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Channel Futures’ 2023 MSP Outlook: Cybersecurity, Automation Will Be Paramount

Allison Francis, Channel Futures, December 30, 2022

“According to Raum Sandoval, CISO, Entara, implementing additional security measures and solutions can be a complex and time-consuming process. This is where governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) comes in. By focusing on GRC, businesses will be able to identify their most pressing risks and develop a plan for addressing them in an orderly and systematic way. To support this process, we are likely to see an increase in the use of virtual chief information security officer (vCISO) services to help businesses navigate this shift effectively.

“Automation will also be increasingly important for providers and customers alike, particularly smaller shops. According to Javid Khan, CTO, IT By Design, 2023 will be all about automation and innovation. This will be driven by customers who will push their IT providers to prepare for the ever-looming recession with more creative, cost-effective technology. ‘Automation will be key for reducing the time required to resolve service tickets and fulfill the more mundane daily tasks,’ says Khan. ‘The automation will garner extra time for tech teams to focus on higher priority projects or additional revenue-generating special projects, boosting profitability.’” READ MORE

DevOps Must Embrace Automation in 2023

Mike Vizard,, January 3, 2023

“A survey of 500 engineering and software development professionals in the U.S. suggests more DevOps teams than ever need to resolve to embrace automation at a deeper level in the new year. The survey, sponsored by Chronosphere, a provider of an observability platform, found engineers spend, on average, more than 10 hours per week attempting to triage and understand incidents. That equates to a quarter of a 40-hour workweek. Overall, 96% of respondents said they spend most of their time resolving low-level issues, with 88% reporting that amount of time negatively impacts them and their careers because so much time is spent troubleshooting IT issues.

“Chronosphere CEO Martin Mao said much of the stress DevOps teams encounter results from reliance on DevOps platforms that organizations built themselves. Platforms built and supported by a vendor today typically provide higher levels of automation that reduce overall stress levels, he added. It’s not clear how big an appetite for change any organization that has built their own DevOps platforms may have in 2023. The challenge is that the initial cost of swapping in a commercial platform may appear high given the fact that the legacy platform is already deployed. However, the cost of the acquisition of a new platform needs to be weighed against the total cost of ongoing operations. A lot of soft costs show up in, for example, higher turnover rates for DevOps professionals that are likely to find a more rewarding job elsewhere that is less tedious.” READ MORE

Top 10 Cloud Computing trends to Look Out for in 2023

Aiswarya PM, Analytics Insight, January 2, 2023

“Succeeding in the cloud can be complex, and CIOs have continued to fumble their cloud strategies in 2022 in a variety of ways, industry observers say. Topping the list of typical cloud strategy are three mistakes that fall under the heading of mental blueprint blunders: assuming that a cloud strategy is an IT-only endeavor, that all data must be moved to the cloud, and that a cloud strategy is the same as a data center strategy. In addition to going it alone, insisting on moving all data to the cloud, and approaching the cloud the way they would a data center, CIOs also often fall prey to flawed thinking about the scope of their digital transformation, either by failing to have an exit strategy or believing it is too late to implement a cloud strategy at all.

“CIOs also blow their cloud strategy out of the gate by confusing a cloud strategy with an implementation plan or confusing an ‘executive mandate’ or ‘cloud first’ motto with an actual cloud strategy, according to Gartner. The blueprint for each company’s digital transformation is unique and requires a deep dive into all IT systems by the entire C-suite and IT team to optimize the outcome, analysts note. No third party knows an enterprise better than its executives and employees. But perhaps the worst sin CIOs can make, analysts across the spectrum agree, is fail to plan for the shift in culture and skills required to devise and implement a successful cloud strategy.” READ MORE

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Almost everything is in the cloud—and experts are worried

Robert Stevens, Fortune, October 24, 2022

“For seven hours last December, huge chunks of the internet shut down without warning. For companies, the damage was severe. The culprit? A single outage in Amazon’s cloud computing servers in Northern Virginia, where several million square feet of computers buzz throughout the night for customers as diverse as ESPN and McDonald’s. The incident, by no means isolated, reveals how much companies and governments outsource computing power to a handful of centralized services. Just three companies, Amazon, Microsoft, and Google, command about two-thirds of cloud infrastructure.

