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Ovum’s On the Radar Awards: 2015 entries open now!

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Ovum’s “On the Radar” brand is all about technology innovation, highlighting the innovative ideas, products, or business models that enable end-user organizations to create real value in their businesses. Entries for the 3rd annual “On the Radar” Awards are now open, to recognize outstanding companies for their innovative use of technology. They will be awarded after the first day of Ovum Industry Congress, on 12th May 2015.

The Awards are open to end-user enterprises, who can either nominate themselves, or can work with a project supplier to submit an entry in the following categories:

  • Reshaping the IT function: Transform IT capability
  • Infrastructure and applications: Modernize legacy systems
  • Mobility and collaboration: Build the modern workplace
  • Cybersecurity: Manage security, identity and privacy
  • Cloud services: Adopting Cloud services
  • Internet of things/M2M: Connect the physical world
  • Analytics and Big Data: Exploit information for business advantage
  • Customer experience technology: Enhance customer experience

If your organisation excels in any of the above areas, then that excellence deserves to be recognised by the IT industry. These awards are open to global organisations, not just those in the UK. If you would like the opportunity to be considered for the awards shortlist, click here to enter, with the following entry questions in mind:

  • Outline the vision behind your strategy in this market sector. What was it designed to achieve?
  • Strategy Details – How does the strategy operate?
  • Strategy Outcome and Results – How successful has the strategy been? How has it evolved? What plans have you to modify or expand it?

Each nomination will be judged on how the end-user has utilised technology to generate significant business value. Judges will pay particular attention to the measurement program, how the organization learned to adopt the technology and the business value it delivered.

The deadline for entries is Friday 13th March 2015. There is no fee to enter, and shortlisted organisations receive two passes to the awards ceremony.

Here are the 2014 categories and winners:

Big Data and Analytics

Sacramento Municipal Utility District, for data integration and geospatial analytics for a smart grid project, in association with Space-Time Insight

Customer Engagement

Groupama, for their in-house innovative social, mobile customer service platform: granvillage

Enterprise Mobility and Productivity

Cambia Health Solutions, for their collaboration platform to drive innovation strategy, in association with SpigitEngage

Cloud and Infrastructure Transformation

Turbid Stormwater Solutions, for their IoT solution for remote management of sediment basins, in association with Xively

Security and Risk Management

Dowling, Aaron & Keyler Inc, for Information security for mobile devices in the legal profession, in association with Airwatch

Best regards, and good luck!

The Ovum Live team

*in addition, shortlisted supplier entrants can register for the full Ovum Industry Congress at a reduced rate, and end user customers can register for free

OIC speaker interview 2: Mark Skilton, Warwick Business School, and the phenomenon of digitization

In our second Ovum Industry Congress speaker interview, we caught up with Professor Mark Skilton, Professor of Practice in Information Systems & Management, Warwick Business School.

mark skilton“I am discussing digital ecosystems at OIC 2014, I believe the phenomenon of digitization has emerged connecting and defining information and relationships in the information era. In the last fifty years the scale of digital data is perhaps the single most extraordinary fact that has grown in unprecedented size.

To put this in perspective the library of congress in 1997 had an estimated 3 Petabytes of data in the form of paper books, microfiches and other records. Just ten years later Google MapReduce cluster systems was reported to be processing approx. twenty Petabytes per day. Today research programs such as the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative to map the human brain is stated as potentially creating Yottabytes of data. Typically today many defence and commercial analysis programs can generate exabytes of storage. The challenge for CIOs and business leaders is to address this central question of our time in the vision, leadership skills and transitional and transforming opportunities and challenges this brings.

Ovum: What do you see as the coming trends in your profession/area of expertise, and how can you prepare?

MS: With so many new technologies and skills for selection, security, integration and design optimisation of information systems today its needs new competencies and business models. I see the impact on outsourcing and multi-sourcing models being disrupted by new innovation, crowd sourcing and funding models to introduce more effective innovation and better return on contract investment and competitive services in leading exponents of these new models. I also see the need for certification and assurance of staff and provider skills, services and solutions that need to understand and professionalise the use of cloud computing, mobility, social media, big data and converged solutions. I think it’s a risk to assume a digital transformational “model” and dash board with verbal assurances is all that’s needed to convince the board and users of “best practice”. Often the underlying infrastructure and management practices may be stuck in old ways of contract lock in and service retentiveness that in the long term many be bad for the customers and the provider financial longevity. Companies need to have leadership and operating plans that address new sourcing and consumption models that drive innovation and value for money that leverage a complete view of technology capabilities. This involves both a commercial, technical, legal security and operating perspective which should be tested and validated with professional certification and qualifications of key providers management skills, key staff and solution environments.

