Kevin Samuelson, CEO, Infor: Why now is the time for industrial businesses to jump into the cloud

2020 has naturally been a year of turbulence and disruption for virtually every industry. But for cloud service providers, the Covid-19 pandemic has enabled some light amid the darkness.

As companies deployed - or hastily created - their remote working initiatives, Zoom's usage, and value, soared, creating a major spike in the wider conferencing SaaS market on its own. The same was true for infrastructure companies underpinning the software.

Yet not all industries can...

Oracle touts TikTok as flagship cloud customer after deal approved on US side

Updated The deal has been approved in principle - by the highest authority - and now Oracle has confirmed that social network TikTok will use the company as its 'secure cloud technology provider.'

TikTok, which had been threatened to be banned by US president Donald Trump over national security concerns, had a long list of potential suitors for its US operations before choosing Oracle over other tech behemoths, including Microsoft.

Over the weekend (Sep 19), President...

IT operations management tools consolidation: The five key battles you need to win

If your organisation has more than 20 tools for IT operations management and DevOps, you’re not alone. According to one source, nearly 40% of IT teams are using more than 10 monitoring tools. There comes a time when you simply must clean house. This is a painful chore, akin to cleaning out the garage or basement after a few years of neglect. It requires deep analysis, an in-depth understanding of business requirements and political finesse.

Avoiding this exercise, however, is...

KPMG’s Enterprise Reboot report: Hybrid outpaces multi-cloud as model of choice through Covid-19

The potential for the convergence of technologies such as cloud computing, artificial intelligence, blockchain and 5G to alter business processes was already evident. Yet the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown has shone a light on how hesitant organisations 'are likely to be flattened by savvier competitors that push the edges of innovation.'

Those words are taken from a KPMG report, put together alongside HFS Research, which surveyed 900 business and technical executives...

Here’s where AIOps is delivering results today

Bottom Line: Capitalizing on AI and machine learning’s inherent strengths to create contextual intelligence in real-time, LogicMonitor’s early warning and failure prevention systems reflect where AIOps is delivering results today.

LogicMonitor’s track record of making solid contributions to their customers’ ability to bring greater accuracy, insight, and precision into monitoring all IT assets is emerging as a de facto industry standard. Recently I was speaking with a startup...

Cloud executive demand soars due to Covid-19, data shows

The Covid-19 pandemic has found an accelerated demand for cloud services - and it has also resulted in an increased need for premium executive talent.

According to findings from executive search company Leadership Capital Group, queries for senior cloud executives in the digital realm are up 224% since March.

The company said there was an 'acute need for organisations to execute an effective cloud strategy.' Findings were based on search requests for cloud executives...

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...

Microsoft’s commercial cloud revenues break $50bn for first time – but Azure growth slips

Microsoft has reported revenues of $38 billion (£29.9bn) in its most recent quarter, a year over year increase of 13%, but Azure growth has dipped to 47% from 59%.

Azure went up 47% year over year - Microsoft does not give specific Azure figures, only a percentage increase - while commercial cloud revenue topped $50 billion for the year for the first time.

For Microsoft's three revenue buckets, intelligent cloud - which covers some Azure but with a wider focus on...

Nordic enterprises moving to multi-cloud strategies, says ISG report

Enterprises in the Nordic region are increasingly turning to multi-cloud strategies and seeking help from cloud and data centre providers to achieve their business goals, according to a new report.

The study, from Information Services Group (ISG), looks more towards managed service providers (MSPs), hyperconverged and colocation service providers rather than the likelier public cloud infrastructure giants. As a result, companies such as Basefarm, a Norway-based MSP acquired by...

10 ways enterprises are getting results from AI strategies

One in 10 enterprises now use 10 or more AI applications; chatbots, process optimization, and fraud analysis lead a recent survey’s top use cases according to MMC Ventures83% of IT leaders say AI & ML is transforming customer engagement, and 69% say it is transforming their business according to Salesforce ResearchIDC predicts spending on AI systems will reach $97.9B in 2023

AI pilots are progressing into production based on their combined contributions to improving customer...