CIOs suffering from ‘availability gap’ in battle for digital transformation

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Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: research released by software provider Veeam argues that CIOs face an uphill battle in order to achieve their digital transformation goals.

The study, which polled 100 UK CIOs, found that 82% say they suffer from an ‘availability gap’ – a gap between user needs and how effectively the business can ensure application and data availability. This is significantly up from the European average of 60%, Veeam argues.

Even though...

By James Bourne, 06 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CIO, Cloud , Development.

Future gazing, digital transformation and open source key at Red Hat forum

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At the Red Hat Forum in London, a couple of key tenets shone through – getting the all-important digital transformation right and the power of open source.

For the event, which was opened up to the press for the first time, digital transformation took the bulk of the talk. “Software is becoming the differentiating factor for your company,” explained Werner Knoblich, Red Hat senior vice president and general manager EMEA.

There were three issues companies needed to...

By James Bourne, 05 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Cloud , Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

Analysing integration strategies for a postmodern ERP world

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Gartner defines postmodern ERP as “a fundamental shift away from a single vendor megasuite toward a more loosely coupled and federated ERP environment.” While huge ERP systems can do virtually anything, many companies find that they are too complex or require too much customisation to meet their specific needs.

Therefore they go in search of specialised packages for their industry or for their region. And companies which acquire others often find that each business has its...

By Stephan Romeder, 27 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Cloud , Collaboration.

Why the future of identity is up in the clouds

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In the last year, the volume of CIO mandates to be “cloud first” or only adopt cloud applications going forward, has increased significantly in large enterprises. Research from IDC forecasts that by 2019 enterprises will be spending more than £100 billion annually on cloud services.

When approached in the right manner, the cloud can deliver considerable benefits to organisations. But, there are several new challenges...

By Kevin Cunningham, 13 September 2016, 1 comment. Categories: CIO, Cloud , Identity.

VMware research: Enterprises eyeing up hybrid mobility and cloud future

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Research undertaken from VMware has revealed that enterprise mobility management (EMM) is the “most considered” end user computing (EUC) cloud technology, although enterprises can do more to get there.

The study, which surveyed more than 1,000 global members of the VMware User Group, found that organisations’ future infrastructure plans include both cloud and on-premise, creating a hybrid infrastructure for end user computing (EUC). The majority of respondents are using...

By James Bourne, 07 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CIO, Cloud , Enterprise Mobility.

The three keys for CIOs on the digital transformation journey

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The most striking changes in the cloud market affecting project management right now are happening in three key areas: technology, people and processes. Let’s take a closer look.

Technology

Being portable, scalable and secure, cloud technology empowers businesses to respond quickly to changes in their marketplaces. Mobile devices are key here, as they are most adaptive to the frequency that cloud technology changes.

Many organisations are suffering with a hidden...

By Simon Reindl, 01 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Cloud , Development.

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

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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

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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?

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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

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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.