Ovum: Thinking about the conference strapline “Strategy, Technology and the art of the possible”, what tech related innovation, transformation or invention would you hope to see in your lifetime:

MS: I believe in the next twenty to thirty years there will be shift towards connected objects and “things” that will widen the categories of computing in all areas of society, life and devices. In parallel there will be an emerging use of augmented and artificial intelligence that will transform the human – machine relationship. The following table illustrates some examples of the art of the possible today and the future. There is still an element of “futurism” in some of the vision and claims of these technologies that companies need to watch for as well as alleged new platforms that claim to provide an integrated one stop solution. Enterprises need to start to plan and implement digital ecosystem level strategies that seek to understand the real underlying trends in a deeper level and to get the balance between buying the SOT (Same old thing) and the establishing real IOT (Internet of things) presence and the wider digital ecosystem.”

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To discuss these fascinating topics and more with Mark, make sure you join us at Ovum Industry Congress. It takes place at the Victoria Park Plaza in London, and is free to attend for end-user IT professionals.

What can Enterprise IT learn from CES?

While the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) can sometimes amount to a bit of a screen-measuring contest, there are always things to be learned from it. Here are the top three things that enterprise IT department managers can learn from the show, in the opinion of Fredric Paul from Network World.

Lesson Number 1: Size Matters.

The 2014 CES was all about really, really big screens. We’re talking television sets the size of Jumbotrons and smartphones the size of tablets.

The giant TVs were all running at 4K or Ultra HD resolutions that demand huge amount of bandwidth but display stunning levels of detail, even when you get right up close to the screen. While they may not be an immediate hit with price-conscious consumers, you can be sure that they’re raising the bar on what employees expect from the displays they use in the workplace. Even as workers increasingly rely on tablets and super-portable Ultrabooks with relatively small screens, when they sit down and plug in at the office, they’re increasingly going to demand big-screen, high-resolution monitors on their desktops.

In the world of portable devices, it seems increasingly clear that small-screen smarpthones are going the way of flip phones. There were plenty of companies showing models with 6-inch screens, and no one was making fun of their comically large dimensions. Samsung even showed its Galaxy Note Pro — a tablet with a whoppping 12.2-inch, 4-megapixel display.

Lesson Number 2: Wearable computing will change everything.

Sure, the influx of wearable computing devices has so far been more hype than happening, more promise than performance. Most of the devices now on the market seem more proof of concept than polished product. And frankly, most of the new offerings I saw at the show didn’t change that assessment. And yet, the sheer numbers of new devices — and the intense interest in the devices by the attendees — helped convince me that we’re seeing the beginnings of a fundamental new category of products.

As that market matures and truly useful devices become available, they’re going to change the way we relate to computing yet again, and enterprise IT will have to adjust. We’ve still got a little time… Google Glass isn’t the answer, the Pebble and Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch are too ugly to take seriously (even the new Pebble Steel), and Apple’s Smartwatch is still only a rumor. But in the next year or two, wearable devices will be finding their way into enterprise networks just like smartphones did, and IT had better be ready.

Lesson Number 3: Connectivity is everything.

Buying bigger devices is only half of the equation. The continued increase in the size, number, types, and data requirements of these new devices will continue to put unprecendented pressure on connectivity and bandwidth. That’s true in the home, for mobile devcies in the field, and in enterprise offices and data centers.

Keeping all those devices humming and connecting without delays is going to be a key challenge for many companies in the coming years. Enterprises may find them spending big dollars to boost their available connectivity solutions, both wired and wireless, to let employees and customers access and create the HD content that looks so darn good on all those giant screens.

Vendors at all levels of the communications stack are pushing a wide variety of technologies to help make that happen, and it’s not yet clear which ones will predominate. But it’s a safe bet that what enterprises have in place now is not going to be good enough going forward.

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