Dale Vile

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Dale Vile is CEO and research director at Freeform Dynamics, a business he founded in 2005 to help guide IT pros on which technology to buy. During his time in IT, he has worked for large end user organisations and vendors, and has run both channel programmes and a reseller business.
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Thin Client Devices Revisited

Survey Results With conversations around end user computing dominated by highly desirable mobile technology, it’s easy to overlook the potential of thin client hardware. Deployed in the right way to the right types of user, however, far from being the compromise option, thin client devices can enhance the user’s overall experience. While the …
Dale Vile, 13 Nov 2015
Sony's Z2 tablet is thin

The IT Pro generation gap strikes again

Study Readers are usually pretty quick to tell us when we use jargon in our surveys that we haven’t defined, and quite rightly so. We work in an industry that is riddled with language abuse, and marketeers who take liberties by redefining long-established terms and inventing buzzwords to make old stuff sound new. In our latest …
Dale Vile, 09 Oct 2015

Ever been burned by a bad IT decision? Of course you have!

There’s a great quote from the movie Armageddon: “You know we're sitting on four million pounds of fuel, one nuclear weapon and a thing that has 270,000 moving parts built by the lowest bidder. Makes you feel good, doesn't it?”. This line, delivered by Steve Buscemi (a.k.a. ‘Rockhound’), as the crew of press-ganged astronauts …
Dale Vile, 05 Oct 2015

Thin client devices revisited

Study Deploying, maintaining and supporting desktop PCs isn’t cheap, and also represents an ongoing headache for IT. On paper the answer is obvious – at least for some types of user – simply give them a thin client device instead and run their desktop virtually on the server. Given the way in which desktop virtualisation software …
Dale Vile, 25 Sep 2015
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Infrastructure Readiness? It's time to get realistic

Temperature Check Many IT professionals believe their IT infrastructures are coping pretty well with current business requirements, but they are also aware that new and changing needs will lead to future capability gaps, if they are not doing so already. They also know that doing more of the same is not the answer in many areas. New architectures …
Dale Vile, 10 Sep 2015

Are users undermining your mobile security efforts?

Mobile security is becoming more of a headache as the crossover between business and personal activity continues to increase, and employees generally expect more freedom. Research suggests, however, that you can only push technology-based protection so far before users rebel and try to find ways around it. To manage risks …
Dale Vile, 03 Aug 2015

The Escalating Mobile Security Challenge

Just as IT professionals and others responsible for mobile security have come to terms with BYOD, the problem has moved on, with the lines between business and personal activity blurring even more. Against this background, effective management of mobile risk will increasingly require a user-centric approach. Soothsayers …
Dale Vile, 17 Jul 2015
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Reg readers! Tell us about your IT infrastructure plans

Study Do you dream of a world in which business people just get on and use what you give them? Amid all the support calls, change requests and high pressure projects, you could be forgiven for thinking that way, especially at those times when it feels like you are fighting a losing battle. There’s nothing worse than being under the …
Dale Vile, 19 Jun 2015

What scares you most about ‘the cloud’?

Tech Panel Cloud computing has gone mainstream. While a hard-core of naysayers still exists, the black-and-white negative viewpoint is a lot less common today than it was a year or two ago. Our research at Freeform Dynamics, including via The Register, says it’s now less about ‘whether’ to use cloud, and more a question of where to adopt …
Dale Vile, 28 May 2015
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Cloud Security Temperature Check

Survey Results It is increasingly common for users and business groups to drive their own adoption of cloud services. But even where IT is involved, as organisations ramp up their use of cloud, activity is often uncoordinated. Pulling the threads together across service silos to manage risks effectively can be a challenge. The right strategy …
Dale Vile, 20 May 2015
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How big a problem is Cloud security?

To help readers help each other, we have put together a short, sharp temperature check survey on the topic of cloud security. We're asking a bit about you and your organisation for context and then 5 simple questions that we think nail the key issues and possible solutions. We finish off by getting you to tell us the scariest or …
Dale Vile, 13 Apr 2015
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Storage modernisation reality check

Keeping up with evolving storage demands is tough. This came through strongly in a recent Reg research study. Those taking part told us that pressure on the storage infrastructure wasn’t just down to increasing data volumes. New application requirements, the impact of virtualisation, and escalating business expectations for …
Dale Vile, 25 Feb 2015
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Is cloud the answer to all your storage problems?

