Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Probably the most (only) useful "Predictions for 2012" list I've found so far - Gartner Industry Trends

"Gartner, Inc. has revealed its top predictions for IT organizations and users for 2012 and beyond. Analysts said that the predictions herald changes in control for IT organizations as budgets, technologies and costs become more fluid and distributed."

The original full post is here: - you should check it out for the full list, but here are the highlights;

"Many industry business models will be challenged through 2015 as customers continue to adopt an always-connected digital lifestyle and market competitors exploit emerging technologies to achieve business growth and success,"

"Gartner analysts are highlighting the emerging trends that — once addressed — will better position industry leaders to align their business practices with the needs of customer and business partners"

"Cloud computing and social media will continue to provide industries with new avenues for effective customer communication and engagement, facilitating increased revenue and sustainable interaction with key customers," 
"New technologies such as media tablets and advances in mobile will have a disruptive impact on many industries, requiring changes to existing processes and propelling business transformation."

The top industry predictions include:
  • By 2016, most consumers in mature markets will consider in-vehicle Web access a key criterion in their automobile purchase.
  • By 2015, new, external social Web and cloud-based services will generate 25 percent of consumer-driven banking products and services.
  • By 2016, the iPad will gain less than 50 percent of the K-12 market as CIOs favor devices that are deployed more readily.
  • By 2015, 30 percent of smart grid projects will leverage cloud services to address big data from converging technologies.
  • By 2013, government financial sustainability will join cost containment as the top driver and constraint for government IT spending.
  • Until 2015, ineffective IT/OT management will risk serious failures in more than 50 percent of enterprises, and critical failures in asset-dependent ones.

Cloud Storage is a major trend from 2011 that will only grow in 2012

With more cloud services appearing there's a natural demand for more cloud/online storage.  2011 saw cloud storage become more mainstreatm:  the Apple iCloud appeared, and rounds of funding/IPO from Dropbox, Carbonite etc. all helped the push of these services into the SME end of the market.
Cloud Storage Start-ups

The Unmissable Cloud and Hosting Events for 2012

Here are my top cloud and hosting events, conferences and summits for 2012 - I hope to see you at some of these.

Parallels Summit, Orlando 14-16 Feb

Microsoft Hosting Summit, Bellevue WA, 27-29 March

Microsoft MMS 2012, Las Vegas 16-20 April
Microsoft Management Summit, aka System Centre deep-dive.

TechEd Europe, Amsterdam 25-29 June

Microsoft WPC, Toronto 08-12 July

HostingCon, Boston MA, 16-18 July

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

It's time for "three screens and a cloud" - Microsoft in 2012

2011 for Microsoft was all about telling us what to look forward to.

2012 will be when that talk becomes real. 2012 will be when lots of Microsoft's talk becomes real.

Microsoft has talked of its "three screens and a cloud" strategy—the plan to have Microsoft software on the PC (which, in Redmond's view, includes the tablet), the TV, and the phone, with the Microsoft-powered cloud tying everything together. In 2012, this strategy is going to become visible in a way it hasn't been before.

How Microsoft Deployed System Center Configuration Manager 2012

If you're looking at System Centre 2012 then this video from TechNet Edge is a great insight into the "how's and why's" of a large SCCM deployment.
Configuration Manager 2012 was built on the vision of a user-centric client-management model with the vision of empowering the user, unifying infrastructure, and extending management control across the platform. With Configuration Manager 2012, we have improved Client Patching, end point protection, better compliance/reporting and management of devices synching with the network.

Top 5 Reasons to Choose Hyper-V R2 SP1 over VMware vSphere 5

1. Tremendous Momentum & Strong Adoption by Customers
2. Built-in Virtualization & Familiarity with Windows
3. Hyper-V Best Choice for Virtualizing Microsoft Workloads
4. Superior, Richer Management Capabilities with System Center
5. Windows Server 8 Hyper-V & VMware Memory and Per-VM pricing