Marcos Salles CIO L'Oréal

Keeping L’Oréal Brazil looking good

A profile of Marcos Salles, Chief Information Officer

Challenging the status quo isn’t always easy in a major multinational organisation. But Marcos Salles, CIO at L’Oréal Brazil, knows the effort’s worth it. A clear focus on technology innovation’s already helped him transform critical business processes like collaboration and improve profitability, not just within his business, but also across the distribution network.

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Yury Rozenman, Head of Business Development, Healthcare and Life Sciences

Secure collaboration for all industries – Interview with CEO of Exostar continued

By: Yury Rozenman, Head of Business Development, Healthcare and Life Sciences

Last week I shared an excerpt of a discussion that I had with Richard Addi, CEO at Exostar. As a reminder, Exostar is Specialist Member of the BT for Life Sciences partner ecosystem. They are also a global industry-leader in identity management for secure cloud-based solutions. Below is a continuation of our discussion. [Read more...]

Yury Rozenman

Keeping collaboration secure – Interview with CEO of Exostar

By Yury Rozenman, Head of Business Development, Healthcare and Life Sciences

Now more than ever, organizations need to collaborate with external stakeholders in a safe, secure manner. This is especially relevant to highly-regulated industries such as pharmaceuticals, healthcare and aerospace & defense. Just how do companies manage to do this when sensitive and valuable information is involved? Is there an easy way to manage system access when thousands of users are involved – from many different organizations – without compromising security?

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Neil Lock

The glue that makes it easier to reach the clouds

By Neil Lock, Director, BT Compute

When they were planning London 2012, the members of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, or LOCOG, couldn’t tell in advance how many people would log on to their websites and systems each night. It could be 4 million people; it could be 50 million. But they certainly didn’t want the expense of building a physical server farm to meet the maximum potential demand. So they used BT cloud computing to cope with the possible swing in numbers and make sure that if lots of people really did log on at once, the websites and systems wouldn’t crash. Overall, the site enabled almost 40 billion page views, at a peak rate of 55,000 views per second.

That’s the power of the cloud. And lots of companies are now tapping it. They’re spreading their IT needs out between their own private data centres, private clouds and public clouds. Until now, for most large companies that’s meant six-month projects using IT and network solution architects to build links and systems spanning their office and the cloud. And that in turn has meant spending a lot of their time connecting things together in what is a pretty ‘nuts and bolts’ and inflexible way. [Read more...]

cloud security

The price to pay for cloud security

By JOhn Gillam, CTO for Cloud Services

There’s a paradox in the uptake of cloud at the moment that needs to be addressed. Our latest research has found that whilst confidence around cloud security is at an all-time low, 50 per cent of businesses say they have adopted mass market ‘consumer’ cloud services, rather than those designed specifically for the enterprise with security in mind. This comes as a surprise as 76 per cent said that security was their number one concern.

Whilst at first glance, this seems to conflict with concerns about security, further research reveals why: 48 per cent of respondents have the impression that enterprise cloud applications and services are too expensive. This focus on cost suggests that buying decisions are increasingly reflecting short-term goals, instead of the long-term security of an organisation. [Read more...]