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Intel's role in the future of software-defined infrastructure

Intel led the hardware standardisation revolution. It should do the same for software defined infrastructure

One of the mostly commonly talked about terms in the ICT industry today is "the software defined infrastructure". Some call it "software-defined data centre" and others prefer to use their own compute, networking and storage centric buzzwords like "software-defined storage",...

Tags: applications, citrix, emc, hardware, hypervisor, idc, microsoft, network function virtualisation, oracle, redhat, server virtualisation, software, software defined data centre, software defined networking, virtualisation

Analytic applications and the internet of things

Gearing up for the next wave

The rise of Internet connected devices presents opportunities to harvest the data and leverage it for new types of intelligent applications and services. This post reviews some of the factors impacting demand and supply of a new wave of analytic...

Tags: analytics, applications, big data, idc, internet of things, manufacturing, software

The new face of risk and finance

Forging a collaborative partnership

A perfect storm is brewing across the global insurance industry. Unless you have been hiding under a rock these past years, you would know how the volatile markets and intensifying profitability pressures from mounting consumer expectations and regulatory requirements are...

Tags: back office, financial services, idc, insurance, risk, risk management

When personalisation is not creepy

Shouldn't personalisation be a way to offer customer service as well selling?

Having dinner with some friends recently, the concept of how creepy it was that organisations were data mining and using your personal information came up. I sat quietly eating my fish and chips and my friends continued their rant. So...

Tags: analytics, applications, big data, financial services, idc, personalisation, retail

All data is local, as local governments become innovation leaders

It's the big data era

The expression "all politics is local" has been with us for a long time. But it's fair to say that all data collection is local too. While the federal government may be the gate keeper for the largest data collections...

Tags: big data, broadband, leeds, local government, networking, public sector, smart cities

Amazon, mobile payments and the power of one-click

Apple and Amazon differ on content and hardware sales but understand the purchase process is key

Apple has had a unique role by owning the entire ecosystem their customers use. It's a role that could give them significant influence in payments. But with the reported release of an Amazon smartphone imminent, they may not be so...

Tags: amazon, apple, hardware, mobile & wireless, mobile applications, mobile operating systems, os, payment industry, payments, smartphone

Adoption criteria for mobile enterprise application software

Line of business versus IT

IDC recently completed a comprehensive U.S.-based survey of over 400 organizations that focused on their adoption of mobile enterprise application software adoption. According to the survey, adoption of mobile applications within businesses is helping to improve customer experience and increase...

Tags: application performance, applications, idc, it department, line of business, lob, mobile & wireless, mobile applications, security

SCM2014: Articulating a new vision for supply chains

New perspectives on SAP and its customers

Held in Las Vegas in early-April of 2014, SCM2014 (formerly known as SAPinsider) was significant for me on two fronts. As we have noted in prior years, this event focuses extensively on the topic of the supply chain, so both...

Tags: ecommerce, idc, sap, supply chain

The "give to get" exchange means learning to earn the privilege

Only about 50% of retailers have a formal governance process for managing "give to get" data

Contrary to common wisdom, our recent IDC Retail Insights Annual Shopper Survey revealed that only a minority of consumers are openly disposed to the "give to get" exchange of private information for guidance dependent on a retailer having access to...

Tags: acxiom, experian, google, idc, neustar, retail

The Conundrum of Big Data

Panacea or Problem?

Big Data may be an overhyped buzz word today, with recent provocative headlines about Big Data from advancing human Genome research to find specific markers for cancer or genetic diseases, to Big Data analytics raising big privacy questions, as well...

Tags: analytics, big data, idc, public sector