As Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 move to end of life - how to immortalise enterprise IT in the cloud

Significant challenges are emerging for enterprises migrating their IT into the cloud. A primary issue is the migration of business-critical applications built to work specifically with legacy operating systems. Lack of compatibility with cloud environments provided by the likes of AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud means those critical applications can fail to function.

As the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 end-of-life deadline rapidly approaches, enterprises running applications on these or any other...

By Mat Clothier, 28 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CIO, Cloud , Productivity.

Why improving endpoint security needs to be a primary enterprise goal in 2020

Bottom line: Attacking endpoints with AI, bots, and machine learning is gaining momentum with cybercriminals today with no signs of slowing down into 2020, making endpoint security a must-have cybersecurity goal for next year.

Cyberattacks are growing more complex and difficult to prevent now and will accelerate in the future, making endpoint security a top goal in 2020. Cybercriminals are using structured and unstructured machine learning algorithms to hack organisations’ endpoints with increasing frequency....

By Louis Columbus, 11 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud , Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

How automation will impact the future of IT skills

In casual conversation, artificial intelligence (AI) and automation are talked about as if they’re interchangeable, but this doesn’t reflect reality. Automated processes serve the sole function of automating specific tasks without human intervention. AI, on the other hand, is the simulation of actual human intelligence to work on tasks independently.

Despite the clear distinction between AI and automation, a...

By Sascha Giese, 30 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CIO, Cloud , Data & Analytics, Productivity.

Global enterprise storage systems market saw decline in Q119, says IDC

The global enterprise storage systems market recorded $13.4b in revenues in the first quarter of 2019 (1Q19), which is a decline of 0.6% on year-over-year (YOY) basis.

According to International Data Corporation’s (IDC) latest study, titled Worldwide Quarterly Enterprise Storage Systems Tracker, the total capacity shipments increased 14.1% to 114.2 exabytes on a YOY basis during the quarter.

By Enterprise CIO, 11 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Cloud , Data & Analytics, Research.

What ITIL 4 means for AI and automation in IT service management

Eight years in technology time is equivalent to decades, it seems, now that digital transformation is driving lightning-speed change. So, it was high time to release a new version of ITIL, which was last updated in 2011. There are a lot of questions about what the forthcoming publication, ITIL Foundation, ITIL 4 edition, has to say about the many changes that have taken place in IT service management (ITSM) since the last update. This includes delivery models like cloud and new approaches like DevOps.

IT...

By Dr. Akhil Sahai, 11 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Cloud , Collaboration, Employees.

Disaster recovery best practice: Taking care of business with cloud PCs

IT leaders know the numbers: According to FEMA, 40 percent of businesses fail to recover from a disaster. That’s why disaster recovery (DR) planning is one of the top priorities for IT teams. When a business disruption happens, such as a natural disaster, what is the most effective and affordable way to jumpstart productivity once people are safe? The good news is that with cloud computing, a natural disaster doesn’t also have to be a financial...

By Brad Peterson, 12 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud , Employees, Productivity.

The reality of augmenting workers’ skills: Augmented reality in the enterprise

The numbers that flocked to the App Store and Google Play revealed the extent to which Pokémon Go caught the public’s imagination. At its heart was augmented reality technology, and before long the broader potential beyond the parameters of media and entertainment was decisively cemented. The traction has, in fact, provided a wakeup call for many online businesses to assess how putting a digital layer over the physical world could be harnessed...

By Maurizio Canton, 01 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud , Employees, Enterprise Mobility, UX.

Global IT spending predicted to hit $3.8 trillion in 2019, says Gartner

Market research firm Gartner has predicted that the worldwide spending on IT will increase by 3.2% on a year-on-year basis, to a total of £2.86 trillion in 2019.

John-David Lovelock, research vice president at Gartner, said: “Despite uncertainty fuelled by recession rumours, Brexit, and trade wars and tariffs, the likely scenario for IT spending in 2019 is growth. However, there are a lot of dynamic changes...

By Enterprise CIO, 30 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud , Data & Analytics, Enterprise Mobility.

Enterprise IT infrastructure spend was strong in 2018 – with future outlook steady

Enterprise IT infrastructure had a more than solid year with spending jumping 13% in 2018, according to the latest note from Synergy Research.

Aggregate revenues for the last four quarters hit $125 billion, with data centre servers being both the most lucrative market and the highest growing, at almost 26% year over year.

