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How BP made its IT future-ready with a hybrid cloud infrastructure

How BP made its IT future-ready with a hybrid cloud infrastructure | E-Skills | Scoop.it
BP bridged its cloud gap with a cautious and calculative approach using a mix of private cloud, public cloud and in-house IT infrastructure
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Company: BP is a British energy compay. It was the fifth largest company in the world based on revenues in 2012.  

 

Summary: BP is a huge company with 90 000 computers so converting this companies IT to the cloud, wouldn't be easy. The convertion happened in steps, with the first step being the digitalisation of the communication of the enterprise. Because of the size of the company, one provider wouldn't suffice, so they combined 9 IaaS and SaaS based cloud providers. The E-mail servers were converted to a PaaS cloud system. 

The biggest obstacle was letting go the control of the old days witch phyisic presence of things, now everything is digitized and they don't regret the switch. They embrace the strategy of BYOD aswell. 

 

Business objectives: The main reason for switching to the cloud was to gain better efficienty and to improve the performance of the IT department and to guarantee saftey. 

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IT strategy: hotdesking - IT at the WWF Living Planet Centre

WWF believes technology can, and will, play a vital role in reducing carbon emissions and addressing climate change.
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Company: WWF = World Wide Fund for Nature, a non profit organisation that wants to preserve nature and protect animals. 

 

Summary: WWF has teamed up with Cisco to maintain a new IT policy where the emphasis lays on "Bring your own device" or BYOD. People have the possibility to bring their own laptop and mobile device and still be able to do all the work they used to do on the office computer. They also started to use Cisco Jabber software to make communication easier through the different devices. They implemented an IT strategy that's called Hotdesking. 

 

Business objectives: WWF is an organisation for which values are very important. One of those value is the well-being of the environment. By introducting the BYOD strategy less computers have to be bought, and with the cisco software you are able to save a lot of paper. Furthermore a partnership with a company like cisco, which has a lot of attention for detail as well, is good for business. 

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Unilever Goes Global with a Transformative SAP HANA Project

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Company: Unilever, a multinational consumer goods company. it consists of more than 400 brands of all kinds of consumer goods. 

 

Summary: Unilever has implemented a new ERP system with the Transformative SAP HANA project. They have introduced this software to support their idea of doubelling the sales in 2020. ERP-systems are developed to maximize efficiency within a company, and that's essential when a company of this size want to grow this much. 

 

Business objectives: The advantage of introducing an ERP system is the growth in effeciency. This takes time, but when it's done properly it can support the claim of doubling the sales figures. 

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Twitter increases protection from government snooping

Twitter increases protection from government snooping | E-Skills | Scoop.it
Twitter has announced moves to protect users' data from snooping by government intelligence agencies
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Company: Twitter, a social medium. 

 

Summary: Popular social medium Twitter want to improve their protection to evade government interference. To create this improvement in saftey, they have implemented a new system based on the Diffie-Hellman method: Perfect forward secrecy. It's created by a team that has been working in this system for several months and will increase privacy vastly. 

 

Business objectives: Twitter wants to persevere the privacy of their users and want to make it much harder to collect data from the "Tweeps" without going through governemental organs. Twitters want to maintain a reliability with their users. 

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Athena Software and Sinapse Partner to Implement Penelope Case Management Solution for Medicare Local Organizations in Australia

Athena Software and Sinapse Partner to Implement Penelope Case Management Solution for Medicare Local Organizations in Australia | E-Skills | Scoop.it
Waterloo, ON (PRWEB) December 27, 2013 -- Waterloo, Ont.
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Company: Sinapse and Waterloo, an Australian consulting firm has teamed up with Athene Software

 

Summary: Sinapse and Waterloo are succesfuly introducing the Athene's penelopes case management software application across Austrialian local medicare establishments. The first implementation has happend in West-Sydney and can be considered a big succes. 

 

Business objectives: The software can improve the cooperation with other Software suites, like SHAPE. It helps with doing hard calculations, enables possibilities of adaptation through smartphone and makes it more environmental friendly, because it's paperless. 

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Social media across the business - five retail use cases

Social media across the business - five retail use cases | E-Skills | Scoop.it
Ways to harness social media conversations
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Companies: H&M, Target, Kmart and Asos, all four of them are active in the retail business

 

Summary: The article describes five different cases in retail where social media come in handy. For Target, they used it to react quickly to a possible crisis, by using Twitter. In the case of Kmart they mainly use social media for advertising purposes. H&M uses social media to learn what celebrities are popular at the moment and how to this could affect sales. Finally Asos uses twitter and other social media to get in contact with customers and to interact with them. 

 

Business objectives: From the article we can derive that social media can be a very powerful tool in the retail sector. It can be used to solve crises, to contact people and to process marketing strategies. 

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Wikipedia pilots articles-via-SMS service aimed at Africans

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Company: Wikipedia, the largest online "encyclopedia". Their goal is to collect all information in the world on the website.

 

Summary: Wikipedia has launched a service that delivers articles of the website by text-message. 

 

Business objectives: The goal of this new service mainly is spreading the reach of Wikipedia to people that don't have acces to the internet. The main market will be the African countries. Most African people have cellphones but don't have an internet connection. By introducing this new service more people have a chance of looking up things on the online encyclopedia. 

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Amazon testing drones for deliveries

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Company: Amazon, the largest online retailer in the world. 

