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Hybrid Cloud: The New Standard for Delivery of Digital Transformation



IDC Asia/Pacific has announced its top 10 predictions for cloud services and highlights how adoption of cloud is continuously evolving in the region – becoming the core enabler of the Digital Transformation of Asia Pacific businesses.

“In fact, 2016 will be a big year for solutions built on hybrid cloud architectures with 65% of Asia Pacific enterprises to commit for its implementation”, said Chris Morris, vice president, Cloud and Services, IDC Asia/Pacific.

IDC believes that the big drivers for increased implementation of hybrid clouds are IT’s continuing quest for optimized infrastructure, and the ability of solution builders to source application and infrastructure components from multiple providers to construct a hybrid cloud-based solution.

Furthermore, IDC predicts that by the end of 2018, 40% of IT spend across hardware, software and services will be for cloud oriented technologies, and by 2020, 45%-50% of all spend will be for cloud delivered models.

“With increasing cloud spending, many enterprises will have begun use of hybrid solutions without IT’s direct involvement. With the business unit managers increasingly buying their own cloud solutions, hybrid cloud architectures can proliferate, and sometimes not be aligned with the enterprise architecture”, added Morris.

With key shifts in cloud delivery models, the rest of the predictions for cloud are the following:

#2: Industry Cloud. By 2019, industry cloud creation will be viewed as the top market entry strategy for both technology providers and industrial companies alike, as IT leaders’ industry domain experts join to tear down traditional barriers to entry.

#4: Workload-Centric Management. By 2017, 50% of enterprise IT organizations building hybrid clouds will purchase new or updated workload-centric cloud management solutions.

#5: Public Data & Analytics. By 2018, cloud becomes a preferred delivery mechanism for public data, information, and analytics, increasing public information consumption by 150% and paving the way for thousands of new industry applications.

#6: Diversified IT. By 2020, 60% of companies’ IT assets are off-site in colocation, hosting, and cloud datacenters while ¼ of IT “staff” are employees of third-party service providers.

#7 Open Becomes Mandatory Cloud Evaluation Criteria. By 2017, over 60% of enterprises will embrace open source and open Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) as the underpinning for cloud integration strategies.

#8 DevOps Matures. By 2018, over 60% of new apps will use cloud-enabled continuous delivery and cloud-native application architectures to enable faster innovation and business agility.

#9 Skills and Staffing. By 2017, there will be a 15% shift of IT budget away from traditional in-house IT delivery as organizations use more 3rd party service providers to fill cloud-related skills gaps.

#10 East-West. By 2018, 25% of global enterprises will have service providers from Asia/Pacific as part of their cloud ecosystem.

”As the use of cloud services matures and broadens, the emphasis for enterprise IT has moved from technology management to service management and the optimization of workloads. The impact of digital transformation projects on the service delivery infrastructure necessitates that CIOs re-architect their delivery processes to ensure the IT environment is flexible and agile, yet secure and resilient”, said Mayur Sahni, senior research manager for Cloud and Service, IDC Asia/Pacific.

In closing, IDC predicts that the impact for Asian players on cloud is quite significant with at least 25% of all cloud players within an enterprise environment originating from Asia.

To share more information about IDC’s Cloud FutureScapes document and implications for the Asian market, IDC Asia/Pacific is hosting a free webcast titled ” Hybrid Cloud: Mastering the Raw Material of Digital Transformation” on January 20, 2016; to be led by IDC Vice President, Chris Morris and Mayur Sahni, Senior Research Manager for Cloud and Services

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Global Tech Leaders to Discuss Enabling Technology, Cloud Computing @ #NerdsUnite2020



Over 500 IT professionals from enterprise organisations across West Africa will convene in Lagos on February 21, 2020 for MainOne’s 5th annual gathering of its flagship event, Nerds Unite, themed: “Enabling the Digital Economy”.

This year’s event will showcase the launch of its Managed Cloud Services in partnership with Microsoft and Hewlett Packard Enterprise Operated by Selectium. The event will feature presentations and panel discussions on Cloud adoption, Cloud migration and all things Cloud with MainOne and its global partners.

