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Healthcare Organizations Are Future-Proofing Strategy And Operations With Cloud

Jeff Becker June 13, 2019
HCOs are turning to cloud vendors to address a wide range of business problems. Read the top three issues HCOs are tackling with the cloud.
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FORRward: A Weekly Read For Tech And Marketing Execs

Matthew Guarini June 12, 2019
FTD Bankruptcy A Lesson For Long-Standing Brands: Don’t Rest On Your Laurels When century-old floral stalwart FTD filed for Chapter 11, it sent shivers through C-suites of venerable brands everywhere. In a growing market, this pioneer should have dominated. It has long offered eCommerce and delivery, features that competitive direct-to-consumer (DTC) upstarts now use to […]
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FORRward: A Weekly Read For Tech And Marketing Execs

Matthew Guarini June 4, 2019
As The (Blockchain) World Turns: Part 1 A couple of announcements in particular this week served as a reminder that enterprises and vendors alike remain committed to leveraging distributed ledger technology (DLT). Proving the naysayers wrong, TradeLens (the IBM/Maersk global supply chain initiative) welcomed on board two further ocean carriers — CMA CGM and MSC […]
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Predictions 2019 Update: Cloud Computing Soars To New Heights

Dave Bartoletti April 24, 2019
The cloud ride is accelerating. Cloud vendor innovation pace is off the charts, and revenue is soaring. Take a look at three of our 2019 cloud computing predictions to see where we stand a third of the way through the year.
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The Questions CIOs Need To Be Asking About Their Firm’s Cloud Application Exposure

Andrew Bartels April 9, 2019
 In my tech market forecasts, I am starting to see the intersection of two worrisome trends: Software subscription fees for multitenant SaaS or for single-instance hosted software are rising rapidly, with a growing percentage related to existing software as opposed to new and with a high percentage having fixed annual fees or fees tied to […]
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Does Africa Present An Opportunity For The Chinese Clouds?

Paul Miller November 8, 2018
Africa is home to 20% of our planet’s land and 16% of its people, but none of the hyperscale public clouds run from data centers there — yet. Microsoft will offer Azure from data centers in Cape Town and Johannesburg later this year, and Amazon recently announced plans to follow suit with an Amazon Web Services […]
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Driving MSP Cloud Cost Alignment — Rackspace

James Staten October 30, 2018
In today’s world, where the standard cost model for public cloud platform services is per-use, it seems very misaligned that most cloud managed service providers (MSPs) continue to require traditional 12-month-plus contracts. Most of these firms, and more traditional consultancies, that help you leverage and manage public cloud services have kept with standard multiyear contracts […]
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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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