This week’s technology news from Amicus ITS – Friday 5th April 2013

Amazon’s Cloud Drive finally includes File Synching
Amazon who holds more Cloud market share than both Google and Microsoft have finally added a file synching feature to Cloud Drive. Cloud storage services are a hugely competitive sector and with Google Drive having suffered 3 service fallouts recently lasting up to 3 hours, it could mark an opportunity for Amazon to promote their alternative further. Amazon’s main differential with Cloud Drive in addition to its vast access to users, is its incorporation into the Kindle Fire tablets. This has helped Amazon gain market share. In conclusion the Cloud storage war will be decided not only on features, but the depth and reach to users and its integration onto different mobile platforms.

ICO compulsory audits of the NHS
The NHS is described as having “significant and widespread data protection compliance concerns” in a consultation document, based on an ICO submitted business case. The Government is investigating making data protection auditing compulsory for the NHS. Currently when a serious data protection problem occurs and is exposed, organisations often do not submit to an audit. ICO reveal that only 53% of NHS organisations referred for audit agreed to it, compared to 71% across the whole public sector. Compulsory audits for the NHS will be the right move to increase patient confidence in what is one of the UK’s largest and most important data control areas.

Windows Phone 123% growth
This week Kantar released its latest data of smartphone market share including data for the UK. Over the last 12 months Windows Phone has shown 123.3% growth in the UK, officially making Microsoft 3rd for Smart Phone market share behind Google and Apple, while Blackberry sits in 4th. This surge of customer interest in Windows Phone is likely due to the launch of Windows Phone 8 and a large marketing campaign, still on-going by Microsoft and Nokia. We predict over the next 12 months Windows Phone will see further growth, while both iOS and Android take the hit to make this happen.

IT Outsourcing on the up
In a recessionary market where cost-savings have included bringing services inhouse, one exception may be the ever increasing outsourcing of IT services. A recent study by Bluewolf (a global business consulting firm), found that out of 200 IT decision makers, 32% said they planned to increase IT outsourcing in the next 12-18 months. Additionally 48% believed they would be hiring more contractors vs full time staff. The ability to capture the best talent managing the latest technology, allied to elasticity of workforce, mobile application assistance, infrastructure support services, cloud data management and disaster planning tailored to a company’s needs will be fundamental to providing the necessary resilience and business continuity to firms in a fast changing commercial environment.

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MDM? Not without MSP’s help  

Even though the BYOD trend is gaining significant momentum, some organisations are still refraining from implementation.  Adopting MDM requires investment in technology, training, staffing and policy creation, meaning organisations can’t justify the funding.  However we believe there is a solution to this problem; introducing MDM through a managed service provider.  MSP’s can offer all the MDM benefits including 24×7 managed support, but save customers time as well as costs.  This will allow even small businesses to work more mobile.

Looking into the future in the Tablet market

The big three: Microsoft, Google and Apple are now all runners in the tablet market share race.  In recent months Apple has seen its sales decrease due to the increased popularity of cheaper Google devices. At this pace we may see Android over take Apple in Q2 2013. As Microsoft’s devices have only been on the market for less than a quarter, we are expecting a slow and steady uptake.  As more devices and apps come over to Microsoft’s new platform next year, we predict the market will shift.

‘Appy’ Christmas

Microsoft has announced that their Windows Phone app developers will be hard at work this festive season.  Since the launch of Windows Phone 8, mobile app requests have increased by 40%, seeing a recent surge in the last couple of weeks.  However, some companies refuse to jump on the bandwagon. Google have declared they have no plans to develop apps for either Windows Phone 8 or Windows 8. We believe that Google might be missing a trick.  As Windows 8 adoption grows momentum in 2013, we are predicting Microsoft’s app store will take off in a big way, enabling both a consumer and a corporate environment.

Microsoft release Cloud Deployment programme

Microsoft has released a new Cloud Deployment programme designed at educating partners as to how they can get the most out of Office 365.  Organisations have currently been viewing the Cloud as a threat to their security rather than an instrument for success.  With Microsoft’s latest partner programme, MSP’s will be able to offer management tools and expertise to help consumers understand the Cloud.  We believe that this will give MSP’s the opportunity to add value to the Cloud, helping customers with its set up and running.

Amicus ITS – A Big Week for Mobility

Microsoft release Windows 8 and Surface RT

Windows 8 is officially here, and with the release of Microsoft’s latest Operating System also came their first ever tablet – The Surface RT. Both are expected to revolutionise the way in which people use their PC’s and tablets and as CEO, Steve Ballmer explained, Windows 8 is hoping to “make people fall in love with their PC’s again”.

Gartner release top trends for 2013

The world of IT is forever filled with the latest update of information; either being important trends for the up-and-coming year or simply a passing fad. Technology research firm, Gartner, have released their top trends for 2013. The number one spot is given to the continued rise in mobility and consumerisation driving tablets in the enterprise. Amongst other trends mentioned in the survey included cloud computing, enterprise app stores and HTML5 web apps.

Windows Phone 8 launches worldwide this week

Windows Phone 8, Microsoft’s latest generation of smart phones, launches worldwide this week. The new mobile platform is Microsoft’s attempt at regaining a section of the smartphone market. CEO, Steve Ballmer, stated that Windows Phone 8 is unlike any other mobile device on the market. He states, that the “killer hardware” and “personal approach” is what makes the devices stand out from the rest. Nokia, HTC and Samsung are providing the launch phones running Windows Phone 8.

UK’s first 4G service launches in selected cities

Mobile network providers, EE, have become the first company to offer fourth generation (4G) mobile services to users in the UK. On Tuesday morning the 4G service was made available to a select few cities including, London, Manchester, Cardiff, Liverpool and Southampton. Network EE, which owns Orange and T-Mobile, promises speeds of up to five times faster than the current 3G network, offering higher quality video and audio streaming, combined with faster connectivity.

Apple has executive reshuffle

Earlier this week, Apple announced the company’s major boardroom reshuffle, replacing many of its existing executives. Amongst the names raised at the announcement included, Scott Forstall, previously Head of IOS Software and John Browett, Apples Head of Retail. The reshuffle also saw Apples hardware designer Jonathon Ives, taking on the responsibility of Human Interface in addition to Industrial Design