Networks Do Matter – Really!

Jerry Caron
Jerry Caron

Summary Bullets:              

  • Networks and networking suffer from a lack of respect that defies logic.
  • Innovation continues apace, however, the industry often fails to give these advances the attention they deserve.

Networks and the stuff that make them work are suffering from a dearth of respect to which even Rodney Dangerfield would have to defer. Sure, we all know that it is lunacy to dismiss the value of both private and public networks because the quality of experience is utterly dependent on the quality of the network connections. This is a stone-cold fact, whether we are talking about a teenager looking at YouTube videos on a smartphone, or a business running mission-critical applications.

Yet while networks and networking have never been truly glamorous, there is a perceptible downward trend in love for the stuff of connectivity. It has long been the case, for example, that the hottest, most admired Internet businesses take public and private networks for granted and ride roughshod over them with something approaching complete disdain. If Facebook is sluggish, you don’t blame Facebook, do you?. Continue reading “Networks Do Matter – Really!”

Out of the Shadows: Making a Decentralized Approach to IT for Business

Amy Larsen DeCarlo
Amy Larsen DeCarlo

Summary Bullets:

  • Flexibility is one of the prime benefits of a cloud-based IT consumption model, giving IT and non-technical employees capacity when they need it.  This access to resources enables organizations to execute new projects quickly and respond to fast-changing market dynamics.
  • This appealing model has risks for the IT organization – issues around manageability and control are a natural byproduct of shadow IT.

While cost reductions are often the main driver for cloud adoption today, elasticity and accessibility distinguishes cloud from traditional methods. Organizations of many sizes gravitate toward the cloud to make it easier for individual business units and employees to tap IT resources to support organizational goals. Cloud can facilitate a more improvisational approach to technology and project management, allowing even non-technical users to dial up and down server and storage capacity for short term or cyclical projects. Continue reading “Out of the Shadows: Making a Decentralized Approach to IT for Business”

Small Business IT Turning to Social for Renovation over Innovation

Brad Shimmin
Brad Shimmin

Summary Bullets:
• Like their big business brethren, small businesses are flocking to enterprise social networking solutions as a means of cutting travel costs and improving productivity.
• As our research has revealed, when the rubber hits the road, however, IT buyers prioritize the improvement of existing collaboration tools such as e-mail over pie-in-the-sky ideals such as business transformation.
As an industry analyst, I find it very tempting to look for that next big thing, the innovation just over the horizon, which promises to sweep away our obviously outmoded notions of what it means to build a productive, innovative business. We analysts are not mistaken in looking to the future and imagining “what if.” But as our recent survey of 600 SMB IT buyers has revealed, the future can actually improve the past. What if ideas like social analytics, event streams and rich profiles had been around when e-mail first found its footing in the mid-1980s? What if early messaging products like cc:Mail had the ability to recommend people and documents contextually, based upon the message being viewed?
Continue reading “Small Business IT Turning to Social for Renovation over Innovation”

‘Live’ from CTIA: Day One at MobileCon

Kathryn Weldon
Kathryn Weldon

Summary Bullets:

  • MobileCon (née CTIA Wireless) 2012 is nearly half over, and while it is by far the smallest Fall CTIA show yet, the major vendors in the enterprise mobility ecosystem showed up to demo their wares, hold informational sessions, and talk to the analyst community.  There has even been a sprinkling of announcements.
  • While the fate of the show itself may be in doubt, the growth of both the overall enterprise mobility market and the M2M segment in particular is apparent.  The usual suspects (operators, mobile device management/mobile application management vendors, smartphone manufacturers, m-health providers, UC enablers, mobile application ISVs, systems integrators, and M2M aggregators and technology suppliers) are all here.  So, what were some of the major announcement from Day One?

Sierra Wireless announced a major new partner, Amazon Web Services, which will be providing Sierra customers with its cloud-based infrastructure on which to run their M2M applications.  The Sierra AirVantage cloud (which provides asset, data, and device management) has been integrated with Amazon’s service to provide a joint offer for building and deploying M2M applications with no IT infrastructure costs. Continue reading “‘Live’ from CTIA: Day One at MobileCon”

Interop New York: Successful Cloud Transformations Start with Well-Defined Migration Paths

Amy Larsen DeCarlo
Amy Larsen DeCarlo

Summary Bullets:

  • Organizations emerging from experimental to broader cloud deployments are running into hurdles in full-scale on-demand implementations
  • Acute challenges relate to enterprises’ lack of internal cloud expertise

