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10 adevăruri crude în 2017, prezise de IDC pentru directorii IT

Într-un webcast de la începutul lunii noiembrie susținut de analiștii Joe Pucciarelli, Serge Findling, și Mike Jennett, IDC anunța cele zece predicții tehnologice de care trebuie să țină cont orice CIO în 2017.

În buna tradiție a analizelor IDC, predicțiile CIO Agenda acoperă cele mai importante tendințe ale momentului ce guvernează transformarea digitală a întregii economii globale, dar oferă o proiecție și pentru următorii 3 ani.

1: Valorificarea datelor – Până în 2019, 40% dintre proiectele IT vor avea ca scop crearea de noi servicii digitale bazate pe valorificarea mai eficientă a datelor – în era cunoașterii informația reprezintă combustibilul economiei digitale. Orientarea către servicii este un trend mai vechi, dar noile servicii vor fi bazate pe tehnologii ce valorifică toate valentele informației, de la analiza valorii la orice moment, la puterea predictive a datelor.

2: Pentru orice ecosistem – Până în 2018, 65% dintre organizațiile IT vor oferi servicii specifice fiecărui ecosistem, personalizate în funcție de cerințele de business ale clienților – rolul echipei de IT ca furnizor de servicii customizate este în continua creștere și reprezintă în sine transformarea prin care rolul IT-ului migrează din zona strict tehnică în cea de business.

3: Lipsa de viziune – Până în 2017, 40% dintre directorii IT nu vor putea aspira la un rol decizional la nivel de organizație din cauza lipsei de viziune, de credibilitate și de abilitatea de a influența – pare un procentaj destul de mare, dar să ținem cont de faptul ce estimarea este pe termen scurt. În 2-3 ani procentajul are toate șansele să scadă. În plus, mulți dintre directorii IT de astăzi nici nu își doresc o funcție executivă…

4: Adopția inovațiilor – Până în 2019, 75% dintre CIO vor recunoaște limitările tradiționalelor sisteme IT și vor adopta tendințele inovative –până acum 2-3 ani majoritatea managerilor IT erau reticenți în fața noilor tehnologii. Acum migrarea în Cloud nu mai este de loc un experiment riscant, ci o necesitate de business, iar impactul BiG Data & Analytics, IoT, Mobile sau Social este din ce în ce mai evident. Revoluția digitală acționează rapid, cu efecte radicale. Sunt șanse reale ca procentul să fie mult mai mare până în 2019.

5: Transformarea digitală – Până în 2018, 40% dintre directorii IT vor propune inițiative de transformare digitală bazate pe coerența dintre liniile de business, echipele IT și resursele organizaționale – Esența economiei digitale este valorificarea cunoașterii bazată pe colaborarea tuturor entităților dintr-un ecosistem.

 

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“În noua economie digitală, un CIO trebuie să învețe cum să formeze și să conducă o organizație IT care să se adapteze simultan cele trei imperative reunite în principiul Leading in 3D: Innovate, Integrate, and Incorporate.

Joe Pucciarelli, Group Vice President & IT Executive Advisor, IDC IT Executive Programs

 

 

 

6: Bimodalul pe cale de dispariție – Până în 2019, 80% dintre organizațiile IT bimodale vor fi afectațe de efectul cumulativ al complexității tehnologice, costurilor și pierderii credibilității – Este un adevăr crud, dar este clar că bimodal nu este același lucru cu hibrid…

7: Pasul de la fizic la digital – Până în 2018, 45% dintre directorii informatici vor face pasul preocupărilor primare de la fizic la digital – Dacă ne uităm la rapiditatea cu care evoluează piața, s-ar putea să avem aici o subestimare. În următorii 2 ani mulți CIO vor trebui să se adapteze la sistemele digitale din nevoia de viteză, predictibilitate și scalabilitate.

8: Apelați la platformizare – Până în 2018, 45% dintre CIO se vor canaliza pe ”platformizare” folosind DevOps – Am putea să ne gândim la un procentaj mai mare de 50%, ținând cont de nevoia acută de reducere a costurilor, implementare mai rapidă și creșterea agilității organizațiilor.

9: Să învățăm de la startup-uri – Până în 2019, 70% dintre organizațiile IT vor migra către o cultură apropiată de cea a startup-urilor – Asta înseamnă o atitudine bazată pe nevoi stringente, cu practice manageriale de ultimă oră și resurse oferite de comunitățile open source.

10: Adaptarea strategiilor de risc – Până la sfârșitul anului 2017, 80% dintre CIO vor adopta strategii de risc bazate pe reacții adaptive la amenințările de securitate, nevoia de conformitate și posibilele căderi de business.

