Cloud enthusiasm continues to rise - and are security fears allaying?

A TechSoup Global survey has revealed that most non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are keen to move to the cloud but need to be better informed about its strengths and weaknesses.

TechSoup’s 2012 Global Cloud Computing Survey interviewed over 10,000 NGOs, non-profits and charities and found that many of these companies were unaware they were already using cloud services.

Sound familiar? Well a study from Citrix last month showed that 95% of 1000...

By James Bourne, 13 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Government, Research.

Does new study show cloud computing is viable for SMEs?

Advantage of cloud for smaller businesses “loud and clear”, according to Australia-based research

A survey by Australian cloud software provider MYOB has shown that many SMEs are not taking advantage of the cloud – but those that do experience tangible benefits.

The research, conducted by market researchers Colmar Brunton and commissioned by MYOB, polled over 1000 SMEs and found some intriguing trends:

  • Accessing data from any location proved the biggest draw for SMEs migrating (42%)
  • Working remotely (28%); reducing IT usage issues (26%) and data...

By James Bourne, 11 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Migration.

'Cloud first' IT policy is better for government than 'cloud last'

By Dr Steve Hodgkinson, Research Director IT, Asia-Pacific

The New Zealand government recently announced an all-of-government cloud computing approach, which features a positive “cloud-first” statement of intent for ICT procurement.

This policy is at odds with the more conservative policy position of the Australian federal government, which, while also aiming to promote cloud adoption, is actually more focused on the supposedly new risks and issues of cloud services.

Australia’s stance is...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 10 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Government, Migration.

Demystifying Amazon Web Services [infographic]

Our friends at Newvem are at it again. They’ve just released an incredible infographic on Demystifying Amazon Web Services (AWS). The new infographic demonstrates the size of Amazon’s cloud and reveals usage analysis including a deep dive on reserve instances.

And, since this comes from Newvem – the experts in usage analytics – it also provides recommendations for how to reduce costs and make your AWS cloud more efficient!

By Dome9, 05 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Infographic, Public.

BSA: EU cloud uptake lower than global average

Highest number of cloud users in Romania and Greece, according to research

Research from software advocates Business Software Alliance (BSA) has inferred a surprising lack of cloud usage among European Union computer users.

The figures, surveying 4000 people, showed that across the EU, whilst 86% of respondents used cloud services for personal use, less than a third (29%) used it for business purposes.

Greece and Romania had the most...

By James Bourne, 03 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Consumer, Europe, Research.

How can accountancy adapt to the cloud?

The Journal of Accountancy reports that doing business in the cloud should cost less than doing business on-premise.   A survey of 1,000 accounting firms found that 70% of respondents increased their use of web-based applications in the cloud between 2010 and 2012, and that cloud accounting is becoming more popular.

The article suggests doing a three-year amortisation of upfront costs for an on-premise application including servers, software licenses and...

By VI, 31 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Big Data, Enterprise, Security.

Citrix survey: Is the cloud confusing?

A survey from Wakefield Research for virtualisation experts Citrix has shown that, for consumers, many Americans are unaware of what ‘the cloud’ entails.

32% of respondents stated that cloud was “a thing of the future”, while 95% of those surveyed who thought they weren’t using the cloud actually were, for such simple tasks as online banking and social networking.

The research, which garnered responses from over 1000 American nationals, found some surprising and eye-opening...

By James Bourne, 29 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Consumer, Research.

How to mitigate loss of control when moving to the cloud

It is a common misconception that by moving to the cloud, businesses are relinquishing all control of their data. Generally speaking, many companies fail to take the time to fully understand cloud computing and in this vein, feel reluctant to outsource business-critical data to the cloud.

The question most organisations should be truthfully asking themselves however is whether they are actually in control of their data when it is held on-premise. For example, what accreditations do they hold to ensure their...

By Keith Bates, 16 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Migration.

Leading a horse to water: Driving out uncertainty in IT cloud projects

“What Cloud solution is right for us?”

“What functionality will be available in this solution?”

“When will I get my training?” Each of these questions reflects a person grappling with uncertainty at different levels of the organization.  From the initial consideration of changing IT strategy, through the design, implementation, and go live, the project team is constantly working on uncertainty loops as uncertainty cascades down the organization. 

The senior decision maker...

By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 13 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Best Practice, CIO, Migration.

Can the cloud benefit the healthcare industry?

Medical experts and researchers have been talking about the cloud in the healthcare industry for some time. When it comes to its application in this field, the information technology seems to be on a very poor level.

The majority of medical services still practice a complicated paper-based administration. Considering how many medical records, application forms and walking-orders a hospital has to issue in a single day, another solution for the whole process is highly necessary.

Enhancement of productivity and...

By Bojana Dobran, 09 August 2012, 3 comments. Categories: Adoption, Industry, PublicSector, Security.