Why 76% of enterprises are prioritising AI and machine learning in 2021 IT budgets

43% of enterprises say their AI and machine learning (ML) initiatives matter “more than we thought,” with one in four saying AI and ML should have been their top priority sooner 50% of enterprises plan to spend more on AI and ML this year, with 20% saying they will be significantly increasing their budgets 56% of all enterprises rank governance, security and auditability issues as their highest-priority concerns today In just over a third of enterprises surveyed (38%), data scientists...

Microsoft launches Cloud for Retail in latest industry cloud targeting

Microsoft has announced the launch of Microsoft Cloud for Retail, in another sign of the largest cloud providers targeting specific industries and sectors.

The announcement, which was made at NRF 2021, the annual retail jamboree, aims to help brands enable what Microsoft calls 'intelligent retail'.

As Shelley Bransten, corporate vice president for worldwide retail and consumer goods at Microsoft noted, this involves "using digital solutions to help better know customers,...

Why public cloud is ‘essential for survival’ post-Covid as working patterns are transformed

More than a quarter of US-based IT leaders say large-scale public cloud migration is 'essential for business survival' post-Covid-19, according to a new report from cloud services provider Cloudreach.

The study, titled 'US Businesses Become Future-Ready With Large-Scale Cloud Migration' and which was put together by IDC InfoBrief, polled 200 US IT leaders on their experiences of digital transformation during the pandemic.

Two thirds (66%) of those polled said Covid-19 -...

Parler sues Amazon alleging act of ‘political animus’ after AWS, Twilio, Zendesk suspensions

Updated 13 Jan Parler, the social network popular with supporters of President Trump, has found itself silenced after various technology and hosting providers cut ties following the riots on Capitol Hill on Wednesday.

Amazon Web Services (AWS), on whose cloud Parler was hosted, told the company in an email, first reported by BuzzFeed, that it planned to suspend its account because it '[could not] provide services to a customer that is unable to effectively identify and remove...

2021 and the future of desktop as a service: Data centres, multi-cloud and 5G

If 2020 taught the world anything, it’s that we can’t know what’s coming next. Yet we can learn from what has come before and take an inventory of current resources to anticipate how they may influence the future. Otherwise, commerce screeches to a crushing halt. In light of the events that have affected businesses across the globe this year, we’ve seen a significant uptick in cloud adoption and in particular, desktop as a service. And we expect to see these trends continue into...

IBM study shows 40% of IT orgs don’t have skills to match ambitions: What is needed for an open, multi-cloud 2021

If 2020 was the year where demand and deployment of cloud services ramped up - primarily as a result of the restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic - 2021 will be the year where more sophisticated strategies will have to be developed.

The reason: to avoid security snafus, vendor lock-in fears, and costly compliance concerns. In other words, these are the same issues which have plagued cloud migration since the first EC2 instances were launched almost a decade and a half ago....

2021 predictions from Capgemini: The rise of cloud economics

Research by Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) shows that the cloud has delivered results for over 90% of organisations during the past year, when tackling the challenges that COVID presented.

CIF also points out that over the past few months, digital transformation across a majority of enterprises sped up by 69% – with 91% of decision-makers stating that cloud formed an important part of this transformation, and 40% describing the role of the cloud as crucial.

But...

Farewell 2020, hello 2021: The year in cloud reviewed – and what will come next?

2020 has been a year of tumult and turbulence with Covid-19 affecting professional and personal life for virtually everybody. While many sectors undoubtedly struggled, many cloud software and infrastructure providers had good years - at least on the balance sheet.

The uncertainty of the pandemic may remain for now, but it meant 2020 was certainly an interesting year for cloud news - with Covid by no means the only game in town. Here is CloudTech's assessment of the past 12 months,...

The best cloud and enterprise software companies for remote jobs in 2021 – according to Glassdoor

Glassdoor shows 3,937 companies in the middle of a hiring surge during Covid-19, 960 of which are in information technologyLeading software companies going through a hiring surge right now include Aha! Software, Appen, Clevertech, CrowdStrike, Datadog, Dataiku, Fastly, Hashicorp, Leidos, Liveops, Netskope, Proofpoint, Rackspace, Zapier and ZendeskModern Tribe, Dataiku, Zapier, PartnerCentric, Slack, Fuse, ScienceLogic and SAP are the highest rated companies by their employees on Glassdoor who...

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,...