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  • NelsonHall Launches Industry-First Intelligent Automation Platform Evaluation

    Sep 03, 2019, by Mike Smart

      NelsonHall has just launched an industry-first evaluation of Intelligent Automation (IA) platforms, including platforms from Antworks, Automation Anywhere, Blue Prism, Datamatics, IPsoft, Jacada, Kofax, Kryon, Redwood, Softomotive, and UiPath. As RPA and artificial intelligence converge to address more sophisticated use cases, we at NelsonHall feel it is now time for an [...]

  • Democratizing RPA through the Connected Entrepreneur Enterprise

    Jun 03, 2019, by Mike Smart

      Following on from the Blue Prism World Conference in London (see separate blog), NelsonHall recently attended the Blue Prism World conference in Orlando. Building on the significant theme around positioning the ‘Connected Entrepreneur Enterprise’, the vendor provided further details on how this links to the ‘democratization’ of RPA through organizations. [...]

  • Accenture’s Zoran Tackles Digital Identity Failings

    May 09, 2019, by Mike Smart

      NelsonHall recently visited Accenture at its Cyber Fusion Center in Washington D.C. to discuss innovations in its cyber resiliency offerings and the recent launch of its new digital identity tool, Zoran. Failings of existing role-based access (RBA) Typical identity and access management (IAM) systems control users’ access to data based on their role, i.e. position, compe[...]

  • Highlights from IBM & The Weather Company at Red Bull Racing (vlog)

    Oct 16, 2018, by Mike Smart

      Mike Smart presents summary highlights from IBM and The Weather Company at Red Bull Racing.[...]

  • Atos Strengthens Key Partnerships, Launches New AI Products

    Jul 13, 2018, by Mike Smart

      NelsonHall recently attended Atos’ Technology Day in Paris, where we heard updates on its digital technology initiatives, including key partnerships with Siemens and Google, and new AI product developments. Extending partnership with Siemens Atos gave an update on its ongoing investment with Siemens, a seven-year-old partnership that was recently extended to 2020 wit[...]

  • Quick Report from DXC Technology's 'Delivering on Digital 2018'

    Jun 29, 2018, by Mike Smart

      Mike Smart with a quick report from DXC's 'Delivering on Digital 2018' client event.[...]

  • Quick Takeaways from IBM European Analyst & Advisory Exchange (vlog)

    Nov 23, 2017, by Mike Smart

      Mike Smart reports directly from IBM’s European Analyst & Advisory Exchange 2017 with some quick take-aways regarding IBM’s transition from systems integrator to services integrator and its business resiliency services.[...]

  • How IT Services Vendors Can Help Organizations Meet GDPR

    Nov 09, 2017, by Mike Smart

      In this, the second of two articles on GDPR, I look at how IT services vendors can help companies meet GDPR compliance in several areas. You can read the first article, ‘The Impact & Benefits of GDPR for Organizations’, here. Application services Application services can help organizations in ensuring that new and legacy applications meet the GDPR articles perta[...]

  • The Impact & Benefits of GDPR for Organizations

    Oct 12, 2017, by Mike Smart

    In this, the first of two articles on GDPR, I look at how the regulation is set to impact companies, and at the benefits of compliance beyond simply avoiding penalties.     The EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was adopted in April 2016 and will be put into force on 25 May 2018. The unified and enforceable laws contained in the regulation replace the o[...]

  • Atos’ Use of Machine Learning for the Prescriptive SOC

    Aug 01, 2017, by Mike Smart

      When NelsonHall spoke to Atos earlier in the year about its managed security services, there was a clear push to move clients away from reactive security to a predictive and prescriptive security environment, so not only monitoring the end-to-end security of a client but also performing analytics on how the business and its customers would be affected by threats. Atos’ “S[...]

  • IBM and the Road to Cognitive Security

    Jul 18, 2017, by Mike Smart

    Every day the sheer amount and complexity of cybersecurity information that security analysts are required to sift through increases. Analysts arrive at the start of each day, catch-up on recent attacks and research cybersecurity news, and are thrown into analyzing security incidents: going down the rabbit hole of reviewing data flows, finding outliers, investigating IPs, searching through both in[...]

