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...

By David H Deans, 02 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Enterprise.

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...

By David H Deans, 06 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, CIO.

How to win big when cloud computing is pervasive

Some people are never satisfied. These fearless agents of change are everywhere. They're informed, confident and willing to experiment. They seek out the best business technology solution for the job at hand. They act on instinct. Yes, you could say that they're driven.

However, they're also at risk of being labeled as "rogue employees" because they ordered a software-as-a-service (SaaS) offering and perhaps expensed it without prior approval. Sometimes they're the champion of progressive projects that are...

By David H Deans, 17 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Research, Vendors.

How cloud computing empowers the agile enterprise

Public cloud service adoption is already a mainstream phenomenon in most organizations. Meanwhile, many large enterprises see a private cloud in their future. But choosing whether to invest in building an internal cloud infrastructure or buy from a cloud service provider will become more challenging – in anticipation, savvy IT leaders are becoming brokers of dynamic business technology solutions.

Hybrid cloud resource management and progressive operational process adoption are the key focal points in preparation for...

By David H Deans, 09 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Enterprise, Public.

Frugal and Agile DevOps - the cloud computing advantage

Accomplish much more, very rapidly, while spending less - this is the business technology trend that savvy executives everywhere have embraced. Worldwide IT spending will reach a total $3.7 trillion in 2014, that's a 2.1 percent increase from last year, according to the latest global market study by Gartner.

This forecast, however, is down from their earlier projections of 3.2 percent growth.

What's driving the ongoing transition to lower business technology spending? The slower outlook for 2014 is attributed...

By David H Deans, 01 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Developers.

Open source cloud: Exploring the commercial applications

During the course of the last twelve months the OpenStack community has advanced as more users of the leading open-source cloud technology have been reporting their progress - with the help of their partners - towards making a meaningful impact on their business goals and objectives.

We've also learned how these progressive technology users are pioneering changes in their own organisations - enabling them to become more competitive in the Global Networked Economy.

The OpenStack Summit 2014 opened with a...

By David H Deans, 03 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: OpenSource, Virtualisation.

Why cloud services spending will exceed $174bn in 2014

The CEOs of leading companies are already striving to create an agile business model - one that responds quickly to competitive pressures and shifting market demands. Commercial agility often requires a corresponding accelerated business technology deployment. Meaning, the IT requirement is for applications to be provisioned in hours - not weeks or months.That's a tall order for many corporate IT departments. Regardless, it must be done. More often than not, it's accomplished via a cloud services-based methodology.Savvy...

By David H Deans, 08 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Industry, Research, Scalability.

Open hybrid cloud: The private vs public debate is resolved

As an informed senior executive, you already know that it's no longer a question of whether cloud service adoption is the right forward-thinking business technology strategy, but rather how you will leverage the abundance of new resources to outpace your competition.More companies will be working within very heterogeneous cloud service environments, thereby putting more pressure on IT organizations that must deal with these additional complexities, according to a recent market study by Cloud Connect and the Everest Group.Their latest market study reveals the increasing influence of cloud services on IT budgets, staff skills and business strategy. Moreover, the findings within the "2014 Enterprise Cloud Adoption Survey" report debunks hyped-up...

By David H Deans, 27 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Hybrid, Private, Public, Research.

Analysing smart mobile apps and open hybrid cloud trends

Savvy executive leaders are already prepared for the shift to more progressive business technology deployments throughout the enterprise. Open hybrid cloud architectures, big data analytics and mobile applications are high-growth platforms at the center of this shift.In particular, the emerging mobile applications must be integrated, flexible, and adaptable to constantly changing business conditions. This is the new normal in many fast-paced industries. That being said, are you ready for the mobile data deluge that's inevitable?According to the Cisco Visual Networking Index global...

By David H Deans, 11 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Hybrid, Research.

Why cloud and mobile security management is gaining momentum

As more business applications move to the cloud, security seems to be top-of-mind for all concerned parties. Also, the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) to work trend, along with more smartphones and tablets that require wireless connectivity in the workplace, has increased the level of concern for many IT managers and executives. Keeping business systems safe and protecting the data that they hold has never been more difficult to achieve, according to the latest market study by Ovum. The typical corporate ICT environment continues to be threatened by security attacks -- ranging from opportunistic hackers using pre-built tools through to targeted, well-resourced, state-sponsored cyber activity.Ovum believes that online attack volumes will continue to rise and no...

By David H Deans, 09 December 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Mobility, Research, Security, Trends.

What are the big data and predictive analytics market trends for 2014?

Senior executives have been waiting for actionable insight from the mass of information that their IT departments already gather about their customers. But many have become very impatient -- because they want to see results, now. Do you anticipate that data analytics and real-time visualization will advance next year?Ovum expects a significant wave of business technology ramp-ups in 2014, in response to the market demand. They predict a growing third-party vendor and IT services ecosystem that creates Big Data and Fast Data tools and solutions for the enterprise data warehousing and applications markets.This growing trend is occurring as SQL and Hadoop...