For all of its many potential benefits, the cloud also comes with a myriad obstacles and challenges attached that are daunting enough to keep enterprises relegating on-demand services to support only the most basic tactical use cases. Yet, however complex or difficult cloud computing may seem to be, the advantages are so compelling that even the most risk-averse have to at least consider whether there might be an enterprise-wide fit for the model in their organizations. Continue reading “Interop New York: Successful Cloud Transformations Start with Well-Defined Migration Paths”

Beware the Cloud Service Provider Shell Game

Jerry Caron
Jerry Caron

Summary Bullets:

  • Cloud services imply a new type of sales and support ecosystem that is still very complex and relatively unstable at the moment
  • This should not put buyers off, and should be welcomed—but all customary, cautionary warnings apply

The dynamics of cloud services have caused a fair bit of healthy upheaval in the way technology and software suppliers deliver and support their goods. In fact, that would be an understatement. Beyond the obvious difference between a network-based infrastructure or a software service versus goods sold or licensed for installation on-premise, there is a fundamental shift in the go-to-market plan for suppliers that takes the notion of so-called co-opetition to an entirely different level. Continue reading “Beware the Cloud Service Provider Shell Game”

Education is Needed to Assure End User Buy-in to BYOD policies

Paula Musich
Paula Musich

The younger generation of smartphone and tablet users brings a false sense of security to all things cloud and mobility, trusting way too much in the security and intentions of apps providers, cloud purveyors, the Internet and even friends.  This brings even greater unease to security professionals charged with protecting corporate data as BYOD becomes pervasive in all sizes of enterprises.  A raft of articles in IT-focused publications exhort IT to put in place the proper policies and security controls to mitigate this new risk (as if they needed more risks to worry about) with regard to the use of employee-owned devices in the enterprise.  Continue reading “Education is Needed to Assure End User Buy-in to BYOD policies”

Impatient Customers and Stiff Competition Make Website Optimisation a Must for e-Commerce

G. Barton
G. Barton

Summary Bullets:

  • E-commerce should be at the heart of modern retail solutions
  • Optimisation and monitoring tools are critical for modern websites hosted in multiple locations

The importance of e-commerce to modern businesses is a ‘no brainer’. Internet sales in the UK, for instance, account for around 9% of all retail sales (excluding fuel), and the value of all Internet transactions was GBP 489 million per week during April 2012, according to the UK Office for National Statistics (ONS) – values that will be much higher at peak points such as Christmas. The British Retail Consortium’s (BRC) report for August 2012 notes that year-on-year growth of Internet sales in the UK slowed to its lowest point since monitoring began in 2008. However, the value of online sales still rose by 4.8% during August, or 12 times the rate of growth for in-store sales. Continue reading “Impatient Customers and Stiff Competition Make Website Optimisation a Must for e-Commerce”

What Does VMware Mean to You?

Jerry Caron – Senior Vice President, Analysis

Summary Bullets:                

  • VMware’s VMworld was a hit again, pulling in partners and customers alike
  • The buzz around VMware is about much more than simple virtualization software

I did not attend last week’s VMworld in Las Vegas, hosted of course by VMware, the virtualization software market leader. I wish I had, though. While timing and location prevented my own pilgrimage, Current Analysis was very well represented as were a who’s who of technology-market partners and a robust contingent of IT executives and managers. The reason why this event has become so important for so many is simple, but also profound: Certainly VMware caught lightning in a bottle with its virtualization software, but the company is also leveraging this rather arcane solution as a platform to help solve myriad other IT problems, both with and without partner support. Continue reading “What Does VMware Mean to You?”

Crossing the Cloud Chasm: Learning from the U.S. Public Sector Advance

A. DeCarlo
A. DeCarlo

Summary Bullets:

  • The pressure is on organizations to leverage technology models like cloud services to improve efficiencies and cut costs, but many still struggle to produce workable on-demand computing strategies.
  • Enterprises can learn from early adopters including the U.S. public sector, which has instituted mandates to encourage cloud use that should provide valuable insights to both the private sector and cloud providers.

Cloud computing is coming of age at a time when economic uncertainty and competitive pressures of globalization force organizations to be more efficient and more flexible.  As much as an on-demand computing model appeals as a way to cut costs and increase organizational agility, making the transition to the cloud can be difficult and complicated for enterprises that have substantial infrastructure and legacy applications. Continue reading “Crossing the Cloud Chasm: Learning from the U.S. Public Sector Advance”