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[Free Webinar] Making the most of your information investments

Making the most of your information investments: Webinar with Ovum & Canon

When: Thursday 28th May 2015 at 14:00

In today’s always-on working environment, knowledge workers are overloaded with information. Even though investments in information management have been on the rise, the tools and training that workers need to properly share, store and use this information are often lacking – resulting in a loss of efficiency and productivity. Ovum and Canon have brought together a range of primary research studies, getting to understand the point of view of both end-users and enterprise IT departments around how they use and manage information.

Join us to examine:

• The scale of the information mis-management problem
• The potential solutions to it
• The benefits of getting information management right

Ovum in partnership with Canon, are offering an introductory webinar to help today’s businesses making the most of their information investments. Please join us.

Register here!

The Speakers

CanonQuentyn Taylor
Director of Information Security
Canon Europe Ltd

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OvumRichard Absalom
Senior Analyst
Enterprise Mobility and Productivity
Ovum

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About Canon

Canon Europe is the regional sales and marketing operation for Canon Inc., represented in 116 countries and employing 17,000 people across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

Founded in 1937 with the specific goal of making the best quality camera available to customers, Canon’s tireless passion for the Power of Image has since extended its technology into many other markets and has established it as a world leader in both consumer and business imaging solutions.

Its solutions comprise products, ranging from digital compact and SLR cameras, through broadcast lenses and portable X-ray machines, to multi-function and production printers, all supported by a range of value added services.

Canon invests heavily in R&D to deliver the richest and most innovative products and services to satisfy customers’ creative needs. From amateur photographers to professional print companies, Canon enables each customer to realise their own passion for image.

Canon’s corporate philosophy is Kyosei – ‘living and working together for the common good’. In EMEA, Canon Europe pursues sustainable business growth, focusing on reducing its own environmental impact and supporting customers to reduce theirs using Canon’s products, solutions and services. Canon has achieved global certification to ISO 14001, demonstrating a world-class environmental management standard.

Further information about Canon Europe is available at: www.canon-europe.com

Register for FREE here!

To Cloud, or not to Cloud? #CloudWF

Source: Business Cloud News

To cloud or not to cloud? With the right strategy, it need not be the question.

There are two sides to the cloud coin: one positive, the other negative, and too many people focus on one at the expense of the other for a variety of reasons ranging from ignorance to wilful misdirection. But ultimately, success resides in embracing both sides and pulling together the capabilities of both enterprises and their suppliers to make the most of the positive and limit the negative.

Cloud services can either alleviate or compound the business challenges identified by Ovum’s annual ICT Enterprise Insights program, based on interviews with 6,500 senior IT executives. On the positive side both public and private clouds, and everything in between, help:

  • Boost ROI at various levels: From squeezing more utilization from the underlying infrastructure to making it easier to launch new projects with the extra resources exposed asa result.
  • Deal with the trauma of major organisational/ structural changes as they can adapt to the ups and downs of requirements evolution.
  • Improve customer/citizen experience, and therefore satisfaction: This has been one of the top drivers for cloud adoption. Cloud computing is at its heart user experience-centric. Unfortunately many forget this, preferring instead to approach cloud computing from a technical perspective.
  • Deal with security, security compliance, and regulatory compliance: An increasing number of companies acknowledge that public cloud security and compliance credentials are at least as good if not better than their own, particularly in a world where security and compliance challenges are evolving so rapidly. Similarly, private clouds require security to shift from reactive and static to proactive and dynamic security, whereby workloads and data need to be secured as they move in and out of internal IT’s boundaries.

On the other hand, cloud services have the potential to compound business challenges. For instance, the rise of public cloud adoption contributes to challenges related to increasing levels of outsourcing. It is all about relationship management, and therefore relates to another business challenge: improving supplier relationships.

In addition to having to adapt to new public cloud offerings (rather than the other way round), once the right contract is signed (another challenging task), enterprises need to pro-actively manage not only their use of the service but also their relationships with the service provider, if only to be able to keep up with their fast-evolving offerings.

Similarly, cloud computing adds to the age-old challenge of aligning business and IT at two levels: cloud-enabling IT, and cloud-centric business transformation.

