How to make your SaaS startup stand out from the crowded cloud landscape

The SaaS model has lowered the barriers for budding software entrepreneurs to build and commercialise exciting new products, creating new markets that cater to nearly any vertical or niche you can think of. Gartner Inc. currently estimates the number of SaaS companies in existence at around a quarter of a million and predicts that the worldwide public cloud services market will grow 17.5% in 2019 to $214.3 billion, up from $182.4 billion in 2018,...

How the energy industry is embracing cloud computing: Three key areas of success

Cloud technology is helping companies in every industry do more with less. In specific industry verticals, the cloud can play a key role in pushing the industry into successful digital integration. The energy sector, which is my company's expertise, is an example of how the cloud can transform an industry's operating procedures. Adoption isn't yet widespread yet, but the industry's shift to the cloud is picking up speed as we catapult into the next decade.

In...

Airlines bracing for exponential growth: How the cloud will be critical for success

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) highlighted that by the end of 2018, global air traffic passenger demand is projected to grow 7% year over year. IATA also forecasts passenger numbers will continue increasing, with an expected 8.2 billion people traveling by 2037, more than doubling the number of air traffic passengers in 2018.

Airliners should expect passenger traffic to double over...

Dropbox unveils upgraded search engine Nautilus with machine learning capabilities

For a company which stores hundreds of billions of files, search is vital for Dropbox, both for its customers and internal-facing. As a result, the storage provider has overhauled its search with machine learning capabilities.

The new platform, called Nautilus, had four goals on its launch; delivering top class performance, scalability and reliability, providing intellient document ranking and retrieval, flexibility for customising document-indexing and query-processing pipelines, and...

SD-WAN: It’s time to become the master of your network

He-Man may have been a master of the universe, but us mere mortals may have to set our goals slightly lower. For many network managers, the network is their own mini universe, but unfortunately, they often don’t have the control or visibility over it that they would like.

Software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) has been identified by some as the solution to this problem, solving businesses’ digital transformation and legacy infrastructure woes. But it is important that this, like...

How cloud scalability is seducing the financial sector

The financial sector, while forging ahead in other areas of digital transformation, has been relatively slow to adopt the cloud and there has been good reason for it: banks have to deal with highly sensitive data and sharing data storage and compute resources with others could not even be envisaged, let alone adopted.

However, just under two years ago, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published a new guidance for firms outsourcing to the ‘cloud’ and other...

How companies can boost their website in China’s clouded market

Company name translated into Chinese? Tick. Chinese social media accounts up and running? Tick. A Chinese-language website? Tick.

The IT team managing your Chinese website clicks ‘deploy’, and you’re now on the way to conquering the lucrative Chinese market.

The euphoria of global expansion endures for a few days, but then the teething problems start stacking up. Website availability is patchy. No one is coming to your site — except for spammers and...

API management: Seven ways to an effective strategy

Whether using an app to check-in for a flight, finding out when the Uber will arrive, or messaging a friend, an API will have connected the individual to this data.

APIs—application programming interfaces—are the unsung heroes of the application economy. Indeed, the applications wouldn’t exist without them. APIs are sets of defined rules that govern how one application can talk to another, providing ready-made, universal access to whatever functionality an...

Gaining elastic visibility into your clouds – without the strain

(c)iStock.com/VisualCommunications

How do you see what isn’t physically there?  It is emerging as a major problem facing enterprises, as cloud increasingly becomes the new normal.

On-premise networks and physical data centres are disappearing fast, with core business applications and processes being migrated to cloud architectures. The latest Cisco Global Cloud Index states that by 2020, 92% of workloads will be processed in public and private cloud data...

Why cloud services spending will exceed $174bn in 2014

The CEOs of leading companies are already striving to create an agile business model - one that responds quickly to competitive pressures and shifting market demands. Commercial agility often requires a corresponding accelerated business technology deployment. Meaning, the IT requirement is for applications to be provisioned in hours - not weeks or months.

That's a tall order for many corporate IT departments. Regardless, it must be done. More often than not, it's accomplished via...