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Quocirca: Quocirca is a leading independent analyst firm, offering strategic consulting, research and analysis into the impact of technology on businesses and consumers. (Source: www.quocirca.com)

The IT Profit Centre


Section: Research
The day-to-day job of fixing recurring problems with all the network end-points that constitute a business’s IT infrastructure, whether they are in the data centre, the office or out in the field, can make the lives of those in the IT department a repetitive grind. How can they get out of this break/fix cycle to the sunny uplands of creating new value for the users they serve? This research paper covers the following topics: -  Introduction – Earth’s tens ...   read more

A Review of SMB Communications Needs-Fixed, Mobile or Unified


Section: Research
The average small business is becoming highly dependent on multiple forms of digital communications, but the technology choices are increasingly complex and come at a cost. With this backdrop, how can small and medium sized companies assess what best fits their needs, and avoid paying too much to keep the communication flowing?   This report covers the following topics:   -  Introduction -  IT and& ...   read more

The New Virtualised Data Centre


Section: Research
This white paper draws together a collection of articles looking at the various aspects of creating a strategy for a flexible and effective data centre - as a platform to carry the business forward.   The articles include:   -  The new virtualised data centre -  The virtual data centre - it's a jungle out there -  In a virtual space, the physical matters - ...   read more

Carrying the Can - Consumerisation and Enterprise Mobility


Section: Research
There is an increasing trend among employees to want to use their personal choice of mobile device in the fulfilment of their work commitments. While this appears to bring many benefits for the employee to select their preferred device or devices and, on the face of it, reduces upfront costs for their employer, it does introduce significant on-going costs and risks for the organisation.   However, with many appealing mobile consumer devices being offere ...   read more

The Evolution of Web Threats - Are your colleagues putting your business at risk?


Section: Research
This presentation was given at an Info Security Magazine webinar in Nov 2009. It looks at how web threats are evolving and what action can be taken.   We must never lose site of the how critical to all businesses the web has become and attempts to control its use should not hamper communications and productivity.   Remote working is common practice across all sectors and the web is key to achieving such work place flexibl ...   read more

A Gift from IT to the Business


Section: Research
Spend visibility; using an on-demand service to deliver rapid business value IT managers that fail to embrace on-demand services will hold back the organisation they are supposed to be supporting. Such services can save costs within IT, as well as provide new capabilities to the business that have previously been unavailable or unaffordable. On-demand services also allow IT departments to focus more on managing infor ...   read more

Running a technology platform for the business


Section: Research
Is your organisations approach to computing becoming too costly and inflexible to meet current business needs?   Are you still looking at particular applications for specific areas, or maybe running one application per server and platforms engineered for peak usage? These are now considered old-style approaches to computing.   A new approach is needed - one where future states can be rapidly modelled to identify what ...   read more

On the road again: managing the road warriors expenses


Section: Research
The tool of choice for the highly mobile workforce is the mobile phone these days. This is because the mobile phone can offer travelling employees, the ability to manage expenses much closer to the point of spend, bypassing traditional methods such as credit cards, receipts and spreadsheets.   The use of a suitable mobile phone focused solution can optimise expense management for all concerned.   This white ...   read more

Next Generation Datacentres Index


Section: Research
This report details a 9 region research project looking at how well positioned datacentre facilities were to be able to provide a flexible, sustainable platform to support the strategic aims of a business.   The report also creates a set of indices that show how various regions, vertical industries and sizes of organisations are positioned when looking at how well their datacentres can support the organisation dependent on the technology platform. ...   read more

Mobile Application Momentum


Section: Research
With the seemingly un-wavering boom in sales of smart mobile handsets, the opportunity for developing and selling mobile applications more sophisticated than ringtones and games is ever more appealing. But while the market is growing, it is also changing and evolving rapidly, with new concepts and technologies vying for attention. In order to gain momentum mobile applications need to have both the ‘mass’ of appealing value for customers and the ‘velocity’ of the most appropriate, rapid an ...   read more

Managing 21st Century Networks - A World of Convergence


Section: Research
The Internet Protocol (IP) - used for transmitting data across networks everywhere - has moved beyond its origins. Once one of many, it has become a near standard for all types of computer communication. It is used pervasively, transmitting data to and from a multitude of devices ranging from those in our pockets to spacecraft circling distant planets. Arguably IP is the most successful open standard ever, but as network communications converge under a single standard used for an increa ...   read more

Don't forget the network


Section: Research
The overall IT networking requirements of a given organisation are not provided as a single utility. Instead they comprise a constantly evolving patchwork of technology and services, some maintained in-house and some provided by third parties, the availability and performance of which are often taken for granted until something goes wrong. Over time this ‘network’ has become embedded in nearly every business process; when the network fails the processes fail too. To prevent this ...   read more

Limiting Social Networking's Abuse of Mobile Bills


Section: Research
Given that the number of employees using some form of mobile technology while working has soared, organisations clearly need positive policies for appropriate management of mobile assets.   This white paper will help you to understand employees' mobile usage and behaviours, plus the importance of putting appropriate policies in place to ensure business requirements are met, whilst acceptable personal use is still enabled.     read more

Next Generation Datacentres Research


Section: Research
Following on from the first cycle of research carried out in February 2011, this next generation datacentre research covered 10 regions to identify what progress organisations have made in preparing to adapt to new IT architectures and approaches to computing. In this paper, learn from these research findings that even under highly constrained economic conditions, there has been investment in datacentres that shows distinct benefits to the business. However, m ...   read more

IT Security in the Real World - A Value Proposition


Section: Research
  A graphical presentation that will provide answers to the following questions:   What risks does IT security mitigate? What is the value of IT security? OK, so it is worth having IT security; but how do we keep the cost down? How to build a compliance oriented architecture at an affordable cost?     read more

Cloud Computing - Taking IT to Task


Section: Research
Much of the discussion around modern IT still revolves around purely technical aspects of a given platform, leaving many business people in the dark as to what true value of a new technical architecture actually is.   With businesses being run by process – not by technology – a new approach has to be taken: one that starts with the business imperative, drills down to the business process and then uses technology - increasingly from outside sources – to ...   read more

Change Management-Minimising Business Interruptions


Section: Research
Manual approaches to managing technical change within an organisation often lead to chaotic situations, with different upgrade and patch levels being applied at servers and desktops. Also, the lack of change management at the human level leads to massive issues at the end-user and help desk levels. Just what needs to be done? ...   read more

Beating IT recession blues: A guide for organisations


Section: Research
Companies have to remain competitive, but the recent years of prosperity have made this less of a driving need in many industries. Most organisations think they can outperform their rivals, and many believe that their approach to IT can play a significant part in this. There is a link between the performance and capabilities of the IT function and overall business performance, but not everybody is aware of this, or takes advantage of it. Companies that believe they ar ...   read more

Avoiding the shoebox: managing expenses in small and mid-sized businesses


Section: Research
Managing business expenses effectively and efficiently is an imperative process - not just a nice to have.   More than ever before, small businesses need to efficiently control costs and optimise cash flow. But how, and what role does automation play in this process?   This white paper covers the following:   -  Introduction - it's time to deal with expense claims -  ...   read more

A Value Proposition for IT Security


Section: Research
IT departments are facing three big issues when it comes to protecting the data created and stored on the systems they manage. First, the value of the data is often only realised when it is legitimately shared in some way; second, that sharing is increasingly taking place across public networks and third, the users doing the sharing are doing so on a growing diversity of devices in locations that are convenient to them. Whilst the three issues hel ...   read more

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