rssitbuyer https://www.idc.com/rss/29928.do IDC RSS alerts Data Protection Considerations for Amazon RDS: 8 Reasons for Dedicated Backup https://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=EUR147649621&utm_medium=rss_feed&utm_source=alert&utm_campaign=rss_syndication <P>This IDC Perspective examines the reasons to have dedicated backup for Amazon RDS. Cloud databases such as Amazon RDS are eliminating complexities and barriers to innovation, quickly becoming commodity services. As organizations scale their cloud migration journeys and Amazon RDS power critical workloads, data protection and complete control of data are essential to avoid risks and compliance issues and to also deliver fast recovery and data resiliency.</P><P>"IDC research found that only 22% of Amazon RDS users admitted to using dedicated backup services. The role of backup in disaster recovery and data resiliency has never been more critical. Adding cloud databases to an independent backup strategy is critical for compliance, resiliency, efficiency, flexibility, and data control," said Archana Venkatraman, associate research director, cloud data management, IDC Europe.</P> IDC Perspective Thu, 06 May 2021 04:00:00 GMT Archana Venkatraman Lexmark Cloud Bridge Brings Advanced MPS Functionality to the Hybrid Work Environment https://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=lcUS47661621&utm_medium=rss_feed&utm_source=alert&utm_campaign=rss_syndication <P>Lexmark has introduced a new cloud-based platform designed to help enterprise organizations extend managed print services (MPS) to a broader range of devices. Designed to better enable the hybrid workforce, Lexmark Cloud Bridge is based on a family of connectivity agents to provide cloud-based access to the full range of MPS functions, regardless of the network environment or device location. </P> IDC Link Thu, 06 May 2021 04:00:00 GMT Robert Palmer Stripe sends shockwave through Digital Commerce and Tax Compliance Landscapes https://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=lcUS47664921&utm_medium=rss_feed&utm_source=alert&utm_campaign=rss_syndication <P>Stripe's acquisition of TaxJar allows them to address a major desire among its user based for a more integrated sales and use tax management experience. Digital commerce continues to grow despite of pandemic-related slowdowns in other aspects of retail commerce. As digital commerce continues to grow, we expect the demand for tax compliance solutions suited to digital commerce will continue to grow as well. This acquisition is also indicative of the convergence we have seen in the financial application space overall. Recently we have seen the traditionally siloed financial software functional areas (e.g., tax, procurement, accounts receivable, expense management and treasury) are coming together rapidly. </P> IDC Link Thu, 06 May 2021 04:00:00 GMT Kevin Permenter Working from Home: The Continuum of Employer Responsibilities https://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=EUR147643721&utm_medium=rss_feed&utm_source=alert&utm_campaign=rss_syndication <P>This IDC Perspective provides an overview and analyzes the legal obligations of employers and employees in light of the emerging work-from-home paradigm. Since the pandemic started in 2020, the most profound change in our business is what happened to the workplace. Working from home (WFH) will become a hybrid workplace post-pandemic, and its different variations will quickly develop into a hybrid continuum. However, the obligations of employers and employees in legislation and agreements are generally not dependent on where the work is carried out. Their responsibilities regarding ergonomics, health, wellness, and safety are the same, and all parties need to adapt their policies and ways of supporting employees accordingly.</P><P>"We can expect legislation and collective agreements to catch up with the rapid change in the workplace, but for now, organizations will need to face two facts — the rules and regulations regarding the workplace are far-reaching in all European countries, but they are also different in each country. Before WFH impacts company policies, employers need to have significant knowledge of the details," said Martin Sundblad, research manager, IDC's European Skills practice.</P> IDC Perspective Thu, 06 May 2021 04:00:00 GMT Martin Sundblad, Thomas Vavra How to Evaluate Different Storage Options for Artificial Intelligence Workloads https://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=US47644021&utm_medium=rss_feed&utm_source=alert&utm_campaign=rss_syndication <P>This IDC Perspective discusses the challenge of choosing the right storage infrastructure for artificial intelligence workloads, pointing out considerations and features that can help enterprises select the right storage infrastructure for their artificial intelligence workloads. Artificial intelligence workloads are becoming more popular in enterprises undergoing digital transformation. Although enterprises initially tried to run them on traditional scale-out file system platforms, it is becoming clear that many of them have workload requirements that present real challenges for these legacy architectures.