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Observability offers a path to true IT optimisation

Stéphane Estevez, EMEA Director of Product Marketing, Observability & IT Markets at Splunk, discusses the findings of the company’s ‘State of Observability 2022’ report. He outlines the three different stages of the observability journey, the main reasons why organisations adopt observability solutions and the main benefits of doing so. He ends up with some key observability recommendations.

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Capturing ESG data – the challenges and opportunities

Or Lenchner, CEO, Bright Data, discusses the growing importance of ESG data, outlining the challenges of accessing, collecting, collating and analysing the many available data sources, and suggesting that improved government guidance and regulation is the way forward, along with the right analytics solution.

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A good time to talk time

Richard Hoptroff, Founder and CTO (Chief Time Officer) of Hoptroff, discusses the importance of developing the accurate time solutions on which more and more digital applications rely. The company’s pedigree in the financial sector means it is well placed to meet this demand across many industry sectors, including IoT, aerospace, defence, media, autonomous vehicles and smart cities.

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SDC Channel Summit promises valuable MSP insights

Conference Chair Ian Luckett outlines the content of the second virtual SDC Channel Summit event, taking place 10-11 May. A mixture of keynote presentations, roundtables and panel discussions promise to produce plenty of valuable insights for Channel companies dealing with the challenges and opportunities of digital transformation.

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Securing a seamless user experience

Emely Patra, RVP and Head of EMEA Customer Success Strategy and Architecture at MuleSoft, discusses the findings of the company’s recently published 2022 Connectivity Benchmark report, highlighting some of the obstacles to creating fully connected user experiences, and explaining how APIs and low code tools can help to address the major integration challenges which need to be overcome as part of a successful digital transformation strategy.

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Ancoris GreenLab adds the sustainability dimension to IT decision-making

Andre Azevedo, CEO at Ancoris, explains how the company’s new GreenLab Google Cloud service helps organisations to understand the actions they can take around their IT infrastructure to achieve their sustainability goals, with cloud migration a high priority for many.

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Step change required when it comes to IT sustainability?

Coeus Consulting, an independent IT advisory focused on delivering strategic change, recently published the findings of its report: ‘The critical role of technology leaders in delivering on sustainability targets’. Graeme Trevayne, Associate Director at Coeus Consulting, talks through the survey results, highlighting the progress which has already been made, whilst suggesting that there is much more that can be done, not least when it comes to the need for some commonly agreed, IT sustainability objectives and the accompanying metrics.

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Sustainability becoming a major Channel focus

Michael O’Hara, Group Managing Director of DataSolutions, a distributor of transformational IT solutions, talks through the results of the company’s Channel sustainability stock-take survey, revealing how companies are losing out on contracts if they can’t demonstrate their environmental credentials, how the Channel is beginning to address its sustainability responsibilities and highlights the success of DataSolutions’ Techies Go Green initiative.

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Sustainability sums – understanding your IT investment

Ragnar Agnell, Partner at Centigo and Sanjiv Sachdev, Director, Strategic Business Value Consulting at Serviceware, discuss how – through the right technology – CTOs and CIOs can lead the charge against climate change in their companies whilst also balancing the urgent need to optimise business costs amid a turbulent financial climate.

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Sustainability and digital transformation – mutually exclusive or not?

Pankaj Sharma, Executive Vice President, Secure Power Division at Schneider Electric, is optimistic that organisations can pursue the benefits of digital transformation without compromising on their sustainability objectives. In particular, he believes that the data centre industry is very well placed to address the pressing environmental demands of the next few years, as it continues to develop technology innovations as it helps end users embrace the opportunities of the Digital Age.

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Vietnam’s digital expertise can help address Europe’s IT skills shortage

Mohan Naidu, FPT UK Managing Director, outlines Vietnam’s digital maturity, hence the skills companies such as FPT can offer organisations across the globe facing significant IT human resource challenges as they seek to deliver on their own digital transformation objectives. As Mohan explains, FPT’s unique outsourcing model has already attracted major global customers ahead of its planned European expansion.

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What matters most to MSPs? - AvePoint Interview

Jason Beal, Senior Vice President, Global Channel and Partner Ecosystems, AvePoint, talks through the results of the company’s first MSP Global Preference Survey, with security, governance and cloud migration ranking as top priorities. MSPs are also wanting to both consolidate the number of vendors with which they deal while also bringing on board new solutions. Jason also offers some valuable advice to MSPs in terms of some key business development objectives.

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Delivering valuable information from the data stack

Michael Queenan, Co-Founder and CEO of Nephos Technologies, explains the importance of understanding the whole data stack – the storage and the governance as well as the analytics – in order to turn the raw data into valuable, actionable information. Michael also details how his company is helping customers on their ‘data literacy’ journey, most recently with the introduction of a Data Governance as a Service solution.

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Reaping the data literacy dividend

Craig Stewart, Chief Technology Officer at SnapLogic, provides some fascinating insights as to how a combination of data and AI and Machine Learning is already providing major benefits across all industry sectors, not least in helping organisations to address major sustainability challenges; and also in allowing many businesses to capitalise on the IoT opportunity. In summary, Craig believes that few, if any, companies can afford to ignore the advantages of increased data literacy.

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What makes a next generation IT solutions provider?

Ross Everard, Managing Director at Infinite Edge Technologies, plans to grow the company through the provision of digital solutions focusing on current customer challenges, such as IoT, the hybrid workplace, collaboration and digital business performance. Helping end users with speed to market, service effectiveness and new business model creation are just some of the benefits promised by this next generation IT approach.

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OCI coupled with Metallic data management as a service (DMaaS) enables enterprise customers to protect and secure their data against threats, adhere to local data residency laws, and ease data management and recovery.

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By Davide Villa, Director of Business Development EMEAI, Western Digital.