From a cloud-enabling IT perspective, the challenge is to understand, manage, and bridge a variety of internal divides and convergences, including consumer versus enterprise IT, developers versus IT operations, and virtualisation ops people versus network and storage ops. As the pace of software delivery accelerates, developers and administrators need to not only to learn from and collaborate with one another, but also deliver the right user experience – not just the right business outcomes. Virtualisation ops people tend to be much more in favour than network and storage ops people of software-defined datacentre, storage, and networking (SDDC, SDS, SDN) with a view to increasingly take control of datacentre and network resources. But the storage and network ops people, however, are not so keen on letting the virtualisation people in.

When it comes to cloud-centric business transformation, IT is increasingly defined in terms of business outcomes within the context of its evolution from application siloes to standardised, shared, and metered IT resources, from a push to a pull provisioning model, and more importantly, from a cost centre to an innovation engine.

The challenge, then, is to understand, manage, and bridge a variety of internal divides and convergences including:

  • Outside-in (public clouds for green-field application development) versus inside-out (private cloud for legacy applicationmodernization) perspectives. Supporters of the two approaches can be found on both the business and IT sides of the enterprise.
  • Line-of-business executives (CFO, CMO, CSO) versus CIOs regarding cloud-related roles, budgets, and strategies: The up-andcoming role of chief digital officer (CDO) exemplifies the convergence between technology and business C-level executives. All CxOs can potentially fulfil this role, with CDOs increasingly regarded as “CEOs in waiting”. In this context, there is a tendency to describe the role as the object of a war between CIOs and other CxOs. But what digital enterprises need is not CxOs battling each other, but coordinating their IT investments and strategies. Easier said than done since, beyond the usual political struggles, there is a disparity between all side in terms of knowledge, priorities, and concerns.
  • Top executives versus middle management: Top executives who are broadly in favour of cloud computing in all its guises, versus middle management who are much less eager to take it on board, but need to be won over since they are critical to cloud strategy execution.
  • Shadow IT versus Official IT: Where IT acknowledges the benefits of Shadow IT (it makes an organisation more responsive and capable of delivering products and services that IT cannot currently support) and its shortcomings (in terms of costs, security, and lack of coordination, for example). However, too much focus on control at the expense of user experience and empowerment perpetuates shadow IT.

Laurent Lachal

Only then will your organisation manage to balance both sides of the cloud coin.

Laurent Lachal is leading Ovum Software Group’s cloud computing research. Besides Ovum, where he has spent most of his 20 year career as an analyst, Laurent has also been European software market group manager at Gartner Ltd.

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Laurent Lachal will be speaking at the Cloud World Forum, taking place on 24th – 25th June at Olympia Grand in London at the Containers & Devops Theatre. He will also be one of four industry experts leading the roundtable discussions at the Executive Summit.

Register for your FREE exhibition pass here!

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Telco Cloud: IT News, Trends and Predictions for 2015 #telcocloud

Telco Cloud. 
28-29 April 2015
Radisson Blu Portman Hotel, London

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Ovum reveals telcos must invest in the flexibility and agility of their IT estates in 2015

The telecoms industry is showing signs of recovery due to the positive economic scenario, and telecoms will be one of the top industries for IT spending in the next 12–18 months, according to global analyst firm Ovum.

Based on Ovum’s latest Telco IT Trends to Watch report*, telco IT budgets are on the rise, with a lot of investment directed at either optimizing network assets and infrastructure or improving service quality and the customer experience.

Trends to watch for telco IT in 2015:

A brighter economic outlook and voracious demand for high-quality content and services on smart devices has renewed telco interest in the value they provide from a customer perspective and the quality of the customer experience.
Omni-channel engagements will inform investment in CRM strategies for sales, marketing, and operations. Relevance and content of services, packages, and customer care will be a differentiator.
Outsourcing engagements between telcos and IT service providers will intensify.

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Telco Cloud 2015 Outlook

Analyst Opinion By DIMITRIS MAVRAKIS

WHAT ARE THE KEY DRIVERS/OPPORTUNITIES FOR SERVICE PROVIDERS THAT ARE CONSIDERING NFV? CONVERSELY, WHAT ARE THE KEY CHALLENGES?

The biggest opportunity driving CSPs to adopt NFV or SDN is the ability to operate a more efficient and cost-effective network. Also, NFV and SDN make it much easier and faster to create and deliver services. The biggest argument for NFV is that it enables network components to make the transition from hardware to software. In other words, components now run on commoditized hardware platforms that might even be in the data center (standard computing platforms or COTS equipment).

