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There are already signs that CIOs see what needs to be done as they try to move forward. In October 2013, Gartner predicted that cloud computing would grow to represent the bulk of new IT spend by as soon as 2016. As long as CIOs are being pushed to deliver more with less, it is clear tha 

Are Enterprise Cloud Services the CIO's Key to Innovation?

To stay relevant to the business in a rapidly-changing external environment, the CIO and IT department need to be as agile as the infrastructure they provide to the business, and as open to new ways of working as the broader organisation. Today’s IT agenda, then, is not about keeping things tick ...  

How CIO's Can Stay Relevant to the Business in a Rapidly Changing Environment

The rise of social has brought Word of Mouth (WOM) marketing to the fore once again in recent years, as study after study has found that people are much more likely to use a service or buy a product that has been recommended by a friend. WOM is nothing new of course, from the very earliest in ...  

What Makes a Successful Referral Program?

Collaboration, in one form or another, has been a growing trend for the past decade. Thanks to the ever-increasing insidiousness of the internet and how vital it’s become to business, a wide range of collaboration tools are now available in the workplace. This is a trend that continues to gro ...  

Cloud Collaboration - The End of the Faceless Employee?

It’s no surprise to those in the IT industry that recent research has revealed the enterprise shift to the cloud to be inevitable. 41% of respondents to a survey carried out by AIIM said that they expect cloud will "become the de-facto deployment” over the next 3 years, with many choosing document m ...  

Content Sharing in the Cloud Liberates Team Workers

Video collboration is by no means a new concept, but it’s one that’s becoming increasingly relevant to modern enterprises in a competitive marketplace. This is not only because faster internet speeds and the advent of the cloud has increased the necessity and ease of collaborative working practi ...  

The Increasing Benefits of Video Collaboration to the Enterprise

Public cloud computing, convenient and cost-saving, has replaced the large, on-site server rooms usually relied upon by companies. Data once saved in server rooms is stored in data centres often far from the company site, managed by a cloud provider that secures and protects the data. But ...  

Cloud Compliance: Is the Cloud Keeping your Data Private?

The cloud has settled in to stay. Since its first emergence, cloud has been both a curiosity and a concern for CIOs and IT professionals. Now that this modern computing system has swept the information industry, what will happen next?

Cloud Trends for 2013 and Beyond


In an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) scenario,  the  cloud-based  service being provided will include virtual server space, network connections, bandwidth, IP addresses and load balancers. Physically the pool of hardware resource is pulled  from  a  multitu ...  

The Case for Virtual Data Centres

The industrialisation of IT has long commenced. Legacy systems requiring manual management of IT structure have fallen to the wayside, one by one, as automated cloud computing systems have usurped the place of typical IT professionals and infrastructure managers. Unrest has shaken the ind ...  

As cloud takes over, what is the role of the IT manager?

The typical internal IT infrastructure is mired in complexity; costly and cumbersome to manage; and the opposite of dynamic and agile. Any on-premise server that is not fully utilised represents a costly waste of resources. Extrapolate that across the entire company, and the inefficiencies are likel ...  

What's Holding Businesses Back From the Cloud?

Virtual teams are increasing due to technology advances that enable managers to draw from a global pool in hiring top performers, which Forbes magazine has dubbed Talent As A Service (TAAS) . Many are finding that individual high achievers don’t always mesh well as a team. Differences in cu ...  

Video Boosts Collaboration, Builds Stronger Ties in Virtual Teams

With enterprise video moving into the mainstream of business communications, organisations are now faced with the challenge of deploying video collaboration in the workplace. An executive brief from IDC called "Mobile Video Collaboration: The New Business Reality” describes the issues on th 

Key Issues in Deploying Video Collaboration

Internal experts who possess specialised knowledge or drive thought leadership are a valuable asset to any business. These individuals help train employees and partners, guide customers through complex purchases and build the company’s reputation through media and event participation. Effectivel ...  

How Video Enables Insight On Demand From Virtual Experts

Videoconferencing, once perceived as a peripheral business tool, is now gaining global, cross-sector recognition as a powerful mainstream communications medium. The enterprise videoconferencing and telepresence market grew by 20.5 percent in 2011, reaching $2.7 billion, according to industry ana ...  

Video Revolution: How Videoconferencing is Transforming Business

In this ever-increasing age of digital content, much is bandied around about Intellectual Property, with the prime concern being that of illegally downloaded content; but what about paid-for digital content? Recent reports that US actor Bruce Willis is taking Apple to court over his ‘ownership’ ...  

Digital Ownership: why you don't own the content you buy

Cisco and NetApp have announced plans to accelerate the market momentum of the FlexPod converged infrastructure solution. FlexPod has now been taken up by 1,000 customers globally and the adoption rate has grown by around 400 percent in the nine months to April. In late 2010 Cisco, NetApp and ...  

FlexPod: The shared infrastructure solution devised by Cisco, NetApp and VMware

The outage of Nat West's systems has been going on for six days now and the firm is being criticised for its handling of the situation and how it has communicated with its customers. Nat West is finding, to its cost, that its initial policy of giving messages of reassurance to customers is not e ...  

Nat West  Failure - What can banks learn from Cloud Service Providers?

Every time an advertisement for an Internet Service provider appears in the media, the focus is to aggressively extol the virtues of ‘so many' megabits per second. These advertisements are designed to increase sales, playing to the Internet users obsession with ‘speed'. The end result is that almo ...  

Popular Myths about Internet Speed

One of the benefits of cloud computing is that, assuming virtualization is implemented in the cloud farm, that layer of abstraction affords some measure of protection against loss or downtime in the event of a single hardware failure. And of course, utilizing a cloud platform adds innumerable othe ...  

Multi-cloud strategies help to overcome risks of the cloud

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