The evolving role of savvy business technology leaders
As the chief executive at your company, if you discovered that you had some major financial standards compliance issues within your organization, would you be concerned about the risks associated with that exposure?If your designated outside auditor had bypassed your internal finance department and chose instead to work directly with your individual Line of Business leaders, would you want to know why? Moreover, would you intervene?Yes, it's a rhetorical series of questions. And I think we all know the answers.Did you know there's a movement that's already in progress that could impact your company's provision...
Assessing how cloud computing has transformed the workspace
Today’s workplace is an entirely different animal to just five years ago – and it’s growing and changing at a rapid rate.
The huge amount of enterprise mobility solutions on the market are enabling employees to do various tasks on their smartphones and tablets; as Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff said on the unveiling of the Salesforce1 app, he could run his entire business from his phone.
Yet none of this...
Business technology literacy in the cloud computing era
What if you could deploy a new IT service shortly after you defined the requirements? And, just imagine the bliss, if your IT spend could directly translate into a competitive advantage. Predicting the ROI would be relatively easy. You would be the envy of your peer group.
Unfortunately, as most senior executives already know, it's never that simple.
Typically, you perform the technology assessment due diligence up-front, you place your bets based upon the most compelling guidance, and then you closely...
New Zealand case shows why the CFO is “critical” to next phase of cloud adoption
Chief financial officers “hold the keys” to the next phase of cloud adoption, according to analyst house IDC, because they are among the last ones to move into cloud services.
The analysts, who have collected their findings in the latest Asia Pacific cloud survey, say the CFO has an important role to play in terms of moving to a more optimised business model. In other words, it’s to ensure that the CFO sees cloud as a strategic differentiator for companies, as opposed to just being a...
Rackspace CEO retires, claims time “as good as any” to step down
Rackspace CEO Lanham Napier is to retire after eight years heading up the open cloud provider, with co-founder Graham Weston stepping back into the breach on an interim basis.
Weston, who was chief exec from 1999 to 2006, said in a blog post that “what we build from here, we will build on the shoulders of a giant.”
In a conference call with analysts, Napier noted that “now is as good a time as any” for him to step aside, citing...
CIOs told in latest report to “embrace cloud or be left behind”
A survey from Capita IT Services has revealed that CIOs see cloud computing as a key enabler to business innovation, yet boardrooms are “nervous” places where execs have to convince them cloud adoption is the way forward.
The research, a combination of roundtable sessions and surveys featuring nearly 150 CIOs, found some interesting points regarding cloud adoption. More than three in five (61%) believe that improving the company’s innovation is now one of their highest priorities, with a...
Why cloud services will kill big bad whole-of-government IT projects
Dr Steve Hodgkinson, Research Director, Public Sector Technology
Momentum for cloud services adoption in government grew solidly in 2013 and looks certain to accelerate in 2014. We believe that growth in cloud services adoption by agencies will drive a change in the core logic of whole-of-government IT strategy. Cloud services offer a less risky win-win-win path towards IT modernization and intra-agency collaboration. Big bad experimental whole-of-government IT projects are dead. Long live the new logic of...
The future of virtualisation: Automation, orchestration and even more on demand
It's official: virtualisation has made it. On the Gartner Hype Cycle for Cloud Services, it has scaled the “peak of inflated expectations”, traversed the “trough of disillusionment” and is inches from the much coveted “plateau of productivity”.
For now, it remains on the “slope of enlightenment” -- but it’s a technology right on the cusp of an evolution that will expand...
How cloud is giving CIOs a bigger seat at the boardroom
Bill Gates once said: “Information technology and business are becoming inextricably interwoven. I don’t think anybody can talk meaningfully about one without talking about the other.”
In many ways this quote could also be used to nicely summarise the biggest change in the business world over the last 10 years - the evolution of information.
Information management and analysis has always been vital to businesses, that much is obvious. But while information has always been there, it’s...
CIOs still reluctant to adopt cloud, says new survey
A new report from sourcing providers Alsbridge has revealed that, in the UK, cloud computing accounts for only one fifth of the IT budget.
This puts doubt in the thinking that cloud adoption in the infrastructure as a service (IaaS) market is accelerating – or, more particularly, that executives see cloud as the cornerstone of a bright, shiny IT future.
