cloud Security’, notes that as cloud applications mature, enterprises are seeing cloud security as increasingly impressive. More than half (52%) of those polled said they were confident of cloud apps being secure as their...

By James Bourne, 09 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Cloud , Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

HPE Enterprise Services segment to merge with CSC

Picture credit: Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s Enterprise Services segment is set to merge with CSC, creating a global IT services company, after the latter’s board of directors unanimously approved the development.

The combined entity, well-placed to help clients as regards digital transformation, is anticipated to boast revenues of $26 billion on the back of over 5,000 clients in 70 countries. The development is expected to provide first-year synergies of close to $1...

By Enterprise CIO, 26 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud , Enterprise Mobility, M&A.

Seven tips for avoiding data migration disasters

(c)iStock.com/Peter Hermus

Whether you’re changing ERP, CRM, or other central applications, transferring data between systems is never a simple task. The complexity of data-migration jobs often results in cost overruns and delays. Mistakes made during migrations can lead to costly downtime, diminished end-user productivity, and the loss of important data.   

But if you do the necessary preparation work and fully think through the process, you can avoid some of the most common data migration...

By Stephan Romeder, 26 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud , Data & Analytics, Data Loss.