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.

Exploding cloud myths, part 2: Why cloud is not digital transformation

Read almost any article on IT trends today and it’s likely that ‘digital’ and ‘digital transformation’ feature heavily. And yet there is confusion over what this actually means. It has been misappropriated by some, diluting everyone’s understanding. I have heard it used for anything from technology change to new application releases, or, even more cringeworthy, to describe any IT focused project.

The latest usage setting my teeth on edge are those IT transformation projects...

By Brian Murray, 25 October 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Best Practice, Data & Analytics, Industry.

UKCloud becomes first European provider to offer cloud GPU computing service

GPUs are becoming ever more attractive to cloud service providers and customers as the demand for intensive computing increases – and UKCloud has become the first European cloud service provider to offer a cloud GPU computing service through NVIDIA’s Tesla P100 and M60 units.

UKCloud, formerly Skyscape, offers services for the public sector as well as healthcare. The company said the move for GPUs came about through its ‘maniacal focus’ on service excellence following customer demand...

By James Bourne, 20 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Architecture, Infrastructure, PublicSector.

Amazon Web Services and Nokia team up for greater service provider cloud transition

Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Nokia are coming together to speed up the migration of service provider applications to the cloud, the latter has announced.

Through the deal, Nokia will support service providers throughout their AWS implementation with consulting, design, integration, migration and operation, alongside Internet of Things (IoT) use cases, through AWS Greengrass and Amazon Machine Learning among others.

On the strategic side, both companies will work together for 5G and edge cloud, including...

By James Bourne, 19 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Amazon, Software.

Exploding cloud myths, part 1: Why the cloud does not solve all business continuity and DR pains

With all the hype about how cloud delivery brings new levels of flexibility and availability, many organisations may be falling for misleading reports claiming that moving to a cloud model somehow diminishes the need to worry about business continuity (BC) or disaster recovery (DR).

Nothing could be further from the truth.

Like the parody disaster movie Airplane, it would just take one thing to go wrong and you could find yourself in quite a pickle, but without any of the...

By Brian Murray, 18 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Best Practice, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Disaster Recovery.

How finance executives are embracing multi-cloud service models

CIOs and CTOs are developing comprehensive hybrid IT infrastructure models, in response to growing demand from CFOs and line of business leaders that request access to applications hosted via both on-premises private cloud and off-premises public cloud offerings.

That's why savvy technology leaders must therefore align with the most qualified vendors and service providers that enable them to manage and support these complex multi-cloud scenarios. Furthermore, the chosen provider must demonstrate vertical...

By David H Deans, 27 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Enterprise, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

More shared responsibility confusion among cloud hoppers, Barracuda notes

Another day, another research study which reveals the benefits of the public cloud tinged with security concerns.

This time, a report from Barracuda Networks has shown that while respondents – 300 IT decision makers from companies across the US – expect the percentage of their infrastructure in the public cloud to almost double in five years, three quarters (74%) say security concerns restrict their organisations’ migration.

Yet perhaps the most worrying aspect of the research was around...

By James Bourne, 21 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Migration, Research, Security.

Organisations losing revenue due to lack of cloud expertise, Rackspace warns

Two in three UK IT decision makers polled in a new study say their organisation is losing out on revenue as they lack specific cloud expertise.

The report, put together by Rackspace and the London School of Economics, polled 950 IT decision makers and 950 IT pros and found 67% of the latter believed they could bring greater innovation to their organisation with the ‘right cloud insight’. 85% said greater expertise within their organisation would help them recoup the return on their cloud...

By James Bourne, 21 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Economy, Security.

Power to the people: The key to successful cloud implementations

The key to successful cloud technology implementation lies with the workforce.

Implementing new cloud hosted technology in companies of any size presents challenges and opportunities. It also induces uncertainty and anxiety among the workforce who may see their jobs under threat. There is no doubt that some companies introduce new technology to reduce headcount. But simply replacing people with technology implies that the human capital of the organisation remains underdeveloped and while short-term savings...

By John Stokoe, 19 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Data & Analytics, Enterprise.