Cloud Computing

  1. For a language that’s designed for systems-level programming, the Google Go language (Golang) is surprisingly popular. Designed by many of the original C designers, it’s gained a reputation as a tool for developing low-level systems, including many used on Azure. If you’ve run a Docker container, fired up any of Azure’s Kubernetes services, or used the Open Service Broker, you’re using code that’s written in Go.

    While Go development began at Google, it’s now an open source project, with a widely distributed development team. Recent hires into Azure’s cloud developer advocacy team have brought several key players into Microsoft, where they continue to work on Go and associated projects. Microsoft is also working with other companies that use Go, like Hashicorp, with its Terraform multicloud infrastructure management tool that helps manage Azure container deployments.

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  2. According to Gartner, by 2021, 40 percent of IT staff will be “versatilists,” holding multiple roles. Moreover, most of these roles will be business-related, rather than technology-related, it predicts.

    Furthermore, by 2019, IT technical specialist hires will fall by more than 5 percent. Gartner predicts that 50 percent of enterprises will formalize IT versatilist profiles and job descriptions, and that 20 percent of IT organizations will hire versatilists to scale their digital business. As a result, IT technical specialist employees will fall to 75 percent of 2017 levels, it predicts.

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  3. Companies are moving away from the traditional operations-oriented ROI model, and now look toward agility as the core metric to determine value. That’s clear in a new report called “How Enterprises Are Calculating Cloud ROI—And Why Some Enterprises Are Moving Ahead Without It,” from ISACA.

    Although this is new to many enterprises and analysis firms, it’s not new to me.  I’ve written many blog posts since 2011 about the reasons to use business agility as a primary metric for calculating the real cloud ROI. It wasn’t just me, of course: Clearly the cloud experts were talking about agility and ROI. But enterprises were still focused on ops costs and capital cost avoidance as the primary metric.

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  4. In an era of constant connectivity, consumer expectations of businesses run high. Latency—the delay inherent between a desire and pursuant request for information and its ultimate return—creates frustration, inhibits success and can impact customer experiences and ultimately customer satisfaction. Long story short, we live in a real-time world and no one wants to wait. Latency is a source of friction.

    If I can post a photo, search for a flight, watch live sports, or get real-time stock portfolio updates instantly on my phone, why can’t I do the same in my day-to-day business dealings?

    Enterprises constantly straddle the line between deploying innovative approaches and carrying forward processes that drove historical success. Across companies and industries, digital transformation initiatives aim for faster business operations, more real-time interactions and reducing the amount of latency in the chain.

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  5. Launched in 2011, Google Cloud Platform (GCP) has had to do some catching up to market leader Amazon Web Services (AWS), its most direct competitor as a purer cloud play. But Google had no experience servicing large enterprise IT, and so has spent several years playing catchup.

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    (Insider Story)
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