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Big bucks continue to be spent on hardware and software, with a marked increase in cloud services, according to a new report. Forrester released the data of its annual survey on IT spending worldwide and detected areas with higher spending, including apps and tablets. Forrester Research's annual report on worldwide IT spending split the amount of $2.06 trillion spent this year from businesses and governments between hardware, software and services related to the IT world. CIOs and IT decision-makers plan their biggest software spending increases in mobile applications and middleware, analytics, security, and collaboration software, according to an article on CloudTimes.org. Software registered the largest share of tech spending in 2013 and companies will continue to spend in this segment particularly on smart and cloud computing in 2014. While investment in legacy a... (more)

Forrester: Cloud Computing Fuels IT Spending

As IT departments get the green light to update systems and implement solutions, cloud computing is increasingly getting a slice of those IT budgets. Cloud computing is on the list of top IT spending priorities for next year, according to Forrester Research. Software spending worldwide will continue to grow with a big focus on the cloud, and these worldwide trends reflect the focus of midsize firms, according to an article on MidsizeInsider.com. The Forrester research found that companies and governments spent more than $2 trillion on hardware, software and services. In the most... (more)

IBM Launches Federal Cloud Innovation Center in D.C.

Cloud computing's profile just took a leap in the polls. IBM announced the opening of a new Federal Cloud Innovation Center dedicated to helping federal agencies and other public-sector organizations advance the adoption of cloud computing across the government. The new IBM Federal Cloud Innovation Center in Washington, D.C., will bring IBM's cloud computing research efforts closer to federal agencies to develop specialized technologies and methods for building mission-ready clouds, Big Blue officials said. Moreover, the IBM center will draw on the cloud computing expertise of mo... (more)

Can Cloud Computing Scuttle Software Piracy?

With a growing amount of software applications using the Software-as-a-Service model, experts claim that software piracy will eventually be eliminated. Others, however, are claiming that users will just find ways to circumvent everything so that they won't pay for software use. The Business Software Alliance (BSA) released new survey results revealing 42 percent of the 15,000 PC users-respondents in 33 countries admitted to sharing their login credentials to paid cloud computing services with other people within their organizations, according to an article on CloudTimes.org. Ac... (more)

Cloud Computing Aided Resiliency in Wake of Sandy

Hurricane Sandy brought with it a heavy dose of disaster, but utilizing the cloud helped mitigate what could have been even more difficulties faced by businesses. "Overall, I think cloud does help," said Stephanie Balaouras, an analyst at Forrester Research. "Tier one cloud and SaaS providers such as Google and Amazon operate their cloud services from multiple data centers and can simply shift workloads to other locations as needed. They are also able to deliver a level of availability that many organizations could never achieve themselves. This includes the resiliency of the da... (more)