COP26 reinforced the need for society to reduce carbon emissions and be more eco-conscious. If we are to meet the targets set out by governments and organisations, tangible actions must take place. The UK has committed to reaching net zero by 2050, a challenging prospect that requires all levels of society to play their part. Business and industry’s energy consumption is an area that can be vastly improved when it comes to reducing carbon emissions. Scott Davidson, managing director at ISN Solutions, a corporate IT managed services provider with more than 20 years’ experience of partnering with energy companies, looks at how harnessing the latest technological innovations and practices can help energy companies navigate the energy transition.
Adding new monitored elements is a long and complicated process. Even the most highly trained and experienced teams find it difficult to sustain consistent observation and service levels across the SAP installation with its accompanying dissimilar system elements.
By Heiko Mannherz, Chief Innovation Officer, Avantra.
An open, collaborative platform enables teams to scale operations quickly and ensure the organisations’ critical services are always on and operating at high velocity.
By Gary Blower, Solutions Architect, Clearvision
The unprecedented impact Covid-19 has had on everyone is well documented, and as the world grapples to find a sense of normality despite the ever-changing circumstances, businesses face the responsibility of protecting employees in this unfamiliar new normal.
By Kevin Turner, Digital Workplace Strategy Lead, EMEA, Unisys.
IT efficiency remains a major objective for enterprises in every sector, all too-frequently undermined by costly or ineffectual implementation of ITSM solutions. Yet ITSM is critical to the future.
By Mark Twomey, CEO, Xcession.
The number of regulatory standards and security best practices infrastructure teams have to comply with, and the associated penalties for not doing so, are no laughing matter.
By Jonny Stewart, Principal Product Manager, Puppet.
The world is currently in the midst of the unknown. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to one of the biggest mass lockdowns in living memory, and to keep as many people safe from the virus as possible, many businesses have turned to remote working to enable staff to stay at home. However, remote working suits some job roles better than others. In the software development world, teams need to be in constant contact to coordinate their work, and project leads need to have full visibility of what everyone is working on.
By Jeff Keyes, VP of Product at Plutora.
In the digital era, it's now easier than ever to support a remote workforce as so many applications are moving to the cloud. Applications such as Office 365 are ensuring that employees can work from anywhere, which is especially important in the current environment, but this also raises issues for IT managers.
By Kathie Lyons, EVP & GM of ParkView at Park Place Technologies.
Digital transformation has seen application teams embrace a broad range of new technologies and associated approaches, from mobile first to cloud-native architecture. These deliver greater agility; end-user focus and more innovation than ever before. They also create significant volumes of complex data.
By Conor Molloy, Senior Vice President at Riverbed Aternity International Division at Riverbed Technology.
Data is the lifeblood of software development — and the biggest hurdle. Yet, far too many companies often address these hurdles last, and usually, not very effectively either. The hard truth is that you can’t achieve the “nirvana state” of Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery (CI/CD) without first automating data delivery. Figuring out how to keep your software pipeline constantly flowing with a fresh supply of high-quality, up-to-date data is crucial.
By Matthew Yew, Senior Director of Product Marketing at Delphix.
Spectra Logic’s Vice President of Product Management and Solutions, David Feller, shares the company’s own experience of dealing with a ransomware attack, explaining how this has shaped the development of recently launched attack-hardened, hybrid, multi-cloud data management and storage solutions.
Rob Mather, Sales Director at Power Control Ltd (PCL), offers some thoughts on the role that UPS systems have to play in helping the data centre industry reduce its carbon footprint, as well as on wider sustainability issues such as renewables, waste heat re-use, micro grids and the supply chain.
Astrid Wynne, Chair of the DCA’s Sustainability Special Interest Group, provides detailed and fascinating insight as to the sustainability challenges and opportunities facing the data centre industry in the aftermath of the recent COP26 Summit, as the sector continues to provide a resilient foundation for global digital transformation.
Craig Stewart, Chief Technology Officer at SnapLogic, provides some fascinating insights as to how a combination of data and AI and Machine Learning is already providing major benefits across all industry sectors, not least in helping organisations to address major sustainability challenges; and also in allowing many businesses to capitalise on the IoT opportunity. In summary, Craig believes that few, if any, companies can afford to ignore the advantages of increased data literacy.
Are the differences between net zero and carbon neutral well understood by those with an interest in the data centre sector? I doubt it. There are of course those more technically minded or interested individuals who do understand, but in the broad sweep of things the fundamentals are not and this can create considerable confusion.
By Simon Harris, Head of Critical Infrastructure, BCS.