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This White Paper outlines how far the UK public sector has progressed on the path to cloud adoption and the challenges that it will face along the way. We acknowledge that in this research we do not distinguish between the different segments within the public sector, such as health, education and central and local government. Our intention is to commission further research to help us to better understand the specific issues and differences within these segments.
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Every month I bring you my slant on the latest Legislation, Case Law and Consultations. In this edition, these are: French Tribunal declares Twitter's copyright licence clause invalid UK Government publishes draft copyright legislation to amend laws following Brexit EU adopts Regulation on the...
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Every month as a trusted contact I bring you my slant on the latest Legislation, Case Law and Consultations. In this edition, these are: New EU copyright directive passes vote by MEPs Premier League set to take action against Middle Eastern pirates Sprint Electric Ltd v Buyer's Dream Ltd and...
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Every month as a trusted contact I bring you my slant on the latest Legislation, Case Law and Consultations. In this edition, these are: Google faces record breaking £3.8billion fine for antitrust violations Facebook to be fined £500,000 for role in Cambridge Analytica scandal EU Parliament rejects...
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Every month as a trusted contact I bring you my slant on the latest Legislation, Case Law and Consultations. In this edition, these are: GDPR is here, but is Europe ready? UK Government issues new rules to protect critical infrastructure from cyber threats ICO publishes final version of consent...
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Every month as a trusted contact I bring you my slant on the latest Legislation, Case Law and Consultations. In this edition, these are: Cambridge Analytica and Facebook face outrage over data breach UK Government launches inquiry into digital currencies and distributed ledger technology Draft Data...
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Amongst our many partnership CIF works with the European Cloud Alliance who are a Brussels based body working to understand and influence the European Commission’s approach to cloud services. Through our partnership we are pleased to be able to offer our followers the opportunity to review the ECA’...
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Every month as a trusted contact I bring you my slant on the latest Legislation, Case Law and Consultations. In this edition, these are: Meltdown and Spectre: no computer is safe Sports and entertainment industries win exclusion form EU copyright reform scope UK Government updates Investigatory...
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Every month as a trusted contact I bring you my slant on the latest Legislation, Case Law and Consultations. In this edition, these are: Facebook: the new home of fake goods? US approves new pill capable of tracking when it has been swallowed Data Protection Bill continues through the House of...
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Every month as a trusted contact I bring you my slant on the latest Legislation, Case Law and Consultations. In this edition, these are: Cloud Industry Forum attains EU Cloud code of Conduct Supporter Status The fight against fake news: algorithms, inquests and AI EU Directive on copyright in the...
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Every month as a trusted contact I bring you my slant on the latest Legislation, Case Law and Consultations. In this edition, these are: Cloud Industry Forum attains EU Cloud code of Conduct Supporter Status The fight against fake news: algorithms, inquests and AI EU Directive on copyright in the...
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Every month as a trusted contact I bring you my slant on the latest Legislation, Case Law and Consultations. In this edition, these are: UK and EU prepare for Brexit data protection showdown< Data Protection Bill gets first reading in House of Lords ECJ to rule on legality of the UK’s mass...
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Every month I bring you my slant on the latest Legislation, Case Law and Consultations. In this edition, these are: DEXEU position papers and more Brexit controversy Digital Economy Act commencement regulations High Court grants FA Premier League further injunction to block streaming websites...
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Every month I bring you my slant on the latest Legislation, Case Law and Consultations. In this edition, these are: The Gig Economy – Innovation but at what cost? Portability of online content German parliament approves powers to be able to fine social media firms IPO publishes guidance on the...
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Every month as a trusted contact I bring you my slant on the latest Legislation, Case Law and Consultations. In this edition, these are: Data interruption and business continuity Brexit: the Repeal Bill and the Customs Bill Data Protection and a Digital Charter Reform of ePrivacy legislation EU...
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A world where all business is done digitally is a world transformed. It opens up new markets for all companies regardless of size, allows organisations to engage in new customer conversations and enables disruptive brands to expand at a pace that would have been unthinkable before.
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Every month as a trusted contact I bring you my slant on the latest Legislation, Case Law and Consultations. In this edition, these are: Guarding against ransomware The Digital Economy Act 2017 The Intellectual Property (Unjustified Threats) Bill receives Royal Assent Political Party Manifestos The...
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The Cloud Industry Forum is pleased to present our 20 th whitepaper outlining the position of cloud adoption across the UK. We have been measuring cloud trends for the last 7 years; although growth is slowing marginally it demonstrates that cloud services are clearly now mainstream strategy for most UK businesses.
