rsssoftware IDC RSS alerts Google Cloud Next: Addressing Enterprise Needs While Elevating Developers and DevOps to a High Priority <P>At Google Cloud Next 2019, there was a markedly sharp focus on addressing enterprise customer needs. This was the first major conference led by Google's new CEO, Thomas Kurian. While Kurian is still new to Google, his presence was clear in the keynotes which pivoted heavily around what enterprise customers need from Google to address their digital transformation needs. There was a strong focus on enterprise developers and DevOps professionals as well.</P> IDC Link Fri, 19 Apr 2019 04:00:00 GMT Al Gillen, Larry Carvalho, Arnal Dayaratna, Jim Mercer Alfresco Analyst Day <P>On April 2 and 3, 2019, Alfresco hosted more than twenty industry analysts from around the world in New York. The event was filled with product announcements, including the new Alfresco Intelligence Services, and strategy discussion as well as customer and partner presentations. The analyst day highlighted Alfresco’s future direction which included embedding artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to optimize content and process management. The theme centered on its belief that there is “simply a better way” to transform business and create exceptional customer and employee experiences.</P> IDC Link Thu, 18 Apr 2019 04:00:00 GMT Marci Maddox, Frank Della Rosa Aruba Outlines Plans for SD-Branch; Enhances Network Visibility for Enterprise/IoT Edge <P>Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, recently held its annual Atmosphere 2019 conference in Las Vegas, where the company welcomed some 3,000 customers and partners. At the conference Aruba launched new network visibility capabilities, provided additional details on the company's software-defined branch (SD-Branch) strategy and introduced its next series of products for the next-generation of WiFi (WiFi 6). </P> IDC Link Thu, 18 Apr 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rohit Mehra, Brandon Butler Google Next 19: Collaboration Takeaways <P>The annual Google Next conference took place in San Francisco from April 7 – April 12, 2019. Attracting over 35,000 executives, IT professionals, and developers the event featured over 130 new product announcements. Led by Google Cloud's new CEO Thomas Kurian, Google made its best case yet why you should consider their Google ecosystem to power your enterprise's digital transformation. This IDC Link provides insights of the collaboration-centric announcements and content shared at Google Next 19. </P> IDC Link Thu, 18 Apr 2019 04:00:00 GMT Wayne Kurtzman 5G-NFV Commercial Readiness: B2B2X Partner Ecosystem Enablement Is Strategic for Digital Services Rollout <P>This IDC Market Perspective explains some of the business strategies and operational IT challenges that comm. SPs and other industry verticals face. Growing top-line revenue means that business model innovation must be a key part of the ongoing strategy of any business, as technology evolution, competition, and regulatory change alter the global business landscape. Taking advantage of a digital services strategy will help comm. SPs define compelling new services and contextual customer experiences while enhancing partner channels, increasing operational efficiency, and adding speed to value. However, most installed IT systems were never meant to address multiparty collaboration, combine digital services and experience with products sold, or simultaneously process real-time revenue flows for both customers and partners as resources are consumed. Meeting these and other requirements from today's services environment, while bridging the gap between "old business" and "new business," is the primary purpose of a digital business platform (DBP). DBPs can deliver the needed capabilities that can arm comm. SPs with the ability to address real customer challenges rather than continuing to offer traditional predefined services.</P><P>"Many companies have found that inventing, delivering, and inventing again to stay abreast of customer expectations is not prudent, too costly, and not fast enough to satisfy demand. This is where partners add significant value, regardless of industry or geography. But orchestrating partner contributions and interfacing with installed systems to maintain continuity between a company's past and its changing future means complexity in service design, partner expectations, and revenue tracking needs. This is why a digital business platform is so relevant," says Karl Whitelock, research vice president, Communications Service Provider Operations and Monetization.</P> Market Perspective Wed, 17 Apr 2019 04:00:00 GMT Karl Whitelock China Gaming Market Shares, 2018: The Market Has Gone through a Year of Slowest Growth in the Recent Decade <P>"The Chinese game market bore a slowing revenue growth in 2018. Under the influence of environmental variation, the overseas market became the game vendors' focus area," said Turian Tan, gaming market analyst at IDC China. "Although the industry suffered winter, the game vendors should still adhere to the quality-first strategy, create innovative products, and improve the ecological system construction to make the future market more standardized, sustainable, healthy, and motivate stable development."</P> Market Share Wed, 17 Apr 2019 04:00:00 GMT Turian Tan Cloud-Native Development and Applications: Notes Toward a Definition <P>This IDC Market Note defines cloud-native development as a practice of application development that leverages the conjunction of microservices, containers, container orchestration frameworks, and DevOps. While cloud-native applications deliver a multitude of benefits such as infrastructure portability and enhanced automation, they also feature challenges — for example, re-platforming and re-factoring.</P> Market Note Wed, 17 Apr 2019 04:00:00 GMT Arnal Dayaratna, George Mironescu, Jennifer Thomson Cybersecurity Everywhere: Atos' "Secret Sauce" in the Security Market <P>IDC attended Atos' annual Global Analyst Summit in Boston, Massachusetts, earlier this month. The event proved enlightening for the company's security business, highlighting two levels on which security is driving the company's performance. On one hand, security is an important business area for Atos in its own right, central to the company's growth. It has some interesting differentiators, such as a security product portfolio of its own as well as a machine-learning-based "Predictive SOC" managed security services (MSS) proposition. On the other hand, security is an underpinning theme for its broader strategy and is one of the key themes around which Atos is building its future technology vision, adding further differentiation, a key consideration in a highly competitive global security marketplace.</P> IDC Link Wed, 17 Apr 2019 04:00:00 GMT Dominic Trott, Martha Vazquez Five Ways to Modernize Digital Certificate Management <P>This IDC Perspective identifies five practices that IT executives should consider when modernizing their approach to digital certificate management. Many of the practices currently followed by enterprise IT teams use outdated approaches to managing certificates that may put the organization at risk and fail to take advantage of the added security and efficiency of modern digital certificate technology.</P><P>"Digital certificates aren't the most exciting issue in IT, and they're not top of mind for most senior IT leaders until a certificate failure suddenly causes them to take center stage. Investing a small amount of time and energy now in modernizing digital certificate practices can protect organizations against future risk," said Mike Chapple, adjunct research analyst, IDC.</P> IDC Perspective Wed, 17 Apr 2019 04:00:00 GMT Mike Chapple HPE Announcements Highlight the Importance of Alliances for Hybrid Cloud Solutions <P>HPE made two major announcements last week, one with Nutanix and the other with Google, that highlight the growing demand from customers for integrated hybrid cloud solutions, based on best of breed infrastructure platforms and solutions from technology vendors and their alliance partners. HPE and Nutanix announced a global partnership to deliver an integrated hybrid cloud as a Service (aaS) solution to the market, leveraging Nutanix’s Enterprise Cloud OS software – all delivered through HPE GreenLake. In addition, Nutanix partners will be able to sell HPE branded servers, factory pre-configured with Nutanix’s Enterprise Cloud OS software stack as an integrated appliance. Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is partnering with Google Cloud to deliver HPE Validated Designs for Google Cloud's Anthos, with choice of solutions with HPE SimpliVity HCI, HPE Nimble Storage and HPE ProLiant, apart from offering it as a consumption model using its Greenlake service. </P> IDC Link Wed, 17 Apr 2019 04:00:00 GMT Chris Morris, Rajnish Arora