Public Cloud Trends… shows steady cloud growth

ESG recently released a new research report: 2017 Public Cloud Trends by Bill Lundell, Director of Syndicated Research, and me. (Subscription login is required to read the report.) I won’t spoil the fun by repeating everything in the report in this blog, but some observations show that public cloud computing growth continues unabated. Over a third of the respondents state they have a cloud-first policy—where a new app is deployed using public cloud services unless someone makes a compelling case to deploy it using on-premises resources. A cloud-first policy is most prevalent in younger companies (age of org, not employees). On top of that, the SaaS usage trend continues its uptick, and more than 20% of the apps are deployed as SaaS by 62% of the respondents. This is an increase from 38% in 2013. To read the complete article, CLICK...

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Toward Enterprise Security Technology Integration

Last week, I posted a blog about the move toward cybersecurity vendor and technology consolidation along with a growing emphasis on technology integration in the enterprise. Here’s some additional data that reinforces these conclusions. As part of a recent ESG research project, 176 cybersecurity and IT professionals were presented with several statements and asked whether they agreed or disagreed with each one. Here are the results: To read the complete article, CLICK...

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…IT Transformation Is About Attitude as Well as Aptitude

Since I recently blogged about what I expect to find/check out at Dell EMC World in Vegas, I have had a large number of requests for more explanation about a particular reference I made. While the full blog is here, the section that caused the questions, and thus this extra blog post, was this: I expect Dell EMC will talk a lot about a hybrid world (everyone does these days, or else they are trying to defy gravity) but will do so from the perspective of “transformation”…this is borne of logic but also from knowing (a) that ESG just completed work with Dell EMC on just this topic—how to measure, evaluate, drive, and achieve “IT Transformation Maturity”—and (b) the fact that Digital/IT Transformation is all over the event website. To read the complete article, CLICK...

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Cybersecurity Skills Shortage Impact on Technology Innovation

I continue to research and write about the ongoing global cybersecurity skills shortage. For example, ESG research indicates that 45% of organizations report a problematic shortage of cybersecurity skills today, more than any other area within IT. Want more?  Here are a few tidbits from last year’s research project done in conjunction with the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA). In a survey of 437 cybersecurity professionals and ISSA members: 29% of cybersecurity professionals say that the global cybersecurity skills shortage has had a significant impact on their organization. Another 40% say that the global cybersecurity skills shortage has impacted their organization somewhat. To read the complete article, CLICK...

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Looking Forward to Backing Up — at Dell EMC World 2017

The Dell acquisition of EMC is complete.  Most of the leadership shifts and organizational realignments have happened.  The previously Dell Software data protection solution components have moved on under the Quest banner. In short, now that the dust has settled, Dell EMC’s data protection story is ready to move forward. During the past six EMC Worlds, I’ve watched EMC’s data protection momentum shift in significant ways: To read the complete article, CLICK...

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