Employee Monitoring Has Unintended Consequences

S. Schuchart

Summary Bullets:

  • Productivity monitoring software causes more unintentional harm than good.
  • Companies that implement productivity monitoring software will suffer from more turnover and have a much more difficult time in hiring.

While often talked about separately, the Great Resignation and work from home (WFH) are inextricably linked.  Both are pandemic-born and have propagated a number of technological trends, including greater focus on security, collaboration, and productivity. But technology is not always the solution. In this case, the proliferation of monitoring software and the relative enthusiasm for it can and will backfire spectacularly. Continue reading “Employee Monitoring Has Unintended Consequences”

Red Hat Summit: Ansible’s Growing Prominence

C. Dunlap

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  • Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform is growing in prominence within OpenShift and the industry in general
  • Ansible’s popularity has prompted a new round of key partnerships to expand OpenShift’s ecosystem

Red Hat Ansible has matured into a shining star, not only among OpenShift’s portfolio, but the industry in general for its ability to abstract the complexity of building and operating IT automation at scale as part of enterprises’ business transformations.

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Vodafone UK M&A Rumors Indicate Further Consolidation During Cost-of-Living Crisis

R. Pritchard

Summary Bullets:

  • The incremental consolidation of the UK enterprise telecoms market continues in light of broader national combinations, with further deals inevitable.
  • Although driven by financial imperatives in a highly competitive market, these developments reflect a broader re-segmentation in the context of the current economic environment.

Following the creation of the Virgin Media O2 50:50 joint venture between Liberty Global and Telefónica via the merger of their respective Virgin Media and O2 UK businesses, there has been an increasing pressure on Vodafone, BT, and other players to improve investor returns by creating a greater scale through mergers and acquisitions.

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Fujitsu Takes a Shot at Big Cloud with New HPC On-Demand Offering

Summary Bullets:

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B. Valle

  • Fujitsu is the latest infrastructure vendor to enter the market of high-performance computing as a service (HPCaaS) with the ‘Fujitsu Computing as a Service (CaaS)’ portfolio.
  • Competitors in this market include Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), Lenovo, IBM, Dell Technologies, Atos, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, Oracle Cloud, and Alibaba.

Fujitsu announced the launch of the Fujitsu CaaS portfolio in Japan last month, a services platform to enable commercial organizations to access high-end HPC capabilities to run complex artificial intelligence (AI) workloads via the public cloud. ‘Fujitsu Cloud Service HPC,’ the first services offering made available as part of the CaaS portfolio, is based on Fujitsu’s Supercomputer PRIMEHPC FX1000 servers running on ARM A64X chips, the same processors behind the world’s fastest supercomputer, Fugaku. Fujitsu has combined these supercomputing capabilities with software to deploy a wide range of AI and machine learning (ML) applications. Continue reading “Fujitsu Takes a Shot at Big Cloud with New HPC On-Demand Offering”

VMware Expands Its Sovereign Cloud Initiative to Support Customers with Growing Data Sovereignty Requirements

C. Drake

Summary Bullets:

  • VMware has expanded its Sovereign Cloud initiative with new partners and cloud-native, developer-centric tools and capabilities.
  • The Sovereign Cloud initiative will help VMware and its partners better serve customers in regulated industries, which need to adhere to a growing range of data sovereignty requirements.

VMware’s Sovereign Cloud initiative, announced at VMworld in October 2021, gained traction this week with the addition of four partners (bringing the total to 14), as well as cloud-native, developer-centric capabilities. The initiative is designed to help enterprise customers from regulated industries (such as banking and finance, healthcare, local retail and ecommerce, energy, government services, defense, intelligence, regional telecom, and public sectors) meet their unique sovereign cloud requirements, including those related to data sovereignty and data access and control. It does this by empowering and equipping trusted national or regional cloud service providers with the capabilities they need to support their customers’ data sovereignty requirements. Continue reading “VMware Expands Its Sovereign Cloud Initiative to Support Customers with Growing Data Sovereignty Requirements”

AWS Empowers Frontend Developers with Backend Provisioning, but Low-Code Strategy Remains Vague

C. Dunlap

Summary Bullets:

  • AWS Amplify Studio provides frontend developers with greater automation and scalability/serverless access.
  • AWS lacks a broader low-code platform strategy to take on Microsoft, Google, and others.

