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Tomi Adebayo talks about protecting IP

  • 3 days ago

Protecting data, especially Intellectual Property (IP) is just as important as preventing the leak of personal data. While the latter will get you big headlines, the former can cost millions if ideas and plans are stolen. For media organisations, protecting IP around advertising and product launches is critical. Leak the information about a new product early and you can find yourself no longer winning business. For bloggers and influencers such as Tomi Adebayo, aka @GadgetsBoy, protecting the product data he gets, even from publications that want him to write reviews, is essential. Getting cut off by vendors would seriously damage both his personal brand and his income. As such, he has a very specific view on what needs to be done to protect data. Tomi Adebayo aka @GadgetsBoy Importantly, what Adebayo does to protect data is something that everyone needs to think about. There are differences compared to a large organisation where data has to be shared. However, taking care about where data is stored and who it is shared with is a responsibility everyone should be dealing with. How carefully does he protect embargoes, NDAs and data? When chatting after the podcast he teased Enterprise Times about having to rush off to a launch and refusing to say what it was for. To hear what Adebayo said to us, listen to the podcast Where can I get it? obtain it, for Android devices from play.google.com/music/podcasts use the Enterprise Times page on Stitcher use the Enterprise Times page on Podchaser listen to the Enterprise Times channel on Soundcloud listen to the podcast (below) or download the podcast to your local device and then listen there

Alain Fiocco talks about the new solutions OVH is offering

  • 4 days ago

Alain Fiocco is the CTO of OVH, the French cloud provider with plans to be a €1 billion company in the next few years. Those plans were outlined in an earlier podcast with Octave Klaba, Chairman, Founder and Owner of OVH. To achieve Klaba’s goal of making OVH a global player, it will need a strong technology base to persuade customers to move away from the big cloud players and onto OVH’s platform. Fiocco is the man charged with making all that work as well as bringing Klaba’s product visions to market. At the OVH Summit, Fiocco sat with Enterprise Times to talk through the announcements OVH had made and what they mean. At the core of the OVH cloud offering are four universes: OVH Market, Spirit, Stack and Enterprise. Fiocco explains what is in each of these universes and who they are targeted at. Importantly, Fiocco does not want customers thinking that this is a take it or leave it proposition. He expects customers to consume the services in one universe differently from another. Even inside an enterprise, there will be people who will want different parts of multiple stacks. This is likely to lead to customers building their own multi-stack approach. Fiocco took the time to explain how OVH was addressing open source and its commitment to being as neutral as possible. He also spoke about the new high value solutions that OVH plans to offer. To hear what else Fioco had to say listen to the podcast Where can I get it? obtain it, for Android devices from play.google.com/music/podcasts use the Enterprise Times page on Stitcher use the Enterprise Times page on Podchaser listen to the Enterprise Times channel on Soundcloud listen to the podcast (below) or download the podcast to your local device and then listen there  

SUSE’s Thomas Di Giacomo and Brent Smithurst talk Cloud Foundry

  • 5 days ago

At the Cloud Foundry Summit Europe, Enterprise Times caught up with Thomas Di Giacomo, CTO, SUSE and Brent Smithurst, Global Product Marketing Manager, SUSE. At the event, SUSE announced its involvement in two new container projects: Eirini and CF Containerization. Both projects make it much easier for developers to deploy to Kubernetes and makes Cloud Foundry more attractive to developers. Thomas Di Giacomo, CTO, SUSE Di Giacomo explained why SUSE got involved in both projects and the challenges they were intended to address. He talked about the current problems for developers using Cloud Foundry and deploying to Kubernetes. At present they have to use Diego as their Kubernetes scheduler which means running containers inside containers. Di Giacomo describes this as: “A split brain issue.” With Eirini, developers can now use the Kubernetes or Diego scheduler. This will make life easier for them. SUSE has seen an increasing number of customers moving from VM to containers. Even those that see the security of a VM as greater than that of a container are making that move. However, Di Giacomo said that they are deploying their containers inside VMs. As container security improves, this should begin to change. One of the challenges for many operations teams and developers is how to get from VM to container. The lift and shift approach makes no sense to Di Giacomo. He believes that organisations should take advantage of the move to split their app into different services. This gives them more flexibility, enables greater reuse of those services and reduces the security surface of their code. To hear what else Di Giacomo and Smithurst had to say listen to the podcast Brent Smithurst, Global Product Marketing Manager, SUSE Where can I get it? obtain it, for Android devices from play.google.com/music/podcasts use the Enterprise Times page on Stitcher use the Enterprise Times page on Podchaser listen to the Enterprise Times channel on Soundcloud listen to the podcast (below) or download the podcast to your local device and then listen there

