By 2020, over 90% of enterprises will use multiple cloud services and platforms, but only one-third of these organizations have established mechanisms to operate their multicloud environments. As cloud adoption grows, cloud provisioning, monitoring, and integration will become critical as organizations cope with multiple providers with different APIs, workflows, and tools. In fact, enterprise focus has already begun to shift from cloud adoption to dealing with the problem of too many clouds…
To be successful with a cloud strategy, organizations must take a comprehensive approach to adoption. Today, IaaS is a major component of any enterprise cloud adoption strategy. Selecting what workloads to host in a public or private cloud is a major decision. Further, selecting the right vendor for each workload is another complex decision. IDC’s IaaS MarketScape has taken a deep look at the marketplace of the major global IaaS players.
Today over 70% of CIOs have a cloud-first stance. Over the past decade, we've seen growing acceptance among enterprise companies in running production and analytics workloads in public cloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS). This interest has fueled a whopping compound growth of 34.6% in IaaS spending between 2013 and 2016. In four short years, public cloud has gone from being a novelty to taking its place as a mainstream choice. New production and analytics workloads supplement earlier use…
Thoughts from the CIO 100 Symposium
Last week, I attended the CIO 100 Symposium in beautiful Colorado Springs and spoke at length with leaders from a wide range of industries and company sizes. Three themes emerged as hot topics:
The development of industry collaborative clouds (ICC's). This is the phenomenon where consumers of IT become suppliers, and groups of companies within an industry start their own collaborative initiatives. ICCs are driving new business models; in many cases, companies are forging multi-sided…
We've heard it now for years. We have to go to the cloud. It's all in the cloud. Companies are blindly getting on the bandwagon that cloud is necessary for everything. I've met with several executives that simply set goals like,"By 2020 we'll have 50% of our workloads in the cloud. We have a cloud-first approach."
"Why am I spending my time and money on this investment?"
I don't necessarily disagree with the cloud-first approach as a management philosophy to force stale IT organizations to…
On December 8, 2016, AWS rolled out its Quebec (Canada) region, called Canada Central.
Today’s opening of an AWS region on December 8, 2016, and the recent investments such as in-country delivery of Microsoft’s Azure, could kick start the innovation engine in Canada. For too long, Canada has scored poorly and lacked much of the influence and technology resources of other countries. Recent moves by the federal government to make Canada a more favourable immigration destination; allowing more fluid deployment of out-of-country workers; the emergence of hubs such as the Waterloo…
I’ve written previously about how our firsthand interviews with SaaS buyers have revealed a mixed bag of user experience, and satisfaction with long-term results. The problems mostly stem from the implementation: even with significant input from 3rd party implementation partners (VARs, SIs), unforeseen challenges (the complexities of the SLA, difficulties of bulking up from trial to full deployment, and the process change required for users to map to the new solution), the journey can be daunting. Some of the fault for this situation is due to the whole IT supply (software services vendors, resellers) and demand (all sizes of IT organizations but especially mid-sized and smaller), because they are prone to selling, installing, and deploying subscription services just as they’ve done for years with packaged applications. Sometimes frustration with this regime inspires innovators. Recently I attended a briefing by the CEO of a cloud solution provider (one of NetSuite’s largest resellers) who after 100+ cloud deployments recognized a recurring problem in the SMB space: a lack of highly-experienced functional expertise that was slowing the pace of new SaaS HR/HCM deployments. Many of the problems stemmed from poor domain expertise, not lack of IT skills – there are plenty of talented admins and sysops around. The CEO is Brenda Brinkley, head of Epiphany, who is launching a new company in Q2 2014 called Elysian Field Software.
It's been interesting watching customer uptake of SaaS applications, and in particular the interest from SBM customers. In IDC's Fall CloudView survey (n= 3462, 19 countries) IT buyers from firms with <500 employees stated they'd devote 23% of IT spend to SaaS, up 4% from the 2013 survey, and smaller firms (<250) were up even more - 6%, to 24%. This is not a shocker to those of us who believe in future where startup employees get a tablet, 4G and a bunch of websites as their IT…
On September 23, 2014, IBM brought together the top IT services and outsourcing advisors in Canada
On September 23, 2014, IBM brought together the top IT services and outsourcing advisors in Canada. In a concerted effort to be more engaged and transpent about its strategy, IBM, led by its new North American GM, Brian Whitfield, reached out to this particular group that holds strong sway with how and where IT budgets flow. Third Party Advisors help in properly defining buyers' requirements, setting their expectations and guiding them through the transition to an outsourced environment.
The potential of cloud-based services has found expression in beautifully crafted marketing material from IT firms and consulting firms alike. Most of the visions are on the right track. What they fail to show is the development of the backend and the winners and losers that will emerge as cloud becomes a dominant IT paradigm.
Less than ten years ago, technology scholars Frank Levy and Richard Murnane argued that driverless cars were likely not possible. The argument was simple. Computers could never reproduce the combination of reflexes, sensory inputs, selective attention, spatial reasoning, and coordination required to navigate traffic and park a vehicle. Google has proved them wrong.
Along with players such as Amazon, Salesforce, NetSuite, and a slew of smaller firms, Google is also proving that traditional…
Millennials (born between 1982 and 2000) are attractive prospects in three ways: 1) Interest in leveraging technology; 2) Comfort with advanced mobile capabilities and resources available on the cloud; and 3) A genuine interest in doing things better and more efficiently to improve business outcomes, and also enhance the quality of life they enjoy. But only 6-9% of SMBs have them at the top. In ten years things will be different!
In keeping with springtime and a time for renewal, a number of major technology companies are rethinking their SMB strategies and planning game-changing moves. This is especially true for SAP, which has announced a number of tactical steps to support "profound" advances in the SMB market.
Like other Europe-based firms, SAP refers to the small and midsize business segment as "SME." While adhering to the basic definition of SBs as firms with <100 employees and MBs as firms with 100-999…
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