Enterprise IT in 2016: Why it is no longer enough to just be the best in your industry

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Over the course of 2015, we’ve seen many of the trends we predicted last year come to fruition. As cloud adoption in the UK soared past 84% in May, it was evident that we had been right that the technology would become even more mainstream. With enterprises aiming to become more mobile, 2015 has also seen the normalisation of “anytime, anywhere working” and the increased dependency on...

By Sean McAvan, 07 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Developers, Enterprise, Security.

How security will accelerate, not inhibit, cloud adoption in 2016

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A study released by Rackspace and conducted by Vanson Bourne argues improving resilience and security remain in the top three motivations for businesses moving to the cloud in 2016.

The survey, which polled 500 UK IT and business decision makers, found reducing IT costs (61% of respondents) as the most popular reason for migration, ahead of resilience and disaster recovery (50%) and security (38%). While these reasons have long since been considered when companies move data to the...

By James Bourne, 06 January 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Research.

Busting the myths: Three misconceptions deterring cloud adoption amongst UK SMEs

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Cloud technology has fundamentally altered the way people do business. For small and medium-sized firms in particular, it delivers sustainable, competitive edge. By presenting firms with the means to work smarter and quickly capitalise on opportunities, cloud and mobile technologies help to eliminate inefficiencies, facilitate flexibility, and ensures SMEs are as agile and...

By Ash Patel, 18 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise.

How much money is your cloud slurping up? Businesses still in the dark, says survey

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Many organisations continue to be left in the dark when it comes to providing details on cloud costs and consumption, according to research released by Cloud Cruiser.

The survey, which polled almost 350 IT professionals who were at the AWS re:Invent shows in 2014 and 2015, found almost half (42%) of respondents saying it continues to be difficult to properly allocate public...

By James Bourne, 08 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Amazon, Microsoft, Software.

Is your cloud wasting money? How to rein things in

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Cloud costs are notoriously difficult to contain. With 50+ AWS services, complex usage pricing, and bills that list “EC2 costs” as a single line item, it is often hard to know who spent what — and then tie those numbers to project budgets and ROIs.

It is no wonder that cost monitoring tools have proliferated in the last two years. And while these tools help, they are only half the battle.

Recently, 

By Logicworks, 04 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Amazon, Developers, Economy, Infrastructure.

CIOs struggling to identify and implement cloud services

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Cloud computing is already cited by CIOs as one of the biggest contributors to IT complexity – now new research released by Trustmarque shows more than four in five CIOs struggle to identify and implement cloud services must suitable for their business.

The complexity of existing IT infrastructure is a problem for moving to the cloud, according to two thirds (66%) of CIOs, while almost three quarters (74%) admitting interdependencies between different IT environments are another...

By James Bourne, 03 December 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, CIO, IaaS, Infrastructure.

Sage One reaches 100,000 UK subscriptions, affirms cloud accounting uptake

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Accounting software provider Sage has announced it has hit 100,000 subscriptions of its cloud-based Sage One product, with the user base comprising more than half of customers already using Sage.

The numbers indicate the small business sector is alive and kicking when it comes to utilising cloud software, and Sage describes it as “one of many milestones that helps us to connect our customers to accountants and partners with real time and intuitive information about their...

By James Bourne, 02 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, SaaS , Software.

Why security will make small businesses move to the cloud in 2016

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It has long been said that security concerns are what drives small businesses away from putting their data in the cloud. Yet according to Oscar Arean, technical operations manager at disaster recovery provider Databarracks, 2016 will see more small to medium firms move towards cloud services as managing security in-house becomes an increasing headache.

In particular, Arean argues the need for small businesses to move to Office 365 – almost by default – because of its...

By James Bourne, 01 December 2015, 3 comments. Categories: Adoption, Security.

The small business fear of the cloud - debunked

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Nearly half of small businesses in the US do not use cloud storage. So why do so many small businesses refuse to use the cloud?

Cloud thought leaders posit that this fear arises from concerns about security lapses, privacy, and proper compliance implementation. Other explanations include lack of awareness about how to use the cloud, a dearth of knowledge about how to leverage cloud storage...

By Sarah Patrick, 25 November 2015, 3 comments. Categories: Adoption, Software, Storage.

FCA argues no “fundamental reason” why financial firms cannot move to the cloud

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The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has issued a report arguing there is “no fundamental reason” why financial organisations cannot move to cloud-based models so long as the guidelines the body issues are adhered to.

“Our aim is to avoid imposing inappropriate barriers to firms’ ability to outsource to innovative and developing areas, while ensuring that risks are appropriately identified and managed,” the FCA argues. “We see no fundamental reason...

