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...

Boris Krumrey, UiPath: On RPA for digital transformation and the fully-automated enterprise

UiPath, a provider of robotic process automation (RPA) software, has had a stellar few years. The company has placed third in the two most recent Forbes Cloud 100 lists, ranking the most prestigious privately-held cloud computing companies. The company won't be there this year, as it looks to an IPO - but plenty of innovation remains.

Ahead of the company's participation at Digital Transformation Week from April 20-22, CloudTech spoke with Boris Krumrey, global VP of automation...

Siemens and Google Cloud come together for AI-flavoured manufacturing cloud

Updated 1600 BST: Siemens and Google Cloud are working together to deliver AI-based solutions in manufacturing - in what can be seen as another 'industry cloud' offering.

The two companies have announced an agreement where Siemens will integrate Google Cloud's machine learning and artificial intelligence technologies with its factory automation products.

The opportunity lies in connecting what Siemens calls AI 'islands' on the manufacturing floor. Manufacturers have...

Accenture: How to get cloud migration right in the rush for digital transformation

Cloud technology was a vital lifeline for organisations disrupted by Covid-19. For many it was all that kept the lights on, allowing them to quickly build and scale their remote services and operations. Accenture’s recent Technology Vision 2021 report found that 82% of organisations are ramping up their use of cloud in a direct response to the pandemic.

However, as businesses look to recover from the crisis the conversation has changed around cloud. Enterprises operating during...

Danielle Royston, TelcoDR: On buying Ericsson’s MWC stand and the public cloud-telco opportunity

A curious announcement hit the wires from the GSMA on March 12. "GSMA introduces TelcoDR, the public cloud transformation specialist, as one of the largest exhibitors by floor space at MWC Barcelona 2021," it ran.

The upshot? Ericsson had pulled out of this year's jamboree - to be held this year at the end of June - and TelcoDR has taken its place. But who is TelcoDR?

The clue is in the initials. Former Optiva chief executive Danielle Royston, known to associates as...

Bridging the gap between management and frontline teams with the cloud: A guide

The COVID-19 pandemic revealed two things about managers and the frontline teams they lead. First, the relationship between the two is almost entirely driven by technology — specifically cloud-based technologies — in this age of remote work. Second, many companies lack the technologies necessary to keep everyone linked together through an unprecedented event like the one we’ve experienced.

When shutdown orders forced offices to either close or start working in drastically...

What you need to know about soaring enterprise machine learning investments

The second wave of enterprise AI/ML adoption is growing rapidly. We expect it to crest in 2021, as many organisations have been increasing and accelerating their investments in tools and people.

That was one of the unmistakable conclusions of our 2021 enterprise trends in machine learning report: 83% of the companies we surveyed said their AI/ML budgets had increased year-over-year, and we found that the average number of data scientists they employ has increased by 76%...

Exploring ERP with the X-factor: Under the hood – and getting emotional

ERP is known for providing the heartbeat, backbone and the bookkeeping system of modern businesses. Companies need it to keep the wheels turning and the lights on. They rely on it to be a single source of truth and a journal of record but it is rarely seen as having an X-factor: that extra something that delights users and shows the value of extreme innovation. Even when spelled out, the term means next to nothing to the person on the street: it’s not glamorous in the way of a smartphone...

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...

Google Cloud: Three tech and cloud trends which are fuelling business recovery in 2021

Businesses are at a pivotal moment in time. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) estimates that global GDP shrank by 4.4% in 2020, and contraction in the most advanced economies is estimated to be 5.8%. Today, however, vaccine availability and distribution brings us the brightest glimmer of hope yet that slowing the devastation of the virus may be a reality. More effectively addressing the health crisis also means economic recovery is becoming a stronger possibility - if businesses can...