The major transformation of IT by the Cloud wave won’t come from IaaS, although it has started the revolution, instead it will be ‘PaaS’ (Platform as a Service) that has the more dramatic and visible impact.
Encouraging reuse of common building blocks and standardized developer methods, it enables them to ‘stand on the shoulders of giants’, taking advantage of new enterprise models like internal SaaS, without building from scratch.
The headline theme and goal of our new Digital Economy ebook is to identify and develop benefits for the overall economy, by growing the ICT sector. (Information Communications Technology).
This encompasses everything from the telephone wires to the smartphones, laptops, TVs, online payments and so on; in short it is the Digital Economy.
This Thought Leadership blog is kindly contributed by Don Tapscott, author of Wikinomics and also The Digital Economy, first published in 1995.
As you will see his ideas are almost twenty years old but yet as important if not more so today, when Canada faces an ongoing challenge as a technology innovator and player in the global Digital Economy, and it provides the forward to our flagship eBook – Crowdsourcing Canada’s Digital Economy Strategy.
A highly recommended event is the upcoming two-part series for Microsoft, their Cloud & Mobility Summit: Calgary 27-28 and Toronto Dec 3-4.
This event is highly recommended, because the hottest topic in IT right now is ‘PaaS” – Platform as a Service, and this is where to learn about this trend.
Microsoft options for PaaS & Agile DevOps
Recently I published our principle ‘PaaS & Agile DevOps‘ white paper, which looks at how vendors such as Puppet Labs are transforming how software developers work through the ‘DevOps’ model, increasing the frequency of their releases through best practices such as ‘Continuous Deployment’.
The Cloud has made entrepreneurism itself more accessible to more people, lowering the barrier to entry by lowering the costs it takes to launch a new online venture by a magnitude, while simultaneously improving the quality of the apps you can produce, and how quickly you can produce them.
Combined with the continuing explosion of online users and how much they grow their daily use of social media and e-commerce this is a massively potent combination.
As Information Age reports Enterprise Search is still an application that many CIO’s have yet to deploy.
This is really quite surprising once you learn about how powerful this technology is, and how many issues many enterprise organizations are still dealing with today it can be used to tackle.
The goal of our ‘Canadian Hybrid Cloud‘ program is as the name suggests, to define the hybrid cloud in ‘Canadian terms’, meaning how it could make use of local Canadian suppliers, as well as the big USA firms like Amazon.
Hand in hand with this is another primary goal, that being to showcase local early stage innovations in the Cloud research field, from universities and so forth, as a means of helping stimulate the associated start-up industry.
For many customers moving to the Cloud is the best strategy when presented with a compelling event to do so, with a timely example being how Microsoft are ending support for Windows 2003 on July 14th next year. Customers will face lots of painful issues if they haven’t moved off the platform by then.
They have the option of migrating apps to in-house servers on W2012, however this situation is an example of the hassle that comes with managing your own infrastructure!
In their blog series Modernizing with Hybrid Cloud Microsoft explain how this kind of hassle can be eliminated in the future by migrating to the Cloud, as well as upgrading the app.
Greg O’Conner of Appzero captures this sentiment in ‘Modernize as you migrate‘, and in their white paper describe how they surveyed Fortune 1000 IT professionals to assess their readiness for the impending end of support of Windows Server 2003, revealing:
- More than half of the respondents (52%) have 100 or more machines running WS2003
- Security compliance and vulnerability management is the largest concern about running on WS2003
- Only a quarter of respondents have a plan to upgrade; others are not aware of the EOS date, have no plans yet or are investigating their options
- Moving to the cloud was the most popular known upgrade path
- Close to 40% are not sure of upgrade path (cloud or not cloud)
Industry experts estimate that there are more than 10 million machines still running WS2003, presenting a huge issue especially for regulated industries who will find themselves in breach of compliance rules.
This demonstrates a clear value for the value of managed services via Cloud hosting, and as well as Microsoft Azure customers also have options including local Cloud providers, the theme of our Canadian Hybrid Cloud program.
by David Drury
Most Canadian CIOs have their heads in the cloud these days, with seven out of 10 businesses expected to pursue hybrid clouds by 2015, and 85 per cent of new software being built for cloud.
CIOs across the board are feeling pressure from somewhere – whether it’s their CEO, their employees, customers, partners or the general shift in the market – to implement the latest cloud-based IT technology for efficiency, agility and economy. But they also need to take advantage of their existing IT infrastructure to maximize return on investment.
A key marketing feature for our Sponsors is our ‘Blog Review Marketing’, simply meaning a rating feature that we utilize to review items like Cloud products and services, as well as expert articles and so forth.
This is part of a broader goal to showcase the innovation and leadership that occurs in Canada, with a view to promoting it to a national and global audience interested in this field, and organized via specific topics like Cloud Security.