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Worldwide Cloud IT infrastructure spend grows 23.0%

According to the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker, vendor revenue from sales of infrastructure products (server, storage, and Ethernet switch) for cloud IT, including public and private cloud, grew by 23.0% year over year to $7.6 billion in the third quarter of 2015 (3Q15).

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80 percent of digital business opportunity still untapped

Companies across 16 private sector industries captured only 20 percent of the total 'Digital Value at Stake' available to them in 2015, according to a new report published by Cisco.

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Shadow IT - an opportunity to innovate

Greater alignment between IT and the business needed to harness potential of shadow IT.

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Human error poses biggest digital threat to business

Accidental data leaks via outgoing emails pose a higher security risk to businesses than inbound malicious attacks, announced EACS, the IT solutions and managed services provider. This is the surprising findings of a survey conducted in conjunction with Mimecast, and is now available to download in its White Paper, Email Security Trends 2015/16.

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Mobile investments are paying off

Majority of respondents using KPIs to measure mobile app success indicate positive ROI.

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Three out of every four British businesses are still wedded to paper

Despite this M-Files finds UK firms are aware of the operational efficiencies, improvements in business processes and cost reductions delivered by going digital.

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Digital Catapult predicts top data trends for 2016

Blockchain, data standardisation and the evolving Internet of Things network all feature on the ones to watch over the next twelve months.

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Tieto digitalises the financing processes of Finnfund

The Finnish Fund for Industrial Cooperation Ltd (Finnfund) is procuring a case and document management solution from Tieto. The system will be deployed during 2016. It will digitalize financing-related processes and make related information easier to find and manage throughout its life cycle.

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Agreement on Commission's EU data protection reform will boost Digital Single Market

The European Commission put forward its EU Data Protection Reform in January 2012 to make Europe fit for the digital age (IP/12/46). Recently, an agreement was found with the European Parliament and the Council, following final negotiations between the three institutions (so-called 'trilogue' meetings).

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Covata and T-Systems deploy encrypted file-sharing for Barmer GEK

German health insurer leverages Safe Share, Covata’s end-to-end encrypted data-centric cloud sharing solution, to enable high-security data exchange.

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UK government launches IoT hub

Ed Vaizey, Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy, has confirmed a new interdisciplinary Research Hub to drive forward UK research in the Internet of Things (IoT). The PETRAS consortium of nine leading UK universities will work together over the next three years to explore critical issues in privacy, ethics, trust, reliability, acceptability, and security.

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Wipro makes senior appointments

Wipro appoints TK Kurien as Executive Vice Chairman; Abidali Neemuchwala as CEO & Member of the Board.

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Linux Foundation to advance Blockchain technology

New open ledger project to transform the way business transactions are conducted around the world.

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Pivotal bolsters its Cloud Native Platform team with acquisition of CloudCredo

Addition of highly sought-after Cloud Foundry experts and Intellectual Property to better enable enterprise adoption of Pivotal Cloud Foundry.

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Dimension Data predicts digital transformation as high on the corporate agenda

Dimension Data has released its IT predications for the next 12 months, and digital transformation is high on the corporate agenda because it’s already reshaping the competitive landscape.

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Videos

Mickey Bresman, Co-Founder and CEO and Ran Harel, Senior Security Product Manager, both at Semperis, discuss the findings of the company’s recent Microsoft Active Directory security survey, and also explain how the Semperis Purple Knight security assessment tool not only highlights AD security gaps, but also provides recommended fixes.
The coming together of Arcserve and StorageCraft means an expanded solutions portfolio, offering both simplification and agility to Channel partners, designed to provide end users with a comprehensive approach to the backup and recovery challenges of the digital world. SDC Channel talks to Arcserve’s Vice President Sales, EMEA, Richard Massey and Acting Chief Marketing Officer, Florian Malecki.
Michael James and Terence Chabe, Capital Market Specialists at Colt Technology Services, discuss the implications for data centre infrastructure as some of Europe’s largest financial exchanges address the fallout from Brexit, with geography, latency, security, cloud services, software defined networks and the edge all in the spotlight.
Michael O’Hara, Group Managing Director of DataSolutions, a distributor of transformational IT solutions, talks through the results of the company’s Channel sustainability stock-take survey, revealing how companies are losing out on contracts if they can’t demonstrate their environmental credentials, how the Channel is beginning to address its sustainability responsibilities and highlights the success of DataSolutions’ Techies Go Green initiative.

Expert Opinions

By Bengt Johannes Lundberg , CEO of Disruptive Technologies.
Marc Garner, VP, Secure Power Division, Schneider Electric UK & Ireland The data centre sector skills shortage has been documented by industry publications and research firms for almost a decade. In fact, a report published by Gartner in 2016 found 80% of firms expected to find their growth held back due to a lack of new data centre skills, with the McKinsey Global Institute predicting a global shortage of 1.5 million qualified data centre managers as early as 2015.
By Nic Sarginson, Principal Solutions Engineer at Yubico.