 

Summary: Amazon are testing drones, unmanned aircrafts, to deliver parcels to customers. The octocopters, as they are named will be able to carry orders of 2,3 kg which covers about 86% of all orders at Amazon. The new service will be called Prime Air. 

 

Business objectives: The new delivery service with drones will boost the growth of Amazon and efficiency. With the new aircrafts it will be possible to delivers orders, just 30 minutes after the order was placed. 

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Dutch banking regulator approves use of AWS public cloud in the financial sector

Dutch banking regulator approves use of AWS public cloud in the financial sector | E-Skills | Scoop.it
Dutch banking watchdog approves use of AWS cloud in websites, mobile applications, retail banking platforms, HPC and credit risk analysis
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Company: De Nederlandsche bank (DNB) , the banking regulator for all dutch bank companies. 

 

Summary: The DNB approved of the use of Amazon's public cloud service (AWS) for the bank sector in the Netherlands. For Dutch banks it's obliged to wait for approval from DNB before they can implement any software suits, but now they can use the Cloud based software for professional use. This change follows a remarkable trend of cloud computing in the financial sector. Ophen has adapted the AWS software to SaaS. 

 

Business objectives: It delivers better computer performance than before, it has been approved by the government so now they can fully benefit from the saftey and security from AWS. 

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RBS Markets deploys IBM Rational for virtual testing

RBS Markets deploys IBM Rational for virtual testing | E-Skills | Scoop.it
Royal Bank of Scotland is investigating how it could extend a virtual test environment to support future development projects.
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Company: Royal Bank of Scotland, A scottisch retail bank

 

Summary: The bank created a virtual environment to test future projects by using IBM rational integration tester. In the Virtual world they will be testing certain cases. Next to that they also implemented certain changes to their software. 

 

Business objectives: By testing issues in a virtual surrounding you can assess the influence of these matters in real life, without hampering business. It becomes less risky to implement changes and to develop software for the Royal bank of Scotland

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UK government launches cyber threat data-sharing partnership

UK government launches cyber threat data-sharing partnership | E-Skills | Scoop.it
The UK government has announced a partnership with industry to share information and intelligence on cyber security threats
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Company: The UK government

 

Summary: The United Kingdom government have launched a partnership, the CISP, to counter Cyber attacks and threats in cyber space for the industry. The CISP consists of 160 companies from 5 of the biggest sectors in the country. Next to the parntership, there is a Fusion cell to analyse and support the initiative, consisting of members that change every 6 to 9 months.

 

Business objectives: The objective of this program is to guarantee saftey for companies that operate through cyberspace. The government wants to be able to counter threats. Next to that, cooperation of other companies from different sectors is allowed. 

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Scabal moves to the cloud for storage flexibility

Scabal moves to the cloud for storage flexibility | E-Skills | Scoop.it
Clothing manufacturer Scabal is moving its entire IT infrastructure to Interoute’s cloud to give it the flexibility to meet its storage requirements.
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Company: Scabal, a company that is active in the chlothing industry

 

Summary: Scabal, a clothing company decided to implement cloud storage while moving to their new headquarter in Brussels. For the cloud storage they use Interoute. Next to storage Interoute offers some other services like cloud communication, centralisation and integration. 

 

Business objectives: The main objective for Scabal to move to cloud storage is the flexebility it delivers. Furthermore interoute will optimise the costs of the company. 

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Google Glass in the OR: There's an app for that, but would you trust it with your spleen?

Google Glass in the OR: There's an app for that, but would you trust it with your spleen? | E-Skills | Scoop.it
The apps are currently being tested at the University of California, Irvine, where pilot participants have called the program "very promising." But others have voiced major concerns.
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Company: Pristine provides applications for Google Glasses that can be extermely useful for Health Care in general. 

 

Summary: The article handles two applications, with Eyesight, a streaming service for the google glasses and Checklist, an app that gives the doctors a spoken checklist while operating and such. 

The applications with the glasses are still being tested but early results are promising. 

 

Company objectives: The objectives of these applications are fairly obvious. They want to improve health care by combining technologies. They want to minimize the error-rate and maximize the efficiency. 

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UK government gives Cloud Sherpas G-Cloud IV approval

UK government gives Cloud Sherpas G-Cloud IV approval | E-Skills | Scoop.it
The UK government has selected cloud advisory and technology service Cloud Sherpas for its G-Cloud IV initiative.
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Company: The government of the United Kingdom (not really a company)

 

Summary: The UK governement has apporved Cloud Sherpas, one of the biggest cloud service brokerages for their G-Cloud IV program. The introduction of the G-Cloud program has to cause a transition to cloud based data storages for public companies.

 

Business objectives: This cooperation will make it easier for government agencies to use to work with cloud sherpas. The G-cloud program will boost the transition to cloud based storage. 

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Mobile Vikings accepts bitcoin payments

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Company: Mobile Vikings is a Belgian telecom operator that operates from the network of Base. They mainly have a youthful public and lay the emphasis on mobile internet at a reasonable price. 

 

Summary: Mobile Vikings starts with accepting bitcoins as a currency for topping up your phone credit. They are the first operator in Belgium who does this. The payments will happen through the digital platform Bitpay.

 

Business objectives: Introducing bitcoins as a possible currency widens the possibility for people to top-up their phone credit. Costumers will appreciate this extra currency and with this introduction, Mobile Vikings proves that they are a dynamic company that can easily adapt to trends. 

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