The ‘information explosion’ has become a cliché of the IT industry. Pretty much every storage vendor presentation, press release and sales brochure will tell you that data volumes are increasing exponentially, before pitching whatever product or service is being punted. As discussed in a previous article, however, the focus …
Dale Vile, 18 Feb 2015

Creating more harmony around end user computing

Tensions frequently arise between business units and the IT teams as users have become more informed and opinionated, and sought greater levels of freedom and flexibility around the technology they use at work. Against this background, the key to creating and maintaining harmony is to prioritise tangible business interests above …
Dale Vile, 10 Dec 2014

Rethinking desktop delivery

Many IT professionals are weary of the relentless Windows upgrade spiral and the cost and disruption it brings. Rethinking desktop delivery, however, can both ease the pain and put the business onto a firmer footing for the future. Oh no, not again If there’s one type of project that’s guaranteed to get IT professionals riled …
Dale Vile, 03 Dec 2014

User flexibility without the risk

Most organisations are seeing users and business groups starting to make their own technology decisions to some degree or another. On the one hand this provides those in the business with the freedom and flexibility they often crave, but unilateral adoption of equipment, software and services can create ambiguity over who is …
Dale Vile, 27 Nov 2014

Do your execs take mobile security seriously?

Reader Poll One of the findings emerging from our latest poll is that many of you are highlighting a lack of exec awareness and air cover when it comes to mobile security. This in turn appears to translate to a lack of funding to put the systems in place to cope with new devices, BYOD and so on. Is this something you are experiencing? If …
Dale Vile, 11 Jul 2014

Got mobile security sussed yet? No fibbing, now

Reader Survey First we were told that BYOD would define the future of end user computing. Now many are saying that the use of personal devices for work isn't the way forward after all. While the truth is probably somewhere in between – BYOD for some users, but company devices for others – most agree that the use of mobile technology is set to …
Dale Vile, 03 Jul 2014
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Wake up, grandad: All the techies use social media

Ever since I passed the big five-o, I have noticed more and more youngsters who believe their generation invented something we older guys were using decades ago. At a recent event, for example, I overheard a bunch of 20-something industry analysts seriously discussing how the 50-something CIOs running IT departments today need …
Dale Vile, 25 Jun 2014
NICT's Daedelus security scanner

Controlling Application Access

Report Key Points The pressure is growing on the corporate network and the systems it supports. When asked about their network and application access infrastructure in a recent research study, the 404 respondents who participated highlighted a range of escalating pressures. Organisations of all sizes are seeing greater demands as a …
Dale Vile, 06 Jun 2014

Where do you stand on multi-function network appliances?

Best of breed versus integrated multi-function solutions – it’s a discussion that’s been going on in IT for about 3 decades. Whether the debates occur in the context of software suites, hardware/software appliances, or complete pre-engineered system stacks, there are always vigorous advocates arguing the case for each approach. …
Dale Vile, 06 Jun 2014
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Concerning Windows Phone and its relevance to the larger business

Five Lumia phones leaning against each other Nokia Lumia 630: Will enterprises bite? You could be forgiven for thinking that Microsoft has missed the boat with its Windows everywhere proposition. It’s a hybrid world in which Android, iOS, OS X and even Linux are not going away. This in turn leaves Windows Phone 8.1 as just …
Dale Vile, 22 May 2014
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Is your IT department too tough on users?

Tech Panel "It's too old, crippled by overbearing control, and generally not nice to use." In today's world of highly capable and highly desirable consumer tech, these are complaints we are hearing more and more from end users about company-issued kit. So should IT lighten up and allow users more freedom when it comes to the technology …
Dale Vile, 10 Jan 2014

Who should be responsible for devices, apps and services?

Tech Panel Are you a user or business manager fed up with IT constantly telling you "No" when it comes to the devices and apps you need to get your job done? Are you an IT pro tired of having to deal with users wanting their latest bling connected to the network? If you fall into either of these categories, or are just trying work through …
Dale Vile, 20 Dec 2013
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Sysadmins: How do YOU protect your networks against 'friendly fire'?

It will come as no surprise that preliminary analysis of results so far in our latest reader survey (still open here) suggests that corporate networks are going to come under increasing pressure as traffic volumes and patterns evolve. As part of this, it’s clear that most people are anticipating a world in which not just …
Dale Vile, 06 Nov 2013

The unsung heroes of the networking team: Who appreciates you?

