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...

Google Cloud Next OnAir analysed: Customers, confidentiality, and competing above the compute stack

Google's Cloud Next event has moved 'on-air' - and with it has come big enterprise customer wins, products aimed at regulated industries, and a sense of maturation.

The event, originally scheduled for San Francisco back in April, was moved online-only before being postponed in March. Google promised at the time the event would take place 'when the timing was right.' Yesterday, the first of nine weeks' worth of announcement, learning sessions and content was...

Hong Kong regains top spot from Singapore as strongest APAC cloud nation

The top two have swapped again: Hong Kong has topped the charts ahead of Singapore in the Asia Cloud Computing Association's (ACCA) 2020 cloud readiness index.

The biennial report, which assesses 14 Asia Pacific countries in categories ranging from connectivity, to security, to governance, found Australia slipping into mid-table, India making strides forward, while China continues to struggle. New Zealand, Taiwan and South Korea made up the top five, bumping Japan - ranked fourth...

Using agile development practices to improve team performance: A guide

As the world braves a global pandemic, organisations are continuously adapting to working remotely. While teams are working hard to stay productive during these difficult times, there is still a learning curve to acclimate to the current remote setup – a setup which now involves sharing workspaces with spouses, roommates and even rambunctious kids.

From my experience as a software developer all the way through my current role as a CTO, I’ve encountered a variety of work styles...

Why non-IT skills will be vital to IT success in 2020

Today, the value of our IT departments has expanded far beyond operations and technical support. This means the role of the IT pro is evolving to include wrangling the overlapping growing demands for technology across all departments within businesses. Traditional IT siloes have been broken down, radically changing how budgets are allocated and the types of skills IT pros now cite as essential to carry out their work. And in recent months this has been exemplified by a pandemic that has...

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...