Pluralsight: On why cloud skills acquisition is a continuous journey

If you suspect that the cloud skills gap has not been lessened in recent years – or, indeed, has actually gotten wider – then take this statistic from Pluralsight into account. The online learning provider notes that, while 98% of customers the company has spoken to have started their cloud journey, only 7% have got the skills they need to go through with it.

To find out why this is, the company’s State of Cloud 2023 report is a useful reference point.

In short, it...

Cloud transformation in 2024: Get the fundamentals right to reap the GenAI benefits

What is cloud transformation going to look like in 2024? Whatever the model and industry, it will almost certainly be flavoured with generative AI – and it will touch areas from application modernisation to cost optimisation.  

With regard to the former, look to Gartner’s 2024 predictions, with the headline of ‘every strategic conversation needs to include GenAI’. “By 2027, GenAI tools will be used to explain legacy business applications and create appropriate...

IBM transformation report establishes the dominance of hybrid cloud

IBM

IBM has found that only 3 percent of businesses still use a single private or public cloud in 2021, a drastic decrease from 29 percent in 2019.

Such a shift marks the emergence of hybrid cloud models as the dominant IT architecture in cloud transformation.

The global study was undertaken by the IBM Institute for Business Value (IBV) in partnership with Oxford Economics, surveying close to 7,200 C-suite executives from 28 industries and 47 countries.

The...

GE Appliances signs multi-year smart home deal with Google Cloud

GE Appliances

GE Appliances has signed a multi-year partnership deal with Google Cloud to build the next generation of smart home technologies.

The partners will combine their expertise – GE Appliances in hardware and Google Cloud in data, artificial intelligence, analytics, and machine learning – to deliver new smart home technologies and improved experiences.

Viren Shah, CDO of GE Appliances, said:

"As the fastest-growing appliance manufacturing company in the United...

Google Cloud and SAP expand partnership for business transformation

Thomas Saueressig SAP

Google Cloud has expanded its strategic partnership with German software company SAP to accelerate business transformations in the cloud.

Together, the two corporations also plan to help customers migrate critical business systems to the cloud and augment existing systems with Google's capabilities in artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Rob Enslin, president at Google Cloud, said: “Google Cloud and SAP share a commitment to supporting customer success and...

Ridge is bringing full public cloud capabilities to local data centres

For years, data centres and managed service providers have provided customers with the most up-to-date capabilities and services.

But the shift from Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) to Platform as a Service (PaaS) offerings has put hyperscalers in the driver’s seat of the cloud computing market. They offer the managed services that are the building blocks for modern, cloud native applications. 

A better fit

While the hyperscale public cloud model is...