Cloud computing in the healthcare industry may not have experienced the widespread adoption in the Asia/Pacific region than it has elsewhere, but a new survey conducted by IDC Health Insights suggests that the tide may be turning for the growth of cloud in healthcare. The new study, “Cloud Computing in Healthcare: An Asia/Pacific View,” released April 17, surveyed healthcare IT decision makers in six countries across the region. Sixty-nine percent of those surveyed indicated that they currently have a portion of their IT budget assigned to cloud computing, and none of them intend to reduce their cloud spending within the next three years. In fact, more than half of the 69 percent of IT decision makers who already have cloud computing budgeted intend to increase their cloud spending over the next three years. “The healthcare industry is waking up to the benefits of cloud architectures in solving their human resource issues, and helping them in their strategic business goals of improving patient satisfaction, clinical outcomes, and providing collaborative healthcare,” said Sash Mukherjee, IDC Health Insights, senior market analyst for the Asia/Pacific region. The study provides insights into the current and future trends of cloud technology adoption in the healthcare industry across Asia/Pacific amidst the huge uncertainty that surrounds it. Additional information about the study and the results of the survey is available on the company’s website. (IDC Health Insights, 508-935-4445, www.idc-hi.com.)
Fixed operators in developed economies are predicted to spend $53.5 billion on fiber network roll-outs between 2012 and 2017, according to new research Analysys Mason released on April 20. The report covered the economic regions of Central and Eastern Europe, developed Asia–Pacific, North America and Western Europe. Of those regions the most spending is expected to occur in Western Europe, where operators are expected to invest $25.9 billion over the next five years. The report, FTTx Roll-Out And Capex In Developed Economies: Forecasts 2012–2017, predicts that the amount that operators spend, and the rate of progress in extending the availability of super-fast and ultra-fast broadband to end users will vary enormously, raising questions about appropriate and efficient use of capital. According to the report about $43.9 billion, or 82 percent, of the predicted expenditure will be on fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) rather than very-high-bitrate digital subscriber lines (VDSL), the other main FTTx roll-out solution. However, those countries where the major operators are focusing on FTTC and VDSL will generally have much higher availability of next-generation broadband in five years’ time. The report also highlights the dangers of a pure FTTH approach at a time when cable and 4G mobile operators are able to upgrade more quickly than telcos. New enhanced DSL technologies such as vectoring and bonding will make it easier for operators to keep pace with cable competitors and one step ahead of any challenge from mobile operators to their core broadband businesses. The report also shows that take-up of next-generation access (NGA) appears to be gaining some momentum in Europe, following a slow start. It argues that five years after launch take-up rates for telcos of 25 percent or more in covered areas seem perfectly achievable. The report also indicates that the business case for NGA is not always best where the cost is lowest. The most critical factors are more likely to be income levels and previously poor quality broadband provision. It argues that super-fast broadband has been a difficult sell in some European countries because regulation has succeeded in encouraging facilities-based competition and, as a result, driving down ADSL prices. The report is available for purchase on the company’s website. Additional information about the report is also available on the site.
(Analysys Mason, 202-331-3080, www.analysysmason.com .)
