March 26, 2021

Industry News: March 22-26 – IT Spending Priorities, Microsoft’s Hybrid Work Model, Google Cloud Backs Vaccine Roll Out

Megan Ferringer

Every week we highlight cloud computing and technology news of interest. This week we’re covering the top IT spending priorities for 2021, how Microsoft plans on welcoming employees back to the office, Amazon Web Services (AWS) announcing its next CEO, how Google Cloud is assisting states with the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out and a look at how many remote workers in the UK are using personal devices on the job.

Let’s get started…

The pandemic has impacted IT budgets in a big way over the past year, and that’s expected to continue. But what areas will organizations focus their spend on? A new survey gives us a look at the top IT spending priorities of 2021, including additional spend on data and business analytics, security and risk management and cloud-based enterprise applications. Learn more in CIO here.

Remote work might not be going away anytime soon for many, but the shift back to the office has begun for Microsoft. The company is preparing a hybrid work model to welcome back employees next week at several offices, including its headquarters. What is Microsoft doing to connect employees in this hybrid model? Dive into their plan in CRN.

Following a planned shakeup of leadership, AWS has named its next CEO. Adam Selipsky, a former AWS executive, will soon take over as CEO while current leader Andy Jassy prepares to oversee the Amazon brand. Read more about his appointment in ZDNet here.

As the COVID-19 vaccine rollout ramps up nationwide, Google Cloud is lending its expertise. Google is leveraging its cloud technology to help local communities with everything from scheduling to providing metrics on supply chains, all in an effort to vaccinate as many people as possible. Explore which states Google has already partnered with in Silicon Angle here.

The idea of remote work turning permanent is becoming a reality for many, including in the UK. According to one new study, 70% of the UK’s remote workers are using personal devices on the job. What are organizations doing to secure their remote workforce going forward with security threats on the rise? Take a look at the findings in Help Net Security here.

About Megan Ferringer

Megan is the Content Marketing Manager at Navisite with more than 10 years of experience helping brands discover and tell their stories. From working at a global non-profit organization to boutique marketing agencies in Chicago, she champions the power of storytelling across all industries.