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Weekly CloudNews: Pandemic Accelerates Move to Cloud

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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:

Pandemic accelerates moves to the cloud

Ian Barker, Beta News, Dec. 17, 2020

“The COVID-19 pandemic has been a major influence on spending and digital transformation plans in 2020 with many businesses speeding up plans to move to the cloud.

A new study from BillingPlatform of 300 CFOs and senior finance executives shows that this trend is likely to continue into 2021. Respondents named their three top priorities as investing in cloud-based technologies (42 percent), identifying ways to drive higher revenue through new products and services (41 percent) and reducing operating costs or capital investments (36 percent).”

Working from home looks set to stay for public sector employees

David Marshall, VMBlog, Dec. 16, 2020

“Investments in cloud (29%) and hardware (26%) were predicted to see the biggest spend increases over the next 12 months as organisations adjusted their IT infrastructure to reflect the new working culture, followed by security (13%) and virtual desktop Infrastructure (10%).

‘This research shows that public sector IT teams have been incredibly quick and versatile in adjusting to the requirements of the pandemic and successful in keeping vital public sector services operational,’ said Simon Townsend, Chief Marketing Officer at IGEL. ‘In less than a few months, work from home and remote working computing demands have gone beyond being simply desired, to becoming essential. The priority moving forward is to establish a resilient IT infrastructure to support the significant proportion of the workforce that will continue operating remotely. Large distributed workforces and the resulting trend towards widespread cloud migration is transforming how the public sector manages and secures endpoints, fueling demand for virtual apps, desktops and cloud workspaces.’”

Does free cloud training come with a catch? If it’s vendor-specific, maybe.

Katie Malone, CIO Dive, Dec. 16, 2020

“Most training programs from vendors offer free upskilling for non-technical employees or those seeking entry-level cloud positions, and free training supports basic tech literacy. Programs establish a baseline to inform and educate employees about the cloud in the modern workplace.

While benefiting businesses with tight IT budgets by providing free training, vendors are motivated to spread tool use far and wide to lock more companies into their services.” 

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