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Cloud Empowers Innovations

James Staten July 25, 2018

This value was strongly reinforced at Google Cloud Next ’18 this week. Several enterprises talked through how cloud services like Google Cloud Platform are not just sources of application agility and on-demand infrastructure but are platforms providing high-value access to technology chains they can leverage confidently for innovation efforts. For example, Larry Colagiovanni, vice president […]

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Microsoft Build 2018: Top Five Takeaways

Jeffrey Hammond May 7, 2018

It’s a busy week with the Digital Transformation Forum kicking off in Chicago tomorrow, but I managed to slip in a quick trip to Seattle to this year’s Microsoft Build developer conference. It’s hard to believe that it’s been four years since Satya Nadella took over as CEO, but time flies. We detected early on in […]

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The Industrial Internet Comes Of Age In China

Danny Mu March 16, 2018

A few weeks ago, the China Industrial Internet Summit — the country’s leading industrial internet conference — was held in Beijing. Dozens of leading manufacturing firms and technology vendors from the US, Germany, and Japan shared their latest achievements and future strategies with thousands of participants. The weather was cold, but the industrial internet is […]

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Public Cloud Reaches European Mainstream, But Brexit Complicates UK Picture

Paul Miller January 22, 2018

Public cloud platforms owed much of their early success to adoption by startups. With a bright idea, a web browser, a credit card, and no legacy baggage, the public cloud was an obvious place to build and grow a new business. For most enterprises, those early public clouds were a harder sell: If they were […]

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Predictions 2018: Cloud Computing Accelerates Enterprise Transformation Everywhere

Dave Bartoletti November 7, 2017

It’s already that time of year again: pumpkin spice and predictions for the New Year! Forrester’s Cloud team has been busy gathering, analyzing and prioritizing our predictions for what’s ahead in enterprise cloud computing for 2018. As our 2018 cloud predictions published today, here’s a sneak peek into what we see ahead for the most […]

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Move Big Data To The Public Cloud With An Insight PaaS

Brian Hopkins August 8, 2017

In five years you’ll be using Insight PaaS for big data in the public cloud. On-premise won’t be an option. Here is why. Cloud Is The Hottest Market For Big Data Technology The shift to the cloud for big data is on. In fact, global spending on big data solutions via cloud subscriptions will grow […]

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Canadian Tech Market Will Perk Up In 2017 And 2018, But Still Lags Behind US Tech Market Growth Rates

Andrew Bartels July 27, 2017

Forrester has just published its annual Canadian tech market forecast for 2017-2018 (see “The Canadian Tech Market Outlook For 2017 To 2018”). We are forecasting growth of 3.9% in 2017 and 3.7% in 2018 for Canadian business and government spending on tech goods and services. These rates constitute an upward revision from our January forecast, […]

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Three Key Questions And Answers About How To Make Digital Transformation Go Right

Liz Herbert July 26, 2017

We recently hosted a complimentary webinar titled Your Digital Transformation Is Not Bold Enough — Five Actions To Take Now. Forrester clients can also access the associated report here. The webinar and the report outline five common mistakes and key fixes for them, but these are only a starting point. Here are three common questions […]

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Rumors Of VMware's Demise Are Greatly Exaggerated

Chris Gardner July 12, 2017

With apologies for paraphrasing Mr. Twain, pundits have sounded VMware’s death knell for years. Whether it be the continuous pressure of public cloud offerings, potentially losing the management tools game, or tech professionals evolving past their current offerings, the company faces some very real, critical threats. Even so, VMware continues to succeed. In its most […]

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Around the world, strong public cloud platform Leaders mask local complexity and difference

Paul Miller January 30, 2017

(Public Domain image taken taken by US Astronaut Terry Virts, Jan. 30, 2015) Towards the end of last year, Forrester published four tightly connected Wave evaluations. These assessed the 18 most significant providers of public cloud platforms, looking globally, in Australia and New Zealand, in Europe, and in China. Now we’ve published a fifth document, […]

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Public Cloud Providers Embark On A European Building Spree

Paul Miller January 18, 2017

(A data centre in Hamina, Finland. Source: Google) Not long ago, European customers of the global public cloud vendors relied upon a single data centre ‘region’ for all their cloud computing needs. From Lisbon to Lviv, Kiruna to Kalamata, customers of Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure sent everything to Ireland, and customers of […]

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Local vendors challenge global players in our analysis of Europe's public cloud market

Paul Miller October 18, 2016

Public Domain image of Europe, derived from NASA World Wind data, uploaded to Wikimedia Commons. The hyperscale global clouds seem to crop up pretty much everywhere, these days. But we all know that customer requirements differ, from industry to industry, and from country to country. So… how do they cope, and how do we account […]

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Vertical clouds - less useful than you're meant to believe, but still useful

Paul Miller October 7, 2016

How often have you been told you can't use a mainstream public cloud provider? Quite often, probably, especially if you happen to work in a regulated industry like banking or healthcare. And what justifications are you given? The regulator "won't let you," no doubt? That's a good one. And "it's not secure" is often pretty […]

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Valuable services lurk behind confused marketing of 'managed cloud'

Paul Miller July 18, 2016

(Confusing messages. Image by Wikimedia Commons user 'Melburnian') Again and again, we hear examples of companies struggling as they try to realise the benefits of moving to cloud. They know what they want to achieve as a business, they know that cloud can help, but they cannot translate that understanding into the way they specify, […]

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After Brexit, it's business as usual for most of Europe's public cloud workloads

Paul Miller July 8, 2016

(source: Wikimedia Commons) Two weeks on, the result of the UK referendum on membership of the European Union (EU) continues to reverberate around the world. Forrester provided advice for clients needing to understand the business implications. Looking at the specific impact on public cloud deployments in Europe introduces a number of additional points. These are […]

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Established Chinese cloud providers hope to succeed in Europe's public cloud market

Paul Miller June 1, 2016

When we think about the public cloud, the list of credible providers can sometimes seem rather short. (The Great Wall of China. Source: Paul Miller) In North America, Europe, and elsewhere, the same few names tend to dominate. But not in China. There, big local brands continue to command impressive market share. And now they're […]

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Is Security FUD delaying your Public Cloud Adoption?

Robert Stroud January 7, 2016

Public Cloud continues to emerge  Whether it’s the growth of service providers transitioning to offer services, the emergence of Containers within Hyperconverged solutions, or the potential emergence of Google succeeding, the public cloud is set for a year of “hyper-growth”!  That said we have to sort through the FUD (Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt), especially in […]

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Are providers adapting to managed services for the megaclouds in 2016?

Robert Stroud December 31, 2015

“Enterprise-Cloud”, reality or marketing term? First we need to define what we mean by “enterprise cloud”. For this definition, the minimal criteria set includes: robust security, reliable performance, disaster recovery, growing set of services, constantly investing and a great and growing ecosystem of partners.  Based on this definition (along with the tremendous growth in public […]

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Will the answer to public cloud be Google?

Robert Stroud November 29, 2015

  Amazon Web Services is rapidly growing Since I joined Forrester 2 months ago, we have seen multiple announcements from public cloud providers. Amazon Web Services (AWS) numbers are now available. As reported by The Motley Fool, “at the RE:Invent  conference a company representative disclosed “AWS is now on pace for a run rate of […]

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Microsoft and T-Systems Find Innovative Solution To Address Customer Data Privacy Concerns

Paul Miller November 11, 2015

The big public cloud providers, most of which are still from the United States, sometimes have a hard time finding ways to balance their legal obligations at home with the quite different sensitivities they encounter amongst their new international customers. For a long time, the toolkit has been pretty consistent: site data centres as close […]

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