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Is the end of support for Windows Server 2003 a cause for panic?

As with ‘Y2K’ at the end of the millennium, clear, logical planning is key to guarding against the worst-case scenario.

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Unless you have been living under a rock or have an impressive gift for auto-filtering what information enters your brain, you will be aware that as of July 15thextended support will no longer be available for Windows Server 2003. Of course, this translates into a seemingly nightmare scenario whereby your IT dept will no longer receive patches or security updates to fix bugs or performance issues, meaning your applications and business will be at risk. Any new threats to your systems won’t be tackled and they will become a security risk as well as a big headache on the compliance front. 

Countless blogs and articles have been produced warning of the looming deadline and the huge risk a company will take by not being fully prepared for it. Some companies, like during the Y2K ‘scare’, have tried to take advantage of this by indulging in a little scaremongering, conjuring up all manner of disastrous scenarios in the hope that they can take a sizeable bite out of your IT budget. 

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Cloud computing is a disruptive innovation - ITIL best practice helps you adapt

This white paper sets out to describe at a high level what cloud computing is, how cloud computing is a disruptive innovation and what this means to IT organizations across the globe. Under examination will be the effect of cloud computing on existing IT management practices, including IT service management (ITSM) and ITIL best practices. This paper contains a number of real-life examples where current approaches require some adaption to cater for cloud computing. The summary concludes with an approach on how an IT organization can retain its current ITIL best practices in an environment using and adopting cloud computing and cloud based services.

SMB Cloud Adoption Trends in 2014 Infographic

Infographic: SMB Cloud Adoption Trends in 2014

Today, the cloud is a mainstream part of IT, having been adopted to some degree by nearly 90 percent of businesses. This rapid growth is due largely to the new and unexpected ways in which the cloud has matured over the last few years. 

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The value proposition of cloud computing has always been clear—easy provisioning, flexible scaling and cost savings. But we’re now seeing apps and workloads that IT never expected would run in the cloud—and they’re often running leaner and faster than ever before. 

Say the word “cloud” to an IT professional today, and an entirely different image comes to mind than would have popped up five years ago. 

Early on, “the cloud” meant public cloud. Today it encompasses a range of hybrid offerings—combinations of cloud hosting and dedicated hardware, along with the software tools that enable these systems to work together seamlessly. Cloud security has evolved, too. For years, security concerns have been a major barrier to adoption. But as studies have increasingly concluded that the cloud is as secure as on-premise infrastructure, we’re beginning to see this sentiment shift. One recent study found that 94 percent of SMB cloud adopters report that they have experienced security benefits since moving to the cloud. 

And with the advent of bare metal servers that can be provisioned in minutes, even dedicated hardware is evolving to be more cloud-like. 

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Gartner Identifies Top Tech Trends for 2015

Gartner Identifies the Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2015 

 SureSkills Tech Trends

 

Gartner, Inc. today highlighted the top 10 technology trends that will be strategic for most organizations in 2015. 

Gartner defines a strategic technology trend as one with the potential for significant impact on the organization in the next three years. Factors that denote significant impact include a high potential for disruption to the business, end users or IT, the need for a major investment, or the risk of being late to adopt. These technologies impact the organization's long-term plans, programs and initiatives.

"We have identified the top 10 technology trends that organizations cannot afford to ignore in their strategic planning processes," said David Cearley, vice president & Gartner Fellow. "This does not necessarily mean adoption and investment in all of the trends at the same rate, but companies should look to make deliberate decisions about them during the next two years."

Mr. Cearley said the top trends for 2015 cover three themes: the merging of the real and virtual worlds, the advent of intelligence everywhere, and the technology impact of the digital business shift.

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Deloitte claim CIOs struggle to drive IT innovation

Deloitte join ranks of analysts claiming other C-level roles will threaten CIOs

Driving digital strategies and Big Data analytics are the key technology investments for CIOs next year, although their role in shaping technology strategies is “uncertain”, according to research from accounting and advisory house Deloitte. 

The research, which claims to have questioned 900 global CIOs found that 77% of IT budgets were the same or up from last year, with 23% of them down. When asked where they would invest more money if they had it, the majority (30%) said analytics and Big Data. Mobile apps (17%) and private cloud (15%) were second and third in the priority list. Deloitte claim CIOs struggle to drive IT innovation

More than half of CIOs (52%) consider innovation an “important priority”, but said they receive little funding within their IT function. Almost half have less than 10%of their budgets aligned to innovation-related activities. 

Deloitte said in a statement that its survey reveals a “disparity between the excitement over and proposed investment in technology”, and the role the CIO is playing in this transformation. Kevin Walsh, head of Deloitte’s technology consulting practice, said, “The ongoing lack of innovation budget is very surprising given positive current market conditions and a general acknowledgement that technology is essential for organisations to deliver stronger customer engagement. 

“Either there is still limited budget for innovation, or, and perhaps more likely, it has been given to someone else in the organisation.”

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