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE FULL Q+A

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CompTIAs 5th Annual Trends in Cloud Computing

In the five years that CompTIA has been studying cloud computing, the topic has shifted from a potential game-changer to an essential ingredient of modern IT. IDC estimates the public cloud market to have reached $45.7 billion in 2013, and they expect it to grow at 23% CAGR through 2018. On the private cloud side, IDC estimates that worldwide spending on hosted private cloud services will surpass $24 billion by 2016…

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Cisco throws its hat back into the enterprise collaboration ring

CISCO, Telco Cloud Forum’s Principal Sponsor is working on a new offering for the enterprise collaboration market: Project Squared – a mobile-first, virtual meeting room for teams. Project Squared is still an early work in progress, but the vendor is hoping that customers will like what they see and not defect to the likes of Microsoft, Google, or Citrix, all of whom have competing offerings in the realtime communication and collaboration market. The offering is delivered by the Cisco Collaboration Cloud.

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Industry News

Verizon has promised rolling upgrades to its cloud platform that don’t impose downtime or require customer intervention following the latest update period, which lasted nearly two days.

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Cloud Asia Awards – Meet the Judges! #cloudasia

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Following the successful Cloud World Series Awards which took place in London this year, the Cloud Asia Awards are a celebration of the drive, innovation and hard work in the global cloud computing industry.

This year’s awards will take place the evening of day one and will feature 4 categories, recognising services from across the Cloud ecosystem. Similarly to the Cloud World Series Awards the Cloud Asia Awards will be judged by world-class experts, you can meet the Judges here.

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Education Technology Market Insight #futureedtech

Transformational change in higher education requires deep integration of ICT into institutional strategy and decision-making

Nicole Engelbert, Director of Research & Analysis – Industries, Ovum

As colleges and universities in the northern hemisphere prepare for another academic year, it is fitting to consider the state of the industry and what lies ahead. The past decade has brought unprecedented change, provoking many institutions and their stakeholders to re-consider even the most established traditions and processes in order to stabilize financial models, improve student outcomes, and enhance their national or even international standing. Over the next decade, the culmination of these efforts will transform the strategic vision for many institutions and result in profoundly different operating models.

This new environment raises the strategic and tactical value of technology in crucial ways. Operational efficiency depends, in large part, on leveraging ICT to automate institutional processes and transactions, as well as enable self-service capabilities for students, faculty, and staff in a 24×7 world. When implemented and resourced effectively, ICT can also empower colleges and universities to be more flexible and agile in their delivery of services and academic programs.

Effective implementation and resourcing for ICT is easier said than done, particularly in an environment of flat or declining budgets, competing priorities, highly customized legacy solutions, and ICT skills shortages. However, as higher education moves through this period of historic transformation, making strides to address this challenge has never been more important. Closing the gap between business and technology decision-making is crucial to this. Higher education must stop positioning technology as a separate institutional pillar as it undermines the college or university’s long-term health and success. Through better and sustained communications, matrix organizational structures, and progressive ICT governance, institutions have the ability to integrate ICT more deeply within the development of business strategy and tactical execution, thereby ensuring more effective ICT implementation and resourcing and, in the end, accelerating institutional innovation.

Future Edtech 20152-3 June 2015, Millennium Gloucester Hotel, London.

With 300+ delegates and 70+ speakers Future EdTech will offer you:

Click here to view the draft agenda…

  • Undiluted focus on Higher Education
  • Authoritative discourse
  • C level, carefully selected audience
  • Exclusive Analyst insight not available anywhere else
  • A curated exhibition showcasing only valuable solution providers
  • A unique experience combining the best knowledge gathering and networking opportunities

Pre-register your seat for 2015 here!

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Less than 3 weeks to go until the Telco Cloud World Forum North America #telcocloud

With only 3 weeks to go until the Telco Cloud World Forum North America  there is still time for you to secure your place!

This event is free for carriers and enterprises. If you do fall into this criteria and still would like the opportunity to meet with senior decision makers from leading carriers, we would be delighted to welcome you to the event; you can register your place online here.

For a refresh about the event and to view the most recent agenda please click here.

Pre-event networking

Next Week! Network with fellow attendees prior to the event with our online networking tool. Available to speakers, sponsors and delegates, this is a fantastic way to initiate introductions, network and set up meetings with participants prior to the event. In addition, post event materials such as speaker presentations will also be available!
  
Interested in joining us?
  
