Business » Features »

  • 5 ways to use virtual reality in the enterprise

    With Facebook executives focusing so much of their annual F8 developers conference on virtual reality, people are wondering how the technology will affect gaming and social networking.

  • How financial service firms use big data to meet business goals

    Most financial service firms, which includes banking and insurance companies, are engaged in a big data project to increase the pace of innovation and uncover game-changing business outcomes. The pressing challenge now is how to drive more continuous value and unearth opportunities more rapidly.

  • Could Facebook be your next phone company?

    This vendor-written tech primer has been edited by Network World to eliminate product promotion, but readers should note it will likely favor the submitter's approach.

  • Microsoft answers Windows device share slump with freemium strategy

    Microsoft's strategic shift to creating apps and services for rival operating systems was born from the hard realization that Windows' share of the total device market was in the middle of a three-year slump, according to new forecasts Thursday by research firm Gartner.

  • Taking the Hype out of Hyper-convergence

    Colm Keegan, ESG Senior analyst recently had some great perspective on the hyper-converged market and Scale Computing:

  • VCE Innovation Delivers Scale, SDN Choice, and Operational Simplicity

    In today's extremely fast-paced IT economy, there is no time to sit on your hands. This is particularly true of the converged and hyper-converged market. ESG Senior Analyst Colm Keegan and I are seeing tremendous innovation taking place in the space, with an insane amount of money changing hands--between investors pouring silly amounts of money into emerging technologies and IT professionals doubling down in their investments in converged/hyper-converged systems.

  • The Funding Faucet Is Wide Open for Hyper-converged Businesses

    ESG Senior Analyst Colm Keegan and I have been furiously fielding inquires on whether to go converged or hyper-converged. The answer, according to SimpliVity CEO, Doron Kempel, is, well, simple: Why settle for an incremental approach to infrastructure convergence when you can achieve true IT transformation through a fully hyper-converged solution?

  • This isn't your father's enterprise software

    When Patrick Benson joined Ovation Brands back in September 2013, he was given a tall order: modernize an array of legacy IT systems that could no longer keep up with the restaurant-chain conglomerate's business processes.

  • FCC girds for legal attacks on net neutrality order

    The Federal Communication Commission's 400-page official order on net neutrality, released Thursday, will undoubtedly elicit lawsuits on various fronts once it is officially published in the Federal Register.

  • Why Israel could be the next cybersecurity world power

    There are plenty of cities in the U.S. that want to lay claim to becoming the "next" Silicon Valley, but a dusty desert town in the south of Israel called Beersheva might actually have a shot at becoming something more modest, and more focused. They want to be the first place you think about when it comes to cybersecurity research, education, and innovation. If things go right there, it may well happen.

  • Docker Inc., leave Docker tools alone

    Several new Docker tools are out there: Docker Machine, Docker Swarm, and Docker Compose. They come from Docker Inc. itself, which has has the advantage of being designed by the same folks who developed the Docker container.

  • No new Lumia flagship? Smart move, Microsoft

    Microsoft's decision to wait until Windows 10 arrives to deliver a high-end Lumia smartphone may have irked some of the company's loyal customers, but it was the smart move, according to analysts.

  • Will network disaggregation play in the enterprise?

    Disaggregation seems to be all the rage in networking these days.

  • What does the FCC's net neutrality vote mean?

    Net neutrality has been debated for a decade, but the Federal Communications Commission's historic vote on Thursday signals only the beginning of further battles and likely lawsuits.

  • OpenStack Board Member Rob Hirschfeld on the impact of DevOps, SDN, Docker & more

    I recently had the great pleasure to sit down with community-elected OpenStack board member and Crowbar co-creator, Rob Hirschfeld. Rob shared awesome nuggets of wisdom on data center and cloud operations, you can view the video and the full transcript below:

  • GitHub for the rest of us

    There's a reason why software developers live at the leading edges of an unevenly distributed future: Their work products have always been digital artifacts, and since the dawn of networks, their work processes have been connected.

  • Premier 100 IT Leader: Faye K. Sahai

    With the title of vice president of innovation and advanced technology, it's no surprise that Faye K. Sahai had a hand in cutting-edge projects at Kaiser Permanente.

  • Premier 100 IT Leader: Jay Ferro

    When Jay Ferro, 46, joined the American Cancer Society as CIO three years ago, he was given a herculean task -- to transform the nonprofit's 12 independent divisions and corporate headquarters into a single entity, beginning with IT.

  • Premier 100 IT Leader: Ryan Boone

    Ryan Boone has a simple philosophy for blending IT with the business at discount retailer Dollar General: "Do the work."

  • Premier 100 IT Leader: Alissa Johnson

    A peculiar atmosphere takes hold within White House IT operations as a change in presidential administrations nears: The enthusiasm for undertaking new projects seems to wane.