Useless Software Predictions for 2012

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It seems like everyone who is anyone is creating a list of predictions for the software industry for 2012. I decided why not jump on the bandwagon and have some fun. If nothing else, it’s a good chance to rant. So without further ado,...

By Arthur Hicken, 16 January 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Forecasts, Industry.

The cloud transformation cometh

The New York times reports that cloud momentum continues to swing upwards, giving a nod to Marc Benioff, founder of for being one of the pioneers in the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) sector.

In a $440 million deal, NYT confirmed that I.B.M. would buy DemandTec, a cloud-based vendor of data analysis software. This follows the announcement by SAP that it would purchase Success Factors, a cloud-based human resource software company, for $3.4...

By VI, 20 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Forecasts, Industry.

Five Predictions for Managed Cloud Services in 2012

The proof-positive business impact from managed cloud services deployment, including the numerous associated productivity benefits and anticipated cost-savings, have pushed cloud computing well into the mainstream during 2011. As we move into 2012, International Data Corporation (IDC) predicts that this evolution will continue as...

By David H Deans, 19 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Enterprise, Forecasts, Research.

Industrialised cloud 'cannibalising' the outsourcing industry

Low cost business IT cloud solutions are cannibalising the IT outsourcing market, and by 2015 will have sliced around 15% from the earnings of the top outsourcing players, according to a new analyst forecast.

Gartner predicted that Industrialised Low-Cost IT Services (ILCS) was effecting the perceptions of the value of IT.

Similar to what happened with the adoption of offshore delivery, it will be incumbent upon vendors to invest in and adopt a new cloud-based, industrialized services strategy either directly...

By Matt Henkes, 06 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Forecasts, Industry, Research.

Is Recovery-as-a-Service (RaaS) still a “Killer” Cloud App?

Once hailed as a killer app and now simply recognized as a vital tool in the world of cloud computing, Recovery-as-a-Service (RaaS) is becoming one of the most important tools in a SMB or larger enterprise contemplating the cloud.

According to ComputerWorld, By 2014, almost one in three midsize businesses will be using a recovery-as-a-service (RaaS) with the ability to backup and restore virtual machines (VMs).

By VI, 24 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Disaster Recovery, Enterprise, Forecasts, Trends.

Where now for HP's Cloud strategy?

Computing giant Hewlett Packard (HP) has reported a staggering dive in Q4 profits of 91% following a tough year that saw the manufacturer sack its CEO, then ditch its WebOS business in favour of a focus on software and cloud computing infrastructure.

But with a number of key decisions reversed, dropped and discontinued, one could be forgiven for doubting the firm’s stated direction. So where does the world’s largest technology company see itself heading now after a most confusing twelve months?

In what was a...

By Matt Henkes, 22 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Forecasts, Hardware, Industry, M&A.