“Vili Lehdonvirta warns that these cloud providers have become so powerful that they already rival the power of nation-states, and that the organizations that rely on them are leading themselves to internet serfdom. The obvious solution to the threat of technological dependency would be to stop using the cloud so much and return to the decentralized computing that prevailed in the 1990s, during which companies ran their own servers. But that is easier said than done. Nor is there much incentive for organizations to avoid the cloud in the short term. Meanwhile, the leading cloud companies are piling up the money and consolidating their dominance. Amazon alone commands a third of the cloud computing market, and last year sourced 74% of its $24.8 billion profit line from AWS. The money will continue to pour in: Research firm Gartner predicts that customers will spend $600 billion on its services by the end of next year.” READ MORE

DevOps Burnout? Try Platform Engineering

Luca Galante, TheNewStack, October 20, 2022

“Are we in the middle of the Great DevOps Burnout? This report from Haystack says yes. Eighty-three percent of the 258 software engineers surveyed reported feelings of burnout from high workloads, inefficient processes, and unclear goals and targets. Only 26% of participants reported working solely on product development, whereas 74% reported working on operations tasks in some capacity. There is a growing conversation in the DevOps community about whether developers can or want to take on operations tasks. The cognitive load on developers in setups like these is overwhelming and creates a variety of organizational inefficiencies. Here, experienced backend engineers take on infrastructure tasks and help less experienced developers on their team with DevOps work. This additional responsibility prevents them from focusing on developing features and delivering the most value to the company.

“For many organizations, the key is platform engineering, designing and building toolchains and workflows that enable self-service capabilities for software engineering organizations in the cloud native era. Platform engineers build what is often called an internal developer platform, which covers the operational necessities of the entire life cycle of an application. Platform engineering tries to enable true DevOps by following a Platform as a Product approach to strike the right balance between maintaining developer freedom and finding the right level of abstraction. Platform teams pave paths of least resistance, called golden paths, for developers using the platform, drive standardization by design and connect various parts of the toolchain together to build a coherent and improved developer experience. This enables self-service capabilities for the organization while abstracting away the unnecessary complexity that contributes to cognitive load. Internal developer platforms are also associated with a lower change failure rate, which means fewer late-night shifts or weekend work for engineers being on call.” READ MORE

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70% of tech infrastructure will be cloud-based within three years

Duncan MacRae, CloudTech, October 6, 2022

“Cloud is quickly becoming the corporate norm, and is being used by companies to drive dramatic improvements beyond cost and scalability, including increased innovation, faster time to market and insights, and enhanced cybersecurity. A study by the Hackett Group found that 70% of all technology infrastructure will be cloud-based within two to three years. Typical companies are seeing post-migration reduction in technology infrastructure costs of 12%.

“Other significant benefits include: A 36% increase in developer time devoted to innovation, a 45% reduction in time to market for new product features and functionality, a 53% reduction in the time to achieve actionable insights from data, a total of 44% fewer security and other critical infrastructure incidents, and a 52% average reduction in down-time. Top performers in the study saw even more dramatic benefits, including a 37% reduction in technology infrastructure costs (more than 3x of what typical companies achieved) and an average of 15 percentage points greater improvement across nearly a dozen objectives tracked in the study.” READ MORE

81% of IT teams directed to reduce or halt cloud spending by C-suite

VB Staff, VentureBeat, October 7, 2022

“According to a new study from Wanclouds, 81% of IT leaders say their C-suite has directed them to reduce or take on no additional cloud spending as costs skyrocket and market headwinds worsen. As organizations move forward with digital transformations they set out on at the beginning of the pandemic, multicloud usage is becoming increasingly unwieldy, and costs are difficult to manage across hybrid environments. Furthermore, a wrench has been thrown into IT teams’ plans over the last two quarters in the form of the market tumult. Rising inflation and interest rates, along with fears of a potential recession have put increasing financial and operational strain on organizations. As a result, many companies are reevaluating their digital ambitions as cloud spending is brought under the microscope.