By David H Deans, 29 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Developers, Research.

Cloud-based security services growth to reach $3.1bn

Given the differences in market maturity, cultural acceptance and local IT infrastructures, considerable regional differences exist in the deployment rates of cloud-based security systems. They all play a part in the level of spending dedicated to this delivery model -- when compared with on-premises business technology deployments. Moreover, privacy remains an inhibitor in the deployment of all forms of cloud-based services by the late adopter market segment. In particular, it's a big issue in those regions and countries with strong...

By David H Deans, 07 November 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Big Data, Enterprise, Research, SaaS , Security.

How cloud services usage is rising in the Middle East and Africa

In the third annual Global Cloud Index, Cisco forecasts that global cloud traffic, the fastest growing component of data center traffic, is expected to grow 4.5-fold -- that's a 35 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) -- from 1.2 zettabytes of annual traffic in 2012 to 5.3 zettabytes by 2017. The Cisco Global Cloud Index (2012–2017) was developed to estimate data center and cloud-based Internet Protocol (IP) traffic growth and trends. The Index serves as a complementary resource to existing network traffic...

By David H Deans, 17 October 2013, 2 comments. Categories: Big Data, Economy, Enterprise, Vendors.

How new services will drive the next phase of cloud

Around the world, market leaders in all industries have already deployed managed cloud services. Seeking to use business technology as a strategic lever to advance past their competition on multiple fronts, the senior executives at these leading companies are eager to learn about the next phase of cloud service development. Worldwide spending on public IT cloud services will reach $47.4 billion in 2013 and will reach more than $107 billion by 2017, according to the latest market study by International Data Corporation (IDC). Over the 2013–2017 forecast period, public...

By David H Deans, 04 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Vendors.

How cloud service advances reward the bold leaders

Are you one of those independent executives that uses strategic foresight to gain a decisive lead over competitors that tend to follow the crowd? Granted, it takes courage to make bold moves -- and follow the path that's less traveled. Big rewards tend to go to the confident, not the cautious. What's your business technology investment strategy for 2013, and beyond?  Does your corporate foresight anticipate success, based upon your ability to deploy quantum-leap technological advances -- like

By David H Deans, 22 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Enterprise, Industry, Trends.

The shifting buying patterns of cloud service adopters

We’ve certainly come a long way. Over the last couple of years, we’ve witnessed the trials and tribulations of the early-adopters of managed cloud services, and we’ve observed how the offerings have matured to attain broad-based market acceptance. Cloud computing has become pervasive within today’s forward thinking companies. It’s already a transformative force throughout the global networked economy. Every enterprise that uses Business Technology is either considering or implementing cloud solutions -- to create a...

By David H Deans, 15 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Public, Research.

Why global ICT spending will reach $3.7 trillion in 2013

Economic uncertainty surrounding the U.S. government sequester, European debt crisis and weakening GDP in China has resulted in volatile spending patterns across most segments of the market. According to the latest market study by International Data Corporation (IDC), as a result of the current economic climate, business technology spending was slightly below expectations in the second half of 2012 and first quarter of 2013. IDC now projects worldwide IT spending growth of 4.9 percent this year in constant currency, down from the previous forecast of 5.5 percent growth --...

By David H Deans, 24 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Forecasts, Infrastructure, Regulation.

How cloud-based collaboration boosts performance

Online collaboration has evolved during the last decade, delivering even greater value - thanks to a new generation of business technology applications. Forbes Insights released "Collaborating in the Cloud," a Cisco-sponsored study examining the ways business leaders increasingly look at cloud collaboration as a way to increase productivity, accelerate business results and enhance innovation across borders and functions. The research combines a global survey of...

By David H Deans, 21 May 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Enterprise, SLA.

Big data: Visualising the strategic business imperative

The term Big Data is going to become a key part of the forward-looking business technology debate among informed, proactive and ICT savvy executives. But what's really driving the growing demand for meaningful solutions? While most companies are collecting, storing and analysing data, they continue to struggle with both the business and IT challenges of Big Data -- more data is not necessarily better. Enormous amounts of data are being generated daily by smartphones, sensors, video cameras, smart meters, and other connected devices, adding to the huge...

By David H Deans, 04 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Industry.

Exploring the demand for hosted private cloud services

The cloud movement is about much more than the service offerings. It's a core ingredient of a larger commercial transformation movement - where savvy leaders are using business technology to advance their operations and accelerate their key processes. According to the latest market study by International Data Corporation (IDC), worldwide spending on hosted private cloud (HPC) services will be more than $24 billion in 2016. IDC says that they define HPC as an operational model for deploying computing...

By David H Deans, 02 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Private.