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    1. IDG Contributor Network: A glimpse into the future of the IT organization

      IDG Contributor Network: A glimpse into the future of the IT organization

      Welcome to ITSM and Beyond, a new blog inspired by honest conversations with CIOs and the fundamental way they have pursued transformative information technology and IT Service Management (ITSM) strategies.

      It must be human nature to attempt to be a prognosticator, since it seems we are constantly trying to predict the future. Sometimes it’s something simple and immediate, such as predicting tomorrow’s weather.

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      Mentions: Services
    2. African telcos prioritise emerging opportunity to stay afloat

      African telcos prioritise emerging opportunity to stay afloat

      Telcos across Africa are focusing on effectively maximising the return on investment from data and monetising emerging opportunities such as the Internet of Things (IoT) to remain competitive and afloat.

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    3. 7 Reasons your cloud will fail

      7 Reasons your cloud will fail

      Although vendor-written, this contributed piece does not advocate a position that is particular to the author’s employer and has been edited and approved by Network World editors.

      According to Gartner, a company with a corporate “no-cloud” policy in 2020 would be as rare as a company today operating without Internet. IDG estimates that 70% of enterprises are running at least one application in the cloud today and that number is projected to reach 90% in the next 12 months.

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    4. IDG Contributor Network: 5 deadly mistakes in agile IT operations

      IDG Contributor Network: 5 deadly mistakes in agile IT operations

      IT operations is under a set of conflicting mandates and pressures. The business wants IT operations to be more agile and to be a partner in the process of bringing more business functionality online.

      The CIO wants IT operations to be more cost effective, which means spending either needs to be reduced or not grow as quickly as it has in the past.

      Application owners want two inherent conflicting objectives - guarantee that infrastructure will perform and IT operations to feel like a cloud provider with a rich set of self-service options.

      The life of an IT operations executive is hard.

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    5. Gartner sees 2.9 percent growth in IT spending in 2017

      Gartner sees 2.9 percent growth in IT spending in 2017

      Worldwide IT spending should rebound in 2017 with a 2.9 percent increase over 2016, after a slight decrease this year, according to Gartner projections.

      Spending on software and IT services should drive the 2017 growth in global IT spending to US$3.49 trillion, the market research group said Wednesday.

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    6. The network effect on wealth creation

      The network effect on wealth creation

      We live in a network-centric world, and network laws are beginning to govern business models and even global economics. When you understand these laws, you begin to understand why we live in a world where new network-centric business models (think Google, Facebook, Amazon, Airbnb, etc.) become de facto monopolies that result in incredible wealth creation.

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    7. 7 Cool Internet Of Things Companies To Watch

      7 Cool Internet Of Things Companies To Watch

      Industry watcher CB Insights earlier this month showed that venture capital funding of internet of things companies is actually on the decline after years of growth. But we've still seen enough fresh funding in the months since we rounded up 10 Internet of Things companies to watch back in April, to justify doing this follow-up with 7 additional firms, most of them startups.

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      Mentions: Cisco Microsoft Apple
    8. Cloud computing market size likely to witness significant gains from 2016 to 2023

      Cloud computing market size likely to witness significant gains from 2016 to 2023 [August 04, 2016] Tweet Greater scalability coupled with faster access to infrastructure are anticipated to surge the demand growth. North America, especially U.S. cloud computing market size accounted for over 50% total share in 2015.

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    9. Four US firms rule the world's cloud infrastructure

      Four US firms rule the world's cloud infrastructure

      There are plenty of companies vying for a piece of the worldwide cloud infrastructure market, but the top four -- all in the U.S. -- currently dominate by such a wide margin as to effectively leave their competitors in the dust.

      That's the overriding conclusion of a study released Monday by Synergy Research Group, which provides quarterly market tracking and segmentation data, including vendor revenues by segment and region.

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    10. CIOs: Shadow IT is actually great for your cloud strategy

      CIOs: Shadow IT is actually great for your cloud strategy

      In a survey, cloud security broker vendor CipherCloud found that 86 percent of cloud applications used at workplaces are unsanctioned. That's a pretty big percentage. Obviously, the security vendors have an incentive to raise such fears about shadow IT, so take this claim with much salt. However, the issue merits attention.

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    11. Your enterprise network – on demand

      Your enterprise network – on demand

      Today, companies and firms, whatever their size or business model, need to stay connected. However, the cost of their network equipment is often not in line with their real use. Obtaining a network infrastructure that meets business demands and adapts to their actual needs is an important challenge. Keeping costs in line with the ups and downs of the business is also an ongoing challenge.

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    12. IDG Contributor Network: Measuring cloud performance: A different approach needed

      IDG Contributor Network: Measuring cloud performance: A different approach needed

      As Lord Kelvin almost said, "To measure is to know." But this simple dictum is surprisingly hard to follow. For it really has two meanings.

      The first meaning is obvious: You cannot really know about something without measuring it. If you want to know how quickly an application works, for instance, take some key functions of the application and measure how long they take.

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    13. Move to cloud computing accelerating faster than thought for enterprises, survey finds

      Move to cloud computing accelerating faster than thought for enterprises, survey finds

      Enterprises are moving to cloud services at a rate faster than previously thought, a new survey shows, which portends major disruptions in data center staffs and structures.

      A survey of 1,000 IT executives finds most expect to have shifted to cloud or co-located data centers within the next four years.

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    14. All Roads Lead to Hybrid: The Mandate For Two-Speed IT

      All Roads Lead to Hybrid: The Mandate For Two-Speed IT

      If it feels like running IT for an enterprise has become a schizophrenic undertaking, there's good reason.

      Today's corporations find themselves running on two simultaneous tracks: the analog past and the digital present. The past is where large systems owned and run by the enterprise support huge volumes of transactions and securely store massive amounts of data.

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