Oracle chief Larry Ellison steps aside to become CTO, results miss target

Analysis Oracle founder and CEO Larry Ellison has stepped down from the chief exec role, with co-CEOs Safra Catz and Mark Hurd appointed to steer the ship.

Ellison isn’t leaving Oracle full stop however, assuming the role of CTO and executive chairman at the software giant. In an earnings call, Ellison admitted that not much would change under the bonnet.

“I’m going to continue doing what I have been doing over the last several years, [Catz and Hurd are] going to continue what they’ve been doing...

By James Bourne, 19 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data, Economy.

How to overcome the cloud-savvy IT talent shortage

Senior executives at large multinational enterprises are already demanding that their CIO has a plan in place to ensure that they can effectively procure public and private cloud services for their organization. In smaller companies, some IT managers are now expected to acquire the knowledge and skills to perform a similar role.Are they prepared? To find out, let's review a current IT resource assessment.According to the findings from a recent market study by International Data Corporation (IDC), European IT departments still need to make significant...

By David H Deans, 18 September 2014, 2 comments. Categories: CIO, Economy, Enterprise, Trends.

Hiring for cloud? Here's how to find the right people

Demand for cloud-skilled IT workers continues to outstrip the supply, and demand keeps growing.  You can’t pick up a technology journal without seeing quotes from hiring managers who complain about the lack of cloud skills in the job market these days.  Training and OJT are well underway, but growth is just too steep to fill all of the jobs.

The search for cloud talent is made harder due to several realities in the tech industry:

  • Cloud providers do a poor job of providing generalized cloud computing skills. They typically focus only on their...

By LogicWorks, 05 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Industry.

iomart posts more profits, vows to concentrate on bespoke private and hybrid cloud

UK-based cloud service provider iomart Group has announced pre-tax profits of £14.6m for the end of the financial year – and vows to continue towards bespoke private and hybrid cloud as opposed to mass public cloud.

Revenue stood at £55.6m compared to £43.1m in 2013, representing a 29% increase, whilst revenues from iomart’s hosting segment were up by 40% to £44.7m – higher than the company’s overall revenue last year.

This represents a solid year for iomart,...

By James Bourne, 28 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Europe, Storage.

Why there is more to IaaS than price cuts

Laurent Lachal, Senior Analyst, Ovum Software

At the end of March 2014, and in short succession, Google, Amazon Web Services (AWS), and Microsoft announced significant price cuts to their public infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) cloud offerings. Widely reported in the press, the market rejoiced at the news, which combined price cuts with other announcements.

IaaS price cuts are not a new trend, but the most important aspect of this latest round of cuts is that it reflects Google’s unambiguous ambition...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 30 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Analysis, Economy, IaaS.

It’s cloudy business as usual for SAP as first quarter figures are revealed

SAP’s first quarter 2014 figures, released last week, revealed that while the tech giant’s cloud subscription numbers were going up, its software revenues continue to stall.

This will come as no surprise to those who have been following events with the German firm, who indirectly prophesised this outcome back in January with the Q413 numbers sheet.

At the time, SAP said in a statement that the ‘fast-growing cloud business along with growth in support revenue will drive a higher proportion of...

By James Bourne, 28 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Enterprise, SAP.

CIOs still reluctant to adopt cloud, says new survey

A new report from sourcing providers Alsbridge has revealed that, in the UK, cloud computing accounts for only one fifth of the IT budget.

This puts doubt in the thinking that cloud adoption in the infrastructure as a service (IaaS) market is accelerating – or, more particularly, that executives see cloud as the cornerstone of a bright, shiny IT future.

Last month research from Robert Half Technology revealed how cloud computing is...

By James Bourne, 08 November 2013, 1 comment. Categories: CIO, Economy, IaaS, Research.

5 ways cloud computing is changing product management

Cloud computing has become a major part of how IT organizations are approaching infrastructure requirements. To better support critical applications, networks, and websites, cloud infrastructure through CSPs, managed, and self-service models have become the go-to resource for a range of associated benefits.

However, given the ease with which it can be utilized, cloud infrastructure has appeal beyond the IT department. In fact, many other organizations within businesses readily jump into cloud usage to support...

By LogicWorks, 30 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Enterprise, Industry, Infrastructure.

Cloud computing the most valuable IT job skill to have, says survey

Research from recruitment specialists Robert Half Technology has revealed that cloud computing is the most lucrative skill to have in the IT job market today.

Cloud topped the bill in the survey of 100 IT directors and CIOs across the UK, with 39% of respondents citing it as the most important.

Security (37%) and project management skills (33%) were the next popular, with virtualisation (29%) and network administration (27%) rounding out the top five.

Interestingly, coding and development skills were...

By James Bourne, 29 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Economy, PublicSector, Research.

The failures of HealthCare.gov are symptomatic of larger issues with federal IT

Nishant Shah, Senior Analyst, Government Technology

Since its October 1 launch, HealthCare.gov – the $400m portal through which uninsured Americans are supposed to be able to enroll in Obamacare – has experienced widely reported technical problems, prompting President Obama to publicly express his anger over the situation and promise a “tech surge” to fix the site. There have also been Congressional hearings grilling the contractors and federal Health and Human Services (HHS) staff involved....

By Ovum StraightTalk, 29 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Analysis, Best Practice, DisasterRec, Economy, Industry, Strategy.