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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
DW talks to Andy Gomarsall MBE, Chairman of N2S, about the growing importance of sustainable IT, as more and more companies get to grips with their environmental obligations. With COP26 on the horizon, Andrew is optimistic that IT Asset Disposal will become a major focus in the rapidly evolving circular economy, not least as organisations begin to understand and to address their Scope 3 GHG, supply chain responsibilities.
Dima Kats, CEO of Clear Junction, talks to DW about the promise of 5G for the payments industry, highlighting not just the opportunities the technology will provide, but also the potential challenges around solution scalability and security. Dima also explains how the pandemic has served to emphasise the importance of organisations such as Clear Junction having the agility to respond to fast, major changes in the way in which its customers interact with consumers right across the globe.
Tim Pitcher, Vice President Sales at Nebulon, talks Channel challenges, including differentiation, changing business models and hyperconverged. Working through its OEM server partners, Nebulon has recently launched the smartPartner Programme, providing Channel companies with an exciting, recurring revenue opportunity.
Marwin Marcussen, EMEA Channel Solution Architect at Kaseya, talks about the many challenges and opportunities facing end users as they seek to address the outfall from the pandemic, alongside the continuation of their existing digital transformation programmes. Happily, the Channel is perfectly placed to provide the expert knowledge and solutions end users require, with security very much the number one focus.
DW talks to Alex James, CTO at Ascent, about the pitfalls of focusing too closely on digital transformation and technology innovation without first understanding what it is your company wants to achieve. Armed with this knowledge, Alex believes that end users can then achieve the right balance between data, software and platforms in order to implement successful, focused business change.
Eric Anthony, Director of MSP Community & Enablement at Egnyte, talks through the company’s enterprise content platform, which offers cloud content security, compliance and collaboration, as well as data lifecycle management; with MSPs having a major opportunity to leverage the Egnyte Platform to help their customers get to grips with the challenges and opportunities of managing unstructured data. Eric predicts that compliance in particular will grow in importance over the next few years.
Steve Denby, Head of Sales Enablement at Node4, discusses how the Channel has a major role to play in helping its customers adjust to the ‘post-pandemic’, hybrid workplace. Edge, AI, IoT, security and sustainability are some of the opportunities Steve sees for Channel organisations as they have the opportunity to become the end users’ trusted, expert technology solutions provider.
Andrew Dickinson, Co-founder and CEO at Jola, provides valuable insight into the mobile data market. He talks through the here and now of the IoT and 4G/5G landscapes and looks at some future technologies, explaining the many opportunities which exist for Channel organisations to provide mobile data solutions to their customers, and giving some valuable advice as to what to look for in a mobile data partner/provider.
VMware has formed an agreement with BT, a leading global communications services provider, to offer multinational customers more choice and flexibility in how they embrace a cloud-first approach to networking, security, and edge computing.
Equinix has opened its first Co-Innovation Facility (CIF), located in its DC15 International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data centre at the Equinix Ashburn Campus in the Washington, D.C. area. A component of Equinix’s Data Centre of the Future initiative, the CIF is a new capability that enables partners to work with Equinix on trialling and developing innovations. These innovations, such as identifying a path to clean hydrogen-enabled fuel cells or deploying more capable battery solutions, will be used to help define the future of sustainable digital infrastructure and services globally.