Greg Day, Palo Alto Networks: On protecting our way of life in the digital age

Security threats have evolved considerably over the years and Palo Alto Networks knows more than most that “protecting our way of life” also requires a digital approach in the modern world.

Historically, nations would protect their way of life by having the sharpest swords, the biggest guns, the sturdiest tanks, or the fastest planes. Nowadays, it’s as much – if not more – about who has the most secure networks and systems.

CloudTech spoke with Greg Day, VP...

The most innovative companies of 2021 according to BCG: Alphabet, Amazon, Microsoft all make it

Apple, Alphabet, Amazon, Microsoft, and Tesla are considered the five most innovative companies, according to BCG’s analysis of the 50 most innovative companies of 2021Abbott Labs, AstraZeneca, Comcast, Mitsubishi, and Moderna join the top 50 most innovative companies for the first time this yearThe fastest movers include Toyota, who jumped from 41st to 21st; Salesforce, who jumped from 35th to 22nd; and Coca-Cola, who jumped from 48th to...

Gartner sees surge in public cloud spend as CIOs shed migration inhibitions

Global end user spending on public cloud services is forecast to grow to $332 billion in 2021 at a yearly growth of 23.1%, according to the latest figures from Gartner.

Software as a service (SaaS) continues to be the largest bucket, representing almost 37% of total spend in 2021. Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) represents almost a quarter, with platform as a service (PaaS) at 17.9% and business process as a service (BPaaS) at 15%.

In terms of growth, desktop as a...

How European CISOs are driving increased IT security investment

The chief information security officer (CISO) role has gained new importance, due to increased cyber threats. Moreover, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on security-related IT investment in Europe, which will continue to grow rapidly in 2021.

During the pandemic, organisations have been re-architecting their IT security perimeters to protect operations and critical data. The pandemic, and measures to curb it with remote working, have pushed the enterprise network...

Five tips to help CIOs create a game-changing IT department

The last couple of years have been unlike any others. Digital transformation – be it through the establishment of remote working or the creation of new e-commerce channels – has taken place at lightning speed.

At this time of rapid change, IT teams have operated under extreme conditions. They’ve had to deal with reduced teams and tech budgets, fast-changing organisational priorities, and increased threats in terms of business continuity and information...

Why more CIOs are focusing on digital business acceleration talent

Enterprise CEOs are looking to their most senior technology leaders to deliver competitive digital business transformation projects that enable new revenue growth. Furthermore, they crave business technology champions that are skilled in motivating and developing IT talent for their top priorities.

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to transform how CIOs manage, collaborate, and respond to their key stakeholders. 70% of hiring processes for new CIOs rank individual determination and...

The continuing migration of enterprise software to the cloud: What the C-suite needs to know now

The traditional enterprise software landscape has evolved significantly over the last decade. CTOs and line of business leaders look to online service offerings that deliver functionality via a usage-based pricing model. It's often the fastest path to demo application software and determine user acceptance.

Furthermore, while new agile software development methodologies have replaced legacy waterfall approaches that were common during the mainframe and client-server computing era,...

What makes the quintessential chief information security officer?

Given the strategic significance of digital transformation, IT security leadership is a really important role. And yet, only 12 percent of chief information security officers (CISOs) excel in all four categories of the 'CISO Effectiveness Index', according to the latest worldwide market study by Gartner.

Gartner analysts presented their global survey findings and discussed the key traits of top-performing CISOs during their recent 'Security & Risk Management...

Gartner analysis: To face new realities, tech CEOs need to bounce forward

Any crisis is significant, but the impact of a global health crisis affects every part of a business’ operations and its employees. Unlike an economic recession or the disruption created by a new technology, COVID-19 brought an immediate event that changed how we think and work at the most fundamental levels. Today tech CEOs are moving into the second phase of their COVID-19 response – they’ve regained their operational footing and are refocusing on new customer...

KPMG’s Enterprise Reboot report: Hybrid outpaces multi-cloud as model of choice through Covid-19

The potential for the convergence of technologies such as cloud computing, artificial intelligence, blockchain and 5G to alter business processes was already evident. Yet the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown has shone a light on how hesitant organisations 'are likely to be flattened by savvier competitors that push the edges of innovation.'

Those words are taken from a KPMG report, put together alongside HFS Research, which surveyed 900 business and technical executives...