  • WannaCry and the Need for IT Spend on Cyber

    May 16, 2017, by Mike Smart

    Last Friday morning, the largest ransomware cyber attack infected an unprecedented number of machines across organizations worldwide. The ransomware named WannaCry demanded $300 in Bitcoins to be paid in three days, otherwise the ransom would double. If no payment was made after seven days, data would be deleted forever.   WannaCry ransom message   Each time this ran[...]

  • NIIT Technologies: Two New EVPs to Drive Digital & Platform Strategies

    Mar 28, 2017, by Mike Smart

    NelsonHall recently attended NIIT Technologies European Analyst & Advisor Forum in London. For those readers not familiar with the company, NIIT Technologies is a mid-sized Indian-headquartered services provider, generating annual revenues of ~$410m, of which around 48% from the U.S. and a third from EMEA. EMEA has dominated recent wins (50% of the order intake in the last quarter), and the co[...]

  • BearingPoint: Innovating and Partnering to Reach €1bn Revenue

    Mar 17, 2017, by Mike Smart

    NelsonHall recently attended BearingPoint’s 2017 analyst summit in Le Village by CA, Paris. A key takeaway from the event was BearingPoint’s ability to partner with its clients and its partner network to drive innovation. Innovation Hubs Crédit Agricole, one of its largest clients in France, set up Le Village by CA in 2014 as an innovation hub to nurture startups, and not [...]

  • How the Smart Energy IoT Market is Hotting Up

    Sep 08, 2016, by Mike Smart

      NelsonHall estimates the Smart Energy IoT outsourcing market to be worth ~$260m in 2016, sitting third behind the Connected Car and Smart Manufacturing IoT markets. Smart Energy is of major importance, with government policy around the world strongly influencing its widespread adoption, and here I take a brief look at the background of the Smart Energy IoT market, and at some of the [...]

  • Smart City IoT Outsourcing Market to Top $2bn by 2020

    Jun 30, 2016, by Mike Smart

      Smart Cities is one of the fastest growing segments within the burgeoning internet of things (IoT) outsourcing market. Currently worth just ~$140m, NelsonHall forecasts the global market for Smart Cities IoT outsourcing to grow by 75% CAGR over the next five years, taking it to ~$2.15bn by 2020. IoT is being applied in commercial buildings and homes, and in urban infrastructures s[...]

  • IoT in Manufacturing: It’s Not Just About Efficiency

    Mar 10, 2016, by Mike Smart

    When you imagine how manufacturing companies might be making use of the Internet of Things (IoT), chances are the first image that comes to mind is of factory robots. These and SCADA systems have been providing remote monitoring and management systems for many years, well before the term IoT was coined. And, as you’d expect, manufacturers are integrating IoT-based solutions into their M2M sy[...]

  • Internet of Things: Connected Vehicle Market Driving Towards $1.5Bn by 2020

    Feb 24, 2016, by Mike Smart

    This is the first in a series of blogs looking at various aspects of the Internet of Things (IoT) market. Here I take a look at the use of IoT in the connected vehicle space, and at the shape of market potential. IoT can be used to build connected vehicle systems to enable: Vehicle-to-vehicle communication so that vehicles can update each other on road conditions, allow vehicles to proper[...]

  • The Rise of Managed Security Services: A $15bn Market by 2019

    Oct 20, 2015, by Mike Smart

    IT security has never been more important, with levels of cybercrime continuing to climb and the adoption of cloud, mobile and IoT technologies increasing organizations’ ‘attack surface area’.  With organizations gathering more data than ever via digitization and big data, and attackers finding ever more sophisticated ways of targeting them, both the depth and breadth of att[...]

  • Dimension Data: The High Growth Story Continues

    May 28, 2015, by Mike Smart

    NelsonHall recently attended Dimension Data’s ‘Perspectives’ event in Prague at which Dimension Data, a subsidiary of Japanese owned NTT, detailed progress towards its goal of doubling 2014 revenue to $12bn by 2018. In FY 2015 Dimension Data achieved revenues of $6.7bn, up 48% in the two years from FY 2013. CEO Brett Dawson confirmed that Dimension Data is on track to achieve its[...]

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