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The view from the Valley: The VC guys tech hot list

Venture Capital firm, Andreessen Horowitz, have shared their views on the hottest tech trends in the world right now, in the annual “16 Things” list. We take a look at where the gurus will be putting their money this year and why it matters. “You want to tilt into the really radical ideas… but by their nature you can’t predict what they will be,” Marc Andreessen

Seeking the drivers of digital transformation

It's interesting to juxtapose a couple of pronouncements on the IT market that have come out from IDC in recent weeks. The first was made in an IDC Market Pulse sponsored by Dell pulbished in March, titled Digital Transformation: Crossing the Chasm from IT to the Business.

Offshoring your data: just because you can does not mean you should

A recent Lifehacker article claimed that Australian businesses were not ‘fussed’ about using offshore cloud services. It drew this conclusion from a single statistic, quoted by Australian research firm Telsyte in a press release announcing its Australian Infrastructure & Cloud Computing Market Study 2015.

Turnbull's Digital Transformation Office: will it learn from the UK experience?

Late in January, Minister for Communications Malcolm Turnbull created the “Digital Transformation Office”, designed to give a measure of coherence to various initiatives the minister has espoused since coming to office.

‘Concerns’ about cloud security overblown

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) has announced publication of a report from the Economist Intelligence Unit that it has sponsored, with the headline:{cslimited}Next Generation Cloud Study Reveals Vast Majority Of IT Leaders Concerned With Security And Privacy Of Data For Cloud Implementations{/cslimited}.

How Hadoop helps finance companies, and others

“Why are financial services firms adopting Cloudera's big data solutions?” is the question posed, and answered, in a white paper of that title from Cloudera.

Convergence? You ain't seen nothing yet

"The journey to visionary innovation begins by understanding new areas of convergence," says research firm Frost & Sullivan.

Clearing the fog from fog computing

Back in May last year the Wall Street Journal carried an article headlined: "Forget 'the Cloud'; 'the Fog' Is Tech's Future'.

On clouds, blue sky and crystal balls

The survey produced some interesting findings, summarised in a Gartner press release. It showed CIOs/I&O leaders dragging their heals on moving to the cloud. "The survey results show that, for most CIOs, public cloud is an option for projects, but only a first consideration for a small minority," said Dave Russell, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner.

Hybrid cloud or is that hybrid IT?

Hybrid, crossbreed, combination, even mongrel – essentially they mean the same thing and are different elements coming together as a new entity.

Private cloud, public cloud, legacy systems are all IT elements which have been used effectively in isolation over a period of time but “the times they are a-changin” and rapidly.