Majority Of ERP Projects Still Plagued With Over-Spend, Confusion And Disappointment

By Claire West, Fresh Business Thinking

Integrated business systems provider, K3 FDS revealed continuing disappointment among UK businesses with their ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) implementations. Despite the industry’s focus on simplifying IT, four out of five IT and finance directors were not totally satisfied (79 per cent) with the roll-out of their ERP project, while just eight per cent deemed their new system easy to use, despite 93 per cent believing it was critical to their business.

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Shadow IT: The New Departmental Market For Monitoring And Management

By Mark Rivington, CTO, Nimsoft

The cloud is allowing business managers and users to acquire new technology capabilities directly, without going through their corporate IT departments.  Some in the IT industry are unhappy about this trend—commonly referred to as ‘Shadow IT’—because it threatens to disrupt their traditional way of doing things.  But others recognise it as a significant market opportunity for those who are agile enough to respond.

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PaaS Delivers Freedom, Productivity And Scalability

By Zahid Jiwa, VP of Sales UK & Ireland for OutSystems

The application development market is going through radical change. Not only has technology increased tenfold in complexity, but there are also many new tools to understand. Meanwhile, constant demands from the business continue to roll in. It’s hard for most developers to keep pace with the current rate of change. IT departments are expected to continually modify applications, and the number of new projects per developer just keeps growing. This creates an accumulation of new service or change requests from the business, which puts a massive strain on resource. Many IT departments have also found that their application development tools have been woefully inadequate and unable to cope with the level of complexity and change now required.

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Navigating Safely Through The Cloud

By Geoff Webb, director, solutions strategy, NetIQ

Business use of cloud computing has traditionally made enterprise security professionals nervous, with the number of access points and the lack of ability to monitor controls posing a worrying potential threat to data security. This attitude has slowed down the uptake of public cloud in comparison with the willingness with which consumers have taken to the cloud through solutions such as DropBox and Google Drive. Yet there are signs that while a more positive view of cloud is emerging, the industry is also now becoming increasingly polarised when it comes to cloud computing.

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Delivering Business Optimisation Through Cloud Consolidation

By Jonathan Birch, EMEA Practice Head for Infrastructure and Architecture at NTT DATA

Increasingly business complexity, broader technology adoption and changing expectations have forced a shift in the role of the IT department and how it delivers services. Part of this change has been driven by the advent of cloud computing, which has allowed CIOs to decrease operational budgets and focus more on designing and building applications as well as innovation.

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What Are The Benefits For Small Businesses To Move Into ‘The Cloud?’

By David Sturges, the COO of WorkPlaceLive

Cloud Computing has been one of the major developments in information technology in the last decade, bringing huge benefits for business and changing the way people work and conduct business.

According to analysts Gartner[i] 70% of mobile professionals will conduct their work on personal smart devices by 2018. Increased Wi-Fi coverage and the widespread use of smart phones, lap tops and tablets has led to a sharp rise in number of people working remotely and flexibly, away from the main business office.

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Uncovering the Hidden Cost of Cloud

By Jon Millward, Operations Director at Northdoor

Without a doubt, there are a number of compelling benefits associated with cloud computing, especially in terms of the agility and scalability that cloud can provide. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that cloud computing is the cheapest, fastest or simplest option for your IT delivery, regardless of what some vendors may have told you.

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The Myths And Misconceptions Of Cloud Infrastructure

By Trefor Davies, CTO  Timico

The C Word 

When many businesses think of cloud, they think of Amazon Web Services. But for some cloud has become a dirty word. Businesses that could be realising the benefits of the technology and its associated service delivery model today are held back by what could be largely unfounded concerns. Here we debunk the top six myths and misconceptions by providing the perspective of an Enterprise grade cloud provider.

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