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IT departments ill-equipped for Internet of Things, research finds

Recently published research suggests enterprise IT departments are ill-equipped to manage Internet of Things devices, applications and platforms

Recently published research suggests that while many businesses believe the benefits gained from using Internet of Things sensors, platforms and applications in the workplace far outweigh the associated risks, IT departments find themselves ill-equipped to address those potential risks.

Enterprise cloud storage struggling against consumer-focused offerings, Ovum claims

Enterprise-focused cloud storage and collaboration vendors are struggling to overtake consumer focused offerings in the enterprise

Although the number of enterprise-focused players entering the cloud storage marketing seems to be growing each month, recently published research suggests consumer offerings still account for the bulk of the solutions used in businesses today. Of employees using file sync and share tools at work, 89 per cent are using consumer products and just 9 per cent of those using these services claim to be satisfied with the commercial, enterprise-focused offerings given to them by their corporate IT department, according to Ovum.

Box partners with Accenture, targets verticals with Box for Industries offerings

Box is doubling down on industry verticals and partnering with Accenture

Box has announced a set of enterprise content collaboration tools aimed at and tailored for a range of industry verticals including healthcare, retail, and media & entertainment. The move will also see Box work with Accenture to target these select industries.

SoftLayer to shake up the Australian cloud sector, Ovum says

IBM is setting its sights on Melbourne as the next location for a SoftLayer datacentre

IBM plans to launch its SoftLayer cloud platform in Australia in September, the company announced, the latest of 15 new SoftLayer datacentres to be built out globally by the end of this year. Adrian Ho, principle analyst with Ovum’s enterprise practice said the move is bound to shake up the Australian cloud services market, one of the most mature and competitive in the region.

Sprint to offer Google Apps to enterprise customers

Sprint will offer enterprise customers Google Apps for Business

Sprint has announced that it will begin offering Google Apps for Business to enterprise customers in August. The US telco said it plans to provide the full array of Google Apps and emphasize a mobile-focused approach to using the cloud suite. It will also provide and offer online training and support free.

BlueMix goes live but will it boost IBM’s cloud strategy?

BlueMix

IBM’s platform as a service offering BlueMix, originally announced in February this year, has gone live in the company’s cloud services marketplace this week. Gary Barnett, principal software analyst at research and consultancy firm Ovum told Business Cloud News that the offering has the potential to transform the company’s software business. But its success will ultimately depend on IBM’s ability to integrate third party services, and break into new customer demographics it hasn’t always seemed comfortable catering to.

Nest developer programme connects to wider Internet of Things

Nest is getting connected

On the eve of the Google I/O conference, the company’s annual developer shindig, home automation pioneer Nest Labs launched a developer programme to connect its thermostat and smoke alarm devices to the wider Internet of Things.

Ovum and Informa Telecoms and Media merge

Ovum and Informa Telecoms and Media (ITM) have announced they will merge under the Ovum brand

Research firms Ovum and Informa Telecoms and Media (ITM) are to merge under the Ovum brand and create what they claim to be the world’s largest telecoms industry research firm.

IBM unveils cloud, analytics-focused server architecture

IBM unveiled the latest update to the server architecture at the foundation of its SystemX and PureSystems offerings

In a bid to give its server business a (much needed) shot in the arm IBM unveiled the latest generation of its enterprise-X architecture, the foundation of its Systemx and PureSystem servers. Stuart McRae, IBM’s System X high end business line manager told Business Cloud News that the new architecture is ideal for cloud and analytics applications.

Ovum: Higher education lagging in cloud adoption

Ovum said universities are lagging in cloud adoption, but vendors can help

As the higher education market becomes increasingly competitive, colleges and universities are slowly moving to adopt new learning management systems. The aim is to improve operational efficiency and the satisfaction of staff and students, an Ovum survey released this week suggests. According to Navneet Johal, an analyst at Ovum, a lack of interest in cloud-based platforms may hold some institutions back from achieving these objectives.

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