Opinion on cloud services in Europe still fiercely divided

Research from Quocirca in conjunction with CA Technologies has revealed that opinion on cloud services in Europe is still fiercely divided.

The Quocirca report divides respondents into three potential categories; ‘enthusiasts’, ‘avoiders’ and ‘blockers’, and found that overall 57% of those polled were ‘cloud positive’.

In Europe, 22% were considered enthusiasts, for whom “cloud is the future for much of [their] IT requirement”, whilst a further 35%...

By James Bourne, 09 August 2013, 2 comments. Categories: Adoption, Big Data, Migration, Security.

How to save money before taking the first step into the cloud

Cloud hosting can bring many benefits to both small and large businesses, but before you fly into the software sky, it’s always worth looking at the business case before any such move.

Application vendors will no doubt be shortly banging on your door with their options and proposals for hosting your current services in the cloud. Let’s stop to consider a few things before you sign away on any new hosting contacts.

The benefits

There are plenty of benefits for moving to cloud hosting for both your...

By Neil Cavanagh, 31 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Economy, Migration, Vendors.

Cloud still number one IT investment priority, says report

Over the next five years, cloud computing is still the highest priority for investment, according to the latest piece of research from Compuware, alongside Research in Action.

16.5% of companies cite cloud as the most important area of their IT portfolio to strengthen, ahead of mobile IT (13.5%), business analytics, big data and in-memory (11.3%).

It’s not a surprise that cloud is pretty big news this year too. Cloud infrastructure (12.5%) is the top area of investment for IT in 2013. Renegotiation of...

By James Bourne, 22 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, IaaS, Infrastructure, Migration, Research.

NSW state government in Australia mobilises cloud services pilots

Steve Hodgkinson, Research Director, Public Sector TechnologyThe New South Wales state government in Australia is taking visionary but practical steps towards cloud services adoption via a program of pilot projects. The projects recognize the need to treat cloud services as an emerging trend to be investigated and evaluated hands-on. It is a practical organizational learning exercise, not an ideological quest or a whole-of-government “grand plan”. Cloud services adoption is best driven at an agency-by-agency...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 19 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Government, Migration, Mobility.

The hows and whys of moving your contact centre to the cloud

The key responsibility of the CIO is to ensure an organisation has the technology it needs to function cost effectively, while at the same time remain a competitive force.

Nowhere is this more relevant than in the contact centre industry. If a contact centre does not have technologies, such as interactive voice recognition (IVR), multimedia queuing or real-time speech analytics, then it risks not being able to meet customer expectations of service.

However, buying-in all of these solutions can be an large...

By Dave Paulding, 15 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, CIO, Enterprise, Migration.

Telcos keep the noise down at Cloud World Forum

David Molony, Principal Analyst, EnterpriseTelcos have launched a series of credible cloud services offers, and there is a perception in the market that they can now compete with global systems integrators in the converged ICT space. But telco noise levels are set low. There’s a tentativeness in their marketing (which may be deliberate) but, more importantly, they are not getting the direct advocacy they deserve from their global MNC customers.

Tier-2 telcos ramp up cloud services

Telco cloud service providers were...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 03 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Migration, Trends.

Cloud being “smothered” by CIO IT concerns, claims new report

As cloud computing continues to materialise and mature in the fabric of today’s IT, one of the primary barriers to widespread adoption is the high proportion of legacy ICT in many companies.

That’s according to the latest survey, this time from NTT Europe polling 300 CIOs and IT decision makers on current trends, barriers and solutions.

56% of those surveyed cited the complexity of their IT layout as the biggest barrier to large scale cloud adoption, with the figure rising to 70% in the public...

By James Bourne, 02 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Migration, PublicSector, Research, Security.

Gartner finds big shift to cloudy offices in 2015

According to the latest push from analyst house Gartner, to misquote Mark Twain, the reports of legacy’s death are greatly exaggerated.

Gartner’s most recent figures show that cloud office systems only represent 8% of the total office market – rising to 33% by 2017, and 60% - or 665 million users – by 2022.

The latter figures suggest a healthy state of affairs, with Gartner suggesting that the big push to cloud would occur in the first half of 2015.

Similarly, the use of email as...

By James Bourne, 14 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, Migration, Research.

97% of SMBs say security positively impacted by cloud adoption

Over 95% of respondents in a comScore survey of French SMBs said cloud adoption had a positive impact on security, as well as noticing unexpected benefits, such as up-to-date systems and antivirus protection.

The study of French small to midsize businesses with between 25 and 499 PCs was conducted by comScore and commissioned by Microsoft Trustworthy Computing, although the respondents were made unaware of Microsoft’s involvement.

88% of those polled said they had noticed improved uptime as a result of...

By James Bourne, 13 June 2013, 3 comments. Categories: Adoption, Migration, Research, Security.

