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.

Why you need to understand GDPR now – and what you need to do from here

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If you’ve not yet heard the term GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), you certainly well. As we approach May 25 2018, when this becomes law, the noise around it will grow.

Don’t stop reading now if the acronym seems boring and not relevant to you – it is, on both counts. What’s happening is a new law will come into play across Europe; Brexit or no Brexit, it will apply.

Yet this is not another year 2000-type hype where there was no impact or pain. The...

By Ian Moyse, 31 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Economy, Europe.

The quarterly verdict: How do Google, IBM and Microsoft all stack up?

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It’s that time again; another quarter passes by and with it comes a variety of financial reports from the big hitters. Alphabet, the parent company of Google, IBM, and Microsoft have all filed within the past week – so what do the figures all mean?

Top line highlights:

  • IBM’s cloud revenue was at $13.7 billion for the full year of 2016, up 35%, while fourth quarter cloud revenues increased 33% to $4.2bn
  • Microsoft’s commercial cloud annualised revenue run rate hit $14 billion, with Azure revenue up 95% in constant currency...

By James Bourne, 27 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Economy, Infrastructure, M&A, Microsoft.

CIOs fear outdated IT budgeting is slowing down cloud adoption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the goal for CIOs is to go to the cloud, one thing is holding them back, according to a new report from Trustmarque: outdated budgeting models.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

IDC: Cloud IT infrastructure spend to hit $44.2bn in 2017

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Total spend on IT infrastructure products deployed in cloud environments will hit $44.2 billion (£36.6bn) in 2017, according to the latest analysis from IDC.

The findings appear in the firm’s latest quarterly cloud IT infrastructure tracker, and argue that the primary spend (61%) will come through public cloud data centres, while off-premises private cloud environments will contribute almost 15% of spending.

Overall spend on IT infrastructure – including server,...

By James Bourne, 16 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, IaaS, Infrastructure, Research.

Why it’s okay for MSPs to help customers stop wasting money on cloud resources

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Gartner recently reported that by 2020, the “cloud shift” will affect more than $1 trillion in IT spending. The shift comes from the confluence of IT spending on enterprise software, data center systems, and IT services all moving to the cloud.

With this enormous shift and change of practices comes a financial risk that is very real: organisations are spending money on services they are not actually using. In other words, wasting money.

The size of...

By Jay Chapel, 29 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, IaaS, Infrastructure, 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.

Skyhigh Networks grabs $40 million in series D funding in profitability push

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Cloud security services provider Skyhigh Networks has secured $40 million (£30.9m) in a series D funding round which will aim to steer the California-based firm “through to profitability.”

The round was led by Thomset Ventures, with Sequoia Capital and Greylock Partners also contributing. Total venture capital to Skyhigh, launched only in February 2013, is now at $105.5m.

Skyhigh’s proposition is through being a leading ‘cloud access security broker’...

By James Bourne, 26 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, M&A, Security.

Oracle’s cloud sales approach $1bn, attacks Workday and AWS in results

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Oracle has announced total revenues of $8.6 billion (£6.6bn) in its first quarter 2017 financial results, up 3% in constant currency and with the cloud change at the heart of it.

Addressing analysts after the results were announced, Safra Catz, Oracle co-CEO, said in her first remarks, as transcribed by Seeking Alpha: “Clearly, we are pleased with our...

By James Bourne, 16 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Infrastructure, Platform, Software.

Not so fantastic Mr Fox: How the cloud enables British business to work harder than ever

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During a speech at a Conservative Way Forward event on September 9, Liam Fox, the International Trade Secretary, said that Britain had become “too lazy and too fat”, with businessmen preferring “golf on a Friday afternoon” to trying to boost the country’s prosperity.

While somewhat diffused by Downing Street later as “clearly private views”, his statement was certainly thought provoking.

As the CEO of a company that provides cloud-based IT...

By Joseph Blass, 16 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Economy, Enterprise, Software.