Jason McGee on IBM, Cloud Foundry and Kubernetes

  • 6 days ago

Jason McGee is the CTO of all things Platform as a Service at IBM Cloud. Among the products he looks after is IBM’s Cloud Foundry distribution. IBM already has a range of products around Cloud Foundry including Private, Dedicated and Public. These match the way it offers its cloud services. At Cloud Foundry it introduced IBM Cloud Foundry Enterprise Edition. McGee describes it as: “An isolated and fully dedicated version of Cloud Foundry in the public cloud.” He also calls it an evolution of the exiting dedicated offering intended to appeal to a specific sector of its enterprise client base. Jason McGee, IBM Fellow, VP and CTO, IBM Cloud Platform McGee talks about it being an isolated version that allows customers to blend the best of public and private Cloud Foundry. This is about speeding up the provisioning of Cloud Foundry instances. It is fully elastic, priced by the hour and can be deployed through a self-service portal. This is what customers want when they think of cloud. McGee believes that customers will adopt it quickly although he gives no indication on the impact it may have on existing Cloud Foundry versions. A new version of Cloud Foundry was not the only thing that McGee talked about. He spoke about the Erini project with SUSE and SAP. It allows companies to plug in Kubernetes to their Cloud Foundry deployment. McGee believes that this offers efficiency and other advantages. To hear what else McGee had to say listen to the podcast Where can I get it? obtain it, for Android devices from play.google.com/music/podcasts use the Enterprise Times page on Stitcher use the Enterprise Times page on Podchaser listen to the Enterprise Times channel on Soundcloud listen to the podcast (below) or download the podcast to your local device and then listen there

Improving education and diversity in cyber security 

  • 7 days ago

At a recent Cyber Security Challenge Face to Face (F2F) competition, Enterprise Times (ET) spoke with Rae McClelland and Steph Aldridge. McClelland is the Programme Manager for Universities and Further Education. Aldridge is Education Liaison and Diversity Lead. Together they make a formidable partnership focused on driving access to cybersecurity to a new generation and ensuring that the scope of those involved is as wide as possible. Rae McClelland, Programme Manager, Universities and Development Camps, Cyber Security Challenge UK The Cyber Security Challenge has been successfully working with schools and universities for the last four years. In that time it has seen good engagement from grammar and private schools but less so from state schools. It has also extended its remit and approached other youth organisations such as Guides, Scouts and Cadet Forces. Another challenge that the Cyber Security Challenge is dealing with is the need to widen the diversity of the industry. Both Aldridge and McClelland talk about the need for vocational training and apprenticeships to support and enhance the university degree programmes. They also recognise that we have people who are excluded from the current cyber security industry. This is where the Cyber Security Challenge is trying to make a difference, especially around those excluded for social and economic reasons. Steph Aldridge, Cybercenturion and Diversity Lead, Cyber Security Challenge UK This is a long podcast but one where the passion of both Aldridge and McClelland is evident. To hear what else they had to say, listen to the podcast Where can I get it? obtain it, for Android devices from play.google.com/music/podcasts use the Enterprise Times page on Stitcher use the Enterprise Times page on Podchaser listen to the Enterprise Times channel on Soundcloud listen to the podcast (below) or download the podcast to your local device and then listen there

Simon Niesler on his goals for Infor

  • 13 days ago

At Inforum, Enterprise Times spoke with Simon Niesler, Senior Vice President and General Manager for Western Europe at Infor. Niesler only took over the role six months ago and he arrives as Infor is on a sharp growth curve. It has reported record revenue and record turnover as it focuses on vertical markets. It has also secured a $2 billion investment from Koch Industries. ET was interested in what this meant for Niesler and how it shapes his priorities as the company gears up for 2019. Simon Niesler, Senior Vice President & General Manager at Infor Niesler is not fazed by this. While the level of expectation is high, he sees it as a chance to set a high bar for success. He also believes that success breeds success. The more successful Infor is, the more positive a message he can take to market. That, in turn, should drive new business, new customers and higher growth. Niesler has a theory that organisations buy or engage for two main reasons. The first is financial, where they expect to save or make money. The second is regulation and compliance. He sees the challenge for the Infor sales teams is to align themselves with customers and prospects to show what Infor has to offer. Getting the right partners is not easy. The growth in ERP companies means that partners have more choice. Niesler sees partners making choices between the mega ERP providers and other options such as Infor. One change in the market is companies dropping other vendors just to engage with Infor. They see the company as a credible and reliable alternative to the mega ERP vendors. To hear what else Niesler had to say, listen to the podcast. Where can I get it? obtain it, for Android devices from play.google.com/music/podcasts use the Enterprise Times page on Stitcher use the Enterprise Times page on Podchaser listen to the Enterprise Times channel on Soundcloud listen to the podcast (below) or download the podcast to your local device and then listen there

