Enterprise Adoption

Cloud adoption still on the rise as IT departments take the lead

Grazed from ITProPortal.  Author: Ian Barker.

It’s no surprise that more and more organisations are using the cloud, but the latest State of the Cloud report from RightScale throws up some interesting trends.  The company surveyed 930 technical professionals across a broad cross-section of organisations about their adoption of cloud computing.

Among the findings are that a vast majority, 93 per cent, of organisations surveyed are running applications in the cloud or experimenting with infrastructure-as-a-service. In addition 82 per cent of enterprises now have a hybrid cloud strategy, up from 74 per cent in 2014...

Who Will Lead Cloud Computing - Business And IT Have Different Ideas

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Joe McKendrick.

A new survey of 930 executives suggests that business leaders are moving as quickly as they can to cloud-based solutions, regardless of whether their IT departments are along for the ride. This apparent disconnect stems from expectations “likely rooted in the business units’ desire for more agility and their concerns that central IT is too cautious in cloud adoption — especially public cloud adoption,” the survey’s authors deduct.

However, the survey, released by Rackspace, also suggests that IT leaders are getting more comfortable with cloud, particularly its security aspects. This may spur IT leaders to get out in front of the cloud movement, and evolve into brokers and advisors to their businesses, versus simply being the people that handle the machines. At least that’s the way IT leaders see their futures unfolding...

Stumbling Blocks in the Transition to the Cloud

Grazed from ITBusinessEdge. Author: Arthur Cole.

By now, most enterprises have begun the transition to the cloud. Whether this results in an all-cloud infrastructure, a cloud-first footing or a combination of hybrid/traditional environments remains to be seen, but one thing is certain: The change so far has not been as easy or as productive as it first appeared.

According to recent research of INetU and Think Strategies, nearly half of all companies launching a cloud strategy in the past year reported a halt to their hosting implementations, with more than 70 percent instituting a design change. About 27 percent said they were “extremely satisfied” with their cloud vendor. As has been noted in previous studies, security remains the most significant stumbling block, followed by compliance, capacity planning and monitoring...

Embracing the inevitable: how best to get started with the cloud

Grazed from TechRadar. Author: Gordon Haff.

With rare exceptions, there's little question about whether you will adopt cloud computing in some form. You will. Rather, the questions you are probably asking revolve around how best to get started or, perhaps, how to start managing the cloud use that is already happening within your organisation. For many, one good answer is to start with a cloud for application development and test (dev/test) because it:

  • Can deliver benefits even at relatively modest scale points, offering the opportunity to start small
  • Provides an internal alternative to current public cloud use and thus can streamline and standardise development workflows
  • Can be independent of production systems and processes – although they can be integrated over time whether through adopting DevOps methodologies or other approaches...

Seven Ways to Move to the Cloud

Grazed from Cisco.  Author: Timothy Chou.

While cloud computing is based on a number of technology innovations, I’m going to write for the non-technical person who I think needs to understand this major shift.  In the end, cloud computing will affect every business, every industry.  I’ll start this blog by sharing a story.    A few years ago, I was in a meeting with six CIOs of one of the largest healthcare providers. I asked each a question as they introduced themselves: “What are you working on?”

    The first CIO, Bill, replied, “I’m working on a strategy to move to cloud.”

    Next, I asked Mary, “What do you do?” Mary also said she was working on a strategy to move the cloud.

    We got through every one of them and every one of them had the same answer.

    I asked, “So what does that mean, working on a strategy to move to the cloud?”

    They collectively said, “We’re really not sure, but we’re working on it.”

    I wasn’t actually there to talk to them about cloud computing, but I said, “Give me 10 to 15 minutes to help you think about what it might mean to move to the cloud.”...

Wall Street's ongoing struggle to make sense of the cloud

Grazed from CNBC. Author: Ari Levy.

Wall Street has become quite familiar by now with cloud computing. The model of delivering services over the Web has gained so much momentum that public market investors, who traditionally parked their tech dollars with Microsoft, IBM, Oracle and Cisco, have dozens of new stocks to choose from if they want growth.

But despite the hype surrounding cloud and the rapid influx of capital from money managers, Wall Street is still puzzled when it comes to valuing cloud vendors. That's because, of the 26 index members to go public most recently, 21 are losing money on a GAAP (generally accepted accounting principles) basis. And not just a little dough. Those unprofitable companies were a combined $388.7 million in the red in the last quarter...

Hybrid Cloud reigns supreme for IT decision-makers

Grazed from CBROnline. Author: James Nunns.

EMC has released the findings of a global IT business decision-maker survey which gauged the global sentiment about IT's evolving role in organisations today. The survey revealed that there is a global increase in the adoption of cloud computing and that the majority of respondents cited hybrid cloud as the preferred option due to its greater agility and security.

Many respondents believe that IT is a business enabler, however, there are concerns over spending, as many believe that it is moving outside of IT's control. The pressure to help support business growth and to act as an in-house broker of on-demand services, combined with a widening IT skills gap, is considered to be driving IT professionals to pursue hybrid cloud....

Gartner analyst muses on why so many are upset with their private cloud

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: James Bourne.

According to survey figures released by Gartner, 95% of attendees at the analyst house’s Datacentre Conference in Las Vegas are unhappy with their private cloud deployments. The 140 respondents were given six potential options to explain what was going wrong with their private cloud, alongside a ‘nothing is going wrong’ option. 31% cited a failure to change the operational model, 19% said it was simply doing too little, and 13% cited a failure to change the funding model.

Bittman admitted he was “a little surprised” at the results, although some commentators below the line argued the question was leading in focusing too much on the negative side of public cloud. Regardless, the increasing prevalence of hybrid cloud models – as Matt Asay wrote for Tech Republic, “no wonder private cloud vendors have started calling themselves ‘hybrid’ clouds” - has meant the private cloud as we know it is facing a tipping point...

Does your enterprise even need a formal cloud policy?

Grazed from ITWorldCanada. Author: Don Sheppard.

With all the buzz on cloud migration, IT industry experts have insisted that enterprises need a corporate cloud computing policy, but is it really necessary for cloud success? Is an explicit cloud policy essential, nice to have, or optional? By cloud policy, I mean an enterprise-wide cloud governance statement of direction, not just a tactical IT directive or a departmental purchasing rule. Enterprise policies typically cover business critical topics such as:

  • Product – what business do you want to be in (and not in)?
  • Personnel – rules for human resources, ethical behaviour and fairness
  • Legal – commitment to meet regulatory, compliance and government relations requirements
  • Finances – practices for accounting, use of capital and delegation of authority...

How HP Helion overcomes enterprise cloud concerns

Grazed from ITProPortal.  Author: Antony Saavas.

There are a number of concerns among organisations considering moving into the cloud.  These include not having the expertise and internal skills to do it, the perceived cost of cloud deployments, and in some quarters the belief that the cloud is an immature market.

Throw in serious data security concerns, industry compliance obstacles, some users not convinced of cloud benefits, and issues around cloud reliability, and it’s fair to say that the cloud market has a battle on its hands...