How AWS and Azure’s competition improves public cloud adoption

  • Public cloud spending is predicted to grow quickly, attaining 16% year-over-year growth in 2017.
  • Cowen’s AWS segment model is predicting Revenue and EBITDA to grow 25% and 26.8% annually from 2017 to 2022.
  • Microsoft Azure is viewed as the platform that customers would most likely purchase or renew going forward (28% of total vs. AWS at 22%, GCP at 15%, and IBM at 10%).

These and many other fascinating insights are from Cowen’s study published this...

By Louis Columbus, 19 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Microsoft, Public, Research.

A roundup of cloud computing forecasts for 2017

  • Cloud computing is projected to increase from $67B in 2015 to $162B in 2020 attaining a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 19%.
  • Gartner predicts the worldwide public cloud services market will grow 18% in 2017 to $246.8B, up from $209.2B in 2016.
  • 74% of Tech Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) say cloud computing will have the most measurable impact on their business in 2017.

Cloud platforms are enabling new, complex business models and orchestrating more globally-based integration networks in 2017 than many analyst and advisory firms predicted. Combined with...

By Louis Columbus, 22 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Public, Research, SaaS , Software.

Five ways configure price quote software is revolutionising selling today

Configure-Price-Quote (CPQ) continues to be one of the hottest enterprise apps today, fuelled by the relentless need all companies have to increase sales while delivering customised orders profitably and accurately. Here are a few of the many results CPQ strategies are delivering today:

  • Companies relying on CPQ are growing profit margins at a 57% greater rate year-over-year compared to non-adopters.
  • 89% improvement in turning...

By Louis Columbus, 08 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise, SaaS , Software.

The CIO’s guide to the new economics of real-time integration

CEOs’ decisions today to pursue digital-first strategies for greater revenue growth are defining their company’s competitive strengths in the future. CIOs and their teams are being challenged to drive a larger percentage of revenue growth in 2017 than ever before by providing IT-based insights daily.

  • Enabling faster revenue growth, improving products and replacing obsolete technologies are the top three CEO priorities have for CIOs in 2017.
  • 42% of CIOs say “digital first” is their company’s go-forward strategy for IT investments in 2017...

By Louis Columbus, 24 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, CIO, Data & Analytics, Data Management.

The 15 highest paying IT certifications in 2017

  • Security-related certifications pay on average over $17,000 per year more than the median IT certification salary.
  • Citrix certifications have annual salaries that range from $99,411 to $105,086 with a median salary of $102,365.
  • AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate is paying a median salary of $125,091.
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certifications are the most pervasive, with 730,000 active PMPs in 210 countries and territories worldwide.

These and many other insights about the highest-paying certifications this year are from Global Knowledge’s latest research on...

By Louis Columbus, 20 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Data & Analytics, Developers, Security.

Why machine learning is the new proving ground for competitive advantage

  • 50% of organisations are planning to use machine learning to better understand customers in 2017.
  • 48% are planning to use machine learning to gain greater competitive advantage.
  • Top future applications of machine learning include automated agents/bots (42%), predictive planning (41%), sales & marketing targeting (37%), and smart assistants (37%).

These and many other insights are from a recent survey completed by MIT Technology Review Custom and Google...

By Louis Columbus, 03 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Software.

2017’s most important trends on business intelligence and analytics in the cloud

  • 78% are planning to increase the use of cloud for BI and data management in the next 12 months.
  • 46% of organisations prefer public cloud platforms for cloud BI, analytics and data management deployments.
  • Cloud BI adoption increased in respondent companies from 29% to 43% from 2013 to 2016.
  • Almost half of organisations using cloud BI (46%) use a public cloud for BI and data management compared to less than a third (30%) for hybrid cloud and 24% for private cloud.

These and many other insights are from the BARC Research and

By Louis Columbus, 21 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

Why 2017 is quickly becoming the year of the API economy

This year more CIOs will have their bonuses tied to how many new business models they help create with existing and planned IT platforms than ever before. This trend will accelerate over the next three years. CIOs and IT staffs need to start thinking about how they can become business strategists first, technicians and enablers of IT second.

CIOs must create and launch new business models faster to keep their companies competitive. APIs are the fuel helping to make this happen.

The urgency to create new business models...

By Louis Columbus, 02 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Developers, Platform.

Five reasons why every CIO needs an integration roadmap in 2017

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The difference between CIOs who lead and those caught in never-ending reactionary cycles is often a strategic IT plan and integration roadmap.

It’s the CIOs who take the time to create and pursue an integration roadmap that has the greatest chance of breaking out of always reacting to IT projects and leading them instead. That’s because the majority of inbound requests centre on data, reports or analysis only deliverable by integrating two or more systems together.

Five ways...

By Louis Columbus, 20 February 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Big Data, CIO, Data & Analytics.

Five ways big data and integration enables the factory of the future

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  • 93% of global product leaders say that predictive maintenance combined with real-time equipment monitoring enabled by integration is a must-have for factory planning today.
  • 75% of global product leaders plan to implement factory of the future initiatives and programs in the next five years or less, starting with Industry 4.0
  • 67% of automotive executives expect that new technologies enabled by real-time integration will enable their teams to reach and exceed lean management and continuous improvement goals starting this year and accelerating...