Zeno Rocha on being a developer advocate

  • 14 days ago

Enterprise Times sat down with Zeno Rocha, Liferay to talk about software development. Rocha describes himself as a developer advocate rather than an evangelist. He sees the role as being about inspiring other developers to use specific technologies and tools. While many see this as being the role of the developer evangelist, Rocha points out that the industry has been looking to change this for a while. One reason for the change is the historical understanding of what an evangelist is. The primary focus of the role is to support the developer. Rocha sees this as being more than just promoting developers. It encompasses the development of training materials, running hackathons and building tools for developers. It is also about helping developers share things with the community. Open Source is more complicated than just pushing code to a shared repository. Zeno Rocha, Chief Product Officer, Liferay Cloud One area that is important is the filtering of comments from the wider community back to developers. Rocha talks about his own experience of being bullied by comments from a well known community member. He is keen to address this and ensure that bullying stops. This is about helping people develop both themselves and build a career out of software development. This is especially important in open source and Rocha talks about the challenge this brings. To hear what else Rocha had to say, listen to the podcast. Where can I get it? obtain it, for Android devices from play.google.com/music/podcasts use the Enterprise Times page on Stitcher use the Enterprise Times page on Podchaser listen to the Enterprise Times channel on Soundcloud listen to the podcast (below) or download the podcast to your local device and then listen there

How Sage Intacct has helped with Growth at Prairie

  • 14 days ago

Enterprise Times spoke to Vincent DiRaddo, Director of Finance & Administration at Prairie Capital Advisors LLC during the recent Sage Intacct Advantage. Prairie has used Sage Intacct for several years. In fact this was the seventh Advantage that DiRaddo had attended. ET asked DiRaddo what keeps him coming back year after year?  It isn’t just for the insights he gains from Sage Intacct but also the community and peers he has built up a network of with over the last few years. Vincent DiRaddo, Director of Finance and Administration DiRaddo is an advocate of Sage Intacct and explains how it has helped with Prairie’s growth over the last few years. It has tripled the number of locations, tripled revenue and more than doubled the number of staff. The finance team has only added a single person during that time all because of the efficiency that Sage Intacct has brought. The software architecture that Prairie has evolved from a mixed of QuickBooks, Excel and Access databases to a set modern cloud based applications. These include KeyedIN PSA, Sage Intacct, Trinet Expenses and Salesforce CRM. DiRaddo shared the common pain points and what they are looking to improve in the future. Where can I get it? obtain it, for Android devices from play.google.com/music/podcasts use the Enterprise Times page on Stitcher use the Enterprise Times page on Podchaser listen to the Enterprise Times channel on Soundcloud listen to the podcast (below) or download the podcast to your local device and then listen there

Chano Fernandez talks frankly at Workday Rising

  • 25 days ago

This year in Vienna,Workday held its annual European conference and its first in the DACH region. It was the largest yet and demonstrates the penetration that Workday has across Europe already,just from the different languages heard at the conference. Enterprise Times sat down with Chano Fernandez, Co-President Workday and spoke about the company’s progress and growth. With its results imminent,no financial details were shared but he described it as “an exciting year”. This year saw the acquisition of Adaptive Insights and several key announcements at the convention. We asked Chano Fernandez what the implications were for Workday Planning now that Adaptive Insights has been on board a few weeks. He also spoke about how Adaptive will continue to service those clients not using Workday. He also talks honestly about the Workday platform, where it is now and how quickly it will become a reality. Fernandez covers the Workday approach to verticals and responds to a question of how SAP are attacking the PSA market with S/4HANA and SuccessFactors. Fernandez also talks about the expansion plans for Workday in the near future. He commented: “We are looking to growth in the US but more internationally”. He talked about Asia and South America. How will Workday measure success? The company has an intense focus on customer satisfaction and employee satisfaction. While revenue growth is important, it is these two metrics that Workday wants to focus on to improve the latter. Where can I get it? obtain it, for Android devices from play.google.com/music/podcasts use the Enterprise Times page on Stitcher use the Enterprise Times page on Podchaser listen to the Enterprise Times channel on Soundcloud listen to the podcast (below) or download the podcast to your local device and then listen there

