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Why cores, memory and GPUs matter in an Artificial Intelligence (AI) world

By | 2017-12-08T09:29:43+00:00 8 December 2017|Analysis, Cloud, POWER, Vendor Analysis|

IBM delivered the first of its POWER9 units to the Oak Ridge National Laboratories back in July 2017. This is a deployment that will take several months to complete. It also began deploying units to the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory at the end of October 2017. These two announcements mean that customers and that includes [...]

How Easterseals Bay Area is trailblazing using Salesforce Health Cloud

By | 2017-12-07T22:12:05+00:00 7 December 2017|Analysis, Cloud, Healthcare|

The industry is moving towards an inclusive coordination of all involved in a patient’s health from doctors, nurses, payers, but, also increasingly so, family members. The transition to customer management is needed as it also marks patients coming of age in a digital era. We have seen this transition happening in other industry sectors. Easterseals [...]

HPE Re-Discovers itself, but is it on the right track?

By | 2017-12-05T15:00:23+00:00 5 December 2017|Analysis, Cloud, Vendor Analysis|

A little over two years ago HP was a $120 billion IT giant that could rival the likes of IBM. Its business included consumer and enterprise hardware, software and professional services. At HPE Discover in Madrid (28-30 November 2017) we saw a very different business. A brief history of not much time On 1 November [...]

What is the best line of defence against Ransomware?

By | 2017-10-11T15:40:17+00:00 11 October 2017|Analysis, Software Security|

Of the various recent high-profile IT security breaches, perhaps the one to have the biggest impact on the public consciousness was that which affected the U.K.'s National Health Service. While other incidents may have had a greater financial cost or lead to greater loss of data, it was the inability for a hospital to treat [...]

Healthcare: How cloud could really take off in Germany

By | 2017-09-04T12:08:45+00:00 4 September 2017|Analysis, Cloud, Country, Healthcare|

The digital transformation of healthcare is a global phenomenon. It is vastly seen as a means to making healthcare delivery more efficient, safer and more encompassing of patient needs as well as their involvement. Nevertheless, some countries are faster at embracing the changes and setting up a more favourable regulatory framework – often linking IT [...]

Clash of the heavyweights: battle lines drawn between IBM and Intel processors

By | 2017-08-29T08:21:07+00:00 29 August 2017|Analysis, IT operations and system management, POWER|

Building high performance computer systems is all about finding and removing bottlenecks. Unfortunately, this is a never ending game. As fast as you identify and deal with one bottleneck, another appears. For a while, the problem was the raw performance of the four key elements in a computer system; processor, memory, network and storage. Over [...]

The end is nigh for Flash but what can we learn from its life and death?

By | 2017-07-29T16:37:49+00:00 29 July 2017|Analysis, Software Development|

Adobe has announced that it will end support for Flash on 31 December 2020. While this announcement may have been inevitable, it is worth taking a moment to mourn the passing of a technology that was integral to the growth of the World Wide Web. However Flash may have come to be viewed, there was [...]

CIC Insights: IBM z14 plays the trust card, but does it hold a winning hand?

By | 2017-07-18T07:48:38+00:00 18 July 2017|Analysis, Mainframe, Security, Vendor Analysis|

It's that time again, the time that most observers in the industry say will never happen. IBM is releasing the next generation of its z Systems mainframe products called the z14. IBM has seen an acceleration of sales across its z Systems business unit helped, in part, by the LinuxONE models. With z14, IBM will [...]

CIC Insights: Will IBM reinvent software licensing through Containers?

By | 2017-07-17T10:46:19+00:00 17 July 2017|Analysis, Cloud, Licensing, Mainframe, Vendor Analysis|

Two months ago at DockerCon 17, IBM announced it was to make Docker Enterprise Edition (EE) available for Linux on IBM z Systems. This was an announcement that IBM had widely trailed having talking about multiple container technologies and the mainframe for some time. What was different this time was the detail around the announcement. [...]

Sluggish online growth raises questions for GPs servicing NHS England

By | 2017-07-27T08:59:22+00:00 7 July 2017|Analysis, Healthcare|

The results of the NHS England’s latest GP Patient Survey are just out. Jointly published with Ipsos MORI the survey, conducted between January 2017 to March 2017, “provides information on patients’ overall experience of primary care services and their overall experience of accessing these services”. Given the focus on digital transformation we have witnessed in [...]