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Improving business efficiency

It’s virtually a revolution…

Early signs for 2011 are of a recovering UK economy, however an undeniable feature of this new world order is cost cutting for many and cost containment for all – and these factors are still very firmly driving our strategic thinking in IT terms…. IT enabled service delivery is currently undergoing a period of huge transformational change – but at all costs we should avoid this merely being about renegotiating contracts and shuffling suppliers. Effective technology deployment is about automation and identifying new ways of doing things – consequently, we are seeing acceleration of the adoption of virtualisation and cloud technologies…

Organisations everywhere are struggling to balance ever increasing technology complexity against ever decreasing budgets. Employees expect, and often need to work from anywhere, from any device. Consequently, we are witnessing the convergence of consumer technology and consumer behaviours with the corporate environment which only adds to the complexity.

So how do you provide a consistent, standardised desktop experience for employees who need to work with multiple different devices, with multiple different form factors, connectivity options, processors and operating systems? The answer: Virtualisation…. and the abstraction of the desktop from any one physical device.

VDI is on the radar of most CIO’s and IT Director’s and has to be one of the current hot topics. However, most of the evidence including NCC’s recent conference – Maintaining Service Levels with Reduced Budgets, November 2010… points to less than 10% of corporate enterprises have virtualised their desktop environment. So if the economic climate is tough and cost savings paramount, the technology mature, just what are the issues inhibiting VDI adoption?

The answers to this might lie fundamentally in the area of trust and confidence – in this edition of ITadviser we drill down into the issues inhibiting big businesses from taking the leap of faith…

I’d also recommend to you the BBC’s major new four part series which takes stock of the profound impact – of the web – how, for better and for worse, the digital revolution is reshaping all our lives. The series traverses the globe, journalist and academic Dr Aleks Krotoski explores the meaning of a phenomenon that is and continues to transform everything from how we learn to how we shop, how we vote, how we and make friends. The series reveals astonishing facts about how the web is rewiring our society and our economy.

Ian Jones
Head of Research & Content
National Computing Centre

Download the whole issue as a PDF: ITadviser, Issue 65, Spring 2011

Industry news - Spring 2011 - 02 Mar 2011

ICO bares its teeth Are we entering a new regime of enforcement around data protection compliance? Early in February, the Information Commissioners Office* issued two new high profile fines for data Protection breaches. Ealing Council and Hounslow Council were fined 80,000 and 70,000 respectively after two unencrypted laptops, containing the ... read more..

Confidence in the cloud - 02 Mar 2011

cloud computing Cloud computing is arguably one of the hottest topics in computing at the moment. It seems from the evidence of the past few years though that this particular topic is about more than just hype. Sin John, distinguished engineer at Symantec, provides a fresh take on ... read more..

The maturing cloud - 02 Mar 2011

cloud computing Steve Salmon, principal advisor at KPMG Performance Technology predicts that 2011 will see cloud computing move from infancy to adolescence. As Software as a Service (SaaS) offerings mature and gain wider market acceptance, the topic of cloud will quickly capture the attention of CEOs and boards, eventually ... read more..

Strategy & Change Governance - 02 Mar 2011

strategy change Creating greater efficiency and business improvement Strategy and change are inseparable practices. You cannot execute strategy without change and you cannot change effectively without a strategy. But how many of us can say that our organisation has a tightly connected strategy and change process? Andrew Hudson, managing ... read more..

Backsourcing... where did it all go wrong? - 02 Mar 2011

backsourcing As traditional offshore services continue to disappoint and organisations face having to reabsorb their IT development activities, nearshore providers in eastern European countries are stepping in. Not only are the cost arguments as strong or even stronger than traditional outsourcing, but the nearshoring model gives back a level of ... read more..

Talking through the VDI options - 02 Mar 2011

virtual desktop infrastructure If you were a fly on the wall at any IT departments strategy planning meeting for 2011, chances are that virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) will be on the agenda. While the financial arguments rage (quite correctly) about the costs and benefits, it is the good old foot ... read more..

Creating a community strategy - 02 Mar 2011

social collaboration Using technology to create a community is easy. But running a successful community requires more than just technology, explains Rob Howard. The community lifecycle is something we created at Telligent to help organisations understand how a community works. By understanding the community lifecycle you can create a comprehensive ... read more..

At the centre - Spring 2011 - 01 Mar 2011

Mobility, flexible working and unified comms Date for your diary... 30th March The next technology revolution is underway, bringing with it real benefits to enterprises and to workers. Technology improvements and market and economic pressures have pushed communications onto a common IT network and platform. Communications technologies are now ... read more..

Aligning IT with the business - not again! - 01 Mar 2011

Surely enough has already been said on the topic of aligning IT with the business for it to still have any value to CIOs and IT managers. It appears not Richard Wyatt-Haines, interim director, consultant, speaker and best selling author, explores a new perspective The latest NCC Members Survey places ... read more..

ITDA update… Packaged for success - 01 Mar 2011

IT Department AccreditationA new Standard and an Accreditation scheme from the National Computing CentreNampak has become the latest IT function to meet the NCCs Standard for IT Departments. Michael Dean investigates.The chances are that you handle a product made by Nampak everyday, but you may not realise it. Nampak is ... read more..

Can you trust in the cloud? - 01 Mar 2011

cloud computing Cloud computing was one of the IT buzzwords for 2010, and as 2011 has started, a consensus around what the cloud really can deliver to businesses is now being formed. However, one of the biggest issues in the debates around cloud computing is trust. How can companies be sure ... read more..

Software licence optimisation: key contributor to IT cost containment - 01 Mar 2011

software asset managementIn todays technology-led business environment, reducing IT costs can be an easy win for enterprises in their drive for overall business savings. Jill Powell, global manager for content at Flexera Software, explores the business benefits of effective asset management. Economic growth in 2011 in the UK is likely ... read more..

Making the right decisions - 01 Mar 2011

software asset management Leading analyst firm Gartner recently released its top 10 technologies and trends that CIOs should be thinking about in 2011. However, Phil Heap, head of products services for FAST Ltd, questions whether this is what businesses should really be focusing on in the year ahead. Are ... read more..

Agile Financial Times - 01 Mar 2011

agile financial management ... read more..

Data and security issues in the cloud - 01 Mar 2011

cloud computing All businesses who are thinking about embracing the cloud as their core IT service delivery route quite rightly should fully understand the risks as well as the well-documented rewards The main concerns centre around service reliability, accessibility and security of data stored in the cloud. Here, Mark Seemann, ... read more..



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