451 Research News & Analysis
| Wednesday Dec 31, 2014
Perhaps nothing in information technology offers a richer mix of expectation and disillusionment than the mobile enterprise. It's become like the lover who keeps promising a long-term relationship but never commits.
Since workers became enamored with smartphones eight years ago, it has seemed obvious those devices will one day connect with the applications and data within the company's fire-walled network. And that will happen. It just didn't happen in 2014.
Mobile devices and the enterprise have yet to form a happy marriage. Despite significant advances this year, hurdles remain before the mobile enterprise can achieve the kind of speed, safety and productivity that office workers have come to expect from their network.
| Friday Dec 12, 2014
There’s no getting away from the inevitable round of IT predictions that mark the end of every year. Just about every research company and IT vendor has its own list — and 451 Research is no exception.
This time it comes in the shape of 6 C’s for 2015 that cover a range of issues from content management to containers to cloud and crowd working. Combined, they envisage a year that will see workers using more agile IT, largely through cloud and converged platforms. These same workers will also be more mobile and disassociated from the enterprise.
| Monday Nov 24, 2014
That’s what you’ll find in 451 Research’s latest survey on the Enterprise File Sync and Share (EFSS) market.
“The research presented in this and subsequent reports will be divisive -- welcomed and indeed lauded by some, but very uncomfortable reading for others,” writes analyst Alan Pelz-Sharpe, author of the study.
| Wednesday Oct 15, 2014
Just a day after the SAP-IBM cloud partnership news broke, an international standard setting body issued two standards related to cloud computing.
Perhaps CEOs Ginni Rometty of IBM and Bill McDermott of SAP should take note.
ISO (the International Organization for Standardization) today released what officials there call "ground-breaking standards" that "lay down the basic terminology and architectural framework" for cloud computing.
The cloud "poses many issues, chiefly related to compatibility," ISO's Vivienne Rojas blogged today. "With more and more providers offering cloud-based services, the technology has suffered from chaotic development, making it almost impossible for companies to ascertain the quality of services offered."
| Thursday Jul 3, 2014
Fireworks may explode in the night sky as the US celebrates the Fourth of July weekend, but things are much quieter in the web content management market.
The frenetic pace of nine-figure WCM acquisitions of the past four years ended before Christmas, and the once-deep river of venture capital funding for fledgling players ran dry long ago.
Market shifts and technology trends -- the somewhat surprising strength of mobile, the stampede to Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), a growing infatuation with digital marketing -- were missed by many players, leaving the field "fragmented" and "troubled," according to fresh research by Matt Mullen and Alan Pelz-Sharpe at 451 Research.
| Thursday Sep 5, 2013
Companies hire people to work, not to be social. That’s just one of the problems social business tools face despite the fact the US$ 2 billion industry is still growing at a decent clip, a 451 Research report found.
| Thursday Feb 7, 2013
While clouds are on every enterprise’s horizon, they’re mostly internal clouds. That’s a key finding in an annual study conducted by 451 Research about the state of cloud computing for businesses.