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Australian IT leaders prioritising migration to hybrid cloud: Microsoft

ZDNet

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.


Culture that embraces experimentation key to digital transformation: Microsoft

ZDNet

Australian companies that embrace experimentation, strategic risk taking, and constant learning experience better outcomes from their digital transformation programs, a new Microsoft study has found. Microsoft recently conducted interviews with 30 senior leaders in both public and private sector organisations to better understand the success factors and obstacles involved in digital transformation, which the tech giant defines broadly as "harnessing new technologies to improve business outcomes". Embracing digital transformation: Experiences from Australian organisations states that there is no right way to approach digital transformation; however, most Australian organisations opted for a "test and learn" approach involving discrete projects and experiments, rather than structured programs. This experimental approach allowed for faster iterations and encouraged buy-in from the rest of the business, according to Microsoft's research. Improving customer experience remained the top driver and starting point of digital transformation.


Australian enterprise cloud storage take-up driven by security concerns: Telsyte

ZDNet

Three quarters of Australian businesses are moved, or are planning to move, to cloud-based file sharing due to increased security concerns, according to research conducted by Telsyte and released by BlackBerry on Wednesday. The research -- which formed part of Telsyte's 2017 Australian Enterprise Mobility Market Study -- found that cloud storage services ranked highest among security concerns. According to those surveyed, the biggest security threats were documents shared via the cloud, which concerned 52 percent of respondents; IP loss, at 43 percent; and customer identification, at 42 percent. The study also found that 62 percent of Australian businesses are worried about risks associated with employees storing sensitive information on cloud storage devices. Foad Fadaghi, managing director at Telsyte, said that the increasing concerns about using the cloud for business are due to a number of high-profile security breaches affecting personal cloud services.


Developing new products top priority for Australian CIOs: Telsyte

ZDNet

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.


Australian smart home device market grew 55 percent in 2017: Telsyte

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Australia's Internet of Things at home market grew 55 percent in 2017 to reach AU$583 million, according to Telsyte, driven by a rapid uptake of smart speakers and increasing internet connectivity for appliances such as air conditioners and security cameras. The Telsyte Australian IoT@Home Market Study 2018 revealed that the average Australian household now has 17.1 connected devices in 2018, up from 13.7 in 2017. Telsyte said an "internet-connected device explosion" will drive this number to 37, or 381 million devices nationally, by 2022. The Internet of Things explained: What the IoT is, and where it's going next. "Building connectivity into consumer products will allow manufacturers to develop new business models and provide intelligent services that not only change consumers' lifestyles, but disrupt a number of traditional industries," said Telsyte managing director Foad Fadaghi.