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Lucas Mearian, ComputerWorld, October 17, 2022
“Sustainable technologies can increase the efficiency of IT services using technologies such as traceability, analytics, artificial intelligence and renewable energy and the issue is now a top 10 initiative for CEOs, CIOs, and other top executives, according to a new report by Gartner. Seventy-four percent of CEOs agreed that bolstering ESG efforts attracts investors. Of the 80% of CEOs who intend to invest in new or improved products this year and next, environmental sustainability was cited as the third largest driver, just behind functional performance and general quality. The pandemic brought a number of ‘deep societal trends’ to the surface, such as a desire to change the way employees work and the fragility of long-distance global supply chains.
“At the same time, CEOs’ digital business ambitions continue unabated by the pandemic and related crises. That means executives have to spend more on innovative solutions designed to address ESG-based sustainability goals. Gartner recommends organizations focus on IT infrastructure and workplace services and prioritize tech investments based on an overall enterprise strategy. Gold said companies should not try to move too quickly on sustainability efforts, which are likely to take years to develop. But organizations can start with simple things like acquiring more energy-efficient equipment, including newer, more power-efficient computer systems, and simple things like making sure to turn off equipment when not in use. Companies should not try to move too quickly on sustainability efforts, which are likely to take years to develop. But organizations can start with simple things like acquiring more energy-efficient equipment, including newer, more power-efficient computer systems, and simple things like making sure to turn off equipment when not in use.” READ MORE
Bernard Marr, Forbes, October 17, 2022
“According to a new study from Wanclouds, 81% of IT leaders say their executives and boards of directors have directed them to reduce or take on no additional cloud spending. While aspects of these studies are often true, the overall technology market shifts slower than most people understand. Enterprises will take their own sweet time to slow down or speed up anytime technology is involved. In the case of the Wanclouds study, there is truth because two things are occurring in the market right now. First, enterprises are hitting a ‘complexity wall.’ They have so many services onboarded that they have no way to operationalize them within existing budgets and resources. Second, ongoing cloud costs are shocking most enterprises. With barely 20% to 30% of enterprise workloads on the public cloud, the bills are much higher than expected. Part of this is a lack of planning which results in under optimized cloud solutions.
“Increased investment in cloud security and resilience. Migrating to the cloud brings huge opportunities, efficiencies, and convenience but also exposes companies and organizations to a new range of cybersecurity threats. This will mean greater use of AI and predictive technology designed to spot threats before they cause problems, as well as an increase in the use of managed ‘security-as-a-service’ providers in 2023. Multi-cloud is an increasingly popular strategy. Adopting a multi-cloud infrastructure means moving away from potentially damaging business strategies such as building applications and processes solely around one particular cloud platform, e.g., AWS, Google Cloud, or Microsoft Azure.” READ MORE
David Linthicum, InfoWorld, October 18, 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.
“Most cloud ROI problems are self-inflicted. However, the industry bears some culpability for overselling and overstating cloud cost savings. In general, when I’m called in to help fix a cloud implementation gone wrong, I find two root causes: First, little thought went into the planning that needed to occur before the first purchase decision was made. Second, trying to lift and shift your way to success rarely works out. Focus more on planning and deployment. Use optimized architectures instead of what seems to work or what someone else hypes. Adjust expectations. Cloud computing is not the savior of poorly run IT. It’s just another enabling technology that works well—if the right amount of planning occurs before resources are committed. We’ve been through these cycles before. This time it will take more time and money than other past improvements and fixes. Cloud complexity is a problem many didn’t see coming. It’s here to stay. New tools and configurations come onto the cloud scene almost weekly to help deal with complexity, but underlying problems still need to be addressed.” READ MORE