31 Jan 2018
Cloud TrendMastercard disrupts payment industry with innovation driven by Microsoft 365
It’s so exciting that Mastercard uses Microsoft 365 to incentivize and engage its employees through highly secure, modern workplaces—where creative collaboration happens as quickly and seamlessly as any Mastercard payment.
29 Dec 2017
Cloud TrendSurvey Shows Enterprises to Keep Moving From Private to Public Cloud
A survey of 300 IT professinoals suggest that public cloud systems will continue to rapidly grow as enterprises gain more confidence about moving their on-premises data center assets to cloud platforms.
13 Dec 2017
Cloud Trend70% of enterprises will be implementing a multi-cloud strategy by 2019
A report from Gartner suggested that “a multi-cloud strategy will become the common strategy for 70% of enterprises by 2019” up from less than 10% in 2017. Organisations are choosing to mix and match cloud solutions, based on risk, complexity and cost, for their future needs. But while flexibility is a signficant advantage, it increases overhead cost and also requires an internal developer team to learn multiple platforms and have additional governance process in place.
29 Nov 2017
Cloud TrendSix things to keep in mind when shopping for a cloud backup solution
A cloud backup solution for your business is not just about storing files in a remote location, but also as a disaster recovery strategy. You can consider cloud backup solutions that 1) help you do a full backup of the operation system and computer application; 2) recover quickly if something goes wrong; 3) back up all the tiers of applications and able to restore them in the right sequence; 4) also back up data from mobile devices; 5) offer centralised management and 6) not just a file sync & share solution.
22 Nov 2017
Cloud Trend5 tech trends that will redefine your business
Organizations across industries are undergoing digital transformation, typically it is viewed as a technical problem, but the most progressive companies have learned how to embrace the cultural adjustment on business processes and talents, and capitalize on it. 5 key tech trends that business leaders need to consider and experiment with are: AI (Artificial intelligence), Robotics Process Automation (RPA), Cross-functional Analytics, Mobility and Agility.
14 Nov 2017
Cloud TrendHow the ‘cloud-first enterprise’ continues to gain traction
A hybrid cloud study found that for companies with 500 or more employees, public cloud services are becoming bigger part of their IT portfolio. 75% of respondents said they would expect to work with different cloud providers for their business needs, with Microsoft Azure, again, the most popular.
07 Nov 2017
Cloud TrendBack up your datacenter to the cloud? Why not?
Data is doubling every 2 years and will reach 44 trillion gigabytes by 2020. Some chose to backup in a traditional datacentre environment against fire, flood, and other weather-related events, but a disaster can be due to a loss of communications, massive failure in datacentre hardware or so. There are more pros than cons to backup with cloud, restoring data from cloud with 7X24 monitoring and SLAs saves you time and money.
01 Nov 2017
Cloud TrendSquaring the hybrid cloud circle: Getting the best out of all scenarios
Organizations, especially those heavily regulated ones, are increasingly looking for hybrid solutions that seamlessly interconnect public and private clouds. They would retain their private cloud infrastructures and certain legacy systems, while use an internet-based public cloud development platform to test new applications. Since a considerable amount of data is moving back and forth in the trans-facility network, having a fast and predictable connection, such as Azure ExpressRoute, will be fit for purpose.
24 Oct 2017
Cloud TrendCentralized security in the cloud is the best security model
The cloud is the perfect place to have centralized trust, the ultimate security defence model that provides proactive and automated security to corporations, both for small threats such as DDOS and for larger threats such as data breaches.
It is not yet a practice for enterprises in majority due to the fear of losing local controls, but centralized security can indeed provide much better protection and greatly reduce risk.
17 Oct 2017
Cloud TrendIDC: Public cloud accounts for just over a third of worldwide IT infrastructure sales
IDC found that public cloud providers are reshaping the IT market, those companies increased worldwide IT infrastructure sales by 34.1%. Private cloud sales has increased by almost 10% y/y, and there is a 3.8% decrease in the demand of traditional or non-cloud customers.
09 Oct 2017
Cloud TrendHow demand has grown for superior managed cloud services
Companies are moving their IT applications from on-premises data center to public cloud service providers, not just because of low-cost these days. Researches show comprehensive solutions are preferred even if they cost more to achieve the goals. Companies now evaluate service providers on total value, like guaranteed level of performance, security and support.
03 Oct 2017
Cloud TrendHow finance executives are embracing multi-cloud service models
In the latest worldwide market study done by Gartner, shows that enterprises select their financial management applications, with a migration to cloud applications happening faster than expected. One of the key findings in the study is organization of all sizes moving their financial management to cloud for transactional systems of record, and it helps to put more control in hands of the end-user. Ongoing adoption of cloud services has changed the environment for financial management business applications.
28 Sep 2017
Cloud TrendStronger cloud security and guaranteed uptimes? Yes we'll pay more, say organizations
Most of the organization would be willing to pay extra cost to enhance their cloud services and security guarantees. Rather than blindly following the pack, IT managers were seeking for a mix of on-and off-premises computing resources for their companies, and most of them evaluate vendors on value but cost, as it can reside in services like guaranteed levels of performance, security and support.
18 Sep 2017
Cloud TrendProving value from the cloud
Migrating to the cloud benefits most executives become more flexible and effective. To fully maximize the benefits, organizations need to have a strong business case that can be secured larger budgets required to invest in sizable transformation.
