The guys from Evolve IP, a cloud services company, recently conducted a survey of over 1,200 IT professionals to learn how their businesses are adopting cloud services in 2014. After reviewing the study, I decided there are some very interesting findings that help predict the future of cloud adoption, and it would be interesting to share it here.
When it comes to new frontiers in business and technology, one area that has business leaders rushing in is the Internet of Things (IoT). Basically, the Internet of Things connects everyday objects with each other and the Internet.
There are plenty of helpful and promising applications in this space, and large companies are already experimenting with ways to turn into profits. However, startups usually have more freedom to generate new ideas, and the key remains coming up with the right ideas, having the right team and receiving financial backing from investors.
There is little doubt that the CIO needs to have 3rd party management as a core competency. This is expanding beyond the IT space and I wonder if the other CxOs know about this pocket of capability they should draw upon.
The use of cloud computing for custom-built, mission-critical enterprise applications is just beginning, but both the technology and mind-set are already influencing enterprise application architectures and delivery.
Smartwatches have been around for quite a while now, but these devices are mostly seen as a nice-to-have addition, rather than a must to have gadget. However, recently Apple presented its own product, the Apple Watch. How will this product impact the smartwatch market? Does Apple have another hit on their hands and will they manage to make the smartwatch mainstream?
For too many years, IT has seen the cost of operations - routine maintainance and other "keeping the lights on" activities - drawing a majority (typically quoted at 70-80%) of budgets instead of innovative and revenue generation initiatives. CIOs and IT business leaders know that a change is needed and we know that there is not a technology silver bullet. At Wikibon, we created the a new Infographic -The Changing Role of the CIO - to give a glimpse into the life of a modern CIO.
In the IT infrastructure space, there is always a limited amount of money that CIOs can spend on infrastructure and therefore a struggle between competing parts of the stack for budget. What was simpler in the mainframe days became less expensive, but more complex. Applications are supported by an infrastructure stack of servers, networking and storage; each with its own functionality. Through the 2000's, while companies like HP and IBM sold and bundled all of the pieces of the stack, each silo had unique hardware, software and full list of features.