The Australian Government has released its ICT Trends Report for 2013-14. It provides some fascinating insights into the operations of Government ICT.
Last week Axelera attended IDC's CIO Summit in Sydney. It's a unique opportunity for CIOs and ICT professionals to gather, gain insights from industry experts and hear their fellow CIOs' real–world experience of critical business and technology issues. IDC promotes the event as "Your chance to hear from the best-of-the-best as they reveal all they know about new trends, new technologies and proven IT strategies for your business — in just one day."
Driving Digital Transformation: New Skills for Leaders, New Role for the CI, — the Harvard Business Review report that I mentioned last week — covers ground that is now all too familiar: the need for digital leadership in the enterprise, for the very highest levels of an organisation — its board and CEO — to understand the impacts and potential of digital disruption and steer the enterprise accordingly.
The march of containerisation, with Docker at its head, seems to be unstoppable, but the debate on containerisation versus virtualisation shows no sign of slowing down, even though it's been raging for at least six years, far longer than the disruptive Docker has been around.
Leading analyst firms are unanimous in their pronouncements on the transformational and disruptive power of information technology, even if their terminology and metaphors differ. IDC talks of a ‘third platform’ comprising mobile, social, cloud and big data. Gartner calls these its ‘Nexus of Forces’. Forrester simply warns of ‘digital disruption’.
Venture Capital firm, Andreessen Horowitz, have shared their views on the hottest tech trends in the world right now, in the annual “16 Things” list. We take a look at where the gurus will be putting their money this year and why it matters.
It's interesting to juxtapose a couple of pronouncements on the IT market that have come out from IDC in recent weeks.
The Harvard Business Review has produced a report singing the praises of cloud computing for financial planning and analysis. It argues that cloud-based financial planning and analysis systems - delivered via the software-as-a-service (SaaS) model - have begun to break down barriers to collaboration and encourage strategic partnerships between finance and business users.
A recent Lifehacker article claimed that Australian businesses were not ‘fussed’ about using offshore cloud services. It drew this conclusion from a single statistic, quoted by Australian research firm Telsyte in a press release announcing its Australian Infrastructure & Cloud Computing Market Study 2015. Telsyte said: “Telsyte research indicates nearly two-thirds of businesses that use the cloud are already using an offshore provider. Furthermore, 46 percent of CIOs say they are not subject to any restrictions on the use of offshore cloud services.”
IT market research firm IDC says that forward looking Australian organisations are leveraging cloud services as a foundation element in a strategy to "transform products and services, business processes, and relationships with customers, partners and employees."
Late in January, Minister for Communications Malcolm Turnbull created the “Digital Transformation Office”, designed to give a measure of coherence to various initiatives the minister has espoused since coming to office.