How commodity trading and risk management relates to the cloud: A guide

Commodity trading companies are rapidly switching from on-premise commodity trading and risk management solutions (CTRM) to cloud-based systems.  Research from Commodity Technology Advisory LLP shows that cloud-delivered CTRM solutions now outsell on-premise solutions and will significantly outpace spend on traditional deployments over the next five years.

Small commodity companies lead the way

One reason for this shift is a change in the commodity industry. Early adopters of cloud-hosted CTRM solutions...

By Rajeev Warrier, 18 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Platform.

Singapore overtakes Hong Kong to become strongest Asia Pacific cloud nation

Singapore has overtaken Hong Kong to be the number one cloud-ready Asia Pacific nation, according to the latest report from the Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA).

The two regions have swapped places since the previous analysis two years ago, with New Zealand retaining bronze medal position, and Japan and Taiwan overtaking Australia. While the latter has slipped a couple of places in the rankings, ACCA said it was still a ‘strong regional contender’ which performed well in most areas but was...

By James Bourne, 16 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Data & Analytics, Infrastructure, Migration, Research, Security.

Eight steps for a pain-free cloud migration: Assessment, migration and support

Cloud adoption by UK companies has now neared 90%, according to Cloud Industry Forum, and it won’t be long before all organisations are benefiting to some degree from the flexibility, efficiency and cost-savings of the cloud. Moving past the first wave of adoption we’re seeing businesses ramp up the complexity of the workloads and applications that they’re migrating to the cloud. Perhaps...

By Monica Brink, 29 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Migration, Security.

Cloud eight years on: From inflated expectations to enterprise adoption

It is 2018 and nearly every consumer has heard of, come into contact with or purchased cloud services in one form or another. Many of us are now dependent on cloud benefits as many of the most common life experiences such as listening to music, watching television and learning in a classroom have all been improved by the ability to access, manage and purchase IT resources online.

Businesses are no different. Enterprises are now leveraging the efficiency and on-demand access of cloud more than ever to speed...

By Justin Augat, 30 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Data & Analytics, Virtualisation.

Exploring cloud IT infrastructure investment trends for 2018

As 2017 came to a close, IT infrastructure vendors continued to respond to trends that favoured hybrid IT multi-cloud solutions. Most enterprise IT leaders invested in combinations of on-premises platforms and public cloud-based services. Meanwhile, the cloud hyperscale service providers still drive demand.

Vendor revenue from sales of infrastructure products (server, storage, and Ethernet switch) for cloud IT -- including public and private cloud -- grew 25.5 percent year-over-year in the third quarter of...

By David H Deans, 15 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Economy, Infrastructure, Research.

Why more than three quarters of enterprise workloads will be in the cloud by 2020

  • Digitally transforming enterprises (63%) is the leading factor driving greater public cloud engagement or adoption today.
  • 66% of IT professionals say security is their most significant concern in adopting an enterprise cloud computing strategy.
  • 50% of IT professionals believe artificial intelligence and machine learning are playing a role in cloud computing adoption today, growing to 67% by 2020.
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning will be the leading catalyst driving greater cloud computing adoption by 2020.

These insights and findings are from 

By Louis Columbus, 15 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, Infrastructure.

Cost savings primary driver of digital transformation – so why are CIOs not measuring it?

A new report from the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) and Ensono argues that while the vast majority of organisations are undertaking digital transformation initiatives – led by various members of the C-suite – KPIs are not aligning with objectives.

The study, conducted by Vanson Bourne, polled 200 IT and business decision makers in the UK, finding the usual disparity between IT and business. For instance, 22% on respondents on the biz side said they believed their organisation had completed its...

By James Bourne, 10 January 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Applications, CIO, Research.

Seven elements for a successful cloud migration plan

When it comes to cloud, the good news is that we’re past the period of fear, uncertainty, and doubt. Everyone now agrees that the cloud is a key part of any firm’s IT investment. The not-so-good news is that there is still confusion about what to move, how to move it, and the best practices needed to protect your investment.

This was the topic of our recent webinar with Dwayne Monroe, a Microsoft Cloud Solutions Architect at...

By Cloud Academy, 09 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Industry, Migration, Platform.

How more industry cloud services are gaining momentum in 2017

Worldwide spending on industry cloud services in the finance sector - such as banking, insurance, securities and investment services - is expected to reach $3.2 billion in 2017, according to the latest market study by International Data Corporation (IDC).

Furthermore, IDC expects the amount to more than double in 2021, amassing total worldwide spending of $7.2 billion.

Industry cloud market development

The manufacturing industry (both discrete and process combined) was a larger spender on industry cloud...

By David H Deans, 15 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Industry, Infrastructure, Research.

Organisations surprised at technical challenges of deploying multi-cloud, VMware finds

Multi-cloud continues to be a major trend as we move into 2018 – and according to a new research report from VMware, organisations need to overcome the inherent technical and skill challenges of multi-cloud deployments for success.

Over half (57%) of the more than 1,300 global IT decision makers in large enterprises polled said that technical challenges, as well as the demand for new skills and staff, were unexpected, critical learnings from managing multiple clouds. Integrating legacy systems and...

By James Bourne, 13 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, Infrastructure, Research.