As ever, the cloudy side of the house saw greater gains, with...

By James Bourne, 09 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Cloud , Productivity, Research.

It’s going to be a hundred-zettabyte world – with major investments in the edge reaping rewards

Global data creation is predicted to grow to 163 zettabytes (ZB) by 2025, 10 times the amount of data produced in 2017, according to new figures from IDC.

The findings appear in a report put together by the analyst firm alongside data storage firm Seagate. The report, titled ‘The Digitisation of the World: From Edge to Core’, notes how the enterprise is driving this change.

“Where...

By James Bourne, 03 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Cloud , Data & Analytics, Enterprise Mobility, IoT, Research.

Germany and US leading the way in enterprise software-driven landscape, says Pivotal

The five S’s which define a modern software company are speed, stability, scalability, security, and savings. But to what extent do different verticals adhere to this mantra? Pivotal Software has put together a benchmark test to assess which industries and countries are on top – with Germany edging out the US in the latter.

The Built to Adapt Benchmark, put together alongside analyst firms Ovum and Longitude...

By James Bourne, 28 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: App Platforms, CIO, Cloud , Development.

Apple and Salesforce strike enterprise app strategic partnership

A strategic partnership has been announced by Apple and Salesforce to bring together the former’s iOS and the latter’s CRM in order to enable new mobile apps for business.

Salesforce, together with Apple, is recreating its app to adopt the native mobile platform with exclusive new features on the iOS platform. Millions of Salesforce developers will be provided with tools and resources to build their own native apps with a new Salesforce Mobile SDK for iOS, and the latest iOS App Development...

By Enterprise CIO, 28 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Cloud , Enterprise Mobility, iOS.

How Mead & Hunt transformed its IT operations through virtual desktop infrastructure

Mead & Hunt, a more than 100-year old US-based company specialising in design, engineering and architecture consulting, had a bit of a problem. They needed to open up a new office, in Tallahassee, Florida, in a matter of weeks. The employees had been hired – but there was nowhere to put them and ensure they were productive from day one.

Projects of this type would usually involve multiple recces to the new office...

By James Bourne, 12 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Cloud , Employees, Productivity.

AWS retains its crown as the go-to cloud IaaS provider for SMBs

A study by cloud managed services provider RightScale has revealed that Amazon Web Services (AWS) continues its dominance among SMBs.

AWS first opened the door for its cloud services among SMBs with its initial IaaS (Infrastructure-as-a-Service) offering. The company has retained its lead as the ‘go-to cloud’ for SMBs despite the presence of Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform.

In fact, AWS has twice as many SMB customers than its ‘big-named’ competitors.

AWS’...

By Enterprise CIO, 31 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud .

Transitioning your data centre to the cloud: A CIO's guide

Those involved in the technology world are used to things changing quickly, but it’s likely that few anticipated how fast organisations would shift from managing on-premises data centre infrastructure to declaring a moratorium on it and moving to the cloud. Not too long ago, many CIOs thought a hybrid approach was the way to go, since it seemed that some workloads just didn’t belong in the cloud and that public cloud security was not wholly adequate.

By Deborah Thornton, 30 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Cloud , Productivity.

Why the IoT market is predicted to double by 2021 - reaching $520 billion

  • Bain predicts the combined markets of the Internet of Things (IoT) will grow to about $520bn in 2021, more than double the $235bn spent in 2017.
  • Data centre and analytics will be the fastest growing IoT segment, reaching a 50% Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) from 2017 to 2021.
  • IoT customers are planning and executing more proof of concept pilots, with many balancing their expectations regarding broader adoption.
  • Cloud service providers (CSP) are emerging as influential providers of IoT services, consulting and analytics for enterprises, leaving smaller opportunities for other providers in niche...

By Louis Columbus, 29 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Cloud , Enterprise Mobility, IoT.

How Disney's ‘guestology’ theory for customer experience can improve IT support

It has been a few years now since Bruce Laval first coined the phrase ‘guestology’ for The Walt Disney corporation as a philosophy of how to maintain the ‘magic’ of the Walt Disney World resort.

A key factor of the theory is that what appears in front of the customer is always the finished product – all the characters and themes always in the right place and never seen in an area they should not be...

By Anthony Lamoureux, 17 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Authentication, Cloud , Employees.