Mummy there’s a ghost in my computer

  • about 1 month ago

Enterprise Times spoke to Guy Kirkwood, chief evangelist at UiPath. UiPath deliver an enterprise Robotic Process Automation solution. It is one of several in the market, a fact Kirkwood acknowledges openly. An accomplished speaker, he is well known for his quotes such as “Outsourcing is dead” and “AI is bollocks”. Guy Kirkwood, Chief Evangelist UiPath He begins our conversation with a definition of RPA. Kirkwood sees RPA as an enabler to allows employees to spend more time working directly with customers rather than being bogged down by an existing workload. He believes the Business Process Outsourcing market is evolved rapidly and there is nothing to stop enterprises in-sourcing RPA to replace BPO. Will RPA to a loss of jobs? Kirkwood argues no. He admits that jobs will change and that there may be an economic impact on some people. However, in the long term he believes that it will actually increase job opportunities as work becomes more efficient. He talks about the direct link between RPA, increased employee engagement and improving customer satisfaction. UiPath launched an RPA playbook at its 30th October UiPath Forward event in London. This, Kirkwood explains, details how companies should approach their journey to adopt RPA. He reveals a few details of what companies should do and the likely costs of that journey. He also reveals how self building robots will decrease the cost of RPA in time. Delivering RPA is rarely delivered in isolation. Kirkwood talks about two areas that compliment its UiPath solution. The first is “process mining”, understanding the actual processes that employees undertake. UiPath works with Celonis for this. The second is the “human loop”, Enate work with UiPath in this area, where RPA hands off to a human. Finally Kirkwood unveils what UiPath is doing to educate people about RPA. It has evolved from training employees to children. Kirkwood revealed a quote from one child’s view of RPA as “Mummy there’s a ghost in my computer”. To hear what Kirkwood had to say listen to the podcast Where can I get it? obtain it, for Android devices from play.google.com/music/podcasts use the Enterprise Times page on Stitcher use the Enterprise Times page on Podchaser listen to the Enterprise Times channel on Soundcloud listen to the podcast (below) or download the podcast to your local device and then listen there

Octave Klaba on the future of OVH

  • about 1 month ago

At the recent OVH Summit, Enterprise Times sat with Octave Klaba, Chairman, Founder and Owner of OVH. Since the last summit, OVH has acquired vCloud Air from VMware, opened new data centres, adopted new VMware products and taken on a new CEO. OVH now trades with two businesses, OVH Worldwide and OVH US who address two different markets. Getting them to work together to share costs and products while retaining their independence in terms of data management is central to OVH’s previously announced strategy. With Klaba promising that OVH would become a €1 billion business by 2020, we wanted to understand how it was planning to get there. Klaba was incredibly frank and open about how the businesses would work together, how products would be launched and his goals. He talked about his plans to acquire companies as far out as 2025, something that few business leaders would dare to do. One of the goals Klaba has for OVH is to be the alternative cloud to the big players. To do that he is prepared to take a different route to helping customers build their solutions. One example is AI. While other players are using customer data to train models, Klaba promises OVH won’t. He sees trust as a key selling point and that means honouring that European view of privacy. Klaba’s passion for the business he has built over 19 years is also evident in the interview. Make no mistake, he has clear personal goals not just for OVH but also the ecosystem of OVH partners. To hear what Klaba had to say listen to the podcast Where can I get it? obtain it, for Android devices from play.google.com/music/podcasts use the Enterprise Times page on Stitcher use the Enterprise Times page on Podchaser listen to the Enterprise Times channel on Soundcloud listen to the podcast (below) or download the podcast to your local device and then listen there

Dr Nicole Forsgren talks about DevOps

  • about 1 month ago

At the DevOps World and Jenkins World conference a few months ago, Enterprise Times was lucky enough to get a few minutes to talk with Dr Nicole Forsgren, CEO and Chief Scientist, DevOps Research and Assessment (DORA). Forsgren, along with Jez Humble and Gene Kim conduct detailed research and assessment into the state of DevOps. They are also acknowledged experts and practitioners in the field. At the event, Forsgren was presenting research from the 2018 Accelerate: State of DevOps Report (registration required). During our short conversation, Forsgren talked through some of the findings from the report in advance of her presentation. This is the fifth year that DORA has published its DevOps report. It focuses on what is really happening in the marketplace and what practices are driving performance. One of the challenges of getting value out of any report is knowing how it relates to your own business. In addition to the main report, DORA delivers assessments for organisations. These are designed to allow them to know where they are, what they need to do and what the realistic benefits of DevOps are to that business. Forsgren explains this using some of the statistics from the report. Those companies who are implementing DevOps best are up to 46 times faster when it comes to delivering stable software into production. In a world where speed is everything, this is a significant difference. DORA also uses four measures to assess DevOps. Two of these are about speed and two are about stability. To hear what else Forsgren had to say listen to the podcast. Where can I get it? obtain it, for Android devices from play.google.com/music/podcasts use the Enterprise Times page on Stitcher use the Enterprise Times page on Podchaser listen to the Enterprise Times channel on Soundcloud listen to the podcast (below) or download the podcast to your local device and then listen there