Featuring over 10 speakers from global tech companies and West African Corporate organizations, #NerdsUnite2020 is designed to facilitate discussions on trending developments in the IT sector to help professionals deliver increased value to their organizations.

The event’s keynote addresses will be given by Ernest Sales, CEO Hewlett Packard Enterprises Operated by Selectium and Wale Olokodana, Microsoft Business Group Director.

Speaking on expectations for this year’s event, Tayo Ashiru, Head of Marketing MainOne says, “For the past 4 years, Nerds Unite has delivered powerful technology insights and networking opportunities for organizations and tech enthusiasts alike.

This year we expect that with our panel of dynamic speakers, partners and launch of our Managed Cloud Services, the energy around Nerds Unite 2020 will be electrifying. These developments will help accelerate the digital transformation across all sectors and the ICT ecosystem in West Africa, supported by technological innovation and world class partners.”

With over 3,000 participants since inception, Nerds Unite has showcased leading technology solutions available locally and globally and has hosted major players in the international and local IT industry.

This year’s edition is set to further empower the tech ecosystem with the industry’s latest developments, centering on unique perspectives on Cloud Computing targeted at C-Level executives and IT professionals of blue-chip organizations across West Africa.

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EduTech Records First Online Degree Graduates



After an eventful five years, EduTech has recorded its first batch of graduates in its degree programme.

EduTech Records First Online Degree Graduates

The 37 graduating students took part in the recent 44th Convocation Ceremony of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) and bagged B.Sc degrees in Accounting.

Expressing delight at the successful completion of the degree programmes, Femi Shonubi, general manger, EduTech, said the graduation ceremony was a validation of the firm’s e-learning platform and its ability to provide students with a robust system leading to the award of a degree.

“We are grateful to our partners -the OAU Management -as well as the students for trusting our solution,” Shonubi said.

Introduced in 2014 to deepen the experience of the university’s part-time learning programme, the EduTech platform replaced the erstwhile weekend learning mode with an online blended mode that is accessible to students remotely through an internet connection.

Through this epoch-making partnership with OAU, EduTech successfully launched degree programmes in Accounting, Economics and Nursing; with other courses of study in the pipeline.

“EduTech is pleased to contribute its quota to nation building by providing seamless platforms for students to conveniently take part in course work from their homes or offices and earn a full degree. We are happy to work with a progressive-minded institution like the OAU Center of Distance Learning to facilitate their Accounting, Economics and Nursing degree programmes. We are also very excited on our soon-to-be launched partnership with the Babcock University Centre for Open Distance and e-Learning where prospective students will be able to leverage our platforms to study for degree awarding courses from the university,” Shonubi said.


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United Nations Officials Barred from Using WhatsApp



Amid growing concerns over WhatsApp’s security, the United Nations (UN) has asked its officials to not use the messaging app because “it’s not supported as a secure mechanism.”

United Nations Officials Barred from Using WhatsApp

This comes after UN experts accused Saudi Arabia of using the online communications platform to hack the phone of Amazon chief executive and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos.

A UN spokesman said officials were barred from using WhatsApp since June 2019 over security, Yahoo reports.

“The senior officials at the U.N. have been instructed not to use WhatsApp, it’s not supported as a secure mechanism,” UN spokesman Farhan Haq said.

Independent UN rights experts said on Wednesday they had received information that Amazon owner Jeff Bezos’s phone was hacked through a WhatsApp account belonging to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman.

Bezos’ phone got hacked after he received a WhatsApp message “apparently been sent from the personal account of the crown prince”.

The UK newspaper The Guardian reported that the “encrypted message from the number is believed to have included a malicious file that infiltrated the phone of the world’s richest man, according to the results of digital forensic analysis.”

The analysis found it “highly probable” that the intrusion into the phone was triggered by an infected video file sent from the account of the Saudi heir to Bezos, the newspaper said.

“The two men had been having a seemingly friendly WhatsApp exchange when, on May 1 of that year, the unsolicited file was sent,” Guardian said quoting anonymous sources.

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