Expert View: Large data volumes need specific distributed file systems
Mar 19, 2020 | Expert View
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Mar 19, 2020
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The data volumes companies need to store is growing constantly. With big data and IoT projects reaching production status, these volumes will rise even faster and will consist of structured and unstructured data. The latter tend to grow even faster. The ability of standard file systems like extX, NTFS or Microsoft ReFS to store data volumes in petabyte sizes is limited. Therefore, distributed file systems that are designed for such data volumes are needed in order to store and retrieve dat...
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Wolfgang Schwab, Karsten Leclerque
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Expert View: Vodafone is already credible for cloud and IoT, and has become a strong choice for edge workloads
Mar 31, 2020 | Expert View
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Mar 31, 2020
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Vodafone is becoming as much a tech company as a comms carrier, and it is focusing on providing services that combine both capabilities. The company has scarce skills in 5G networking, which enables it to deliver low-latency apps both on- and off-net. Applications hosted on Vodafone’s network edge can therefore be delivered with little latency. IBM and AWS have partnered with Vodafone to make complex IT and public cloud services available to mobile and remote users, and to deliver cloud wo...
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Simon Abrahams, Wolfgang Schwab
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Expert View: Building a Digital Workplace for "The New Normal”
Mar 31, 2020 | Expert View
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Mar 31, 2020
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The impact of the Covid-19 coronavirus has forced organizations across all industry sectors to make huge changes to their ways of working. But once the dust settles, few are likely to fully return to their traditional models, and now need to develop new digital workplace strategies that put user experience, flexibility and security at their core. This Expert View identifies the core building blocks that business and technology leaders need to put in place to build a future-proof approach.
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Nick Mayes, Klaus Holzhauser
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Expert View: Chinese cloud providers are the simple solution to delivering IT into China from the West
Mar 31, 2020 | Expert View
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Mar 31, 2020
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China is a huge commercial opportunity for many Western organizations, but also a huge challenge for the IT departments of those Western organizations. A local IT presence within China can best be delivered using a Chinese domestic cloud service. For the broadest AWS-like capabilities, look to Alibaba cloud. For Western organizations looking to launch B2C digital services into China, look to Tencent. And for applications that require low latency, look to China Telecom.
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Simon Abrahams, Wolfgang Schwab
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Expert View: How artificial intelligence can help banks to improve the customer experience
Jun 08, 2020 | Expert View
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Jun 08, 2020
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The banking sector is at a turning point in its history. Banks’ challengers want to grab a piece of the market, and banks are losing market share. The competitors might succeed as banks have a product-centric approach while their digital-native challengers have a customer-centric approach. Banks should quickly improve their customer experience by leveraging artificial intelligence (AI).
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Shelina Sithanen, Olivier Rafal
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Expert View: Why is computer vision particularly relevant in the retail sector?
Oct 02, 2020 | Expert View
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Oct 02, 2020
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The retail sector is probably one of the most dynamic and avid consumers of modern digital solutions and tools. High volumes, complex operations, and fierce competition are driving a constant need for technological innovation and operation support based on automated process capabilities and artificial intelligence, mainly computer vision (image recognition and video recognition) combined with machine learning algorithms.
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Bogdan Cotovelea, Olivier Rafal
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Expert View: Marketing intelligence – status quo in Europe
Oct 13, 2020 | Expert View
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Oct 13, 2020
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Marketing as a discipline has long been regarded as the market-oriented realization of corporate goals. Today, marketing departments are assigned more complex tasks and have taken on a more comprehensive strategic importance within companies. Moreover, marketing departments use many different channels and/or apply individual solutions to gain a comprehensive understanding of their customers and to address them in a targeted manner. In this Expert View, we offer insights into how far advanc...
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Elena Ndrepepa, Joachim Hackmann
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Expert View: The most important personnel cyber security certifications
Oct 28, 2020 | Expert View
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Oct 28, 2020
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Certifications and standards are significant instruments for a company to secure operations and prove its compliance with local and regional regulations. There are numerous standards of general importance, such as ISO 27xxx; others only apply to certain sectors or functions, such as PCI DSS. In this Expert View, PAC gives an overview of the main personnel certifications that a buyer of services or an employer should require their service providers and candidates to hold in order to make su...
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Wolfgang Schwab, Simon Abrahams
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Expert View: How to create a solid business case for managed security services (MSS)
Oct 29, 2020 | Expert View
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Oct 29, 2020
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Managed security services enjoy growing popularity. There are several reasons for this. On the one hand, security experts are rare and expensive talents, and on the other hand, the threat dynamics keeps increasing. This means the need for adequate cyber security expertise is growing while the costs are becoming a concern, not only in times of the pandemic. However, before outsourcing large parts of their IT security, companies should carry out sound economic efficiency calculations.
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Wolfgang Schwab, Bogdan Cotovelea
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Expert View: SASE: although this market is still new, IT users facing cyber security challenges should already consider early solutions
Nov 02, 2020 | Expert View
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Nov 02, 2020
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Secure Access Service Edge is a new style of cyber security solution that combines network and network security capabilities as a service. Although widely talked up by new and existing vendors, the service has specific benefits for the many organizations that face a growing need to enable distributed applications for distributed users, in a highly dynamic environment.
