Cloud services are growing significantly faster than other IT services with many companies realising the benefits of using the cloud including cost saving, speed, and reliability. However, it is important to keep track of all accounts, projects, data and applications which will be stored on the cloud to ensure nothing is overlooked and left to gather dust or it risks the cloud estate becoming sprawling and difficult to manage, ultimately leading to poor cost optimisation.Cloud services have found new use cases across the entirety of a business, so it is essential for a company to implement a level of governance on the use of the technology. Research from Gartner has found that companies without a plan in place for managing the cloud may overspend by 70 per cent or more. Here we take a look at how companies can unlock the strategic value of the cloud.Emerging technology:The Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) estimates that over 88 per cent of businesses in the UK now use the cloud. While … [Read more...] about Unlocking the strategic value of the cloud
Uses of the cloud
The critical need to embrace digital transformation is driving many businesses to a hybrid multi-cloud world. On one hand the cloud offers businesses the potential to improve efficiency and productivity, on the other hand it brings the risk of mistakes, security impacting errors and digital software bugs - a hotbed for hackers to profit. Iain Shearman, MD KCOM NNS discusses the double-edged sword of the cloud, taking a closer look at the industry challenge, the importance of keeping data safe and the need to foster a cultural change in a business to tackle security risks.Data is the enabler of new technologies and solutions, it’s where critical and actionable business insights are delivered from and is the key to unlocking innovation and new revenue streams for businesses. As the business landscape becomes increasingly competitive, companies are beginning to wake up to the inefficiencies that are costing them time and money. The digital transformation that’s sweeping across … [Read more...] about How to manage the double-edged sword of the cloud
Agility, flexibility and scalability. Many businesses have already begun to enjoy these promised benefits of the cloud. They resonate with any company wanting to successfully navigate digital transformation (DX). Almost two thirds of enterprise workloads now run in the cloud, and this is expected to reach more than four in five over the next two years. Of these, around a quarter will adopt a multi-cloud approach, utilising a mixture of services from different providers for greater efficiencies as well as to avoid vendor lock-in. But with the cloud now underpinning so many critical business functions, assuring services both throughout the migration journey and beyond, has never been more important.Cloud over everythingThe cloud means resources can be quickly and easily added or reduced, without the need for trial-and-error investments in hardware and software; traditional IT resources are no longer needed, helping businesses to be more efficient; and pay-as-you-go models for … [Read more...] about Why visibility is key to reap the benefits of the cloud
What's the best approach to moving to the cloud? According to Rob Howe, IT director at Guinness World Records (GWR), it's to tread very carefully. Rather than rushing into cloud-led digital transformation, he believes CIOs should evaluate workloads, find partners and -- only then -- think about how on-demand IT can help deliver innovative services to customers. "Cherry pick the key elements -- understand the changes you need to make to the infrastructure, and the behaviour of software, when you're moving over," says Howe. "Be aware of the differences and account for them. Not all systems will move easily. The cloud should not be viewed as a one-size-fits-all solution to your business challenges."Howe joined GWR in May 2012, but he didn't alter anything in terms of IT during his first six months at the firm. "In fact, I didn't even plan anything," he says. "I just sat with the teams across the business and understood how they were working. You can't implement changes without … [Read more...] about What’s the best way to make the most of the cloud?
caption Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella source Stephen Brashear/Getty Images Microsoft announced Wednesday it would acquire an Austin-based software product design and development studio called XOXCO. XOXCO is known for Howdy, a bot for the popular Slack work chat app that helps schedule meetings, as well as Botkit, which provides development tools for the GitHub code-sharing service. Microsoft has acquired several other AI startups this year, including Semantic Machines, Bonsai, and Lobe. Microsoft also announced updates to its AI platform, including a new technology called Cognitive Services Containers. Microsoft announced Wednesday that it would acquire XOXCO, the software company behind a friendly chatbot called Howdy, that helps users of the popular Slack work chat app schedule meetings. XOXCO, a nine-year-old Austin based company, also created Botkit, which provides development tools for the software development platform … [Read more...] about Microsoft is acquiring a Texas-based AI startup as it prepares for the next wave of the cloud wars