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Weekly CloudNews: Why More Enterprises Are Embracing Industry Clouds

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Why More Enterprises Are Embracing Industry Clouds

Sean Michael Kerner, ITPro Today, December 19, 2022

“Industry clouds have picked up significant momentum in 2022 as organizations increasingly realize that a generic one-size-fits-all public cloud offering isn’t always the best option. With an industry cloud, configurations, policies, and technologies are designed and tailored for a specific market vertical. There are industry cloud offerings available from the big public cloud providers including AWS, Google, and Microsoft, as well application-driven vertical offerings from vendors such as VMware, Snowflake, and Databricks. In Tracey Woo, an analyst at Forrester’s view, the IT industry has reached an inflection point where those who have been reticent to adopt cloud, especially in highly regulated industries realize they need the public cloud to remain competitive.

“Different industry verticals have different regulatory compliance requirements. A need to meet specific industry regulations is a key driver for industry cloud adoption, but it’s not the only one. Jared Haleck, chief product officer, Kantata noted that data from a study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Kantata shows that this shift toward purpose-built solutions tailored to the specific needs and use cases is happening right now in the professional services industry. Seventy-eight percent of business leaders agree that technology vendors limit professional services organizations when they provide generic, rather than industry-specific, solutions and services to address unique professional services needs.” READ MORE

When containers are not the answer

David Linthicum, InfoWorld, December 20, 2022

“Containers seem to be the default approach for most systems migrating to the cloud or being built there, and for good reasons. They provide portability and scalability that is more difficult to achieve with other enabling technology. However, much like other hyped technologies these days, such as AI, serverless, etc., we’re seeing many instances where containers are misapplied. Companies are choosing containers when other enabling technologies would be better, more cost-efficient solutions.

“The core downside of containers today is the overapplication of container development and the migration of existing applications to containers in ‘application modernization’ projects. It’s not that containers don’t work—of course they do. But many things ‘work’ that are hugely inefficient compared to other technologies. Enterprises are spending as much as four times the money to build the same application using container-based development and deployment versus more traditional methods. Also at issue, the container-based application could cost more to operate by using more cloud-based resources, such as storage and compute. It also costs more to secure and more to govern.” READ MORE

Top cloud strategy mistakes CIOs can’t help making

Paul Rooney, CIO Magazine, December 20, 2022

“Succeeding in the cloud can be complex, and CIOs have continued to fumble their cloud strategies in 2022 in a variety of ways, industry observers say. Topping the list of typical cloud strategy are three mistakes that fall under the heading of mental blueprint blunders: assuming that a cloud strategy is an IT-only endeavor, that all data must be moved to the cloud, and that a cloud strategy is the same as a data center strategy. In addition to going it alone, insisting on moving all data to the cloud, and approaching the cloud the way they would a data center, CIOs also often fall prey to flawed thinking about the scope of their digital transformation, either by failing to have an exit strategy or believing it is too late to implement a cloud strategy at all.

“CIOs also blow their cloud strategy out of the gate by confusing a cloud strategy with an implementation plan or confusing an ‘executive mandate’ or ‘cloud first’ motto with an actual cloud strategy, according to Gartner. The blueprint for each company’s digital transformation is unique and requires a deep dive into all IT systems by the entire C-suite and IT team to optimize the outcome, analysts note. No third party knows an enterprise better than its executives and employees. But perhaps the worst sin CIOs can make, analysts across the spectrum agree, is fail to plan for the shift in culture and skills required to devise and implement a successful cloud strategy.” READ MORE

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