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Gartner: 1/3 of consumer data will be stored in the cloud by 2016

Consumer adoption of cloud services will continue to increase in the coming years, with one-third of personal data being stored in the cloud by 2016, Gartner predicts.

IDC forecasts strong growth in enterprise social software spending

Demand for enterprise social software will grow strongly in the coming years, as more organizations implement the products to improve collaboration and communication primarily among employees, but also with customers, according to IDC.

Between 2011 and 2016, IDC expects the compound annual growth rate in spending to hit 42.4 percent for this type of product, also commonly referred to as "enterprise social collaboration" and "enterprise social networking" software.

Benefits of mobile apps in the enterprise

Although some organisations initially tried to resist the trend of employees using personal mobile devices for work, it seems that many have now accepted their inevitability. A Cisco survey of 600 IT and business leaders in the US has found that 95% of respondents said their organisations permitted employee-owned devices in the workplace.

European IT spending growth 'comes to a halt' - Forrester

IT spending in Europe will virtually grind to a halt this year and next due to economic uncertainty over the euro currency, according to a Forrester Research report released Thursday.

"The most likely result is either near-zero growth or economic recession in 2012, depending on the country," Forrester analyst and lead report author Andrew Bartels wrote. "The worse case is a possible collapse of the euro and a resulting depression."

Gartner downgrades enterprise application revenue forecast

Analyst firm Gartner on Wednesday said it has lowered its 2012 growth estimate for the global enterprise applications market to $120.4 billion, citing "limited signs" of economic improvement in the short term.

Global spending on business applications will rise 4.5 percent from last year's $115.2 billion total, Gartner said. The firm had previously predicted a 5 percent uptick this year.

Young employees say BYOD a 'right' not 'privilege'

Also, 1 out of 3 surveyed would violate anti-BYOD policies to use personally owned devices at work

A survey that asked thousands of young "20-something" workers their attitudes about bring-your-own-device"policies found slightly more than half view it as their "right" to use their own mobile devices at work, rather than BYOD being just a "privilege."

Gartner: Top 10 emerging infrastructure trends

Gartner kicked off its Infrastructure & Operations Management Summit here today with a "top 10" list of the most significant emerging trends that will impact data centers and information technology used by businesses and government from now into the next four or five years.

The list was presented by Gartner Chief of Research Dave Cappuccio in a keynote address, in which he explained there's often a cascading effect as one trend such as employee mobile devices and cloud use affects others such as helpdesk operations.

EMEA: Server sales continue to decline, says IDC

HP regained the top spot and Linux sales grew, but gloom prevails as revenue from server sales declined 12 percent year-on-year in EMEA region

Revenue from server sales declined by about 12 percent year-on-year in Europe, the Middle East and Africa during the first quarter of 2012, as vendors continue to suffer from a slowdown in server spending, according to market research company IDC.

Enterprises get serious about mobile app testing

Cloud-based solutions are being offered for ensuring apps run on specific devices

With mobility now a necessity, the software testing space is now making accommodations to ensure enterprises can extend their applications to run on devices, according to an analyst report being released on Tuesday.

ALU finds reluctance to embrace cloud

The company conducted a survey on adoption of cloud services by enterprises and found that performance is the biggest inhibitor. Alcatel-Lucent queried 3,886 IT "decision makers" in seven countries or regions -- the U.S., U.K., France, India, South Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong -- and 66% of them expressed reluctance to put their mission critical services in the cloud for fear of outages and unacceptable latency.

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