Survey time With so much focus on virtual servers, next generation storage and even new-fangled private clouds, it's amazing how little attention is normally paid to the comms implications of all this stuff. Too often, the network infrastructure is relegated to the bottom of the pile when it comes to grabbing modernisation budget. But when …
Dale Vile, 02 Nov 2013

OK, so we paid a bill late, but did BT have to do this?

Opinion One of the pains of running a business is billing and cash collection, especially if your customers are big. It really doesn’t matter what you put on the quote or the invoice, they pretty much pay you when they feel like it, and 60 days is usually the quickest if you’re lucky. In effect, SMBs act in aggregate as an unwilling …
Dale Vile, 16 Sep 2013

So: Just how do you stop mobile users becoming leaky lusers?

A note from The Register management: This is a survey, and yes, you're right, that's you giving us valuable time and information for nothing. But we have to pay the bills somehow, so if you like the Reg being here you might consider helping Mr Vile out. And who knows, maybe your views will reach the right ear somewhere and help …
Dale Vile, 20 Jun 2013

Office Software Checkpoint

Tech Panel Results The desktop productivity space has been dominated for many years by Microsoft Office. Open source alternatives and cloud services like Google Apps have made some inroads, but most mainstream businesses are still hooked on Outlook, Word, PowerPoint and Excel to one degree or another, with Exchange acting as a back end hub for …
Dale Vile, 09 May 2013
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SaaS: Plugging the communications gap for small businesses

Yahoo!’s decision last month to axe home working prompted much debate. Common reactions ranged from outrage through incredulity to the sad shaking of heads over the fact that CEO Marissa Mayer is clearly out of touch with the modern world. Some of the reasons cited for this controversial move, however, are worth noting. The …
Dale Vile, 19 Apr 2013
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There's more to cloud computing than just hosting

There’s a trick we use at Freeform Dynamics when trying to figure out the true significance, if any, of the latest Big Thing being promoted by IT vendors and pundits. We ask ourselves what will be left when the marketers get bored with the current buzz words and move on to the next Big Thing, as they inevitably will. As an …
Dale Vile, 11 Apr 2013
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How to decide when to pass on PaaS

Most forms of cloud computing are starting to find a place in mainstream IT delivery. Infrastructure as a service (IaaS), for example, is providing greater flexibility and better economy for those wanting to grab server or storage capacity from the cloud. It might not be totally replacing other forms of infrastructure hosting …
Dale Vile, 10 Apr 2013
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The gaming habits of Reg readers revealed

A recent research study carried out by Freeform Dynamics we looked at the activities of Register readers with respect to smartphones, tablets, gaming and TV viewing. In this article we willf ocus on what you told us about your gaming habits (that’s gaming in the sense of playing electronic games rather than gambling). In total …

Prepare to greet the data centre of 2023

To some, the idea of enterprise data centres still being around in ten years’ time is anathema. By then, they assert, all enterprise IT will be running in public clouds. The only people who can’t see this are insecure box-huggers frightened for their jobs and IT dinosaurs with no imagination. We, however, are going to assume …
Dale Vile, 19 Dec 2012
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Mobile devices bring back that old client-server feeling

If you see the phrase “any time, any place, anywhere” in relation to mobile access, and are tempted to point out the language redundancy (any place, anywhere), then you are probably not old enough to remember the birth of client-server in the late '80s and early '90s. If, however, cheesy music from a Martini ad is now running …
Dale Vile, 17 Dec 2012
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It pays to study the habits of your email users

How many email messages do you receive in the average working day: 20? 30? 50? More? And what volume of email have you accumulated over the past year: half a gig, a gig, two gigs? Whatever the exact amount, it is safe to say that most of us have to deal with a lot of email traffic and that an increasing proportion of it comes …
Dale Vile, 13 Dec 2012
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Good news for Relational DBAs

Comment Those advocating emerging technologies and ideas often talk as if IT is a zero sum game. When something new comes along, the assumption is that something old needs to move aside to make way. We have seen this happen on a number of occasions in the data management space, with frequent claims relational databases becoming less and …
Dale Vile, 18 Oct 2012
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Windows 8 and the ‘Dad test’ stunts

