Cloud Adoption

The growth trajectory of cloud, what is IT really costing you?

Grazed from WhaTech. Author: Faith Rees.

The growth trajectory of Cloud has been well documented, you’d be pretty hard pressed not to be able to find a reference to the increase in adoption worldwide. Pretty much every IT vendor is vying for a place in the race to cloud adoption. We are at a unique inflection point with a mass of opportunity ahead of us as providers, vendors, sellers and enablers of IT, as consumers continue to drive us toward innovation, as we continue to strive for faster, more efficient, more effective, cheaper ways to do, well, everything! The opportunity that the cloud presents to enable, scale and efficiencies that have been previously unavailable to many is disrupting the fabric of the way we have done business to date and literally opening up a world of opportunities.

To steal a phrase from the recent Cisco report Impact of Cloud IT Consumption models “One of the clearest expressions of this cloud-driven change is the emergence of lines of business (LOBs) — human resources, sales, R&D, and other areas that are end users of IT — both as direct consumers of cloud-based services, and as ever more prominent influencers of companies’ IT agendas...

Buy-in from the top is key to cloud transitions, AWS exec says

Grazed from ComputerWorld. Author: Blair Hanley Frank.

As the head of Amazon Web Services, Andy Jassy has seen a lot of big organizations start using the public cloud. The biggest indicator of success for a cloud transition is simple, he says: Has the business' senior staff bought into it? In his view, organizations will usually stick with their status quo on-premises data centers unless leaders are ready to promote the use of public cloud services.

"And it sounds a little bit simple, but the reality is that there's so much inertia all over these organizations in continuing to things the same way they've been done for the last number of years, for a variety of different reasons," Jassy said at the AWS Summit in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday...

Despite security and lock-in fears, public cloud adoption thrives among Fortune 500

Grazed from TechRepublic. Author: Matt Asay.

Enterprises are still wary of vendor lock-in and perceived security issues, and it's throttling their ambitions to run more workloads in the cloud. Or it would, if public cloud weren't so darn convenient and necessary for driving innovation. This is one strong conclusion that emerges from a new MongoDB survey of over 2,500 people.

Given MongoDB's new school NoSQL approach to data, it's not surprising that so many of its enterprise users would be increasingly comfortable running in the cloud. What is more surprising is that these same organizations keep talking about lock-in and security, even as they run ever larger percentages of their applications in the cloud...

Lack of cloud governance model complicates adoption story

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: John Moore.

As the story of cloud computing continues to unfold, channel partners are encountering some interesting and perhaps unexpected plot twists. Recent research suggests organizations continue to push decisively to the cloud. Survey results released last week by Insight Enterprises, a hardware, software, cloud and service provider based in Tempe, Ariz., revealed that more than 80% of organizations plan to invest in cloud services in 2016.

Large and medium-sized organizations are poised to be the biggest adopters, but 72% of small companies are also ready to invest in cloud technology. The Insight-commissioned research is based on a survey of 403 IT professionals. But while adoption continues, many organizations lack a coherent cloud governance model and financial management strategy for successful deployment...

IT priorities 2016: Cloud initiatives drive IT spending

Grazed from ComputerWeekly. Author: Cliff Saran.

There appears to be strong correlation between moving to the cloud and cutting costs, according to the Computer Weekly IT priorities 2016 survey of 142 IT professionals and managers. The survey showed that 50% of those asked said they would be increasing spending on cloud computing, while 37% confirmed they would be decreasing their hardware investments.

As previously reported by Computer Weekly, in the UK and Ireland 38.4% of respondents named server virtualisation as their top investment area. And although 23% of those asked said they would be investing in more staff, 35% claimed they would be cutting their headcount, suggesting pressure remains in IT to reduce costs...

Selling Cloud - Why it’s time to change the sales compensation

Grazed from ARNNet. Author: Moheb Moses.

There’s a belief that sales people are coin-operated (i.e. they work purely on extrinsic rewards like their pay packet). While this may be true for some, my experience is that the best sales people are driven by intrinsic goals and rewards (achieving results, recognition, helping customers) with an understanding that the money will follow.

Good compensation plans reward success while enabling companies to weed out non-performers. But, equally, they should reward sales people for doing the right thing. There are countless stories of compensation plans that had unintended consequences from innovative sales teams finding shortcuts...

Dancing in the Cloud

Grazed from NetworkWorld. Author: Brian Butte.

In the early 2000's when the IT world was in the throes of ERP, CRM, SFA and ecommerce, IT infrastructure was invariably designed to support the absolute worst-case scenario. I quickly learned there were two options when launching any self-serve solution: it either flat-lines or takes off like a rocket—there is no in-between.

The capacity planning challenge drove the development of grid computing, then virtualization, and finally cloud computing. Although with cloud we now have a way to rapidly scale up to meet increasing demand, it seems we have forgotten scaling down to conserve resources is equally important. Instead of provisioning “just in case” our worst fears came true, I find repeated examples where cloud is provisioned “just because.”...

Heads in the cloud

Grazed from NZBusiness. Author: Editorial Staff.

When it comes to cost-effectiveness, ‘the Cloud’ clearly rocks. The evidence is everywhere. You may remember a time when the word ‘cloud’ was only associated with the weather – those fluffy white, sometimes angry grey, things floating in the sky. But in 2016, thanks to a legacy started by a group of tech execs at Compaq Computer in Houston, Texas, 20 years ago, ‘cloud’ is a popular cliché that stands for the ‘online hosted’ model of delivering software services to businesses. Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) is another name preferred by techies. NZBusiness lined up a whole team of cloud services experts to contribute to this Guide.

A logical person to start with was LayerX Group CEO Bruce Trevarthen, because he has operated in this space since the very early days. His company registered the domain name ‘theCloud’ in 2008 and created a purpose-built cloud platform for delivering services to the SME market – “as a commodity and with zero-touch”...

Cloud is a paradigm, not a place

Grazed from MIS-Asia. Author: Steven Yong.

Today's cloud computing pace is moving at an accelerated rate - we see a shift in traditional computing that gives businesses on-demand access to a variety of software and services while giving IT a shared pool of configurable computing resources at the platform, infrastructure and application layers. When done right, cloud computing helps businesses do more - tapping into the power of massive datacentres and IT services without having to build, manage or maintain them.

In Malaysia, deploying cloud-based ICT solutions has become the most important trend and is expected to reach about US$900 million by 2020. The cloud market in Malaysia is growing at a rapid pace, with the local government driving the development of a cloud computing ecosystem as a strategic initiative to promote MSC Malaysia while simultaneously equipping organisations with cloud capabilities to accelerate the nation's development into a fully innovative digital economy...

Read more from the source @ http://www.mis-asia.com/blogs/blogs/cloud-is-a-paradigm-not-a-place/

Cloud SLAs: What Everyone Should Know

Grazed from DarkReading. Author: Jamie Tischart.

13 questions to ask your service providers to better understand their service offerings and your risks. When you sign up with a cloud provider for computing, storage, or application functionality, you should get a service level agreement that describes what the provider promises to deliver. An SLA should be fully transparent to customers and published on the provider’s website for prospective customers to review.

Unfortunately, SLAs are often difficult to find and can be even more difficult to decipher. SLAs are not really there to protect you, the customer. While they may provide some customer protection as a byproduct, they are really a marketing tool and a method to limit service provider responsibility in the event of an outage...