The five ways to make cloud success a reality for your business

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Everyone is looking for that silver bullet which makes their cloud implementations a success. It’s little wonder that events such as Cloud World Forum and Cloud Expo are at the forefront of executives’ minds.

At Cloud World Forum in London last week, MongoDB VP strategy Kelly Stirman spoke of five directions in which the industry is changing, and how companies can make their cloud success a reality: embrace failure, double down on ops, and pick your partners wisely.

Rule number one,...

By James Bourne, 02 July 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, IaaS, Infrastructure, Vendors.

CIO and head of IT, not CEO, most likely to have final say on cloud adoption

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Cloud usage is rocketing amongst UK business users – but the final decision making falls to the head of IT or the chief information officer in almost three in five (59%) cases, according to latest research.

The research, from cloud hosting provider Cobweb Solutions, shows more organisations are turning to cloud for all their business needs, with UK cloud penetration reaching a high of 84%.

78% of businesses are using more than one cloud-based service, figures which correlate

By James Bourne, 02 July 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Applications, CIO, SaaS , Software.

Four in five execs think conventional security is not enough for cloud environments

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Earlier this week, this publication reported on a C-level study which showed a distinct lack of trust in cloud storage for fully securing corporate data. Now, a new survey from CloudPassage sheds light on the security executive perspective; 80% of security execs in North America don’t believe conventional network security...

By James Bourne, 01 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Research, Security, Vulnerabilities.

55% of enterprises predict cloud computing will enable new business models in three years

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In late 2014, Oxford Economics and SAP collaborated on a survey of 200 senior business and IT executives globally regarding the adoption and use of cloud technology:

  • 69% of enterprises expect to make moderate-to-heavy cloud investments over the next three years as they migrate core business functions to the cloud.
  • 44% of enterprises are relying on cloud computing to launch new business models today, predicting this will increase to 55% in three years.
  • 32% are using cloud computing to streamline their supply chains today. Senior executives predict this figure...

By Louis Columbus, 29 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Enterprise, PaaS, Platform, Research.

Hybrid cloud implementations: The sooner the better for the CIO

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Adopting cloud can often raise as many questions as it answers. The business questions focus on how cloud will deliver increased agility, efficiency and productivity; but predicting the answers to these questions in an ever-changing landscape is no easy task. As a result, many CIOs are grappling with complex 10-year roadmaps, and missing out on the ‘quick wins’ a hybrid approach could deliver in the interim. Through an incremental approach, small shifts to cloud can be...

By James Butler, 23 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

Number of cloud apps in the enterprise declines for first time – is IT fighting back?

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The average number of cloud apps used per enterprise has declined for the first time, according to the latest data from Netskope.

This shift – which the company notes is “consolidation efforts from IT begin[ning] to take hold” – is exacerbated by the lack of enterprise-grade security in most cloud apps. 89.6% of apps used are not enterprise-ready, and 90% of data loss prevention violations occur in cloud storage apps.

The latter point is of most concern....

By James Bourne, 10 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, Privacy, SaaS , Software, Storage.

Latest research studies examine enterprise cloud and big data adoption strategies

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The latest figures on European cloud computing adoption, this time from managed services provider Easynet, shows only one in 10 enterprises are using public cloud.

The research, which polled 660 IT decision makers at companies with more than 1000 employees, found that cloud had been adopted by almost three quarters (74%) of European enterprises. In total, almost half (47%) used private cloud, compared with 17% utilising hybrid cloud, and the remaining 26% naturally staying on-premise.

The...

By James Bourne, 09 June 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Europe.

Cloud migration still poses various challenges, according to new research

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The Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) has called on cloud service providers (CSPs) to do more to assist with the process of cloud migration for their customers after new research reveals difficulties associated with moving to the cloud.

The CIF survey, which polled 250 senior IT and business decision-makers from the public and private sectors, found only 10% of respondents saying their transition to cloud services “could not have been improved.” 38% of those polled said they had...

By James Bourne, 03 June 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Data Sovereignty, Migration.

IT managers unconvinced on getting ROI from cloud adoption

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More than half of IT managers surveyed by West IP Communications say they expect to get full return on investment by moving to the cloud – but it’s an unconvincing figure.

54% of the more than 300 respondents said they would be able to fully recoup their costs of cloud computing adoption, which of course means 46% aren’t so sure. Yet those with bigger IT budgets were more confident: two thirds (66%) of managers with company IT budgets over $5m were...

By James Bourne, 26 May 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Security, Vulnerabilities.

Government agencies approaching tipping point with cloud adoption

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It has been nearly five years since Vivek Kundra, then CIO for the US federal government, announced a “cloud first” approach to federal IT. Now, a new report from Forbes Insights and Microsoft argues there is a tipping point for government agencies.

Curt Kolcun, vice president of US public sector at Microsoft, notes: “Initial concerns around moving to the cloud are being countered by real-world government success stories.” In other words, worries about data...

By James Bourne, 22 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, IaaS, Infrastructure.

