Will 2018 be the year of the cloud? The evidence would certainly suggest that a tipping point has been reached. A recent report by Forrester predicted a global public cloud market of $178bn for 2018, up from $146bn in 2017; equivalent to a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 22 per cent. Fifty per cent of global enterprises, according to the report, will rely on at least on ...

As stated in previous blog posts, migrating to the Cloud does not automatically translate into digital transformation. A wide range of other complex issues are involved. Digital transformation, however, cannot take place unless supported by the Cloud. The flexibility provided by a Cloud-enabled infrastructure is essential for the digital transformation of your organisation. Us ...

In a recent blog post, we argued that Microsoft Azure had become the world’s #1 Cloud Services Platform for corporate customers offering more cloud innovation and driving more business value than the competition. In a second post, we argued that Azure was now an ‘indispensable digital transformation enabler’, with the flexibility provided by Azure being essential for the digit ...

An interesting article, bound to stimulate some controversy, has just been published on the Forbes Tech site. The author, Bob Evans ex-VP of Strategic Communications at SAP and Chief Communications Officer at Oracle from 2012 to 2016, argues that contrary to accepted wisdom Microsoft Azure, not Amazon Web Services, is the ‘biggest and best dog’ in the cloud as far as corporate ...

Welcome to the first in our series of blog articles covering the key technologies underpinning digital transformation, the range of software support services provided by Bridgeall to help you on your journey. As stated in a previous post (Technology AND Organisation are Key), successful digital transformation requires the integration of strategy, people, processes, systems, or ...

Microsoft have announced that its Azure cloud platform, and several other Microsoft online services, have now obtained ISO 9001:2015 certification. The latest certification represents the 5th ISO certificate that Azure has received and is based on seven key principles of quality management, evaluated by an independent third-party. The certificate also covers 52 other online s ...

Microsoft Azure has emerged as a major rival to AWS in the IaaS sector according to a recent survey by 451 Research. Almost 35% of respondents named Microsoft as their most important IaaS provider, up from 20.2% in the previous survey dated 2015. Microsoft also closed the gap on AWS when it came to customer perception, posting above-average scores for overall promise and fulfi ...

Starting in September of last year, we published a series of five blog posts presenting best-practice advice covering strategic use of the cloud. Based on an extensive review of current research on cloud adoption trends around the world, The Cloud (Part 1) concluded that a tipping point had been reached. Over the next few years, worldwide cloud adoption would increase exponent ...

Previous posts in this series have covered the state of cloud adoption in the UK, misconceptions regarding the cloud, the importance of strategy and the staging posts in your journey to the cloud. In the final part of the series, we look at the criteria to consider when choosing a cloud vendor, highlighting these by saying a few words about Azure, Microsoft’s cloud computing p ...

The Cloud (Part 2) of our blog series argued that as organisations move to a higher level of cloud adoption, a planned strategic approach is required. The ten key questions to address when developing a cloud strategy were then addressed in The Cloud (Part 3). In this penultimate post in the series, we examine two of the most important issues in ensuring the success of your jou ...