Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, has published the
results of a survey conducted at the beginning of 2014, on ICT usage in
enterprises with a special focus on the use of cloud computing services in
the EU Member States.
Eurostat's "finding" centered on the "fact" that cloud computing services
have been used (in 2014) by only one out of every five (19%) enterprises in
Insufficient knowledge of cloud
Although this is a Euro-study, the results are telling for those from further
afield because for the remaining 81% of the EU enterprises not using the
cloud, "insufficient knowledge of cloud computing" was suggested as the main
stumbling and/or blocking factor here.
The risk of a security breach came in as the second factor holding back cloud
but, crucially, the bare knowledge factor ranked highest.
In light of this survey and the wider l... (more)
Goodness there is a lot of talk about cloud computing. This ‘talk and
chatter' is part of the problem, i.e., we look at it, we prod it and we might
even test it out - but do we get down to practical implementation, deployment
and (if you happen to be a fan of the term) actual cloud ‘rollout' today?
Cloud offers the promise of a new era they say - and a new style of IT at
But this again is the problem and we know that cloud can only deliver on the
promises it makes if it is part of a well-coordinated eﬀort that brings
together both existing IT infrastructure and these new se... (more)
HP hasn't exactly coined the term Big Data developer. Except, perhaps, it
maybe kind of has if you look at the recent tools being rolled out from the
firm's HP Software division.
All working towards what HP loves to call "business transformation" - the
company is now also using the term "new style of IT," by which it of course
means cloud-centric (always hybrid) technology architectures aligned to take
advantage of Big Data analytics (even in SMBs) and other more cutting-edge
elements such as enterprise social activity and collaboration technology.
In a mobile-first world always,... (more)
Embedded Analytics: Inside Apps, Inside Processes
Now is the age of information analytics. We have (very arguably) reached a
point where the insight arising from data analytics can be applied to almost
every aspect of a company, in every business vertical.
But what shape should that analytics be? Increasingly we talk about embedded
analytics, but what do we mean? Should we be embedding analytics inside a)
applications themselves, or should we b) look to embed analytics as business
rules inside complete corporate processes - or should it be both?
Embedded (application) analytics
This post is sponsored by The Business Value Exchange and HP Enterprise
A newly established firm sent out some basic information collateral to
introduce itself this summer - and a new type of business model would seem to
The company here in question described itself as a non-integrated silo-based
business that was disparately fragmented into a variety of separate business
units each with their own non-standard information stream.
Working across an international base of operations, the new business promises
to evidence "innovation through diversity" by using... (more)