Cloud Standards Customer Council publishes latest guide to cloud computing

The Cloud Standards Customer Council (CSCC) has published the latest version of its Practical Guide to Cloud Computing, which aims to give organisations a 10-step roadmap from developing business cases to moving to production.

The report, version 3.0, makes several changes to its predecessor, which was published in 2014, including updates to address maintaining cloud services and data residency management. As well as this, the ‘essential characteristics’ of cloud computing, opening the document,...

By James Bourne, 06 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Industry, Infrastructure, Regulation, Research.

The CTO’s proven formula for radical business reinvention

Digital technologies have altered how people and businesses interact. The potential for dislocation from ongoing digital transformation has created unprecedented levels of C-suite discussion. The decisive market leaders have heeded the warnings and taken bold actions.

That said, if you’re one of those chief technology officers (CTO) that previously responded to this scenario by making small incremental adjustments to your IT agenda, then you’re potentially at risk. Any relief from those prior...

By David H Deans, 28 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Data & Analytics.

Microsoft and SAP partnership aims to ‘drive more business innovation in the cloud’

Amazon won’t have the cloudy news agenda all its own way this week: Microsoft has announced a partnership with SAP which aims to ‘provide enterprise customers with a clear roadmap to confidently drive more business innovation in the cloud’, as the companies put it.

The move will enable organisations to run SAP’s private managed cloud service, SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud, on Microsoft Azure, as well as some internal use cases; Microsoft will deploy SAP S/4HANA on Azure for its internal...

By James Bourne, 28 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Microsoft, SAP.

Moving the Middle East to the cloud: Why it is time to seize the opportunity

With its giant, gleaming skyscrapers and seemingly endless wealth, Dubai is often viewed as being one of the world’s most high tech cities. When it comes to digital innovation, Dubai, one of seven Emirates in the United Arab Emirates, with a population of 2.5 million, has one of the highest levels of ICT adoption in the region, both by the public and government.

Over the past two decades a number of digital transformation initiatives, with titles such as Dubai Internet City and Dubai e-government, have...

By Debbie Garside, 21 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Data Management, Infrastructure, Software, Storage.

The six keys to competing and succeeding in a cloud-first environment

Cloud computing has come a long way over the last several years. It has gone from an emerging technology used in tech startups, to a catalyst for driving enterprise business transformations. According to IDC’s CloudView 2017 report, 70 percent of CIOs say they embrace a “cloud-first IT strategy.” This shows that cloud has moved way beyond the early-adopted phase, where born in the cloud startups were the only...

By Joe Kinsella, 16 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Best Practice, CIO, Infrastructure, Public.

How the ‘cloud-first enterprise’ continues to gain traction

The cloud-first enterprise is gaining in prominence, through multi-cloud strategies, losing data centres, and adopting cloud-native infrastructures.

That is the key finding from a new report released by hybrid cloud IT operations management provider OpsRamp. The study, which polled IT leaders in companies with 500 or more employees, also found that public cloud services are grabbing a bigger share of IT budgets, and that security – again – is the primary reason for reticent companies sitting it...

By James Bourne, 09 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Public.

The worldwide CIO agenda for digital-native enterprises

Become the disruptor of your industry's status quo, or face the consequences. To succeed, CEOs need to know the answer to a key question in 2018 and beyond. Does our CIO and/or CTO have what it takes to contribute to a meaningful and substantive digital transformation agenda?

As digitally-fuelled disruptors reshape industries, the clear mandate for every enterprise is to re-imagine itself to compete in the increasingly digital economy that's platform-powered and ecosystem-enabled.

To help CIOs and...

By David H Deans, 07 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, DevOps, Enterprise, Platform.

Why the cloud computing market is projected to reach $411bn by 2020

  • Worldwide public cloud services market revenue is projected to grow 18.5% in 2017 reaching $260.2B, up from $219.6B in 2016.
  • 2016 worldwide SaaS revenue exceeded Gartner’s previous forecast by $48.2B.
  • SaaS revenue is expected to grow 21% in 2017 reaching $58.6B by the end of this year.
  • Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) is projected to grow 36.6% in 2017 alone, reaching $34.7B this year making this area the fastest growing of all cloud services today.

Gartner’s latest worldwide public cloud...

By Louis Columbus, 06 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Platform, Research, Software.

IBM’s latest launch aims to take cloud-native benefits to private clouds

IBM has announced the launch of IBM Cloud Private, a new piece of software which aims to ‘extend cloud-native tools across public and private clouds.’

As a study from AlgoSec earlier this week posited, organisations are on the whole expecting their public cloud usage to ramp up in the next couple of years. Yet not everything is suitable for the public cloud.

IBM Cloud Private is...

By James Bourne, 01 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Containers, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Public.

Exploding cloud myths, part 3: Why the job is not finished once you have migrated

Moving to the cloud is not called a journey for nothing. Cloud journeys, like other transformations, comprise a never-ending bell curve of change.

So, while it may be tempting to crack open the champagne once you have migrated some initial services to the cloud and shift attention on the next item on the CIO’s ‘to do’ list, the job is far from over. This period simply marks the point at which the cloud journey veers off on a different tangent.

A business-driven transformation

Because moving...

By Brian Murray, 01 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Best Practice, CIO, Infrastructure, Migration.