A Dozen Reflections on Clouds, Mobility and More

 
 
By Corinne Bernstein  |  Posted 2014-08-21 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    1 - Clouds Are Becoming Ubiquitous
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    Clouds Are Becoming Ubiquitous

    More than 90% of companies CompTIA surveyed claim some form of cloud computing. This percentage has continued to edge up in the past few years.
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    2 - What Is Spurring Move to Cloud?
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    What Is Spurring Move to Cloud?

    41% of respondents said cloud computing is pushing them in new directions; 36% pointed to customer demand for different services and IT delivery models as a business transformation catalyst.
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    3 - Cloud Is a Plus for the Channel
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    Cloud Is a Plus for the Channel

    93% of respondents said the cloud's impact on the channel has been positive or extremely positive in the last five years. The preliminary data shows that few saw a negative impact.
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    4 - Cloud Contributes to Channel Companies' Top Line
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    Cloud Contributes to Channel Companies' Top Line

    Four in 10 channel firms expect their cloud revenue to grow by 15% or more in the coming year.
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    5 - Cloud Security Remains a Challenge
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    Cloud Security Remains a Challenge

    Security remains a major issue in the cloud. "Sometimes it's so big [of a challenge] that people don't know what questions to ask," said Seth Robinson, director of technology analysis at CompTIA.
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    6 - Cloud Competition Heats Up
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    Cloud Competition Heats Up

    The public cloud is taking shape around three main players: Amazon, Microsoft and Google, Robinson said. Solution providers are building offerings around major players' products as well as those of other cloud vendors in the mix.
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    7 - Mobility's Advantages in the Workplace
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    Mobility's Advantages in the Workplace

    In a CompTIA survey on mobility, respondents found that its key benefits were keeping employees connected (58%), higher productivity (55%), the ability to reach employees at any time (55%), the improved availability to engage with customers (48%) and the improved ability to collaborate (46%).
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    8 - Mobility's Challenges in the Workplace
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    Mobility's Challenges in the Workplace

    Top challenges included the mobile skill level of the general staff (45%), making systems accessible securely (36%), determining the cost/ROI of mobile solutions (33%), the mobility skill level of IT staff (31%) and users not familiar with company policy (30%).
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    9 - Big Data, Big Challenges
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    Big Data, Big Challenges

    Eight in 10 executives polled in CompTIA's big data study agreed with the statement: "If we could harness all of our data, we'd be a much stronger business."
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    10 - Millennials in the Workplace
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    Millennials in the Workplace

    By 2025, millennials will make up three-fourths of the workforce, said Todd Thibodeaux, president and CEO of CompTIA. Millennials will change the DNA of the workplace, he said.
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    11 - Millennials Differ From Previous Generations
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    Millennials Differ From Previous Generations

    Millennials are versed in Google Docs, Dropbox apps and related consumer technology, "but they sometimes have sticker shock when it comes to technology specific to a vertical industry," said Carolyn April, director of industry analysis at CompTIA.
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    12 - Learning to Work With Millennials
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    Learning to Work With Millennials

    "Millennials still want IT staff or solution providers to help them with technology, but they want a seat at the table," April said.
 

The August quiet offers a good opportunity to take a little time to look at the key trends bringing about change in the IT channel. Every day, the cloud seems even more ubiquitous, yet challenges remain. Along with the cloud are mobility, big data and other game-changers that raise the double-sided coin of opportunities and challenges for the channel to help customers adopt new technologies and adapt to the market changes they create. Another key consideration for the channel is who, not what, will determine its future. Millennials—those born between the early 1980s and the early 2000s—are already having an impact on the workforce. CompTIA, at its annual ChannelCon gathering earlier this month, covered some preliminary findings from its 2014 cloud study, due out in the coming weeks, and reviewed the results from some of its studies from the past several quarters on big data, mobility and millennials. Take a look at some of these intriguing figures and trends presented at the conference.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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