• Tableau has introduced the concept of Business Science, which brings advanced data analytics tools to users that aren’t data scientists.
• During its mid-November user conference, Tableau debuted two new tools that support Business Science: Model Builder and Scenario Planning.
Tableau’s mission is to help all people better visualize and understand data. The company wants to make analytics, and the insights it can drive, available to line of business professionals throughout an organization. To support this vision, it has introduced the concept of Business Science. Business Science brings advanced data analytics tools to users that aren’t data scientists, yet feel comfortable working with data and have a strong understanding of the operational and overarching business issues facing their organization. The tools are powerful enough to offer capabilities such as customized views, drill downs, and predictions, but don’t require the expertise of a data scientist to manipulate them. Essentially, they empower the data-savvy, line of business professional to combine domain expertise with advanced analytics to make better decisions more quickly.
WebexOne 2021 provided a window into how Cisco sees the hybrid workplace evolving.
Cisco has been aggressive in improving the Webex platform yet still faces intense competition.
Like its competition, Cisco has made supporting hybrid work the focal point of its cloud-based collaboration initiatives. But Cisco stands out as being especially aggressive in assembling hybrid work capabilities. In the past 12 months, the flagship Webex platform has seen more than 1,000 improvements. The latest round was dissected at the recent WebexOne 2021 event. The occasion served as not only a showcase of the latest and greatest from Cisco, but also a window into how the company sees the market evolving. Some of the key highlights are described below. Continue reading “WebexOne 2021: Cisco Paints a Portrait of the Hybrid Workplace”→
1. Maxis Launched Right Cloud: Maxis stepped up its cloud play with the launch of Right Cloud. Moving from the basic cloud service (IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS) player, Maxis Right Cloud offers multicloud solutions that manage workload across multiple environments. Further, it also offers Right Network, integrating its cloud with network services, and Right Expertise, for cloud professional services.
• NVIDIA has unveiled a swath of solutions that reinforce its commitment to making high performance and edge computing more accessible and applicable to specific use cases.
• Differentiation will be crucial as NVIDIA doubles-down on efforts to target emerging opportunities in supercomputing and edge computing.
At its recent GPU Technology Conference (GTU), NVIDIA unveiled numerous solutions that reinforce the company’s commitment to becoming a provider of high performance computing (HPC) solutions to industries such as healthcare, automated vehicles, and robotics. The solutions announced at GTU also illustrate NVIDIA’s strategy to make its HPC solutions more accessible and available to a larger number of customers, and in different geographical locales, including traditional and cloud data centers, edge locations, and within the Omniverse, a platform developed by NVIDIA for hosting virtual 3D simulations of real physical world environments.
• GlobalData’s latest edge computing forecast provides an optimistic outlook for operators aiming to monetize recent investments in edge-related technology and services.
• Operator alliances in 2021 are aligned with edge investments, and include products and services from a broad ecosystem; they can extend telco capabilities, and lead to upselling opportunities for adjacent services.
The opportunity for operators that are making investments and forging alliances to leverage edge computing along with their 5G and fiber networks is expanding. Although much has been said about the dangers of striking partnerships with hyperscalers and SIs that may end up with the lion’s share of revenue, operators are discovering an assortment of advanced services and upsell opportunities by using edge as an enabler. GlobalData’s latest edge computing forecast) includes revenue forecasts for edge-related hardware, software, and services and reflects optimism about the ability of vendors and service providers to monetize investments in edge computing. Not only is there an opportunity for telcos to generate revenue directly from edge-related managed and professional services, but ultimately the service providers hope to draw enterprise customers that will be using edge resources to deploy advanced latency-sensitive applications, and offer them new IoT services, security and privacy enhancements, and end-to-end vertical solutions. Business customers can benefit from optimized workloads, using local or nearby computing and storage resources. They can save money on connections to remote clouds or data centers, secure private data, and take advantage of the high bandwidth and low latency enabled by operators’ 5G and fiber networks by using compute and storage resources at the edge of the operator network or on the customer premise.
• Telstra is looking to build a commanding lead in the enterprise edge platform solutions marker in Australia, announcing the roadmap for its platform and early use cases.
• While Telstra’s offering is comprehensive and unique in the market, like cloud, edge will have room for all kinds of players and Telstra will see more competition as the market matures.