Blockhead makes blockchain easy for developers 

  • about 1 month ago

One of the big challenges for blockchain developers is the lack of tools to help them get started. Enter a team of developers from IBM. They took part in a hackathon sponsored by Cloud Foundry and the result was the Blockhead Service Broker. When you look closely at it and talk to the development team it is a moment of clarity that makes perfect sense. Enterprise Times sat down with Morgan Bauer, Swetha Repakula, and Nima Kaviani. All three are Open Source Contributors, something that they take very seriously. Many blockchain developers don’t understand the various steps required to bring up a blockchain node. Even when they get past that, they had to understand how to deploy things like smart contracts. Beyond that, if they want their app to be portable, they have to understand different blockchain implementations. All of this is inhibiting the development of blockchain applications. Yet this isn’t the first time this kind of problem has occurred. Every major storage and connectivity technology has created a similar problem. In the 1980’s and 1990’s it was about networks and network drivers. In the 2000’s it was connecting to mobile networks and using Bluetooth as a carrier. This team has delivered an elegant solution to the problem that draws on the solutions of the past. They have used the 12 Factor web applications model and simply plugged blockchain in as a service. Simply is perhaps an understatement. The team had to overcome incompatible models between blockchain and cloud. They also had to find a solution that worked across very different blockchain implementations without impacting the security or the privacy. There is some clever work here and more to be done. However this is a significant step forward for blockchain developers. To hear what Bauer, Repakula, and Kaviani had to say, listen to the podcast Where can I get it? obtain it, for Android devices from play.google.com/music/podcasts use the Enterprise Times page on Stitcher use the Enterprise Times page on Podchaser listen to the Enterprise Times channel on Soundcloud listen to the podcast (below) or download the podcast to your local device and then listen there

Bernard Parsons talks about Becrypt and Paradox

  • about 1 month ago

UK security company Becrypt has launched the latest version of its Paradox software, Paradox Edge. It is a Desktop as a Service (DaaS) platform delivered as a managed service. Enterprise Times spoke to Dr Bernard Parsons, Co-Founder and CEO of Becrypt in London about the announcement. Becrypt has moved away from the traditional security sphere of encryption and is now focused on end user device security. As part of this is has focused on how to secure operating systems. This is a market where there is little competition but one that has a wide appeal to Becrypt’s target market. That is government departments, the military and many companies that are involved in critical national infrastructure. Dr Bernard Parsons, Co-Founder and CEO of Becrypt A secure infrastructure starts with secure endpoint devices that organisations can deploy. This is not a solution that would work for BYOD. Instead, the companies need control over the device to ensure it runs the right software and meets a set of agreed security standards. These focused on the ability to trust a device every time it was switched on. The result was a secure operating system to meet those requirements. Paradox Edge is an extension of that into the cloud. Parsons talked about what it provided for customers. To hear what else Parsons had to say listen to the podcast Where can I get it? obtain it, for Android devices from play.google.com/music/podcasts use the Enterprise Times page on Stitcher use the Enterprise Times page on Podchaser listen to the Enterprise Times channel on Soundcloud listen to the podcast (below) or download the podcast to your local device and then listen there

 Dr Jill Strange on the art of Talent Science

  • about 2 months ago

Employing and retaining the right people has never been harder. It is not just the battle to find the right people but making sure that those people fit the organisation. Even when they do seem to fit, can you be sure they are going to deliver on the role you have for them. Enter Dr Jill Strange, Vice President of Science Applications at Infor. Strange spoke with Enterprise Times at Inforum a few weeks ago. Strange focuses on Talent Science. This is the art of building a scientific profile of each job in your company and more importantly, a profile that identifies high achievers. Using that science, potential candidates can be interviewed and hopefully employed. Dr Jill Strange, Vice President, Science Applications at Infor This is not about creating clones. It still allows plenty of scope for innovation and disruption but in a controlled way that doesn’t affect the business. In the podcast, Strange explains how this works, what Infor does and how companies benefit from this work. The science also works for employees. It helps identify what they are good at and how they can develop over their career. It provides a means by which a savvy employer can build a career path for an individual, helping them along that path in a way that benefits both the company and the employee. To hear what else Strange had to say listen to the podcast. Where can I get it? obtain it, for Android devices from play.google.com/music/podcasts use the Enterprise Times page on Stitcher use the Enterprise Times page on Podchaser listen to the Enterprise Times channel on Soundcloud listen to the podcast (below) or download the podcast to your local device and then listen there

