Mike Vizard

Mike Vizard has covered IT for more than 25 years, and has edited or contributed to a number of tech publications including InfoWorld, eWeek, CRN, Baseline, ComputerWorld, TMCNet, and Digital Review. He currently blogs for IT Business Edge and contributes to CIOinsight, The Channel Insider, Programmableweb and Slashdot. Mike blogs about emerging cloud technology for Intronis.
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Gartner 2015 IT Spending Forecast Creates Cause for Pause

Posted by Mike Vizard on Jan 27, 2015 10:08:15 AM

Theoretically at least, a flood should lift all boats. But when it comes to IT services, the weight of that boat might make a significant difference.

Buried inside a new report from Gartner that forecasts that worldwide IT spending will grow 2.4 percent to $3.8 trillion in 2015 is some news that may give IT service providers reason to exercise caution. While the 2015 forecast is for a 2.4 percent increase in spending, that growth rate represents a significant drop from the 3.9 percent growth rate that Gartner had previously forecasted.

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Topics: Cloud Industry and Technology, Cloud Trends

The Shift of ERP applications to the cloud is on

Posted by Mike Vizard on Jan 22, 2015 3:30:17 PM

When it comes to on premise IT systems, ERP applications are one of the last major bastions. But not only is Gartner forecasting that Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) application spending will reach $20 billion, the market research firm also predicts that within the next two years the majority of ERP applications sold will be running in the cloud.

Gartner says the primary driver of this trend will not necessarily be a desire to cut costs but rather to craft more agile business processes. In fact, Gartner says the ERP suite (as it was once known) is being deconstructed into postmodern ERP that will result in a more federated, loosely coupled ERP environment where much of the functionality is sourced as either a cloud service or via business process outsourcer (BPO).

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Topics: Cloud Trends

Reliance on IT services firms to build private clouds starts to fall

Posted by Mike Vizard on Jan 21, 2015 1:21:03 PM

In 2014, building private clouds created a major revenue stream opportunity for IT services firms because the expertise required to set one up was in short supply. But a survey of 1,865 IT organizations conducted by Technology Business Research (TBR) may give IT services firms some reason for pause going into 2015.

The survey found that that while private clouds represent a $41 billion market opportunity growing at a rate of 15 percent– 65 percent of those clouds were built by a third-party. Taking into account all the self-built clouds, the survey found that 83 percent of the private clouds built involved a professional IT services organization. But year over year, that represents a 3 percent decline.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

Custom processors have a massive cloud impact

Posted by Mike Vizard on Jan 16, 2015 12:13:46 PM

Amazon Web Services (AWS) this week announced that new C4 instances based on Intel Xeon E5-2666 v3 processors that Intel worked with AWS to optimize are now available. Because these are the fastest instances of AWS, interest in C4 will no doubt be high. But AWS is hardly the only cloud service provider building its own servers in the cloud. In fact, the prevalence of custom servers in the cloud is one of the primary reasons shipments of commercial servers now only grow in the range of single digits year over year.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

Retail Industry starts to look to the cloud

Posted by Mike Vizard on Jan 14, 2015 2:22:41 PM

When it came to IT, retail has long been viewed as one of the most laggard of all vertical industries. But thanks to the rise of mobile computing and security issues retailers are not only investing IT more heavily than ever, they are beginning to beat a path to the cloud, as evidenced at the National Retail Federation (NRF) 2015 conference this week.

With the rise of mobile payment systems, many retailers are now looking at the need to increase their investments in IT infrastructure to support those transaction volumes. The challenge is that despite the volume of business a retailer might conduct, profit margins are still very often razor thin. Faced with having to make a capital investment in IT infrastructure, many retailers are now opting for cloud services that can  scale up and down more easily to meet transaction requirements that are often by definition seasonal in nature.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

IoT Depends on the Cloud for ultimate success

Posted by Mike Vizard on Jan 9, 2015 2:00:00 PM

Much like mobile computing before it, the ultimate success of the Internet of Things (IoT) will ultimately depend on the cloud services that enable it. Nowhere was that fact brought home more this week than at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

Some of the most relevant IoT announcements to IT service providers that were made at CES include:

  • An IoT platform from Blackberry that makes use of the company’s core technology to secure communications between a cloud service and end point devices.
  • An alliance between PubNub, a provider of a data streaming service in the cloud, and Atmel, developers of processors that are widely used in embedded systems.
  • The release of AllJoyn Gateway Agent that connects IoT devices built using the open source project to backend cloud services.
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Topics: Cloud Trends, Events and Webinars

Cloud Computing drives concentration of data center co-location services

Posted by Mike Vizard on Jan 6, 2015 8:43:27 AM

The rise of cloud computing appears to be driving a wave of ongoing concentration across the traditional data center co-location market. A new report from 451 Research finds that six percent of the vendors providing these services now account for half the $25 billion in revenue being generated.

According to the latest data culled from a Datacenter KnowledgeBase (DCKB) created by 451 Research that spans 3,685 individual data centers from 1,086 global data center companies, the top 10 players account for 28 percent of the $25 billion in revenue and the top 60 players account for 52 percent of the $25 billion in revenue.The report finds that more than 1,000 additional companies generate the remaining 48 percent of revenue.

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Topics: Cloud Industry and Technology

IT interest in private cloud services set to soar

Posted by Mike Vizard on Dec 31, 2014 8:30:00 AM

As IT organizations gear up for 2015 a new survey from NaviSite, a cloud service provider owned by Time-Warner Cable, finds that building the private cloud using infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) services is now a top priority for IT organizations in the U.S.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

Finance applications start to make shift to the cloud

Posted by Mike Vizard on Dec 29, 2014 9:00:00 AM

Finance departments are notoriously conservative, but new research from Saugatuck Technology suggests that CFOs are getting ready to make the move to the cloud. A survey of 317 finance and IT executives in North America finds that over one third of respondents are actively evaluating options to replace (21%), or have plans to replace their financial management systems in the next 24 months.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

Benefits of cloud computing move beyond cost

Posted by Mike Vizard on Dec 23, 2014 8:30:00 AM

Two years ago the primary reason for moving to the cloud was cutting costs. But a new study of 500 global business executives conducted by KPMG finds that while cost is still the primary factor, agility and productivity are now playing a much bigger role in driving the cloud adoption.

Just about half (49%) of the respondents in 2014 cited cost efficiencies as major use case driving cloud adoption; which compares to 48 percent in the 2012 survey KPMG conducted.

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Topics: Cloud Trends