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As a trusted contact, every month I bring you the legal headlines on issues for you to be aware of plus an update on Legislation, Case Law and Consultations. In this edition, these are: ePrivacy Regulation Draft ICO breaches The General Council of the Bar: Brexit and intellectual property...
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Find out how Digital Transformation is positively and negatively affecting organisations, their IT teams and their employees in this major new research paper.
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Every month I update you on key legal developments affecting our sector. In this edition, these are: ICO Update on Facebook / WhatsApp Data / Cyber Security Investigatory Powers Bill given Royal Assent Domestic Copyright v EU Copyright Premier League Successful in Court of Appeal Copyright Action...
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Every month I update you on key legal developments affecting our sector. While the weather remains distinctly BREXIT, this month I am going to comment on: The UK Government has confirmed that it will be implementing the General Data Protection Regulation Germany’s data protection commissioner to...
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The most extensive study into the impact of digital transformation on UK organisations at a time of great uncertainty in the British economy
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Every month I update you on key legal developments affecting our sector. It is clear from the business activities in which many of our members are involved that there are several legal developments that will have an impact on everything we in the industry are engaged in at the moment. I welcome any...
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Today's technology systems must be built for resilience. They must be engineered to survive natural disasters such as storms, power outages, and water damage—as well as human error, hardware malfunctions, and software failures. In this year’s report, we examine the ability of businesses to maintain service even in the face of threats and challenges.
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Demand for cloud-based applications is growing in both the consumer and business spheres. Hybrid cloud computing combines private and public cloud resources. This model will radically change the design and management of corporate networks – as hybrid cloud computing also requires a hybrid network infrastructure.
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Every month I update you on key legal developments affecting our sector. It is clear from the business activities in which many of our members are involved that there are several legal developments that will have an impact on everything we in the industry are engaged in at the moment. This month I...
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“The rise of the cloud is more than just another platform shift that gets geeks excited. It will undoubtedly transform the IT industry. It will also profoundly change the way people work and companies operate.” The Economist
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Building a budget that your CEO and CFO can support is one of the most important steps towards successful cloud adoption. This guide explains how technology leaders can create investment plans their boards will buy into.
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Research from CIF and Intermedia reveals that while 99 per cent of the channel recognise the potential benefits of cloud, only 65 per cent are offering cloud services today Eight in 10 resellers identify skills shortages, the change in company culture required, and cloud marketing as the top barriers to selling cloud services
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Snapshot of key findings Cloud landscape: Cloud adoption remains high with 78% of organisations using Cloud services today and this is likely to increase to 85% within the next two years; Of those organisations using Cloud, three quarters expect to increase their usage in 2016; 77% of organisations...
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In mid-2015 Vanson Bourne conducted the fifth annual body of research on behalf of the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) and Outsourcery, to determine the level of Cloud adoption among participants and to gain insights into attitudes, experiences and trends across the UK public sector. Of the public sector organisations surveyed, 36% came from central government, 32% from local government, with the remainder distributed between the education, health and not-for-profit sectors.
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As a cloud-based SaaS (Software As a Service) provider there is a constant challenge to add more features and functions to your platform in order to remain competitive. And of course there are the necessary patches and security updates to ensure your customers have a stable and secure platform. But...
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Tired of allocating huge amounts of your IT budget to managing desktops when it could be done more effectively and at less cost via the cloud? Take advantage of this primer on DaaS (Desktop-as-a-Service) and see if a NaviSite DaaS solution is right for your organization.
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A hybrid infrastructure—bringing together on-premises and cloud capabilities—is a strategy many enterprises are embracing in order to maximize the flexibility and performance they need from their IT operations. Here are ten things to think about as you consider a hybrid strategy for your organisation.
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Are cloud-managed applications in your future? The answer is almost certainly “yes.” Take advantage of this primer and learn the ins and outs of cloud managed applications including the 80/20 rule, the impact of Millennials, Big Data, security issues and more.
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Slides from Cloud Expo 2015 keynote presentations. Julian Datta
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Leveraging Hosted Application Management Services to Keep Pace with Escalating Enterprise Requirements and ROI
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Slides from Cloud Expo 2015 keynote presentations. Matt Eckersall. Director, Microsoft UK
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Is the future of computing in the cloud? Increasingly, it appears headed in that direction – and for good reason.
