rssitbuyer IDC RSS alerts Evaluating the Roles of Edge and Cloud in Operational Technology <P>This IDC Perspective provides a framework for organizations to evaluate hosting and architectural options for deploying operational technology (OT) applications and workloads currently and in the future. IT/OT convergence is creating new choices for enterprises about where to host operations technology workloads to succeed in their pursuit of new and expanded use cases. To aid in the decision making around the required strategic architecture, IDC has developed a framework for evaluating OT workloads against emerging deployment options. </P><P>"Companies are already faced with the task of rationalizing heterogeneous legacy systems with newer technologies, and they're now being asked to make sense of where to host them," says Jonathan Lang, research manager, IDC's Worldwide IT/OT Convergence Strategies research program. "Compounding these choices are varying incentives for vendors to promote one model over another, in some cases, ignoring the unique risk and decision-making requirements in operations settings." </P> IDC Perspective Fri, 23 Jul 2021 04:00:00 GMT Jonathan Lang, Leif Eriksen IDC PlanScape: Utilising Mining Enterprise Resource Planning Systems to Create Maximum Value <P>This IDC PlanScape presents a digital transformation (DX) framework that enables mining companies to extract the greatest value possible from their enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems. This document identifies a range of adjacent systems across the mining value chain, which should be integrated to share data with each other. This will ultimately provide mining operations with the holistic insights required for optimal decision making.</P><P>"Integrating the insights gleaned from the wide range of operational platforms used throughout a mining operation with the organisation's ERP is critical when looking to create the greatest value. This is due to the improved ability to interpret and utilise knowledge from across the mining value chain to create the greatest impact," says Ben Kirkwood, senior research manager, worldwide mining, IDC Energy Insights.</P> IDC PlanScape Fri, 23 Jul 2021 04:00:00 GMT Benjamin Kirkwood Leveraging Globalized Talent Acquisition in Remote Work Models <P>This IDC Perspective discusses the opportunities and challenges in globalizing talent acquisition practices in response to the growing acceptance of remote workforce models, identifying key technology attributes that enable the approach.</P><P>"While beginning to slowly return to normal, companies are weighing the pros and cons of remote work models with many offering this model or a hybrid solution as a permanent way of work. The change to a dominantly remote workforce in turn provides additional opportunity within talent acquisition. Recruiters in the new paradigm are no longer restricted by geography in their search for talent — able to widen that search to all parts of the globe," says Matthew Merker, research manager, Talent Acquisition and Strategy, IDC.</P> IDC Perspective Fri, 23 Jul 2021 04:00:00 GMT Matthew Merker The CIO's Guide to Using IDC MaturityScape: Future IT 1.0 for Strategy and Decision Making <P>This IDC Perspective is designed to help CIOs and their teams leverage <I>IDC </I><I>MaturityScape</I><I>: </I><I>Future IT 1.0</I> (IDC #<B><A href="/getdoc.jsp?containerId=US47174621">US47174621</A></B>, March 2021) to create the unique strategies and road maps that help their organizations ascend the ladder of digital competencies and capabilities needed to thrive in the era of digital business. It enables CIOs and LOB executives to assess the competency and maturity of IT in relation to its ability to support a digital enterprise. The document enables IT leaders to prioritize as they manage complex change.</P><P>"Future IT" sounds like a distant, aspirational destination in time but in fact is an immediate and critical pursuit for CIOs. It is a journey with no end that builds on steps and actions taken today that continually elevate the digital competencies of enterprises. Yet to be successful, CIOs and LOB executives need a vision for their future IT, a clear-eyed assessment of where IT stands today, and prioritized strategies to realize the vision. </P><P>"CIOs need to avoid the temptation to merely cherry pick from the subdimension stages but should instead use the <I>IDC </I><I>MaturityScape</I><I>: Future IT 1.0</I> (IDC #<B><A href="/getdoc.jsp?containerId=US47174621">US47174621</A></B>, March 2021) to spark their own creative thinking and innovation," says Marc Strohlein, adjunct research advisor with IDC's IT Executive Programs (IEP). "Viewed as an artist's palette, the power comes not from using the basic colors but from the infinite combination of new shades that can be obtained by blending colors to create new ones."