CEOs are concerned about the cloud skills gap but doing little to remedy it – so plough your own furrow

The majority of top brass at UK organisations say they concerned about the digital skills divide – yet only a small percentage are willing to invest in digital skills training for existing staff.

That’s the key finding from a report by cloudy software firm Domo. The study, titled ‘Leading at the Speed of Data’ and which polled 107 CEOs in total, found a generational gap in some areas. 84% of CEOs aged...

By James Bourne, 01 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Data & Analytics, Economy, Research, Trends.

How converged systems are enabling IT transformation initiatives

Some IT organisations prefer infrastructure solutions that offer simplified cloud deployment models for their digital transformation projects. According to the latest market study by International Data Corporation (IDC), worldwide converged systems market revenue increased 9.9 percent year-over-year to $3.5 billion during the second quarter of 2018 (2Q18).

"Data centre infrastructure convergence remains an important investment driver for companies around the world," said Sebastian Lagana, research...

By David H Deans, 05 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Infrastructure, Research, Trends, VMware.

Will automation steal your job or secure your future?

Movies habitually dramatise artificial intelligence (AI) as a not just a threat to our jobs, but to humanity itself. But in the real world here and now, AI-driven automation is offering much more in the way of opportunity than threat. Imagine a future where automation is enhancing the work of IT teams, rather than replacing it.

It is well known that IT employees spend a lot of time on repetitive, manual maintenance tasks that could easily be automated. But, with growing demands coming from every angle of the business, the...

By Marianne Calder, 26 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Software, Trends.

Many European organisations lacking fully fledged multi-cloud strategy, says IDC

Multi-cloud is certainly a compelling trend – but according to new data from IDC, fewer than 10% of European organisations are fully on-board with a multi-cloud strategy.

The analyst firm argues that multiple cloud service usage will be an inevitability – but understanding and strategy from European firms varies wildly.

More than a third of firms polled overall (34%) said they had no plans to move workloads from current cloud providers in the coming 12 months. Yet for the UK market, 29% of...

By James Bourne, 02 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Migration, Research, Trends.

Why cloud storage, DRaaS, multi-cloud and data security will all be key cloud drivers in 2018

It's that time of year when industry commentators are weighing in with their predictions and projections for the year ahead.

While the subject of cloud computing is a big topic, probably one of the most pressing subjects hitting the headlines in 2018 is increasing regulations relating to GDPR.  However, there are a few other cloud-related topics that I would like to put the spotlight on as we look at the anticipated growth areas for cloud service providers in the year ahead. In particular, I’d...

By Richard Stinton, 22 January 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Disaster Recovery, Infrastructure, Security, Storage, Trends.

10 charts that will change your perspective on artificial intelligence’s growth

  • There has been a 14X increase in the number of active AI startups since 2000.
  • Investment into AI startups by venture capitalists has increased 6X since 2000.
  • The share of jobs requiring AI skills has grown 4.5X since 2013.

These and many other fascinating insights are from Stanford University’s inaugural AI Index (PDF, no opt-in, 101 pp.). Stanford has undertaken a 

By Louis Columbus, 22 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Platform, Software, Trends.

Goodbye 2017, hello 2018: The best cloud stories of last year – and how this year will shape up

It’s been another exciting year in the cloud computing space. From blockchain, to AI, to containers and microservices, the technological developments have made for interesting reading – as well as the continued pushes by the leading companies in the ecosystem.

Below, CloudTech has put together five trends which shaped 2017, featuring some of the biggest stories of last year, as well as a series of predictions from executives on what they expect from 2018.

2017

The AWS/Azure competition – with Alibaba and Oracle on...

By James Bourne, 02 January 2018, 2 comments. Categories: Amazon, Applications, Microsoft, Trends.

IBM ramps up quantum computing ecosystem with 20 qubit processor systems

IBM has been solidly building its efforts in quantum computing over the past couple of years – and a new milestone has been reached with the launch of upgraded systems featuring 20 qubit processors, with 50 qubits on the way.

The company describes the latest news as “rapid advances in quantum hardware… as IBM continues to drive progress across the entire quantum computing technology stack, with focus on systems, software, applications and enablement.”

Quantum computing is gaining...

By James Bourne, 13 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Platform, Trends.

Why software-defined storage revenue will reach $16.2 billion

As more CIOs and CTOs prepare for the data deluge that's driving demand for enterprise storage solutions, savvy IT infrastructure vendors are already offering next-generation systems that meet the evolving requirements of their customers' digital transformation projects.

Software-defined storage (SDS) is one of several new technologies that are rapidly penetrating the IT infrastructure of enterprises and cloud service providers. SDS is gaining traction because it meets the demands of the next-generation data...

By David H Deans, 06 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Research, Software, Storage, Trends.

Why three quarters of executives are researching and launching IoT projects in 2017

  • Manufacturing-based IoT connections grew 84% between 2016 and 2017, followed by energy & utilities (41%).
  • 73% of executives are either researching or currently launching IoT projects.
  • The IoT platform market is expected to grow 35% per year to $1.16B by 2020.
  • B2B uses can generate nearly 70% of the potential value enabled by IoT.

