While all eyes were on Apple, a similar growth story was unfolding in the b2b market. Just nine years ago, Riverbed launched its first product in a market that was worth approximately $20-30 million; today that market is worth $1.2 billion and Riverbed has 52.5% market share. What explains this explosive growth? The product category in question – WAN optimisation – addresses the most pressing challenges in enterprise IT. We spoke to Carel Bak, Riverbed regional sales director for the Benelux, and Frank Vianen representing Zycko, a distributor of Riverbed solutions. [Read more...]
The Power of the Individual. Instant globalisation. Connectivity. Zettabytes. And making “Working Your Way” a reality. Wagdy Samir, MD Smart Solutions, Cisco, examined the implications of the “new workplace” during our 2012 Singapore Summit.
Network connectivity is rapidly becoming the biggest influence in key areas including social communication and the workplace. Traditional boundaries between “at home” and “at work” are blurring to the point of extinction. [Read more...]
Davor Jakic, Systems Integrator at BT Advise, is concerned that many companies’ Business Continuity Plans (BCP) and Disaster Recovery Plans (DRP) are not flexible enough to deal with emerging threats
What is your impression of Business Continuity strategies at companies today?
Frankly, we’re a little concerned. It is striking how time and time again companies are confronted with threats that they aren’t well equipped to deal with, notwithstanding significant investments they may have made in Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery. For example, we’ve seen several attacks by hackers recently that have forced companies to cut off all connectivity with external networks, including internet and mail, but also system-level connections with suppliers and partners. Also, some customers have been responding to our recent “Winter blackout in Belgium” article (on BT’s Let’s Talk blog), expressing concern that they’re not well protected against a major power failure in Belgium. [Read more...]
With all of the public services crammed into our cities, each one is like a mini reflection of the nation as a whole. Doctors’ surgeries, schools, hospitals, council offices, environmental health and more all coexist under their loose affiliation as public services. But often the actual links between them are harder to define, and it’s more difficult than it should be for public sector colleagues to collaborate across services. [Read more...]
One of the limitless resources that’s most certainly come to an end is capital! With money too tight to mention in IT budgets, T Rajah, CIO of CLSA, painted a picture of excessive resource still being absorbed by “keeping the lights on” tasks such as data centre running and network security – at the expense of the innovation needed to provide the experience users really want.
We asked our audience for a profile of their current budget allocation to these tasks. The results were revealing: today, 49 per cent of respondents spend 30 per cent or more of their IT budget on network security and data centre running. (And a further 37 per cent spend half or more of their budget in these areas.) [Read more...]
You might have noticed that we recently signed a networked IT services contract with European technical services provider Imtech. We will provide Imtech with a managed Field Force Automation (FFA) solution to improve field service operations of its Dutch Building Services business unit.
Read more and discover the eight steps to successful workforce and field force automation.
Besides providing Imtech with a FFA solution, we also will integrate it with the company’s existing back-office system, take care of the delivery and management of end-user devices, help-desk, data traffic management, mobile data capture and end-to-end security. [Read more...]
‘The early bird catches the worm’ — sums up Gartner’s predictions for IT in 2012 perfectly, particularly where server virtualisation and the cloud are concerned.
Welcome to 2012: may it be a good your for you and your beloved ones. In this first BT Let’s Talk post of the new year, Chris Lindsay, Marketing Director, BT Engage IT, looks at virtualisation and the cloud.
Gartner analysts believe that 25 per cent of servers are now virtualised, and contributing to keeping the organisations they support efficient and effective. They see 2012 as a jump-off point for the cloud as it finally emerges from the hype as a sensible and cost-effective solution to anticipated IT problems. [Read more...]
‘The early bird catches the worm’ — sums up Gartner’s predictions for IT in 2012 perfectly, particularly where server virtualisation and the cloud are concerned. [Read more...]