StraightTalk


Succinct, incisive, and challenging insights and analysis from Ovum's global analyst team.


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SAP sees HANA as driver for business disruption

Clearly, HANA continues to sit front and center in SAP's product strategy. SAP's challenge is to accelerate adoption by encouraging, not forcing, undecided customers towards HANA without clear and safe migration paths.
Madan Sheina

Seismic market shifts influence Nasscom’s Leadership Forum discussions

The 2014 Nasscom Leadership Forum held in Mumbai was heavily influenced by a multitude of market shifts, including disruptive technologies, agile and entrepreneurial ecosystems, a recovering (albeit slowly and inconsistently) global marketplace, and maturing customer demands.
Jens Butler

Customer experience should be key focus for outsourcers

This Opinion highlights the emergence of customer experience as an outsourcing selling point.
Peter Ryan

Retail banking technology spending to grow 3.9% in 2014 and hit $152.5bn by 2018

According to Ovum's technology market sizing and forecasting model, IT spending growth in the global retail banking industry is expected to accelerate in 2014 to a growth rate of 3.9%, up from 2.8% in 2013. The growth rate is also expected to accelerate from 4.8% in 2015 to 5.2% in 2018, hitting $152.5bn by the end of 2018.
Jaroslaw Knapik

Pivotal embraces flexible bundling

With the new second release of Pivotal HD, Pivotal has embraced a mix-and-match pricing policy that will allow customers to either still buy products a la carte or mix and match them on a cluster.
Tony Baer

Service virtualization is helping organizations realize business value from testing

Service virtualization is a crucial element of any software development organization's quality toolset, and an essential part of realizing the agile vision of making software testing the front and center of any development effort.
Chandranshu Singh

Wholesale revenues forecast to grow in all regions

Ovum has estimated the size of the 2012 wholesale telecoms market and derived a forecast of how it will grow to 2019. Despite falling prices for many commodity services, greater competition and traffic volumes will drive wholesale spending growth in all regions.
David James

Cisco announces its global “Cisco Powered” cloud ecosystem, Intercloud

Cisco has announced its creation of a global cloud platform, branded Intercloud. It has also named some of its initial partners, which include a variety of cloud infrastructure players.
Mike Sapien

Office for iPad: It’s the intersection of cloud and mobile

After dipping its toe in the water with OneNote and Office Mobile for iPhone, Microsoft has finally jumped into the waters of the Apple App Store with both feet, releasing Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for iPad.
Richard Edwards

US Supreme Court to decide on whether software can be patentable

The question of whether software should be patentable in principle will be put to the Supreme Court for the first time. Whichever way the verdict goes will have important consequences and will affect how software patents are viewed internationally.
Michael Azoff