Last month research from Robert Half Technology revealed how cloud computing is...
Cloud-enabled enterprise and the opportunity for CIOs
It is over five years since the term ‘cloud’ was first adopted into the mainstream to describe a fundamental change in how – and where – information technology is deployed.
Cloud’s building blocks had been developing for several years prior: the rise of the Internet as a backbone for service delivery; hardware platforms so powerful that they could run multiple web scale workloads; and the opening of standards for application and infrastructure architecture; all contributed to the...
Interoute CTO Matthew Finnie: Legacy data vendors should learn from history
With Oracle, SAP and IBM fighting for precious market share on the in-memory relational database market, and the likes of MongoDB, Couchbase and DataStax putting together momentum in the NoSQL space, it almost feels like whoever wins the battle will win the war of database customer buy-in.
Couchbase CEO Bob Wiederhold told CloudTech his company’s position was that the market was going to move to the “disruptive” NoSQL...
'Head of the cloud', or head in the clouds?
By Eoin Jennings, general manager hosting services, Easynet Global Services
A little learning is a dangerous thing, scribed poet Alexander Pope in 1711, possibly to distract his wife from improving her bible studies knowledge or honing her counterpoint skills.
Three hundred years later and whilst most of us no longer frown upon a lady flashing her ankles nor rush to join a harpsichord recital, never could the statement be truer.
Smartphones and tablets have brought about the collision of the worlds of IT and...
Delivering business optimisation through cloud consolidation
Increasingly business complexity, broader technology adoption and changing expectations have forced a shift in the role of the IT department and how it delivers services.
Part of this change has been driven by the advent of cloud computing, which has allowed CIOs to decrease operational budgets and focus more on designing and building applications as well as innovation.
The benefits of cloud computing are well established, but although it helps 'do more with less' it has drawbacks of its own. As such, what...
Rackspace survey: Hybrid cloud is future for three in five enterprises
You can’t move at the moment for surveys advocating the importance of hybrid cloud strategy – and this latest one, from Rackspace Hosting and conducted by Vanson Bourne, is no different.
60% of IT top brass see the hybrid cloud as the bright, shiny future for IT operations, with a third of that number (19%) completely integrated, compared to only 41% who are partially hybrid-oriented.
The primary reason for hybrid adoption over pure public cloud systems was more control, according to 59% of those...
Hybrid cloud evolving, yet most CIOs have a handle on it
Handle the hybrid cloud with care, but get to grips with it quickly to make sure you don’t miss out.
That’s according to a survey from SAP of 52 CIOs in conjunction with Wakefield Research, which comes to the conclusion that hybrid has various advantages, which even non-hybrid users can appreciate.
It’s perhaps not a surprise that SAP would be advocating this line; when CloudTech was present at its UK & Ireland Forum earlier this month,...
The hows and whys of moving your contact centre to the cloud
The key responsibility of the CIO is to ensure an organisation has the technology it needs to function cost effectively, while at the same time remain a competitive force.
Nowhere is this more relevant than in the contact centre industry. If a contact centre does not have technologies, such as interactive voice recognition (IVR), multimedia queuing or real-time speech analytics, then it risks not being able to meet customer expectations of service.
However, buying-in all of these solutions can be an large...
For the enterprise cloud, the future is hybrid
Attention CIOs – the hybrid cloud is enterprise ready. In fact, according to a GigaOM article, the hybrid cloud has been enterprise ready for the past couple of years, and that in 2011, the majority of participants in a cloud-use survey anticipated moving to the hybrid cloud in the future.
The future is here.
To prove that enterprise is using a hybrid cloud infrastructure, consider this....
Cloud being “smothered” by CIO IT concerns, claims new report
As cloud computing continues to materialise and mature in the fabric of today’s IT, one of the primary barriers to widespread adoption is the high proportion of legacy ICT in many companies.
That’s according to the latest survey, this time from NTT Europe polling 300 CIOs and IT decision makers on current trends, barriers and solutions.
56% of those surveyed cited the complexity of their IT layout as the biggest barrier to large scale cloud adoption, with the figure rising to 70% in the public...