How digital transformation projects are driving new IT investment

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In today's economy, information technology (IT) is the essential foundation for new digital business transformation projects. It's also the open innovation platform that enables an enterprise to harness the collective capabilities of their commercial ecosystem that's online.

Worldwide IT spending is projected to total $3.5 trillion in 2017, a 2.7% increase from 2016, according to the latest market study by Gartner. However, this overall global growth rate is down slightly from earlier...

By David H. Deans, 23 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Devices, Innovation.

The major disruptions expected in the telecoms industry in 2017

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As a new leadership team moves into Washington in January, big changes appear to be in store for the telecom industry in 2017. At the top of the list will be the outcome of the AT&T-Time Warner mega-merger, which now looks more likely to sail past possible anti-trust and net neutrality concerns.

We see the following topics and trends as important for business customers of the telecom industry in the coming year:

Merger activity on the rise

Expect to see the AT&T/Time Warner...

By Craig Riegelhaupt, 06 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Connectivity, Disruption, IoT.

Ericsson launches verified NFV infrastructure services

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Ericsson has announced the launch of its verified network functions virtualisation (NFV) solution, known as NFVi, which supports software defined infrastructure, as well as helps provide the building blocks for 5G and IoT infrastructure.

The move will align with various aspects of Ericsson’s current service portfolio, including its hyperscale data centre system, cloud SDN as well as its Cloud Execution Environment and Cloud Manager, as well as other consulting, system...

By James Bourne, 02 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Cloud, IoT, Networks, NFV, SDN.

Why SDN revenue will grow by 72% CAGR through to 2020

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The legacy enterprise networking environment within enterprise data centres continues to transition away from proprietary platforms to more open standards-based solutions. Traditional hardware vendors will gradually embrace the trend, as their customers seek to lower networking costs and improve performance.

Software-defined networking (SDN) is approaching adoption by an early majority of enterprises and will compose nearly 40 percent of global enterprise network infrastructure revenue -...

By David H. Deans, 15 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Networks, SDN.

The 5G virtualisation challenge: The next steps

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5G will revolutionise communications by not only offering higher capacity, but also providing new services that service providers will be able to deploy across their network in a very short and simple manner, resulting in faster time-to-market and stronger competition among top service and application providers.

This comes as a result of the fundamental change in the way networks will be designed in the 5G era. Architectures and technologies such as SDN (software defined networking),...

By Dudy Cohen, 07 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Cloud, Networks.

Can Ericsson make the required shift to become a digital infrastructure native?

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Analysis The traditional network infrastructure market is undergoing a rapid shift. Traditional telco equipment providers, such as Ericsson, must reinvent themselves to remain relevant in tomorrow’s digital marketplace. Simply selling routers, towers and boxes will not be enough to survive.  Network infrastructure providers have to find new ways to leverage their core assets while simultaneously acquiring new technology skills to align to the new digital economy...

By Marina Kurth, 02 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Cloud, Infrastructure, IoT, Operators.

Why big data and analytics revenue will hit more than $203bn by 2020

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The data-driven business era is creating demand for new products and services. Worldwide revenues for big data and business analytics (BDA) will grow from $130.1 billion in 2016 to more than $203 billion in 2020, according to the latest market study by International Data Corporation (IDC).

This market is forecast to grow 11.3 percent in 2016 after revenues reached $122 billion worldwide in 2015, and is forecast to continue at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 11.7 percent through...

By David H. Deans, 11 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Cloud, Industry, Infrastructure.

When context brings sense to the big data mess

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Big data—which will soon be an understatement—is the amalgamation of information we’re getting from all of our mobile devices, and then adding to that soon the information we’re getting from all those other devices soon from the Internet of Things. Now the debate is if big data is valuable at all. Soon this insurmountable amount of data will become nonsense, unless we add context. Big data will enable machine learning that can in turn enable contextual...

By Telefónica, 15 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Cloud, Content.

Big data analytics apps are transforming IoT operations

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As more enterprises embrace the Internet of Things (IoT), we're seeing an increase in demand for analytics apps that can extract insight and meaning from sources of big data. Vendors are now busy identifying opportunities for software and professional services to assist buyers with their transformation projects.

According to the latest market study by Technology Business Research (TBR), 57 percent of analytics software customers in IT departments believe analytics adoption 'significantly'...

