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Our roundup of the latest cloud computing news

Our roundup of the latest cloud computing news

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Each month we round up some of the biggest cloud computing news stories from around the world and bring them together into one article for you. Here are the top stories from the last few weeks.


Number of organisations benefiting from cloud-based ERP continues to grow

According to a recent survey by Hitachi Solutions Europe, cloud-based Enterprise Resource Planning is gaining popularity amongst larger organisations.

The survey was aimed at 315 senior finance professionals and revealed it is no longer just smaller companies taking a cloud-based approach, as more than a third of larger organisations said they have moved all or part of their ERP systems to the cloud. When asked, main benefits included easier access to information, reduced operating costs and ERP performance.

Responses also showed that whilst 69% of larger organisations (those with over 500 employees) have not yet moved their ERP systems to the cloud, the majority of those who were planning to move said they would do so in the next two years.


Tesco Bank leading the push for businesses to adopt cloud computing

The head of transformation for Tesco Bank, Alan Brearly, has revealed how cloud usage is now “business as usual” for the giant company. Now he’s leading the charge for more businesses to adopt the move, upon realising the benefits and enabled innovation first-hand.

Speaking at AWS Summit in London, Brearly mentioned initial hesitation from senior execs (specifically from the point of view of a finance company, which is a heavily regulated industry), but then talked about the many positives as a result of taking the plunge.

But that’s not the only thing Brearly is enthusiastic about, explaining how other businesses should follow suit and how they can make a success of it.

You can read more about Tesco Bank’s success since moving to cloud, as well as how to gain the backing of your business to adopt cloud, right here.


Nominations for UK Cloud Awards 2016 open

Next year will be the third annual UK Cloud Awards, a celebration of those driving innovation and acceptance in cloud, and a chance to recognise the industry’s growth and widespread adoption throughout the UK.

Last year saw NetSuite OneWorld take the enviable title of ‘ERP Product of the Year’, so it’s all to play for now nominations are open for next year’s event, which will take place at Skylon in central London on 12th April.

Entries for nominations close on 29th February so hurry and show your support for a company or individual doing great things with cloud computing that you would like to see shortlisted (hint, hint).


Half of business operations to be cloud-based by 2016, say IT experts

The number of companies with mainly cloud-based IT and business operations will rise by the end of 2016. That’s the conclusion of an IDG Enterprise survey, representing the opinions and practices of IT decision makers and technology buyers whose organisations have already moved part of their infrastructure to the cloud, or who plan to do so.

Many large organisations are currently using the cloud to replace on-premise systems, which equates to roughly 44% of their infrastructure at the moment, but this has been predicted to increase to more than half (56%) by the end of next year.

It was also revealed that whilst decisions about cloud-based computing are made collaboratively between business executives, the CIO is often the most influential in final decision making.

Want to find out more? Download the 2015 IDG Enterprise Cloud Computing Survey here to learn more stats related to cloud computing in business.


Amazon Web Services takes next step towards 100% renewable energy

Amazon’s cloud computing business is doing everything it can to back the use of renewable energy and plans, as of May 2017, to generate roughly 320,000 megawatts a year via a new wind farm, located in Ohio. That’s enough energy to power almost 3,000 homes.

Earlier this year, Amazon reported its web service – whose cloud computing clients include Netflix, Zynga and Pinterest – has a long term commitment to sourcing 100% renewable energy and is on-track to hit 40% by the end of next year.

So how does it work? Well, energy generated via large wind turbines will be delivered to the main electrical grid that powers both current and future Amazon Web Service cloud data centres, increasing energy efficiency at a significant rate. Proving once and for all that cloud computing is definitely the way forward!


New FCA guidance paves the way for UK financial firms to make use of cloud services

In proposed new guidance from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), the regulator states that they «see no fundamental reason why cloud services (including public cloud services) cannot be implemented, with appropriate consideration, in a manner that complies with our rules».

The draft guidance outlines a number of the areas regulated firms need to consider when thinking about outsourcing to the cloud, from regulatory matters, business continuity, data protection and security, to how to manage risk and ensure regulators have effective access to data.

But provided appropriate safeguards are put in place, the FCA sees no reason why financial firms can’t benefit from using cloud services.

We see this as a really positive step in the move towards cloud computing, as traditionally the financial sector has been slower on the uptake due to its highly regulated nature.


Do you have anything to add to this month’s cloud computing news? Leave your thoughts on this month’s stories in the comments below.

NoBlue provides NetSuite’s cloud software to businesses across the UK and Europe. If you would like to discuss how the cloud could benefit your business, please get in touch.

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