Can IBM redefine the future of email?

I was in the middle of the great email battle between Microsoft and IBM [Disclosure: Microsoft and IBM are clients of the author] in the 1990s and there really wasn’t much competition. Microsoft had Exchange, which had its greatest power in its focus on users. IBM bought Lotus to get Notes, which had stronger administration tools and a far better focus on collaboration, but sucked at email. In the end, Microsoft dominated, massively, and Exchange is the recognized standard for business email. However, IBM just brought out Verse, its new advanced email offering, and it comes to market with many of the same advantages over Exchange that Exchange had over Notes. But, this is email, and experienced CIOs know that changing email is potentially a career-ending process. In order to succeed with a user-focused product you have to get the users excited about it, which may be a skill IBM no longer has. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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Is Mobility (and IoT) The Start Of A New Beginning For CA?
Feb25

Is Mobility (and IoT) The Start Of A New Beginning For CA?

BARCELONA: It’s a cliche, but still true, that only time will tell how the launch of the CA Management Cloud for Mobility modular, cloud and on-premise offering at this week’s Mobile World Congress 2014 will play out. However, when you do the checklist, this announcement appears to reinvent the company still best-known for its mainframe management software roots and Fortune 1000 customer base. The highlights can be found in any current IT news headline or CIO wish list: Check: Cloud-based mobile management solution. Check: Addresses mobile management, DevOps, security and Internet of Things. Check: Addresses BYOD, BYOA, BYOC, MDM, MAM and MCM. Check: Addresses Shadow IT. Check: Addresses installed base, legacy applications and customers of all sizes. Check: Addresses flexibility and agility with modular, cloud and on-premise options. Check: Hardware-agnostic, software-only solutions. Check: Reliability from proven and successful vendor with 35-year track record. “It raises the bar quite significantly for all the point solution vendors,” said Ram Varadarajan, GM, New Business Innovation, CA Technologies. “I expect this to be a revolutionary (not evolutionary) movement.” Now responsible for the Silicon Valley-based innovation center for the company, he was previously founder of Arcot Systems, a security vendor acquired by CA in 2010. “I think of myself as running R&D startups.” His focus is on building new things for CA, but within the context of leveraging the existing resources already available in the company, with additional M&As when and if required. His boss, Peter Griffiths, EVP and Group Executive, said mobility has become the driver of innovation for the last 3-4 years. “It has become the new face of whoever you are.” Your customers, partners and increasingly employees expect to interact with your organization through some form of mobility, he said, which puts it high on the  CIO’s agenda, and represents a major opportunity for CA. The company has been focusing on mobility for the last couple of year and believes it brings a portfolio of best-of-breed solutions that don’t make customers have to compromise on variables like performance versus features versus functionality. Neither BYOD or Shadow IT were specifically mentioned in the product roll-out, but they were very much in the design process, especially the Smart Containerization functionality, said Varadarajan. They weren’t mentioned because the suite addresses a much broader set of needs than just those two CIO pain points, and CA wanted to focus on enablement, KNOW versus NO, in the first version. The market is changing, from a number of perspectives, he said, including much more knowledgeable buyers. “The new buyer is very savvy, understands what’s available in the marketplace,” and can turn to the Internet when they want to...

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CA Claims Bragging Rights For Cloud-Based Mobile Management
Feb25