By David H. Deans, 06 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Cloud, IoT.

The IoT may talk too much – but add a strong silent database and it could save the Amazon

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The great thing about the Internet of Things (IoT) is that it takes communication to unprecedented heights. But that’s also its weakness. Those ‘Things’ never shut up, babbling away in tongues and confusing everything.

In theory, the global village of IoTs could potentially save the world by helping us use our precious food, water and energy wisely. However, keeping up with all this unstructured talk would consume more of the earth’s resources than could be...

By Telefónica, 14 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Developing Countries, IoT.

Superfluidity Project wants to build a cloud-based 5G network

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A consortium of vendors and institutions are collaborating on a project called 'Superfluidity' which hopes to build a 5G network based on cloud principles. The converged 5G virtual network and service platform will be distributed over the mobile edge and core of 5G networks extending up to data centers. 

The project describes itself as tackling...

By Ryan Daws, 10 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Cloud, Infrastructure, Innovation, Networks, Research.

Opinion: Traditional phone systems could hold your business back

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Many small businesses still rely on antiquated phone systems, designed for the old way of work that don’t meet the needs of today’s companies or consumers. These systems often lack the ability to support company growth ambitions – and in many cases – can be damaging and costly to a business.

Using a cloud-based business phone system, users can connect business...

By Monica Visconti-Patel, 04 November 2015, 2 comments. Categories: Cloud, Customer Service, Industry, Telematics.

How Uber uses Twilio to define the ‘digital layer’ and redefine telecoms

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If you’ve been on one of the main social networks in the past few days, there’s a fair chance you’ll have seen this quote knocking around, originally from a TechCrunch article. “[In 2015] Uber, the world’s largest taxi company owns no vehicles, Facebook the world’s most popular media owner creates no content, Alibaba, the most valuable retailer has no inventory and Airbnb the world’s largest accommodation provider owns no real estate,” it...

By James Bourne, 25 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Connectivity, Disruption.

The IoT-based future of policing

We all know the Internet of Things is going to have a substantial impact on public services and how they are delivered - although not always for the better. The Internet of Things will allow for greater efficiency and reduced expense, but potentially at the cost of jobs, privacy, and security.

Earlier this week, President Obama proposed $263 million to improve law enforcement after all the protests coming out of places like Ferguson regarding police brutality....

By Ryan Daws, 12 December 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, IoT, Public Services, Regulation, Surveillance.

The tactile internet: IoT, 5G and cloud on steroids

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By Professor Mischa Dohler & Professor Gerhard Fettweis, Fellows of the IEEE

Each Internet generation was believed to be the last, with designs pushed to near perfection. The first and original Internet, a virtually infinite network of computers, was a paradigm changer and went on to define the economies of the late 20th century. However, after that Internet came the Mobile Internet, connecting billions of smart phones and laptops, and yet again redefining entire segments...

By Telefónica, 10 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Cloud, IoT, M2M, Networks.

How network virtualisation will advance the telecom sector

As new technologies continue to evolve, open network virtualisation strategies are reshaping the telecom carrier ecosystem. The ongoing shift to cloud services and mobile internet technologies is driving service providers and their suppliers to improve their efficiency and agility.

According to the latest market study by International Data Corporation (IDC), network virtualisation is set to revolutionise the telecom sector -- transforming the operational culture, as well as the fabric of legacy proprietary...

By David H. Deans, 30 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Networks.

Opinion: Fortune favours the brave CIO

There’s no doubt that the current shift to digital is disrupting the telecoms industry. Yet, major shake-ups of this kind do create opportunities for businesses that are bold enough to make the changes needed to succeed.

The way I see it, there is a choice, but not much of one. Either operators face up to the digital revolution and restructure all aspects of their operation to shape that market, or they focus on cutting costs to harvest declining revenues. Yes, the former option is a risk, especially as...

By Richard Britton, 22 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Industry.

Bristol set to be the next Smart City with new "open data"

The city of Bristol has many iconic landmarks and is one of the most developed areas in the west of England. Despite this, it has historically been overlooked when it comes to the latest technological innovations in the face of cities such as Cardiff, Birmingham, and of course, London

In recent years, the city made its mark not just nationally, but even internationally through winning the European Green Capital award. It's an interesting award to win because if you live in the city - or have passed through it...

By Ryan Daws, 03 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Cloud, Industry, Infrastructure.