IDG Enterprise news release
Framingham, Mass. – IDG Enterprise—the media company comprising CFOworld, CIO, CIO Executive Council, Computerworld, CSO, DEMO, InfoWorld, ITworld and Network World—releases the results from the 2012 Cloud Computing survey examining cloud computing implementation, usage, investment plans and vendor requirements.
The survey, completed by more than 1,650 IT and security decision-makers from a range of industries, highlights the growth in cloud computing investments, demonstrating the value cloud computing provides to organizations. Respondents state that 34% of their current IT budget is allocated to cloud computing solutions and more than half (63%) expect to increase spending in the next 12 months. On average, organizations will increase cloud computing spending by 16%.
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The CIO and CMO of Model Metrics, a cloud computing and consulting firm, explain how their philosophy of radical openness has created a closely aligned partnership that benefits the company as a whole.
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NY Times, 12/2/10
The research firm IDC predicts that in 2011, computing’s third major technology wave will become mainstream, when computers held in one’s hand — smartphones and tablets — really take over and start putting personal computers in the rearview mirror.
Next year, the research firm says in a report published Thursday, there will be 330 million smartphones sold worldwide and 42 million media tablets. Tablet sales are expected to more than double next year, and to keep climbing, “breezing by netbooks, the phenomenon of two years ago,” said Frank Gens, chief analyst for IDC.
IDG News Service, 10/19/10
Microsoft made its long-awaited move to package the hosted version of Office with the hosted versions of Lync, SharePoint and Exchange with the unveiling on Tuesday of Office 365.
Office 365, scheduled to ship next year, is now available in limited beta form in 13 countries and regions and includes Office Web Apps, Exchange Online, SharePoint Online and Lync Online.
Office 365 for companies with fewer than 25 employees will cost US$6 per user per month. For larger organizations, Microsoft will offer additional options, including the first time Office Professional Plus on a subscription basis for $24 per user per month.
IDC News Release, 10/8/10
Recently published demand-side research by International Data Corporation (IDC) reveals that the move toward outsourced cloud services will dramatically change the requirements that outsourcers and service providers will need to meet to align with the performance and relationship expectations of customers.
The study, U.S. Customers Give Outsourcers a Thumbs Up in Performance, But Expectations Are on the Rise with the Move Toward Outsourced Cloud Services (Doc #222817), indicates access to new delivery models (e.g., cloud, software as a service [SaaS]) is becoming very important. This increased need to use these new models is going to significantly elevate customer expectations regarding the performance of their providers and subsequently change their relationship with providers. Changing customer expectations will require that providers, particularly “traditional” outsourcers such as – IBM, HP, CSC, Accenture, Wipro, TCS, Infosys, Capgemini, and Fujitsu – radically alter their current outsourcing business models.