Medium-sized businesses beat small firms to cloud computing roll out

Who’s leading the way when it comes to the implementation of on-demand computing? Rather than big CIOs of blue-chip organisations, research suggests medium-sized businesses are leading the charge to the cloud.

Managed services provider Claranet says 60% of medium-sized firm use cloud services, compared with 44% of small-sized and 48% of enterprise-sized organisations.

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A third of IT leaders believe the cloud will kill off the CIO by 2020

On-demand is changing enterprise IT provision but it’s going to be a slow evolution rather than a revolution and, in the majority of cases, the CIO will still be the executive in charge of technology.

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Fail to adopt 2020 vision and the cloud will kill the CIO

The cloud could be great – it could be the business’ way to buy IT on-demand in a cheap and more effective manner.

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Line-of-business spending means the CIO role is by-passed

An interesting tweet from Techworld.com deputy editor Sophie Curtis this morning, who’s attending the SAP user conference in Birmingham (#UKISUG11), England.

She referred to a presentation from IT analyst and guru Ray Wang, who suggests that IT budgets have been cut by 5% this year but that . . . → Read More: Line-of-business spending means the CIO role is by-passed

Cloud computing is inevitable and the future of IT is hybrid

I go to a lot of events about the cloud. No, that’s wrong – I go to hundreds of events about the cloud. Even if on-demand isn’t the main focus of the bash, someone will manage to bring up the topic of the cloud.

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Are you ready for the consumer revolution?

So, there’s this CIO. Everything’s working well; corporate systems have been selected, devices have been agreed, data is secure. Nice.

Except there’s a rather large elephant in the room that no one, not even the CIO, has considered thoughtfully enough: consumerisation.

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Find innovation or the IT department will be dead in 10 years

What will the cloud mean for the IT department? Will it mean the end of traditional IT organisation or will it create new time and space for technology executives to think in a strategic manner?

An interesting article by Martino Corbelli covers the issues, concenrating at first on the age-old problem for IT professionals; most . . . → Read More: Find innovation or the IT department will be dead in 10 years

The CIO role will not die because the business needs to know IT

It’s the whole point of this blog: if technology can be purchased like a utility on-demand, is the CIO position disappearing and what is the future of technology leadership?

The end point, apparently, is a world where individual business units take responsiblity for IT decision making. But is that a realistic end point?

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Will 2011 be a good year for IT and the CIO?

It’s 2011 prediction time and after the economic car crash of the last twelve months, should we really expect a brighter New Year?

The answer – at least according to silicon.com’s CIO Jury – is yes. When asked ‘will 2011 be a better year for the IT department than 2010?’, the jury answered ‘yes’ by . . . → Read More: Will 2011 be a good year for IT and the CIO?

Capex vs opex: Cloud computing has to better, not cheaper

The cloud doesn’t have to be a cheaper; on-demand computing just has to be better.

Much of the debate around the cloud concerns the switch from capex to opex and the potential saving with regards to purchased technology resources. That focus, however, is a red herring.

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