Insights Quarterly – Focus on Applications and Security in Australia

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The latest edition of Insights Quarterly, a joint research initiative between Fujitsu and Microsoft, focuses on the much discussed topic of Application Security. The research, which is the result of surveying over 100 Australian CIOs confirms that security is no longer a second-level issue for CIOs – it is now well and truly top of mind. This concern is largely in the light of increased mobility.  Many organisations are having trouble addressing security issues and accommodating requirements such as support for Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) strategies.

Interestingly, despite strong concerns about all aspects of security, many user organisations are having difficulty addressing the issues. This is often because security only becomes a pressing concern once systems are compromised, and because many classes of security threats are comparatively new and there is a low level of awareness about how to deal with them.

Other findings of the report are that cloud computing is now considered ‘mainstream’, applications are migrating very quickly to mobile platforms and the cloud, and packaged software is becoming the norm.

The research is published on the Insights Quarterly Website: http://www.insightsquarterly.com.au, which contains the current and past reports as well as supporting research notes and PowerPoint presentations.

Windows XP, sadly it’s time to move on

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For more than a decade, Windows XP has been the operating system of choice for enterprises. From 8 April 2014 – Microsoft will end its support for Windows XP and after this date it will no longer issue the software releases that guard against viruses, spyware and intrusion. As a result, all organisations still operating on Windows XP need to consider their options.

It’s time to change
Since the launch of Windows XP back in 2001, end-user computing has moved on significantly, with employee requirements and organisational productivity driving the pace of change. In the digital era, your employees expect to be able to work anywhere. Meanwhile, your customers continue to expect consistent levels of service across multiple channels and your organisation expects to be able to compete. Meeting these expectations via an update programme, however, can be a major challenge for IT departments.

Those programmes that are already underway will possibly already feature missed deadlines and spiralling costs. Those that have yet to start must take into consideration not just an upgrade of the operating system and associated hardware but also the compatibility of the entire enterprise applications estate.

It doesn’t have to be stressful
A major migration project is not without risks. Thankfully with many of these migrations under our belt, Fujitsu has fine tuned the processes to enable organisations to move with a minimal impact to their business – while also enabling substantial organisational improvements. Continue reading