</P> IDC Perspective Fri, 23 Jul 2021 04:00:00 GMT Marc Strohlein The Francis Crick Institute Delivers COVID-19 Testing Program at Blistering Pace with Low-Code Automation <P>This IDC Perspective highlights a case study of the Francis Crick Institute, the U.K.'s flagship institute for discovery research in biomedicine. It details the company's use of low-code workflow tools from ServiceNow to automate COVID-19 testing for institute staff as well as frontline NHS health workers.</P><P>"This case study shows how the Francis Crick Institute rapidly built a system to keep a critical U.K. scientific resource online during the COVID-19 pandemic, using low-code automation tools and an end-to-end process mindset," said Neil Ward-Dutton, VP of Automation, Analytics, and AI Europe at IDC.</P> IDC Perspective Thu, 22 Jul 2021 04:00:00 GMT Neil Ward-Dutton BT’s Network Is The Value Proposition — For Now <P>Telcos across Europe, such as BT Group, are repositioning themselves partly as providers of broader solutions to enterprises that feature advanced 5G connectivity. BT Group, however, is rolling out its advanced 5G network in the U.K. until 2028. Like other telcos, it's trying to figure out what 5G applications will resonate with the market, which means its value proposition to customers, in the short term at least, resides first and foremost in the quality of service compared to the competition. </P> IDC Link Wed, 21 Jul 2021 04:00:00 GMT Kevin Restivo, Rosalind Craven Salesforce Acquires Slack to Enable Collaboration Everywhere <P>Salesforce (NYSE: CRM) has finalized the acquisition of channel-based messaging icon Slack (NYSE: WORK). The acquisition creates a dynamic shift in the team collaboration market and shines a spotlight on collaboration as a standard business practice for a digital-first world. Native Slack integration will enable collaboration between employees, customers, and partners with conversations, applications, and data. Salesforce plans to first combine Slack with its Customer 360 product as an integrated platform to provide deep information about the enterprise, the customer, and a channel on which to act on it. </P> IDC Link Wed, 21 Jul 2021 04:00:00 GMT Wayne Kurtzman, Alan Webber, Mary Wardley Sysdig Fires First Salvo in Infrastructure as Code (IaC) Security, Intends to Acquire Apolicy <P>Apolicy, a start-up in the Infrastructure as Code (IaC) space, looks to be acquired by Sysdig. Digital Transformation has accelerated a shift left DevSecOps approach including IaC concepts and technologies. IDC believes this further shift left addition of Apolicy IaC security is well timed by Sysdig. The IaC market buzz is growing, and these companies have a history; now Sysdig intends to add a small team of trusted uniquely skilled security practitioners to their ranks. There's the adage "To err is human". Unfortunately, there's no panacea to rule out the top reason for misconfigurations - human error, so a good place to start in security is at the beginning - with the code. Now with automated remediation workflows and closing the production loop back to the source, Sysdig's arsenal of cloud security capabilities strengthen and creates new opportunities for expansion and innovation.</P> IDC Link Wed, 21 Jul 2021 04:00:00 GMT Frank Dickson, Philip Bues, Jay Bretzmann, Jevin Jensen Facebook Pushes for Enhanced Regulations to Drive Trust in the Connected World <P>This IDC Perspective discusses the recent marketing campaign from Facebook to encourage U.S. regulatory bodies to bring internet regulations up to date. The lack of regulatory updates since 1996 has placed Facebook in a unique situation of being the connecting platform and the information distributor and given it the challenging goal of being a trusted provider of both. </P><P>"Facebook's recent marketing campaign to gain mindshare around enhanced data regulations demonstrates the company's desire to confront and address misinformation and reduce its liability," commented Amita Potnis, research director, Future of Trust. "Facebook's role in providing an open platform that connects people, information, and related content should also be one that balances openness with trust and safety."</P> IDC Perspective Tue, 20 Jul 2021 04:00:00 GMT Paul Hughes, Amita Potnis IDC Introduces Inaugural Best in Future of Trust North America Awards IDC today announced the inaugural IDC Future of Trust Awards designed to recognize North American organizations that have maintained trust amid the evolving needs of their customers. 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