How the public cloud can benefit global entities and transactions

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Editor’s note: This is the second part of a two-part series following up on the July piece ‘How the public cloud can benefit the global economy’, which drills down into two of the four areas outlined – better coordination of efforts between international entities, and increased speed of international transactions. The below is an image created by Chef Software which outlines the four towers. You can read part one, focusing on new business models and data sharing and...

By David Auslander, 08 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Infrastructure, Public.

Box cites importance of IBM partnership in latest financial results

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Enterprise cloud storage firm Box has reported record quarterly revenue of $95.7 million (£72.1m) for Q217, as well as billings of $106.5 million.

The figures show a business which is edging closer to profitability. Free cash flow in the second quarter was negative $8m compared with negative $39.8m this time last year, while GAAP operating loss totalled 40% of revenue at $37.9m, compared to $49.8m and 68% of revenue in Q216.

Among the customer wins for Box in the quarter were Electronic Arts,...

By James Bourne, 01 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, M&A, Software, Storage.

Public cloud and the global economy: Digging further into the opportunities

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Editor's note: This article is a follow-up to the July piece ‘How the public cloud can benefit the global economy’, which drills down into two of the four areas outlined in that piece – how the public cloud enables new business models, and data sharing and collaboration between entities. The below is an image created by Chef Software which outlines the four towers.

By David Auslander, 25 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Infrastructure, Public.

DevOps and IT jobs continue to go up the pay scale – with the US best off

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Good news if you’re an IT practitioner or manager, particularly in the US, but not so good if you’re a sysadmin; the latest examination of IT salaries from automation and cloud software provider Puppet has found that more than half of IT bods in the US earn more than $100,000 per year, while manager salaries have gone ‘off the chart’.

The latest DevOps salary report, which garnered responses from more than 4,600 IT professionals, argues that the percentage of...

By James Bourne, 24 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: DevOps, Economy, 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.

Brexit? What Brexit? Datapipe acquires UK-based managed cloud firm Adapt

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US cloud provider Datapipe has announced it is acquiring Britain-based managed cloud firm and AWS partner Adapt in an attempt to expand the firm’s European presence.

The firms took the unusual step of issuing two separate press releases to cover the same news. From the Adapt side, the company noted the move to Datapipe was a ‘non-disruptive addition’ due to the firm’s similar roadmaps and propositions.

“Adapt and Datapipe both have cultures that...

By James Bourne, 18 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Europe, Infrastructure, M&A.

IDC: Global revenues from public cloud will hit almost $200bn by 2020

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Global revenues from public cloud services will hit more than $195 billion (£150.2bn) by 2020, according to the latest forecast from analyst house IDC.

The new prediction, which arrives in the firm’s semi-annual public cloud services spending guide, argues 2020 will double 2016’s expected revenues of $96.5bn, and represents a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 20.4% between 2015 and 2020.

“Cloud software will significantly outpace traditional software product...

By James Bourne, 11 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Infrastructure, Public.

Google acquires Orbitera to bolster multi-cloud play

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Google has announced the acquisition of Orbitera, a cloud commerce platform, to help boost its multi-cloud efforts with one eye on rivals Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft.

“Orbitera has built a strong ecosystem of enterprise software vendors delivering software to multiple clouds. This acquisition will not only improve the support of software vendors on Google Cloud Platform, but reinforces Google’s support for the multi-cloud world,” said Nan Boden,...

By James Bourne, 09 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, M&A, Software.

Amazon and Alphabet announce Q2 financial results: Cloud directly and indirectly the key

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) generated $2.89 billion (£2.19bn) over the last financial quarter, according to financial figures released by the infrastructure giant yesterday.

The figures represent an almost 58% rise from this time last year. For the past two quarters, the figure stands at almost $5.5bn – up 61% from the six months ending June 30 2015.

Considering specific AWS figures were kept out of all its financial releases until last year, instead being bumped in with...

By James Bourne, 29 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Economy, IaaS.