Five ways to achieve faster time to value with enterprise SaaS

The popular perception of software as a service (SaaS) and cloud computing is beautifully simple: sign-up, login and start doing your work. Of course, this isn’t quite accurate; it all depends on the application, business needs and goals. Enterprise SaaS entails business requirements gathering, customisations, integrations, and training. In our business, there is an initial phase of onboarding customer IT assets for monitoring, working with stakeholders and setting up dashboards, which...

Flexera’s State of the Cloud report affirms enterprise multi-cloud – but warns over wasted spend

One in five enterprises are spending upwards of $12 million (£9.6m) per year on public cloud - yet around a quarter of that is surplus budget.

That's according to the latest State of the Cloud report, published by IT management software provider Flexera.

The study, which many will recall as the industry-leading RightScale State of the Cloud report - Flexera having acquired RightScale in 2018 - polled 750 global cloud decision-makers and users around their adoption...

Enabling a more holistic approach to SD-WAN adoption: A guide

Software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) has been all the rage for a number of years. We’ve all heard about the benefits: Optimising transport cost with Internet connectivity instead of MPLS. Application visibility. Simplified network management. To be sure, they are real. According to Gartner, by the end of 2019, more than 50% of new managed WAN deployments incorporated SD-WAN and IDC expect that 80% of enterprises will define their SD-WAN strategy within the next 24...

Waste not, want not: How enterprises can avoid an idle cloud estate

The cloud lies at the heart of digital transformation. In the 2019 European Insight Intelligent Technology Index (ITI), 42% of IT decision makers deemed it one of the most critical technologies for their digital innovation initiatives. As a result, organisations are investing heavily in the cloud to drive their projects forward, spending an average of £29.48m per year.

However,...

Five key takeaways from RSA Conference 2020: Cloud SIEM, Zero Trust, API-based security, and more

Bottom line: Passwordless authentication, endpoint security, cloud-native SIEM platforms, and new API-based data security technologies were the most interesting tech developments, while keynotes focusing on election security, industrial control systems’ vulnerabilities and the persistent threat of state-sponsored ransomware dominated panel discussion.

This year’s RSA Conference was held February 24 to 28 in San Francisco’s Moscone Center, attracting more than 36,000...

Don’t forget to budget for business objectives to gain digital transformation ROI

Digital transformation is hugely important and extremely difficult. No matter what form an organisation’s transformation takes, it’s bound to introduce new and unanticipated challenges and costs even as it leads to positive long-term outcomes.

While increased challenges and costs are a normal part of digital transformation, they can trigger C-suite leaders to recalibrate their thinking of...

Spotting the elephant in the room: Why cloud will not burst colo’s bubble just yet

When it comes to the future demand for data centre colocation services, it would be easy to assume there’s a large elephant in the room – in the shape of a large cloud ready to consume all before it.  

From what we are seeing, however, alongside our cloud provider hosting services and in line with market forecasts, this is far from actual reality. The signs are that colocation can look...

5G, the edge, and the disruption of the cloud: Why now is the time for change

Sponsored If one were to put together a linguistic analysis of all the conversations held at MWC 2020, later this month in Barcelona, there is a fair chance that the most spoken word would be 5G.

Not surprisingly, the term will be everywhere this year – much of course as it was last year and the year before. Yet whether it is smartphone vendors looking to showcase their latest, speediest wares, or...

How cloud software companies can cut costs – without impacting on quality

When evaluating the value of any business, one of the most important factors is the cost of goods sold (COGS). To put that another way, for every pound that a business makes, how much does it cost to deliver?

For a traditional business, there are many ways to minimise costs. A company could optimise its supply chain, find cheaper raw materials, or negotiate better rates with its suppliers.

IBM CEO Ginni Rometty to step down: Analysing the cloud strategy and in-tray for the new boss

Analysis IBM chief executive Ginni Rometty is to step down in April after more than eight years at the helm, with senior vice president for cloud and cognitive software Arvind Krishna taking over.

Krishna, who was a contributing factor in IBM’s acquisition of Red Hat in 2018, will become only the 10th CEO in the Armonk giant’s 106-year history. Jim Whitehurst, chief executive of Red Hat, will...