Comment Out and about shopping yesterday, I spotted a PC magazine in the newsagent advertising the ‘ultimate guide’ to Windows 8 in the form of a ’33 page special’. As well as reminding me of reports that Microsoft is planning to spend over $1.5bn on Windows 8 marketing, it made me think of those horribly contrived YouTube videos in …
Dale Vile, 16 Oct 2012

Reg readers love Private Cloud (true)

When IT is your day job it is easy to lose sight of why you are doing it. Alright, it’s to pay the bills, fund your next holiday, buy nice stuff and so on. But from the point of view of whoever is paying your salary, the point is to enable and add value to the business. You and your colleagues in the IT department are there to …
Dale Vile, 24 May 2012
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The Great El Reg Private Cloud survey: Results are in!

We were surprised at the strength of positive feedback from the 570 readers who participated in our recent Reg reader survey on private cloud. It was quite a contrast to surveys on hosted cloud services, or even cloud computing in general. Whenever we run these, readers tend not to be shy about telling us how much they think all …
Dale Vile, 18 May 2012
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Relationship between private and public cloud

Tech Panel We were really surprised by the positive sentiment that surfaced in relation to private cloud during our recent survey on the topic. The stark contrast between this and the mixed reaction we usually get when asking readers about public cloud was very noticeable, and the differences too great to be accounted for by the bias we …
Dale Vile, 30 Apr 2012
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Six of the best ways to mess up IT change management

We at Freeform Dynamics have been running surveys and interactive workshops with The Register’s readership since 2006 on a wide variety of topics. Looking back, we see the same themes coming up time and time again. One of these is the perpetual problem of IT staff feeling they are not able to respond quickly enough to change …
Dale Vile, 24 Apr 2012
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Has virtualization really ended all your worries?

OK, so you’ve virtualised a bunch of servers and saved yourself a bit of money on hardware. Life is a little easier because you no longer have to go through the server procurement and provisioning cycle quite so often to meet new requirements. But has anything fundamentally changed in the way you manage systems and deliver IT …
Dale Vile, 23 Mar 2012
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Roll up to the great Register Private Cloud survey

Research The Register has constructed a lovely survey about Private Cloud, which will form the basis of a number of research-based articles to be published in coming weeks. The survey is a one-pager and will take a few minutes of your time. Please take part! Here's some background to our thinking. Without getting bogged down in …
Dale Vile, 15 Mar 2012
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Public sector imperatives

Reader Research We’ve just had a little look at the results so far from our currently running public sector poll. As a reminder, the aim of the exercise is to flush out insights, tips and tricks that can be of use to those involved in reporting and performance management in a public sector environment. The poll so far is confirming the need to …
Dale Vile, 23 Jan 2012
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Keeping score in the public sector

Hardly a day goes by without news coverage around whether some public sector organisation or other is delivering against expectations, making the best use of funding, or otherwise performing adequately. This is something we are exploring in our latest reader survey. Apart from enlightening the rest of us as taxpayers, there is a …
Dale Vile, 16 Jan 2012
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Beyond the relational database

Tech Panel As many marketeers switch their attention from the word 'cloud' to the term 'big data', you can almost hear the groans as another bandwagon starts to roll. It's now getting to the point where, yet again, we are being bombarded with terms and messages that are ambiguous at best, meaningless at worst. So in true Freeform Dynamics …
Dale Vile, 14 Nov 2011
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It's the BIG email and office study

Reg Tech Panel There's been a lot of talk recently about the imminent death of traditional email and office applications to be replaced by shiny new web apps all served from the Cloud. Now, we know the world changes slowly and this won't happen overnight, or be suitable for all. But there are a lot of old Exchange or Notes installations out …
Dale Vile, 12 Oct 2011

The effects of Consumerisation results

Reg Research The results of our mega-survey on consumerisation are in. It was a big sucker, and all those who completed it should be congratulated for their stamina and commitment. And your efforts really are appreciated, because we learned a lot. In the first part of the survey, we asked readers to tell us about their own use of personal …
Dale Vile, 10 Oct 2011
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Are you slaving away on the wrong projects?

One of the hardest decisions that the IT department faces was highlighted in a very lively Regcast a few months ago. Terry Dewhurst, the streetwise director of transformation at Lastminute.com, talked about how hard it can be to call time on a project that is on track to deliver something that nobody wants any more. This can …
Dale Vile, 01 Aug 2011