</P><P>"Choosing the right storage infrastructure for artificial intelligence workloads requires an excellent understanding of an enterprise's data pipeline and business requirements," said Eric Burgener, research vice president, Infrastructure Systems, Platforms, and Technologies Group at IDC. "IDC recommends that customers closely investigate five areas — performance, availability and resiliency, flexibility, ease of use, and infrastructure efficiency and cost — before making any 'storage for AI' purchase decisions."</P> IDC Perspective Wed, 05 May 2021 04:00:00 GMT Eric Burgener, Matt Leib, Peter Rutten Pandemic Lessons Drive Retail Investment in Modern Infrastructure for Resiliency and Innovation https://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=US47642421&utm_medium=rss_feed&utm_source=alert&utm_campaign=rss_syndication <P>This IDC Perspective examines how retailers are moving to the next new normal and where they are accelerating digital transformation investments. Retailers are boosting spending on digital infrastructure to increase resiliency and increase the ability to meet shoppers' desire for solutions that grew in popularity during the pandemic. This document also examines some challenges that retailers are facing as they digital transform, including developing new metrics to accurately measure success.</P><P>"With the lessons of the pandemic close at hand, retailers are boosting investments in digital resiliency and innovation," says Margot Juros, research manager, Retail Technology Strategies, IDC. "It seems retailers are seizing the opportunity to modernize their approaches to delivering the best customer experience while protecting their ability to continually adapt to business needs by investing in digital infrastructure including cloud, edge, and next-gen connectivity."</P> IDC Perspective Wed, 05 May 2021 04:00:00 GMT Margot Juros Google Cloud Platform Industry Strategy https://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=US47639721&utm_medium=rss_feed&utm_source=alert&utm_campaign=rss_syndication <P>This IDC Perspective provides our guidance for end users as they consider their cloud platform options in this increasingly competitive market. A team of IDC analysts virtually attended the recent Google Cloud Platform (GCP) digital event to learn about the company's set of industry offerings. </P><P>"The big wins will revolve around building industry-specific decision models. GCP certainly has technical leadership in this area and both individual companies and independent software vendors make use of the tools. Industry initiatives at competitive platform providers (both cloud service providers and large enterprise application vendors) have begun to include industry data models and semantic graphs. We hope to see Google undertake a similar effort as it will facilitate getting to outcomes faster for the customer base and make GCP more attractive to potential partners in the ecosystem," said Bob Parker, senior vice president, Enterprise Applications, Data Intelligence, Services, and Industry Research.</P> IDC Perspective Mon, 03 May 2021 04:00:00 GMT Robert Parker, Jeffrey Hojlo, Kevin Prouty, Lynne Dunbrack, Ruthbea Yesner, Nimita Limaye, Adelaide O'Brien, Shawn P. McCarthy, Jerry Silva IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Communications Platform as a Service 2021 Vendor Assessment https://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=US46746221&utm_medium=rss_feed&utm_source=alert&utm_campaign=rss_syndication <P>This IDC study assesses providers for clients to consider when looking to meet their CPaaS requirements. The CPaaS industry emerged from a turbulent 2020 in excellent shape, benefitting from an uptake in cloud communications driven by the need for critical digital communications and collaboration. The industry has experienced tremendous consolidation driven by relentless M&A, but it has witnessed a steady growth of new market entrants, many existing software companies that are increasingly pivoting to the provision of API platforms.</P><P>According to Courtney Munroe, Research VP Telecommunications, IDC, "Despite the hype and excitement generated by the rapidly growing CPaaS segment, new entrants standing up and hosting a few SMS and voice APIs do not guarantee automatic success. CPaaS platforms require deep internetworking with carriers and distributed IP and cloud assets to deliver quality voice calls and messages."