GigaOm is reporting that Comscore just released new numbers on mobile market share in the USA. As expected, Android remains in the top spot with more than 50% market share, spread across multiple vendors. Apple’s iOS reported in with nearly 38% market share. Android share fell 1.3 points from October, however, while iOS rose by 3.5 points. [...]
You may recall we talked about Toyota in an earlier post about their impressive use of cloud services to drive back-office transformation. We’d like to shift gears (pun intended) to the front-office to talk about how Toyota is using cloud to transform the customer service experience and how it engages with its customers. Toyota’s vision [...]
Rackspace took quite a beating last week after announcing on Tuesday that cloud revenue growth appears to be decelerating. The stock ended up down nearly 20%, reflecting the fact that Wall Street expectations for growth were high. Rackspace is actually one of the few vendors that makes cloud services growth numbers public, making them subject [...]
When it comes to enterprise cloud and sources of business value, the discussion typically focuses on business agility, flexibility and cost efficiency. One of the most powerful, yet unsung ways that cloud is actually driving enterprise-class business value in practice is through standardization and simplification. In fact some of the most compelling business cases seen [...]
A wide array of players is aggressively attacking the enterprise cloud infrastructure services market. The competitive landscape includes providers from a variety of backgrounds, including hosting companies such as Rackspace, GoGrid, and Tier3; telcos such as AT&T, Verizon, Telstra, and BT; and legacy enterprise IT service providers such as IBM, HP, CSC, and Dell. They’re [...]
Flexible, consumption –based pricing models in most cases make cloud services economically and financially attractive to CFOs. The ability to get IT “off the balance sheet” through subscription-based services is seen as a big positive for cloud migration from a financial point of view. Despite this apparent advantage, there are cases where financial factors can [...]
For many enterprises the cost to operate and maintain complex ERP systems consumes a large part of the IT budget. Given security and application performance requirements, you wouldn’t think that ERP would be on the top of the CIO’s list for cloud migration. Domino Sugar thought otherwise, and successfully migrated their SAP ERP environment to [...]
There is a battle heating up between ARM and Intel to see which processor architecture will rule in the 21st century. Intel x86 is the entrenched incumbent today, but ARM offers a distinct power advantage that may make it more attractive in the future. What’s the best CPU given the demands we see coming?
“Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence” Many assume that because Amazon AWS isn’t aggressively building large-scale direct sales, solutioning and support capabilities like IBM and HP that it has no enterprise strategy. Nothing could be further from the truth. Amazon has had an intentional, purposeful strategy for the enterprise market for years. But [...]
Earlier today, Canonical announced its intent to deliver a new version of Ubuntu, targeting smartphones. To highlight some directions for 2013 and sell the concept of an Ubuntu phone, Mark Shuttleworth delivered a virtual keynote video. In the video, Shuttleworth shows off the phone UI in detail, demonstrating how users can interact with the device. [...]
This one is a couple months old, but the headline caught my eye, as well as the analysis within. You know the punch line because we’ve already covered it — Windows 8 is the new Vista. But DailyTech asks, “Does it matter?” Increasingly Microsoft’s revenue stream is driven by licensing software (such as Office and [...]
Many believe that private clouds are just a stepping stone for corporate IT on a path that will end at the public cloud. Dedicated private clouds allow IT to have full control over the environment, though they don’t provide the cost efficiencies associated with multi-tenant, public cloud IaaS services. This control is helpful for enterprises [...]
In the old days, the CIO was responsible for delivering IT infrastructure to increase worker productivity. Increasingly, IT is part of the products we buy, in effect, becoming a new raw material for the business. And this requires a different kind of CIO leading radical IT transformation initiatives.
In addition to cloud computing, another recent innovation that has the potential to disrupt and dramatically reshape the traditional enterprise data center model is the ARM-based server. ARM refers to a processor architecture that has become ubiquitous in mobile devices, including cell phones and tablets. Interestingly ARM is actually a British company that itself doesn’t [...]
I wrote about Google’s first steps toward providing an Android app store for enterprises last week. Yesterday, a random tweet highlighting the post triggered a multi-hour Twitter discussion about the suitability of Android for enterprises and some specific issues for the enterprise Android app store.