Analysis

Blockchain Frontline: 2018 recap and what to watch for in 2019

By |2019-01-22T12:53:29+00:0022 January 2019|Analysis, Blockchain|

Blockchain has not quite emerged from its pupa. Yet that is steadily coming closer, and might occur in 2019 (though it will likely be 2020 before one can be certain). In that spirit, this blog looks back across the 2018 blockchain year, drawing out some specific examples and shinning a spotlight on where to watch [...]

Is Juniper back on top with its approach to solving complexity and supporting multi-cloud?

By |2018-12-19T21:56:45+00:0019 December 2018|Analysis, Cloud, Networking, Vendor Analysis|

At Juniper Network’s NXTWORK conference (held in London in late November), CEO Rami Rahim went all in for simplicity. As he put it the objective should be ‘to make networking better’ (rather than ‘making networks work better’). This is both bold and challenging, especially for a company like Juniper which has found itself, by its [...]

British Army digital transformation blues, but it’s not all bad news

By |2018-12-15T13:23:31+00:0014 December 2018|Analysis, Digital Transformation|

Can organisations from across the market landscape learn from the British Army? If the recent travails regarding the latter’s abysmal attempt to automate and improve its recruitment process by shifting it online is anything to go by, I’d say a resounding ‘yes sir!’ The recruitment project, implemented (if that’s the right word) by Capita, is [...]

ServiceNow ‘Walks the Walk’ in healthcare, but can it ‘Talk the Talk’?

By |2018-11-19T13:39:48+00:0019 November 2018|Analysis, Digital Transformation, Healthcare, Vendor Analysis|

Frankfurt, October 2018, and more than 800 attendees are in the auditorium at the start of ServiceNow’s one day summit event. While the summit wasn’t specifically billed as a healthcare event, healthcare is a target market when one considers the customer user stories showcased. Is ServiceNow relevant in the healthcare industry? It is an important [...]

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

By |2018-12-03T11:46:07+00:008 November 2018|Analysis, Analytics, Artificial Intelligence|

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 [...]