ICT remains mostly in-house, but cloud services adoption is growing
Dr Steve Hodgkinson, Research Director, IT, Asia Pacific
Ovum publishes Australian CIO Survey: ICT Challenges, Investment Priorities, and Sourcing Approaches
Our survey of 63 Australian CIOs across a range of sectors reveals a slightly surprising picture of the reality of ICT management compared to the media hype. While alternative sourcing approaches such as shared services, outsourcing, and cloud services are much discussed at conferences and in the media, the reality for this group of CIOs is that ICT management is still about...
21 most admired companies making IT a competitive advantage
All data great and small - the hows and whys of a big data strategy
By Luca Smuraglia, General Manager, Enterprise Business, Easynet
I’m a numbers man. I like to look at all the data available and make a decision based on fact, not just instinct. And I’m not alone: whether at work or at home, we all like to arm ourselves with information before we make a decision.
It’s empowering and reassuring. E-Consultancy’s recent Multichannel Retail Survey found that 90% of consumers research online before buying...
Why cloud computing is slowly winning the trust war
Supporting CIO strategies and priorities from the cloud - Part 2
This is the second part of a two-part article entitled Supporting CIO Strategies and Priorities from the Cloud. In case you have not done so, READ PART 1.
However, to briefly recap: in support of a recent Gartner study that...
Supporting CIO strategies and priorities from the cloud-Part 1
The biggest eye-opener in Gartner’s recently-published study on the current agenda regarding the digital landscape for Chief Information Officers is that CIO’s recognize that cloud computing will not only be a significant part of the future, but that their own roles and behavior need to be updated to survive...
Cloud cited as key driver for redefining CIO role [infographic]
A new survey from Brocade has revealed the extent of the changing CIO role in enterprise – and put cloud adoption as a major driver of it.
The research, which asked 100 CIOs from the EMEA sector (Europe, Middle East, Africa) found the following top-line takeaways:
- 50% of the CIOs polled expect that cloud adoption will result in their jobs involving less time fretting over the company IT infrastructure
- One third of CIOs confirmed that cloud services had been deployed by their business without involving the IT department
- Two in three envisage that by...
Cloud computing features heavily in 2013 CIO tech priorities
The importance of cloud computing in the overall tech sphere has again been emphasised in a Gartner report surveying over 2,000 CIOs on their technology priorities for 2013.
Cloudy areas featured heavily in the top 10 priorities for CIOs, with cloud computing itself – alongside software as a service (SaaS), infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS) ranked at number three.
Elsewhere, legacy modernisation – a big element of companies moving into cloud-hosted solutions...
What’s driving cloud adoption among CIOs?
New research from Host Analytics and conducted by Dimensional Research has found that for four out of five business execs, the cloud is chosen for its value over anything else.
A similar number of employees surveyed said that it’s beneficial for them to use cloud applications.
The research, which covered over 300 CIOs and business executives, again found various benefits to cloud adoption, which may perhaps shift the balance as IT budgets are being prepared for 2013.
When asked for the reasons a cloud...
A CIO’s perspective on priorities for 2013
Journey to the Cloud recently sat down with GreenPages Chief Information and Technology Officer Kevin Hall to talk about the outlook for 2013.
JTC: As CIO at GreenPages what are your major priorities heading into 2013?
KH: As CIO, my major priorities are to continue to rationalize and prioritize within the organization. By rationalize I mean looking at what it is we think the business needs vs. what it is we have, and by prioritize I mean looking at where there are differences between what we have and what we...
Why governance must drive all security initiatives…even cloud
I heard these sage words at a recent ISSA (Information Systems Security Association) meeting from a CIO speaking about security from the cloud.
What are the current trends in cloud adoption?
A new survey from Navint Partners has revealed that many CIOs of larger organisations are happy with the results of moving to the cloud.
The survey, which predominantly interviewed chief execs of companies with over 5,000 employees, found that despite the general contentment there were still some misgivings about migration, with security predictably near the top of the list.
Nine out of ten respondents said they had gotten all of the predicted savings when their companies adopted cloud technology, with nearly...
How cloud services are an organizational innovation, not a technology "silver bullet"
By Dr Steve Hodgkinson, Research Director, IT, Asia-Pacific, Ovum
Many executives regard technology evangelists as “drive-by shooters” – people who cruise by their offices firing so-called “silver bullet” solutions. Are cloud evangelists in this category? Perhaps. If they are selling cloud computing as a technology innovation, then the “drive-by shooter” label can fit quite well.
Most ICT executives know how to manage technology evangelists: they do not let them into...
Leading a horse to water: Driving out uncertainty in IT cloud projects
“What Cloud solution is right for us?”
“What functionality will be available in this solution?”
“When will I get my training?” Each of these questions reflects a person grappling with uncertainty at different levels of the organization. From the initial consideration of changing IT strategy, through the design, implementation, and go live, the project team is constantly working on uncertainty loops as uncertainty cascades down the organization.
The senior decision maker...
Why cloud should be part of your business mobilisation
A survey of mobile enterprise app developers has found that a significant percentage plan to integrate some kind of cloud service into their apps in the near future.
Mobile platform company Appcelerator’s quarterly survey of its developers, carried out by IDC, found that 83% of devs will utilise cloud services and also intend to use a cloud solution for the back end of their apps.
The numbers are roughly in line with a similar...
How do you calculate the ROI on cloud security costs?
6 things you should know before your move to the Cloud
Strategies that suggest running company servers from data centres (Cloud Computing) are not a new concept to businesses. But as time has gone on, this strategy has now become a viable alternative to SMEs, providing a number of attractive benefits. As a result, many companies are actively turning to cloud-based strategies rather than merely refreshing server hardware.
But frustratingly - and perhaps inexcusably considering the huge volumes of ink dedicated to the serious considerations of pursuing a cloud...
Is cloud computing really that much cheaper than on-premise?
Before signing any cloud computing contract, or indeed, renewing his on-premise IT agreement, the CIO should sit down with his CFO to clearly identify and understand the total cost of the IT department to the business, and compare his current solution to a cloud-based alternative. And to complete this cost justification process, the CIO must look at each of the following areas:
The IT Crowd
Whilst a company’s employees are its biggest asset, they are also its biggest cost. And if a business employs a...
Theory to Reality: Importance of partner management
Throughout my career at GreenPages I’ve been lucky enough to work with some top-shelf IT leaders. These folks possess many qualities that make them successful – technical smarts, excellent communication skills, inspired leadership, and killer dance moves. Well, at least those first three.
But there’s one skill that’s increasingly critical as more IT shops move from cloud theory to cloud reality: partner management.
IT leaders who effectively...