Cloud Migration – Is it the Beginning or the End?

A recent article by McKinsey & Company, ‘Cloud adoption to accelerate IT modernization’, posed the question – is migration to the cloud a means, not an end in itself? The firm points out that many organizations are struggling to get full value from their move to the cloud, despite spending on cloud initiatives running at … Read more

Calculating the Real Benefits of Cloud Migration

Calculating the Real Benefits of Cloud Migration Moving workloads to the cloud is rarely an ad-hoc decision. Organizations put together a business case to justify their decision. But, what are the real measures of cloud migration and how should organizations calculate them? ROI Calculations Remain Essential A 2017 study by ISACA – ‘How enterprises are … Read more

Why Edge Services are Important to Successful Cloud Adoption

Businesses increasing their adoption and dependence on cloud applications and services must ensure a seamless end-to-end journey between users and their applications. However, a recent study by Forrester Research – ‘Make Edge Services an Integral Part of Your Cloud Strategy’ – found that unplanned downtime was frequently having a negative impact on user experience. Forrester … Read more

Microsoft Delivers Small Business ERP from the Cloud

Microsoft Delivers Small Business ERP from the Cloud

Microsoft’s latest release of its ERP system is scheduled for 2nd April. Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central, which has been trialed under the codename ‘Tenerife’, is the latest version of the company’s long-established ERP solution, Microsoft Dynamics NAV. This release is targeted at small and medium businesses and highlights the growing trend to move ERP … Read more

How Vendors Can Accelerate Digital Transformation

How Vendors Can Accelerate Digital Transformation

In Forrester Research’s ‘Predictions 2018’, the firm reported that more than 60 percent of executives believe they are lagging behind in their digital transformations. Earlier studies by Forrester found that most businesses are actively developing digital capabilities, but have not yet achieved ‘digital mastery’. A scarcity of digital skills is one of the contributing factors, … Read more

Legacy Enterprise Systems – Upgrade or Migrate?

For many organizations, the future development of their enterprise systems is at a crossroads. Should they continue to maintain legacy systems on premise or migrate to the cloud? And, if they are considering the cloud, what type of infrastructure will they need? Recent developments in cloud mainframe infrastructure have created a more attractive and robust … Read more

How Many Clouds Can You Manage?

How Many Clouds Can You Manage

A recent report by s – the IDC MaturityScape for Multicloud Management – found that 90 percent of enterprises surveyed plan to make use of multiple clouds. Their strategy is to match specific workloads and their dependencies to the cost, performance and security levels available from different types of cloud. A 2016 study by 451 … Read more

Cloud and Legacy – Time for an Integrated Approach

Cloud and Legacy - Time For an Integrated Approach

Technology analysts have highlighted the emerging differences in the IT department between the tasks of managing legacy systems and the increasing number of applications and services migrating to the cloud. Garner has described the difference as ‘two-speed IT,’ where separate teams maintain mission-critical legacy applications in a stable environment or grow cloud services in a … Read more