Welcome to this week’s edition of CloudBolt’s Weekly CloudNews!

Here are the blogs we’ve posted this week:

Gartner outlines seven steps to creating a strong enterprise cloud strategy

James Bourne, Cloud Tech, Dec. 9, 2020

“What does your cloud strategy need to look like to ensure seamless adoption and opportunities going forward? According to Gartner, planning and preparation are a given, as well as ensuring overall business strategy is aligned. The analyst firm outlined seven key elements for an enterprise cloud strategy at its virtual Gartner IT Infrastructure Operations & Cloud Strategies Conference earlier this week.

According to a study from Centrify earlier this month, almost three quarters (73%) of enterprises surveyed – defined as those with more than 500 employees – accelerated their cloud migration plans to support the shift to remote working as the Covid-19 pandemic hit.

The full list of seven steps are:

  • Ensure cloud strategy follows business strategy
  • Assess five types of cloud risk to address security, compliance and other cloud concerns
  • Question cost reduction as a main driver for cloud adoption
  • Plan potential routes to the cloud
  • Understand the shared responsibility model
  • Differentiate the approach for the three typical areas of enterprise cloud adoption
  • Embrace the changing role of the IT department”

Pandemic ‘forces’ IT execs to adapt to home working, ‘unpredictable’ IT changes

Peter Dinham, ITWire, Dec. 8, 2020

“The coronavirus pandemic has forced IT executives to adapt their operations to address increased work-from-home scenarios and unpredictable changes to IT requirements, according to research firm Gartner.

Gartner research vice president Jeffrey Hewitt says the coronavirus pandemic has forced IT executives “to adapt their operations to address increased work-from-home scenarios and unpredictable changes to IT requirements”.

‘Yet, COVID-19 isn’t the only impetus for the majority of I&O staff to work from home moving forward,’ said Hewitt. ‘The nature of infrastructure is evolving to the point where remote I&O teams make sense to support new scenarios, use cases and technologies.’”

Celonis chief product officer predicts automation and the cloud are two key trends that are likely to dominate the agenda for 2021

Callum Burroughs, Business Insider, Dec. 3, 2020

“Amid a gruelling financial year for companies as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, enterprise tech remains big business. Companies in all sectors are increasingly relying on digital to improve their processes, and 2020 has brought significant changes, particularly on the frontlines. Going forward, enterprise tech companies will focus on key areas like automation and the cloud to make employees and companies’ lives easier. 

That’s set against a backdrop of increased spend by corporates on enterprise tech. Gartner estimates global enterprise software spend to hit $556 billion in 2021, a 10% increase year-on-year. Businesses will have to consider automation more than ever, given the disruption to global supply chains, according to Hala Zeine, chief product officer at German enterprise tech company Celonis. 

“‘The key is gathering data from multiple different systems, finding insights in that data and seeing how it could be automated to make processes more agile,’ she told Business Insider in an interview. ‘Automation for automation’s sake is not a good thing, but processes that can be adjusted on the fly is where the desire for automation emerges.’”

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