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Australian IT leaders prioritising migration to hybrid cloud: Microsoft


Almost half of Australian IT leaders will drive their organisations' transition to hybrid cloud infrastructure over the next few years, according to a study by Microsoft. Approximately 40 percent of Australian respondents indicated that their organisations are already transitioning to hybrid cloud with either integrated or non-integrated public and private cloud infrastructure. Microsoft expects this number to increase to 49 percent in the next 12 to 18 months. However, 43 percent of IT leaders in Australia are still using only private cloud, while 17 percent are using only public cloud solutions, according to the survey that sampled 1,200 IT leaders within Asia Pacific. Australian organisations are not likely to increase their investments in private or public-only cloud solutions, it added.

Developing new products top priority for Australian CIOs: Telsyte


Australian CIOs are shifting their focus away from reducing operational costs and towards developing new products and services, according to new research by analyst firm Telsyte. The Telsyte Australian Digital Workplace Study 2017, which surveyed 420 CIOs and IT decision makers, found that Australian enterprises are spending more of their IT budgets on product development, making it their number one priority compared to two years ago when their focus was on reducing operational costs. The reason for this reshuffling of priorities, according to Telsyte, is so that enterprises can avoid becoming irrelevant in the face of domestic and international competition. "A critical tipping point has been reached with Australian organisations rapidly adopting emerging technologies, developing new products and services, and looking to ICT to build competitive advantage in the face of increased global competition, and driving an intelligent automation revolution," said Telsyte Managing Director Foad Fadaghi. To achieve digital transformation, CIOs are collaborating more with leaders in other business units within the organisation where IT spending is increasing.

Microsoft Technology Centre opens in Sydney


Microsoft has opened a new technology centre in Sydney, with the idea to work with Australian organisations to accelerate digital transformation, focusing specifically on the impact that cloud and artificial intelligence (AI) can make in both the public and private sectors. The multimillion-dollar'state-of-the-art' Microsoft Technology Centre (MTC), officially launched on Tuesday, offers visitors access to explore digital opportunities through an envisioning theatre, an exploration showcase where Microsoft and partner solutions are demonstrated, an innovation factory, a social hub, and a cybersecurity room, as well as workshop and boardroom areas. The MTC will be staffed by seven of the company's staff members, comprised of a director, five technical architects, and a technology manager. "This is a significant and important investment by Microsoft in the Australian market," Microsoft Australia managing director Steven Worrall said. "The Microsoft Technology Centre will help our customers accelerate their digital journeys by bringing together the right resources -- people and technology -- in one location to demonstrate what can be achieved in their organisation and then to work with them to bring that to life."

Australian enterprises increasing investment in public cloud IaaS: Telsyte


More than half of all Australian CIOs and IT leaders will be increasing their investment in public cloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS) in the upcoming year, according to a new study by analyst firm Telsyte. The Australian IaaS market is expected to reach AU$621 million by the end of 2016, representing more than 60 percent growth since 2015. Telsyte has also predicted that IaaS expenditure will surpass AU$1 billion by 2020. The increase in spending is being driven by a shift in IT priorities, according to Telsyte, with IT infrastructure management becoming a top concern for Australian CIOs in the past 12 months, matching security for the first time. The Telsyte Australian Infrastructure & Cloud Computing Market Study 2017 also showed that big data analytics, storage, Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence, and process digitisation are all driving the demand for cloud services.

IT leadership about balancing freedom and control: VMware CEO


Half of all enterprise workloads, about 300 million, will exist on the public cloud by 2030, VMware's CEO Pat Gelsinger said on Thursday at vForum Sydney. He also dismissed the idea that cloud, with the efficiencies it brings, will decrease the size of the IT market. Gelsinger believes cloud technology will scale the IT market -- there will be greater opportunities for enterprises to invest in and exploit IT. At vForum, he recalled the time he was the chief architect and design manager for the Intel 80486 or i486 microprocessor, which was more than three times faster than its predecessor 80386. Following the invention of the i486, marketers said that faster microprocessors would decrease the size of the microprocessor market.