CA Claims Bragging Rights For Cloud-Based Mobile Management

BARCELONA: Hola from Mobile World Congress 2014, courtesy of CA Technologies*, where it is announcing CA Management Cloud for Mobility, a modular set of solutions available as a service or on-premise. The offering consists of a number of new and/or existing capabilities that can be purchased as standalone services/solutions or as an integrated solution that addresses the enterprise needs around mobility today, and the Internet of Things as it starts to take off, said Ram Varadarajan, general manager, New Business Innovation, CA Technologies, during a press conference on Monday. We’re in the very early stages of the journey to mobile, but it’s an area that is generating a lot of interest, and one where CA feels it can play a major role, said Varadarajan. He presented a number of data points that supported the opportunity his company is looking to capitalize on, including: only 6% of enterprises currently offer BYO; by 2016 there will be 305 billion mobile app downloads, and there will be 5 business apps per device; and by 2020 there will be 50 billion connected devices (I’m pretty sure that includes 30 billion sensors, smart devices, etc., which just got upgraded from the 20 billion forecast that’s only been around for the last 6 months). The explosion of new devices, applications, content and transactions in the mobile environment has opened new challenges for enterprises of all sizes, worldwide, he stated. CA’s response, which it is billing as the industry’s first comprehensive management cloud for mobility will help enterprises transform the challenges of the new mobile economy into significant opportunity. Mobility, bring your own device (BYOD), bring your own application (BYOA) and the Internet of Things are transforming the enterprise. Smartphones and tablet sales passed the billion mark last year; mobile enterprise infrastructure software and services are growing at a compound annual growth rate of 16.3%; and mobile device management enterprise software solutions are roaring along at a CAGR of 31.43% over the period 2011-2015. A recent survey from Citrix has identified mobility as a top priority for the enterprise. Most (71%) believe mobility is a top priority, but 63% believe it to be the greatest factor in helping their organization gain a competitive advantage. Of the organizations surveyed, approximately half have implemented technologies to support mobile devices, with 48% using MDM and 47% using MAM. Software downloads are dwarfing these figures. An estimated 70 billion mobile apps are expected to be downloaded in 2013. If mobile growth is exploding, mobile security is a nightmare, according to a recent survey by Enterprise Strategy Group. “Security professionals know that mobile computing means securing thousands of various devices as...

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Cloud 2014: A Hundred Billion Here, A Hundred Billion There
Dec18

Cloud 2014: A Hundred Billion Here, A Hundred Billion There

“A billion here, a billion there, pretty soon, you’re talking real money.”  (Everett Dirksen) However, when it comes to cloud you can add a bunch of zeroes. While IT spending will grow 5% year over year to $2.1 trillion in 2014, cloud spending, including cloud services and the technology to enable these services, will surge by 25% to over $100B, according to IDC. This will be accompanied by a similar expansion in the variety of workload-specialized cloud infrastructure services, leading to new forms of differentiation among cloud service providers. The research company also predicts a pitched battle between cloud applications and solutions developers, and that by 2017, more than 80% of new cloud apps will be hosted on six PaaS platforms. Synergy Resource Group LLC reports that other Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) providers are getting pounded into the ground by Amazon Web Services. AWS accounted for 35% of the IaaS market, followed by IBM at 7% and everyone else less than 3%. Regardless of the platform, cloud computing will become the bulk of new IT spend by 2016, according to Gartner. That year will be a defining year for cloud as private cloud begins to give way to hybrid cloud, and nearly half of large enterprises will have hybrid cloud deployments by the end of 2017. “Overall, there are very real trends toward cloud platforms, and also toward massively scalable processing. Virtualization, service orientation and the Internet have converged to sponsor a phenomenon that enables individuals and businesses to choose how they’ll acquire or deliver IT services, with reduced emphasis on the constraints of traditional software and hardware licensing models,” said Chris Howard, research vice president at Gartner. “Services delivered through the cloud will foster an economy based on delivery and consumption of everything from storage to computation to video to finance deduction management.” A $100-billion-plus cloud pie is attracting a lot of attention, and all the usual suspects are sharpening their knives. For example, last week Microsoft launched the Cloud OS Network, bringing together 25 top cloud service providers under the same banner to deliver hosted services on Azure, its cloud platform. Dell was also feeling inclusive, extending and/or adding cloud partnerships with Microsoft, Google, Dropbox, CenturyLink, Red Hat and Accenture. At the same time Microsoft and Dell were beefing up their cloud portfolios, HP was holding its own event in Barcelona where it announced new cloud services and solutions. No stranger to the cloud, IBM’s third quarter earnings report boasted 70% growth in its cloud computing from the previous year, delivering more than $1 billion of cloud revenue in a quarter of which $460 million was...

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