The key cloud certifications needed to boost your career in 2017

The cloud skills gap is widening and almost 40% of businesses are now struggling to find the qualified employees they need, according to Microsoft’s recent Cloud Skills Report. This is an incredible opportunity for professionals who can prove their cloud knowledge.

Determined professionals validate their knowledge and set themselves apart from the competition with training and certifications. The same report from Microsoft also found that tech leaders believe professionals with formal qualifications in cloud...

By Alex Bennett, 12 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Architecture, Developers, Microsoft.

Microsoft study warns of difficulty organisations face in attracting cloud skills

More than one in three companies admit it has been either ‘difficult’ or ‘very difficult’ to find specific cloud skills for their organisation, according to a new study from Microsoft.

The dreaded ‘cloud skills gap’ has been long reported by this publication – ‘the trend will continue further through 2013’, this reporter once warned – but in the Microsoft...

By James Bourne, 29 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Best Practice, Compliance, Microsoft.

Microsoft cites ‘enormous’ opportunity in hybrid cloud and managed services era

An ‘enormous’ opportunity is afoot for cloud companies as more organisations move towards implementing hybrid cloud and managed services, according to a new study from Microsoft.

The report – which was conducted in association with 451 Research and which comes in at a whopping 127 pages – polled more than 1700 respondents in 10 geographies, and found that almost two thirds (62%) of overall cloud and hosting infrastructure spend comes bundled with value-added services. When it came to...

By James Bourne, 24 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Public.

Adobe and Microsoft expand cloud partnership and launch joint solutions

Adobe and Microsoft have announced the first set of joint solutions to ‘help enterprises transform their customer experiences’, with Adobe’s Experience Cloud combining alongside Microsoft Azure, Dynamics 365 and Power BI products.

Those with good memories will recall an announcement made last September which confirmed Azure would become the preferred cloud platform for Adobe’s...

By James Bourne, 22 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Developers, Microsoft, Software.

Microsoft still besting Salesforce in enterprise SaaS – Oracle and Google charging behind

Even though software as a service (SaaS) is more mature than its infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS) brethren – and therefore at a lower growth rate – new figures from Synergy Research show that Microsoft leads the ‘burgeoning’ market ahead of Salesforce, with Oracle and Google having the highest growth rates.

Despite the relatively low growth forecast, Synergy argues that the enterprise SaaS market is expected to double in size over the next three years...

By James Bourne, 10 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Google, Microsoft, Research, SaaS , Salesforce, Software.

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

(c)iStock.com/Nicolas McComber

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.

Microsoft unveils new offering to combat patent trolls in the cloud

(c)iStock.com/RonBailey

Microsoft has announced the launch of the Azure IP Advantage program to help protect intellectual property from ‘patent trolls’ in the cloud.

Patent trolls, defined by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) as companies or people who ‘use patents as legal weapons, instead of actually creating any new products or coming up with new ideas’, are becoming an increasing problem with code and products hosted on cloud servers.

As a result, Microsoft is making 10,000...

By James Bourne, 09 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Developers, Legal, Microsoft, Security.

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

(c)iStock.com/CatLane

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, Google, Infrastructure, M&A, Microsoft.

Azure more likely cloud provider for enterprise with Google for SMB, says Clutch

(c)iStock.com/cherezoff

Enterprises prefer Microsoft Azure as their primary cloud provider while smaller businesses are more likely to be Google houses, according to the latest research from B2B analysis firm Clutch.

The findings, which polled almost 250 users of AWS, Google and Microsoft, appear in the firm’s latest report, found almost 40% of Azure users polled identify as enterprises, compared to only 25% for SMBs...

By James Bourne, 06 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Google, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Research, Vendors.