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Serco opts for Quantum DXi data deduplication and saves £1.3m

Serco opts for Quantum DXi data deduplication and saves £1.3m | Business ICT showcase | Scoop.it
As part of a £20m technology refresh to its private cloud services, Serco chooses Quantum data deduplication hardware instead of Data Domain and makes £1.3m storage savings
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1)      Serco

          IT

          Quantum DXi

 

2)      Serco’s CDI was founded 5 years ago, but 2 years later their infrastructure was already too small. Their biggest problem was the space they needed to store the data. And it would also take too long to make a backup off the whole system. Eventually they chose for Quantum DXi data deduplication because this produced a better data.

 

3)      They chose for the Quantum DXi data deduplication because the other system was more expensive. The main reason why they opted for this data program is because they needed a new system that could store more but took less space. 

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King.com gaming site unlocks big data with Hadoop

King.com gaming site unlocks big data with Hadoop | Business ICT showcase | Scoop.it
King.com, a skill gaming site based in Sweden, redrew its data architecture to cope with big data coming, in part, from Facebook. Cloudera’s Hadoop distribution replaced MySQL database.
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1)      King.com

          IT: games

          Cloudera

 

2)      The site had to redraw their data architecture because the previous one was too small to stock all the date, which are mostly coming from Facebook. This due to the fact that their games like Candy Crush and Bubble Witch Saga have more than 60 million users because you can find those games on Facebook.

 

3)      With their newest data architecture they’re able to win a lot of time, because it’s now much easier to change something in the game. They wanted also to record their data less strict because they want to track more kinds of user interaction. 

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Santander launches Android banking app in UK

Santander launches Android banking app in UK | Business ICT showcase | Scoop.it
Santander has released an Android mobile banking app to increase its reach as consumers increasingly use their mobile devices for transactional banking services.
Julie Castermans's insight:

1)      Santander

          Banking

          Android

 

2)      Santander has launched a new banking app in the UK for Android and also improved their banking app for Apple products. They’re offering those apps for free. With the app, the customers can check their bank account, pay their bills, do transactions between their Santander accounts … The customer can almost do the same things with his smartphone as he can do at home with his computer.

 

3)      The main objective why Santander launched also a banking app for Android is because they wanted to reach also the people who don’t have Apple products. With this new app and also the improving of the apps for Apple, they want to reach more customers. A second reason is that they want to be up to date with the banking industry of Asia and North America, where they’re already using it quiet a long time. 

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Vlaamse bibs lenen vanaf 2014 ook e-boeken uit

Vlaamse bibs lenen vanaf 2014 ook e-boeken uit | Business ICT showcase | Scoop.it
De meeste Vlaamse openbare bibliotheken zullen vanaf april 2014 ook digitale boeken aanbieden, meldt Vlaams minister van Cultuur Joke Schauvliege. In de bib zijn deze e-boeken gratis te lezen. Wie thuis wil lezen betaalt vijf euro voor drie stuks.
Julie Castermans's insight:

1)      Flemish public libraries

          Hobbies/education

          E-books

 

2)      The 178 libraries of Flanders are going to use e-books that they will offer to their ‘customers’. This project will start in April 2014. Because they’ll offer those e-books to their customers, they’re looking ahead to the future: more and more people are buying tablets and are going to read books on their tablet instead of a ‘real’ book.

 

3)      With this new project the libraries of Flanders are looking if they can convince people to read more on their tablets and also to convince those people who don’t go to the library but buy their books themselves, to go to the library. Their main objective is to reach more ‘customers’. 

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KFC brings free Wi-Fi to customers

KFC brings free Wi-Fi to customers | Business ICT showcase | Scoop.it
KFC has become the latest outlet on the high street to bring free Wi-Fi to its customers
Julie Castermans's insight:

1)      KFC

          Food

          The Cloud

 

2)      KFC brings free Wi-Fi to their customers. With this new use of ICT, they will probably get more customers. They’ll also use it to provide more information to their customers such as information about the company KFC, special deals, menus…

 

3)      With the Wi-Fi KFC hopes to improve their customer relationship, sales and customer experience. They are also looking ahead because with a good and fast Wi-Fi it’s possible to use new technologies such as mobile payments, QR codes… 

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Coast, Oasis and Warehouse drive retail innovation using iPads and Wi-Fi

