rssitbuyer http://www.idc.com/rss/29928.do IDC RSS alerts Sophos Discover 2018: Unveil the Innovation & Reiterate the Channel-focused Strategy http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=lcAP44158918 <P>On July 11-13, Sophos held its annual partner conference, Sophos Discover in Bangkok, Thailand to give 350 partners from the South-East Asia region, Greater China, India and South Korea a unique opportunity to connect, learn and collaborate. In addition, this is the time for Asia partners to interact with executives from Sophos directly and get an update on the latest products features, roadmap, company vision and strategy.</P> IDC Link Mon, 23 Jul 2018 04:00:00 GMT Gurpal Singh, Cathy Huang DDN Eyes Enterprise Virtualization Storage Opportunities with Tintri Acquisition http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=lcEMEA44159018 <P>Big Data storage vendor DataDirect Networks (DDN) has bid for all-flash array vendor Tintri, primarily to expand its portfolio to cater to mainstream enterprise virtualization storage needs. While DDN will maintain its core focus on Big Data at scale and HPC markets, it will run Tintri as a separate business unit within DDN and continue the Tintri product line and manage customer support. </P><P>IDC believes Tintri's technologies bring core enterprise storage features such as replication and snapshot into DDN's portfolio that are critical for enterprise storage environments. The acquisition propels DDN into the mainstream virtualization space and expands its market opportunities, but it needs to maintain its innovation momentum as the storage industry undergoes another major disruption with NVMe. </P> IDC Link Fri, 20 Jul 2018 04:00:00 GMT Archana Venkatraman, Silvia Cosso IBM Steps into NVMe in a Big Way with the New FlashSystem 9100 http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=US44108218 <P>This IDC Perspective briefly summarizes market trends that IBM's FlashSystem 9100 announcement addresses, provides an overview of the platform, and discusses the IBM platform enhancements and changes in terms of market significance. In July 2018, IBM made some key changes to its enterprise storage platform portfolio built around key new storage technologies like NVMe, artificial intelligence, software-defined storage, and multicloud. A major focus of the announcement was IBM's new FlashSystem 9100. A new CX offering, the IBM FlashWatch program, was also announced and should drive additional value for IBM AFA customers. </P><P>"Enterprises undergoing digital transformation are building and integrating real-time workloads that drive increasingly stringent performance requirements," said Eric Burgener, research vice president of Storage. "As a result, we are seeing established enterprise storage industry leaders like IBM integrate high-performance NVMe technologies into its flagship platform offerings."</P> IDC Perspective Fri, 20 Jul 2018 04:00:00 GMT Eric Burgener Too Early to Dismiss IBM and Oracle from the Public Cloud IaaS Race, But the Window to Catch Up Is Narrowing http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=lcUS44159118 <P>The public cloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS) market still has a lot of growth remaining, and a big driver of growth is expected to be driven by enterprise IT adoption of public cloud IaaS. This link highlights how enterprise IT capabilities are important and can still be leveraged into differentiators in this market by providers like IBM and Oracle; alongside, it emphasizes the urgency of progress and investment in core cloud business dimensions, to capture mindshare and spend in this market.</P> IDC Link Fri, 20 Jul 2018 04:00:00 GMT Deepak Mohan, Frank Gens The State of Digital Transformation, 2018: Canadian Insurance http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=CA42532718 <P>This IDC Perspective provides a state of the nation with respect to digital transformation (DX) initiatives in the Canadian insurance industry. The insurance industry in Canada is proceeding with digital transformation initiatives at varying paces driven mainly by a desire to reduce operating costs. While some have introduced direct to client sales and support channels, this must be done carefully to avoid antagonizing the insurance agent community that handles most sales today.</P><P>The most significant digital transformation initiatives today involve core systems enhancements and the automation of insurer and agent system channels and interfaces to increase process efficiencies. Because the brokers effectively own the client, there is little opportunity for insurance companies to establish direct client interfaces that would emulate the direct digital links banks have with their clients.</P><P>Fintechs are starting to become more prevalent in the insurance industry, but none are perceived as significant threats by the insurance establishment. The most successful insurance product vendors precede the fintech era and because of their formidable knowledge can outmaneuver fintechs trying to become vendors to the insurance companies.</P><P>Other than well-established direct to consumer insurance sales organizations, no disruptive fintech-driven competition has materialized. The insurance industry is ripe for the introduction of transformative DX process because of the inefficiencies that exist within the distribution channels. "The key question is will more efficient insurance business processes be introduced by incumbents via digital transformation or will some disruptive forces that are not clearly evident today totally change the insurance industry," says Robert Smythe, research associate, IDC Financial Insights.</P> IDC Perspective Thu, 19 Jul 2018 04:00:00 GMT Robert Smythe, Jason Bremner IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Distributed Order Orchestration for Enterprise Retailers 2018 Vendor Assessment http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=US42174918 <P>This IDC study evaluates eight vendors that sell distributed order management software. Companies today are increasingly faced with multiple challenges that we think necessitates the next iteration of order management, one that includes a distribution strategy to compete in an increasingly ecommerce world that complicates the supply chain at the eaches level. The research and analysis completed in the process of developing this document reflect how a technology buyer today would evaluate vendor capabilities, with an eye on how the company is addressing distribution complexity to satisfy customer needs. A majority of the vendors included in our analysis have invested significant R&D dollars to advance their platforms and capabilities to solve and get ahead of current and future retail order management and distribution challenges.