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Wolfgang Schwab, Bogdan Cotovelea
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Expert View: SAP’s new strategy around the customer experience
Nov 02, 2020 | Expert View
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Nov 02, 2020
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SAP’s transition from an ERP vendor to an E2E application, platform, and cloud provider has made good progress in recent years. SAP’s efforts around the topic of customer experience (CX) as an important strategic pillar have strongly contributed to this development. The company’s efforts range from the further development of its own solutions to inorganic growth through acquisitions (the best-known and most profitable in recent years were hybris, CoreSystems, CallidusCloud, Gigya, and Qual...
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Elena Ndrepepa, Joachim Hackmann
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Expert View: Work during and after the coronavirus pandemic – working from home, back to the office, or hybrid – a strategy is needed, now!
Nov 09, 2020 | Expert View
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Nov 09, 2020
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During the initial phase of the coronavirus pandemic, many organizations sent parts of their workforce to work from home. Some employees liked this, others didn’t. During the summer, some organizations opened their offices again and asked employees to come to the office at least a few days a week. Now, with the 2nd wave of the pandemic underway, working from home has again become more attractive for employees and organizations. Organizations need to define a clear strategy on future workin...
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Wolfgang Schwab, Karsten Leclerque
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Expert View: How tools, automation, and best practices can support cloud migration (using the example of AWS)
Nov 10, 2020 | Expert View
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Nov 10, 2020
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Even before the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic in early 2020, companies needed to increase efficiency and agility while continuing to invest in innovation. This is why large-scale cloud migration is considered as a serious option by many companies, not only in view of the economic crisis, but also triggered by, e.g., required hardware refresh, expiring outsourcing contracts, and data center consolidation strategies. As with traditional IT outsourcing (ITO) engagements, such a transfer...
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Karsten Leclerque, Wolfgang Schwab
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Expert View: Car.OS battlefield – can automotive OEMs keep the data vampires away from the car doors?
Nov 10, 2020 | Expert View
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Nov 10, 2020
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Car makers can no longer keep the data vampires away from the car doors – they are already sitting in the infotainment system of the car. In addition, digital players have even broader ambitions involving a car operating system (Car.OS) which also includes functions related to advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS). The question now is whether the automotive industry will find the right form of coopetition to stay relevant in this space.
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Arnold Vogt, Wolfgang Schwab
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Expert View: SAP’s new Customer Data Platform
Nov 11, 2020 | Expert View
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Nov 11, 2020
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SAP’s new CX (customer experience) strategy presented during the virtual SAP CX Live event revolves around the launch of the SAP Customer Data Platform (CDP), which aims at enabling customers to gather relevant customer data across all available touchpoints – from sales through marketing and commerce to service – to improve experiences. Even though not enough light has been shed on this topic, the market for customer data platforms is a very crowded and competitive area, with all the leadi...
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Elena Ndrepepa, Joachim Hackmann
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Expert View: Regional and global multi-mobility service providers are on the rise
Nov 12, 2020 | Expert View
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Nov 12, 2020
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Driven by Covid-19, the market for mobility services is consolidating fast. The trend is moving away from offering individual mobility services only. Players have the ambition to own the user interaction and become multi-mobility service providers, supported by mobility partners.
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Arnold Vogt, Wolfgang Schwab
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Expert View: The Impact of Quantum Computing on Cyber Security
Nov 16, 2020 | Expert View
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Nov 16, 2020
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Modern cryptography – a core building block of cyber security – is based on a simple tenet. Not that codes and keys are unbreakable, but that the time it would take to break them is too expensive and time-consuming to be a feasible option. Quantum computing is set to shatter this illusion – and on a timeline that’s getting shorter with every new technological development. And while for the foreseeable future there are many safe encryption methods available for enterprise leaders, they must...
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Ollie O'Donoghue, Wolfgang Schwab
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Expert View: Marketplaces for AI models can support the faster spread of AI, but most of them are still in the early stages
Nov 26, 2020 | Expert View
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Nov 26, 2020
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AI is predicted to have a major impact in the coming decades, but the adoption of AI is rather slow. AI marketplaces could help to overcome the current challenges. We observe several initiatives in the market to establish marketplaces for AI models. Most of them are still in the early stages. AWS is the most advanced player in this field with its AI marketplace around SageMaker.
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Arnold Vogt, Franck Nassah
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Expert View: The Western world sees eye to eye on regulating Big Tech and large digital platforms
Dec 01, 2020 | Expert View
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Dec 01, 2020
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Western regions, including the EU and North America, are increasingly concerned with the growing power and influence of Big Tech and large digital platforms. PAC will provide a short overview of ongoing and upcoming regulatory and digital tax changes, and what this means for tech companies and IT providers alike.
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Sidney Siegertsz, Ollie O'Donoghue
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Expert View: Cloud is the engine powering economic recovery
Dec 07, 2020 | Expert View
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Dec 07, 2020
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The onset of a global pandemic pushed enterprises across the globe to rethink their business operations and infrastructure. Cloud swiftly became a vital lifeline to power distributed operating models, allow access so employees can continue working, and flex up and down to meet rapidly changing demands from consumers and businesses. While cloud technologies served a vital purpose powering the immediate reactions to the COVID-19 crisis, they also have a role in driving the necessary economic...
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Ollie O'Donoghue, Karsten Leclerque
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