“The report reveals that IT decision-makers are taking action to rein in costs, with 39% noting they’ve decided to move or leave significant cloud consumption and high-performance workloads on premise, and a further 29% noting they’ve switched public cloud providers in the first half of 2022 due to high prices. Visibility and tracking of cloud spending is also being challenged by the industry’s embrace of hybrid and multicloud infrastructure, which can be more complex to manage. For instance, as containers become increasingly utilized as the go-to platform for hybrid cloud strategies, 70% of those implementing Kubernetes say it has increased their overall cloud spending. In addition, only slightly more than 4 out of 10 IT leaders say they have visibility today into costs and consumption across their entire cloud environment.” READ MORE

IT Pros Lack Time, Support to Learn Vital Cloud Computing Skills

Nathan Eddy, ITPro Today, October 10, 2022

“Organizations are battling a cloud computing skills literacy gap as they look to further their investments in cloud-based technologies, according to a Pluralsight survey. Cloud security, networking, and data were the top areas where skills gaps persist among technologists, with survey respondents citing budget and time constraints among the chief headwinds preventing them from upskilling. In addition, the report found that nearly a third (32%) of respondents say employers emphasize hiring rather than upskilling, a tactic that could shift as the number of qualified IT professionals looking for employment stays low. The study also indicated upskilling could be a promising method to retain IT talent, with employees 94% more likely to stay with a company that invests in their skill development.

“Of those looking to boost their cloud computing skills, 71% of respondents said they prefer daily or weekly learning opportunities, and 64% said they prefer to learn by doing with hands-on tools such as labs and sandboxes. Cloud learning must start with basic cloud fundamentals, meaning understanding the principles of cloud computing and how they can be applied to the specific organization, Firment said. In fact, the study showed that nearly two-thirds (64%) of technologists are still at the beginning stage of their cloud learning and are looking to achieve basic cloud literacy. Once that baseline is achieved, Firment said technologists should begin diving into specific cloud computing skills, such as cloud security, database management, networking, architecture, and machine learning.” READ MORE

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81% of companies had a cloud security incident in the last year

Duncan MacRae, CloudTech, October 3, 2022

“As many as 81% of organizations have experienced a cloud-related security incident over the last 12 months, with almost half (45%) suffering at least four incidents. The underlying issue for these security incidents is the dramatic increase in security and operational complexity connected with cloud deployments. And, since the organizations in this study currently host two fifths (41%) of their applications in the cloud but expect to increase to 57% over the next 18 months, this complexity will continue to increase. More than half (51%) of the security decision makers in the study believe security risks are higher in the cloud than on premises, citing several issues that contribute to those risks. The most common cloud-related security incidents respondents have experienced are: Security incidents during runtime (34%), Unauthorized access (33%), Misconfigurations (32%), Major vulnerabilities that have not been remediated (24%), A failed audit (19%).

“The study also investigated how responsibility for securing cloud-based applications is currently assigned across internal teams. This varies widely across organizations, with enterprise security teams (25%) the most likely to manage app security in the cloud, followed by operations teams responsible for cloud infrastructure (23%), a collaborative effort shared between multiple teams (22%), developers writing cloud applications (16%) and DevSecOps teams (10%). However, the number of security incidents indicates that none of these models are effective at reducing security incidents. When asked who should be responsible for security cloud-based applications, again, there was no clear consensus. The challenges connected with shared responsibility models is that security teams and development teams have very different goals and objectives.” READ MORE

Cloud Migration: A Recurring, Never-Ending Process

Christopher Tozzi, ITPro Today, October 5, 2022

“Although there’s a tendency to think of cloud migration as a one-time journey that you complete and then never have to do again, most businesses are actually in the midst of constant cloud migration. Today, more than 90% of businesses use the cloud. That means they’ve already completed the cloud migration process that got their workloads into the cloud in the first place. But it doesn’t mean that they’re not still undertaking cloud migration. There are many types of cloud migration, and making the initial move into the cloud is only one.

“In addition to making the initial move into the cloud, organizations may expand into multicloud or hybrid cloud architectures, or even repatriate some of their workloads back on-prem. Plus, in some cases, a business may end up performing the same type of cloud migration more than once. It could, for example, undertake a multicloud migration in order to add a second cloud to its architecture, then do another multicloud migration by adding a third cloud down the line. Because of these factors, businesses should never imagine that they’ve moved beyond cloud migration. They should instead prepare to plan and implement cloud migrations of all types on a recurring basis” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>READ MORE

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