CSC Explores the Leveraged Buyout Option

Amy Larsen DeCarlo

Amy Larsen DeCarlo

Summary Bullets:

  • CSC contacted a number of private equity firms in the first step toward evaluating whether a leveraged buyout that would allow the company to make further adjustments outside of the scrutiny of Wall Street would be a good option.
  • Though there are potential benefits associated with going private, even the exploration period can be risky as we all learned from Dell’s protracted 2013 leveraged buyout which put the company’s every flaw in the spotlight for months on end.

CSC has come a long way since the UK National Health Service (NHS) contract went off the rails and the shamed ITSP had to pay its client more than $1 billion for its botched job. Under the direction of current CSC President and CEO Mike Lawrie, the company implemented an extensive restructuring plan that includes some cost-cutting and some realignment of products. So when word hit the street that CSC was talking to private equity firms about a possible buyout, people took notice. After all, we are just a couple of years out from the point in time when industry watchers were speculating on whether CSC would sell itself to the highest bidder. Read more of this post

Intel Lures Away Cisco’s Security GM and a Top Sales VP, but Don’t Cry for Cisco

Paula Musich

Paula Musich

Summary Bullets:

  • Despite Intel’s having lured Cisco security GM Chris Young to its ranks, Cisco retains a strong security bench and has already replaced its former all-star GM with a solid leader in David Goeckeler.
  • Intel is obviously looking for faster growth in security than what it has done so far with McAfee in its portfolio, but whether Young can replicate his success in a different culture remains to be seen.

Intel Security poached two high-profile executives from Cisco’s Security Business Group this month, including Chris Young, who was senior VP and general manager of the business unit. Chris Young’s hire came just two weeks after Intel tapped Scott Lovett, Cisco’s former vice president of worldwide security sales, to lead worldwide sales for McAfee. Lovett’s move followed close on the heels of the departure of David Frampton, general manager for Cisco’s Security Access Mobility Product Group. Read more of this post

Kony Highlights Its Strengths in Front-end Mobile App Design via Visualizer 2.0

Charlotte Dunlap

Charlotte Dunlap

Summary Bullets:

  • Kony highlights new app development framework, Visualizer.
  • The company looks to mirror same success as competitor Xamarin.

Amid a flurry of MBaaS and mobile backend integration events in recent weeks, Kony turned its attention this week to front-end mobile app development, announcing the newest version of its Visualizer (2.0) mobile app design tool. The cloud-enabled collaboration tool promises to eliminate the costly process of determining and implementing how a mobile app should look and feel. Much of the design around a new app can be lost in translation between all those involved, including the LoB stakeholder, the app designer, the developer, and IT operations. Read more of this post

Effective Analytics Needs Infrastructure Players to Leverage the Gravity of Data

Brad Shimmin

Brad Shimmin

Summary Bullets:

  • The true value of data is not the data itself, the ones and zeros, addresses, and phone numbers. Its real value arises only when you receive timely answers to meaningful questions.
  • The trick is getting close enough to that data to understand more clearly what the data represents — that is, the actual reality described by but hidden away within data.

There is a great book by Douglas Hofstadter titled Godel, Escher, Bach, in which the author describes a fictional machine capable of using Fermat’s Last Theorem and something called the “mathematics of acoustico-retrieval” to recreate an original musical performance by J.S. Bach as played hundreds of years earlier. Do the math right and you can literally hear Bach himself playing on his harpsichord! Obviously, this is complete fiction, but don’t we attempt the same feat when we use analytics tools to pluck business insights out of the boundless data that permeates and surrounds each enterprise? Read more of this post

The OpenPOWER Initiative May Actually Chart a Smarter Path for 64-Bit Computing

Steven Hill

Steven Hill

Summary Bullets:

  • The truly open development environment offered by the OpenPOWER Foundation makes the high-performance POWER platform much more accessible and will benefit from the input of participants from all facets of the system design community.
  • The high cost of midrange systems have always restricted them to high-performance, high availability tasks; but IBM’s program opening up the POWER processor platform to the world could usher in the next generation of affordable 64-bit computing options.

