Getting ahead and staying ahead in today’s fast-changing world

Two sets of dynamics impact your technology agenda today, and each drives continuous change in the other. On the one hand demands from the business are constantly changing, while on the other the march of technology and new ways of exploiting it never stops. Against this background, success depends on looking ahead, anticipating developments on each side of the equation, and acting proactively.

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It’s Time to Raise the Bar on Observability

Observability has come a long way in the last 30 years

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The politics and practicalities of sustainable IT

A senior leadership perspective

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Making supplier management work better

68 IT leaders provide their insights

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Optimising your supplier base for 2024

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Getting the most from your key suppliers

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Evaluating the Potential of Hyper-Converged Storage

What to consider when planning for modern IT and the hybrid cloud era

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What does “Investment in Generative AI” actually mean?

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Custom chatbots and model gardens: putting Private AI to work

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Understanding the rise and role of Private AI

Part 1: AI hype vs fear and doubt The leakage of proprietary IP and other[...]

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Kubernetes as an enterprise multi-cloud enabler

Building out your environment to create a full lifecycle delivery platform

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A straightforward look at SAP master data automation

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Automation of SAP Master Data Management

Solving the dirty data dilemma and laying the foundations for continuous change and optimisation

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Time to sound the alarm as AI hype catches fire

One of the most worrying things that’s coming out of recent research

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It’s time to look again at IT and Software Asset Management

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An AI crash is coming: don’t let it drag you down

All the signs are there that an AI crash is coming: overinflated claims and dodgy[...]

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Want to become a data-driven organisation? Start thinking differently about change management

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Tackling the software skills crunch

How IT leaders grow their software engineering resources

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Just because it’s innovative, doesn’t make it good!

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The key to future IT success is a switch to managing services, not systems

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Are tech vendors pulling their weight on fixing fragmented IT?

Many organisations have silo’d data and fragmented IT systems, but

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Standardized solution implementation services

Shorten time-to-value, reduce costs and risks, and future-proof your investment

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Trust: easy to lose, hard to recover

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IT Financial Management Revisited

Time for a smarter and more joined-up approach

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Dealing with the growing problem of edge and IoT sprawl

Amidst all the hype regarding the massive growth potential for IoT

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The global information access opportunity

Making a business case for investment in modern file data management

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Getting real about IT sustainability

From good intentions to tangible results through smart systems selection

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Have you made the right platform choices to minimise risk?

Critical systems have to run and run…

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Getting the most from IT suppliers

100 CIOs tell us their frustrations, needs and wants

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The IT Transformation Imperative

Driving meaningful change to make tangible difference

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To maximise potential, mainframers must reach out and engage

The team here has always had immense respect for the mainframe community

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From multiple clouds to multi-cloud

Time to strengthen your cloud operating model

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Kubernetes and the open-source maintainer question

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S/4HANA without compromise

A modern ERP architecture needs a powerful and future-proof platform

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VMware’s breadth and depth impresses, but is it still a safe bet?

At the recent VMware Explore conference in Barcelona

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Supporting the needs of highly unpredictable workloads

It’s all about flexibility, scalability and cost effectiveness

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The modern SD-WAN advantage

Even if you run an SD-WAN today, it’s time to check what’s new

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Manufacturers in a world of constant change

Why ERP modernization could yield the ESG and Industry 4.0 synergies that you need

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Has the cloud caught up with the mainframe?

Yes, you read that right

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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

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Frustrated with your company’s cloud obsession?

What goes around, comes around

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‘Traditional’ is not a dirty word

Sometimes ‘new’ and ‘disruptive’ really doesn’t make sense

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Linux and sustainability

The emerging role of modern, high-scale consolidation platforms

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The Post-Pandemic CIO

Views on leadership, communication and engagement

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Hybrid working isn’t turning out as expected

Last year, as companies recognised both the value of face-to-face interaction

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Modernizing the digital workplace

Accelerating your desktop delivery in the post-pandemic era

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CIOs plans for 2022

Priorities and interests

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Is the commodity server bandwagon running out of steam?

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One SSD to ruler them all

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Why does ransomware still work?

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Ransomware teaches the importance of data protection

Several years ago, around the time that ransomware attacks started making the front pages

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Having trouble overcoming the S/4HANA confidence gap?

As John Lennon and Yoko Ono didn't quite sing

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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?

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Has Windows 11 strengthened the case for Chromebooks?

Analyst Opinion: I was left with two overriding thoughts

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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?

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Customer and employee experience

Time to join the dots

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Is it a Suite, Package, Bundle or Platform?

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Is ‘suite’ becoming a dirty word?

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Windows 11: could this ‘feel good’ update actually help IT pros?

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Where vendors too often go wrong: SMBs need enterprise-grade IT too

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SMB-friendly IT solutions are needed

Your business deserves more than a cut-down enterprise offering

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