29 December 2013

IT Outsourcing News Alert for November - December, 2013

Summary: it seems that everybody want to make a prediction for 2014. Beyond that, it is still cloud computing and Big Data dominating news during the last two months of 2013. It is also time to look at trends that will shape online marketing in 2014 and the EU has been tackling cloud computing issues.

European SMEs failing new cloud workers, study shows
European small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are not taking full advantage of cloud computing
Well publicized offshore outsourcing challenges, a narrowing labor-cost gap, and political considerations have some aggressively promoting onshoring. But they're missing the point.
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Big data needs a coherent and unified vocabulary of terms -- or we can't share solutions to problems across disciplines.
A control system integrator talks with several technology savvy clients and comes away with a mixed forecast on the hottest new technology trends.
Best practice report released.
Companies need to keep their eyes on the prize, which means focusing on the business, not on the technology that runs the business. As a result, more organizations leverage service providers for most – or even all – of their IT operations. If your organization is not outsourcing some or all of its IT operations, here are four reasons to reconsider.
Big data" - which admittedly means many things to many people - is no longer confined to the realm of technology. Today, it is a business priority, given its ability to profoundly affect commerce in the globally integrated economy.
In the tech industry, Big Data is a central topic for a lot of businesses. No matter where you turn, it seems like there’s another blog post praising – or denouncing – the possibilities that data can offer companies, whether that’s to help streamline operations, improve sales or create more sophisticated marketing.
“Big data” - the large data sets that can be managed and analyzed only by increasingly powerful and sophisticated tools—is an expansive and rapidly evolving field.
Sometimes the IT industry throws out a load of hype. Everything would grind to a halt in 2000, they said, and it didn't. We'll all be using tablets soon and … oh, so we did. That's the problem with the tech market: some of it appears to be hype, some of it doesn't.
Who says enterprise IT is boring? Big ideas and bold new tech are shaking things up like never before, so it's time to consider the long-term implications
Sri Lanka has been awarded the prestigious “Outsourcing Destination of the Year” award by the National Outsourcing Association (NOA), UK at the award ceremony held in London on October 23.
Behavioral marketing that captures what the user is doing without the user's conscious consent mirrors the cookie-based tracking of users across Web sites for the delivery of online ads that relate to a user's perceived interest. Such practices inevitably raise questions about privacy. Facebook is looking at tracking users' cursor movements.
Gartner’s 2013 Big Data survey was recently released and has highlighted some of the long held beliefs in Big Data with survey evidence to prove it.
In the wake of reports that the US government and NSA have used clandestine electronic surveillance (PRISM), the European Commission has urged for the creation of an EU-based cloud system.
Cloud computing is more than just a buzzword. It’s a mega-trend that has become an umbrella term for the ongoing shift from in-house data centers to third-party facilities. Within that mega-trend are many smaller trends, which have important implications for the industry and your IT operations. Here’s a look ahead at the trends that cloud thought leaders believe will be the most significant in 2014.
How will big data evolve in 2014? The future is anyone's guess, of course, but we thought we'd compile a tasty holiday assortment of prognostications from executives working in the big data trenches. So without further delay, here they are -- six big data predictions for next year
This huge market, which may edge close to $375 billion this year, is being driven largely by the growth of big data collection and processing. The fastest-growing market segments are data access, analysis and delivery, collaborative applications, CRM applications, security software, and system and network management software.
Poland has become a go-to location for global companies that value its educated, multilingual workers
One of the great discussion topics coming out of the recent Blueprint 3.0 sessions in New York was centered on how enterprise operations can progress beyond the “ordinary” and avoid fading into the netherworld of corporate insignificance. Or, as one member profoundly stated, “We really need to stop being really good at irrelevant stuff”. So let’s take a look at how they can start to do just that…
Right now, the average person’s data footprint—the annual amount of data produced worldwide, per capita—is just a little short of one terabyte. That’s equivalent to about eight trillion yes-or-no questions. As a collective, that means humanity produces five zettabytes of data every year: 40,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (forty sextillion) bits.
As the new year approaches it’s time to start thinking about what steps your business will take to improve your online marketing in 2014.
The 5 Top SEO And Online Marketing Trends For 2014
Internet marketing has fast become a very important factor in the marketing mix of any organization
There is still huge growth potential with opportunities imminent in both mature and emerging services and verticals
Bessemer Venture Partners Ethan Kurzweil discusses enterprise software trends and the future of cloud technology with Deirdre Bolton on Bloomberg Television Money Moves.
North America may account for the lion's share of India's IT exports but, growing demand for outsourcing services from Europe is expected to drive the USD 108 billion IT sector in 2014, industry body Nasscom said.
DATAMARK, Inc., a leading provider of global business services to Fortune 500 companies and government organizations, has released a new complimentary white paper naming its Top 10 Business Process Outsourcing Trends for 2014.
Outsourcing was the Bogeyman of the 90s. Protectionists portrayed it as an evil that would take American jobs away. Yes, some jobs did go offshore as people feared, but it made the global economic pie grow bigger. Whether you agree or disagree, and regardless of whether you love outsourcing or hate it, much more lies ahead.
