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Why IT Should Be The Driver Behind Strategic Innovation

Research shows that organisations with an IT focus are more than 25 percent more profitable than competitors. Because of this, IT department members should be more involved in strategic organisational decisions, but the department is, however, too often seen as nothing more than an expense centre. For those that realise that this, they are likely to perform better. Even so, how can others bridge the gap between ambition and reality? The Dilemma Of IT Budget Restrictions What might surprise many is the financial impact that many IT departments face. For example, IT managers are expected to keep their organisation’s technology running smoothly, but they’re also expected not to spend too much money in the process. Even so, these same folks are not often seen as serious conversation partners w......

Is High Availability Low Priority?

Some tech services – connectivity, communications, security, among others – fall firmly into the ‘high availability’ bracket. They need to be protected, preserved and ideally, work uninterrupted. Yet, as illustrated by the recent Microsoft Outlook service outage, even the biggest global providers experience problems.  So, is high availability a big enough priority? Are organisations taking the right steps to ensure key services remain up and running under extreme circumstances? It can mean different things to different organisations. Every business running high availability services will have their own definition of what that means, and how difficult things become if it fails.  What’s The Problem?  Whether the technology in question is in-house or delivered via a service provider, ev......

5 Ways Colocation Data Centres Can Help Your Small Business

Running a business of any size is always a challenge and small and medium enterprises (SME’s) come with their own set of unique difficulties. According to data from the House of Commons, the allure of London’s economic stature means that over 1 million SMEs call the capital home as of 2016, but as everyone knows, space is an in-demand commodity that London based businesses pay a premium for. Every penny counts, particularly for SME’s with a modest budget, and in the data-driven world of today, solid IT infrastructure is crucial. Colocation is a great alternative data management solution with an abundance of colocation centres in London. No longer a luxury strictly for large multinationals, these data centres can help to improve performance and reduces costs in comparison ......

The Hardware Load Balancer Is Dead, Long Live The Software Load Balancer!

Traditional load balancers were undoubtedly a useful (if sticking plaster) solution to a problem that came from the olden days challenges of WAN management. Effectively, these were appliances that maintained the equilibrium of networks, so they didn’t go wonky when certain workloads tried to hog bandwidth. The load balancer was the appliance that tried, against the odds, to maintain an even playing field, calling the shots to ensure connectivity and performance when applications contended for bandwidth capacity and other network resources. The hardware load balancer was the Switzerland of the datacentre: an honest broker that tried to ensure peace and justice even when the wars between applications, connectivity, and compute resources were raging. They worked… up to a point. Hardware load ......

Status Quo: A Recipe For Disaster For Enterprise IT?

The times, they are a-changin’. Staying relevant is no longer a choice, it is a necessity. Competing enterprises have a lot riding on them to maintain an agile and efficient business model, adapt to disruptive technologies, and stay relevant in the times of market flux. Status quo is the bane of enterprises wishing to stay relevant. And how do you stay relevant? By constantly innovating. To add business value and stay ahead of competitors, companies must encourage their teams to take calculated risks and challenge status quo with innovations. Hindrances to the innovation goal are aplenty–epidemic data growth, market instability, limited financial resources. De-siloing, being flexible, and fostering a culture of agility are sureshot steps to overcome these barriers. It is imperative f......

How Systems Integration Will Make You GDPR Compliant

On 25th May 2018, new rules and legislation concerning the collection, storage and processing of personal information relating to individuals in the European Union (EU), also known as General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), will come into effect. The GDPR is a legal framework setting guidelines for the collection and processing of personal information of individuals in the European Union. With GPDR there will be a focus on evidence-based compliance with specific requirements for transparency and harsh penalties for non-compliance. In fact, for companies who fail to comply, the consequences can be significant, resulting in up to €20m, or 4% of a company’s annual turnover—which when calculated at the group level for multinationals could add up to huge penalties. The new GDPR regulations s......

