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Sourcing managers must understand cloud’s connection with other technologies

Friday, February 8th, 2013 by

Decision-makers in charge of finding, assessing and engaging with suppliers will need to change their tactics in 2013 and beyond due to the emergence of several innovative technologies. Sourcing managers need to consider how big data, social tools, mobile devices and cloud computing present new risks and opportunities in the procurement of resources, according to a report by Gartner.

Sourcing managers must understand cloud's connection with other technologies

Sourcing managers must understand cloud’s connection with other technologies

Rather than segregating these three technologies and evaluating them separately, analysts said sourcing executives need to consider them as a converged entity that can evolve in the coming years.

“The convergence of these forces, which Gartner calls the nexus of forces, is what drives real business value,” said Linda Cohen, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner. “The nexus of forces converge in several ways: cloud, mobile and social solutions enable the distribution of information, social media usage and behavior drive mobile and information solutions, and cloud can be a foundation for information, social and mobile solutions.”

Attaining a new perspective and understanding the evolving IT landscape will be critical in the future because it will enable sourcing managers to take a holistic approach to adopting and using these technologies in the most efficient way. Because each of the services associated with the nexus of forces will have some sort of impact on the lifecycle of most applications, Gartner noted, having a comprehensive sense of technology’s importance will be crucial.

The cloud will change everything
Gartner reported that the majority of decision-makers will use or consider the public cloud as a model to host applications that will be upgraded, replaced or modernized within the next two years. In order for cloud infrastructure services to be used properly, however, decision-makers need to understand how the technology will create multiple hosting environments, especially when companies implement on-site and off-premises solutions.

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Public sector makes cloud infrastructure moves

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013 by

The rapidly evolving cloud infrastructure market is providing organizations around the world with new opportunities to improve operations through innovation. These capabilities are not only limited to the private sector, as government agencies and other public sector bodies will also begin to implement cloud services to enhance the way tasks are carried out.

Public sector makes cloud infrastructure moves

Public sector makes cloud infrastructure moves

A recent report by Gartner highlighted how the growing public cloud industry is changing how the government consumes security solutions because many of these will be hosted in cloud-based environments in the coming years. Furthermore, the ongoing adoption of various cloud computing services is forcing the public sector to prioritize the protection of their virtual infrastructure. As a result, the cloud will be incorporated into national infrastructure regulations by 2016, requiring decision-makers to implement advanced security tools.

“The popularity and increased adoption of cloud-based security services, albeit at different degrees, will influence the shape of future security marketplaces,” said Ruggero Contu, research director at Gartner. “Deployments of virtualization, and its replacing of traditional physical hardware platforms, are expected to impact the deployment model of future network security capabilities, which are expected to be based increasingly on virtual security appliances.”

Security’s future may rest in the clouds
Gartner analysts forecast growth rates for cloud-based security solutions to outpace premise-based offerings within the next three years because 10 percent of overall IT security applications will be delivered via the cloud by 2015. While this trend is likely to occur around the world, Gartner predicts North America will account for the majority of spending.

A separate report by Trend Micro highlighted similar findings, noting that the cloud security software market is forecast to expand at a compound annual growth rate of more than 41 percent through 2014, eventually generating more than $963 million in revenue.

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Decision-makers need new approach to IT, Gartner says

Friday, February 1st, 2013 by

Businesses of all sizes around the world are beginning to adopt innovative technologies like cloud computing, mobile devices and big data analytics to improve operations, reduce costs and gain a competitive advantage over rival firms. However, many decision-makers are not aware of all the capabilities of these solutions when used in the workplace, leading to a less-than-optimal organization.

A recent study of more than 2,000 CIOs by Gartner revealed the enterprises only recognize about 43 percent of a technology’s full business potential. If IT is to remain a crucial component of the corporate world, decision-makers need to learn more about innovative tools and how to use them in the workplace.