AWS signaled the general availability of Amplify Studio in a somewhat low-key announcement at this week’s AWS Summit conference held in San Francisco. But to the hundreds of thousands of frontend developers of AWS web and mobile apps who are increasingly tasked with creating full-stack applications, the news and updates are significant. Continue reading “AWS Empowers Frontend Developers with Backend Provisioning, but Low-Code Strategy Remains Vague”

Malaysia Enterprise Telecom Update Q1 2022: Wider Industry Collaborations Despite Stagnant Growth in 2021

A. Amir

Summary Bullets:

  • Telcos continued their momentum in expanding their enterprise ICT capabilities through collaborations with government agencies, but there was limited involvement from technology and industry players.
  • The business was stagnant in 2021 due to the decline of legacy services. 2022 will be more challenging for telcos as businesses are returning to the physical workplace.

Malaysian telcos started their 2022 enterprise ICT initiatives with public-private collaborations.  TM partnered with Technology Park Malaysia (TPM) and Huawei to develop MRANTI, an e-service platform to drive technology commercialization, while Maxis announced its collaboration with MIMOS and Huawei to build a 5G and AI hub to co-develop new enterprise use cases.  This quarter also saw 2021 financial results reported by major enterprise ICT telecom providers such as TM and Maxis.  For updates on the previous quarters, please see Malaysia Enterprise Telecom Update Q4 2021 – Acquisition Season for Telcos (January 12, 2022). Continue reading “Malaysia Enterprise Telecom Update Q1 2022: Wider Industry Collaborations Despite Stagnant Growth in 2021”

Plan Continuation Bias in Telecom

R. Pritchard

Summary Bullets:

  • Telecom companies tend to set their strategy for years ahead on an annual basis and usually based on what they did last year.

There used to be an expression at a major telco that ‘products are not launched; they escape.’ This was a result of the historic tendency to double-check (or triple/quadruple-check) every aspect of product and service provision before launch.

With the introduction of competition, things got more efficient – and continue to do so as new entrants join the market both directly and, increasingly, from ‘left of field.’ However, old habits die hard and the quest for technical perfection endures.  Alongside that, corporate cultures and leadership are also evolving to become more agile and flexible, but planning the future tends to rely on updating what was done last year, rather than taking a step back, looking at the big picture, and working out where customers are going and how the market is evolving. Continue reading “Plan Continuation Bias in Telecom”

Domo Tackles Challenge of Getting to More Intelligent Actions with Launch of Data Apps

R. Bhattacharyya

Summary Bullets:

  • At Domopalooza 2022, Domo announced a suite of low-code data app tools designed to help customize the way data is presented to end users.
  • Domo launched pre-designed data apps, or solution accelerators, to target common business challenges in the retail, consumer packaged goods, and financial services industries.

Ideally, successful advanced analytics deployments should lead to more intelligent actions by line-of-business users.  The market has talked for years about concepts such as data democratization and generating data-driven insights, but enterprises still struggle with getting a large portion of their teams to take actions that are informed by data analytics.  Numerous suggestions such as role-based training, model explainability, intuitive dashboards, user-friendly tools, and executive-led initiatives have been made, but with varying degrees of effectiveness. Continue reading “Domo Tackles Challenge of Getting to More Intelligent Actions with Launch of Data Apps”

IT and Software Professional Shortage Becomes More Dire in Ukraine Conflict

C. Dunlap

Summary Bullets:

  • The conflict between Russia and Ukraine intensifies the global IT and software professional shortage, which is problematic for enterprises looking to accelerate app modernization efforts.
  • Vendor recommendations for addressing the shortage include large-scale partnerships and consolidated off-the-shelf solutions requiring minimal expertise.

The Ukraine crisis has made a serious global IT professional shortage even more severe.  For an industry already sorely lacking in software developers, engineers, and SREs, the war between Ukraine and Russia has magnified the situation. Continue reading “IT and Software Professional Shortage Becomes More Dire in Ukraine Conflict”