Cloud

  • Mastering data and drawing insights and context is now recognised as a cornerstone capability for operating in the digital economy. Artificial Intelligence (AI), the umbrella term for a cohort of underpinning technologies such as Machine Learning (ML) serves as the means to extract and determine the insights that the data is pointing to and the mechanism by which to influence or directly impact an outcome. Navigating one’s way through the multitude of competing AI offerings requires a clear understanding of what is available and how it might serve your particular needs and resources. While many suppliers now make room for AI support, knowing their unique capability and strength especially as some features become commodity offerings, will allow you to align the right fit. With its focus on deep machine learning at its 2018 Amazon Web Services (AWS) Summit in London, AWS is speaking to organisations that want to realise transformative change through Artificial Intelligence. This reports looks at where a vendor like AWS is placing some of its emphasis with respect to its AI offerings.
  • This is an accompanying report to the CIC Software Delivery InFocus Podcast Series on Transforming to digital: Precision tactics from the IBM Cloud Garages. To understand and identify how the value add that an innovation centre, like the IBM Cloud Garage, can present to companies looking to adapt and digitally transform, CIC’s Research Director, Bola Rotibi spoke with Steve Robinson IBM’s General Manager for Cloud Labs, IBM Hybrid Cloud  and Rachel Reinitz, IBM Fellow and CTO of IBM Cloud Garage. In this report we outline and summarise important insights from the discussion and offer a glimpse into the transformation goals that are top of mind for organisations operating in the digital economy. Much is at stake for any organisation looking to innovate and grow digitally, therefore recognising the important purpose and value an innovation centres can offer will be vital. Finally, this report highlights the tenets and practices for a successful IBM Cloud Garage and how organisations can maximise and optimise their engagement at a cloud Garage session.
  • CIC’s Principal Analyst Dr Cathy Mulligan and Bola Rotibi, Research Director catch up with Brian Behlendorf, Executive Director of the Hyperledger Project at the Linux Foundation and Marta Piekarska, Director of Ecosystem at Hyperledger to discuss the important significance of MWC19 to the Hyperledger Project. Together with the Cloud Native Compute Foundation (CNCF) and the Linux Foundation Networking teams, their presence highlights the convergence that many see shaping and evolving the relationships to be had in the information, communication and technology sector going forward. In this podcast we hear about the latest projects driving the Hyperledger team forward and their impact to sustaining the viability of Blockchain for key supply chains. Add to cart to download or play here. Scroll down to see other podcasts in the MWC19 series.
  • CIC’s Research Director, Bola Rotibi and Principal Analyst, Clive Howard, speak to Joan A Barcia Espin, Director of Product Management and Justin Paul, Marketing Director at Zeetta Networks to find out how MWC19 is reflecting new thinking and changed approaches in the telecommunication industry. A small and nimble player, Zeetta Networks are betting on the breakthrough in networking technology for telecoms that allows for orchestration and network slicing for targeted services. In this podcast, listeners can hear what Zeetta believes are the real drivers for 5G, the next big connectivity themes and how market disruption is resulting in a shift in the relationships the large Telecom operators are more open to building. Exciting times indeed, but who stands to gain the most? Undoubtedly, the changing market dynamics underscored by technologies such as Blockchain offers interesting potential and greater collaboration between the app development and network operations community. Listen to how both CIC and Zeeta see this playing out. Add to cart to download or play here. Scroll down to see other podcasts in the MWC19 series.
  • CIC’s Principal Analyst Dr Cathy Mulligan and Bola Rotibi, Research Director discuss with Gail Wong, Product Manager, AT&T Internet of Things, the very real way that a Telecom operator such as AT&T can make good business from IoT with strong valued based partner interactions. In this podcast we hear about the foundations for a partnership model and strategy that can deliver meaningful engagement, opening the way for viable commercial returns for each participant in the partner chain. Of note are the capabilities on offer from existing connectivity investments in addition to the practical implementation requirements for edge communications. Spoiler Alert: the potential for sustaining the viability of Blockchain for key supply chains and networks is envisioned. Add to cart to download or play here. Scroll down to see other podcasts in the MWC19 series.
  • CIC has attended MWC since 2014 and has seen it grow to wield influence in the direction of software development, delivery and lifecycle management across the broad software solution and communication landscape. In this podcast discussion, CIC’s Research Director, Bola Rotibi and Principal Analysts Cathy Mulligan and Clive Howard wrap up on CIC’s attendance at Mobile World Congress 2019 and offer Insights into the potential future for both the conference and the wider industry. Of particular note, are thoughts on the key challenges concerning the underpinning technologies, connectivity and the impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT), Blockchain and process strategies such as DevOps. Fast forward 3 to 5 years – find out what type of conference the CIC team think MWC will become. Add to cart to download or play here. Scroll down to see other podcasts in the MWC19 series.
