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The pressure for the IT department to take out cost and improve operational efficiency is the main driver for re-appraising how services are delivered to the user. In addition, there is the need to provide access to information from anywhere, ensure data security, regulatory compliance, governance and to become more environmentally friendly.

The technologies that will shape the desktop in the coming years are virtualisation and the growing acceptance of services being delivered over the internet, the latest iteration of this being 'cloud computing'.


Cloud-driven IT decentralisation increases security risk - 01 Dec 2016

From Dark Reading IT management has become increasingly decentralised in the last three years and businesses are struggling to address it. Many believe tech departments aren't ready to face this trend, which they believe will increase enterprise security risk. These findings come from new cloud research on IT management, commissioned ... read more..

SAP unveils SAP Hana 2 in-memory database platform - 15 Nov 2016

From SAP has unveiled its SAP Hana 2 platform, the company's in-memory database technology, combined with microservices and made available in the cloud via SAP Hybris-as-a-service. The company announced the SAP Hana 2 platform at its SAP TechEd Barcelona event. Current customers and users of SAP Hana include bakery ... read more..

Microsoft enterprise cloud and software pricing to increase in January - 04 Nov 2016

From Microsoft is to increase its enterprise software and cloud service prices for UK customers significantly, in reaction to the falling value of the pound. From 1 January 2017, prices for on-premises enterprise software will increase by 13%, whilst enterprise cloud prices will increase by 22% 'to realign close ... read more..

IT spending on ‘innovation’ is now a priority - 04 Nov 2016

From CIO Businesses are increasing their spending on technology, with cloud services as the big beneficiary. Hardware and software spending is declining as spending on cloud services rises, particularly on SaaS, according to the most recent annual survey from the Society for Information Management (SIM). Analytics/business intelligence and cyber security ... read more..

Paddy Power Betfair puts entire IT team on call to improve software quality - 11 Oct 2016

From Paddy Power Betfair has put its entire IT team on call in an effort to improve the quality of its software releases. A recent IT overhaul at the firm involved a move into hybrid cloud, a shift to DevOps working practices and the decision to improve accountability by ... read more..

More than half of IT professionals think the cloud makes their jobs harder - 11 Oct 2016

From TechRepublic Cloud provider BetterCloud has released its Trends in Cloud IT report, which focused on G Suite and Office 365 as a way to look at XaaS growth. There's plenty of good information contained in the report, but what sticks out is how IT professionals feel about cloud adoption: ... read more..

Office 365 doesn't live up to the hype, says cloud expert - 30 Sep 2016

From A cloud expert has said that Office 365 doesn't live up to the hype, and that he needed to buy four additional services just to get it to function as well as Microsoft claims. Nick Iannou, head of IT at Ratcliffe Groves Partnership, explained that the problem with ... read more..

IT needs to understand users better, says CA Technologies - 30 Sep 2016

From IT people know that they need to focus on delivering a good service, but they also need to understand the user experience more closely, according to CA Technologies. Speaking at Computing's recent Cloud and Infrastructure Summit, Duncan Bradford, vice president EMEA pre-sales, CA Technologies, explained how IT needs ... read more..

85% of organisations lack the skills to manage cloud, finds survey - 23 Aug 2016

From A massive 85% of organisations feel they don't have the skills to manage cloud solutions within the business, research from Verizon and virtualisation firm Turbonomic has revealed. The research, based on a survey of 1,821 global IT decision makers, also showed that 70% of organisations base multi-cloud investment ... read more..

Nine out of 10 UK orgs don't encrypt over 75% of data in the cloud - 03 Aug 2016

From SC Magazine Companies are not adopting appropriate governance and security measures to protect sensitive data in the cloud according to a Ponemon Institute report The 2016 Global Cloud Data Security Study, commissioned by Gemalto. More than 3,400 IT and IT security practitioners were surveyed from the UK, US, Brazil, ... read more..

Office 365 gets new Word, PowerPoint and Outlook features - 28 Jul 2016

From CIO Microsoft has announced a new set of features designed to help Office 365 users save time and increase productivity. The cloud services bring new capabilities and insights to three of Microsoft's most popular business applications: Word, PowerPoint and Outlook. 'Editor', a new feature in Word, for example, is ... read more..

Dropbox boosts business tools with AdminX launch - 28 Jul 2016

From Dropbox has announced the launch of a major set of controls for business customers to give IT teams more oversight and management of information shared on the platform. The AdminX launch was 'months in the planning', according to the firm, and is designed to make it as simple ... read more..

Public and private cloud now account for a quarter of infrastructure spending - 14 Jul 2016

From ZDNet A quarter of IT infrastructure spending in Europe is now going to building public and private cloud systems. According to IDC, infrastructure spending which it defines as servers, disk storage and Ethernet switch for public and private cloud in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) ... read more..

Cloud services cheaper and more reliable than on-prem - 23 Jun 2016

From SC Magazine Nick Ioannou, head of IT for the Ratcliffe Groves Partnership (RGP), told a crowd at Cloud and DevOps World 2016 that despite his company being a smaller sized business, by using a combination of 26 different cloud-based services, his company has IT power which means it can ... read more..

Shadow IT grows as IT approval processes are too slow - 15 Jun 2016

From Information Age Employees are deliberately bypassing IT in adopting applications because IT approval processes are too slow and draconian, according to new research. In a survey of 500 IT decision makers (ITDMs) and 500 business decision makers (BDMs), IT's self-image as an 'enabler' was contradicted by employees in other ... read more..