Dan Juengst on Low Code development

  • about 2 months ago

Shortly before his move from OutSystems to VMware earlier this year, Enterprise Times talked to Dan Juengst about Low Code environments. We asked Juengst what low code was all about. He said it is: “A cloud application environment that allows you to build, run and scale them in a scalable elastic environment. The key is the way you develop the applications. “You use a visual modelling interface. Developers work in an IDE that allows them to visually model the application, they essentially drag and drop components of the application, connect them together, press the button and automation technology writes the code for the application and stitches it all together.” This is all about speeding up the development process. As business units demand more apps, faster, IT is struggling to respond. The problem is that are not enough programmers or testers to design, develop and ensure apps are safe. Low code is just the latest promise to deliver code faster, at scale and more simply. Juengst believes that over 20 years of history are on the vendors side. They have seen the previous failures and problems and now have products that can deliver. One benefit of having spent so long trying to solve this is that other technologies have appeared to make it easier. DevOps for automation and testing as well as moving it to production are an example. Juengst see Low code as benefitting from the changes that we are seeing across IT. To hear what else Juengst had to say, listen to the podcast. Where can I get it? obtain it, for Android devices from play.google.com/music/podcasts use the Enterprise Times page on Stitcher use the Enterprise Times page on Podchaser listen to the Enterprise Times channel on Soundcloud listen to the podcast (below) or download the podcast to your local device and then listen there

Mike Wolf talks about DevOps for the business

  • about 2 months ago

Mike Wolf leads the modern delivery practice at KPMG. He recently sat down with Enterprise Times to talk about the wider benefits of DevOps to the business. Wolf says that: “Modern delivery is a holistic view that combines Agile, DevOps with Product Management, Lean Financing and design thinking.” The idea is that bring them all together and you see real benefits in terms of business advantage and return on investment. Do things in isolation and it will slow the business down and cost more. DevOps and Agile are seen as key technologies for software development. They can significantly increase the speed, stability and security of software for the business. However, the basic principles that underpin DevOps can be applied to a much wider portion of the business. In this podcast, Wolf talks about what they offer business teams and how they can help remove the boundaries that exist between departments. Many of those boundaries impact business processes and, as such, can be seen to be slowing down the ability of businesses to grow. This is also about bringing IT and the business together. They speak different languages, they have different goals. According to Wolf, the business doesn’t improve unless there is a common understanding between the two. He sees modern delivery practice as being the translator between the two sides. To hear what Wolf had to say, listen to the podcast. Where can I get it? obtain it, for Android devices from play.google.com/music/podcasts use the Enterprise Times page on Stitcher use the Enterprise Times page on Podchaser listen to the Enterprise Times channel on Soundcloud listen to the podcast (below) or download the podcast to your local device and then listen there

Bryant Lee talks about Atlassian’s ecosystem

  • about 2 months ago

Running a successful ecosystem is essential for software companies. As the company grows, so do the number of partners who want to get involved with them. Earlier this year, Enterprise Times attended the Atlassian Summit in Europe. While there, we got a chance to talk about the challenges around ecosystem management with Bryant Lee Global Head of Partnerships and Integrations, Atlassian. Lee sees his job as bringing software partners together and helping tie partner solutions into the Atlassian stack. To do that, Atlassian does a couple of things. It invests in both its partners and the wider marketplace. This helps to ensure that there is a good mix of solutions. It also talks with its customers about what they want and shares that with partners. It helps then build the right plug-ins. This has resulted in over 4,000 solutions in the Atlassian marketplace which takes a lot of time to manage. Bryant Lee, Global Head of Partnerships and Integrations, Atlassian A similar process is used for Atlassian’s own software. The Ecosystem Council meets with Atlassian engineers and product managers. This allows them to talk about any challenges and issues when it comes to integration with the Atlassian stack. It also allows Atlassian to keep its ecosystem engaged with what it is doing. Lee also talked about the challenges that partners face around supporting on-premises, data centre and cloud versions of its products. It sees the ecosystem is key to helping customers move to a hybrid world and then fully into the cloud. It is investing heavily in its cloud platform providing developers with products, frameworks and APIs. To hear more of what Lee had to say listen to the podcast. Where can I get it? obtain it, for Android devices from play.google.com/music/podcasts use the Enterprise Times page on Stitcher use the Enterprise Times page on Podchaser listen to the Enterprise Times channel on Soundcloud listen to the podcast (below) or download the podcast to your local device and then listen there

