IDG Contributor Network: Cloud security: Trends and strategy

Cloud computing can generate mixed feelings. Corporate leaders generally welcome technologies that produce efficiency, agility and speed. Cloud services deliver those benefits, yet many are concerned about security, even while being often uninformed about how widely the cloud is used within their own businesses.

Executives of large companies, for instance, tell us that they are holding back on the cloud because of security concerns. But when our professional services teams engage with them, we generate log files and find evidence of large numbers of cloud services the company’s employees are using every day.

It is easy to understand the disconnect. Consider a simple example: a director of HR, tasked with filling several critical positions as quickly and confidentially as possible, turns to a low-cost SaaS recruiting tool. Job descriptions, resumes, cover letters, job offers and other documents are shared and possibly uploaded to a third-party server. Soon enough, candidates arrive for interviews. Mission accomplished, thanks to an efficient cloud-based business tool, with the C-suite never needing to know all the details.

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CIO Cloud Computing

6 trends shaping IT cloud strategies today

Cloud computing has helped many enterprises transform their IT practices over the past five years, but experts agree that the market is entering a second wave for public, private and hybrid cloud services.

According to a Forrester Research survey, 38 percent of enterprise decision-makers said they are building private clouds, with 32 percent procuring public cloud services and the remainder planning to implement some form of cloud technology this year. The hybrid cloud is also heating up, with 59 percent of respondents saying they are adopting the model. Fueling this accelerating adoption is the need for enterprises to scale their compute resources to better serve customers, Forrester Research Dave Bartoletti tells CIO.com.

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CIO Cloud Computing

IDG Contributor Network: Game changing enterprise trends for 2017

After the ball drops in Times Square and the New Year has been rung in, many turn to reflection – on the year past of course, but also on how to make the next one even better than the last. This is especially true for business leaders who often use the time for reflection on the things they did right, what could have been better and the competitive opportunities for the coming year.

2016 saw more cloud adoption than ever before – it’s no secret that the way we do business is changing, and that’s exactly why in 2017 businesses need to be even more digitally savvy. With data being created at a breakneck pace – from connected ‘things’, to mobile payments and more – businesses are uniquely positioned to be more informed than ever before and make better, data-driven, decisions.

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CIO Cloud Computing

Cloud and data center trends roundup 2016: Machine learning, hybrid cloud and Google’s enterprise ambitions

A decade on from the launch of Amazon Web Services (AWS), the cloud market is continuing to evolve quickly. What was once seen as a toy for test and development purposes now hosts mission-critical workloads for some of the largest companies in the world, while vendors work on the next generation of cloud services, such as those around machine learning.

Business demand clearly shows no sign of abating. Gartner claimed the overall cloud market was valued at $ 208.6 billion in 2016, amounting to a 17.2 percent increase from $ 178 billion the year before.

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CIO Cloud Computing

2016’s top trends in enterprise computing: Containers, bots, AI, and more

It’s been a year of change in the enterprise software market. SaaS providers are fighting to compete with one another, machine learning is becoming a reality for businesses at a larger scale, and containers are growing in popularity.

Here are some of the top trends from 2016 that we’ll likely still be talking about next year.

Everybody’s a frenemy

As more and more companies adopt software-as-a-service products like Office 365, Slack, and Box, there is increasing pressure to collaborate for companies that compete with each another. After all, nobody wants to be stuck using a service that doesn’t work with the other critical systems they have.

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CIO Cloud Computing

6 trends that will shape cloud computing in 2017

Cloud computing has helped many enterprises transform themselves over the last five years, but experts agree that the market is entering something of a second wave, both for public cloud and private cloud services built and hosted in corporate datacenters. The cloud market will accelerate faster in 2017 as enterprises seek to gain efficiencies as they scale their compute resources to better serve customers, says Forrester Research in a new report.

“The No. 1 trend is here come the enterprises,” says Forrester analyst Dave Bartoletti, primary author of the research. “Enterprises with big budgets, data centers and complex applications are now looking at cloud as a viable place to run core business applications.” Forrester says the first wave of cloud computing was created by Amazon Web Services, which launched with a few simple compute and storage services in 2006. A decade later, AWS is operating at an $ 11 billion run rate.

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InfoWorld Cloud Computing

5 tech trends that have Turing Award winners worried

Technology has considerable potential to make the world better, but those benefits are far from guaranteed. Plenty of downsides can pop up along the way, and some of them have Turing Award winners especially worried.

1. The internet echo chamber

“Technology by itself is not evil, but people can use it for bad things,” Barbara Liskov, an Institute Professor at MIT, told an audience of journalists Thursday at the Heidelberg Laureate Forum in Germany. “I do worry a lot about what’s going on.”

