With operations in 24 countries, over 120,000 employees globally, Telefónica Group, one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world, is looking to put at IT at the core of everything that it does in order to compete globally in an industry currently in the throes of a digital revolution. Phil Jordan, group chief information officer at Telefónica tells BCN that cloud is at the centre of how the company plans to regain terrain lost to over-the-top (OTT) players, make its core mobile and fixed line operations more flexible and scalable, and enable it to provide next generation digital services.
The next few years will see a sizeable increase in the uptake of cloud services, but there are a number of reasons why enterprises are still resistant to the idea of placing their core, mission-critical IT systems out in the cloud. We surveyed 312 enterprise IT professionals in the UK, Europe and North America to find out why.
Cedar Milazzo, vice president of engineering at Devicescape, a company that delivers Wi-Fi connectivity solutions to telecom operators, including insights into how people use their smartphones while off the cellular network, explains some of the lessons learned as the company embraced Hadoop and switched from MySQL to NoSQL for its core data warehouse while shifting everything into the cloud in the process.
Over the past year numerous international and UK-focused studies have underscored what most enterprises have, sometimes painfully, come to realise: Increased adoption of cloud computing and big data services and technology is driving transformation in businesses—not just in how the IT department functions, but in how these relatively new technologies and services are procured and consumed across entire organisations. And with the right IT skills in high demand and job specs in constant flux, businesses are struggling to manage this transition to a new model of IT.
In just four years OpenStack, the open source cloud orchestration project originally launched by NASA and Rackspace in 2010 has garnered more industry momentum and community involvement than nearly any other cloud-centric open source project. That said, as the project turns four it’s worth asking whether OpenStack, and indeed the paradigm it represents, will come to dominate cloud?
As of Monday, June 30th, employees in the UK with over 26 week’s service are eligible to request flexible working hours. This legislation, which previously only applied to working parents, now allows more employees to work weekends, evenings, or even set up their office from home. But what does this change mean for businesses, and is your technology up to scratch to support this new legislation?
DevOps is increasingly seen as a key component for efficiency and reducing time-to-market. Development environments, like the development methodologies themselves, are becoming more agile. Service level agreements, high availability and response time are being applied to the development environment to improve time to market. This is where open hybrid cloud can serve as a platform of choice for developers to drive the “new production” process.
Software-as-a-Service, (SaaS) is now mainstream and cloud adoption for converting capex into opex is nearly universally accepted. As per a Forrester research, every organization with more than 1000 employees uses around 18 SaaS applications. SaaS usage has seen around 40 per cent CAGR growth in last three years. Many ISV CXOs are already considering moving their applications to the cloud and in this article we look at the SaaS enablement process, challenges, and potential solutions.
Cloud computing entails a significant shift in the way IT services are delivered to organisations, a trend correlated with, and to some extent the cause of, virtualisation in datacentre services. Given the many benefits virtualisation affords: flexibility, scalability, and agility, to name a few, it can be confidently said that most cloud-based services offered today are hosted on some virtualised platform. Yet there is a converse trend that is seeing enterprises, driven by performance, security and cost concerns, swinging back towards bare metal implementations.
Across the financial services sector, the question is now less about where cloud technology is being used, and more about where it isn’t used. Where do financial institutions draw the line when it comes to deciding whether to keep a process or IT-related service in-house or outsource it to specialists such as Amazon Web Services, SAP and many others?