Don’t take the cloud plunge without a formal ROI assessment, Unisys warns

If you’re taking the plunge and migrating to cloud technologies, make sure you do a full return on investment (ROI) assessment – as companies who do are almost 50% more successful in realising cost savings.

This is the key finding from a new study issued by global IT provider Unisys. The report, conducted by IDG, polled 400 IT and business executives across eight countries and found four out of five respondents expected cost savings from adopting the cloud. An even higher number (82%) of those...

By James Bourne, 12 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Data & Analytics, Disaster Recovery, Economy, Migration.

Why have a strategy for cloud management?

With the general cloud hype and the widely declared corporate intent to base future business solutions on cloud technology stacks, businesses may take the view that deploying cloud solutions involves little more than accessing a vendor’s cloud portal and following a few clicks, have your virtual services deployed and ready for operations.

Whilst this approach will give an enterprise a cloud-based virtual environment, what’s delivered is far from being part of a corporate information...

By Paul Ryder, 12 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Security.

What is driving cloud adoption in 2017?

If you’ve moved your enterprise infrastructure into the cloud, to say you’re not alone is an understatement. In researching our latest infographic, it’s clear that more and more enterprises are adopting cloud models and increasing their spending for cloud technologies. It’s also clear that, as cloud options and models increase, building in-house cloud skills and expertise will be necessary to keep pace with advancing cloud technologies and to optimize ROI.

So what's driving cloud...

By Cloud Academy, 30 August 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Economy, Enterprise, Infrastructure.

Why commodity management companies are shifting towards the cloud

Much like the earth’s climate has been undergoing a gradual shift, so has the climate for cloud-based business applications and systems. The use of cloud-based applications for personal purposes including email, picture-sharing, and listening to music has become ubiquitous.

As a result, people have become accustomed to accessing what they want, when they want, from wherever they want. Their tolerance for traditional desktop software has diminished. Each day, more businesses are embracing the cloud as...

By Rajeev Warrier, 29 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Data & Analytics, Data Management, ERP, Security.

Execs concerned at missing out on latest cloud advancements, survey warns

More than four in five respondents to a survey from Commvault and CITO Research say they are at least ‘very concerned’ about missing out on new advancements in cloud technology.

The fear of missing out (FOMO) in this space is real. Of the 100 IT leaders polled, more than two thirds said they were worried about keeping up to date with the latest products and iterations across the primary cloud providers. The most popular methods of keeping up to date were through reading tech publications and...

By James Bourne, 15 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Migration, Research.

A guide: Top tips to avoid cloud buyers' remorse

Only a fool believes that moving enterprise applications to the cloud is a panacea for the majority of the challenges facing today’s CIOs. Even cloud migration itself, like any IT project, presents a number of complex challenges. My favourite piece of advice is to think the same as you would if buying a house: don’t be impulsive. By taking the time to develop a clear focus at the outset, cloud buyers can eliminate unwanted costs and complications down the road. First and foremost, be clear around...

By Brian Murray, 09 August 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Applications, CIO, Enterprise, Infrastructure.

Seven key network metrics for a cloud-driven world

Today’s IT teams aren’t so different from the IT teams of days gone by. They’re still committed to running businesses smoothly by testing technology, measuring the results, and re-calibrating. But much of the technology they’re using and managing has changed dramatically. Enterprises are much more distributed than they used to be, with more remote offices and users accessing resources...

By Christine Cignoli, 07 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Architecture, Migration, Monitoring, Software.

How companies can boost their website in China’s clouded market

Company name translated into Chinese? Tick. Chinese social media accounts up and running? Tick. A Chinese-language website? Tick.

The IT team managing your Chinese website clicks ‘deploy’, and you’re now on the way to conquering the lucrative Chinese market.

The euphoria of global expansion endures for a few days, but then the teething problems start stacking up. Website availability is patchy. No one is coming to your site — except for spammers and existing customers who complain...

By Alibaba Cloud, 04 August 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Migration, Scalability, SLA.

Oracle is hiring 1000 employees for fast-growing cloud business

After reporting a 58% year-on-year revenue growth in its cloud businesses and garnering sales of $4.6 billion worth from cloud computing software and hardware, multinational computer technology giant Oracle Corporation is expanding its cloud computing services in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Cloud-related products now account for more than 12% of Oracle’s total sales.

Tino Scholman, vice president of Oracle’s cloud computing for the region, said: "Our cloud business is growing at incredible...

By Cloud Tech, 18 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Industry.

Four in five companies not getting most out of cloud investments, research warns

Only one in five organisations are getting the most out of their cloud investments with 96% saying it could do with a ‘makeover’, according to new survey results from Fugue.

The research, which garnered the responses of more than 300 IT operations professionals, found the majority of those polled said compliance and security concerns, unexpected downtime, and a plethora of cloud management tools available today, means their investments are not hitting the right mark.

When asked why the cloud...

By James Bourne, 05 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Research.