Online: www.northamerica.cloudworldseries.com/register
Call: +44 (0) 20 7017 5529
Email: registrations@cloudworldseries.com

Interested in networking?

Are you a Cloud vendor/solution provider looking to share your expertise with our audience? We have a limited number of opportunities remaining to join our bespoke networking events and present your solutions.

For further information, please contact: Matt Williamson, Business Development Manager | +44 (0) 20 7017 5450 | matt@cloudworldseries.com

Ready to scroll through the speaker line-up? – let’s go!

Andy, McInturff, Business Development Director – BT Compute, BT Global Services
David Strom, Analyst, Gigaom
Dennis Bennett, Global Enterprise Account Executive, AT&T
Jack Weixel, Head of Service Provider Markets, Google
James Davis, Senior Analyst – Networks & Media, 451 Research
Jared Alfson, Health IT Engineer, Rural Health Telecom
Jon Summers, SVP of Growth Platforms, AT&T
Kent Landry, Senior Solutions Consultant for Managed Services and Cloud, Windstream
Kevin Burke, General Manager, International, BCSG
Mike, Tighe, Executive Director Data Services, Comcast Business
Mike, Sapien, Principal Analyst, Enterprise Services, Ovum
Paul Congdon, Chair of the Wireless and Mobile Working Group, ONF
Raul Mangalindan, Senior Audit Manager, Bell Canada
Richard Dufty, VP of Worldwide Sales and Strategic Partnerships, AppDirect
Steve Augustino, Partner, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
Steve Scarlett, Head of Technology, NFV and SDN, NSN
Toby Ford, Assistant Vice President, Information Technology Operations, Strategic Realization, AT&T & Board of Directors, OpenStack Foundation, AT&T
Tom Platt, Commercial Director, BCSG
Adi Mendel, VP Product Management & Marketing, Allot Communications
Arun Rajagopal, Technology Strategy & Architecture Manager, Sprint
Brett Brock, Voice Systems Engineer, Cox Communications
Brian Joe, Manager – Content Planning & Strategy, Verizon
Chris King, Senior Director Product Marketing – Networks & Analytics, Oracle
Chris Liou, Vice President of Network Strategy, Infinera
Donald Keeler, SVP Business Devlopment, Hitachi CTA
Geng Lin, CTO – Corporate Networks, Google
Julius Francis, Director of Product Management – Cloud Applications, BTI Systems
Marian Croak, SVP Domain 2.0 & Advanced Services Deployment, AT&T
Maurizio De Paola, Senior Project Manager – Control Layer Innovation, Telecom Italia
Mike Capuano, Vice President Marketing, Infinera
Mitch Auster, Senior Director Market Development, Ciena
Monica Paolini, Founder and President, Senza Fili Consulting
Ning So, Head of Network Architecture & Mobile Broadband Services, Tata Communications
Omar Baldonado, Manager – Infrastructure Software Engineering, Facebook
Patrick Lopez, Founder & CEO, Core Analysis
Paul Parker-Johnson, Practise Lead – Cloud & Virtual Systems Infrastructure, ACG Research
Shazia Hasnie, Senior Director Network Architecture & Planning, MegaPath
Sriram Natarajan, Senior Researcher, Deutsche Telekom Labs
Stanley Aiyanyor Ogbeide, Senior Network Engineer, iConnect South Africa
Tony Fallows, CEO, Aria Networks
Vijai Karthigesu, Chief Operating Officer, Cloud Dynamics
Vinay Bannai, SDN Architect, eBay
Chris Towery, Manager, High Data Rate Submarine and Terrestrial Fiber, Corning Optical Communications
David Jameson, Sr Product Manager of EMS/NMS Product Lines, Fujitsu
Dhananjay Sampath, Senior Research Scientist, Deutsche Telekom Labs
Jeff Finkelstein, Executive Director- Network Architecture, Cox Communications
Rick Talbot, Principal Analyst Optical Infrastructure, Current Analysis
Rob Adams, VP of Product Management, Transmode
Anuradha Udunuwara, Engineer, Sri Lanka Telecom
Bert Buescher, Director of Technical Sales, North America, Coriant
David Plant, Professor, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, McGill University
Dr. Tiejun Xia, System Architect/DMTS, Verizon
Fady Masoud, VP Product and Technical Marketing, Ciena
Gilles Garcia, Director Wired Communication Business Unit, Xilinx
Glenn Wellbrock, Director of Backbone Network Architecture, Verizon
Jimmy Yu, VP of Optical Transport Market Research, Dell’Oro Group
Jon Baldry, Technical Marketing Director/ WDM PON Forum Board Member, Transmode/WDM PON
Mark Lloyd Jones, VP Product Solutions, Xtera
Masahito Tomizawa, Executive Manager, NTT Network Innovation Labs
Mattias Fridstrom, VP & Head of Technology, Teliasonera International Carrier
Mehmet Toy, Distinguished Engineer, Comcast Cable
Michael Freiberger, Senior Network Planner, Verizon
Michael McGarry, Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Eng, University of Texas at El Paso
Michael Sabelhaus, Principal, Optical Planning and Marketing, Fujitsu
Michael Strickland, SVP Engineering and Technology, Spread Networks
Nilson Machado, Transport Network-Planning, TIM Brazil
Philippe Perrier, SVP of Product Line Management, Xtera
Rafael Martins, Optical Engineer, Telefonica VIVO Brazil
Roderick Dottin, Project Manager- Fiber & Collocation, Orange
Saurabh Patil, Long-haul Optical Transport Design Engineer, Cox Communications
Steve Pelosi, Head of Optical Business Unit, Fujitsu
Stuart Benington, Director of Cloud & SDN Business Unit, Coriant
Vinay, Rathore, Sr. Director Solutions Marketing, Infinera
Vladimir, Kozlov, Founder & CEO, LightCounting
Weidong, Zhou, Professor of Electrical Engineering, Nanophotonics Lab (NPLAB), University of Texas Arlington

