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Getting to a software-defined world

The world is increasingly becoming software-defined

Software defined networking (SDN) has been the darling of the networking and IT world for the past few years, billed as one of the key cloud-enabling technologies with the potential to make every digital service consumable on-demand. But despite widespread appetite for technologies that can make networks more flexible, scalable and easy to manage, SDN still has a number of hurdles to overcome before enterprises embrace the technology.

As BG Group embraces cloud a balance between security and efficiency must be found

BG Group is transforming how its employees and partners collaborate on projects

UK oil and gas firm BG Group plans to put much of its data in the cloud over the coming months and is currently trialling Box’s cloud-based storage and collaboration platform, which it plans to extend across its global network of employees and partners. But it still needs to address data classification issues, and educate employees, in order to strike the right balance between security and efficiency according to Judy Porter, BG Group’s global IT strategy.

Public vs. private cloud: the great debate

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It goes without saying that there has been an increasing shift towards remote working in the past few years. Whether this is recession driven, or businesses are just becoming more flexible as technology moves on, there is no doubt that remote working has grown – and with it the demand for an ever more secure cloud-based software solution. Cloud software allows businesses agility, whilst lowering costs, but businesses need to know that their access is secure. The question is: Public or Private Cloud?

The Cloud Migration Survey: What will move, what will stay, and why?

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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.

Architecting big data in the cloud at Devicescape

Cedar Milazzo, vice president of engineering at Devicescape

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.

Telefónica Group CIO: Using cloud to regain ground lost to OTT players

Phil Jordan, group CIO at Telefónica

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.

Getting the facts straight: why charities are resisting the lure of the cloud

Richard Cooper, director of programmes at Technology Trust

The growing use of Cloud technology in business is nothing short of phenomenal. The reason for this is that it saves on time, cost and enables flexible working. Despite these benefits, I find that many charities are still resisting its adoption. Recent research by Technology Trust found that, of 426 respondents, 58 per cent of charities still don’t use the cloud – 65.1 per cent of which are small charities. With the array of articles written about the benefits of the cloud, I wanted to know why.

Wearables will shake up enterprise infrastructure as we know it

How will wearables impact enterprise infrastructure?

First we had BYOD (Bring Your Own Devices) – now hot on its heels is WYOD (Wear Your Own Devices). If there is a lesson to be learnt for enterprises it is that the consumerisaton of technology has crept up on them and created some major challenges in terms of network management, security and best practice.

Mind the (skills) gap

The increased uptake of cloud services is helping all kinds of organisations improve operations, but it’s also beckoning huge changes within IT departments

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.

Carphone Warehouse gets into big data through customer journey

Carphone Warehouse is using a number of traditional BI techniques and big data technologies to improve how its staff sell

With retail operations in 8 countries and a growing portfolio of telecommunications services, Carphone Warehouse is currently Europe’s largest independent mobile retail outfit. Paul Scullion, head of business intelligence at Carphone Warehouse explains to Business Cloud News how the company is using a combination of big data technologies to help improve retail customer service and eventually, help telcos improve their offerings.

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