Mesajul analiștilor IDC este clar: directorii informatici trebuie să găsească cea mai bună metodă pentru a reinventa rolul organizației IT. Altfel nu vor putea face față transformărilor. Iar riscul cel mai mare este posibilitatea de a fi înlocuiți de furnizori specializați în oferirea de servicii dedicate.

Articolul ”10 adevăruri crude pentru 2017, prezise de IDC pentru directorii IT” a fost publicat în revista IT Trends, nr.1, Noiembrie 2016

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CIO’s TOP 10 CLOUD PREDICTIONS FOR 2014

Last December CIO published “10 Cloud Computing Predictions for 2014”, a very interesting estimation about cloud computing market and technologies development in 2014, with a special focus on application development made by Mr Bernard Golden, senior director Cloud Computing Enterprise Solutions group at Dell. 2014 predictions

Considering the high acceleration development of cloud computing could become a rule, not an exception, 2014 will be in the author vision “an interesting and disruptive year for vendors, service providers and IT organizations”.

Cloud evolution is ready to become history. Beginning as a controversial and unproven concept five years ago, cloud computing has all the chances to become a “default IT platform in the near future” and today’s arguments against cloud are limited.

Interesting is author view about the real security concerning sources: “The alarm raised about cloud security was just air cover for IT personnel who didn’t want to change their established practices. Furthermore, the concern about security would disappear not because cloud providers suddenly “proved” they were secure enough but because recalcitrant IT personnel read the writing on the wall and realized they had to embrace cloud computing or face the prospect of a far larger change — unemployment”. And many peoples are thinking the same…

The main cloud computing trends in 2014 are viewed from double perspective: one from end-users side, and second from vendor/cloud provider. In respect for the author opinions, I will show in this post only the predictions titles, recommending to you to read the original article in CIO.com

Here are top 5 (end-users) + 5 (vendors/ providers) predictions according Mr. Bernard Golden vision:

  1. More Businesses Will Become Software Companies
  2. Application Developers Will Become More Important
  3. Application Workload Placement Decisions Will Continue to Shift to End Users
  4. Private Cloud Will Have Its Moment of Truth
  5. Cloud Brokerage Will Come Into Focus
  6. AWS Will Continues Its Torrid Pace of Innovation
  7. Google, Microsoft Will Get Serious About the Cloud
  8. The Importance of Ecosystem Will Become Clear
  9. VMware Will Realizes vCHS Is Critical to Its Future
  10. A Pricing Bloodbath Is Coming to the Public Cloud

Concluding, Mr Golden is considering: “what has happened in the industry to this point has been the prologue for the main cloud computing story. Next year represents the beginning of the main story. In 2014, we’ll see cloud computing become the dominant platform for IT from now on.”

How clear these predictions are? What are the chances to become reality? We will be able to analyse this in December 2014 only…

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TOP CLOUD CERTIFICATIONS

There are more than 1.7 million open job requisitions for cloud-related IT positions worldwide, and more than 40% of new cloud-related jobs will be in emerging markets, according to IDC research. 

A key element for cloud providers that should prove their technical competency is the level of knowledge and certifications they specialist achieved. Without this, the level of confidence in quality of the services offered is not reliable. On the other hand, specialist individual certification it is a realistic metric of the knowledge and skills of cloud providers employers, who have to prove the right mix of cloud skills, knowledge, and expertise. Practically each big cloud vendor developed his own curriculum for peoples who are developing, offering or accessing their services. As many certification could be provided by a cloud specialist, his technical level will become more attractive for any employer.  

Top-cloud-computing-certificationsCIO.com published recently ” Top 10 Cloud Computing Certification” a selected review of certifications any cloud specialist should bring in his CV:

1. CCSK — Cloud Security Alliance – widely recognized like a “mother of all cloud computing security certifications”. The test is based on the Cloud Security Alliance Security Guidance for Critical Areas of Focus in Cloud Computing V3, English language version, and the ENISA report “Cloud Computing: Benefits, Risks and Recommendations for Information Security.”

2. Cloud U – Rackspace – a vendor-neutral curriculum designed for IT professionals and business leaders that covers and certifies knowledge of the fundamentals of Cloud Computing. Cloud U content is available to any professional at any time, but if you want a formal recognition of your knowledge about Cloud Computing, you should complete the courses and requirements for a certificate.

3. CompTIA Cloud Essentials — Comp TIA – covers the basic fundamentals of cloud computing and shows that individuals understand cloud computing from both a business and a technical perspective. In addition, the certification covers migration to the cloud and governance of cloud computing environments.

4. Cloud Certified Professional — CloudSchool.com – offers a number of vendor-neutral cloud certifications, each based on a one-day course module and aimed at competency in specific areas of cloud computing. There are certificates for Cloud Architects, Cloud Technology Professionals, Cloud Governance, and Cloud security, among others.