Decision-makers need new approach to IT, Gartner says

Decision-makers need new approach to IT, Gartner says

“Digital technologies provide a platform to achieve results, but only if CIOs adopt new roles and behaviors to find digital value,” said Mark McDonald, group vice president at Gartner. “CIOs require a new agenda that incorporates hunting for new digital innovations and opportunities and harvesting value from products, services and operations.”

Gartner analysts said cloud infrastructure, big data and mobility have all reached a tipping point during the last 18 months, forcing IT executives to increase the potential of the services by developing new usage and deployment strategies. Unfortunately, many CIOs believe their IT budget will remain relatively stagnant, suggesting a new mentality is needed to ensure the survival of technology in the business world.

“In a world of change, it is concerning that around half of CIOs surveyed do not see IT’s enterprise role changing over the next three years,” McDonald said.

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Cloud Worries Dissolving with Service Provider Assistance

Monday, December 31st, 2012 by

Today’s cloud computing world is rapidly maturing, especially as more users migrate mission-critical resources to the hosted environment. As the cloud continues to evolve, many decision-makers will become increasingly confident in the technology’s ability to keep sensitive assets protected, enabling vendors to watch their services reach full-scale adoption.

A recent study by KPMG International highlighted this ongoing phenomenon, noting that cloud computing revenue will double in size during the next two years, largely because companies are moving more mission-critical, data-rich applications to hosted environments.

Cloud worries dissolving with service provider assistance

Cloud worries dissolving with service provider assistance

In the past, decision-makers were somewhat intimidated by the cloud. In today’s world, executives are less worried about falsified security concerns and more interested in saving money, as roughly 60 percent of service providers said cost savings was the primary driver behind the adoption of their offerings, KPMG reported.

“While providers are seeing the challenges of a maturing, yet still relatively young, market, we are at a pivotal point in the evolution of the cloud ecosystem as users become more comfortable with a variety of cloud applications,” said Gary Matuszak, an executive at KPMG’s technology, media and telecommunications practice. “Leading cloud providers know they must evolve to provide a new level of scale, capacity and capability.”

Addressing challenges in the industry
The primary difficulty most service providers are having is supplying evidence to users about real cost-saving opportunities, as only 39 percent of vendors believe cloud users have a realistic idea of the cost-reducing capability of the cloud, KPMG noted.

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SMB Decision-Makers Have Varying Cloud Demands

Friday, December 14th, 2012 by

Small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are doing everything in their power to gain a competitive advantage over rival enterprises that often have more exhaustible resources. In many cases, SMBs are adopting cloud computing services to achieve these goals, as the technology is now well known for its ability to reduce costs and drive innovation.

A recent report by Spiceworks highlighted the growing trend among SMBs to migrate to the cloud, noting that 36 percent of SMBs are already using cloud servers. Another 9 percent said they plan to be using the cloud within a year, while another 28 percent of SMB decision-makers are actively looking for the right provider and services to cater to specific needs.

SMB decision-makers have varying cloud demands

To complicate matters for cloud vendors, not all SMBs are looking for the same thing. While the majority of companies require a highly scalable environment that is capable of supporting high-volume and long-term storage at an affordable cost, each executive has his or her own specific demands. As a result, Spiceworks narrowed down the list to five specific categories that most cloud users fall into.

The ‘nuts and bolts’ buyer
These individuals are usually the nitty gritty decision-makers that ensure the cloud solutions are functional and within a specific budget, Spiceworks noted. In many cases, these executives will ask questions about monthly expenses, maintenance costs and other practical financial questions in regard to specific services and applications.

The defensive purchaser
While getting down to the fine financial points is important, many organizations need to ensure cloud environments support a firm’s ability to meet compliance requirements. For this reason, some decision-makers are classified as the “CYA” buyers, as they are more focused on asking providers questions regarding data protection, audit support and other security aspects, Spiceworks noted. In general, cloud computing environments are highly secure, as this is a major competitive point for vendors, InfoWorld said in another report.

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