We won’t be put off our cloud strategy by cyber threats, organisations affirm

Four in five respondents say cloud adoption in their organisations will not be put off by high profile cyber-attacks, according to a new study from software and IT services provider Advanced.

The survey, which polled more than 500 senior executives in UK organisations and was conducted through Techmarketview, found that the majority of firms said they were concerned about security and data protection in the cloud, with 82% and 68% responding respectively, yet prefer to carry on with their migration...

By James Bourne, 22 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Europe, Security.

Why companies are shifting to ‘IT as a service’ – and what you need to do about it

‘IT as a service’ (ITaaS) is on the rise as companies realise the benefits of contracting an IT service provider for all their business technology needs. While ITaaS is not a new concept, it has become a go-to operational model for medium-to-large sized companies that need 24/7 monitoring, managing, and sustaining of company technology.

Moving to ITaaS is an operational shift, where IT is run as a business and therefore can be optimised according to business needs. Companies that run hybrid IT environments,...

By Kirk Panitz, 07 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Hybrid, Private, Public, SLA.

CIOs getting the cloud message, new research affirms

More than nine in 10 UK CIOs and IT decision makers polled by Trustmarque say they plan to migrate their on-premise apps to infrastructure, platform, and software as a service clouds within five years.

The study, which took the opinions of 200 CIOs and senior IT decision makers from enterprises with more than 1,000 employees, also found that public sector CIOs were more likely to move quickly compared to their private sector counterparts.

Not surprisingly, cost saving was the biggest benefit according to the...

By James Bourne, 16 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Infrastructure.

Enterprise-owned data centres still ‘essential’ despite cloud growth, research notes

Enterprises may be starting to move workloads to the cloud, but enterprise-owned data centres remain the ‘primary compute venue’ with workloads staying consistent over the past three years, according to new research from the Uptime Institute.

The study, which polled more than 1,000 data centre and IT professionals globally, argues that enterprises continue to see the data centre as ‘essential’ to their digital-centric strategies with the majority of budgets increasing or staying...

By James Bourne, 11 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Data Centres, Enterprise, Infrastructure, Research.

Microsoft’s latest Azure customers revealed; Hershey, Maersk, UBS, and more

Microsoft has announced a slew of new customers using its Azure cloud services at its Digital Difference event in New York, including financial services provider UBS and confectioner Hershey.

The customer announcements came alongside the release of a new study, sponsored by Microsoft and put together by Harvard Business Review (HBR), which found less than half of business leaders have a coherent digital strategy despite 80% saying their industry will be positively impacted by digital transformation within...

By James Bourne, 27 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Case Studies, Microsoft, Platform.

The key themes underpinning the continued momentum for UK cloud adoption

I recently read with interest the results of the latest Cloud Industry Forum research survey into UK Cloud adoption and a couple of aspects jumped out at me, undoubtedly mirroring the experience iland is having within the UK market.

Overall cloud adoption rates among British businesses now stand at 88% and the rate of cloud adoption has increased by a whopping 83% since 2010, with an increase of 5% since last year.  In fact, today, we rarely speak with a customer that isn't...

By Monica Brink, 19 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Infrastructure, PublicSector.

Approach with caution: how to choose the right driver for your journey to the cloud

The recent survey by 451 Research and Microsoft proves that investment in cloud hosting and managed services is soaring, with almost two thirds of overall cloud and hosting infrastructure spend comes aligned with value-added services. 

As the number of organisations moving towards the cloud increases, so too does the demand for the expertise, knowledge and tools that make the transition...

By Jon Lucas, 07 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption.

Two in three enterprises at least planning on moving to DevOps, survey finds

A new survey from machine data analytics provider Sumo Logic has found more than two thirds of enterprises either plan to adopt DevOps or are already doing so, while four in five are currently or plan to use at least one public cloud service.

The study, titled ‘The New Normal: Cloud and DevOps Analytics Tools Reign in the Modern App Era’ and put together alongside UBM Technology, found that of the 230 IT operations, app development and information security professionals polled, 67% are utilising...

By James Bourne, 29 March 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Applications, DevOps, Enterprise, Public, Research.

Microsoft study warns of difficulty organisations face in attracting cloud skills

More than one in three companies admit it has been either ‘difficult’ or ‘very difficult’ to find specific cloud skills for their organisation, according to a new study from Microsoft.

The dreaded ‘cloud skills gap’ has been long reported by this publication – ‘the trend will continue further through 2013’, this reporter once warned – but in the Microsoft...

By James Bourne, 29 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Best Practice, Compliance, Microsoft.

Deloitte strengthens cloud options with acquisition, new jobs and studios

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Deloitte has announced the acquisition of Day1 Solutions, a cloud consulting business, to expand its options and accelerate clients’ digital transformation.

The consulting giant is also adding 3,000 new US-based high tech engineering jobs, as well as opening a series of cloud studios in Orlando, New York, and Washington D.C.

Day1 Solutions is a certified Amazon Web Services (AWS) partner, and its website now links to Deloitte’s cloud page....

By James Bourne, 27 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Industry, M&A, Migration.