Computer science departments have struggled to attract undergraduates in recent years, but the tide is turning as qualifications in ICT-related fields become increasingly sought after in the job market.
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The organisation used to be client-server driven, says Scott Gassmann, PAN’s manager of innovation.
Southern Hospitality is a supplier of products and services to the hospitality and food service industry. The company deals with around 600 calls a day and the 100 mobile staff visit eacch from five to 15 customers a day, says Andy Doherty, CEO at Southern Hospitality.
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Especially interesting are new players like www.bluejeans.com or Vidyo, he says. Blue Jeans Network is included in Gartner’s ‘Cool Vendors in Enterprise Unified Communications and Network Services, 2012’ list. The research firm says that Blue Jeans is “revolutionising the delivery of video communication and conferencing by allowing mainstream consumer endpoints, such as Skype and GoogleTalk, to be joined into reservationless calls with traditional video conferencing and telepresence systems.” The system uses a cloud-based platform that runs on standard x86 hardware.
The majority of public cloud solutions come from US-based suppliers and are delivered through US datacentres, and this has “created anxiety” for non-US enterprise IT organisations – because the location of data brings new risk, says Prentice’s research.
“It provides numerous sophisticated application modules that seamlessly work together in one package.”
“The drive towards cloud computing has also got enterprises worried about the security issues associated with the migration to the public cloud,” says Edison Yu, research manager, ICT practice at Frost & Sullivan Asia-Pacific.
The upsurge of networked devices and applications means that more data is being collected than ever before. This has lead to an explosion of large-scale data sets which is changing business and science around the world.
There has been significant investment in local datacentres lately.
The Waikato District Health Board has rolled out an electronic whiteboard system to capture and display patient information.
Cloud benefits reinforced
The worldwide number of users of business intelligence, analytics and performance management solutions will double by 2014, according to Gartner. This growth is driven by an ongoing revolution in information consumption and usability, says the research firm.
Slow but steady growth