Deloitte report reveals maturing cloud outlook for mid-market firms

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Cloud infrastructure, big data, and analytics are among the top technologies most likely to generate greater productivity, according to the latest report from Deloitte.

The findings, which appear in the firm’s latest report on mid-market technology, showed that more than a quarter of the 500 respondents argued integrating with existing apps and infrastructure was the key factor influencing how quickly cloud services were adopted.

41% of respondents admitted migration to the cloud...

By James Bourne, 19 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Research.

Multi-cloud gains more and more traction – but cost still the key factor

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New research released by Turbonomic and Verizon has revealed several key reasons for businesses wanting to adopt a multi-cloud strategy, from business continuity to resilience – yet cost is still a burning issue.

The study, which polled 1,821 IT decision makers, saw the need for business continuity as the most important business driver for adoption of multi-cloud, cited by 77% of respondents, ahead of increased resilience (74%), and reduction of operational expenditure (70%) and...

By James Bourne, 18 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Economy, Infrastructure, Research, Vendors.

A CIO writes (sort of): I’m terrified of cloud lock-in - what should I do?

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“Dear Deidre,

I’m stuck in a loveless marriage.

I’m in a three-year relationship which I don’t think I can get out of. It started off great, but now I’m getting bled dry and I don’t have the freedom I thought I would have. What should I do?

Regards,

C.I O'Really.”

Some of you will be suffering from the same concerns as poor Mr. O’Really. Over the last two years it seems like every organisation has been enthusiastically walking down...

By Mat Keep, 17 August 2016, 2 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Infrastructure, Vendors.

95% of SMBs plan to move to cloud hosting – as issues with web services mount up

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Nearly 95% of small to medium businesses say they either already use a cloud hosting service or plan to transition to it according to the latest study from B2B research firm Clutch.co - as web hosting providers aren’t hitting the mark.

The survey, which quizzed 300 SMBs – defined as having between two and 1000 employees – found a trend towards cloud hosting. Almost three quarters (72%) of SMBs have changed web hosting providers over the past five years, while a...

By James Bourne, 17 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Research, Software.

Research suggests “tactical rather than strategic” cloud adoption in ASEAN

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Small to medium businesses in ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) are certainly on the cloud bandwagon – but it’s a stretch to say they are confident about its capabilities.

That was the overall finding from research conducted by Data & Storage Asean and commissioned by Barracuda Networks. The survey, which polled 130 IT professionals from small businesses in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Singapore, found 73% of respondents argued their data was...

By James Bourne, 15 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Research, Security.

Three in four CIOs are spearheading their company’s move to the cloud, research finds

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CIOs cannot blindly trust public cloud services which appear in their organisation – at least according to one recent study – but for the majority of firms, the CIO is spearheading their transition to the cloud.

That’s the latest from a survey conducted by IT services provider Unisys, which found that for almost three quarters (72%) of firms, the CIO is...

By James Bourne, 03 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Infrastructure.

Why CIOs need to be strong in picking a cloud strategy – and sticking to it

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This time last year, Fruition Partners, an IT solutions provider, released a report which assessed the state of cloud adoption through the eyes of the CIO. The study bemoaned the rise of shadow IT and gave three best practice tips to control cloud sprawl, by focusing on the user to provide a better service, focusing on business needs, and focusing on IT strategy and how to make better use of IT service management (ITSM).

12 months on and, to quote Led Zeppelin, the song remains the same. 62% of...

By James Bourne, 01 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, CIO, Enterprise, Security, Software.

The top five concerns and takeaways from the techUK cloud security panel

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Last week, iland took part in techUK’s “How to Build Trust in the Security of Cloud Computing” panel debate in London.  The event ran in two parts; the first panel looked at the key concerns associated with cloud security and then a second panel examined what needs to be done to help businesses address these concerns.

The UK is incredibly successful both on the supply side with the expertise we have developed delivering products and services, as well as the...

By Sam Woodcock, 29 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Infrastructure.

Lack of encryption for sensitive cloud data worrying for businesses, argues Gemalto

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Though cloud-based resources are becoming increasingly important to companies’ IT operations and business strategies, only a third of sensitive cloudy data is encrypted, according to the latest research from digital security provider Gemalto.

The findings, conducted in association with the Ponemon Institute, found more than nine in 10 UK firms (92%) don’t encrypt more than three quarters of their sensitive data sent via the cloud, while almost four in 10 (39%) do not encrypt...

By James Bourne, 28 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Privacy, Security.

Why CIOs cannot ‘blindly trust’ public cloud services in their organisation

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Cloud maturity is on the rise, although plenty of problems remain, according to the latest survey data from service management technology provider Fruition Partners.

