DT Alert: Lies, Damn Lies & Unverified Data
Feb15

DT Alert: Lies, Damn Lies & Unverified Data

Digital transformation — AKA DT or Industry 4.0 — is changing everything, but even if your company succeeds, and such success is rare, the veracity of your data will make or break you. In the emerging data-driven economy where trust is essential, there is too-little focus being placed on the accuracy of that data, said Michael Biltz, Managing Director for Accenture Technology Vision and Accenture Technology Labs. He told IT Trends & Analysis “companies are not making investments to make sure the data is true.” In the past it didn’t matter if the data wasn’t right, but that’s not true anymore, he added. It’s no longer a case of if, but when you embrace digital transformation. On average, companies going digital expect to increase annual revenues by 2.9% and reduce costs by 3.6%, but the DT overachievers are looking at both revenue gains and cost reductions of more than 30% at the same time. But achieving DT is hard: the failure rates for unsuccessful digital transformation projects range from a low of 70% to as high as 84%, with the biggest barrier being cultural resistance to change, followed by legacy IT systems and retaining critical talent, respectively. For the global 2000 companies, digital transformation is mandatory, said Biltz. “This is not optional.” According to “Intelligent Enterprise Unleashed: Redefine Your Company Based on the Company You Keep,” the professional services giant’s annual technology report, DT – the multi-trillion-dollar business phenomenon enabled by cloud computing, Internet of Things (IoT), big data and analytics (BDA), mobility, social media and security – trust will be a critical component. The survey of more than 6,300 business and IT executives worldwide found that the rapid advancements in technologies, including artificial intelligence (AI) and analytics, ‘are enabling companies to not just create innovative products and services, but change the way people work and live.’ “Just as cities developed around ports and then railroads, or people rebuilt their lives around electricity, the world today is reimagining itself around digital innovation — and, by extension, the companies that provide those services,” said Paul Daugherty, Accenture’s chief technology & innovation officer, in a prepared statement. “This requires a new type of relationship, built on trust and the sharing of large amounts of personal information.” However, all this presupposes that customers, employees and partners, and regulators are trustworthy, and that the data they make their decisions on is accurate, said Biltz. “The reality is we are not holding, companies are not holding, themselves to a high enough standard.” As opposed to the current environment where companies – and others – exchange products and services for compensation from their customers, the...

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“Gotta Have” Endpoint Security Suite Functionality

The movement toward next-generation endpoint security has accelerated over the last few years for a simple reason – cybersecurity professionals aren’t happy with the efficacy of existing antivirus tools. This market demand has led to a wave of investment and innovation from vendors like Carbon Black, CrowdStrike, Cylance, Morphisec, SentinelOne, and many others. New endpoint security technologies tended to come in one of two areas. Advanced prevention tools added new techniques for detecting malware that bypassed AV signatures. Many of these tools also contained anti-exploit technologies for detecting and blocking common memory exploits and/or attacks against common applications like browsers. At the other end of the endpoint security continuum, some organizations had new requirements for endpoint detection and response (EDR). These tools monitor endpoint behavior and collect data which is then used for security analytics. In the past, most organizations chose new tools for advanced prevention or EDR but not both. About 75% to 80% went with advanced prevention and the remainder chose EDR. To read the complete article, CLICK...

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2018 Enterprise Mobility Spending Trends Video

As part of ESG’s 2018 IT spending intentions research, IT decision makers were asked about their spending plans for enterprise mobility technology over the next 12 months. In this video, you’ll learn about where enterprises are focusing their mobility spending, spending priorities, and changes in spending. To read the complete article, CLICK...

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…Enterprise Storage in 2018 (Video)

Recently, I was able to get some time in front of a camera to discuss my predictions for enterprise storage in 2018. The video is below, but let me provide a brief spoiler with two of the top highlights. Flash continues its dominance with the rise of NVMe: I will talk more about NVMe as the year goes on, but in a nutshell NVMe unlocks the true potential of flash, and that potential is far more than just high performance. Data storage is hard: I am being overly simplistic here on purpose. This is not new, but here is the thing, all those technologies you are reading about, such as hyperconverged and cloud, all attempt to do the same thing: make storage management someone else’s problem. We have reached the point where manual storage management is too costly, and in 2018 automated infrastructure becomes king. To read the complete article, CLICK...

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HCI: A Cure For IT Complexity?
Feb08

HCI: A Cure For IT Complexity?

All-in-one computing, or IT in a box, is experiencing huge growth under the hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) label, but while it has quickly moved from hype to mainstream, it still has a long way to go before the software-centric architecture – that integrates compute, storage and virtualization resources in a single system, typically x86 hardware – becomes the preferred way to build your IT infrastructure. HCI first showed up on the Gartner Hype Cycle in 2015, paired with Integrated Systems and taking its initial step of its Hype journey, Innovation Trigger, with the expectation of reaching the Plateau of Productivity in 5-10 years. Just a year later, in Gartner 2016 Hype Cycle For Storage Technologies, HCI was poised atop the very Peak of Inflated Expectations, with an estimated mainstream adoption of less than two years. On Tuesday Gartner released its inaugural Magic Quadrant for Hyperconverged Infrastructure, which placed Nutanix, along with Dell EMC, VMware and HPE in its Leaders category. Honorable mentions went to: Cisco, Huawei and Pivot3 (Challengers); Stratoscale and Microsoft (Visionaries); and Scale Computing, DataCore and HTBase (Niche Players). The research giant predicts that by 2020, 20% of business-critical applications currently deployed on three-tier IT infrastructure will transition to hyperconverged infrastructure. According to the latest numbers from IDC, converged systems market revenue increased 10.8% year over year to $2.99 billion during the third quarter of 2017 (3Q17), but hyperconverged systems sales grew 68.0% YoY to $1 billion (33.5% for the total market). Dell was the HCI leader – $306.8 million in revenue and a 30.6% share – followed by Nutanix in second place, with $207.4 million in revenue and a share of 20.7%. IDC’s list of key players included Atlantis Computing, Cisco, Fujitsu, Gridstore, HPE, SimpliVity, Maxta, Nimboxx, Pivot3, Scale Computing, NetApp, DataCore and Vmware. Another company with HCI aspirations is Microsoft, which entered the HCI space in late 2016 when it made its datacenter OS, Windows Server 2016, generally available. “Hyperconverged infrastructure is a key part of our Windows Server 2016 software-defined strategy spanning software-defined compute, storage, network and assurance,” noted Siddhartha Roy, principal group program manager for high availability and storage in Windows Server. “The converged systems market expanded on multiple fronts, most notably within hyperconverged solutions,” said IDC’s Eric Sheppard, research director, Enterprise Storage & Converged Systems. “While hyperconvergence is not the sole source of market growth, it has undeniably driven an expansion of this market into new environments at a very rapid pace.” 451 Research predicts the HCI market will expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 41% through 2020 to just under $6 billion, while Technology Business Research estimated that the...

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