Massimo Capoccia talks about Coleman AI

  • about 2 months ago

At Infor’s Inforum conference in Washington, DC, Infor launched its Coleman Digital Assistant. It is the first of the Coleman AI family products that the company is planning. Enterprise Times sat down with Massimo Capoccia, SVP Infor OS, Technology, Infor to talk about Coleman and other technologies that Infor is planning to bring to market. Unlike many of its competitors, Infor has developed Coleman completely in-house. This is a brave move. AI is a technology that is developing rapidly and has a high cost to get into. It also requires a lot of highly skilled staff to develop an AI engine on which to build products. By going it alone, Infor is sending the message to the market that it is a major player. Massimo Capoccia, SVP Infor OS, Technology, Infor The Coleman Digital Assistant is just the first of several products Infor is planning in this space. It is designed to work through the Infor apps on desktop, cloud and mobile. Capoccia also told us that the company plans to take advantage of Amazon Alexa. It will allow businesses to buy their own Alexa devices and use them with the Coleman tools. Eventually, the plan is to make it deployable on personal Alexa devices but that requires some work on authentication and data protection. To hear more of what Capoccia had to say listen to the podcast. Where can I get it? obtain it, for Android devices from play.google.com/music/podcasts use the Enterprise Times page on Stitcher use the Enterprise Times page on Podchaser listen to the Enterprise Times channel on Soundcloud listen to the podcast (below) or download the podcast to your local device and then listen there

Peoplestreme CFO talks FinancialForce

  • 2 months ago

Enterprise Times had the opportunity to talk to Fionn O’Keeffe, CFO of PeopleStreme. As a SaaS vendor O’Keeffe has the unique viewpoint of looking at FinancialForce as a supplier and also a fellow software vendor. PeopleStreme is an HCM vendor that was recently acquired by the leading Australian Payroll vendor Ascender. O’Keeffe talks about the decision to move to FinancialForce and the benefits that the company gained from the solution. Fionn O’Keeffe, Chief Financial Officer at PeopleStreme The interview took place during a frenetic week in San Francisco as it hosted Dreamforce. O’Keeffe talked about the software architecture that PeopleStreme has in place and why they chose FinancialForce rather than another vendor. He discussed how, as a software vendor Salesforce and FinancialForce have helped to increase retention rates, a key metric for a SaaS vendor. PeopleStreme implemented the system around 14 months ago. Since then O’Keeffe has driven his team to constantly improve the implementation. In his words, this has at times driven them “mad”. However, this has led to significant, iterative improvements. For example, the month end close time has dropped from 15 days down to 5 days. PeopleStreme also purchased FinancialForce SupplyChain. O’Keeffe explains how they are using it to control procurement spend and also to track their fixed assets. As a SaaS vendor they have fully embraced continuous improvement of the solution. O’Keeffe does not believe that the implementation is over yet as he adds more and more modules. Next up may be billing central. He is also looking forward to the possibilities that Einstein brings. To hear more of what O’Keeffe had to say listen to the podcast. Where can I get it? obtain it, for Android devices from play.google.com/music/podcasts use the Enterprise Times page on Stitcher use the Enterprise Times page on Podchaser listen to the Enterprise Times channel on Soundcloud listen to the podcast (below) or download the podcast to your local device and then listen there

Mike McKee talks about insider threat management

  • 2 months ago

On a recent visit to London, Mike McKee, CEO of insider threat management company ObserveIT, dropped in to talk to Enterprise Times. We took the opportunity to ask McKee what the term really means. Who is that insider? A rogue employee? A partner? The cleaner? McKee said it encompasses any employee including contractors. A lot of organisations would not see a contractor as being a rogue employee as they are often invisible to many inside the company. Partners with access to systems are the same and as we increase the use of collaboration tools, their access to sensitive data is getting deeper. One of the things McKee was keen to point out is that most of the time people are good people. The general assumption is that an insider incident has to be malicious. That is untrue. Everyone makes mistakes whether than be through a lack of training, knowledge or inattention. McKee gave the example of using the wrong app. For example sharing information with a partner via Dropbox only to discover that the company uses Box. Most employees will make that mistake which is exacerbated as BYOD and personal cloud spreads through the company. McKee says that we need to do more to track the data in order to protect it. However, IT often no longer has a clue where the company data is. It is spread across company owned assets, cloud, personal devices and removable media. If we cannot see it then we surely cannot protect it. The only way to solve this problem is greater visibility over activity across devices and data. We need to identify the sensitive data and track how it is used. The key to this is not just getting large volumes of alerts but usable alerts with context. This requires an understanding of the data, what people are doing and how it is being used. This is far more than behavioural analytics. It goes much deeper than that. To hear more of what Barnes had to say listen to the podcast. Where can I get it? obtain it, for Android devices from play.google.com/music/podcasts use the Enterprise Times page on Stitcher use the Enterprise Times page on Podchaser listen to the Enterprise Times channel on Soundcloud listen to the podcast (below) or download the podcast to your local device and then listen there