  • In this CIC case study, you will learn how a 40+ year old leading furniture retailer in South Florida undertook a successful mobile transformation to improve its workforce’s productivity. Important points of focus:
    • An overview of the transformational journey that City Furniture needed to undertake
    • Discover four key insights underpinning City Furniture’s transformation execution
    • Review the dynamics of a transformation in action
    • Take away five essential lessons that can help guide other journeys
  • This is an accompanying report to the CIC Software Delivery InFocus Podcast Series on Where next for Cloud in Europe. To understand how IBM sees the current state of the Cloud market, customer needs and its own offering, CIC’s Research Director, Bola Rotibi spoke with IBM Europe’s General Manager of Cloud, Sebastian Krause. In this report we outline and summarise important insights from the discussion and offer a glimpse into the strategic focus for IBM when it comes to Cloud and how the company sees the future.
  • The end of March saw HP provide updates on Cloud28+ and HP Helion. At The Cloud28+ Symposium in Frankfurt, Germany brought together a number of ecosystem members, while The HP Helion Roadshow in London provided a general update on the various Helion related products and services. What both events had in common was that they reflected how HP has been refining its messaging around the cloud story. As it does so, the strategy becomes clearer and makes a lot of good sense for both HP and its customers and partners. In this report, we examine the messaging underpinning HP’s Cloud strategy and identify where next for the portfolio and services.
  • Hybrid cloud model supporting Amazon Web Services (AWS) Unlike with other vendor solutions, HPE Helion Eucalyptus allows an organisation to embrace one of the most popular public cloud environments – AWS – at their own pace and in a way that suits both their business, operation and application objectives. Crucially, it is a solution that can help organisations to move to a cloud environment, in terms of adopting the skills, processes, tools and other requirements, but in the relative safety of a private cloud infrastructure that the IT organisation can feel happy with. In this report we provide an overview of the HPE Helion Eucalyptus services and review the strategic and tactical advantages that the solution offers. Summary points
    • A private cloud solution, which offers a unique proposition with its ability to act as an AWS clone.
    • 7 strategic and tactical advantages to HPE Helion Eucalyptus.
    • 3 scenarios for adoption
    • Foundations for a broader hybrid cloud capability
  • Guidance strategies for key stakeholder roles
    Many businesses recognise that cloud will play a significant role in the future of their IT. This has been reflected in numerous studies. But it is also true that moving to cloud, especially public cloud, is challenging for many: and even in the long term it may not be 100% possible or desirable. IT needs a way to enable a cloud future, both for now and over the long term, while understanding that the organisation, and external factors such as legislation and compliance, may take time to transition. With AWS’s popularity and the growing skills, knowledge and experience among the developer community, it makes sense for many to see AWS as part of a long-term cloud strategy. HPE Helion Eucalyptus exists to facilitate both IT and the organisation’s needs and future. In this report we look to the directions for key roles within the IT organisation.
    Summary points
    • A stakeholder strategy for a hybrid cloud engagement model: IT role directions for HPE Helion Eucalyptus
    • The operational benefit of HPE Helion Eucalyptus
    • Streamlining the development workflow for hybrid cloud deployment: DevOps, Agile and Continuous Deployment bonuses
    • An effective strategy for hybrid cloud support
  • How does Healthcare Transformation happen? Easterseals Bay Area (ESBA) knows how to transform a highly manual, paper-based healthcare organisation into an agile, data-driven enterprise, supported by a HIPAA compliant integrated cloud-based infrastructure, to drive efficiency and effectiveness in service delivery to patients and their families. The results have led the company to transform from a pure provider of behavioral health services to people with disabilities and their families into a founding member of one of the largest behavioral health networks in the U.S. This case study provides both a business and technical blueprint for the efficient and effective network management of distributed services and providers, within a healthcare environment, using the core Salesforce platform and, in particular, Salesforce Health Cloud.
  • One of the biggest trends in the market today is Digital Transformation. Therefore, it is surprising how little clarity there is to what the term specifically means. To try to bring clarity to the term Digital Transformation and answer important questions for organisation concerned with it, CIC conducted a quantitative study of over 300 organisations of various sizes, industries and geographies. This report outlines the key findings, along with the dynamics underpinning the drive and journey towards digital transformation. Importantly, it presents the following:
    • A map of the challenges and barriers to overcome, as well as key channels that must be navigated if the opportunities presented by a digital transformation are to be realised.
    • Defines the underlying support for low code development tools and their role in helping to deliver the digital transformation process.
    • For organisations looking to ensure the most effective strategy for their digital transformation journey CIC’s study offers 4 insights that must be in their game plan.
    This paper was authored on an independent basis by the analyst team at Creative Intellect Consulting, with sponsorship from Uniface. The content is based on industry intelligence gathered and analysed by the authors and does not necessarily reflect the views of the sponsor.