By Robert Mahowald, IDC Program Vice President, SaaS and Cloud Services
We recently surveyed more than 3,450 executive-level IT decisionmakers in 17 countries to find out their future plans and current state of cloud adoption. What we discovered is pretty remarkable.
According to IDC’s CloudView Survey, 57% of organizations are already using or planning to implement some form of cloud services. Many organizations we surveyed (44%) are using or planning to implement private clouds. But respondents pointed to hybrid cloud — a strategy for operating in a mix of public and private cloud environments — as their dominant operational model, at 64% of all organizations surveyed.
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Tags: BCA, Business Cloud Advisor, Cisco BCA, Cisco Business Cloud Advisor, Cisco cloud, Cisco Cloud Services, cloud, Cloud Adoption Report, Cloud Business Outcomes, Cloud KPI, HybridCloud, IDC, private cloud, Public Cloud, SaaS
These are three conversations that I had recently with a partner, a customer, and a Cisco executive (not necessarily in this order):
“Cloud refers to only private and hybrid cloud, right?”
“I thought infrastructure-as-a-service is public cloud, not software-as-a-service.”
“We know how much public cloud we are using because we know what infrastructure-as-a-services we are using. What I need to know is what SaaS applications we are using.”
This stood out to me in a major way. While the term “cloud” has been around for a while, there is still confusion as to what it actually means.
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Tags: cloud, Hybrid Cloud, IaaS, jargon, paas, private cloud, Public Cloud, SaaS
For those following trends in the software industry, Continuous Delivery (CD) has been all the rage. What is it? Simply put – continuous delivery is the ability of a SaaS application to push new software into production multiple times per day. Typically, only the cloud software components are updated at this rate. Client code – either browser code or mobile applications – are updated at a pace between once a week and once a month.
As a software development team, continuous delivery is very exciting. But as the IT person that is the ultimate customer of SaaS applications, do you care about continuous delivery? The answer is -absolutely.
Rowan Trollope recently blogged about the importance of moving fast and innovating quickly. That is the essence of fast IT, and continuous delivery is the key to unlocking fast IT. This is because continuous delivery delivers three essential ingredients that make fast IT possible.
First, continuous delivery means better quality. A SaaS application with continuous delivery will be able to measure and improve upon the performance, reliability and speed of the application in the hands of your own users. Every day you will see it get a little bit better. With continuous delivery, quality isn’t just about defect counts. With continuous delivery, Read More »
Tags: Agile, Cisco, collaboration, continuous delivery, IT, SaaS
Many years ago I found myself talking to venture capitalists about the differences between SaaS, outsourcing, ASPs, MSPs, online applications; etc. Also I noticed that my Stanford students had little understanding of the economics of software, so I developed the idea of seven business models to cover everything in the software business, and remove the buzzwords and replace them with economic models.
In my previous blog post we discussed the first four models, this post will cover Models Five through Seven.
We ended the last blog talking about Model Four being able to provide management of the security, availability, performance and change of the software at nearly 10x less cost.
The question we left with was “how”?
How is it possible to decrease the cost of management without just paying people a fraction of what they made previously?
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Tags: business models, CIO, Cloud Computing, isv, on-premise, open source, outsourcing, SaaS
Many years ago I found myself talking to a venture capitalist about the differences between SaaS, outsourcing, ASPs, MSPs, online applications; etc. Also I noticed that my Stanford students had little understanding of the economics of software, so I developed the idea of seven business models to cover everything in the software business, remove the buzzwords and replace them with economic models.
In my previous post, I talked about the Seven Ways to Move to the Cloud. In the second issue (there’s a lot here), I’ll break this into two separate posts, discussing models one through four here, and models five through seven in the next issue publishing on Monday, March 2.
Note the dollar numbers used throughout are intended to be relatively representative.
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Tags: business models, CIO, Cloud Computing, on-premise, open source, outsourcing, SaaS