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NEWS GRAB: latest from Adobe, Gartner, MSPA, N-able, LifeSize, Regus, and Yellowfin

NEWS GRAB: latest from Adobe, Gartner, MSPA, N-able, LifeSize, Regus, and Yellowfin

Top news in education and technology adoption, market analysis, partnerships, and mobile BI

Adobe says that educators must adapt to the digital world to prepare students

Prior to its Education Leadership Forum which kicked off last week, Adobe Systems conducted a survey with 500 educators across APAC to assess views on digital education.

A/NZ-specific results revealed that 57 per cent of participants believe that in five years, the significance and impact of digital technology and content will have a significantly increased role within education.

At the same time, only 31 per cent felt prepared to adapt their teaching methodology in the rapidly changing digital landscape.

“The world of education as we know it is rapidly changing and so are the contours of the teaching and learning process,” Adobe vice-president of worldwide education marketing, Jon Perera, said at the annual Forum event. “We need to help them ride those new waves of technology and opportunity that are emerging in an ever-evolving digital world.”

Additionally, 85 per cent agreed that adding the creativity brought on by evolving technologies is essential in preparing students prepare for the contemporary workforce, and must therefore be embedded within the curriculum.

“It’s no longer an option for educators around the world not to have a unified digital strategy, enabled with tools and technologies and integrated with the foundations of an academic environment,” digital balance co-found, Tim Elleston, said in response to the results.

“The sooner our teachers, students, administrators and policy makers prepare themselves for this reality, the better they will be placed to succeed in a world that is becoming so ubiquitously digital.”

In terms of Adobe’s contribution to digital technology adoption, the vendor revealed that over 50 per cent of the estimated four million Australian (primary and secondary) students access its software tools daily.


Gartner reports BI, analytic app and PM growth

IT research firm, Gartner has reported that worldwide business intelligent (BI) platform, analytic application and performance management (PM) software revenue reached $US12.2 billion in 2011.

The figure symbolises a 16.4 per cent increase from 2010 revenue of $US10.5 billion, positioning it as the second-fastest growing sector in the global enterprise market, behind virtualisation infrastructure software.

All three subsegments of the market (analytics applications and PM, BI platform, CPM suites) showed fairly even growth.

“Strong growth was driven by two major forces,” Gartner principal analyst, Dan Sommer, said. “Firstly, IT continues to spend and earmark money to BI, despite constrained budgetary environments. Gartner’s 2012 CIO survey showed that analytics and BI is the top technology priority for CIOs in 2012.”

“Secondly, new buying centres are opening and expanding outside of IT in line-of-business initiatives, which are taking an increasingly large stake of the spending pie,” he said. “Key drivers for this are self-service data discovery tools, race among vendors to provide business context through packaged analytics, and CFOs taking a renewed interest in BI and PM.”

2011 was dominated by traditional on-premises solutions linked to PCs, although Cloud, mobile, social, and big data forces will play a key role in increased adoption throughout the next decade, according to Sommer.

Additionally, Gartner has identified that the market is not closed with opportunities despite the top five vendors, SAP, Oracle, SAS Institute, IBM, and Microsoft, owning nearly three quarters of the market through acquisition, integration, and cross-selling (23.6, 15.6, 12.6, 12.1, and 8.7 per cent respectively).


MSPAlliance and N-able Technologies partner up to help MSPs evolve

Automation software provider, N-able Technologies has extended its partnership with MSPAlliance to offer a series of joint webinars, seminars and enablement resources to empower managed service providers (MSPs) in evolving their network operations and managed IT services.

The offerings, which are available free of charge, focus on the technical and business aspects of managed IT services. The first joint webinar will be hosted on April 11, featuring Vnetrix CEO, Rob Norman.

As part of the agreement, MSPA has endorsed N-able’s IT automation platform and complementary MSP Technician Runbook as the IT industry’s only standards-based managed services solution.

“The automation within N’able’s N-central technology and volume of tribal knowledge captured within its new MSP Technician Runbook aligns with the criteria outlined in MSPA’s Unified Certification Standards (USC),” MSPA CEO and president, Charles Weaver, said.

MSP Technician Runbook offers a blueprint for building a foundation of repeatable, scalable IT processes that promise to lead to increased productivity, utilisation, and profits.


LifeSize brings its HD collaboration capabilities to the Regus network

Video collaboration product vendor, LifeSize is partnering with rented space and service provider for businesses, , to offer its HD video conferencing to businesses and the public at more than 240 Regus locations worldwide.

LifeSize is using Regus’ network of locations in CBDs and transport hubs to create a public network of video-enabled business suites across more than 40 countries. This enables Regus customers to communicate remotely over HD video while travelling.

This LifeSize Public Rooms (LPRs) network is publicly accessible and interoperable with existing video systems.

“By giving customers the flexibility to use this service by the hour, it brings technology in reach of everybody, helping them reap the benefits of collaboration and productivity,” Regus CEO, Mark Dixon, said.

LPRs feature the LifeSize 220 series of HD video conferencing systems, which offer 1080p video and data sharing.

LifeSize and its channel partners will have access to the LPRs, serving as an alternative for demonstrating the vendor’s systems.


Yellowfin brings its BI approach to smartphones

Business intelligent (BI) vendor, Yellowfin has released its YellowfinBI iPhone application designed to “solve the issues” of sharing business analytics via smartphones, according to CEO, Glen Rabie.

The app aims to channel Yellowfin’s consumer-orientated approach to a mobile platform which challenges the perception of mobile analytics.

Yellowfin claims that many enterprise and software products lack appeal, and it therefore built YellowfinBI with the consumer in mind, and consideration into popular social platforms and Web browsing trends among consumers.

The app allows users to save favourite reports, filter results, drill down and through data, and set alerts. Additionally, any reports created via the browser are immediately available for mobile distribution.

The user interface (UI) contains enhanced navigability to take advantage of the iPhone’s functionality.

Dashboard tabs and favourites can be accessed with one swipe, and a drop down inbox allows control over information delivery, access, and dissemination.

Ideally, the app promises a simplified mobile BI experience for ‘anywhere, anytime’ reporting.

The app is available as a free download via the Apple App Store


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