By James Bourne, 13 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Data & Analytics, Economy, Infrastructure.

Cloud continues to give companies competitive advantage, report shows

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More organisations are saying cloud computing gives them a competitive advantage, but fewer are saying it gives their company a significant advantage, according to the latest figures from Verizon.

The report, the third annual ‘State of the Market: Enterprise Cloud’ paper released by the telco giant, found 77% of firms cite cloud as a competitive advantage, compared with 74% this time last year. Yet only 16% argue cloud gives significant advantage this time round,...

By James Bourne, 11 November 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Enterprise, Infrastructure, Software.

How the boardroom is becoming the key driver of cloud adoption

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Three in five (61%) cloud migration projects are driven by business leaders, according to the latest research from Rackspace and Vanson Bourne.

The study, which polled 250 IT decision makers and 250 business leaders throughout October, showed plenty of boardroom-centric concerns topping the list for driving cloud adoption. The most popular motivation for migrating to the cloud was reducing IT cost (61%), followed by increased organisational resilience (50%), improved security (38%) and...

By James Bourne, 09 November 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Infrastructure.

How to avoid cloud project roadblocks

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By Jason Deck, VP Strategic Development, Logicworks

Nearly half of organisations meet major roadblocks after the initial stage of a digital project, according to a recent survey. These early failures are potentially disastrous for a project; when IT teams fail to deliver early successes, the entire endeavour starts to look like a bad idea.

A misstep in the early phases of a cloud project can...

By Logicworks, 20 October 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Amazon, Infrastructure.

The speed of cloud adoption is accelerating – faster than industry expectations

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I recently read with interest the latest research from the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) which shows the overall cloud adoption rate in the UK now stands at 84%, with almost four in five (78%) of cloud users having adopted two or more cloud services.  It might surprise you to know that this statistic has shifted from 48% in 2010 to 84% in 2015.

The conclusion is that cloud is certainly helping organisations meet their business objectives, with a significant proportion of cloud adopters...

By Jennifer Brenner, 15 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure.

Why the culture shift is the most important factor in your cloud strategy

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In a recent study which spoke with 300 companies on cloud adoption, 82% of the enterprises stated they had a hybrid cloud strategy, up from 74% in 2014. The continual growth of cloud adoption, in particular for enterprises, is becoming increasingly tricky to ignore.

Before you make this big step, however, there are a number of factors you must take into consideration. What vendor will you select? How will you...

By Steve Lesley, 13 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, Infrastructure.

How planning is the perfect tonic for avoiding the ‘cloud hangover’

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If there is one shortage we will never suffer in the technology sector, it is one of attention-grabbing sound-bites.

The latest one to do the rounds is the ‘cloud hangover’. It has been coined to describe the undesirable after-effects of a move to the cloud, the most painful of which is the significant unplanned for expenditure incurred by organisations in maintenance...

By Ivan Harris, 29 September 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Best Practice, Infrastructure, PublicSector.

Microsoft: How the cloud conversation has changed – and the edge on AWS

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Microsoft cloud platform marketing general manager Mike Schutz has told analysts at the Deutsche Bank Technology Conference of the explosive growth in infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and how the company is differentiating against rivals Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform and IBM in the cloud.

With Deutsche Bank’s Karl Keirstead asking the questions, Schutz noted the varied nature of Microsoft’s customer base gives it the advantage over AWS.

By James Bourne, 21 September 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Hybrid, IaaS, Industry, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

Lack of vendor visibility is number one pain point for cloud customers

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New survey data revealed by the SANS Institute shows more issues cloud providers face in keeping their customers happy, with a lack of visibility into operations the biggest bugbear for clients.

The report, entitled ‘Orchestrating Security in the Cloud’, spoke to 485 IT professionals and found lack of visibility was cited by 48% of respondents as a problem. A lack of virtual machine and workload visibility was selected by 46% of those polled, while vulnerabilities...

By James Bourne, 18 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Research, Vendors.

An uncomfortable question: Does the cloud provider actually matter?

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Today, even the most ardent naysayers are coming out and proclaiming cloud as the only way to do computing. This is especially true in my own jurisdiction of Jersey in the Channel Islands.

With technology suppliers suddenly telling you to use cloud, does it really matter which one you use, who owns the service provider, and where it stores your data? The quick answer to all three questions is ‘yes’ – but let’s look at each one:

Is there a difference between cloud service...

By Julian Box, 14 September 2015, 3 comments. Categories: Adoption, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure, Vendors.