This Week’s technology news – 15th November 2013

Bringing data to the heart of business
Traditional automated network monitoring is no longer sufficient for modern business. Instead the data itself needs to be the prime focus. IT operations analytics software can be used to track, interpret and identify potential problems. The 2012 RBS calamity, which cost £175m, when a fault froze 12 million customer accounts, highlighting the importance of monitoring, which could have saved time, money and trust. Gartner analyst Will Cappelli said the IT operations analytics market will be worth $800m in 2013, up from $300m in 2012. Gartner expects this growth rate to be repeated next year. With stricter regulations now in place to protect the public, understanding what is happening with your data, will become even more important as companies get to grips with big data.

Dropping the box?
Big brand consumer file synching and file sharing name, Dropbox, is seeking to simplify and align security for its 200 million personal customers, to merge logins with those customers’ 4 million business accounts. The current duality might be “silly” to Dropbox’s CEO, however, UK enterprise and MSPs are likely to be encouraged to say with more commercially secure options like Box, which uses storage encryption on its servers – and unlike Google Drive and Sky Drive – would not fall foul of safe harbour governance policies, by virtue of its ability to control the geographical location of its data.

Can Samsung Knox out the competition?
Samsung, which has managed to take the lion’s share (60%) of the Android market has recently been making big strides in tackling the platform’s Achilles heel; corporate security. Many corporations have gravitated towards iOS because of its high level of security, thanks to its walled-garden approach. With Samsung’s latest version of their security platform Knox, it is looking like they have closed the gap, adding an application layer where work content can exist securely. Currently Knox is only compatible with high-end Samsung devices, but this still gives corporate users a much wider range of devices than Apple. With Android recently breaking past 80% market share worldwide, Samsung is in a very strong position to start to dominate the corporate marketplace, leaving other Android OEMs and Apple behind.

Intelligent Energy fires Upp hope for alternative power source
Intelligent Energy, the UK’s 15th fastest growing technology company (according to Deloitte), have showcased a new power source called “Upp”, at AfricaCom in Capetown. Made with a compact fuel cell and fuel to charge mobile devices including mobile phones and tablets, the cartridge can be easily returned and replaced. Using world telecomms partners and their distribution channels, down to street level; the costs are anticipated to fall lower than the initial $199 quoted. IE view this as a transformative platform for the third world which has positive implications for the mobile workforce and consumers -and marks the welcome roll out of alternatives to an over-reliance on electricity as a power source.