These and many other fascinating findings are from Verizon’s State of the Market: Internet of Things 2017,...

By Louis Columbus, 04 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Platform, Software, Trends.

Huawei’s cloudy Connect announcements analysed: Microsoft, AI, and more

Huawei’s Connect event kicked off earlier today – and the announcements flowed at a pace with its cloud offering front and centre of the majority of the news.

First off was the announcement of a partnership between the Chinese giant and Microsoft with Redmond’s apps being released on Huawei’s platform as part of an ‘in-depth cooperation on the public cloud.’

The two companies signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to seal the deal whereby more Microsoft enterprise-level...

By James Bourne, 05 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Trends.

Cloud education struggling at US universities – meaning an even wider skills gap

Cloud computing skills are certainly in demand, whether it is microservices, containers, or DevOps. Yet according to a new US study, colleges and universities are struggling to adapt.

A new report from B2B research company Clutch says that despite LinkedIn naming ‘cloud and distributed computing’ as the number one global skill of 2016, spiralling costs of course resources, limited expertise on-campus and the pace of innovation in the industry were contributing factors to the struggle.

“I do...

By James Bourne, 19 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Research, Trends.

Why the data protection world is a vampire – and what to do about it

“The world is a vampire.” The words to the Smashing Pumpkins song kept coming to mind as I listened to the discourse of a leading tier one carrier CISO.

I was in New York City attending one of the technical seminars that constantly come up projecting what the new New Thing is going to be. This rendition was on the insecure world of data flowing across networks. I mused that this time there was some fire to go along with the smoke. Snowden had just come on to the world stage and shone light on all...

By Bill Balmer, 08 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Software, Trends, UnifiedComms.

What will 2017 bring for the storage industry?

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In a field as competitive as the storage market is, knowing what’s going to happen before it actually happens can be extremely valuable. And right now, the storage market is going through some big transitions, some of which are upending the industry.

This is kind of to be expected when dealing with a business that incorporates the latest technological advances, but even with that in mind, the rapid evolution underway at the moment is impressive to watch. The storage market as we...

By Rick Delgado, 07 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Software, Storage, Trends.

Traditional software giants are starting to kick it in the cloud — so what’s next?

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For years the benefits of the cloud have been the subject of much debate within the IT industry. In the past, sceptics claimed that the cloud wasn’t reliable or secure — although Gartner sought to dispel that myth. Now, the sceptics are harder to find and Gartner doesn’t have to dispel as many cloud myths. Our latest Businesses @ Work report shows that companies are not only enabling...

By Phil Turner, 16 June 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Research, SaaS , Software, Trends.

How cloud accelerates machine learning – and is redefining the enterprise in 2016

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Machine learning is providing the needed algorithms, applications, and frameworks to bring greater predictive accuracy and value to enterprises’ data, leading to diverse company-wide strategies succeeding faster and more profitably than before.

Industries where machine learning is making an impact  

The good news for businesses is that all the data they have been saving for years can now be turned into a competitive advantage and lead to strategic goals being accomplished....

By Louis Columbus, 13 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: CRM, Enterprise, Software, Storage, Trends.

Technavio highlights top three trends for global enterprise cloud services market to 2020

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Research and advisory firm Technavio has brought to light three new trends that are set to play a key role in terms of market growth in the global enterprise cloud services market in the years to 2020. The trends in question are the rising adoption of hybrid cloud services, increase in adoption of BYOD policy and the rise of cloud brokerage services.

Amit Sharma, one of...

By Cloud Tech, 05 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Trends.

Cloud computing in 2015 – and what is on the horizon for 2016

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As we wave goodbye to 2015 and say hello to 2016, it has again been an interesting, mostly successful year for cloud. According to research from Synergy, public cloud generates over $20 billion (£12.9bn) in quarterly revenues for IT firms. With the usual mix of mergers and acquisitions, security scares, and a few surprises, here are the highlights from 2015.

2015 review

February: Box files for...

By James Bourne, 05 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Research, Trends.

2016 cloud computing forecast: Private, hybrid, and automation

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As we look forward to 2016, there is a lot to reflect on and forecast in cloud. Below you will find my top predictions for the year ahead.

RIP private cloud

The biggest missed story of 2015 has been the profound failure of the private cloud.

Just a few years ago, the private cloud was IT’s solution to remaining relevant to their business partners. I remember attending OpenStack Boston 2011 at the height of the private cloud movement, where everyone seemed convinced of the...

By Joe Kinsella, 04 January 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Hybrid, Private, Public, Trends.

Gartner expects five years for hybrid cloud to reach productivity: Are they right?

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Gartner has released its latest hype cycle for emerging technologies, and while the likes of autonomous vehicles and the Internet of Things sits atop the peak of inflated expectations, hybrid cloud computing is a bit further down the line heading straight for the trough of disillusionment.

The analyst house groups a bunch of technologies in three different stages and heavily influenced by its nexus of forces – mobile, social, cloud and information. Hybrid cloud comes under the...

By James Bourne, 18 August 2015, 3 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Infrastructure, Private, Public, Research, Trends.