Gartner has identified the top 10 technologies and trends for 2012 that will be strategic – with the potential for significant impact on the enterprise in the next three years. The top 10 strategic technologies for 2012 are:
(Full text of the announcement can be found at: www.gartner.com/it/page.jsp?id=1826214. Contact: Gartner, 408/468-8312 www.gartner.com).
Cloud computing will be a key driver of net new IT spending over the next five years as public cloud service providers and the adopters of private cloud environments invest in the supporting infrastructure, International Data Corp. (IDC) said in a new forecast released last Thursday. Overall spending by public cloud service providers on storage hardware, software, and professional services will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 23.6 percent from 2010 to 2015. Enterprise spending on storage for the private cloud will experience a CAGR of 28.9 percemt. By 2015, combined spending for public and private cloud storage will be $22.6 billion worldwide.
“Despite current economic uncertainties, IDC expects cloud service providers – both public and private – to be among the most expansive spenders on IT products and services as they continue to build out their facilities worldwide and expand their service options,” said Richard Villars, vice president, Storage Systems & Executive Strategies at IDC.
Public cloud service providers as well as major adopters of private cloud environments have five information requirements that are driving their current storage demands. These are: enabling more efficient delivery of information/applications to Internet-based customers; reducing up-front infrastructure investment levels; minimizing internal IT infrastructure investment associated with unpredictable workloads; lowering and/or distributing the ongoing costs associated with long-term archiving of information; enabling near-continuous, real-time analysis of large volumes and wide varieties of customer-, partner-, and machine-generated data. To meet these diverse requirements, organizations will continue to demand access to low-cost storage capacity plus a growing range of complementary advanced data transformation, security, and analytics solutions. (Full text of the announcement can be found at: www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS23097611. Contact: IDC, 508/988-7988, http://www.idc.com).
Cloud computing is transforming how CIOs view themselves and their role in their business – a paradigm shift that raises the likelihood of them being promoted to the top job in their organizations, a new report from CA Technologies finds. Of the CIOs surveyed for the “Future Role of the CIO” report, 54% believe that cloud computing has enabled them to spend more time on bus
The likelihood of CIOs making the transition to CEO is increasing. Although only 4% of CIOs have become CEOs so far, those that have adopted cloud computing tend to be more driven than their non-cloud adopting peers are. Also, 71% of CIOs who have adopted cloud computing see their position as a viable path to pursue other management roles, compared to only 44% of those that have not adopted cloud. iness strategy and innovation.(Full text of the announcement can be found at: www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/the-skys-the-limit-cloud-computing-seen-as-a-driver-for-cios-looking-to-advance-to-the-ceo-role-132138168.html. Contact: CA Technologies, 866/851-5273, http://www.ca.com).
New research from International Data Corporation (IDC) finds increasing small and medium-sized business (SMB) are interested in a broad range of enterprise and consumer communications capabilities.
Forward-looking SMBs are selectively using a range of tools including voice-over-IP (VoIP); conferencing technologies that support audio, Web, and video; and unified messaging, which integrates voice and data messaging. Still, relatively few have implemented a comprehensive, end-to-end unified communications (UC) system that can deliver connectivity and collaboration capabilities beyond the sum of its separate parts.
"Many SMB business and IT priorities relate to communication and collaboration," says Justin Jaffe, research manager for Small/Medium-Sized Business and Remote Worker/Home Business research at IDC.
"SMBs are interested in both underlying capabilities and specific UC technologies. The real challenge for vendors is to effectively connect the benefits of unified communications to improved business performance. Show how UC can make a real difference in productivity and efficiency and SMBs will flock to it."
(Full text of the announcement can be found at: www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS23080911. Contact: IDC, 508/872-8200; www.idc.com).
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