</P> IDC MarketScape Mon, 03 May 2021 04:00:00 GMT Courtney Munroe Evaluating Agile, PSA, and PPM Solutions with Changepoint and Customer Reference Context https://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=US47446221&utm_medium=rss_feed&utm_source=alert&utm_campaign=rss_syndication <P>This IDC Perspective is one in a series of IDC studies that examine collaborative work management and project and portfolio management (PPM) solutions and provide both vendor analysis and customer reference context for technology adoption and user buyer decision making. This document is a follow-on to our four-part PPM-related IDC MarketScape series and assesses the work management and PPM strategy of Changepoint, a vendor-targeting work management in the cloud with PPM, Professional Service Automation (PSA), analytics, and ML capabilities. This document discusses Changepoint's work management and PPM product portfolio. Changepoint's usability, depth, and focused product capability position it well for pressing user needs across work management and targeted categories of PPM. We position Changepoint relative to trends in user adoption for work management and enterprise adoption. We do so in the context of an overall economy that is volatile in unprecedented ways with global remote work during a pandemic driving high demand and adoption for collaborative work management and PPM. We also include summaries of Changepoint customer references.</P><P>"IDC sees adoption of work management solutions for dynamic execution and innovative decision making via automation to enable speedy responsiveness and invocation of dynamically changing initiatives," said Melinda Ballou, research director, IDC's Agile ALM, Quality, and Portfolio Strategies service. "Complementing these capabilities, increasingly, we observe demand for collaboration, workflow, and highly intuitive interfaces for an easy on-ramp coordinated with sufficient project and portfolio management approaches for businesses and technology helping focus teams with targeted execution, cutting delays to benefit, and improving metrics. It is in part due to these trends that IDC has chosen to prioritize this area as one of several areas of focus for a series of end user–oriented vendor analysis that include customer summaries, as a follow on to our IDC MarketScape series evaluating PPM solutions."</P> IDC Perspective Fri, 30 Apr 2021 04:00:00 GMT Melinda-Carol Ballou Evaluating Collaborative Work Management Solutions with Wrike and Customer Reference Context https://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=US46906120&utm_medium=rss_feed&utm_source=alert&utm_campaign=rss_syndication <P>This IDC Perspective is one in a series of IDC studies that examine collaborative work management and project and portfolio management (PPM) solutions and provide both vendor analysis and customer reference context for technology adoption and user buyer decision making. This document is a follow-on to our four-part PPM-related IDC MarketScape series and assesses the work management and PPM strategy of Wrike, a vendor-targeting work management in the cloud with evolving PPM, analytics, and ML capabilities. We discuss Wrike's work management and PPM product portfolio. Wrike's usability, depth, and focused product capabilities position the company well for pressing user needs across work management and targeted categories of PPM. We position Wrike relative to trends in user adoption for work management and enterprise adoption. We do so in the context of an overall economy that is volatile in unprecedented ways with global remote work during a pandemic driving high demand and adoption for collaborative work management and PPM. We also include summaries of Wrike customer references. </P><P>"IDC sees adoption of work management solutions for dynamic execution and innovative decision making via automation to enable speedy responsiveness and invocation of dynamically changing initiatives," said Melinda Ballou, research director, IDC's Agile ALM, Quality, and Portfolio Strategies service. "Complementing these capabilities, increasingly, we observe demand for collaboration, workflow, and highly intuitive interfaces for an easy on-ramp coordinated with sufficient project and portfolio management approaches for businesses and technology helping focus teams with targeted execution, cutting delays to benefit, and improving metrics. It is in part due to these trends that IDC has chosen to prioritize this area as one of several areas of focus for a series of end user–oriented vendor analysis that include customer summaries, as a follow-on to our IDC MarketScape series evaluating PPM solutions."</P> IDC Perspective Fri, 30 Apr 2021 04:00:00 GMT Melinda-Carol Ballou