IDC has released its latest predictions for 2013, and there's little surprise
that it sees cloud computing as one of the main movers of the IT world.
The IT industry's transition to "The Third Platform," built on mobile
computing, cloud services, social networking and Big Data analytics
technologies, has dominated annual predictions from IDC over the course of
the last several years.
For 2013, IDC predicts the transition to The Third Platform will gain
momentum as the industry accelerates past the exploration phase and into
full-blown, high-stakes competition, according to an article on BizTech2.com.
"The IT industry as a whole is moving toward the mobile / social / cloud /
Big Data world of the Third Platform much more quickly than many realize:
from 2013 through 2020, these technologies will drive around 90 percent of
all the growth in the IT market," said Frank Ge... (more)
This election season marked a major shift from the traditional ground game of
door-to-door get out the vote efforts to "Big Data politics" - in which
algorithms are run in the cloud on databases of voter information to figure
out who volunteers should target.
As captured in Rackspace's 2012 election "Powered by the Cloud" infographic,
nearly every digital component of the 2012 election utilized the cloud: from
the smartphone campaign apps to the social media systems to the super-secret
voter information files. The cloud industry was well equipped to handle the
terabytes of data... (more)
As you go, so goes your company. At least in terms of which cloud apps you
use that find their way into the workplace.
Showing that work imitates life, a CDW report surveyed 1,242 IT professionals
and found that a major driver of corporate cloud adoption is users'
experiences of consumer services.
Nearly three quarters of respondents (73%) claimed that, in their company,
employees' use of personal cloud apps has "significantly influenced" the
decision to move wholesale to the cloud. Similarly, just over three in five
(61%) cloud-using organizations agreed that employee personal d... (more)
There's consistent chatter about the new world of the cloud, and much of the
discussion involves how a small business saves substantially and can then
invest the savings elsewhere in its business.
For many small businesses that have used the cloud for a few years, according
to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, the experience has largely
Operating servers both on-site and in the cloud is "a very effective way of
reducing risk," said Michael Harries, chief technologist at Citrix Startup
Accelerator, a Silicon Valley investment firm that works specifically ... (more)
Ask not what your cloud can do for you, but what it can do for your country.
The Defense Department's IT infrastructure is on a mission of consolidation,
standardization, security and access, the Defense Department's principal
deputy CIO told attendees at a recent cloud computing panel discussion,
according to an article on Defense.gov.
The department is reducing the number of data centers from about 1,500 to "a
number far below that," Robert J. Carey said, and is implementing a coherent
and consistent architecture across thousands of computing environments.
This process is taking... (more)