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Weekly CloudNews: IT Teams Conflicted on 2021 Priorities

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

Here are the blogs we’ve posted this week:

With that, onto this week’s news:

IT teams are conflicted about priorities for 2021

Sead Fadilpašić, IT Pro Portal, Nov. 16, 2020

“Based on a poll of 1,000 IT leaders and 3,000 workers in the UK, US, Germany and Australia, the report states that the biggest priorities for IT teams this year were adopting new technologies, reducing security risks, and reducing IT spend. At the same time, the challenges most frequently cited were managing security threats, implementing new technologies and supporting remote work.

The report further argues that “mature technology intelligence” – the ability to understand and manage all technology resources – equals resilience and growth. The majority of organizations with mature technology intelligence were confident they could survive in the current challenging climate and remain strategically focused on innovation.”

IT leaders choose hybrid cloud as top transformation action

Kate Malone, CIO Dive, Nov. 16, 2020

“Cost savings no longer drive the decision to move to a hybrid cloud model as only 27% of respondents cited it as a reason for switching IT operating models — perhaps because leadership already anticipates an uptick in cloud costs this year. 

Companies expect to grow cloud spend 47% on average, according to the Flexera 2020 State of Cloud Report released earlier this year. At the time of the report, 23% of the 750 respondents were already over their 2020 cloud budget.”

How Cloud Governance Will Deliver 2021’s ‘Clean And Secure Cloud’

Emil Sayegh, Forbes, Nov. 17, 2020

“Among planning for 2021, through budget and overall security and strategy planning, there is nothing more important as the increased need and focus on cloud governance. Many organizations are significantly behind on planning towards governance; especially for those that can’t seem to shake legacy operational practices. The issues at hand carry real consequences – from cybersecurity to a mobile workforce creating uncertainty and unchecked threats.

Globally, the landscape of security, certification, and compliance standards is broad and incorporates measures over data, cybersecurity, financial, and contractual components. Yet despite this complicated and perilous reality, reports indicate that companies are not properly harnessing the flexible technologies that can easily operate throughout multiple clouds and hybrid cloud situations.”

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