Open is an extremely overused word these days. In the world of cloud in which we live, the primary buzzword is always “open” with everyone falling over one and another to prove just how open they are. But there’s open and then there’s OPEN, as evidenced by IBM’s creation and ongoing support of the OpenPOWER Foundation. Now I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve become wary of vendor claims to “openness”, it usually means “we’ll expose our API’s so YOU can work with US”, but in the case of the POWER processor platform IBM has pulled out all the stops. As a member of OpenPOWER, you can get access to everything—blueprints, code—anything you want going back as far as you want, plus participation in a completely collaborative environment designed to inspire and embrace outside participation. Too good to be true? Not at all, and over 60 companies have signed on as partners so far, with hopefully more to follow. Read more of this post

Red Hat’s Acquisition of FeedHenry Critical to Success of OpenShift PaaS

Charlotte Dunlap

Charlotte Dunlap

Summary Bullets:

  • Red Hat’s acquisition of FeedHenry is vital to strengthen its PaaS offering with best-of-breed MBaaS.
  • Red Hat’s greatest challenge is integrating proprietary technology with its open source products and services.

After my recommending for quite some time that Red Hat acquire FeedHenry in order to kick start its mobile services offering with its OpenShift PaaS, the company announced the acquisition today (September 18; for $81 million). I had a chance to speak with execs during airport layovers on their way home from Ireland (where FeedHenry is based). Read more of this post

Enterprise Uptake of Collaboration Services Gains Ground; Cloud Contact, Mobility and Video Lead the Way

Cindy Whelan

Cindy Whelan

Summary Bullets:

  • Enterprises are moving beyond foundational collaboration technologies to embrace cloud and mobility options.
  • Cloud-based contact center services and video are gaining ground with enterprises.

In August 2014, Current Analysis completed primary research regarding current and planned enterprise investment in four areas: cloud, mobility, network and collaboration services. The research utilized a wide ranging survey of enterprise IT executives, most of whom were responsible for defining, evaluating and selecting the providers and services used by their company. The majority of the companies surveyed had between 100 and 5,000 employees, although there were several with up to 10,000 or more employees. Read more of this post

Notes from the Mobility World: EMM and MADP Coopetition Is Alive and Growing

Paula Musich

Paula Musich

Summary Bullets:

  • As you select your primary EMM or MEAP provider, keep in mind the staying power of the providers you select.
  • Focus less on managing devices and more on how you are going to secure mobile applications, streamline their delivery and preserve a good end-user experience.

Between dueling mobility-focused events at the AirWatch Connect user conference and CTIA/MobileCON, this week produced more examples of how the lines are increasingly blurring between enterprise mobility management (EMM) and the mobile app world. Read more of this post

Just How Important is the Cloud to Unified Communications?

Brad Shimmin

Brad Shimmin

Summary Bullets:

• The cloud is here to stay, but do IT buyers responsible for enterprise chat, voice, and video, truly look to the skies in delivering such real-time communications modalities?

• Our new primary research results affirm the importance of the cloud for real-time communications — that is, the importance of the cloud in “all” of its many guises.

Certainly the cloud has already and will only continue to dramatically impact every nook and cranny of the enterprise IT landscape. Whether it’s something as specific as speeding development QA and test cycles, or as general as cutting back on and simplifying hardware expenditures, the cloud has shown itself capable of both mirroring and in many instances improving workloads traditionally housed on premises, within the data center, the server closet or even beneath the receptionist’s desk. Read more of this post

Mobility Services Usage Evolves, with IT Service Providers and Operators Gaining Traction

Kathryn Weldon

Kathryn Weldon

Summary Bullets:

  • Use of mobility management services is up, with the bulk of service contracts going to IT SPs and mobile operators.
  • The mix of services in use has evolved to include more M2M, mobile payments and app management.

A new Current Analysis survey, completed in August, asked 650 companies about their use of transformational services including cloud, collaboration and mobility services. The results regarding mobile services show some consistency with, but also some evolving differences relative to, the two previous mobility studies that Current Analysis conducted in 2011 and 2013. Both the 2013 survey and the new study showed that about 60% of companies use external providers or a mix of internal and external sources for mobility management, but some services have grown significantly in usage. As before, companies are primarily seeking services from large IT service providers (33%) and mobile operators (27%) while a lower percentage use VARs, consulting companies, and network equipment or software vendors. The services in use range from mobile strategy consulting to telecom expense management (TEM), mobile device management (MDM), mobile applications management (MAM), enterprise app stores, application development, mobile security, M2M, mobile payments and mobile content management. Of these, TEM, MAM, mobile security, M2M and mobile payments have grown the most in usage or planned usage. Read more of this post

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