Demand for AWS and Azure skills on the rise as cloud adoption grows - 08 Jun 2016

From Demand for engineers with skills relating to Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Microsoft's Azure platform has seen the most growth in the IT jobs market over the past year, according to hosting firm Rackspace. Cloud adoption by organisations of all sizes is picking up pace, and IT professionals ... read more..

Government competition chiefs demand fairer use terms for cloud storage customers - 01 Jun 2016

From Google and Microsoft are among the major cloud providers yet to commit to the government's push for fairer terms and conditions for online storage customers. The government-backed Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is calling on cloud storage firms to commit to introducing fairer terms and conditions for customers. ... read more..

Many organisations lack a coherent cloud strategy and underestimate private cloud costs - 11 May 2016

From Cloud computing is widely accepted as a key part of a modern IT infrastructure, but many organisations still lack a coherent cloud strategy and smaller companies in particular dramatically underestimate the cost of building a private cloud, according to a new report. The State of Multi-Cloud Architecture report ... read more..

iPaaS: what this cloud technology is and why it’s important - 04 May 2016

From CIO GameStop operates more than 4,000 stores in the US and another 2,000 abroad. Between paying monthly rent, managing leases and searching for new properties, there's a lot to keep track of for the company's commercial real estate team. A few years ago GameStop began using a real estate ... read more..

How cloud computing and the on-demand economy are remaking IT careers - 29 Apr 2016

From ZDNet The role of the IT professional is changing, thanks to new technology and new business models. Rather than simply employing experts in coding and testing, businesses are keen to tap into the skills of business-focused specialists who can manage projects and deliver value. It all means technology professionals ... read more..

AWS and Microsoft Azure at the centre of IT's most exciting change in decades - 20 Apr 2016

From TechRepublic In today's trillion-dollar enterprise IT landscape, the public cloud already claims 16.2% of all enterprise workloads, according to a new JP Morgan CIO survey. CIOs expect that percentage to nearly triple within the next five years, however, sending it soaring to 40.3% of all workloads and leaving the ... read more..

IT departments suffer from reverse skills gap - 16 Apr 2016

From IT Pro Businesses are suffering from a reverse IT skills gap, according to research from VCE, the converged infrastructure wing of the EMC Federation. The investigation, which has been published in a report called Endangered IT, showed many IT workers are at risk of becoming obsolete because they are ... read more..

Cloud computing: we'll never be all in, say most companies - 05 Apr 2016

From TechRepublic Last week, IT management software provider SolarWinds released its annual report titled IT Trends Report 2016: The Hybrid IT Evolution, detailing some interesting trends around cloud adoption in the enterprise and the rise of hybrid IT. First off, according to the results of the report, cloud adoption is ... read more..

Cloud, compliance and data protection top storage priorities for 2016 - 29 Mar 2016

From Use of the cloud (compute and storage) tops IT departments' to-do lists, while storage and backup for virtualised environments is still a key priority, although declining. Meanwhile and somewhat surprisingly flash storage deployment appears to have plateaued. Those are the findings of the IT Priorities ... read more..

Moving to open source databases can see savings of 90% - 21 Mar 2016

From Enterprises could save up to 90% on licensing costs by moving away from incumbent proprietary databases to an open source alternative, according to Frank Fanzilli, independent board director at PostgreSQL vendor EnterpriseDB and board director of the Linux Foundation. Fanzilli, former global CIO at Credit Suisse First Boston, ... read more..

The state of IT: CIOs targeting hybrid cloud and packaged services - 21 Mar 2016

From TechRepublic Last week, EMC and VMware released a joint report titled The State of IT Transformation, examining the IT strategies of 660 global customers. The report focused on IT initiatives in hybrid cloud, standardised services and proper documentation. Hybrid cloud was a top priority for respondents with more than ... read more..

Cloud providers and customers must change to comply with new EU regulations - 17 Mar 2016

From Cloud computing is seeing huge growth. No matter where you look the figures are big. Growth at Amazon Web Services (AWS) was reported as being almost 70% in 2015. Microsoft Azure may be growing even faster, although it is hard to compare like with like. Then we have ... read more..

Security concerns continue amid cloud adoption - 02 Mar 2016

From InformationWeek The Internet of Things (IoT) generates a lot of data, which organisations can store in the cloud. But how are they keeping it all safe? Many companies are realising they face this challenge and are ramping up efforts to improve data security as they embrace new platforms, including ... read more..

Shadow IT? Blame the IT department for lack of support for new ways of working - 02 Mar 2016

From 'Shadow IT is the new way of doing IT,' suggests Mark Crosbie, international head of trust and security at Dropbox, the popular cloud file hosting service. 'It's the new way of provisioning fast, lightweight, agile solutions for people to collaborate and work,' he adds. Crosbie blames inflexible IT ... read more..

65% of IT security professionals say cloud as secure as on-premises - 26 Jan 2016

From InformationWeek The perception that computing in the cloud is less secure than the enterprise data centre is gradually reversing. One sign was when Capital One Financial CIO Robert Alexander spoke at Amazon Web Services' Re-Invent last October in Las Vegas to say the EC2 cloud would host his firm's ... read more..



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