The study, which was undertaken by Vanson Bourne and polled 400 CIOs from the UK and US, found that for almost three quarters (73%) of respondents, “significant” financial waste is occurring with cloud adoption without IT insight. Yet 85% of CIOs polled believe cloud is reducing their organisations’...

By James Bourne, 27 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Enterprise, Software.

How cloud assurance is at the heart of digital transformation

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Cloud computing is transforming modern business. Through the cloud, new digital-centric businesses are emerging that are more agile and innovative than anything seen before. Whether a new, ‘upstart’ business like Uber, with its compelling approach to city transport; or an established company breaking into new markets, like General Motors with its investment into Lyft, businesses are pioneering new customer services and business models that are disrupting entire industries...

By Michael Segal, 27 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Enterprise, Infrastructure.

95% of enterprises say their cloud office migration has been a success

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For the vast majority of IT decision makers, cloudy offices fit their organisations like a glove. That’s one of the key findings from a study released by software vendor BetterCloud, which found 95% of the almost 270 respondents agree that Office 365 and Google Apps suit their workplace needs well.

Comparing the two, however, is something which is too tempting to resist. 44% of Google Apps users say that system fits their needs ‘very well’, compared with 39% for...

By James Bourne, 26 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Microsoft, Research, SaaS , Software.

The private vs public cloud debate: Which to deploy, and why consider hybrid?

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Cloud is often seen as the answer to a wide range of business challenges from business innovation to cost reduction. However, there is uncertainty as to whether corporations should operate a model of public, private or hybrid cloud. Here, we will discuss the common perceptions and misconceptions surrounding public and private cloud and the benefits to the enterprise in the adoption of a hybrid model.

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By Sebastian Krause, 26 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Private, Public.

Containers going mainstream, but deployment still a headache

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A survey of 200 IT professionals surveyed by IT and cloud operations provider NetEnrich has revealed that 70% are using containers today, but integration with existing IT environments remains a challenge.

The research found that while seven in 10 use container technology, with another 21% of respondents indicating they plan to move soon, more than half (55%) admitted integrating containers into current IT systems was the biggest issue. Security concerns (53% of respondents)...

By James Bourne, 25 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Developers, Platform.

Almost half of UK councils are yet to put cloud plans together, research finds

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Even though almost three quarters of the major UK councils say they use cloud technologies for data storage in some capacity, almost half say they are yet to formulate plans to use cloud computing.

That’s the main finding from not for profit IT service provider Eduserv, in responses provided by the top 100 councils in the UK. 44% of those polled said they did not have a strategy or IT policy in place – and of that number, only 15% say they are exploring or considering a...

By James Bourne, 22 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Public, PublicSector.

The ‘cloud shift’ grows: Gartner predicts more than $1tn IT spend affected by 2020

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IT spending has long since been shifting from traditional IT offerings to cloud services – and according to the latest prognostication from Gartner, more than $1 trillion (£759bn) of IT spending will be directly or indirectly affected by the shift to cloud in the coming five years.

The aggregate amount of ‘cloud shift’ in 2016 is estimated by Gartner to hit $111 billion, going up to $216bn by 2020. Business process outsourcing – with the cloud segment of...

By James Bourne, 21 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, IaaS, Industry, PaaS, SaaS .

The rise of multi-cloud: What you need to know to succeed in your deployment

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Multi-cloud has been discussed within the cloud computing industry for a while, but there is still confusion about what it is and where it fits within the terminology of private, public, and hybrid cloud.

What most agree on is that multi-cloud is about mixing and matching the best-of-breed solutions and services from different cloud providers to create the most suitable solution for a business. It minimises the amount of vendor lock-in and gives organisations more flexibility with their...

By Tony Connor, 21 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Private, Public.

Google study: Examining how cloud trust relates to business performance

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Cloud technology can create positive business outcomes for businesses – but only if the organisation is willing to foster business transformations that leverage what the cloud offers.

That is the key finding from a report published by The Economist and sponsored by Google on how trust in cloud computing correlates with business performance.

The report, which is based on a global survey of more than 450 executives in 10 countries across five continents, finds 38% of enterprise...

By James Bourne, 11 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Economy, Enterprise, Infrastructure.

Assessing the business case for hybrid cloud services adoption

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Forging a viable business technology strategy for today’s global networked economy is a high priority for most forward-thinking CEOs across the globe. Their guidance to CIOs is to create the fusion between existing IT infrastructure and modern cloud services. Moreover, the shift to a hybrid IT model must support the organization’s key commercial expansion objectives.

The savvy leaders who have a superior approach can extract greater value from their legacy IT investments,...

By David H Deans, 05 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Hybrid, Infrastructure.