Cloud on the rise in New Zealand as firms spend more

Research published by analysts Frost & Sullivan this week has revealed that over half of New Zealand companies surveyed are looking to increase their cloud budgets.

Two in five organisations which use cloud services in New Zealand spend more than 10% of their total IT budget on the cloud, whilst 57% of organisations intend to increase their cloudy budgets in the next 12 months.

As part of its State of Cloud Computing New Zealand 2012 research, Frost & Sullivan examined the usual metrics concerning the...

By James Bourne, 27 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Research, Trends.

AT&T & IBM join forces (again)

Mike Sapien, Principal Analyst, Enterprise Telecoms, Ovum

In October 2012 AT&T and IBM announced a new strategic relationship that uses the telco’s secure private network to access the tech company’s back-end infrastructure. The goal is to give Fortune 1000 customers access to IBM’s SmartCloud Enterprise+ (SCE+) services with AT&T’s VPN network services. IBM and AT&T plan to launch the new service in early 2013. Either company could take the lead, but it seems likely that...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 26 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Trends, Vendors.

Cloud computing hubs will become increasingly data-centric

By Laurent Lachal, Senior Analyst, Ovum Software

In 2013 Trends to Watch: Cloud Computing, we show that cloud computing platforms are increasingly approached not just as technology delivery platforms but as ecosystem hubs for cloud service providers, consumers, and their respective channel partners. These hubs are increasingly data-centric.

Ecosystem services will make or break cloud service providers

From the start Ovum has emphasised that cloud computing platforms are not just technology delivery platforms but are also...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 21 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Trends.

Japan is most cloud ready Asia Pacific nation, ACCA says

A week after VMware released its Asia Pacific Cloud Index Survey, another report has come up from the Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA) claiming Japan is the most ‘cloud ready’ nation in the Asia Pacific region.

Japan’s ranking is unchanged from last year at number one, with South Korea leapfrogging Hong Kong and Singapore into second place.

Hong Kong and...

By James Bourne, 14 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Research, Trends.

Which Asia Pacific country knows the most about the cloud?

The third annual VMware Cloud Index survey has shone light on trends in Asia Pacific cloud computing, including which was the most knowledgeable nation.

The research surveyed 6,500 senior IT workers across the Asia Pacific region in 11 countries, including Australia, China, India, Japan and Korea.

Yet it appeared Singapore and Hong Kong were top of the class. 82% of respondents in Singapore claimed they had a strong knowledge of the cloud, with nine out of ten people in Hong Kong having a strong knowledge of...

By James Bourne, 07 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Research, Trends.

New tipping point: Chinese mobile cloud Vs Google Android

Smartphones are generating new battlefields between those who want to service applications through the cloud and those that wish to distribute them through tightly controlled App marketplaces.

Ironically, it is the Chinese who believe their new mobile OS called Aliyun, built on Linux open source, is the true flag bearer for a new generation of cloud computing applications and websites which will run remotely in Alibaba’s cloud and mainly appeal to a Chinese audience (shortly set to overtake...

By VI, 20 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Mobility, Trends.

Mind the gap – the "consumerisation of innovation"

The landscape of IT innovation is changing.

“Back in the day” (said in my gravelly old-man voice from my Barcalounger wearing my Netware red t-shirt) companies who were developing new technology solutions brought them to the enterprise and marketed them to the IT management stack.

CIOs, CTOs and IT directors were the injection point for technology acceptance into the business. Now, that injection point has been turned into a fire hose.

Think about many of the technologies we have to consider as we...

By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 24 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Consumer, Enterprise, Trends.

How cloud services are an organizational innovation, not a technology "silver bullet"

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

Many executives regard technology evangelists as “drive-by shooters” – people who cruise by their offices firing so-called “silver bullet” solutions. Are cloud evangelists in this category? Perhaps. If they are selling cloud computing as a technology innovation, then the “drive-by shooter” label can fit quite well.

Most ICT executives know how to manage technology evangelists: they do not let them into...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 17 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Industry, Trends, Vendors.

Why cloud should be part of your business mobilisation

A survey of mobile enterprise app developers has found that a significant percentage plan to integrate some kind of cloud service into their apps in the near future.

Mobile platform company Appcelerator’s quarterly survey of its developers, carried out by IDC, found that 83% of devs will utilise cloud services and also intend to use a cloud solution for the back end of their apps.

The numbers are roughly in line with a similar...

By Matt Henkes, 25 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Developers, Enterprise, Mobility, Trends.