Review: Commvault: Why sometimes all that glitters is not gold – but Metallic

Commvault has not only moved quickly to make its mark with SaaS offering Metallic, but its channel partnership with Microsoft could be a game-changer, as Ian Moyse writes

2020 is already a year of enhanced change and challenge, brought to us all by an unexpected requirement for en masse remote working. With this came a breadth of increased challenges for business, spanning people, process, and technology. The need for already challenged areas of security and data efficacy took on...

Get your SaaS up to speed: Three productivity-killing data problems and how to solve them

With the typical enterprise using hundreds of SaaS solutions, each with its own database, it’s no wonder business leaders complain their data is siloed. Imagine now that a CEO wants to understand the relationship between data in these disparate systems. All of a sudden, she’s looking at the world’s most confusing dashboard, all the while wondering: Can I trust this information? The CEO placates herself with that knowledge that at least she has data to look at, but in the end it...

Beyond the catch-all ‘solution’: The quest for smarter – yet simpler – IT

IT can be both complicated and confusing. Some of this is unavoidable, but a lot of what confuses is unnecessary, not least our TLA obsession (that’s Three Letter Acronyms to you and me!) plus the everyday use of jargon at the expense of clarity.

Arguably the biggest villain, however, is a tendency to call every product a solution regardless of whether it solves a problem or not. This is a tendency made all the worse by customers and vendors willing to buy into this extra layer...

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...

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...

Telstra report finds cloud ‘only option’ for many post-Covid – but business continuity must be paramount

Organisations are accelerating their digital transformation initiatives as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic - but increased or reallocated budgets will mean a recalibration of IT strategy.

That's according to a new report from Australian telco Telstra exploring adaptive infrastructure and business continuity post-Covid.

The report, which polled more than 120 business leaders across four continents and was put together alongside GlobalData, found almost two thirds of...

Humio: On the challenges of traditional data logging, a changing landscape, and container security

As cloud migrations become more widespread and complex, IT security has never been more difficult. 

Enterprise workloads today are rapidly changing to a hybrid mix of on-premise, private cloud and public cloud - not to mention the increasing interest in containers. Getting a handle on it all requires deep visibility, from both the data and device side.

One relatively traditional way of doing this is through log management. The promise, of real-time auditing and...

Gartner: How and why cloud providers need to support their customers through Covid-19

Cloud providers need to proactively support their customers through the tail end of the Covid-19 pandemic. They can do this by demonstrating the strength and adaptability of their service offerings.

Covid-19 has left many organisations unsure if their business continuity strategy is sufficiently robust, particularly when it comes to cloud services. The reliance on videoconferencing and collaboration tools has stressed the limits of back-end supporting...

Microsoft launches healthcare cloud, says more industry clouds will follow

Microsoft has launched its first industry-specific cloud offering aimed at healthcare, with the promise of more industry clouds to follow.

The announcement was made as part of the now-virtual Microsoft Build event. While the major headlines of the developer jamboree have focused around big investments in artificial intelligence, as sister publication AI News has reported, Azure has often featured peripherally underpinning the projects. The partnership with OpenAI - to whom...

Five steps to building an effective SMB analytics initiative

Analytics tools are commonplace in today’s digital economy, but many organisations don’t fully utilise them. Small to medium businesses (SMBs) are particularly bad offenders due to a lack of in-house expertise, nascent or non-existent processes, or misunderstanding of the tools’ purposes.

If you’re an SMB exec, there’s good news: with just a few steps, SMBs can leverage business analytics much more effectively. These steps will open up a whole new world of insight into...