Lock-in, Migration Costs Can Put a Damper on Cloud Projects, Says ISACA

Grazed from PCWorld. Author: Mikael Ricknäs.

Cloud services promise low cost-of-entry and rapid return on investment, but those advantages make it easy to overlook associated investments. To find out the true return on investment (ROI) of cloud computing enterprises have to dig deeper, according to a white paper from industry organization Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA).

Calculating the total cost of an IT service against its potential return is always a challenge for IT staff, and that holds even truer for cloud computing, according to ISACA. A thorough analysis of cloud computing benefits must include short-, medium- and long-term views as well as termination costs, it said.

Hidden costs that enterprises may fail to anticipate when moving quickly to cloud-based services include the cost of bringing services back in-house due to regulatory change; unexpected expenses involved in the initial migration of systems; and lock-in with a specific provider or proprietary service model, according to ISACA...

Cisco’s CloudWatch 2012 report shows increased confidence in cloud computing

Grazed from SiliconRepublic. Author: Elaine Burke.

Cloud has become more than just a buzzword, as more companies now see it as an integral part of their IT strategy, independent research commissioned by Cisco for its annual CloudWatch report shows.

CloudWatch 2012 surveyed IT decision makers across a range of vertical sectors in Ireland – including retail, finance, healthcare, the public sector and service providers – to examine changing attitudes to cloud computing. Of these, 90pc said cloud is on their agenda – a huge increase from just 52pc in 2011 – and 31pc of those consider it critical to their organisation's activity...


U.S. Department of Defense's Shift to Cloud Computing Saves Costs, but Unlocks Network Security Threats - Report

Grazed from MarketWatch.  Author: PR Announcement.

The high costs of operating, securing and maintaining a large variety of often redundant legacy stove-piped networks has steered the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) toward mature commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) technology. Cloud computing will enable the DoD to share servers, storage devices and applications to save resources and time. The military can maximize the potential of network-centric warfare and enhance collaboration by using commercially successful service oriented architectures to provide software and applications within a private cloud.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan's ( ) Analysis of the U.S. Department of Defense Cloud Computing Market research finds that the DoD's cloud spending will grow from $676 million in 2011 to reach $740 million in 2016 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3 percent...

More than a Third of IT Leaders Expect IT Hiring to Increase

Grazed from TEKsystems.  Author: Press Release.

TEKsystems, a leading provider of IT staffing solutions, human capital management expertise and IT services, today announced findings from its quarterly IT Executive Outlook survey, conducted in partnership with the Inavero Institute.

While nearly half of IT leaders anticipate their temporary (55%) and permanent (57%) IT headcount to stay the same in the first quarter of 2012, more than a third also expect to hire temporary (34%) and permanent (35%) IT workers during the first three months of the year. Approximately 30% of those respondents expecting to increase hiring in the first quarter anticipate 10% increases to temporary and permanent IT headcount.