Contractors would do well to use the cloud

Building contractors were told this week that cloud computing could make a huge difference to the construction industry, especially when it comes to project management. Autodesk, which develops some of the most influential design software such as...

By VI, 10 December 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Architecture, Migration.

Four in five IT directors feel responsible for cloud failure

New research from enterprise IT solutions provider Damovo UK has revealed that, for 80% of IT top brass, if they move their services to the cloud, it’s their responsibility if it goes wrong.

The UK-based research, conducted by Vanson Bourne which spoke to 100 IT directors catering for more than 1000 employees, also found that for nine in ten respondents, cloud providers should in turn be more accountable, and provide greater transparency when it comes to data governance.

Interestingly, nearly 70% of...

By James Bourne, 06 December 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Migration, Research.

Going global: Implementing the cloud without borders

Any move to the cloud requires a transformational way of thinking. With a global enterprise, this shift requires unique preparations and considerations.

Not only do standard challenges (i.e. alignment, business process, and change management) become increasingly complex as you add geographies and cultural differences to a project, but compliance and data quality concerns further complicate matters and require a detailed and methodical approach.

Over the past 12 years, Bluewolf has worked across every major timezone and global currency to deliver on the promise of the cloud.

We know that when it comes to a global cloud deployment, there should not be a “one size fits all” approach.

Laying the right foundation:

Before getting started, companies should reflect on...

By Bluewolf, 20 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Architecture, Migration.

Stratsec research reveals potential alarm for cloud security

A new piece of research from security providers Stratsec has inferred that some cloud providers are unable to block malicious attacks, which could lead to cyber hackers being able to infiltrate systems in a botnet-styled attack.

As a result, according to the research at the Stratsec Winter School, there was an alarming number of reasons why attacking cloud systems was a good idea, such as being relatively easy to set up, costing less, and taking significantly less time to build.

Instead of a traditional...

By James Bourne, 31 October 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Migration, Security.

The role-playing game: How enterprise IT should prepare for cloud adoption

By Paul Moxon, Senior Director, Product & Solutions Marketing

I’m often asked, “What’s the biggest thing standing in the way of enterprise IT getting on board with cloud adoption?”

My response is always the same: “The biggest thing standing in the way of enterprise IT cloud adoption is IT’s unwillingness to accept that business units (BUs) are already adopting the cloud.”

By 2012, BUs are eager to flout IT authority and circumvent IT constraints in order to solve problems now rather...

By Paul Moxon, 24 October 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, Migration.

IDC supports EU stance on cloud computing

The International Data Center (IDC) has come out in support of the European Union’s stance on cloud computing in a new report from the analyst house – albeit one published on the EU’s behalf.

Back in September, EU digital agenda vice president Neelie Kroes set out her strategy to make the EU the ‘e-EU’ in a report entitled “Unleashing the Potential of Cloud Computing in Europe”, which summarised that the cloud could...

By James Bourne, 23 October 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Forecasts, Government, Migration, Security.

Is cloud ROI “of the people, by the people, for the people”?

Originally posted on ComputerWorld

Companies are shifting resources to the cloud for a variety of reasons: efficiency, cost, analytics, customer service, etc. While these are worthy goals, there’s a more fundamental objective that companies leveraging the cloud should strive for: unlocking the collective brainpower of your workforce and customer base.

While the term "social" means different things to different people, at the heart of the concept lies an understanding that people are the organisation’s most valuable asset.

In a truly "social"...

By Bluewolf, 10 October 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Data & Analytics, Migration, Research.

SLAs: Are you trapped in the cloud?

Buyer beware

You would consider it somewhat careless to take out a mortgage or buy a new car without fully understanding the extent of the contract – so why are so many companies choosing to outsource their entire IT estate without fully understanding the terms and conditions?

Business would dictate a buyer beware attitude when it comes to purchasing anything and this mentality needs to be adopted when it comes to the cloud.  

It is vital that a company looks at its business needs, ascertains what...

