Research firm Gartner announced Thursday that it has lowered its 2012 IT spending forecast, with spending expected to rise only 3.7 percent, rather than the previous forecast of 4.6 percent growth.
"Faltering global economic growth, the Eurozone crisis and the impact of Thailand's floods on hard-disk drive (HDD) production have all taken their toll on the outlook for IT spending," Gartner vice president Richard Gordon said in a statement.
Despite some hopeful fits and starts, the U.S. economy didn't escape the doldrums in 2011. Unemployment remained stubbornly high, the U.S. debt-ceiling crisis and budget scuffles spurred more economic uncertainty, and Europe's ongoing financial problems threatened global markets. If there's an upside, at least it's familiar territory.
As SaaS (software as a service) gains in maturity and popularity, enterprise IT buyers will have to grapple with a new set of questions and considerations when purchasing it, according to a new Forrester Research report.
The report by analyst Liz Herbert identifies five key areas of change for SaaS:
La France est devenue un des pays européens où les services cloud tiennent une place de plus en plus importante au sein de la stratégie informatique des entreprises.
Le cloud computing a été une des grandes tendances IT qui ont marqué cette année 2011. L’institut IDC France en a profité pour lancer un nouveau programme de recherche sur le cloud.
Dans le cadre d’un appel à projets, le gouvernement vient de sélectionner 5 projets sur les 18 initialement présentés concernant la R&D dans le domaine du cloud, une thématique intégrée au Programme d’Investissements d’avenir.
Researchers at International Data Corp. say some big battles will be brewing in 2012 in the cloud, mobile and Big Data arenas, so much so that "companies like Microsoft, HP, SAP, RIM, and others -- including Apple -- will face 'crossroads moments' in 2012. By the end of the year, we should have a good idea which vendors will -- and won't -- be among the industry's leaders at the end of the decade," said Frank Gens, senior vice president and chief analyst at IDC in a statement.
IDC's predictions for 2012 included:
Though cost-savings is often the biggest sales pitches for embracing the cloud, 33 percent of respondents in a survey titled "CSC Cloud Usage Index," conducted by research company TNS on behalf of CSC, say they've moved cloudward primarily to keep employees connected via the various computing devices that have invaded the enterprise. Compare that to 17 percent who cited reduced costs as the impetus to enter the cloud.
If you think cloud computing is a disruptive force within the enterprise, just imagine what the cloud is doing to the vendor landscape.
The sheer number of cloud players - or companies that claim to be cloud players -- is staggering. By some estimates there are more than 2,000 software as a service (SaaS) companies alone. At this early point in the cloud revolution, there are certainly front runners, but the field is wide open.
Selon l’analyste IDC, les dépenses IT dans le monde vont s’établir à 1800 milliards de dollars en 2012, en croissance de 6,9 % par rapport à l’an précédent. Si la IT était un pays, elle aurait du coup le 9ème PIB mondial, entre le Brésil et le Canada.
Les pays émergents vont capter la moitié des investissements IT, en particulier dans les BRIC (Brésil-Russie-Inde-Chine).
IT budgets and responsibilities are moving out of the control of IT departments and into the hands of others, thanks to trends such as consumerization and cloud computing, Gartner says in its vision for 2012 and the coming years.
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