The ability to selectively filter out news and opinions that don’t agree with one’s own viewpoint is one of Liskov’s top concerns.

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InfoWorld Cloud Computing

5 tech trends that have Turing Award winners worried

Technology has considerable potential to make the world better, but those benefits are far from guaranteed. Plenty of downsides can pop up along the way, and some of them have Turing Award winners especially worried.

1. The internet echo chamber

“Technology by itself is not evil, but people can use it for bad things,” Barbara Liskov, an Institute Professor at MIT, told an audience of journalists Thursday at the Heidelberg Laureate Forum in Germany. “I do worry a lot about what’s going on.”

The ability to selectively filter out news and opinions that don’t agree with one’s own viewpoint is one of Liskov’s top concerns.

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InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Editors’ predictions: 2016’s key IT trends

As 2015 winds down and we start to focus on 2016, one thing can be predicted quite easily. Analysts, editors, and others will start making their own predictions about what we can expect in the upcoming year.

We’re no different here at IDG Enterprise — we asked the top editors from several of the IDG Enterprise websites (Computerworld, Network World, CIO.com, and CSO) to take a few minutes out of their busy day to predict the key trends for enterprise IT in 2016.

The video above shows their final predictions, which includes trends in cloud computing, security, the Internet of things, wireless, big data/analytics, and mobile devices. We even have one prediction about the 2016 presidential election (a campaign issue, not a prediction of who will win).

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InfoWorld Cloud Computing

10 outsourcing trends to watch in 2016

This year, we saw companies embrace increased standardization and cloud computing options of all flavors, use their leverage to renegotiate or rebid their deals, and settle into a best-of-breed approach to offshore outsourcing.

So what will 2016 bring? Our experts expect a number of shifts in the industry—including a focus on hyper-speed deal making, the emergence of new multi-sourcing headaches and potential cures, increased man-machine collaboration, and significant expansion of the service provider universe.

1. Security takes center stage

Security is top of mind from the boardroom to the break room, and it will influence outsourcing strategy in 2016. Indeed, security risk is poised to increase as telematics and the Internet of Things (IoT) becomes more prevalent in consumer and commercial products, says Paul Roy, partner in the business and technology sourcing practice of Mayer Brown. “Increasing numbers of threat actors will use increasingly creative ways to exploit weaknesses, often with devastating effect. Regulators will exact increasingly large fines for poor security. Service providers have often been the weakest link in a company’s security and will need to find better ways to address that concern.”

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Network World Cloud Computing

Healthcare Trends Institute Releases Health Plan Guide to Leveraging Trends in Post-Reform Consumer Marketplace

The Healthcare Trends Institute, an educational platform for health plans, employers, advisors, and other healthcare benefits stakeholders, has released a new guide for health plans seeking insight on how to leverage the constantly shifting trends in the post-reform marketplace to educate and attract consumers.

Titled Health Plans: Your Guide to Leveraging Trends in the Post-Reform Consumer Marketplace, the guide highlights changes over the past five years as a result of the Affordable Care Act, as well as how a health plan can look to the future and act on these changes to reach consumers.

With healthcare reform continuing to transform the benefits landscape at a rapid pace, those health plans that are able to continually innovate and accommodate a consumer’s need for more information, more convenience, and better service are poised for growth in the present and future.

Specifically, this guide will cover three major topics:

Consumer Trends: Top 5 Healthcare Executive Consumer Strategy Points, Today’s Healthcare Consumers: Six Types of Consumers You Need to Know, Millennial Consumers Special Report
Technology Trends: Big Data, Administration Technology, Payment Technology, mHealth and more.
Future Trends: Accountable Care Organizations, The Future of Telehealth, Continued Rise of Private Exchanges
This free guide is available for download from the Healthcare Trends Institute website here.

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About the Healthcare Trends Institute

The Healthcare Trends Institute is an educational platform to help employers, third-party administrators, health plans, brokers, banks, payroll providers, consumers, and other stakeholders keep up with the rapidly changing healthcare benefits industry. It covers a range of topics related to the administration and management of healthcare benefits, including defined contribution, health exchanges, insurance, legislation, and more.

Healthcare Trends Institute programs include an educational web series, an annual awards program, newsletters, training programs, a resource library, a real-time health exchange infographic, and more. To ensure all content and programs achieve the highest level of quality and relevancy, the Institute is guided by an Editorial Advisory Board comprising of subject-matter experts that represent diverse aspects and perspectives within the healthcare benefits industry. The Institute is sponsored by Evolution1, the nation’s largest electronic payment, on-premise, and cloud computing consumer-driven healthcare solution. More information is available at http://www.HealthcareTrendsInstitute.org.

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