To build up a success business case, organizations should look at the value realization, ensure the financial benefits are planned, captured, tracked and utilized.
29 Aug 2017
Cloud TrendCloud confidence: Overcoming the need to control
Moving to cloud requires companies to rethink their IT models, which included cost, scalability, transparency. The ideal way in cloud world is not to have any infrastructure and the capital model replaced to monthly usage fee for everything. You can select the suitable cloud product to fulfill operation needs.
25 Aug 2017
Cloud TrendCloud computing reversal: From 'go away' to 'I can't miss out'
Most of the companies have a major change in cloud computing market, they have no more doubt and started to fear the lack of it. More than two thirds of IT leaders worried about missing out the latest cloud products and iterations across the major cloud providers.
Companies should catchup from the very beginning, or it may harm the business as they are not in the trend and unable to change the business on a dime to follow market changes, as well as dominated by competitors.
12 Aug 2017
Cloud TrendBest practices for migrating data to the cloud
Enterprise are migrating their massive corporate data to cloud and it may cause lengthy, complicated and risky process. To migrate data, enterprise need to have enough dedicated bandwidth to cater multiple transfer data smoothly, below are the tips to help enterprise to migrate data to cloud.
1. Static data
2. Production data
3. Features for easy integration
4. Hybrid cloud or multicloud support
21 Jul 2017
Cloud TrendThe top three approaches for improving cloud migration and security
For many enterprises, migrating towards a cloud delivered approach for IT systems is an attractive proposition. Cost efficiency and business agility are big drivers for CIOs to make the move. Most modern companies have either started migrating toward a public cloud or they are in the early planning and analysis phases of doing so.
13 Jul 2017
Cloud Trend451 Research argues ‘everything as a service’ as next cloud opportunity
The concept of ‘everything as a service’ has been around the industry for a few years – yet according to the latest note from 451 Research, the increased demand for managed security, disaster recovery and networking is forcing its rise to the mainstream..
7 Jul 2017
Cloud TrendPublic cloud infrastructure spending continues to rise, says IDC
Public cloud services will be the fastest growing market segment for IT deployment in 2017, according to the latest note from IDC.
Spending on traditional data centres, which ranked at more than 60% of the market in 2016, will dip to less than half by 2021, the analyst firm argues, with public cloud taking the majority of the slack.
28 Jun 2017
Cloud TrendNew ransomware strikes after WannaCry
Dozens of organizations have reported computer outages due to cyber attacks that appear to come from ransomware that uses the same Windows exploit as WannaCry.
Following initial reports of affected systems in Russia and the Ukraine on Tuesday, organizations from the UK, Denmark, Spain, France, and the US reported similar attacks on computer systems.
20 Jun 2017
Cloud TrendSecurity SaaS booms as new tech pushes spend: Gartner
Cloud-based security services are set for another bumper year in 2017, with current growth above the total for the total cyber security market.
According to analyst firm Gartner, cloud-based security services will hit US$5.9 billion in 2017, up 21% from 2016 and will reach US$9 billion by the 2020.
7 Jun 2017
Cloud TrendWhy companies are shifting to ‘IT as a service’ – and what you need to do about it
‘IT as a service’ (ITaaS) is on the rise as companies realise the benefits of contracting an IT service provider for all their business technology needs. While ITaaS is not a new concept, it has become a go-to operational model for medium-to-large sized companies that need 24/7 monitoring, managing, and sustaining of company technology.
30 May 2017
Cloud TrendFocusing on the cheapest cloud price could cost you more
If you skip doing cost governance and cost monitoring, any savings you get upfront will evaporate over time as your actual costs grow.
Amazon Web Services really leads the way in determining market price for cloud services, and the second-, third-, and lower-tier cloud providers try to price their cloud services below that of AWS to steal its business. That is, until AWS drops prices—again.
26 May 2017
Cloud TrendCybersecurity a key pillar in Hong Kong’s smart city development
Local cybersecurity professionals in the public and private sector were urged to keep pace with the constantly evolving threat landscape to protect the city against all types of cyber risks.
Cyberattacks are getting more and more sophisticated, and it is crucial that our defenses to such attacks be fast, flexible and evolving,” said Victor Lam, deputy government CIO, at the recently concluded Total Security Conference held in Hong Kong.
15 May 2017
Cloud TrendHK security experts offer advice to avoid WannaCry
About 14 months after the Locky ransomware hit Hong Kong, another ransomware WannaCry struck the world over the weekend. This large scale cyberattack has infected 75,000 computers in 99 countries, affecting global companies like FedEx and government like Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) and the numbers continue to rise.
10 May 2017
Cloud TrendIn-house lawyers become top influencers in HK cloud decisions
An IDC study on Asia-Pacific legal, risk and compliance professionals found that 18.9% of these professionals in Hong Kong viewed cloud applications and platforms as being more trustworthy than on-premise solutions because of better security and other reasons.
8 May 2017
Cloud TrendEmail, email, in the cloud
As my company continues to move enterprise applications to the cloud, the latest development presents a security opportunity. We are giving up our on-premises Microsoft Exchange email in favor of the Microsoft Office 365 service. With the transition, we might be able to curtail the common employee practice of communicating and storing sensitive business-related data in email.
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