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What do we want? Future-proofing! When do we want it? Now!

08 Nov 2012

Data centre forecasting is not for the faint hearted. Let’s say a company decides to increase its data centre capacity. Generally you have a lot of different inputs into the decision making process; IT, facilities, Data centre operations, procurement, CIO,…

Taking on the Nexus Of Forces at Gartner Symposium ITxpo in Barcelona, 5-8 November

01 Nov 2012

Next week Colt will be a Silver Sponsor at the Gartner Symposium ITxpo in Barcelona – a gathering of over 4,000 CIOs and analysts. Why? Because we absolutely agree with Gartner’s key theme for the event.

The Tech Industry Channel Is Cloud-Confused; Colt Technology Services Is Well Into It

29 Oct 2012

There continues to be a cacophony of marketing noise from technology vendors about their cloud strategies; while the announcements sometimes include messaging for their channel, many partners are still unsure of their future role in the industry. Nearly two years…

vCloud from Colt – Customer and Channel Ready

25 Oct 2012

Earlier this month I was delighted to present on stage at VMworld Colt’s new vCloud 5.1: I was joined on-stage by Tona Monedero (CIO of Codorniu, more of which later). I talked about our geographic rollout of vCloud, and how…

Colt’s “intrapreneurship” journey

25 Oct 2012

Last Tuesday night, the Colt Innovation & Prototyping team, which I lead, attended the Market Gravity and Wired UK Corporate Entrepreneur Awards. The awards recognize and celebrate the achievements of teams who are working hard within large companies to deliver…

The CIO of 2015

19 Oct 2012

In the last few weeks I’ve met a number of CIOs at various industry events including the CIO Connect Annual Conference. The main recurring theme was “Where is the CIO role going?” driven by three major trends. First is the…

Let’s think twice about the self-service bandwagon

11 Oct 2012

Why does the IT industry assume that ‘self-service’ is always the way to go? When we speak to our clients, it’s frequently not what they want — at least, not if self-service means self-provisioning.

Colt delivers in-house legal team innovation

09 Oct 2012

In general, the legal department isn’t always associated with innovative ways of providing services, but here at Colt, we’ve taken a good, hard look at how we provide those services to our business for our internal and external customers, to…

Gaining traction – building Cloud-based revenue

08 Oct 2012

The growth in cloud-based services predicted by IDC comes as no surprise. The fact that these services will account for 16% of all IT spend will make IT channel partners sit up and take note as it presents a significant…

CPE: From Customer Premises Equipment to Cloud Powered Experience

04 Oct 2012

Historically most Service Providers, especially for their business offerings, have been installing multiple devices on customer premises to deliver Internet access or IPVPN services over diverse WAN transport technologies. Beyond the higher unit cost and more complex service delivery and…

Why IT will never be the same again

01 Oct 2012

There are major changes underway in the delivery and consumption of IT services that will impact everybody in their personal and business lives. While the effects are being felt already in the design of new devices, software development, data centre…

Real-time IT management from the Cloud – ThinkGrid’s Channel Advantage

27 Sep 2012

As more organisations move to provision their IT externally, companies are turning to the channel to provide them with advanced solutions that are smart, flexible and cost-effective. The idea of a customer being able to turn-on IT at a switch,…

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