Telstra recently updated the market with its roadmap for its new “Telstra Edge Compute” platform that launched its first solution. Telstra Edge Compute is comprised of various existing Telstra products as well as new ones developed through partnerships made over the past several years. Essentially the company is stitching together the results of the last few years of product development (Telstra Adaptive Networks, Telstra Adaptive Cloud, and Telstra Adaptive Edge) and partnerships (Ericsson/Cradlepoint, Microsoft Azure, and AWS) to provide an all-in-one “edge” solution to the market. In this case, “all-in-one” includes network and connectivity (Telstra 5G, NBN, or third party), SD-WAN, security (next generation firewalls, secure cloud gateways, endpoint security, secure network architecture, and monitoring), storage and compute infrastructure from Telstra, AWS Outposts or Microsoft Azure Stack, and Telstra IoT capabilities wrapped in professional services and service management led by Telstra’s consulting arm Telstra Purple.
Telstra’s edge is an extension of existing customer cloud and data center environments. As such, the Telstra Purple professional services component will be key. Like the cloud migration journeys many enterprises have undergone over the past several years, Telstra envisions a similar edge migration journey. Customers will undergo application, infrastructure, and security architecture discovery with Telstra guiding customers towards a mix of on-premises, edge and cloud deployments, and connectivity types based on application performance requirements.
FSG, a telco focused only on regional and rural Australia, is set to become Australia’s fourth MNO in 2022 as it builds out a 200-plus tower network.
The company has valuable spectrum assets, a unique neutral host approach, and a focus on critical verticals to become a threat in the enterprise 5G market in rural areas.
A little-known, fledgling telecom company called Field Solutions Group (FSG) has quietly become Australia’s fourth mobile network operator. The company, which focuses specifically on providing FWA, NBN, and mobile services to regional and rural Australian businesses and government organizations, has an ambitious plan to build out more than 200 mobile towers in regional and rural Australia by 2023. Currently, the company only offers FWA on its ‘Regional Australia Network,’ but through government grants from the Mobile Blackspot Program, technology partnerships with Optus, and the recent acquisition of Tasmanet, the company hopes to be a disruptive fourth MNO option for regional and rural governments and businesses. While the company is small, earning AUD 18.8 million in FY 2021 (ended June 30, 2021), the company has a few things working in its favor that could enable it to become a real challenger to the largest telcos when competing for business and enterprise 5G revenues in rural and regional Australia over the coming years. Continue reading “Field Solutions Group: The Rural Telco Tier 1s Should Keep an Eye On”→
Vodafone has announced a new partnership agreement with Telekom Srbija covering Serbia, Montenegro, and Bosnia & Herzegovina.
What differentiates Vodafone’s partnership strategy is its focus on what it can bring to the partner’s customer proposition and where there are mutual benefits.
Vodafone has added to its partner base through an agreement with Telekom Srbija, where Vodafone will share its knowledge, experience, and procurement capabilities to help Telekom Srbija digitalize its product and service offerings. The new partnership adds to Vodafone’s base of partners and markets across Europe, with the company stating that it has mobile and fixed networks in 21 countries worldwide and partnerships in 49 more. Continue reading “Vodafone’s Successful Partnership Strategy”→
• The telecom industry has ambitious targets to lower carbon footprint. Environment and social governance (ESG) is becoming inextricably linked to overall corporate strategy and will be reported in financial results.
• Strategies differ by operator, but metrics like network carbon intensity (NCI) will help carriers to better understand, report, and improve energy consumption.
The Internet played a significant role in improving social cohesion and mental health during the pandemic. It has helped keep schools and hospitals open, and allowed for the high-street stores to move online. However, there is also an equally tall task of maintaining the health, welfare, and sustainability of the planet. The shift from offline to online has dramatically increased traffic on carrier networks and operating models for virtually all businesses. While the network is bringing many positive societal gains, spikes in network traffic upwards of 40-60% in 2020 alone is also increasing greenhouse gases (GHGs). With dramatic traffic increases, so does the need to reduce energy costs. Recently Huawei hosted the Better World Summit in Dubai to bring operators from the industry to discuss their sustainability goals. ESG is becoming as important to corporate strategy financial performance. The two are becoming inextricably linked.
• Sustainability is becoming increasingly important and should be part of enterprise ICT solution propositions.
• The TPM innovation hub will drive the enterprise 5G ecosystem and development in the country.
The Malaysian government announced the country budget for 2022 last week, allocating MYR332 billion ($80 billion) on operating and development expenditure as well as the COVID-19 Fund. The theme of the budget is mainly around economic recovery from the pandemic and there are also various initiatives in the overall ICT industry such as connectivity expansion in underserved areas, more funds for startups, and additional digital adoption grants for enterprises. However, sustainability and 5G ecosystem are rather new and would have higher impacts on the domestic enterprise ICT market.
Sustainability and Environmental
Initiatives: The government announced several initiatives such as the Voluntary Carbon Market to facilitate carbon credit trading and the Low Carbon Transition Facility to drive enterprises to adopt sustainability practices.