May 17, 2020

Capgemini: 46% of firms are refraining from innovating due to cybersecurity fears

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Report
Cloud
Automation
Jonathan Dyble
2 min
Cybersecurity
A new report from leading consulting corporation Capgemini has revealed that nearly half of enterprises are concerned about updating their IT networks w...

A new report from leading consulting corporation Capgemini has revealed that nearly half of enterprises are concerned about updating their IT networks with new technologies due to cybersecurity fears.

The fears of moving to the cloud and automating IT infrastructure stand amongst both fast movers and those lagging behind in digital transformation, despite the proven operational and financial benefits of utilising tried and tested advanced technologies.

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“IT leaders face considerable pressure from CEOs and boards to ensure that technology initiatives do not introduce new vulnerabilities,” Capgemini states in The Automation Advantage report. “In the survey, both fast movers and followers cite security concerns as their number-one automation challenge.”

The results of the survey of 415 IT leaders across large, established companies in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific reflect that 27% have security concerns, whilst 19% are worried about data privacy, accounting for almost half of all respondents.

A remaining 16% are reluctant to implement new technologies due to being resistant to change, whilst a further 16% of companies outsource the management of their IT systems.

However, despite these statistics, other companies see enhanced cybersecurity as a motivation for automation, and many of those that have embraced the cloud have seen improvements to their cybersecurity networks as opposed to compromising them.

For more information, see the full Automation Advantage report from Capgemini.

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Jun 18, 2021

GfK and VMware: Innovating together on hybrid cloud

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VMware
3 min
VMware has been walking GfK along its path through digital transformation to the cloud for over a decade.

GfK has been the global leader in data and analytics for more than 85 years, supplying its clients with optimised decision inputs.  

In its capacity as a strategic and technical partner, VMware has been walking GfK along its digital transformation path for over a decade. 

“We are a demanding and singularly dynamic customer, which is why a close partnership with VMware is integral to the success of everyone involved,” said Joerg Hesselink, Global Head of Infrastructure, GfK IT Services.

Four years ago, the Nuremberg-based researcher expanded its on-premises infrastructure by introducing VMware vRealize Automation. In doing so, it laid a solid foundation, resulting in a self-service hybrid-cloud environment.

By expanding on the basis of VMware Cloud on AWS and VMware Cloud Foundation with vRealize Cloud Management, GfK has given itself a secure infrastructure and reliable operations by efficiently operating processes, policies, people and tools in both private and public cloud environments.

One important step for GfK involved migrating from multiple cloud providers to just a single one. The team chose VMware.

“VMware is the market leader for on-premises virtualisation and hybrid-cloud solutions, so it was only logical to tackle the next project for the future together,” says Hesselink.

Migration to the VMware-based environment was integrated into existing hardware simply and smoothly in April 2020. Going forward, GfK’s new hybrid cloud model will establish a harmonised core system complete with VMware Cloud on AWS, VMware Cloud Foundation with vRealize Cloud Management and a volume rising from an initial 500 VMs to a total of 4,000 VMs. 

“We are modernising, protecting and scaling our applications with the world’s leading hybrid cloud solution: VMware Cloud on AWS, following VMware on Google Cloud Platform,” adds Hesselink.

The hybrid cloud-based infrastructure also empowers GfK to respond to new and future projects with astonishing agility: Resources can now be shifted quickly and easily from the private to the public cloud – without modifying the nature of interaction with the environment. 

The gfknewron project is a good example – the company’s latest AI-powered product is based exclusively on public cloud technology. The consistency guaranteed by VMware Cloud on AWS eases the burden on both regular staff and the IT team. Better still, since the teams are already familiar with the VMware environment, the learning curve for upskilling is short.

One very important factor for the GfK was that VMware Cloud on AWS constituted an investment in future-proof technology that will stay relevant.

“The new cloud-based infrastructure comprising VMware Cloud on AWS and VMware Cloud Foundation forges a successful link between on-premises and cloud-based solutions,” says Hesselink. “That in turn enables GfK to efficiently develop its own modern applications and solutions.

“In market research, everything is data-driven. So, we need the best technological basis to efficiently process large volumes of data and consistently distill them into logical insights that genuinely benefit the client. 

“We transform data and information into actionable knowledge that serves as a sustainable driver of business growth. VMware Cloud on AWS is an investment in a platform that helps us be well prepared for whatever the future may hold.”

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