IDC predicts that by 2016, 65 percent of global competitive strategies will require what it calls "Third Platform real-time IT as a Service (ITaaS). That will likely mean wider adoption of cloud computing services.
The prime minister, Tony Abbott, and his communications minister, Malcolm Turnbull, jointly announced on 23 January the formation of a 'Digital Transformation Office' within Turnbull's department, "so that government services can be delivered digitally from start to finish and better serve the needs of citizens and businesses." A laudable aim, but as with all these things the devil is in the detail, and the FAQs on the new unit, helpfully provided on Turnbull's web site, raise more questions than they answer.
It's an interesting exercise occasionally to do a Google news search on 'cloud computing' and 'Australia' to see what's hot on the topic in our fair land.
Cloud computing initiatives have emerged as the most important project for the majority of IT departments today and the area expected to cause the most disruption in the future, according to a survey by IDG, publisher of US Computerworld magazine.
Tata Communications has released the results of a study commissioned from independent technology market research specialist Vanson Bourne saying they show that organisations with 500+ employees are seeing tangible benefits from cloud computing. Eighty five percent of respondents said that cloud had lived up to industry hype and 213 percent said that cloud had exceeded their expectations.
A few days ago, on 15 April, Forbes Magazine published an article 10 Things We've Learned About Cloud Computing, So Far. It dated the origins of cloud computing to "1999 with the launch of Salesforce.com, and to 2004, with the first Amazon Web Services offering," and went on list "some key lessons on what cloud is and is not all about."
IT research firm Gartner has been talking for several years about a disruptive ‘Nexus of Forces’ that will transform the world of information technology, and much else besides. These forces are mobile, social, cloud and data analytics. Gartner has now added another force to these, or rather, seems to be talking about a new nexus between these four in combination and the new force, that being the Internet of Things (IoT).
By examining how a number of companies have successfully migrated applications to the cloud, Forrester Research has come up with four recommendations that if followed will, it says, enable CIOs to overcome internal resistance and accelerate their organisations' journey to the cloud.
Collaboration is a confusing term in the context of the tools used to facilitate the same in the workplace. It embraces all the tools gathered under the umbrella term "unified communications" and considerably more. Increasing these additional components are the same or similar to those that now have wide acceptance among individuals. Facebook, Skype, Google Drive and Dropbox are prime examples.
The Techrepublic web site recently carried a list of "10 smart ways to spend the last of your 2014 tech budget." Clearly, it's a bit out of whack with the Australian financial year, but if you were to retitle it as "10 things to spend money on that might not seem like high priorities but could pay substantial dividends," the list becomes quite useful.
Last week I gave NBN Co a bit of a serve for stating the obvious, in a press release where it said: “Improved access to fast broadband through the National Broadband Network (NBN) will enable Aussie small businesses to better embrace the cloud computing revolution."