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Companies becoming more confident in cloud benefits

Thursday, February 21st, 2013 by

Although businesses around the world are leveraging cloud computing more frequently now than in the past, decision-makers are still relatively unfamiliar with the technology and are more likely to make important choices based on instinct rather than understanding. Still, executives are trying to get better acquainted with the cloud because they know the hosted services will play a crucial role in the development of the overall private sector in the years to come.

A recent survey by The Open Group highlighted this occurrence, noting that more than 92 percent of IT professionals said they have already implemented the cloud and are using it for business purposes or are researching how the technology can improve operations. This is a slight increase from 2011 and represents a shift in the private sector.

Companies becoming more confident in cloud benefits

Companies becoming more confident in cloud benefits

Yet not all companies deploy the same cloud models because each has unique needs that may be met more easily by one service than another. The Open Group revealed that nearly 30 percent of respondents were using the private cloud in 2011 while another 17 percent adopted public offerings. In 2012, these rates increased to nearly 60 percent and more than 25 percent, respectively, suggesting that decision-makers around the world have become more trusting of the cloud.

What are the perks of using the cloud?
The study found that approximately 83 percent of IT professionals believe the cloud will have a significant impact on at least one business process in the coming years. This is because using the cloud provides firms with a number of advantages.

In fact, The Open Group revealed that improving cost savings, business agility and resource optimization were the top three reasons for deploying the cloud. Other important drivers behind implementing the hosted technology included enhancing business continuity efforts, eliminating obstacles to support innovation and boosting the quality of overall IT support.

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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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Wait, What?! University of Florida Kills Computer Science Dept While Increasing Athletic Budgets

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012 by

I couldn’t resist providing some commentary on a Forbes article that came across my desk yesterday titled “University of Florida Eliminates Computer Science Department, Increases Athletic Budgets. Hmm.” Hmmm, indeed! First, let me get right out and say it, it’s important to have athletics in higher education. I was shocked when last year, UC Berkeley (which is right across the San Francisco Bay from the GoGrid HQ), decided to eliminate several sports from their athletics roundup including men’s and women’s gymnastics, baseball and women’s lacrosse, as well as demoting men’s rugby to a “varsity club sport.”

But what the University of Florida is doing has left my jaw on the ground. From my understanding, last week they announced that they would be killing off the Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE) department by dropping all funding for teaching assistants as well as stopping graduate and research programs completely, all to save the University $1.4 million.

At the same time, the $97.7 million athletic budget (which is a budget separate from the University of Florida) would be increased by more than $2 million.

Wait, What?!

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Have the powers that be just been tackled a few too many times and are suffering concussions?

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