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A Summer full of events – what can businesses learn from it? – Part 2

Atos - A Summer full of events – what can businesses learn from it? - Part 2A Summer full of events – what can businesses learn from it?

This summer is full of events, and we will be examining how technology is transforming the major sports events, providing insights and learnings for any other business.

Insight 2: Becoming digital – the human firewall

The importance of cybersecurity is no secret to anyone who’s opened a newspaper or attended a board meeting. More and more business value and personal information worldwide are rapidly migrating into digital form on open and globally interconnected technology platforms. As that happens, the risks from cyber-attacks become increasingly daunting.

For multi-sport events that is no different. In common with any modern enterprise, major sport events have to face these challenges but, perhaps more unusually, also whilst working to an immoveable deadline and under a media spotlight that would be very attractive for … Continue reading ...

A Summer full of events. What can businesses learn from it? – Part 1

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Atos - A Summer full of events. What can businesses learn from it?2014 is yet another busy year of sport with some big multi-sport events! Where the year kicked-off with the Sochi 2014 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games, it was followed by a thrilling World Cup, the Commonwealth Games have just started and the Youth Olympic Games as well as the Asian Games are coming up later this summer.

But what can we all learn from these events?

There are some business projects that are large, complex, and critical to the continued success of an organization. And then there are those multi-sport events and the technology underpinning it. It is not only massive, incredibly complex and vital to the success of the events; it also has a fixed deadline and the event must be beamed to the world within half a second. No pressure, then. .

Yet, events … Continue reading ...

Does IT still stand for ‘Information Technology’?”

Atos - Why CIOs loose the Right on their "I" and SAP HANA is selling wellWe are facing a series of technology disruptions in IT and I mean the usual suspects of Big Data, Enterprise Mobility, Software Defined Networking and autonomous systems.

These developments are driven by technology vendors – the Googles, Facebooks of this world as well as several product vendors, e.g. Apple. And they go hand-in-hand with disruptions in business models which – in case they succeed – fuel further technology developments by the sheer amounts of capital.

I see many opportunities going along with disruptive technologies but something really worries me in this environment: the knowledge gap between the internal IT departments of large corporations (managing Foundation IT as a support function with a focus on Stability and Cost) and the Business Units (using State of the Art IT to change business models to stay competitive) is growing faster every quarter – … Continue reading ...

Is the Enterprise PC dead or has it just gotten “cooler” with the Ultrabooks?

Atos - Is the Enterprise PC dead or has it just gotten “cooler” with the Ultrabooks?In the broad sense, personal computer isn’t dead by any means, it’s just been evolving for a long time. Worldwide PC (in-use) sales per 1,000 people has jumped from 19 in 1990 to 217 in 2011 and predicted to increase to 293 PCs/1000 people by 2015.  While worldwide revenues have grown from $71B in 1990 to $1,415B in 2010 and expectations of $2,165B in 2015 and $2,520B by 2020.

PC usage in large enterprises has evolved too although a bit slower to adopt new technologies in the past few years. Change, especially in the world of Enterprise Information Technology is constant. And you know, change is what most people dislike. Users have to continuously learn about the new technologies, business units need to plan for deployments and this all comes with the promise of lower operating costs in the enterprise.  … Continue reading ...

Introducing energy efficient benefits while defining your network

Atos - Introducing energy efficient benefits while defining your networkLast week I was having a very interesting conversation with a colleague related to a previous blog post of mine around energy efficient coding and I thought perhaps it was time to revisit, but on a slightly different angle. How can we look at using Software Defined Network to improve energy utilisation in our network and data centre? In a similar way to improving programs by making sure they are as efficient as possible, or a serverfarm by maximising resources, we can also use SDN to ensure our network is running as efficiently as possible.

In a traditional network each device will sit there using power, with the consumption varying a bit as load comes and goes, regardless of if it is taking an active part in the flow of traffic. A typical top of rack switch is measured in … Continue reading ...