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SAS exposes the contradictions in Analytics and the true nature of AI

By |2018-11-09T10:29:06+00:008 November 2018|Analysis, Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, Uncategorized|

At its AX (Analytics Experience) event in Milan, the focus of SAS was on data and AI. Unsurprisingly, SAS delivered research it had commissioned that reinforced the importance of analytics – notably that: 72% of respondents recognised the benefits of analytics Only 39% use it to inform strategy (with 35% using analytics for tactical projects [...]

IBM pays $34 billion for Red Hat

By |2018-10-29T22:07:07+00:0029 October 2018|Acquisition, Analysis, Cloud, Vendor Analysis|

IBM has agreed to pay $34 billion for leading Linux vendor Red Hat. The sum is 70% above the current market cap for Red Hat which, as of Sunday, was just $20.53bn. This is also the biggest acquisition in the history of IBM by a significant margin. The previous record was $5bn for Cognos in 2008. Last [...]

Can Adobe deliver a blockbuster in LA with Adobe XD?

By |2018-10-16T16:40:14+00:0016 October 2018|Analysis, User Experience, Vendor Analysis|

Adobe MAX – the creativity conference – left Las Vegas and is now back in LA after a two-year road trip. MAX covers the ever-increasing breadth of Adobe’s Creative Cloud portfolio that includes tools for graphic design, digital design, illustration, photography, film, and more. Aside from stalwarts such as Photoshop, Adobe’s focus is on Adobe [...]

Open Network Summit Europe: Five moments of truth

By |2018-10-03T14:30:42+00:003 October 2018|Analysis, Blockchain, Networking, Uncategorized|

The Linux Foundation's first European Open Network Summit (ONS) was held in Amsterdam in late September 2018. It was an event where acronyms dripped from almost every presentation. Penetrating this thicket was a challenge for even the hardiest professional. Across the event there was much to learn. I came away with five specific impressions: 5G's [...]

Storage revamp: IBM responds to multi-cloud users

By |2018-09-25T00:03:44+00:0025 September 2018|Analysis, Cloud, Storage, Vendor Analysis|

Organisations are increasingly moving their computing and storage needs to the cloud. The latter is a challenge. Regulators are adding new controls around privacy and data sovereignty. This is one of the reasons why some companies have kept their storage onsite rather than take advantage of the lower prices and greater availability that cloud offers. [...]

European Union (EU) vs Google: This is not going to go the way you think, EU

By |2018-07-20T09:13:29+00:0020 July 2018|Analysis, Licensing, Mobile, Platforms and Operating Systems|

The European Union has fined Google €4 billion for acting, in what it says, is an anti-competitive way. This does not come as a surprise; the EU has a history with big US tech companies. One is reminded of its high-profile battle with Microsoft that resulted in a fine. Google’s “crime” is to use its [...]

Blockchain and crypto currencies – what world problems do they actually solve?

By |2018-07-20T08:53:07+00:0020 July 2018|Analysis, Blockchain|

There is a seemingly endless round of global conferences focused on blockchain as the solution to everything. Many of these conferences seem to be little more than a thinly disguised attempt to peddle crypto currencies. At MoneyConf Dublin there was, for once, some balance in the discussion. This was the first year the MoneyConf had [...]

AI in the docks: Are the believers forgetting something?

By |2018-06-09T16:06:46+00:009 June 2018|Analysis, Analytics, Artificial Intelligence|

A hot topic in technology right now is Artificial Intelligence (AI). Many will have seen Google's recent Duplex demo or the work that IBM has been doing in healthcare. Vendor keynotes have been packed with AI capabilities and customer success stories. However, there are some other stories that should sound a note of caution, and [...]

Not a trick question: What is a great Customer Experience?

By |2018-05-30T18:36:42+00:0030 May 2018|Analysis, Digital Transformation, User Experience|

May 2018 saw Adobe Summit come to London - Adobe's annual event where it shows off the latest capabilities within its Experience Cloud. Adobe’s aim is to enable enterprise organisations to create great Customer Experiences (CX), but as they presented their various products, I couldn’t help but feel a disconnect with the experiences I have [...]

What is Cloud in 2018?

By |2018-05-21T11:57:22+00:0021 May 2018|Analysis, Cloud, Digital Transformation, Uncategorized|

Why are we even asking this question now?  Hasn’t cloud been well and truly defined in the scope of transformation? So what more is there to say? Plenty, if you only think of cloud as the destination and not part of the modernisation and transformation journey. A recent article spoke of an organisation that moved [...]