Automation: Injecting Value Into Your Software Business

Business functions are ripe to benefit from accelerating developments in automation. Across sectors businesses are investigating or trialling automation in customer service systems, human resources processes such as prioritising job candidates or in financial services, where insurance companies use automation to triage claims and automatically calculate the cost of damage repairs. Even services typically viewed as bespoke to the customer, such as legal advice, can adopt automation if the underlying data set is sufficiently large. Businesses in the B2B software market stand at the vanguard of this change where the rewards can be huge. But there is also risk. Turning a blind eye to the revolution in the provision of business services means your software business could face obsolescence, or a......

Why Does Troubleshooting In Virtualised Environments Get Overlooked?

Troubleshooting is a foundational skill that all IT professionals should master. It enables them to drill down to discover the root cause of issues that occur in an IT environment. However, troubleshooting virtualised environments often gets overlooked because of time constraints. IT professionals are paid to remediate, and remediate fast. Unfortunately, identifying the root cause of a problem is often a time-consuming task. Technology that includes cloud, virtualisation, hybrid IT, and hyper-converged infrastructures has fundamentally transformed IT. Now, troubleshooting across these distributed systems is more critical and complex than ever. Ultimately, finding the root cause of an IT issue is all about reducing the surface area of the troubleshooting radius. Imagine a circle with the ro......

IoT: What Happens When We Learn By Doing?

There has always been a great deal of lip service given to the idea of learning by doing, but not much has been done about it. I am sure like me, you must have come across many situations where you need to read a book or a blog post in order to get some sense of clarity – after which you exactly know what needs to be done right away. The world of internet has deeply rooted itself in our schools; due to which e-learning has become a core part of our education system. Not only in education, the internet has become embedded in nearly everything. I personally believe that IoT is a hoodie that zips ups to create a virtual reality (VR) interface. Over the past few years, I have been a lot involved in multiple projects based on IoT in different domains ranging from form optimisation of wate......

How PDF/A Should Fit Into Your Document Archiving Strategy

Whether the drivers are to move from a paper-based document workflow to a digital one, to save costs associated with print and paper, or to simply dispose of all of those old filing cabinets, organisations of all sizes and in all industries are looking for new and better strategies to archive their important documents. Portable Document Format (PDF) software – and the PDF/A sub-format – are the perfect complement to any organisation’s data-retention policies, but unfortunately, most users don’t know much about the PDF/A format. While this article takes a closer look at it, and how it helps archive and retain critical information, let’s not forget that since PDF was invented, it has revolutionised the way users create, store, share and edit digital information. Because PDF softw......

How Microsoft’s Artificial Intelligence Solutions Will Affect Business Solutions

Artificial intelligence is the next big thing on the block. It’s innovative, informative and can be used for a variety of different purposes. From segments like entertainment, news, to business, AI is definitely growing at a rapid speed in all sectors. Keeping this is mind; Microsoft is launching artificial intelligence apps under Dynamics 365 Brand. The big announcement was made in Microsoft’s Ignite conference that brings under one roof around 23,000 IT professionals. The conference is held in Atlanta, Georgia. Microsoft announced its aim and desire to infuse more and more AI capabilities in their business related apps. This would also include newer tools under the Dynamics 365 Suite. The Main Agenda Customer service will be the main focus of introducing AI into their business related ap......

Building A Digital Transformation Maturity Model: A GPS For The Supply Chain Transformation Journey

One of the hardest things to watch is your industry getting eaten from the inside as the slow inability to change paves the way for new competition and digital business models to disrupt and diminish your industry’s role in the world. But such is the era we live in, where digital technologies have democratised business, and made it easier, faster, and less costly for anyone with a good idea to build a successful business. Digital Transformation Maturity Model History is littered with examples of these disruptive changes. Brick-and-mortar retail and the rise of e-commerce, printed newspapers versus online, yellow cabs, and Uber. While old business models still coexist with the new ones, their influence has been reduced by newer, more accessible, and digitally-powered businesses. And countle......