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Freeform Dynamics

Freeform Dynamics: Freeform Dynamics is an IT industry analyst firm with a strong track record of solid and objective research. We use this to help IT and business professionals make informed decisions about the application of technology in their environment. (Source: www.freeformdynamics.com)

Trust and Security in the Cloud


Section: Research
The delivery of cloud based application functionality via the Software as a Service (SaaS) model frequently sparks a vigorous debate on security-related concerns. It is common to hear IT professionals question whether service providers can be trusted to look after critical and confidential business data. But while the concerns may be real, are they justified or is it a case of being wary of the unknown while overlooking the shortcomings of internal systems? This r ...   read more

Cloud Computing Checkpoint


Section: Research
We’ve heard the promises, we’ve listened to the hype, but where exactly are we in terms of tangible activity and commitment when it comes to cloud computing? This report by Freeform Dynamics covers:   -  Introduction -  The context for hosted cloud -  Perceived relevance of hosted cloud -  Traditional versus cloud-based infrastructure/platform services -  Traditional ...   read more

Business Adoption of Mobile Devices


Section: Research
Some of the most rapid and exciting developments in technology are taking place around mobile devices at the moment. This is in theory presenting CIOs and business stakeholders with some great choices to help optimise the way people work. However, while some might refer to the landscape as being ‘rich and dynamic’, a more pragmatic description for planning and investment purposes would be ‘fragmented and volatile’. Against this background, formulating plans around mobile devi ...   read more

Cloud and Storage - The way ahead


Section: Research
Today people are slowly becoming aware that the term Cloud does not describe a single offering but is rather used to conveniently refer to a broad range of solutions. In addition the term is now being used in both the context of solutions residing inside the data centre or outside the business entirely. This research explores the considerations an organisation should take as they look at external cloud and storage and also questions what is the reality behind Cloud and ...   read more

Cloud Connectivity - Simply Does It


Section: Research
  We keep hearing that network connectivity is a problem when considering moving to Cloud services. We’ve heard the doubts and listened to the success stories. So where are we when it comes to Cloud and connectivity?   This report by Freeform Dynamics covers:   -  Introduction -  The majority are positive about Cloud connectivity -  Remote working is widely supported ...   read more

Data Protection Basics


Section: Research
This research is for those who are interested in finding out more about achieving reliable data protection with a maximum of cost efficiency. The research is independently authored by Freeform Dynamics and sponsored by Fujitsu, covering the following topics: -  Data protection: Why aren’t we there yet? -  Why should you be thinking about data protection? -  Mapping out the requirements -  Data protection technology
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Evolution of Desktop Service Delivery


Section: Research
This guide provides a practical decision-making framework for IT decision makers to assess the client computing needs of their own organisation.  It covers how best to manage and deliver desktop services whilst ensuring the needs of business users are met and risk to the business is minimised. If you are pro-actively developing a client computing strategy, or you simply feel it is time to review what is available and need help in getting your thoughts straight, then ...   read more

Life After Cloud Computing


Section: Research
This research looks ahead of the latest IT industry developments of cloud computing and how a variety of cloud deployment models can be considered when looking at how best to fulfil a particular requirement.   The research also considers if cloud computing could be a more service-centric approach, brought about by the challenging of IT’s historical obsession with technology, and enabled by more choice and flexibility. ...   read more

User Virtualization


Section: Research
User Virtualization allows users the flexibility to manage their own preferences across multiple physical or virtual devices, but it does so within a framework that is monitored and controlled by IT.    This research explores how User Virtualization can work covering the following topics: -  Whose desktop is it anyway? -  End user computing is at an inflection point -  ‘P’ is for ‘personal ...   read more

Server Virtualisation Scale-Up


Section: Research
Many organisations have gained initial experience with server virtualisation, but what can we learn about the practicalities of scaling up from those taking implementation to the next level?  This report by Freeform Dynamics covers the following topics:   -  Introduction -  Server Consolidation and Virtualisation -  Server Hardware Refresh Cycles -  Virtualisation Usage and Projections
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The Great Virtualization Debate


Section: Research
With virtualization close to the top of every CIO’s to do list, this report details the task of finding out how well server, storage and desktop virtualization is currently understood and where it is being applied, discovering what is driving adoption and, just as interestingly, what is holding it back.   This report provides a snapshot of activity with regard to the adoption of virtualization solutions in business today.  The report ...   read more

Applied Desktop Virtualisation


Section: Research
Virtualisation is one of the most talked about topics in IT today. But with the release of Windows 7 and an unexpected upturn in desktop refresh projects, how far have users progressed with rolling out solutions in the area of Desktop Virtualisation?   This reseach paper covers the following topics:   -  Introduction - myth versus reality -  Triggers for change -  Desktop Virtual ...   read more

Email resiliency and the SMB


Section: Research
In a nutshell: Email, a business critical application for smaller businesses needs the protection its status demands   Key points:   In smaller organisations applications like email are of high relative value to the business   Despite this, SMBs report that email is their primary availability hotspot   ...   read more

Disaster Recovery in European SMBs


Section: Research
This research report looks at the attitudes of small and mid-sized organisations (with 50 to 250, and 250 to 1000 employees respectively), to disaster recovery (DR), and the role that various IT solutions play. The input was gathered via telephone interviews with 160 small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) across the United Kingdom, France and Germany (see Appendix A for more details).  "Disaster recovery? is a term widely marketed by IT ven ...   read more

Enabling Rapid and Effective IT Recovery


Section: Research
This report is based on a research study based on 160 interviews with small and medium businesses across the United Kingdom, France and Germany The research findings provide some important insights including: Most SMBs take measures to permit systems recovery following a major operational incident, however significant disaster recovery (DR) gaps and shortfalls often exist. DR initiatives ...   read more

Evaluating Mobile Email Solutions - One Size Doesn't Fit All


Section: Research
Now that mobile email is moving into the mainstream, with technology and services widely available to businesses of all sizes, organisations looking to either invest for the first time or review their current arrangements are presented with a range of approaches and options for moving forward. But how do you make sense of these and figure out the best option for your business? KEY POINTS Mobile ...   read more

Evolution of Hosted Server Computing


Section: Research
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), is increasingly being talked about in the industry. Could this be of much benefit to your company? Find out more about meeting your server computing needs through the use of hosted infrastructure rather than by installing and running equipment in your own data centre or computer room.   Th ...   read more

Green Computing


Section: Research
The role of IT in the push towards environmental sustainability   Today’s newspapers are awash with green initiatives. Where computers are discussed it is generally with reference to operational power management, rather than how IT can help a business achieve its environmental goals. The environmental damage caused by our love affair with computers and other electronic devices runs deep. This paper, based on an international survey of IT professionals, e ...   read more

How Much Does Desktop PC Support Actually Cost?


Section: Research
The last bastion of obscurity in IT spend?   Now, here's a direct question. Do you, or does anyone in your organisation, know precisely how much money you spend on PC support?   In principle, this sound straightforward enough to answer – after all, isn’t it just about the desktops and laptops, and the software they run? But in our travels we have come across very few organisations that have a really good handle on PC supp ...   read more

Industry Best Practices for IT Support


Section: Research
Context:  Industry best practices such as ITIL, COBIT and ISO equivalents are increasingly being discussed as a way of optimising IT service delivery.   This research note looks at how best practices are being adopted in the area of internal IT support and the impact they can have on end user satisfaction.   DATA SOURCE(S):  Online research study in which information was gathered ...   read more

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