Google Cloud and SAP expand partnership for business transformation

Thomas Saueressig SAP

Google Cloud has expanded its strategic partnership with German software company SAP to drive accelerate business transformations in the cloud.

Together, the two corporations also plan to help customers migrate critical business systems to the cloud and augment existing systems with Google's capabilities in artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Rob Enslin, president at Google Cloud, said: “Google Cloud and SAP share a commitment to supporting customer success...

Zoom acquires Five9 in £10.7bn deal

People on a Zoom conference call.

Zoom Video Communications has reached an agreement to acquire Five9, a provider of a cloud contact centre, in an all-stock transaction valued at $14.7 billion (£10.7bn). 

Combining Five9’s Contact Centre as a Service (“CCaaS”) solution with Zoom’s broad communications platform is hoped to transform how businesses connect with their customers, building the customer engagement platform of the future.

The acquisition is expected to help enhance Zoom’s...

Deloitte and Teradata partner to help customers leverage the cloud

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Professional services network Deloitte and software firm Teradata have teamed up to help mutual customers migrate their on-premise data management and analytics environments to the Teradata Vantage multi-cloud data platform. 

Deloitte, a preferred systems integrator for Vantage, will collaborate with Teradata to take the complexity out of data migration and equip organisations with the advanced capabilities of the future on cloud. 

Ashish Verma, managing director,...

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The Covid-19 pandemic has forced a massive shift to remote work. It is clear that, going forward, a much larger percentage of workers will work remotely. Organisations that deployed quick, short-term solutions for remote workers must now consider what will serve business goals and employees alike for the long term. Flexibility, security, performance and scalability are paramount in these uncertain times.

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Giving employees secure access...

Google Cloud and Box strengthen partnership around cloud infrastructure and collaboration

Google Cloud and Box have extended their strategic partnership focused on cloud content management, with the storage provider also proving another customer win for Google.

The two companies are extending their alliance, based on improving the experience for users of G Suite with Box, which was first announced in December 2018. Since then, several new features have taken place, including greater native sharing, and reciprocal transfer for Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides between Box...

Using agile development practices to improve team performance: A guide

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Cloud 2025: LogicMonitor affirms more accelerated cloud migration post-Covid

Another day, another study which shows how Covid-19 is accelerating cloud migrations. A new report from cloud monitoring provider LogicMonitor has found that 87% of global IT decision makers see the Covid-19 pandemic as hastening cloud initiatives.

The study, titled Cloud 2025, found that of the 500 decision makers polled, almost three quarters (74%) believed that within five years 95% of all workloads will be in the cloud. In APAC, more than a third (37%) see the cloud hosting...

Zoom rise fuels conferencing SaaS market gains on its own

The stratospheric rise of Zoom has caused the market for conferencing software as a service (SaaS) to hit more than $800 million in the first quarter of this year, according to Synergy Research.

The figures are divided into two camps - and reveal another facet of the enterprise IT software market being cannibalised by cloud. Traditional web and video conferencing revenues, led by Cisco, LogMeIn and Microsoft, have declined 1% year on year, while the smaller subset, which Synergy...