For years, technology evangelists have lobbied hard to get the public to believe in cloud technology. Many organisations have remained cloud wary – and who is to blame them? With security breaches, hacking and downtime, public cloud has had some bad press recently.
Technology experts send mixed messages. Some will state the data centre is dead due to businesses adopting cloud technology en masse, while research will show data centre growth for colocation has never been so fast and the industry is on an exponential upward curve due to the cloud.
Posted on 20th May 2015 in Cloud Computing.
Many of you may have a grandparent or relative who fears that their money isn’t safe in the bank. Some of them may actually even keep their money under their mattresses or hidden in their freezer. Never mind all the other advances that made banks far more secure—or that a house fire was far more likely than someone robbing a bank.
Posted on 19th May 2015 in Cloud Computing.
From Dropbox to Twitter to WeTransfer and Salesforce, the use of cloud-based applications has become an everyday part of the modern business ecosystem. Research has shown that the average employee uses a staggering 27 apps at work. To accommodate this trend, most companies are now deploying cloud-based solutions; the expectation being that by 2018 around 59 per cent of companies will be using software-as-a-service (SaaS).
Do you know how many of your employees are using public cloud sync and share services? Despite many IT leaders’ best intentions, they remain a popular way to share and collaborate within the enterprise. Yet the truth is that these services are not only bad for your business but are failing commercially. So what happens if or when they start to disappear, taking your corporate data with them?
The CIO is the supreme ruler of his or her company’s IT empire today. Irrespective of company size, structure and IT infrastructure, the primary role of the CIO in a defined and rigid hierarchy is to manage the IT estate, frequently without any suggestion of cross-departmental cooperation.
If you run a small business you may be using an Excel spreadsheet to manage your accounts – either at the behest of your accountant or simply because because it appears to be a cost-effective way to keeping on top of the books.
If you had said the word ‘subscriptions’ to someone a few years ago, they would have immediately thought of a regular fee paid to a club, society or magazine. These days everything from music to razor blades, and software to socks can be bought regularly by subscription.
With the proportion of worldwide cloud-related spend set to rise up to 3.8tn this year you’ll struggle to meet a CTO who hasn’t migrated some of their IT requirements to the cloud or at the very least seriously considered it.
CIOs today are faced with a dilemma. On one hand more and more data is moving to the cloud. Increasing numbers of corporate users are demanding better ways to access, store, manage and share their data with others across multiple devices. But on the other hand, public cloud services like Dropbox that make this possible can have major drawbacks for IT teams in terms of privacy, security and control.
Today, ‘always on’ business users demand more of a consumer-centric experience with digital applications, particularly on mobile devices. This is due to the nature of the work people are doing on mobile. Businesses need to realise that transformation via cloud services needn’t take several years to achieve: here are three ways of understanding the potential of digital business today.