Bring your own cloud: Understanding the right policies for employees

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Cloud usage has grown rapidly in the UK, with adoption rates shooting up over 60% in the last four years, according to the latest figures from Vanson Bourne. Yet there is an ongoing problem with a lack of clarity and understanding around cloud policies, and decision making within enterprises at all levels.

This confusion comes from the fact the IT department and the rest of the company have very differing conceptions about what cloud policy is and what it should be.

What policy?

By James Butler, 22 May 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Enterprise, Software.

UK cloud adoption continues to rise – and WS2003 shutdown will accelerate it further

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Newly released figures from the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) show that cloud computing adoption rate in the UK currently stands at 84%, with that number expecting to sizeably increase due to the shutdown of Windows Server (WS) 2003.

WS2003 will have its support stopped on July 14 and, as this publication has previously examined, many companies are leaving...

By James Bourne, 12 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Data Management, Infrastructure, Software.

Cloud playing a more significant role in day to day work for SMB employees

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Workers in small to medium businesses (SMBs) feel happier and more productive when using cloud apps in their day to day work, according to new research from Kronos.

The study, which focused on 1000 European knowledge workers in SMBs, notes how late many small businesses are in moving to the cloud, arguing SMB leaders are “yet to realise [its] strategic value”. Yet almost two thirds (63%) believe the majority of their...

By James Bourne, 08 May 2015, 6 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Migration, SaaS , Software.

Moving workloads to the cloud: A comprehensive guide

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The rapid diffusion for the cloud computing paradigm and promised benefits for the adoption of cloud infrastructure are attracting a growing number of businesses and organisations.

Of course, it is essential for organisations to maximise the benefits of migration to cloud architecture by reducing costs and minimising risks. Cloud computing represents a fundamental change in how companies use and provide their services. For many businesses of small and medium size, it represents a...

By Pierluigi Paganini, 23 April 2015, 3 comments. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Migration, Platform, Software.

Cloud continues to be important to businesses – but there’s no strategy in place

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Latest survey research from Cloud Sherpas has revealed while seven in 10 IT leaders view enterprise cloud software as central to their company’s success, only half have a formal cloud strategy in place.

82% of the more than 200 global respondents to the2015 Enterprise Cloud Report said cloud technology was a key part of their IT strategy. 36% of those polled said they were currently using multiple applications, while 31% said they were regularly using cloud daily. 52% of high...

By James Bourne, 16 April 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Data Management.

Cloud ‘reality check’ in store for IT leaders, report affirms

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As we’re now full swing into 2015, there is certainly a greater understanding over the potential – and the limitations – of cloud computing. Research from NTT Communications has explored the varying issues and argued there needs to be a smoother migration path from the corporate data centre to the cloud.

Similarly, even though cloud will claim a growing share of IT budgets in coming years, many IT decision makers don’t believe it is living up to its potential.

The...

By James Bourne, 14 April 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, IaaS, Infrastructure, Migration, PaaS, Platform.

Research argues hidden costs contribute to a ‘cloud hangover’ for businesses

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It’s the morning after the night before. You’ve had a bit too much, your head’s pounding, and you’re frantically searching your brain for anything you might have said or did that you’ll be paying for later.

We’ve all been there. Yet according to new research from Sungard Availability Services, it’s a similar effect at work when the IT department buys cloud solutions. 87% of the 150 UK-based senior IT decision makers polled say they have...

By James Bourne, 30 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Economy, SLA, Vendors.

Why there is still a culture of ‘hope’ and ‘fear’ around cloud and big data technologies

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Is more sensitive data being kept in the cloud? According to the latest report from Vormetric, in association with analyst house Ovum, 60% of US IT decision makers and 54% of respondents globally say they store sensitive data in the cloud.

Yet cloud environments (47%) are more of a risk to enterprise organisations than databases (37%) and file servers (29%), while cloud and big data concerns remain “genuine” and “deep rooted” according to the study, which...

By James Bourne, 24 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management.

A roundup of cloud computing forecasts and market estimates for 2015

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Global SaaS software revenues are forecasted to reach $106B in 2016, increasing 21% over projected 2015 spending levels. A Goldman Sachs study published earlier this year projects that spending on cloud computing infrastructure and platforms will grow at a 30% CAGR from 2013 through 2018 compared with 5% growth for the overall enterprise IT.

Centaur Partners and other firms mentioned in this roundup are seeing more enterprise-size deals for cloud computing infrastructure and applications....

By Louis Columbus, 17 March 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, Research.

Finland has biggest take up of cloud computing services in EU, research reveals

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Finland has the highest proportion of enterprises in the EU using cloud computing, according to figures from Eurostat.

The findings from the European Union’s statistical office, from December 2014, saw more than half (51%) of Finnish enterprises in the cloud. Nordic and Benelux countries typically scored highly, with Sweden and Denmark in the top four and Netherlands and Belgium in the top 10. 24% of UK enterprises use cloud computing services.

Overall, 10 nations are ahead of the...

By James Bourne, 17 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Europe, Research, SaaS , Software.