Azure usage continues to grow – but organisations need channel help to succeed

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It continues to gain traction whilst still being significantly behind the market leader; but what underpins this growth? A new study from NetEnrich has found that while Microsoft Azure continues to see impressive usage figures, companies have to rely on channel providers to help them make the most of their implementations.

The survey, which garnered the views of more than 80 IT professionals in large and midmarket companies, found 46% of respondents were running at least half of...

By James Bourne, 17 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

UK businesses remain ‘risk-averse’ and lagging behind in cloud strategy, Intel argues

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Organisations in the UK are among the least likely globally to have a cloud-first strategy, according to a new report from Intel Security.

The study, which polled more than 2,000 senior IT professionals, found the UK had pretty miserable scores across the board compared to their international brethren. The UK’s score of 70% for businesses who are cloud-first – whilst still a reasonable number – lagged behind the global average of more than 80%, while only 7% of UK...

By James Bourne, 13 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Data Management, Europe, Infrastructure, Security.

Cloud and IT skills gap comes to the fore again in new research

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The cloud and IT skills gap has been a long-suffering gripe for many organisations; and a new research study from Robert Half Technology shows the problem is by no means resolved yet.

According to the study, which was based on interviews with more than 100 CIOs and IT executives across the UK, three quarters (74%) of CIOs and IT directors polled admitted they frequently encountered IT professionals who were not up to the task. Yet only two in five (38%) say they use standardised skills...

By James Bourne, 08 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Economy, Research.

Cloud wrangling in the digital age: How to get the right skill set

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The forecast for the digital era is cloudy all over. According to a recent IDC FutureScape on cloud market predictions, 50% of IT spending and 60% of IT infrastructure spending will be cloud based by 2018. Between 60% and 70% of all software, services and technology spending will be on the cloud by 2020. 

IDC also forecast that 65% of organisations’ IT assets will be offsite, in co-located, hosting and cloud data centers by 2018. One-third of IT staff will be working at...

By Antonella Corno, 01 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Developers.

Cloud leaders enjoy greater agility – but it’s easier than you think to get there

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If your business is ahead of the curve when it comes to cloud adoption, then prepare for a hit of good news; organisations which execute a strategic cloud plan are growing revenue 2.3 times faster than their competition and are on average generating a 35% lift year on year in top line revenue.

But for those not quite there, what are the strategies which need to be examined? These and other findings comprised a new study from CloudHealth Technologies which argues cloud-leading...

By James Bourne, 30 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Infrastructure.

Three major cloud trends for 2017: SMBs, vendors, and architecture

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With adoption growing, service provision changing and the emergence of true cloud architecture, this is going to be a big year for cloud computing. Here is the story behind each trend:

SMBs drive cloud adoption

Small and medium-sized businesses will be the driving force behind the cloud adoption not only because the cloud presents an amazing and cost-effective opportunity to utilise the services they are not able to...

By Jan-Jaap Jager, 26 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Architecture, Infrastructure.

CIOs fear outdated IT budgeting is slowing down cloud adoption

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If the goal for CIOs is to go to the cloud, one thing is holding them back, according to a new report from Trustmarque: outdated budgeting models.

The report, titled ‘Highlighting operational and financial barriers to cloud’, argues more than half (55%) of UK CIOs polled believe out of date capex models are slowing down their adoption of cloud services. An overwhelming 87% say existing software licensing agreements are another cause of delay – a higher figure...

By James Bourne, 25 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Economy, Infrastructure, Software.

IBM adds three new advancements to Watson Cloud platform

IBM has added three new advancements to the Watson Cloud platform: real-time Speaker Diarisation (beta) support available via the Watson Speech to Text API, Visual Recognition tagging with a built-in set of visual labels, and the Watson Discovery Service.

With these new capabilities, developers will be able to add intelligent visual recognition and speech to text capabilities to web and mobile...

By Cloud Tech, 21 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption.

Why analytics and data storage will lead cloud adoption in 2017

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  • U.S.-based organisations are budgeting $1.77M for cloud spending in 2017 compared to $1.30M for non-U.S. based organisations.
  • 10% of enterprises with over 1,000 employees are projecting they will spend $10M or more on cloud computing apps and platforms throughout this year.
  • Organisations are using multiple cloud models to meet their business’s needs, including private (62%), public (60%), and hybrid (26%).
  • By 2018 the typical IT department will have the minority of their apps and platforms (40%) residing in on-premise...

By Louis Columbus, 05 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Research, Software, Storage.

Cisco argues global cloud traffic to hit 14 ZB by 2020 in latest study

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It’s that time of year again: Cisco has released its latest cloud index survey, and the numbers keep getting bigger. This time, global cloud traffic is predicted to rise from 3.9 zettabytes (ZB) per year in 2015, to 14.1 ZB per year by 2020, assisted by greater data centre virtualisation and increased migration to cloud architectures.