Tim Pickard on the challenge of data protection

  • 2 months ago

Tim Pickard, CMO, Egress Software sat down with Enterprise Times recently to talk about the challenges of securing unstructured data. Pickard is referring to all that data that sits on end user devices and that they share across email and other services. Protecting data from misuse has been a recurring theme for decades. The problem is that many of the technologies available are intrusive. Pickard believes that part of the problem is the breakdown of the perimeter. Cloud is a major part of the problem. The ready access and willingness to use to cloud services means that IT can no longer see where the data is. This changes how we see the control point around data protection. The solution is to treat the user as their own perimeter and help them. To help the user, Pickard says we need to provide the user with guiderails around how they use the data. Part of this is better and more targeted AI. Pickard talked about how Egress was looking at users emails to build up a picture of who they communicate with and when. This allows the system to spot anomalies such as suddenly sending files to an unknown user. It will flag that for checking. Walking the line between useful and ‘getting in the way’ is never easy. Pickard also talks about the challenge of data classification and secure collaboration. This is a real challenge for legal firms. To hear more of what Pickard had to say listen to the podcast. Where can I get it? obtain it, for Android devices from play.google.com/music/podcasts use the Enterprise Times page on Stitcher use the Enterprise Times page on Podchaser listen to the Enterprise Times channel on Soundcloud listen to the podcast (below) or download the podcast to your local device and then listen there

Roger Barnes talks ITSM and DevOps

  • 2 months ago

At the recent Atlassian Summit Europe, Enterprise Times talked to Roger Barnes, Group Product Manager, DevOps and ITSM solution at Atlassian. One of the excuses we often hear from large enterprises as to why they don’t use DevOps is that they have a complex environment. They often cite ITSM, certification to comply with ISO standards and other process driven approaches as to why DevOps won’t work for their organisation. Barnes was only too happy to try and put some of those myths and excuses to bed. Roger Barnes, Group Product Manager, DevOps and ITSM solution at Atlassian Barnes sees DevOps as being far more inclusive than existing approaches, looking to get them to move forward. One of the challenges inside enterprises is the way development has broken down into smaller teams. While it has made development more adaptable, it means it no longer fits those traditional IT processes. Barnes believes that the solution is to find ways to make those processes more relevant for the way we work today. The use of automation has a lot to offer risk and compliance teams. However, the industry has not really engaged with them. Barnes says that we need to do more to show them that doing things faster is not about increasing risk. We need to talk to them about putting in guard rails and controls to meet compliance. Atlassian has been through the need to engage with compliance. After all it is also a public company. Barnes also talked about the acquisition of OpsGenie and the launch of Jira Ops. He put the acquisitions into context as to what they offer. Barnes also talked about how we can take the DevOps approach and use that to adapt the processes that organisations rely on. To hear more of what Barnes had to say listen to the podcast. Where can I get it? obtain it, for Android devices from play.google.com/music/podcasts use the Enterprise Times page on Stitcher use the Enterprise Times page on Podchaser listen to the Enterprise Times channel on Soundcloud listen to the podcast (below) or download the podcast to your local device and then listen there

Trends in manufacturing

  • 3 months ago

David Stephans, Chief Revenue Office Rootstock talks about the trends in manufacturing today.  He splits them into two categories: Fundamental or strategic trends Value driven trends He reveals that he is seeing companies adopt business process automation, Cloud based technology and IoT. One example he draws out are the advantages of the real time connection to the supply chain.  Manufacturing leaders are able to see in real time what their partners hole and have shipped. He talks through each subject and delivers a value benefit. Where can I get it? Obtain it, for Android devices from play.google.com/music/podcasts use the Enterprise Times page on Stitcher use the Enterprise Times page on Podchaser listen to the Enterprise Times channel on Soundcloud listen to the podcast (below) or download the podcast to your local device and then listen there.  

Mark Dao talks about the application Network

  • 3 months ago

MuleSoft this week announced a new release of its Anypoint platform. Enterprise Times caught up with Mark Dao, Chief Product Officer of MuleSoft, a Salesforce Company at Dreamforce this week. I spoke to him about the application network graph, comparing it to data networks. We covered some of the new features in the release. More importantly, where he sees them developing further in the future. Companies are increasingly concerned around compliance and security, this is an area that MuleSoft have an continued to work on with the Anypoint platform, created trusted  connections both inside but also outside the company firewalls. Where can I get it? Obtain it, for Android devices from play.google.com/music/podcasts use the Enterprise Times page on Stitcher use the Enterprise Times page on Podchaser listen to the Enterprise Times channel on Soundcloud listen to the podcast (below) or download the podcast to your local device and then listen there. Audio Player

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