Last year swept by in a whirlwind, with technology solutions being core to keeping up with competitors, our preparation for Brexit, and new GDPR legislation changing people’s perceptions of data. These are solid foundations for contemplating what’s on the horizon in 2019:Risk-averse organisations will get their heads in the cloudIncreasing numbers of companies across all industries have embraced cloud computing -- but some of the most prominent moves towards it have come from organisations that have traditionally been risk-averse due to the sensitive data they hold, such as legal, financial services, and public sector.Last year, however, over one million credentials from the UK’s top law firms were advertised for sale on the dark web; Tesco Bank got fined £16.4 million for its 2016 cyber attack; and MPs warned that the UK is ill-equipped to combat cyber attacks against critical infrastructure.Investing in multi-cloud infrastructure usually goes hand-in-hand with … [Read more...] about What does 2019 hold in the world of cloud and telecoms?
The delay gives Flickr users more of an opportunity to decide how they'll preserve their photos, according to SmugMug's Scott Kinzie.Flickr said in an earlier statement that this doesn't mean all your photos above the 1,000-picture limit will suddenly vanish. Rather, it's that they'll become "eligible" for deletion. The service will initially focus on "abandoned" accounts with large numbers of private photos. You might not want to panic about your publicly listed vacation photos, then, although you might not want to count on getting a reprieve unless you're willing to shell out $50 per year for Pro access. … [Read more...] about Flickr postpones photo deletions for free users to March 12th
We’re all pretty accustomed now to technology rapidly advancing from one next big thing to another and cloud is no exception. In recent times multi-cloud has been the buzzword emblazoned across IT headlines superseding the benefits of mere single cloud providers in every way. Improved security and reliability, vendor lock-in, superior, lower cost, end solutions, these are all notable advantages being bandied around in support of multi-cloud. But how accurate is this view really?In 2013 the UK government published its “Cloud First Policy” urging central government and the wider public sector to evaluate whether cloud presented a viable solution, before considering any other option. Yet, according to a Freedom of Information (FoI) request from 2018, 80 per cent of councils were still using on-premise infrastructure to manage and access citizen data. Some of the key barriers cited were budget, security and vendor lock-in.The fact is, the ever-evolving thought leadership … [Read more...] about Don’t let multi-cloud derail your cloud ambitions
Businesses all over the world are making the move to the cloud and uncovering hidden value that will give them a competitive edge. But have you ever wondered where this value lies? From business benefits such as efficiency and improved cash flow the advantages of its integration are endless, but key to its popularity is that it helps businesses do more with less. Mike Cockfield, CEO and Founder of Khaos Control, lays out 10 ways an effective cloud system can be the competitive advantage your business has been searching for.Order managementBeing able to process orders efficiently is crucial to any business that wants to uphold consistently excellent customer service. Therefore, having a reliable system in place that is able to automate each phase of the customer order management process ensures that customer service remains central to operations. Keeping all of the data in one place, whether this is through processing or tracking orders ensures fewer delays and guarantees customers … [Read more...] about Ten ways an effective cloud system can drive business growth
Six minutes. That is all it takes to make a meaningful change to your business. A change that will drive profits or cut costs, put you ahead of the competition and ready your organisation for the fourth industrial revolution.Today, we have access to an inexhaustible stream of data. It is helping organisations iterate in new and unexpected ways. How? By moving that data to the cloud – along with the bulk of their IT spend.While not the only driver of the fourth industrial revolution, cloud is by far the most important. It is the forum through which the other factors that will shape our future come together, whether they be AI, biometrics, automation or aggregation.Which brings us back to those six short minutes. Businesses used to schedule procurement over several months, but when they are building in the cloud, they can action a change in the time it takes to buy a coffee. Cloud resources are bought by the minute – within minutes – and priced to allow growth through … [Read more...] about The technology drivers of the 4th industrial revolution