The Fourth Industrial Revolution is here. Think of this as the data era; a time of deep connectivity driven by technology and powered by unprecedented amounts of data. We are at a pivotal point in human history where the possibilities are endless, and the implications are huge.
Today, organizations with a modernized infrastructure (aka “modernized” firms) are much better positioned to handle emerging technologies than their competitors with aging hardware. Modernized firms can quickly scale to meet changing needs. They understand the importance of flexibility, especially when it comes to handling demanding applications and processing the insane amount of data inundating us from all angles!
The right software-defined data center (SDDC) solutions can help organizations address those heavy demands and accommodate future growth.
In a world where digital transformation determines winners and losers, businesses continue to create increasingly larger volumes of data, and by way of doing so, have evolved to the point where every organization is now a technology company. Further, it is a time where the most significant source of differentiation an organization has is the data that it keeps.
If you’re a Star Wars fan like I am, you have always been able to imagine a world where technology is at the heart of everything we do. Today, a digital world is no longer the stuff of great sci-fi, it’s our reality. Fueled by our thirst for knowledge and our ‘on-demand’ appetite; technology, and the data it’s creating, are advancing and increasing at exponential rates.
Despite all of its advantages, globalization has an inherent disadvantage: It is increasing competitive pressure and forcing companies to continually become better and more efficient – at an ever-faster pace. Companies marketing their products and services on the international stage aren’t the only ones that are affected; globalization also means that foreign competitors are showing interest in entering into our domestic market.
The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) promises transformational opportunities. Yet the open, standards-based internet technologies that enable the IIoT and economic innovation also present an array of complex challenges to critical infrastructure providers.
Many of you may know the background of Black Friday being a term used for the first shopping day after Thanksgiving. The reason for the name varies depending on where you look, or who you ask. Anything from it being the first time that retailers finally start to show a profit for the calendar year, to the traffic chaos on the roads, or even the less than orderly behavior of shoppers scrambling for bargains.
When Campofrio Food Group’s 17-year-old factory in Burgos, Spain, famously burned to the ground, the multinational meat processor turned tragedy into opportunity. With an eye on digital transformation, Campofrio rebuilt the facility as a connected factory, powered by the Internet of Things (IoT). This allowed the state-of-the-art, greenfield meat packing plant to automate processes and provide real-time data on materials, equipment and workers to uncover new business value.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is gaining serious momentum these days, especially now that digital transformations are well underway.
Gartner estimates that 20.4 billion IoT devices will be deployed by 2020 and IDC expects enterprise spending on the category to reach $772 billion by the end of this year.
When it comes to digital transformation and cloud-first strategies, the Netherlands is leading. Big data, cloud and Internet of Things (IoT) are all firmly established trends among forward-looking Dutch organisations. In order to maximise the potential of these technologies, these organisations must firstly ensure that the network infrastructure is capable of supporting them optimally.