According to recent global research we have carried out at Alcatel- Lucent, the UK shows the greatest reluctance to move to the cloud.The UK showed the greatest reluctance to moving their most valued applications to the cloud.
This is a collection of my thoughts on issues facing the enterprise and new technology. As Head of Marketing for Central North & East Europe for Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise, I am at the cutting edge of
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<p>Manish Sablok is Head of Marketing, North Europe for Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise. Manish has a key role in defining go-to-market messaging for customer service, network infrastructure and unified communications product suites in the Northern Europe region. Manish has previously produced articles and white papers on subjects including the importance of Customer Effort in the drive for loyalty, the importance of an Application Fluent Network in establishing an effective multi-channel communications infrastructure and how organisations can move away from single-vendor tie-in to realise greater business benefits. </p> <p>Manish has been at Alcatel-Lucent for seven years, and before his appointment for the new Enterprise group he was Solutions Marketing Director for Unified Communications (UC) with a worldwide remit. Manish Sablok has a strong background in communications infrastructure, having been at Avaya for five years as Product Marketing Manager for South Asia and before that was Global Account and Channel Sales Manager at Siemens. </p>
Back in April, I looked at the issues surrounding network infrastructure ahead of the Olympic Games and all the pressure they will bring to corporations in and around London in particular.A response from fellow blogger J Watson pointed out that he has personally witnessed network traffic in large corporations increase by as much as 50-100% during an event like the Olympics.
There are two main schools of thought out there in the industry concerning BYOD: the BYOD school argues that it is inevitably the way forward across the enterprise; the Not to BYOD school forecasts that BYOD is not as much of a good thing as perhaps originally anticipated, bringing with it security, cost and data management issues.
Businesses are being urged to allow some staff to work from home during this summer’s London Olympic Games, but an increased number of homeworkers – coupled with a surge in people going online to watch the Games – will undoubtedly have a massive impact on the internet.The Government has been quick to put out warnings of possible internet outages.
2012 is already well under way, and the world of enterprise communications is changing at a speed that might have seemed impossible a few years ago with smartphones and tablets, laptops and even personal cloud services. I think there are five key trends that are going to change to face of enterprise communications in 2012.
On one hand, enterprises today face a great challenge to be energy efficient with particular regard to the network infrastructure. Yet on the other hand, there is an established trend coming in of the need to support multi-media collaboration for an increasingly mobile workforce.
Virtualisation has revolutionised the way organisations run server applications in the data centre. It allows organisations to migrate dozens of servers from a physical environment to a virtual private cloud to boost business continuity, for example, or to support disaster recovery, in the case of the emergency services.
Remember 'Text and Take Home' for Argos – that amazing new service that let us find products and reserve via text which, despite and probably thanks to its simplicity, gathered an impressive take up from day one. It seems a distant memory!
Yes, it's going to be a tough Christmas for many retailers. UK consumers will spend around 7 per cent less compared to last year, according to a survey conducted by Deloitte.
The Nokia launch and BlackBerry outages flag up the need to provide secure and reliable application and services access to executives on the move.These two events last month show just how important it is becoming for organisations to provide employees with secure and reliable accessibility to information and services, wherever they may be.
Gartner states in its Magic Quadrant on Unified Communications for 2010: 'No vendor product adequately addresses all of an enterprise's UC needs. As a result, a best-of-breed approach remains the surest way of ensuring adequate functionality, and planners should require vendor products to be interoperable.
Recent disturbances have made it even more important for businesses to build home and remote working into their business communications infrastructure. And with the disruptions of the Olympics not far away, we all need to be prepared for employees to be able to work as well remotely or from home as they do in the office.
I was intrigued to see some research surface late last month which looked at job satisfaction rates. Shawn Achor wrote a blog published on the Harvard Business Review website entitled ‘The Happiness Dividend’, looking at why employees are unhappy in their work, and how companies can look to increase employee engagement.
I was amused a few weeks back to see a webinar held by a top infrastructure vendor promoting the value of a single vendor approach to provide the best enterprise solution. It was like a step back into the past!
With so many people realising the power of social media outside of the enterprise in their personal lives, we mustn't forget its power across the enterprise, and by this I mean customer-to-employee AND employee-to-employee. Despite the surge in social media adoption, it is the area of biggest disparity between home and the enterprise.