Intelligent CIO Europe Issue 47 - Page 9


UK businesses say Brexit created data access and management challenges of French businesses also report that Brexit has made it more difficult for them to access and manage data .

The findings also suggest that businesses may have a hard time navigating future regulatory changes . While there may currently be close regulatory alignment between the UK and EU , businesses ’ inability to unlock and act on data quickly may limit their ability to respond to changes in the future .

More than half of UK businesses ( 54 %) say Brexit has presented them with data access and management challenges , according to research from MuleSoft , a provider of an integration and API platform . These findingS highlight that the challenges of siloed data and skills shortages are being amplified as businesses adapt their operations in response to Brexit .

However , these pains are not just being felt by UK businesses : 40 % of German and 39 %
“ Brexit has laid bare just how underprepared many businesses are for the challenges around data access and management in an increasingly digital economy ,” said Justin Wilson , Head of UK & I , MuleSoft .
“ At a time when businesses need to be more agile than ever , the UK ’ s departure from the EU has made it harder for them to harness the data they need to do just that .”

Telefónica chooses IBM to implement its first-ever cloud-native 5G core network platform

IBM has announced a strategic multi-year agreement with Telefónica to use IBM intelligent automation software and services to implement UNICA Next – Telefónica ’ s first-ever , cloud-native , 5G core network platform . With UNICA Next , Telefónica aims to acquire the agility , reliability and efficiency to continuously optimise its services , now and in the future .

Telefónica has engaged IBM Global Business Services , Red Hat and Juniper networking to deploy the cloud-native platform . The platform is planned to be a new open-standard open-networking technology compliant platform that will be deployed across multiple central , regional and distributed data centres offering low latency and high bandwidth , while able to deliver services in an agile manner .
The new network is built on IBM Cloud Pak for Network Automation , Red Hat OpenShift and Juniper Networks Apstra and QFX technology aligned to deliver streamlined end-to-end orchestration and operations .
The platform will enable continuous improvements in deployment and management , including enabling new services that deliver enhanced customer value . The integration of IBM Cloud Pak for Network Automation software with UNICA Next allows for intent-driven orchestration supporting the end-to-end lifecycle management of different network cloud elements and network functions , including 5G core .
Pairing it with the power of Red Hat Open Shift and Advanced Cluster Management for Kubernetes , the combination will present Telefónica with an environment designed for increased observability and control for managing the UNICA Next Kubernetes environment and drive 5G and edge innovation more quickly and with less complexity .
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