Coast, Oasis and Warehouse drive retail innovation using iPads and Wi-Fi | Business ICT showcase | Scoop.it
Clothing retailers Coast, Oasis and Warehouse have experimented with in-store iPads and Wi-Fi to improve customer experience and costs
Julie Castermans's insight:

1)      Coast, Oasis and Warehouse

          Retail

          In-store iPads and Wi-FI - Vodat

 

2)      The tablets were already distributed in 2011. This was particularly used as basic mobile point of sale. Nowadays the tablets have new apps such as payroll and inter-store transfers. The staff can use it to give more information about products to a client. Now they’re also installing Wi-Fi or Mi-Fi in their shops for their concession staff, and their looking to give free Wi-Fi to their customers.

 

3)      The main objective is to improve their customer experience and also to cut the costs. The implementation with the tablets and the new apps they developed recently are much cheaper than a totally new PC-based system. Because they’ve installed Wi-Fi ir Mi-Fi in their shops, it takes less time for the concession staff. They staff used to run each time up and down the stairs and this took a lot of time. 

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Pinewood Studios slashes backup and recovery times

Pinewood Studios slashes backup and recovery times | Business ICT showcase | Scoop.it
Pinewood Studios Group has slashed its backup and recovery times and achieved robust data protection through server virtualisation
Julie Castermans's insight:

1)      Pinewood Studios Group

          Culture: movies

          Veeam Essentials: Codestone (company)

 

2)      Due to the use of the implementation of a server virtualisation, Pinewood Studios Group maintained to lower their costs, save time and win space. Nowadays 90% off the IT infrastructure is virtualized. They also wanted a system that could be consulted everywhere in the world. They used the Veeam Essentials to accomplish their virtualisation needs.

 

3)      The main reason why they’re using the Veeam Essentials is because they wanted to win time E .g.: making a backup takes only 1/3 of the time it used to be. Overnight backup processes took often until 11 a.m. to complete, while now it’s already done before the workday starts. Other reasons where win space and lower costs. 

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IBM buys e-commerce tool maker Xtify

IBM buys e-commerce tool maker Xtify | Business ICT showcase | Scoop.it
Continuing to build its portfolio of software for supporting electronic commerce operations, IBM has acquired Xtify, a provider of push notification-based marketing services for mobile platforms. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Julie Castermans's insight:

1)     IBM

         Banking & marketing

         Xtify

 

2)      IBM bought Xtify to satisfy the growing demand of mobile payments. Through this platform the business can easily track their customers and see who visited which e-commerce website, even if they visited it with their mobile phones.

 

3)      Due to the programme Xtify, IBM can now easily trace what the customers are doing on e-commerce sites and which ones they’ve visited. The retailer can now build a more intimate relationship with their customers. This will eventually result in higher sales. 

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Case Study: London Symphony Orchestra fine tunes Wi-Fi

Case Study: London Symphony Orchestra fine tunes Wi-Fi | Business ICT showcase | Scoop.it
The London Symphony Orchestra has deployed a wireless network at one of its key venues to offer better connectivity to musicians and visitors
Julie Castermans's insight:

1)      London Symphony Orchestra

          Culture: music

          Xirrus

 

2)      The London Symphony Orchestra has installed a new wireless Wi-Fi network in one of their most important places to offer a better connection for the musicians but also for the visitors. Now everyone can use the new wireless network in the cafés, offices and even in the whole concert hall.

 

3)      One of the reasons why they had to renew their network is that the old one had some problems with the high density of the wireless devices that are required. For the musicians and teachers, the new system can be very useful: it can help them to stream their playlists. 

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UK teams up with Estonia to develop digital public services

UK teams up with Estonia to develop digital public services | Business ICT showcase | Scoop.it
The UK government has signed an agreement with Estonia to work together on developing digital public services
Julie Castermans's insight:

1)      UK government

          Government

          Contract between UK and Estonia

 

2)      Estonia had to build up their infrastructure from zero. They were able to do this at a low cost and with an incredible high speed. Nowadays almost everything of the government is online: from e-voting, to e-health and e-schools … This is the reason why the UK signed a contract in which they agreed to learn from Estonia because they’ve such a good digital public service.

 

3)      The UK wants a better digital public service and wants also to learn from the Estonian advanced approach to their public sector IT. With their contract, they’ll be able to share knowledge, capability in design, architecture and security of digital services. 

