Clive Longbottom

Clive Longbottom is founder of Quocirca and is a highly respected and globally recognized industry analyst, covering a range of business and technology areas. Clive’s primary coverage area is business process facilitation. Here, Clive covers the need for companies to understand their core processes across their value chains, and the technologies that should be used to facilitate them in the most flexible and effective manner. Clive also brings an understanding of how the collision of existing and emerging technologies requires full business involvement to decide on the best direction forward for an organization’s current and future needs. Like all Quocirca analysts, Clive believes technology is never a solution in itself. Clive has been an ITC industry analyst for over 20 years. Clive has worked with a range of large and small analyst companies, including META Group (now Gartner) as VP Europe. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Promotion of the Arts, Commerce and Manufacturing (FRSA).
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Clive Longbottom: MSPs need to think beyond physical security

Posted by Clive Longbottom on Aug 28, 2018 10:29:36 AM

As an MSP, you probably spend a lot of time making sure that your platform is secure — using long, complex passwords and (hopefully) two-factor authentication wherever possible; specifically named superuser accounts, rather than general shared sysadmin ones; heuristic-based anti-malware tools; and so on.

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Topics: MSP, security, DLP, DRM

The Road To Hybrid Cloud

Posted by Clive Longbottom on Mar 20, 2018 9:53:51 AM

Front cover of BCS Evolution of cloud computing book

There is little argument that cloud is having a major impact on how organisations design, provision and operate their IT platforms.  However, there still seem to be major arguments as to what an overall cloud platform actually should be.

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Topics: public cloud, private cloud, GDPR

Ensure container monitoring and control via smart tooling

Posted by Clive Longbottom on Jan 30, 2018 12:47:06 PM

Don't try to stick with traditional monitoring tools when your organization matures to containers; they won't do enough. Seek out monitoring and management tools with targeted capabilities.

Applications -- if you can still call them that -- are so dynamic and malleable when composed of microservices in containers on distributed resources that they hardly resemble monolithic designs. Yet, no matter the architecture, IT operations support must quickly identify and rectify any problems in production.

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Topics: container, container monitoring, smart tooling

The Express Route to a hybrid Azure platform

Posted by Clive Longbottom on Jan 30, 2018 10:22:04 AM

Cloud computing is promising much – but is failing in many areas as users get to grips with some of its more complex areas.  An example here is when organisations start to look at how best to use multiple cloud platforms across a private and public environment – what is known as a ‘hybrid cloud’.

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Topics: Azure, cloud computing, hybrid cloud

Tips for buying hyper-converged systems

Posted by Clive Longbottom on Jun 12, 2017 12:50:10 PM

Hyper-converged infrastructure has become a commonly used term. But what is it? And is it necessary for your organisation?

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Topics: hyper-converged infrastructure, VDI

Open source for hybrid cloud success: Is it an open and shut case?

Posted by Clive Longbottom on May 17, 2017 1:20:47 PM

Quocirca’s Clive Longbottom ponders whether enterprises need to adopt an open source-first strategy for hybrid cloud success

The FOSS acronym – standing for free, open source software – has been a clarion call for many since the open source movement started, despite being nominally based on a misinterpretation of what open source is all about.

A group of people got together in 1998 to examine the “free software” market, out of concern that the concept was being hijacked and perverted in political and moral terms, prompting a push to create a more commercially oriented definition of what it has to offer.

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Topics: Cloud Platforms, open source, open standards

Determine IT operating costs to show the value of cloud migration

Posted by Clive Longbottom on May 2, 2017 11:57:44 AM

Any IT project requires an assessment of present and predicted costs and savings. Those amounts fall into two categories: Capex and Opex.

IT operating costs assessment is a vital part of proposing a cloud migration. IT must demonstrate both the department's and the cloud's business value. It's time to baseline and estimate IT operating costs.

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Topics: cloud

The focus on IoT in the arable food chain – and the worries around its use

Posted by Clive Longbottom on Apr 4, 2017 1:10:00 PM

The arable food chain, consisting of farms, logistics/warehousing, food processing and retail, is a complex one with a major focus on food hygiene and pest management. In research carried out by Quocirca for Rentokil Initial in late 2016, the views of those responsible for managing these areas were found related to where the internet of things (IoT), cloud computing and big data could help them.

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Topics: IoT, cloud computing, Big Data

The key to application success? Usability…

Posted by Clive Longbottom on Mar 28, 2017 11:14:25 AM

The business has made a request to IT for something to be done. IT has done all its due diligence and has come up with a system that meets every technical requirement laid down by the business. IT acquires the software, provisions it and sits back waiting for the undoubted thanks from the business for a job well done. Instead, the business gets quite irate – what does IT think it was doing in forcing such a half-baked system on the end-users?

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Topics: EIM

Information management – when metadata is king

Posted by Clive Longbottom on Mar 15, 2017 1:13:21 PM

Consider a document.  It makes no odds as to whether it is a Microsoft Word document, an Adobe pdf file, an Autodesk file or whatever.  Just what can you find out about it?

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Topics: Information Management, EIM, ECM, metadata

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