</P><P>According to Victoria Brown, research manager, IDC Retail Insights, "Order management has evolved tremendously in the past several years. No longer is it acceptable for retailers to make due with inventory as it is placed. Order orchestration across distribution points has become a competitive necessity in today's retail landscape. Enterprise-sized retailers cannot afford to ignore their optimization processes."</P> IDC MarketScape Wed, 18 Jul 2018 04:00:00 GMT Victoria Brown Broadcom Acquires CA Technologies; CA Technologies Customers Should Consider Potential Risks http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=lcUS44147918 <P>Broadcom Inc. is attempting to become a major software provider by entering the mainframe and multi-disciplined distributed management markets by acquiring CA Technologies. CA Technologies' financial model generates operating cash flow of $1.19 billion per year and has high mainframe margins and strong Global 1000 enterprise sales relationships across various IT buyers. The deal makes financial operating sense and rewards CA Technologies' shareholders. However, many Broadcom investors are having trouble seeing the upside, and this has put recent downward pressure on the Broadcom stock price. It offers Broadcom a broad, net-new portfolio of software assets and staffing expertise. If Broadcom seeks deal success, it must avoid integrating CA Technologies into Broadcom processes and must retain CA Technologies' direct sales teams, maintain CA Technologies' brand, increase CA Technologies' R&D allocation as a percentage of revenue, and continue to acquire surgical software assets to fill gaps in CA Technologies' portfolio. CA Technologies' customers and prospects must consider the risks of the deal and plan accordingly. </P> IDC Link Tue, 17 Jul 2018 04:00:00 GMT Stephen Elliot, Tim Grieser, Mario Morales, Melinda-Carol Ballou, Peter Rutten IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Distributed Order Orchestration for Midmarket Retailers 2018 Vendor Assessment http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=US44100918 <P>This IDC study evaluates eight vendors that sell distributed order management software. Companies today are increasingly faced with multiple challenges that we think necessitates the next iteration of order management, one that includes a distribution strategy to compete in an increasingly ecommerce world that complicates the supply chain at the eaches level. The research and analysis completed in the process of developing this document reflect how a technology buyer today would evaluate vendor capabilities, with an eye on how the company is addressing distribution complexity to satisfy customer needs. A majority of the vendors included in our analysis have invested significant R&D dollars to advance their platforms and capabilities to solve and get ahead of current and future retail order management and distribution challenges.</P><P>According to Victoria Brown, research manager, IDC Retail Insights, "Order management has evolved tremendously in the past several years. No longer is it acceptable for retailers to make due with inventory as it is placed. Order orchestration across distribution points has become a competitive necessity in today's retail landscape, particularly for small and midsized retailers where every movement weighs that much more on their bottom line."</P> IDC MarketScape Tue, 17 Jul 2018 04:00:00 GMT Victoria Brown IDC TechBrief: Digital Patient Engagement http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=US44075718 <P>This IDC TechBrief deals with the use of digital technology to drive patient engagement. Consumers cite that the biggest barriers to care (after cost) are lack of convenience, continuity, and personalization. Digital patient engagement can address those barriers — even the simplest appointment reminders that reduce no-show rates bring an immediate return on investment. Digital patient engagement platforms can be built incrementally to address both administrative and clinical aspects of a patient's relationship with a healthcare organization. </P><P>"Consumer dissatisfaction with the healthcare ecosystem is among the drivers of poor health; digital patient engagement has been demonstrated to improve patient satisfaction, improve savings, and improve health with a relatively small investment," says Cynthia Burghard, research director, IDC Health Insights.</P> IDC TechBrief Tue, 17 Jul 2018 04:00:00 GMT Cynthia Burghard Results from IDC's Industry IT and Communications Survey — U.S. Retail Banking: Transformation Takes Center Stage Improving Experiences for Customers and Employees http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=US44071418 <P>This IDC Perspective highlights the results from IDC's 2017 <I>Industry IT and Communications S</I><I>urvey</I><I> — U.S. Retail Banking</I><I>.</I> While digital transformation continues to be the rallying cry for many banks looking to modernize their IT solutions, the overall sentiment appears to have now become more evenly divided between improving the customer experience and the employees experience. </P><P>According to Marc DeCastro, research director at IDC Financial Insights, "The investments being made in IT by U.S. banks and credit unions is growing faster than revenue, and most of this is being earmarked on transforming how banks utilize technology for themselves and for their customers. Over the past few years, the industry has done a great job at improving the customer's experience, and although there is still lots of room for improvement there, it does make sense that we now focus more attention on providing employees with that same level of investment."</P> IDC Perspective Tue, 17 Jul 2018 04:00:00 GMT Marc DeCastro