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Speaker’s Corner: The Big Cloud Questions

As more and more enterprises look to embrace mobility and cloud technology, the need for discussion on the subject is vital. So we’ve compiled some essential blogs to help answer some of the most pressing questions CIOs have on cloud technology.

Who Are the Early Adopters of Cloud Technology?

The adoption of cloud technology has been a hot topic on The Business Value Exchange this past year, as examples of both the private and public sector taking steps towards evolving their IT infrastructure surfaced.

It emerged that the UK had the fastest adoption rate in Europe, with cloud computing accounting for nearly 20% of the total IT services market. Further to that, we also saw how private companies were able to create tangible business benefits through moving to the cloud. In the case of GS1 – a leading global nonprofit organisation dedicated to improving supply chain safety – time and cost savings were made, and the foundations were laid for a move from a CAPEX to an OPEX cost model.

In the public sector, we looked at the development of CloudStore – the home of HM Government approved cloud services and the most public manifestation of the UK government’s cloud strategy. The CloudStore has been growing rapidly since its launch and currently accounts for 0.01% of the £15bn UK public sector IT market. If the government pushes a cloud-first policy, CloudStore has the potential to become the exclusive channel to a £4bn market by 2017/18.

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How the Adoption of Cloud Technology Impacts on the Work/Life Balance?

The fact that both the public and private sector are adopting cloud technology has had a direct impact on people’s work/life balance.

The rise of cloud, mobility and the 3rd Platform has started to usher in the death of the office headquarters model, as workers have the technology to work from anywhere at any time. The link between mobility and productivity is starting to become a big thing, and an independent survey – carried out by Mobile Helix – estimates that CIOs expect there would be a 36% increase in productivity across the business if key enterprise applications were mobilised.

The fact that cloud technology allows for productive remote working has helped people escape the factory culture that we’ve been living in for generations. Financial Times columnist Ade McCormack has written a white paper on the subject – titled Beyond Work Life Balance – discussing how communication and collaboration at the speed of thought among remote workers is now possible thanks to the cloud and other new technologies.

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Is Your Data Safe?

For many, the use of a cloud infrastructure – be it public, private or hybrid – spells trouble for security. But is the notion of the cloud being unsecured a misconception? How safe is your data in the cloud?

It’s a complicated topic. Many security experts believe that the cloud is more secure than traditional server farms and data centres due to it being a consolidated, high density environment that’s easier to protect. But there’s also an argument about how data loss relates to the kind of security policies the IT function creates.

The days of the IT function acting as prison wardens and imposing one-size-fits-all polices on users is coming to an end, especially in the age of the remote worker. Instead CIOs need to engage with users and work with them to help them understand risk, while also allowing them to use the tools they need to get the job done.

For more on how the cloud will influence your company’s security policies, read these articles: