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July 27, 2020

Industry News: July 20-24 – A Digital Transformation Boom, Microsoft Ditching Diesel and Cybersecurity Spending Growth

Ann Carpenter

Every week we highlight cloud computing and technology news of interest. This week, we’re covering the pandemic’s effect on digital transformation, Microsoft’s plan to eliminate its diesel fuel dependency, Microsoft’s desire to minimise change for partners, cybersecurity spending growth, and emerging risks on top of executives’ minds.

Let’s get started…

Digital transformations are taking place faster than we’ve ever seen before. In fact, Help Net Security reports that one survey found 97% of enterprise decision makers believe the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated their organisations’ digital transformation projects. Find out just how quickly their digital strategies were expedited here.

Microsoft is saying so-long to diesel. The tech giant announced plans to stop relying on diesel fuel by 2030. So, what does this mean for the important diesel-powered backup generators used at many of their data centres? Data Center Frontier discusses this topic here.

With many companies taking an economic hit during this difficult time, change can be hard. That’s why Microsoft is working to limit major change for partners. CRN spoke with Microsoft’s Channel Chief to find out how they are creating new opportunities, while minimising the impact on partners themselves at a time when many organisations are just trying to “keep the business going.” Read more here.

While some industries have taken a big hit this year, cybersecurity spending continues to grow. Channel Partner Insight gives us a look at how much growth one analyst believes we will see even under the “worst-case scenario” and the type of cyberattacks that could be fueling this growth. Learn more here.

Gartner has just released a new report detailing the top emerging risks executives watched during Q2, including concerns about remote workforces and a potential second wave of COVID-19. So where do they rank among the top five? CIO Dive takes us deeper into the findings here.

About Ann Carpenter

Ann is the head of demand generation and blogger at Navisite with more than 10 years of experience working, writing and developing content for technology companies while living in the U.S. and in countries around the world. She currently lives in Atlanta, Ga., with her husband and newborn son.