Industry News: February 15-19 – Cloud’s Growing Popularity, Managing Cloud Spend, Microsoft Invests in its Partners
Every week we highlight cloud computing and technology news of interest. This week we’re covering what’s behind the cloud’s explosive popularity, why more organizations may need to think about FinOps, where cloud computing ranks among top organizational investments, a look at Microsoft’s cloud partner growth, how cybercriminals are taking advantage of remote workers and IT budgets amid the pandemic.
Let’s get started…
Gartner predicts that by 2025, 85% of enterprises will adopt a cloud-first principle. But what’s the driving force behind this push that has one analyst labeling cloud services the “‘new normal’ for business”? And how has the pandemic accelerated digital transformation for organizations? Read what several industry analysts have to say in Insider here.
According to a recent survey from the FinOps Foundation, automation and cloud spending remain a challenge for many. In fact, the survey found 49% of respondents had little to no automation when it came to managing that spend, which could lead to growth in the field of FinOps. Dive into the findings in ZDNet here.
Cloud has risen to the top of the pack. The Society for Information Management’s (SIM) recent study of IT trends shows that cloud computing topped the list of organizational investments for 2020—the first time that has happened in 10+ years. Find out which investments rounded out the top ten in Virtualization & Cloud Review here.
Microsoft recently revealed that 95% of the company’s commercial revenue is influenced by partners. As a result, Microsoft is making investments in the way partners, customers and the tech giant interact not just now—but in the future. Explore four things to know about Microsoft’s cloud partner growth in CRN here.
It appears that the rise of remote work is forcing cyber criminals to deploy new tactics. A new report from Malwarebytes found that the use of applications that monitor user activity increased 565% between January and December 2020. And while the company notes that total detections were down last year, current threats are “more refined and damaging than ever before.” You can find more of the results in BetaNews here.
2020 saw many IT budgets in flux as organizations navigated COVID-19. Now, nearly a year into the pandemic, Goldman Sachs’ report found that CIOs are spending more. But will spending be tied to how well the economy recovers? And how does the cloud fit into enterprise priorities? CIO Dive breaks it all down here.