More specifically, speakers will discuss:

AT&T will address the challenges on building brand equity with enterprise IT buyers
Opencast will cast lights on if and where there is room for telco’s to become CSPs
Comcast will provide valuable advice on formulating specialised services and coherent sales strategies
BT Global Services will discuss the key role of the CIO in elevating the importance of the IT department and their role in building company strategy
Nokia Networks will identify methods to harness the power of NFV technology
Google will assist carriers to leverage their existing infrastructure and capabilities
Bell Canada will showcase how to drive enterprise mobility and BYOD in the next generation enterprise
Leading analysts from 451 Research and Windstream will elaborate on successful strategies for telcos to strengthen their position in the cloud market
Kelley Drye & Warren will outline the certification requirements of supplying cloud services to government organisations
BCSG will advise on how to better understand and respond to the needs of your small business customers
AppDirect will explain how to enable and monetize the changing ICT landscape with cloud service brokerage

For more information and to view the event agenda click here.

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*We respect the right of any company to class themselves as a carrier/mobile network operator or enterprise end user customer or prospective customer, but free places are awarded at Informa Telecoms & Media’s discretion.

25 Ways to Become a More Intelligent Consumer of Cloud Services

Five principles for cloud services adoption and 20 secrets of project success

Steve Hodgkinson is Ovum’s APAC Research Director, and in this report he summarizes five principles and 20 things that enterprise and public sector agencies should consider to make a success of cloud services procurement and implementation.

Recommendations for enterprises

We recommend that agency executives use this report to inform and challenge their thinking about how to approach cloud services adoption. There is a wide range of experience levels across agencies. Some agencies have extensive experience of cloud services adoption and are already experts, while others have little experience, and will benefit from reading and discussing the 25 ways in which they may become more intelligent consumers of cloud services.

Readers are encouraged to provide feedback directly to the author if they disagree with the 25 points or have additional insights to offer.

Recommendations for vendors

We recommend that cloud service providers consider how their service offerings and approach to engaging with prospects and clients align with the 25 points. In particular, vendors should note the points around the imperatives for agencies to test drive solutions and have a “prenuptial agreement” for data and a plan B. Although it may seem counterintuitive, the best way to make agency executives feel comfortable about “getting into” a cloud service is to make it easy for them to both “get in” and “get out.” The best way to win and maintain a customer relationship is to focus on delivering an affordable service that meets “cloudy is as cloudy does” expectations.

You can download this report from the Cloud Asia website. The 5th Annual Cloud World Forum Asia is taking place at the Sheraton Hotel & Towers in Hong Kong from 24-26 November 2014. Join 500+ IT decision makers, application developers, mobile network operators, operators, ISVs, Cloud Service Providers and technology specialists in data analytics and consumer insight, application management, virtualisation, system integration, mobile device management, security, business intelligence, CRM, ERM and ERP solutions.

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