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Top 5 trends to look forward to in the managed services and hosting industry

Since the advent of internet technology, enterprises are continually dealing with increasing workloads or what is commonly known as the ‘big data’. Managing workloads include proper alignment of company data, resources and targeting them towards desired business outcomes. For any organization, managing these workloads can be difficult sometimes, especially when it lacks the required IT skillset. Hiring or training the existing IT teams can be both time consuming and expensive. Moreover, with the IT industry facing issues with digital transformation like transitioning from hardware or software solutions to as-a-service cloud solutions, they need help in selecting the right technology stack, its implementation and support to ease their transition. Here, the role of Managed Services Provider ...

A quick comparison of Machine Learning platforms of Amazon, Microsoft, Google and IBM

Gone are the days when a machine needed a precise set of instructions to complete a task. With the Machine Learning (ML) technology, today’s machines have become smarter. Now they can learn patterns, draw inferences and behave in a set manner. Machine learning takes birth from pattern recognition and the idea that the machines can utilize data to learn by identifying patterns in it and eventually make predictions in the future based on the previously identified pattern, without being programmed. It can be better understood as augmented intelligence – a combination of human and machine capabilities. It’s not a new concept, but has gained momentum recently. It actually dates to the 80s and 90s, though at that time, it was not highly advanced. The advent of big and unstructured da...

CMS Platform Comparison – WordPress vs Joomla vs Drupal vs Magento

Content has been the most important part of any website from time immemorial. Organizations spend a considerable amount of time in coming up with some attractive content for their website. It has a direct impact on the sales and marketing of their product, as it lets users know what a product is and how it can be beneficial for them. Content is not only the textual part we see on a website but includes other visual (videos, GIF) and aural (audio) elements as well. So, the question is, how does an organization manage its website content. “Content is of great importance, but we must not underestimate the value of style.”– Maya Angelou. The content needs to be presented, stored and managed in the most efficient way to reap the maximum benefits. Here, a Content Management System (CMS) he...

Gear up for DomainX annual conference 2017 – New Delhi

A domain name is an important part – first step towards a firm’s online journey. Apart from giving a unique identity to the business, it also equips it with required credibility and ownership. Individuals and organizations spend considerable time in coming up with an attractive domain name and getting it registered, so that their website gets a permanent address. It is more like getting a business card finalized. Lately with the onset of new technologies and digital transformation notions, the need of a domain has multiplied. Being online is necessary as the internet is the largest market in the world – market of markets. To help people realize the vast opportunity lying in the domain investment in India or around the globe, many associations/organizations conduct large scale s...

AI and cognitive systems to play a major role in digital transformation

Widespread adoption of cognitive systems and artificial intelligence (AI) across a broad range of industries will drive worldwide revenues from nearly $8.0 billion in 2016 to more than $47 billion in 2020 – IDC. Artificial Intelligence (AI) and cognitive systems are impacting a huge number of industries. A study commissioned by IDC predicts a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 55.1% for the cognitive/AI solutions markets over the 2016-2020 forecast period. Software developers and end user organizations have already begun the process of embedding and deploying cognitive/artificial intelligence into almost every kind of enterprise application or process – David Schubmehl, Research Director, (Cognitive Systems and Content Analytics) IDC said. He further added, “Recent announcem...

Multi-cloud is the new norm with digital transformation

The Multi-Cloud World Is Real, Tightly Linked to Digital Transformation. 41% of Organizations Are Already On- Board, Driven by Best Execution Venue Considerations, Maximizing On-Premises IT Investments, and Opex-based IT Resource Extension – 451 research. The above findings were revealed in a study conducted by 451 research for Microsoft Cloud and Hosting Summit 2017 that concluded last month. The research found that demand for multi-cloud and hybrid environments is on the rise in different regions, including APAC, North America, WE, LA and MEA. The research identified some common factors or drivers of hybrid and multi-cloud environment which enable migration to them. Hybrid cloud gives an organization the required flexibility to balance between the on-premise and the cloud environment. 41...

Devastating weather conditions push some companies to AWS, CTO – Amazon

The emerging cloud technologies are enabling companies to move away from on-premise data centers to cloud-based DC(s).While this is the major reason behind excessive cloud migration but lately, some clients have been signing-in on cloud due to a totally different reason – the climate change. The recent years have been witnessing massive storms and earthquakes from New Jersey to Japan, leaving infrastructure destroyed and in an irretrievable state. Most organizations are now favoring cloud for data backup and improved accessibility, Werger Vogels – CTO, Amazon, told to a news channel. During the AWS summit in San Francisco, Vogels said that many banking and telecommunication firms in the Philippines have been adopting AWS facilities in Singapore, “given the massive typhoons that...

Microsoft Office adopts blockchain technology through new add-in

Microsoft has announced the development of a new add-in for its Office suite. The new add-in – Stampery, is a blockchain-based bit of software that is used for document verification and certifications. Blockchain technology has found an important place in nearly all sorts of technological applications, and now has moved to a yet another software platform – Microsoft Office. The add-in will help install timestamping protocols in Office software suites. With an objective to expand its customer base, Stampery has also added Microsoft Office in its client’s list. Stampery, like other blockchain-based software technologies, focuses on making protocols and procedures much transparent and easy to attribute. The Stampery architecture comes in the form of a Public API. Users can integrate their own...

Oracle acquires Wercker with an objective to target developers

Oracle corporation, leading cloud and application service provider through an official statement on Monday announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Wercker, a Dutch startup which empowers developers to test and deploy code at a rapid pace. The terms of deals have not been disclosed as it is subject to some customary closing conditions. Per records both the companies will be operating independently till the final transaction closes. Oracle said that, “Wercker empowers organizations and their development teams to achieve continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) goals with micro-services and Docker.” Both Oracle and Wrecker believe that developers can greatly benefit by focusing on building innovative products and applications. “Oracle is building a leading...

New Market Opportunities for Entry Level Cloud MSPs with Increased Cloud Migration

New market opportunities to emerge for entry-level cloud MSPs with increasing migration to the cloud, as per a 451 Microsoft commissioned research that was unveiled in Microsoft Hosting and Cloud Summit 2017 at Bellevue, last month. Public cloud spending is expected to reach $500B by 2020 as per the IDC CloudView 2016 Survey,  due to key change drivers like – CTO/IT, EOL technologies, Shadow IT and more. The role of the Private/Hybrid cloud is expected be the most relevant in the coming times. As per a Pulse Gatepoint Research, March 2016, 46% of customers prefer Azure over any other public cloud, with AWS standing at 42%. All this and more data were revealed through a study called Workload and Application migration to Azure – Your Path to Recurring Revenue at MHS 2017 which discussed abou...

New Opportunities for Services Providers Beyond Infrastructure within Next Two Years

Digital revolution, being powered by Cloud, is leading to disruptive business transformation, with more and more organizations looking for business-centric integrated value -additions for growing and expanding their business, rather than just looking help for maintaining the infrastructure. As per a study by 451 research on over 1700 respondents spread across 10 geographies, digital transformation is under way, as 41% organizations face significant industry disruption, 54% require significant operations and IT transformation and 42% plan major digital transformation for the next year. The business goals of companies, enterprises and SMBs have evolved in the digital economy and the next generation business priorities include accelerated time to market with lower business and technology rela...

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