5 & 6. IBM Certified Cloud Solution Architect v1 and v3 – IBM – achieving these certifications, solutions architects will demonstrate the design, plan, architecture and management capabilities for IBM’s cloud computing infrastructure once they’ve completed the certification requirements.

7. Google Certified Specialist – Google – has practically two distinct certifications: Certified Deployment Specialist, and Certified Sales Specialist,  which covers the fundamental skills, knowledge and technical expertise required to deploy Google Apps for Business and Education.

8. Salesforce.com Certified Professional — Salesforce.com – based on several certification tracks, including Salesforce Administrator, Force.com Developer, Implementation Expert, and Architect.

9. VMware Certified Professional – VMware – offers six cloud-specific certifications, from beginner to advanced. These tracks certify knowledge and expertise in a variety of cloud and virtualization-related technologies and methodologies. Offerings include the VMware Certified Associate — Cloud, VMware Certified Professional — Cloud, and VMware Certified Advanced Professional, among others.

10. Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Infrastructure-as-a-Service — Red Hat – one of the newest cloud certifications available. The Red Hat Certificate measures professionals’ ability to design, build, deploy and manage private clouds based on the Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack platform.

This Top 10 is the subject of CIO selection. I’m sure any specialist is interested could find specific or general level certification from other important players on the cloud field like: Amazon, Microsoft, or Citrix. And here is what I find about specific certification offered by these:

Microsoft Learning Catalog – Microsoft – hosting 49 titles of learning plans, books, online training, classroom training, and exams referring to how to configure and deploy a private cloud with System Centre 2012, developing cloud database using MS SQL Azure, or running small business in the cloud with MS Office 365.

AWS Certification Program – Amazon – AWS Certifications recognize IT professionals that possess the skills and technical knowledge necessary for designing, deploying and managing applications on the AWS platform. Earning certification helps any individual gain visibility and credibility for his proven experience. The main certification levels offerd by AWS are: Certified Solution Arhitect, Certified Developer Associate, and Certified SySOps Administrator.

Citrix cloud computing certification – Citrix products are used all over the globe by large and a small businesses alike. As more organisations jumping on the cloud and minimizing costs through virtualization. Citrix applications are likely to spread even more than that of before. The best thing to do for any individual is to be as a professional working in an environment where Citrix is either used or could be used further. The main specialization covered by Citrix certification system are: Citrix Admin, Citrix Engineer, and Citrix Architect.

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CIO CLOUD DEFINITIONS (2)

Continuing the journey to find better definitions for cloud computing concept, model, and basically classifications, let’s look this time at CIO.com pages dedicated to Cloud Computing Definitions and Solutions. Admitting any theoretical definition of cloud computing could be controversial, CIO is proposing concise definition of consulting firm Accenture:

Business-Cloud-Direction-300px“Cloud computing is the dynamic provisioning of IT capabilities (hardware, software, or services) from third parties over a network.”

We have to recognize this is a very concise definition… Starting from here, CIO is developing the more deeply description of cloud computing as model, not as technology.

According CIO, “Cloud computing is computing model, not a technology. In this model of computing, all the servers, networks, applications and other elements related to data centers are made available to IT and end users via the Internet, in a way that allows IT to buy only the type and amount of computing services that they need. The cloud model differs from traditional outsourcers in that customers don’t hand over their own IT resources to be managed.”

From CIO perspective the differences between virtualization and cloud are related to different levels of abstraction used. Admitting “virtualization most often means server virtualization — in which one physical server acts as host to several virtual servers, each of which runs on a layer of software called a hypervisor whose job it is to parcel out storage, memory and other computing resources,” cloud computing is taking this abstraction one further step. “Rather than making one server appears to be several, it makes an entire data-center worth of servers, networking devices, systems management, security, storage and other infrastructure, look like a single computer, or even a single screen.”

Finally, here is CIO description of the three basic types of cloud computing:

• Infrastructure as a Service — provides grids or clusters or virtualized servers, networks, storage and systems software designed to augment or replace the functions of an entire data center. The highest-profile example is Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud [EC2] and Simple Storage Service, but IBM and other traditional IT vendors are also offering services.

• Platform as a Service — Provides virtualized servers on which users can run existing applications or develop new ones without having to worry about maintaining the operating systems, server hardware, load balancing or computing capacity. Highest-profile examples include Microsoft’s Azure and Salesforce’s Force.com.

• Software as a Service — The most widely known and widely used form of cloud computing, SaaS provides all the functions of a sophisticated traditional application, but through a Web browser, not a locally-installed application. SaaS eliminates worries about app servers, storage, application development and related, common concerns of IT. Highest-profile examples are Salesforce.com, Google’s Gmail and Apps, instant messaging from AOL, Yahoo and Google, and VoIP from Vonage and Skype.

Source: cio.com

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