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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 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.
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.
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 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”→
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”→
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”→