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Slides from Cloud Expo 2015 keynote presentations. Paul Coote Instant On IT, Founder & CEO
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Slides from Cloud Expo 2015 keynote presentations. www.slalom-project.eu
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Slides from Cloud Expo 2015 keynote presentations. www.slalom-project.eu
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Inside this paper you will find an introduction to what the Cloud is about – and why you need to take it seriously, along with my four most recent columns that seek to address how the Board, together with the CIO, should give practical substance to their paranoid optimism!
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As cloud computing becomes an increasingly important part of any IT organization’s delivery model, assessing and selecting the right cloud provider also becomes one of the most strategic decisions that business leaders undertake
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This comprehensive paper has over 30 pages of insightful data that covers the latest UK cloud adoption trends, how organisations are building the business case for cloud, the inhibitors for cloud adoption and future trends for 2016 and beyond.
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“Shadow IT” presents significant threats to your information security and availability that can impact your customers, and in turn affect your revenue. In some cases, customers may leave if you have a sustained outage or loss of client data.
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Set of slides from the Cloud Expo 2014 exhibitions keynote presentations. Alex Hilton, CEO of the Cloud Industry Forum, delivers a session on Building confidence in cloud services.
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Companies and IT organizations are exploring migrating to a cloud architecture today in order to rein in IT costs, gain the flexibility and agility to deliver new and better services, and meet rapidly evolving business requirements.
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Set of slides from the Cloud Expo 2014 exhibitions keynote presentations. David Terrar. D2C. techUK / EuroCloud. Cloud Industry Forum
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The predictions that many industry pundits have been making about the rise of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) are coming to fruition. The surprise is that it is happening at a much-accelerated rate in businesses of all sizes, around the world.
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We speak to Apay Obang-Oyway, Ingram Micro Cloud’s general manager, about the changing nature of cloud governance
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In September 2013, independent market research company Vanson Bourne conducted Claranet’s third annual survey to determine the level of cloud adoption among participants, and to gain insights into attitudes, experiences, and trends across the UK end-user community.
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Cloud Messaging will help enterprises to achieve seamless integration of business processes spanning multiple applications, clouds and smart devices. This Ascent White Paper explains the concept and describes the learnings from a Healthcare sector Proof-of-Concept.
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This research polled 250 respondents responsible for IT decision-making, from a broad and representative cross section of industries. The most widely-represented sectors included IT and services; education; business & professional services; manufacturing; financial services; and retail, distribution and transport. The public sector was also well represented, with over a quarter of total respondents.
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Set of slides from the Cloud Expo 2014 exhibitions keynote presentations. Kevin Grant, Director, LeadingEdge IT Services. Member of Cloud Industry Forum
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The Databarracks annual Data Health Check surveys hundreds of IT professionals across 19 different fields to capture a snapshot of the way businesses use and think about IT. Here are the highlights from 2014.
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The law around cloud has been confusing, particularly when national boundaries are taken into account. But that could be about to change...
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This White Paper describes the technical challenges and potential solutions for preserving digital artifacts, for long intervals of time (several decades, centuries) in a new world of massive, distributed data.
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Set of slides from the Cloud Expo 2014 exhibitions keynote presentations. Antonio Piraino, CTO ScienceLogic. Member, Cloud Industry Forum
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Gartner projects IaaS investments will continue to grow significantly through to 2017, seeing a compound annual growth rate of 37.3%.
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Public, private and hybrid cloud all have their own security challenges. What are the options for the CIO?
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Set of slides from the Cloud Expo 2014 exhibitions keynote presentations. John F Kennedy F IDM
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We speak to Conor Ward, consultant with international law firm Hogan Lovells and chair of the CIF Legal Forum, about the current state of play.
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Set of slides from the Cloud Expo 2014 exhibitions keynote presentations. Frank Jennings - Chair of code of practice board, Cloud Industry Forum Cloud lawyer, DMH Stallard LLP
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Set of slides from the Cloud Expo 2014 exhibitions keynote presentations. Ian Finlay, VP Products Abiquo.
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Set of slides from the Cloud Expo 2014 exhibitions keynote presentations. Rob Price. Member, Cloud Industry Forum
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New research reveals organisations favour private clouds in the long-term as they seek to balance adoption risks with their cost reduction goals
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Somewhere along the line, ‘cost savings’ became synonymous with cloud computing. But these kinds of quick wins don’t always materialise and it can be dangerous to expect them to.
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Is cloud the nirvana of IT deployment models? Will everything make the transition to the cloud? Are we facing the terminal demise of on-premise IT? This comprehensive e-book from CIF and CloudPro examines a broad section of topics related to the adoption of cloud in the enterprise. Advice, insight and guidance to help you make tomorrow’s tech decisions, today.
