Dealing with the growing problem of edge and IoT sprawl
Amidst all the hype regarding the massive growth potential for IoT[...]View More
To maximise potential, mainframers must reach out and engage
The team here has always had immense respect for the mainframe community[...]View More
Does application modernisation mean what you think it means?
Most people in IT probably think they know what application modernisation is[...]View More
Kubernetes and the open-source maintainer question
While much of October's KubeCon-CloudNativeCon North America[...]View More
VMware’s breadth and depth impresses, but is it still a safe bet?
At the recent VMware Explore conference in Barcelona[...]View More
Digital identity and opening up the smartwallet
When an 80 year-old relative asks you how she can use her phone to both[...]View More
What’s up with Google’s plan to supplant SMS and drive mobile e-commerce?
Ask most people what RCS stands for, and you’ll probably get a blank look.[...]View More
Like a teenager, Kubernetes looks almost grown-up, yet still a bit awkward and confused
Platform: that’s the key word that sprung to mind after attending Kubecon[...]View More
HP Inc’s Poly opportunity: look beyond devices and software to a real collaboration strategy
Could its takeover of workspace collaboration specialist Poly[...]View More
‘Traditional’ is not a dirty word
Sometimes ‘new’ and ‘disruptive’ really doesn’t make sense[...]View More
Singing the key management blues
We need cryptographic keys, but who is going to manage them?[...]View More
Hybrid working isn’t turning out as expected
Last year, as companies recognised both the value of face-to-face interaction[...]View More
Citrix and Microsoft: who’s really leading the transformation agenda?
Citrix loves Microsoft and Microsoft loves Citrix[...]View More
Do you feel trapped by Microsoft?
Thoughts on loosening Redmond’s grip on your business[...]View More
Striking a balance between risk and innovation: Lessons from an autonomous ship
Back story to a different kind of voyage[...]View More
Is the commodity server bandwagon running out of steam?
The term “paradigm shift” gets flung about far too much in IT, but we may[...]View More
One SSD to ruler them all
Why the new EDSFF storage format is hot stuff – and what else you need[...]View More
Why does ransomware still work?
As someone who first encountered ransomware during the last millennium[...]View More
Ransomware teaches the importance of data protection
Several years ago, around the time that ransomware attacks started making the front pages[...]View More
Having trouble overcoming the S/4HANA confidence gap?
As John Lennon and Yoko Ono didn't quite sing[...]View More
Got a strong story to tell? Don’t settle for a place in the chorus
Have you lost your voice? Or is the market just not hearing you?[...]View More
Has Windows 11 strengthened the case for Chromebooks?
Analyst Opinion: I was left with two overriding thoughts[...]View More
Forget the ‘free’ software, the real value of open-source is the collaboration
Analyst Opinion: It’s a cliché, but why are we still reinventing wheels?[...]View More
Which is worse: noise, or the sound of silence?
Analyst Opinion: If you’re one of the many people who find offices too noisy[...]View More
Google Calendar auto-adds shared meeting notes
Analyst Opinion: If, like me, you often find yourself hunting for notes[...]View More
Is it a Suite, Package, Bundle or Platform?
People have been selling collections of products and tools for centuries, and with the advent[...]View More
Is ‘suite’ becoming a dirty word?
How much attention do you pay to the pros and cons of software and service[...]View More
Windows 11: could this ‘feel good’ update actually help IT pros?
Much has been written about Windows 11, and many YouTube videos have been published. If[...]View More
Where vendors too often go wrong: SMBs need enterprise-grade IT too
For far too long now, many vendors seem to have assumed that the IT requirements[...]View More
Remember when Agile was treated with suspicion?
Throwback Thursday: When we researched the topic of Agile development back in 2008[...]View More
Is IT investment handled better now than a decade ago?