By Louis Columbus, 07 February 2017, 2 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Industry, Infrastructure.

Why 2017 is the year integration enables Industry 4.0 growth

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  • 35% of companies adopting Industry 4.0 predict revenue gains over 20% in the next five years.
  • Data analytics and digital trust are the foundations of Industry 4.0.
  • Cost-sensitive industries including semiconductors, electronics, and oil and gas are the most focused on adopting Industry 4.0, with 80% of companies in these industries saying it is one of their top priorities.

The recent article by Boston Consulting Group (BCG),

By Louis Columbus, 30 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Enterprise, Industry, Infrastructure.

Three ways to improve selling results with SAP integration

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The more integrated the systems are supporting any selling strategy, the greater the chances sales will increase. That’s because accuracy, speed, and quality of every quote matter more than ever. Being able to strengthen every customer interaction with insight and intelligence often means the difference between successful upsells, cross-sells and the chance to bid and win new projects. Defining a roadmap to enrich selling strategies using SAP integration is delivering results across...

By Louis Columbus, 17 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Software.

How McKinsey’s 2016 analytics study defines the future of machine learning

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  • U.S. retailer supply chain operations who have adopted data and analytics have seen up to a 19% increase in operating margin over the last five years.
  • Design-to-value, supply chain management and after-sales support are three areas where analytics are making a financial contribution in manufacturing.
  • 40% of all the potential value associated with the Internet of Things requires interoperability between IoT systems.

These and many other insights are from the McKinsey Global Institute’s study

By Louis Columbus, 05 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Developers.

The top 10 ways integrating ERP, CRM, and more will transform manufacturing in 2017

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Integrating ERP, CRM, and legacy systems lead to greater manufacturing innovation, setting the foundation to move beyond business models that don’t stay in step with customers’ fast-changing needs. Bringing contextual intelligence into manufacturing that centers on customers’ unique, fast-changing requirements is a must-have to keep growing sales profitably. By integrating ERP, CRM, SCM, pricing and legacy systems together, manufacturers can provide customers what...

By Louis Columbus, 03 January 2017, 1 comment. Categories: CRM, Data & Analytics, Enterprise, ERP, Software.

The key takeaways from Gartner’s 2016 CPQ application suites market guide

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  • Gartner estimates the CPQ application suites market was $570M in 2015, attaining 20% year-on-year growth between 2014 and 2015.
  • Cloud-based CPQ revenue was $157M in 2015, attaining 46% year-over-year.
  • Gartner predicts CPQ will continue to be one of the hottest enterprise apps for the foreseeable future, predicting a 20% annual growth rate through 2020 with the majority being from cloud-based solutions. Legacy on-premise vendors including SAP’s Variant Configurator (VC) are going to face increasingly strong headwinds in the market as a...

By Louis Columbus, 22 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise, Research, Software.

Why analytics and data storage will lead cloud adoption in 2017

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  • U.S.-based organisations are budgeting $1.77M for cloud spending in 2017 compared to $1.30M for non-U.S. based organisations.
  • 10% of enterprises with over 1,000 employees are projecting they will spend $10M or more on cloud computing apps and platforms throughout this year.
  • Organisations are using multiple cloud models to meet their business’s needs, including private (62%), public (60%), and hybrid (26%).
  • By 2018 the typical IT department will have the minority of their apps and platforms (40%) residing in on-premise...

By Louis Columbus, 05 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Research, Software, Storage.

How Google is getting more aggressive in the cloud

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  • Deutsche Bank estimates Google Cloud Platform (GCP) has a $750M revenue run-rate estimate today.
  • The combined revenues of AWS, Microsoft Azure, and GCP are still less than $15B for a market penetration of just 1%-2% of the Total Available Market (TAM).
  • During the 2Q16 call, Google called out cloud as the primary driver of the re-accelerating growth for Licensing and Other revenue, the first time the business has been called out in pole position.
  • Recent Orbitera and Apigee...

By Louis Columbus, 22 November 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Data & Analytics, Infrastructure, Platform, Research.

Why six million developers are creating big data and advanced analytics apps today

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  • 2 million developers are working on IoT applications, increasing 34% since the last year.
  • Over 50% of the developers working on IoT applications are writing software that utilizes sensors in some capacity.
  • 4m enterprise developers play decision-making roles when it comes to selecting organizational IT development resources. Another 5.2 million hold decision-making authority for selecting IT deployment resources.
  • 4m developers (26% of all developers globally) are using the cloud as a development environment today
  • The APAC region leads the world with approximately 7.4m...

By Louis Columbus, 14 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, Data & Analytics, Developers, Software.

The latest analytics, big data and BI forecast and market estimates, Q316

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  • Big Data & business analytics software worldwide revenues will grow from nearly $122B in 2015 to more than $187B in 2019, an increase of more than 50% over the five-year forecast period.
  • The market for prescriptive analytics software is estimated to grow from approximately $415M in 2014 to $1.1B in 2019, attaining a 22% CAGR.
  • By 2020, predictive and prescriptive analytics will attract 40% of enterprises’ net new investment in business intelligence and analytics.

Making enterprises more customer-centric, sharpening focus on...

By Louis Columbus, 12 September 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Infrastructure, Research.