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The results of this survey show that interest in the use of SaaS applications among organisations in Germany and the UK is increasing; with flexibility, access by mobile devices and always-on availability being the primary drivers. However, security is still seen as the greatest inhibitor, including the need to protect data from being accessed inappropriately. Identity and access management technologies play a key role in authenticating users according to the rights that they have been granted. Today, there are relatively new breeds of identity management services that extend identity and access management capabilities to externally provisioned applications as well as catering to the needs of both mobile and external users, such as customer and business partners. Such services provide an efficient means of assuaging some of the prime security concerns that organisations have in subscribing to SaaS services.

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Cloud remains a core topic at the heart of the IT industry. Research on end user attitudes shows substantial interest and commitment, significant levels of adoption and satisfaction and an expectation of further new and expansive growth over the coming years.
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The research polled 250 senior IT and business decision-makers in enterprises, small-to medium businesses (SMBs) and public sector organisations. The organisations participating all had UK based operations.
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Cloud Computing does not scale well. Such a bold statement may seem incorrect given that according to accepted wisdom, scalability is one of the essential properties that make Cloud Computing so attractive to businesses. This Paper explores this apparent contradiction and proposes potential solutions based on research conducted by the Atos Scientific Community.
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Big Data and Cloud, two of the trends that are defining the emerging Enterprise Computing, show a lot of potential for a new era of combined applications.
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A survey by IDG Research Services reveals that organizations face confusion in researching cloud options, forcing them to adjust goals and search for more flexible and open cloud solutions that can help them prevent vendor lock-in.
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Bring Your Own (BYO) concepts are now a reality in all areas of business. IT has to address it as a real world experience today rather than just being seen as pushing future concepts
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Cloud computing continues to permeate across all aspects of information technology, and archiving is no exception. This whitepaper outlines the top 10 reasons why organizations are moving to cloud-based archiving.
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This White Paper examines the extent to which access to data in the Cloud by governments in various jurisdictions is possible, regardless of where a Cloud provider is located. “Governmental access,” as that term is used here, includes access by all types of law enforcement authorities and other governmental agencies, recognizing that the rules may be different for law enforcement and national security access
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The research polled 250 senior IT and business decision-makers in enterprises, small-to medium businesses (SMBs) and public sector organisations. The organisations participating all had UK based operations.
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In the UK today over 50 per cent of organisations have formally utilised at least one Cloud service and satisfaction levels relating to that experience grew to an astonishing 96 per cent by the end of 2011. Furthermore, 85 per cent of IT Executives stated that they now formally considered Cloud as a viable option for delivering new IT projects within their wider IT strategy, signaling that the technical model has established a mainstream status among the profession.
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The research polled 300 senior IT and business decision-makers in enterprises, small-to-medium businesses (SMBs) and public sector organisations. The organisations participating all had UK based operations, of which 257 were headquartered in the UK, 24 in the US and 12 in Continental Europe.
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Software Value Management (SVM) is the practice of informed active governance over access, utilisation, licensing, and cost efficiency of software throughout its useful life within an enterprise regardless of the IT deployment models used or methods of access.
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Thinking about letting your email loose in the cloud? Computacenter’s Chief Technology Officer Matt Lovell explains how you can achieve the forecasted benefits without increasing business risk.
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General Purpose PaaS would allow Cloud capabilities to be exploited to their full potential for applications. A General Purpose PaaS would be a comprehensive, open, flexible, and interoperable solution that simplifies the process of developing, deploying, integrating, and managing applications both in public and private Clouds
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Practical solutions for the digital age of Global Communications and Mass data exchange.
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Industry surveys consistently show that security is the number one concern when it comes to cloud adoption. In our related, previous report, "Secure your data - protect your business" we discussed best practice recommendations arising from interviews with a number of organisations and how they treat their data. In this follow up report, we answer key questions that people are asking us about cloud adoption and data management.
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The research polled 400 senior IT and business decision-makers in enterprises, small-to-medium businesses (SMBs) and public sector organizations.
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The research polled 300 senior IT and business decision-makers in enterprises, small-to medium businesses (SMBs) and public sector organisations.
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The research polled 450 senior IT and business decision makers in enterprises, small-to medium businesses (SMBs) and public sector organisations.
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The UK IT channel is both aware of and seeking to, embrace the opportunity of cloud service provision.
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This survey polled 450 respondents responsible for IT decision-making, from a wide range of industries.
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