The figures from this time...

By James Bourne, 14 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Platform, Research, Software.

The rise of cloud culture: A sign of further maturation?

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The idea that IT leaders and their teams should pay attention to broader issues outside of their direct remit has been on the agenda of many businesses for years.  IT should play a much greater role, it has been argued, than its traditional speciality of ‘keeping the technology lights on’.  But for many, the scope to achieve greater levels of integration has been limited, not least by the need to control IT investment and drive down costs.

Now, the rapid...

By Campbell Williams, 04 November 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Private, Public.

Why only 3% of enterprises have an ‘optimised’ cloud strategy

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The vast majority of enterprises still lack a mature cloud strategy, according to a recent survey of 6,159 executives conducted by IDC. Just 3% of respondents define their cloud strategies as “optimised,” the highest level of strategic maturity, while nearly half (47%) say their cloud strategies are usually “opportunistic or ad...

By Logicworks, 04 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, Infrastructure.

IDG cloud survey notes enterprises “leading the way” but security still top of mind

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Even though seven out of 10 organisations have at least one application in the cloud today, adoption continues to go up, according to the latest verdict from IDG Enterprise.

The survey, which polled 925 respondents and was conducted among the audiences of six of the company’s brands, including CIO, InfoWorld and ComputerWorld, shows interesting comparisons when put aside the same study from five years ago; back then, just over half (51%) of those polled had at least one app in the...

By James Bourne, 02 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise.

How to thrive in a hybrid cloud world: Data governance and management best practice

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The vast majority of companies who are moving to cloud applications also have a significant current investment in on-premise operational applications and on-premise capabilities around data warehousing, business intelligence and analytics. This means that most of them will be working with a hybrid cloud/on-premise data management environment for the foreseeable future.

Moving at ‘cloud speed’, and setting up a new application in a matter of hours, is a big advantage in...

By Greg Hanson, 01 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

More than half of enterprises choosing cloud by default, survey says

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A new report from enterprise cloud services provider ServiceNow argues that a tipping point has finally been reached with more than half of enterprises surveyed would use cloud as the default choice for business application rollouts.

52% of the 1,850 senior managers polled across four continents said they now prefer cloud as a platform compared with on-premise data centres, while more than three quarters (77%) of respondents expect to shift to a cloud-first model in the next two...

By James Bourne, 27 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, Infrastructure.

One in three public sector firms have ‘no concrete plans’ for cloud

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A new research report from software and business services provider Agilisys has found that more than a third of public sector firms have ‘no concrete plans’ to adopt cloud-based technology.

The findings, which appear in the 2016 Cloud Adoption Survey, found that of the 180 respondents, 36% had no plans to migrate to the cloud.

Almost 60% said that cloud adoption would help to reduce on-site maintenance and IT support requirements, which may indicate it is not a lack of...

By James Bourne, 13 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Government, Infrastructure, PublicSector, Software.

Why preparation is key to securing your cloud migration

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The benefits of big data are real. And with so many businesses looking to migrate their data to the cloud, they want to make sure everything arrives safely and intact. After all, much of this data contains sensitive and proprietary information, and the prospect of moving it from the safety of the corporate firewall to a cloud environment is cause for concern.

Still, as data volumes continue their exponential growth, moving vast sets of structured and unstructured data from the restrictive...

By Rick Delgado, 11 October 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Big Data, Infrastructure, Migration, Vendors.

How the financial services industry is slowly waking up to cloud computing

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Just five years ago, the idea of using cloud services would have seemed wildly optimistic even to the most radical of businesses operating in the financial services sector. But cloud is no longer the new kid on the block. After becoming the word on everybody’s lips a few years ago, it has already plumbed what the Gartner Hype Cycle terms the ‘trough of disillusionment’; often experienced by new technologies as the doubters queue up to question the impact it can have....

By Rahul Singh, 03 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, Industry, Private, Public.

Bursting the myth: Why cloud focuses on business value, not cutting costs

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If you asked a group of IT professionals for a list of outcomes driving companies to adopt cloud computing, no one would be surprised if saving costs came out near the top. Similarly, it would be taken as a given that increased use of cloud computing by organisations would lead to a corresponding reduction in their internal IT staff.

Neither of those preconceptions are true.

What is true is that the momentum behind cloud computing is...

By Campbell Williams, 28 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Economy, Infrastructure.

Understanding the three key ways cloud can drive competitive advantage

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The fact of the matter is thus: if you want to stay ahead of the pack, you’ll need to get your head into and around the cloud. However, the reasons and rationale behind cloud migration are very different to that which greeted CTOs in the mid-2000s, and it is this shift that businesses and their staff need to be aware of today.

According to IDC: "more than 70% of western Europe enterprise IT organisations will commit to hybrid cloud architectures by 2017, vastly driving the rate and...

By Sebastian Krause, 23 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Enterprise, Hybrid, Infrastructure.