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Australian Start-Up Combines Data Analysis with UAS Operations for Agriculture | UAS VISION

Australian Start-Up Combines Data Analysis with UAS Operations for Agriculture | UAS VISION | Business ICT showcase | Scoop.it
Farmers and resource managers in Australia's mid-west are set to reap the benefits of the latest technology that pairs computer programming with unmanned
Julie Castermans's insight:

1)      New Era Ag-Tech

          Agriculture

          Multi-rotor helicopters - Crop Manager

 

2)      Warren Abrams started a year and a half ago his company New Era Ag-Tech because he wanted to chart the different agricultural areas in Australia. He does this with fleeing helicopters. Due to the use of Crop Manager they’re capable to put the different data in one model. Now they’re using this technic for different projects, one in collaboration with the Edith Cowan University.

 

3)      With this new technique it’s much easier for the farmers to know which kind of soils they have, but also which kind of diseases the solid may have, if there’s weed and also the crop nutrition. This can save them a lot of costs. 

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Loughborough University implements 400 virtual desktops

Loughborough University implements 400 virtual desktops | Business ICT showcase | Scoop.it
Loughborough University has cut maintenance costs and enabled a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) scheme for academics with virtual desktops.
Julie Castermans's insight:

1)      Loughboroug University

          Education

          VMware Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) –

          firm Logicalis

 

2)      With the new system VDI, the people of the HR department and also finance could easily have access to certain information. They chose those 2 groups to begin with the new system because it was easy to determine their needs. Now they expanded the system to their academic and research staff.

 

3)      Due to the new system VDI the university was able to save costs and money. Now they need two persons less, those two staff members can be used for different IT problems. Other objectives they’ve achieved are that the efficiency within the team has increased, they have a modest carbon savings and they’re offering an alternative IT service for corporate users. 

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Facebook's Arctic datacentre in Luleå, Sweden goes live

Facebook's Arctic datacentre in Luleå, Sweden goes live | Business ICT showcase | Scoop.it
Facebook’s newest datacentre in Luleå, Sweden is turned on to handle live traffic and is storing users’ photos, videos, comments and likes
Julie Castermans's insight:

1)      Facebook

          ICT-industry
          Open Compute project

 

2)      Facebook has opened their newest datacentre in Lulea. They’re using it to store likes, pictures, comments … Due to their newest system, they only need 30% of their back-up generators than they used to. The new datacentre was based upon the Open Compute Project design, which was invented by Facebook.

 

3)      They opened this datacentre because they needed a new one because a lot of people are using worldwide Facebook and they needed a place to store the comment, pictures … They’ve obtained to use the Open Compute project because they wanted to build as energy-efficient as possible and also at the lowest costs.  

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Charity uses cloud HR system to keep track of staff working in danger zones

Charity uses cloud HR system to keep track of staff working in danger zones | Business ICT showcase | Scoop.it
The earthquake hit Haiti just after Dale Welcome joined the children’s charity World Vision International.
Julie Castermans's insight:

1)      World Vision International

          Healthcare

          HR Information System - Meta4

 

2)      World Vision International is using a new HR Information System, because they’ve 45 000 people working fort them across the world. With this new system it’s easy to track their employees, to found information about them…

 

3)      They implemented this new system because they needed to know as soon as possible if there’s for example an earthquake who of the employees are involved and how many. It’s also easier to take care of the charity workers because now they can see how deserves a holiday and it takes also less time for the administration. 

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Delta equips pilots with Microsoft Surface 2 tablets

Delta equips pilots with Microsoft Surface 2 tablets | Business ICT showcase | Scoop.it
Pilots flying Delta Airlines planes will be given Microsoft Surface 2 tablets in a bid to make cockpits paperless
Julie Castermans's insight:

1)      Delta Airlines

          Transportation & logistics

          Window 8.1 operating system

 

2)      The Delta company gives it pilots tablets because with this new technology they will be able to receive up to date information such as routes, checklists and weather reports. They also wanted to reduce their impact on the environment. Their goal is to be paperless by 2014.

 

3)      The main business objective they wanted to reach with those new tablets is cutting cost. They will save 7.5 billion sheets a year and also save fuel because each flight had a weight of 38 pounds due to the paper.

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