Last year, we predicted that 2013 would be the year that outsourcing governance finally grew up. We said outsourcing customers would take the reins with do-it-yourself deals. And we forecasted that local support would be a critical differentiator for service providers. Now it's time to see how those predictions panned out.
Cloud and offshore delivery continue to drive down cost as companies look to shake off the shackles of their existing tech infrastructure.
International Data Corporation recently presented their top ten technology predictions for 2014. Frank Gens, Senior Vice President and Chief Analyst at IDC hosted a webinar to present the research firm’s predictions for 2014 including the research firm’s latest cloud computing market forecast. You can see a replay of the webinar and get the predictions documents at IDC Predictions 2014.
With the rise of cloud computing, pricing models and business agreements are becoming increasingly complex. 451 Research cloud economist Owen Rogers offers guidance.
Top Three Emerging Big Data Trends: A Q&A with Hannah Smalltree of Treasure Data
t’s that time of year that everyone issues their predictions for the year ahead, and there certainly have been some good forecasts about impending or continuing developments in the cloud market. Louis Columbus, a fellow contributor here at Forbes, recently channeled a compelling list of cloud predictions from research firm IDC, and Suhas Sreedhar adds additional insights for the year ahead.
International Data Corporation recently presented their top ten technology predictions for 2014. Frank Gens, Senior Vice President and Chief Analyst at IDC hosted a webinar to present the research firm’s predictions for 2014 including the research firm’s latest cloud computing market forecast. You can see a replay of the webinar and get the predictions documents at IDC Predictions 2014.
Big data: in his advice to the European Court of Justice, its advocate general, Pedro Cruz Villalón, noted the broad but potentially revealing nature of metadata.
Big data has gotten a lot of press recently – and rightly so. With the vast amounts of data now available, we can do more than could have been imagined in previous decades. But there is another face to big data … and that is, companies now have to manage some very big risks.
It's the time of year when darkness comes early and people begin to sum up how this year has gone and next year will unfold. It's also the time of year that predictions about developments in the technology industry over the next 12 months are in fashion. I've published cloud computing predictions over the past several years, and they are always among the most popular pieces I write.
Serbia’s growth prospect in 2014 is the attracting of investments in the IT sector and the development of outsourcing industry, said Director of the Center for Advanced Economic Studies Kori Udovicki . At the annual conference of the Economist magazine, she said that this is confirmed by the positive experience of the American company NCR, which has expanded its operations in Serbia this year.
Private and hybrid cloud models, IT departments acting as cloud brokers, more competition among providers and a maturity in services is where 'as-a-service' computing is heading in 2014, say analysts.
Will big data and analytics move from siloed projects to become mainstream and business-wide in the year to come?
A little more than a year after the launch of the European Union’s European Cloud Computing Strategy, the European Telecommunications Standards Institute has released its Cloud Standards Coordination report, which essentially maps out the standards needed for cloud computing that weigh the needs of all stakeholders.
Towards the end of last year, my top five predicted security threats for 2013 were: social engineering, Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs), internal threats, BYOD, and cloud. All five predictions were realised; especially internal threats, with Edward Snowden’s NSA security breach being among the biggest data leaks ever by an insider.
The 10 Coolest Big Data Startups Of 2013
It's been one of the big buzzwords of 2013, but what does 2014 have in store for Big Data? CIO.com looks at 12 ways the technology and the market will evolve in the coming year.
A summary of Big Data new year predictions from Tableau, Tibco, Alteryx, Basho and Gainsight
It's been one of the big buzzwords of 2013, but what does 2014 have in store for big data? CIO.com looks at 12 ways the technology and the market will evolve in the coming year.
At last month's annual Georgia Tech Cyber Security Summit, security experts from academia, private industry and government gathered to discuss new technologies and strategies to ward off sophisticated cyber-attacks. The resulting report, "Emerging Cyber Threats," discusses emerging threats, their potential impact and countermeasures. The report notes that organizations face a dilemma: they must protect information from data-stealing malware while allowing employees to efficiently access data in order to do their jobs.
In theory, a hybrid offshore deal combines the best of pure outsourcing and a captive IT services center. In reality, it's more complicated -- and not for everyone.
The European Commission has asked the public for feedback on whether the European Union's copyright laws are fit for the digital age. The consultation is part of a reform of the EU's copyright rules. The Commission wants to create a level playing field across the EU with the possibility of a single license to cover all 28 member states. It is thought this would help companies like Spotify, which offers music streaming.
They might not be as fashionable as cloud computing, but the mainframe remains at the heart of many computing environments.
Big data has a range of practical and commercial benefits to businesses but can be fraught with privacy and legal issues. With a projected global growth at a rate of 40% per year, raw digital data is a resource which many companies are turning to in their quest for market advantage.
A picture is worth a thousand words, but when it comes to data analytics, basic graphics or charts are not enough. Instead, users need the data to answer more complex questions and solve problems.
CIBC, a Canadian bank, predicts that information-generation growth will increase 50 times over the next decade. IDC, a market research firm, similarly forecasts a 44-fold increase in data volumes between 2009 and 2020. Mobile, social, wearables, and The Internet Of Things are playing a large part in driving this explosion in data.
IT departments may need to adjust their strategies and attitudes towards the Internet of Things