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.
Rolls-Royce is deploying Workday’s cloud-based human capital management platform in a bid to streamline the company’s global human resources operations.
The Carlsberg Group is deploying Office 365’s integrated productivity and collaboration services to underpin the Carlsberg Supply Chain (CSC), an initiative to help streamline the company’s global supply chain operations.
Stuttgarter Strassenbahnen AG (SSB), the principal public transportation organisation in the City of Stuttgart, Germany, has deployed IBM’s private cloud platform and flash storage in a bid to improve data access speeds and availability of its SAP ERP platform.
Data from Skyhigh’s latest cloud adoption and risk report in Europe, which collates data from 1.4 million users, suggests cloud adoption has clearly accelerated rapidly this year, but less than one in ten cloud services used in enterprises today are considered low-risk. Kamal Shah, Skyhigh’s vice president of products and Nigel Hawthorn, Skyhigh’s marketing director for EMEA told BCN that while enterprises are embracing cloud services of questionable data security and privacy standards, the fastest growing cloud services today are less risky in this regard.
IT standards organisation Open Group has announced the launch of IT4IT, a forum composed enterprises, service providers and technology incumbents focused on delivering a comprehensive set of standards for managing systems integration and interoperability. Georg Bock, senior director of portfolio strategy at HP Software IT Management told BCN the standards being developed by the forum will help tackle the integration of mobile and cloud technologies within the rapidly changing context of enterprise IT.
Dutch electronics giant Philips has selected Alibaba’s cloud computing arm, AliCloud, to host its healthcare and smart home-focused Internet of Things (IoT) platform in China.
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.
International not for profit Oxfam has rolled out Box for content storage and collaboration to its organisation, which operates in over 90 countries.
UK telecoms service provider TalkTalk has adopted Workday’s cloud-based human capital management platform in a bid to streamline the company’s human resources operations.