Throwback Thursday: People like to think that the way IT works with business has changed[...]View More
From virtual desktops to Chromebooks and the work-anywhere web
Throwback Thursday: If there’s one thing our report from eight years ago reminds us[...]View More
The allure of the log-in-anywhere desktop
How can organisations simplify desktop management if we all still want our own devices?[...]View More
The SMB solution selection challenge
It's all too easy for smaller businesses to get caught out[...]View More
How to boost supplier commitment without spending more money
Time to tune into those non-revenue goals[...]View More
Even data fragmentation has gone virtual
Throwback Thursday: If there’s one thing our report from eight years ago reminds us[...]View More
Data governance in software testing
Throwback Thursday: this week we're going back to 2008[...]View More
Private cloud in contexts old and new
Throwback Thursday: What a difference a decade can make[...]View More
Mobile moments and the past left far behind
Throwback Thursday We have looked at many reports from years ago that show that, whilst[...]View More
Remember when cloud was going to kill the IT channel?
Throwback Thursday: taking a regular stroll in the Freeform Dynamics archives. [...]View More
Has the data centre of the future already arrived?
Throwback Thursday: Predicting the future back in 2012[...]View More
Effective IT recovery in small/midsize businesses, 10 years on? Maybe tomorrow…
Throwback Thursday: this week we're going back to 2011[...]View More
The #WFH ‘New Normal’ is nothing of the sort
Analyst Opinion At least, not yet. The world is still in the very abnormal grip[...]View More
Business performance management still chasing the real-time dream
Throwback Thursday: This week we are going back to 2007[...]View More
How have attitudes to risk and resilience changed?
Throwback Thursday: Looking back to June 2008[...]View More
x86 Server virtualisation check point
Throwback Thursday: This week we are heading back to 2010[...]View More
Why I’m uneasy about the Salesforce Slack acquisition
Analyst Opinion: Most coverage on the Salesforce acquisition of Slack has focused on the industry[...]View More
Linux on the Desktop
Throwback Thursday: The first thing that struck me when I re-read our ‘Linux on the[...]View More
We need to start prioritizing workforce health and wellbeing
Analyst Opinion: “This has been a shot in the arm for those who have long[...]View More
The authentication arms race continues
Throwback Thursday: This week we are heading back to 2006[...]View More
Social interaction in the digital workplace
Analyst opinion: As workplaces increasingly pivot to virtual presence, how can we stay connected?[...]View More
IT Support, now and then
Throwback Thursday: Comparing IT support in 2020 with IT support in 2006[...]View More
The #WFH extended talent opportunity
Analyst Opinion: The rise of the virtual “workplace” – implications for inclusivity and Generation Z[...]View More
Make the camera work for you, not against you
Analyst Opinion: Hands up anyone who expected not just to spend 2020 at home, but[...]View More
The pandemic and productivity: a Covid-19 conundrum
Analyst Opinion “I’ve never been more productive!” With so many people getting their first experience[...]View More
Are you ready to pay the ‘mental debts’ of Covid-19?
Analyst Opinion It’s easy to predict many of the pains that are going to hit[...]View More
AI without tears: the drive for automation and self-service
Analyst Opinion In the post-pandemic, post-Brexit world, businesses of all sorts face a range of[...]View More
How Covid-19 can sicken your AI apps too
Analyst Opinion AI might not be the first thing you think of when you start[...]View More
Outsourcing: a clear look at a cloudy subject
Analyst Opinion “Wasn’t cloud just another name for outsourcing back then?” joked another guest in[...]View More
Data protection is too complex for RTO and RPO to be singular
Analyst Opinion I think we can all agree that protecting data is important – perhaps[...]View More
Consent and GDPR: get the basics right!
Analyst Opinion Why do companies find it so hard to get their heads around even[...]View More
For business AI, focus on psychology, not technology
Analyst Opinion There’s no doubt now that AI works, and it can work very well[...]View More
DevOps needs more perspective and humility
Analyst Opinion DevOps started as a grass-roots movement led by practitioners. The motives were pure,[...]View More
Today’s hybrid clouds look more closed than open
Analyst Opinion We’ve had convergence towards hybrid clouds and ‘universal’ applications, but now we are[...]View More
Kubernetes catches up with operational reality
Analyst Opinion With Kubernetes now established in many organisations as the container orchestration platform of the future,[...]View More
Mea culpa: Trendy isn’t the same as important
Analyst Opinion I hate it when you realise that your point of reference has been[...]View More
New financing models target IT’s acquisition challenges
Analyst opinion The availability of funding – or rather, the lack of it – is[...]View More
Threat vs trust: the overlooked power of words
Analyst Opinion Words have power – in particular, your choice of words modifies how your[...]View More
Growing fast, OpenStack shakes off old misconceptions
Analyst opinion One of the most interesting things about the recent Open Infrastructure Summit – the new[...]View More
Hard drives that do their own data processing
Analyst opinion It’s getting hard these days to find places where container technology doesn’t feature,[...]View More
Cybersecurity needs both psychologists and generals
Analyst opinion Many cybersecurity professionals like military analogies. Indeed, some security pros are ex-military. But[...]View More
Beware the application complexity monster
Analyst opinion How many new applications, tools, devices, and cloud services have you introduced into[...]View More
How Brexit-friendly are your SaaS contracts?