By Keith Bates, 28 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Migration, SLA.

Is cloud computing the future for EU economy?

Neelie Kroes hopes to make the EU the ‘e-EU’ with new strategy

The EU has launched a new cloud strategy, entitled “Unleashing the Potential of Cloud Computing in Europe”, designed to increase the use of and speed up cloud computing in Europe.

“Cloud computing could offer a huge lift to the European economy, but only if users can understand and trust it,” said EU digital agenda VP Neelie Kroes to open her speech yesterday.

The figures: a yearly 160bn Euro (£127.6bn)...

By James Bourne, 28 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Europe, Government, Migration, SLA.

CIOs embracing "infectious" cloud - but how does research compare?

Research commissioned by Fujitsu and Microsoft and published by Connection Research has revealed that CIOs in Australia are “embracing the realities” of the cloud.

In the foreword to the report, entitled “Insights Quarterly: Cloud in Australia”, authors Craig Baty and Greg Stone describe cloud computing as “infectious” and add that “cloud has arrived, and will continue to grow in functionality and popularity”.

The key takeaways from the report, which polled 179...

By James Bourne, 24 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Migration, Research, Security.

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.

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.

Are companies spending more and more on the cloud?

According to analysis from research firm Frost and Sullivan, over half of Australian companies using cloud computing services are spending 10% of their budget on the cloud.

Further research revealed that 70% of Australian enterprises in the cloud are looking to boost their services “significantly” in the next 12 months.

The overall research into Australian business showed:

  • 53% of companies using cloud computing services spend more than one tenth of their IT budget on cloud solutions
  • 31% spend more than 20% of their budget on the cloud
  • Perhaps...

By James Bourne, 14 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Migration, SaaS , Security.

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.

Oracle Exalogic 2.0 adds cloud management feature

By Tony Baer, Prinicpal Analyst, Ovum Enterprise Solutions

Summary

Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud 2.0 (“Exalogic”) adds features that will make the system better suited for its role as a cloud deployment target. It adds server virtualisation capabilities that accelerate provisioning and deliver the expected elasticity.

A new lightweight virtualisation engine optimised for Oracle workloads improves application performance. This comes atop incremental enhancements to existing features such as Oracle...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 10 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Infrastructure, Migration, Virtualisation.

Ponemon study: trends with transferring data to the cloud

A new report from Ponemon Institute has shown that 82% of companies have already transferred, or plan to transfer confidential data into the cloud.

The report, entitled ‘Encryption in the Cloud’ and sponsored by security experts Thales, aims to examine current trends and perceptions with storing sensitive information in the cloud.

Broken down, the survey of over 4000 IT professionals across five continents revealed that 49% of respondents had already overseen a transfer of data to the cloud; 33%...

By James Bourne, 08 August 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Big Data, Migration, Storage.

Five tips for CIOs moving to the cloud

CIOs making strategic moves to the cloud that involve core infrastructure such as productivity tools, enterprise applications or collaboration capabilities need to be prepared for a new way of thinking and operating.

Moving to the cloud isn’t - and shouldn’t be - business as usual. It’s a switch that demands fresh attitudes to procurement, accounting, project management and, more than anything, ways of working.

This is the biggest shift in computing architecture since client/server and inevitably there will be surprises along the way but best practices and case studies are emerging. Based on over a decade of operating with companies moving to...

By Bluewolf, 07 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Migration.

What considerations must a CIO make when moving to the cloud?

We have to face facts: cloud uptake is on the rise.

Indeed, deployments are set to double by 2015, and up to 200,000 UK jobs will be created by cloud computing technologies between 2011 and 2015.

CIOs therefore have to accept that cloud is here, and here to stay. So what considerations must a CIO make when moving to the cloud, even if he is entirely unwilling to do so?!

Below, I have outlined some tips for any CIO who is either looking to move to the cloud, or indeed, is being pushed into making the move by...

By Keith Bates, 12 July 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Migration.