Entries by Allan Krans, Practice Manager and Principal Analyst

Cloud vendors go deep with industry solutions

Google Cloud and SAP are flagship examples of vendors building vertically oriented strategies with the introduction of industry cloud solutions Over the last year, as more organizations accelerated the migration to the cloud, it has become evident that a horizontal cloud does not always meet the specific needs of certain industries, especially highly regulated ones […]

Enterprise edge compute sees opportunity in COVID-19 economy as new use cases emerge

COVID-19 increases demand for edge installments Despite some challenges and resistance to adoption, the opportunity at the enterprise edge is vast, as edge workloads present a key solution to many of the new problems that have popped up due to COVID-19. For example, brick-and-mortar shopping was once seen as a leisure activity and has now […]

2Q20 gives cloud vendors hope the worst COVID-19 impacts are over

2Q20 was better than expected and sparks more long-term optimism Results in 2Q20 reflect a full quarter’s worth of COVID-19 impact, and the sigh of relief from executives at leading cloud providers was almost audible. That is not to say negative impacts were not felt, though. Transactional activity was once a nice growth driver for […]

Amid a consolidating market, vendors adopt creative initiatives to fight for mission-critical cloud workloads

Public cloud growth leaders While Amazon Web Services (AWS) continues to dominate the public cloud IaaS market, its rivals continue to expand in the space and even collaborate to take market share. Microsoft and Oracle added a new data center interconnection in Amsterdam, deepening the ties between the vendors as they enable customers to run […]

East meets West: A comparative tale of two e-commerce giants placing big bets on the cloud

Alibaba Cloud, AWS focus on build-outs of global footprints via infrastructure investments in 5G and expansion of data center and edge locations While the growth of the two globally dispersed e-commerce giants Alibaba and Amazon is largely fueled by retail, both businesses have showed marked dedication to the growth of their respective cloud empires, focusing […]

Informatica acquires Compact Solutions to improve metadata management across the enterprise

Enterprises are developing hybrid IT environments at an increasing rate, leveraging cloud-based technologies to achieve flexibility and scalability while keeping workloads on premises that contain sensitive information or require low latency. This creates complex IT environments that need to be integrated, governed and made compliant with local regulations. Informatica has positioned itself as a leading […]

COVID-19 pushes IT architecture further to the edge

The growing impetus for edge computing in a pandemic-burdened world It is an understatement that the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting shutdowns have dramatically altered the ways individuals live and businesses function. Reliance on networks, infrastructure, the cloud and associated technologies has never been greater, and the effect of such dependence has laid bare weaknesses in […]

SAP enhances its best-of-suite strategy with core apps running on HANA and improved industry approach

COVID-19 impacts highlight the value of SAP’s existing portfolio and road map Before SAP CEO Christian Klein took the virtual stage for SAPPHIRE NOW 2020’s keynote, Chief Marketing Officer Alicia Tillman spoke with the company’s regional leaders for EMEA, APJ and the Americas. Across geographies, there was consistency in customer sentiment, particularly around the benefits […]

Red Hat enables hybrid cloud with a business model focused on open architectures, processes and cultures

With a foundation in open source, Red Hat is poised to deliver to the hybrid-ready enterprise The open source proposition has been embedded in Red Hat’s roots since the company’s founding in 1993 and has since remained at the core of its guiding principles, with Linux operating system (OS) at the heart of all its […]

Wave of growth that will outpace prior estimates expected for cloud professional services market

Cloud professional services market overview Market overview Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, the increasing complexity of enterprise hybrid and multicloud environments had already established a growing need for managed services and system integration vendors. Traditional deployment schedules and delivery timelines have been accelerated as the pandemic has created a short-term need to fulfill the demands […]