Analyst opinion If you think Brexit will be advantageous for the UK economy and the[...]View More
Six months on, GDPR is a qualified success
Analyst opinion Anyone hoping that we would by now have greater clarity on GDPR will[...]View More
How long will your New Year stay Happy?
The Freeform Dynamics fortune-telling kit has been dusted off for 2019. Here some of the[...]View More
Google Chrome: It’s more than a browser
Chrome has come a long way, but the journey might only just be starting I[...]View More
Don’t ignore the complexity of hybrid multi-cloud
Analyst opinion Many vendors will argue that moving to cloud brings consistency and simplicity, thanks[...]View More
Open source is growing up – and here’s how
Analyst opinion If you’re among those who still think that open source is just for[...]View More
The mainframe returns – as a platform for large-scale Linux
Analyst opinion There are several ways to build large scale Linux server environments, with x86[...]View More
Last call for a European public cloud?
Analyst opinion Europe’s self-described No.1 ‘hyper-scale cloud provider’, OVH, held its 6th annual customer conference[...]View More
Industrial IoT makes your people more important, not less
Analyst opinion The recent Industry of Things World conference in Berlin offered insights into the[...]View More
Google has got serious about Enterprise IT
Analyst opinion Google has made a complete about-face on the enterprise. It took so long[...]View More
Cloud Foundry’s growth highlights open source success and the cracks in commercial licensing
Analyst opinion Open source has crested the hill of enterprise acceptance. There’s no longer the[...]View More
When modern meetings don’t work
Analyst opinion Once upon a time, pretty much every meeting had a minute-taker – someone[...]View More
Is IBM relevant to today’s mainstream?
Analyst opinion When IT vendors talk about the market, they tend to focus on how[...]View More
DevOps is wasted unless the business goes Agile too
Analyst opinion When analysts and journalists write about Agile and DevOps, the focus is typically[...]View More
What can Chromebooks offer the enterprise desktop market?
Analyst opinion If you’re an IT professional managing a large desktop estate or an end[...]View More
A conference room for the future
Analyst opinion In some ways, the recent completion of Plantronics’ $2 billion purchase of Polycom[...]View More
Workplace software as an occupational hazard
Analyst opinion The US Department of Labor has updated its Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system.[...]View More
Millennial versus Mature – who’s the real IT security risk?
Analyst opinion Passwords have been the mainstay for securing applications, devices and the data they[...]View More
Your PC is rooted and jailbroken: deal with it!
Analyst opinion One of the defining characteristics of the modern digital workplace is a PC[...]View More
Cloud storage is hot
Analyst opinion But do people know what they mean when they talk about it –[...]View More
Xero highlights the role of the modern software ecosystem
Looking beyond the technology I recently caught up with Gary Turner, co-founder and managing of[...]View More
Growth mindset lets Microsoft love Linux
Analyst opinion Timed to coincide with the RSA security conference, Microsoft has announced Azure Sphere,[...]View More
Routes to AI goodness
Analyst opinion It’s all too easy to conflate the kind of AI being hyped in[...]View More
Time to dump the all-flash scepticism
Analyst opinion When we surveyed several hundred IT professionals on the topic of All-Flash Arrays,[...]View More
Microsoft’s challenge for 2018: mindshare & market relevance
Analyst opinion Microsoft’s revenues are up, but compared to its biggest competitors — Amazon, Apple,[...]View More