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Cisco Live Berlin: Managing the Hyper Adoption of Cloud

As I shared in my last blog, cloud use is rampant, pervasive, exploding! As a short recap, large organization are now using an average of 1,220 cloud services (most unknown to IT departments). The tremendous spike in cloud service usage presents challenges for IT including higher business risks, costs, and a shortage of IT resources to manage a multi-cloud environment.

At Cisco Live Berlin and Cisco Live Cloud Day this week I will be meeting with customers to share how we can help organizations manage the massive influx of cloud services within their organization. CLberlin

The lines of business have spoken. The sheer number of services being used highlights that lines of business are rapidly turning to cloud to improve business agility, enable new digital business models, and improve performance.

You can’t manage what you can’t see! The first step in managing cloud use is to put in place capabilities to monitor and manage cloud use within an organization. At this week’s event, we’ll be demonstrating how Cisco Cloud Consumption as a Service can help IT leaders understand and manage their cloud use.

Cloud Consumption as a Service discovers and continually monitors public cloud use across an organization. When combined with detailed analytics and benchmarking from Cisco, this insight helps businesses reduce security risks and better understand and manage costs. This enables IT teams to partner more effectively with business groups and make educated decisions about the right cloud services.

Attending Cisco Live Berlin?

  • Attend our Session: I’ll be hosting a 90 minute breakout on “Managing the Hyper Adoption and Business Risks of Cloud” (BRKCLD-4002) on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. This session will provide an in-depth look at public cloud adoption within organizations and a 5-step approach to managing cloud service adoption and reducing business risk.
  • Visit our booth at Cisco Live Berlin to see a demonstration of Cloud Consumption as a Service and learn more about professional services that can help you establish cloud monitoring and cloud lifecycle management.

Can’t attend?

As always, feel free to chat with me @robertdimicco for questions and comments.

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Cisco Partner Weekly Rewind – January 15, 2016

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Each week, we’ll highlight the most important Cisco Partner Ecosystem news and stories, as well as point you to important, Cisco-related partner content you may have missed along the way. Here’s what you might have missed this week:

Off the Top

On Wednesday, we unveiled Cisco Cloud Consumption as a Service (CCaaS). CCaaS is designed to help busineses address shadow IT challenges by providing visibility into the public cloud services an organization is using.

Robert Dimicco, SR Director, Advanced Services, talked about how this can benefit our partners on the partner blog this week.

Read his post to see how you can get started with CCaaS today.

In the Channel News

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Turbo-Charge Your Cloud Conversations and Uncover New Business Opportunities

I’ve spent a lot of time on the road over the last few months.  Europe.  Asia.  Canada.  Latin America.  And everywhere I go I talk to our partners.  The one constant: frustration over their ability to have a deep conversation with customers about cloud. Partners have told me their customers want to hear how they can leverage applications and cloud services to impact their business outcomes. However, they also say that their conversations are often relegated to ‘box-level’ discussions about speed and feeds and costs of specific technologies at the bidding phase of the deal.

What if I told you that you can discover every single cloud CS-info_blogservice your customers are using and help them understand the potential business risk or compliance challenges they are facing. And, armed with such insight, that you can uncover new cloud, security, and data center opportunities.

Too good to be true?  Partners can do all that and more with our new Cisco Cloud Consumption as a Service. This new product, now generally available, helps customers solve a significant challenge for their business and, at the same time, provides partners with insights and concrete data to help transform cloud conversations with their customers.

Shadow IT: Growing Exponentially

Customers are facing an explosion of cloud use. And it’s becoming a major headache for IT leaders.

On average, large organizations are now using 1,220 individual cloud services, largely without oversight, which leads to increased risk and spiraling costs. And it’s growing by leaps and bounds. The average number of cloud services used has grown 112% over the past year, and 67% over the past six months.  Additionally, the hidden cost of public cloud services is four to eight times higher than billed costs.

Cloud Consumption as a Service helps customers discover and monitor which cloud services are being used across the organization. It helps customers mitigate cloud risks, uncover redundant services to reduce costs, and compare providers and benchmark usage. Ultimately, it helps organizations strategically manage their cloud use and gain insight to inform their cloud roadmap.

If this sounds interesting, make sure to watch our Cloud Consumption overview video.

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Ten Learnings and Observations from the 2015 London Gartner Data Center Conference (Part 1)

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This past week I attended the 2015 Gartner Data Center Conference in London.  This is always a great conference to learn from, although it always pays to look out for some of the hype too. There were key note presentations from the sprinter Michael Johnson and from previous UK government Vince Cable, which presented a rather concerning potential scenario of how the economies of the UK and Europe could evolve over the next few years.  The IT topics covered ranges from Bi-modal IT to DevOps to Software Asset Management (SAM) to SDN to Cloud and IT Operations Management (ITOM).  Here are some of my key learnings, in this “part 1”, comprising a few observations, and a sceptical view of some of the hype that I came across.

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Shadow IT: You Can’t Manage What You Can’t See

Shadow IT is nothing new as employees and lines of business bypass IT departments to get the cloud services they need to complete their jobs.   Rogue IT has resulted in a conversation around the unintended and potentially dangerous consequences of increased security risks, compliance concerns and hidden costs.

We all know that private and public clouds are here to stay, but in a recent study it was proven that the average enterprise organization is unaware of just how much shadow IT exists.

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Ask your CIO today and they will probably respond that on average their organization is utilizing 51 cloud services.   Cisco’s survey indicates that in reality, over 730 cloud services are being used.

That is 15 times what was believed and the survey statistics provide a trend that by the end of the year that will increase to 20 times more than was authorized.   That’s more than 1,000 external cloud services per company.

To learn more about this study, read this thought leadership piece on CIO.com.

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