Companies spending less on office space thanks to cloud

The overlap between cloud computing and enterprise mobility is becoming ever more pronounced. And according to a new survey from Rackspace Hosting, the proliferation of cloud computing, and mobilising workforces means that companies are likely to spend far less on office space.

It’s not strictly correct to call this a ‘new’ survey. It’s the third in a series on the state of cloud computing from the global hosting provider, called ‘Cloud Computing: State of Play’.

By James Bourne, 03 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Industry, Migration.

Experience key to exploiting cloud value, says new report

Albert Einstein once said that the only source of knowledge is experience. And in terms of cloud computing, the latest report from RightScale, subtitled “How cloud maturity unlocks cloud value” emphasises that to a tee.

The second annual RightScale State of the Cloud Report, surveying 625 respondents from execs to cloud practitioners, found a wide array of interesting takeaways, but the key theme running through the research was that the more time you spend on cloud, the more revenue you’ll...

By James Bourne, 26 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Hybrid, Migration, Research.

How to make cloud computing pay

Relying on cloud computing strategies to free up dollars and time that can quickly be re-invested in product and service innovation emerged as the highest priority for respondents in a recent Rackspace survey.

While cost reductions were significant, the greatest contributions were seen in investments in innovation (48%), new product & service development (45%), and boosting sale efforts (38%).

Rackspace recently commissioned a study with market research firm Vanson...

By Louis Columbus, 11 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Migration, Research.

ICT remains mostly in-house, but cloud services adoption is growing

Dr Steve Hodgkinson, Research Director, IT, Asia Pacific

Ovum publishes Australian CIO Survey: ICT Challenges, Investment Priorities, and Sourcing Approaches

Our survey of 63 Australian CIOs across a range of sectors reveals a slightly surprising picture of the reality of ICT management compared to the media hype. While alternative sourcing approaches such as shared services, outsourcing, and cloud services are much discussed at conferences and in the media, the reality for this group of CIOs is that ICT management is still about...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 09 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Migration.

5 silver linings of the cloud for SMBs

With the growing cloud computing market, there is potential for small businesses to take advantage of the technology in order to compete better with larger companies. Cloud computing is fantastic for SMBs because it allows you get to maintain complete control but without the expensive financial and staff costs and protects your business from downtime distress.

Silver Lining #1: Cloud Security

Reliable cloud service providers will have a dedicated security system in place, which allows a small business to focus on...

By maildistiller, 05 March 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Migration.

Rackspace examines cloudy cost savings in new survey

Nearly nine in 10 companies agree that moving to the cloud has resulted in cost savings, according to a new survey from open cloud provider Rackspace.

The research looked at over 1300 US and UK-based companies, as well as conducting qualitative interviews with executives surveyed.

Of course, it’s not the biggest surprise that a cloud vendor is advocating companies moving to the cloud.

In a whitepaper illustrating the research, this was made abundantly clear in terms of what the survey had found. Cloud...

By James Bourne, 21 February 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Compliance, Migration, Research.

Personal cloud usage influences company adoption, says CDW

CDW report looks at the health of cloud computing in terms of drivers, barriers and cost and says that ‘work imitates life’ with cloud adoption

It’s that time of the year again; companies have stopped predicting what the cloud is going to look like for 2013, with organisations instead concentrating on what the ecosystem is currently looking like.

CDW is a case in point. The IT product supplier has issued its ‘2013 State of the Cloud’ report, surveying 1,242 tech professionals,...

By James Bourne, 18 February 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, Migration, Research, Security.

Companies afraid to move to the cloud because of government snooping

Cloud security is once again on the agenda after a report from Lieberman Research showed that nearly half of IT professionals were wary of keeping sensitive data in the cloud due to government intervention.

The survey was conducted at November’s Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) Congress and found that the majority of respondents prefer to keep their most sensitive data on private networks rather than on the cloud.

Other top-line findings were:

  • Nearly nine in 10 (88%) of IT professionals believe some cloudy data could be lost, stolen or corrupted
  • Less than...

By James Bourne, 15 February 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Government, Migration, Security.

5 biggest mistakes admins make with cloud firewalls

firewall-dome9The cloud can be a great investment for most organisations. It offers the promise to significantly increase capacity and agility, while simultaneously reducing costs. Companies invest significant resource to attain a great ROI in the cloud, but if that investment isn’t secured, migrating could turn out to be a disaster. Most cloud adopters underestimate the philosophical and technological change required to security when migrating to the cloud. It’s a problem that affects...

By Dome9, 07 February 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Migration, Security.

KPMG survey advocates more strategic thinking around cloud adoption

According to a new report from KPMG, companies need to assume cost reduction in the cloud is ‘a given’ and consequently need to look at more transformational ideas.

KPMG’s report, ‘The Cloud Takes Shape’, polled nearly 700 IT professionals and looks at cloud computing as a maturing technology, noting that seven out of 10 IT professionals agree that cloud computing is currently “delivering efficiencies and cost savings”.

Yet the report advocates that organisations need...

By James Bourne, 06 February 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Migration, Research.