IT has always had an outsized influence on which technologies are adopted by organizations large and small. Now cloud giants are rolling up customers into big suites that are easy to manage just as the obstacles that prevented best-of-breed drop away.
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In third place in the cloud wars for years, the emergence of Google's Anthos last year was a welcome move that makes a versatile multicloud future for businesses not just a possibility, but a practical option today. But is this what Google needs to truly succeed in the cloud industry?
While the market and many vendors continue to focus on public cloud infrastructure as the end-all, be-all of the future of computing, other companies are finding selective niches in vital areas that may have even more long term advantage.
The death knell of the traditional corporate data center continues apace outside of a few rarified domains, as powerful new types of cloud data centers emerge that are designed to help enterprises regain control and flexibility in an operating universe now mostly dominated by large commercial clouds.
As a confluence of new apps and devices steadily flow into the enterprise, they're encountering a growing sense that the digital workplace has become too complex and fragmented to be properly effective. What can organizations do?
I had the opportunity to attend SAP TechEd in Barcelona recently in order to assess the software giant's latest enhancements to their platform. In the process, I also gauged its readiness to fully support that urgent IT priority of our time, digital transformation.
While enterprise technology has always been somewhat a breed apart from consumer tech, this year we see that consumer tech will definitively set the agenda for businesses like never before in this year's list of tech to watch.
While there is a relatively small short list of platforms suitable for large enterprise needs, two recent entrants, and some maturing contenders, are shaking things up in 2016.
The technology underpinning the well-known cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, is really the star of the show. Here's why Blockchain will almost certainly lead to a digital transparency and trust revolution near you.
Long known for an expansive set of straightforward yet highly capable Web services backed by a long-term strategic vision, Amazon had a head start from the beginning. But it dominates today for other more subtle reasons that IT leaders must consider.