Big Data can be the greatest resource for organizations to be smarter, more productive and discover never before seen opportunities. On the other hand, Big Data can be the black hole that sucks in all your time and resources trying to manage it. That, says Gartner’s new report, “Big Data Disruptions Tamed With Enterprise Architecture,” released April 17, is where Enterprise Architecture (EA) comes in. EA practitioners can chart the right course for Big Data across the most critical dimensions of the organization: business, culture, talent and technology, without getting sucked into its event horizon. “Traditional approaches to EA are significantly impacted by big data,” said David Newman, research vice president at Gartner. “For the EA practitioner, the balance shifts from a focus on optimization and standardization within the organization, to lightweight approaches that focus on harmonization and externalization across the broader enterprise ecosystem. Big data disrupts traditional information architectures, from a focus on data warehousing (data storage and compression) toward data pooling (flows, links, and information shareability). In the age of Big Data, the task for the EA practitioner is clear: Design business outcomes that exploit big data opportunities inside and outside the organization. Gartner has identified four critical impacts of big data, and how enterprise architects can address these issues. 1. Big Data enables decision makers to spot patterns quickly across different data types, but requires a data-savvy business strategy to achieve competitive advantage. Enterprise architects should educate leaders about potential big data opportunities available through analytics and pattern recognition tools and techniques, but also explain the risk factors, such as data privacy, regulatory and legal challenges. 2. Big data opportunities expose internal silos that leaders must address through proper incentives and metrics, which encourage data sharing and improve trust. Organizations may have the best technology and the best people, but if the internal culture is plagued by silos and lack of data sharing, they are less likely to achieve success with big data. 3. Big Data exposes talent gaps, introduces new interdisciplinary roles, and forces organizations to attract and retain data-savvy business specialists and managers with deep analytical skills. A major challenge is how organizations will attract and retain the right talent that exploits big data. 4. Big data requires technology specialists to acquire and apply tools, techniques and architectures for analyzing, visualizing, linking and managing big datasets. EA practitioners must help their organization understand how best to design and implement big data solutions. Additional information is provided in the report, which is available on the company’s website.
(Gartner, Inc., 408-468-8312, www.gartner.com.)
As military networks become more dependent on network collaboration, cyber attacks have rapidly increased in numbers and sophistication and cloud-computing systems open to the commercial Internet are vulnerable to hackers, according to a new report by Frost & Sullivan released April 18. Frost & Sullivan’s analysis of the DoD Cloud Computing Market research finds that their cloud spending will grow from $676 million in 2011 to reach $740 million in 2016, a compound annual growth rate of 3 percent. Additionally, cloud computing will enable the DoD to share servers, storage devices and applications to save resources and time. The military can maximize the potential of network-centric warfare and enhance collaboration by using commercially successful service-oriented architectures (SOA) to provide software and applications within a private cloud. Operational imperatives are also driving the DoD toward the cloud concept because of the unconventional nature of counter-insurgency and counter-terror warfare. Secure and seamless data sharing across different platforms gives warfighters a powerful operational and training resource. Mature, commercial cloud technologies have been used in many segments of the military due to their benefits of cost savings, faster fielding times, and ease of upgrades. But closed intranets with higher levels of security are much safer. And the DoD’s recent negative experiences with WikiLeaks and foreign hacking highlight the necessity of solid security, even for internal networks. Until standardized architectures are more widely employed and the DoD is confident that the network and data storage available through cloud services is secure, cloud computing is unlikely to experience widespread implementation, according to Frost & Sullivan. However, the DoD’s mandate to migrate to IP v6 is incomplete and behind schedule. Moreover, there are many structural limitations to proprietary networks. Cloud computing’s inherent cost advantages will be offset by its attendant cultural and security requirements. In such a scenario, Frost & Sullivan says, technologies and services that ensure reliable network security and cloud computing are expected to demonstrate rapid growth. The DoD will lay emphasis on sophisticated networking systems that can be upgraded as newer technologies appear. “Industry standards-based clouds can enable the DoD to permanently eliminate the IT generational gap between legacy and state-of-the-art commercial technology,” said Brad Curran, senior research analyst for Frost & Sullivan. “In addition, clouds will cut response time and simplify engineering, integration and training while lowering costs and allowing the DoD to commoditize many parts of network security. Specific cloud programs and contracts will remain rare, but existing programs will continue to be modified to meet the requirement to maximize cloud-computing technologies. This will allow them to be applied to the existing networks till 2016, when the cost and operational benefits will become apparent and upgrades and integration will be faster and cheaper.” Frost & Sullivan’s analysis of the U.S. Department of Defense Cloud Computing Market is part of the Defense Growth Partnership Services program, which also includes research in the markets of commercial aviation, military aviation, homeland security, and the DoD budget. Additional information on the research is available from Frost & Sullivan.
(Frost & Sullivan, 210-477-8427, www.frost.com.)
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