Securing remote network access for business continuity in times of crisis: A guide

With the coronavirus outbreak continuing to gather pace, many businesses around the world are having to provide remote access for all their employees, sometimes for the first time. This is being done under pressure to tight time constraints. It’s difficult for anyone to do their best work with deadlines looming, and worries and concerns about the current situation playing on their mind. IT staff are no different.

Mistakes and misconfigurations are inevitable and that will...

Kronos and Ultimate Software announce merger to create HCM powerhouse

Kronos, a US-based human capital management cloud provider has entered into a definitive merger agreement with Ultimate Software with the aim to build one of the world’s largest cloud companies.

The combined company will have a stronger position in the rapidly growing human capital management (HCM) marketplace. The companies will have revenues of about $3 billion (£1.54bn), more than 12,000...

How to deal with technical debt to fully go through the gears of digital transformation

It’s an interesting conundrum that even as enterprise organisations are being urged to embrace digitalisation and move on from legacy applications and outdated platforms and processes, in reality, they can’t begin to invest wholeheartedly until they pay off their technical debt. Technical debt? In this context it’s the cost that organisations have to bear in order to maintain old systems.

The quest for the perfect PC: Travelling through the cloud, via VDI and desktop centralisation

Whether you call it a PC, a desktop, a workstation, or some other term, organisations have been provisioning computers with varying degrees of success for decades, and the model is ripe for disruption. PCs and laptops promised on-demand productivity for workers, but in reality, these devices have fallen far short of that promise for enterprises.

Provisioning these physical devices is just the first of...

Report: Global IT spending forecast to rise 3.4% year on year to almost £3tn in 2020

Gartner has forecast in its latest report that worldwide IT spending is forecast to reach £2.95 trillion ($3.9tn), an increase of 3.4% year over year in 2020. Global IT spending is expected to hit almost £4 trillion in 2021.

One of the fastest growing markets in 2020 will be the software market – that is expected to grow 10.5%. The report also predicted that growth in enterprise IT...

For better or worse: How understanding the pros and cons can give businesses the perfect marriage with SaaS

Subscription-based services are revolutionising the way many of us consume everyday products. From Netflix and Spotify giving instant access to vast libraries of content, to meal kits such as Gousto and Hello Fresh taking the complexity – and up-front effort – out of preparing a meal.

Things are the same in the business realm, where vendors and their customers are embracing software as a...

Veritas: Enterprises are accelerating their cloud transformations

According to Veritas, an American international data management company, enterprise customers are accelerating their cloud transformation initiatives.

Veritas has experienced a four-fold rise in the amount of data moving from on-premises environments to the two main public clouds worldwide over the past year alone, which is an addition to a dramatic increase in the number of NetBackup workloads that have managed to move to the cloud in the same timeframe.

As an enabler of...

As Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 move to end of life – how to immortalise enterprise IT in the cloud

Significant challenges are emerging for enterprises migrating their IT into the cloud. A primary issue is the migration of business-critical applications built to work specifically with legacy operating systems. Lack of compatibility with cloud environments provided by the likes of AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud means those critical applications can fail to function.

As the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 end-of-life deadline rapidly approaches, enterprises running applications on...

How automation will impact the future of IT skills

In casual conversation, artificial intelligence (AI) and automation are talked about as if they’re interchangeable, but this doesn’t reflect reality. Automated processes serve the sole function of automating specific tasks without human intervention. AI, on the other hand, is the simulation of actual human intelligence to work on tasks independently.

Despite the clear distinction between AI...