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Mind the (skills) gap

The increased uptake of cloud services is helping all kinds of organisations improve operations, but it’s also beckoning huge changes within IT departments

Over the past year numerous international and UK-focused studies have underscored what most enterprises have, sometimes painfully, come to realise: Increased adoption of cloud computing and big data services and technology is driving transformation in businesses—not just in how the IT department functions, but in how these relatively new technologies and services are procured and consumed across entire organisations. And with the right IT skills in high demand and job specs in constant flux, businesses are struggling to manage this transition to a new model of IT.

As cloud goes mainstream House of Lords assesses digital skills gap

The House of Lords Committee on Digital Skills will investigate the competitiveness of the UK in an age increasingly dependent on cloud services

The House of Lords has set up a special committee to assess the UK’s digital competitiveness. The House of Lords Committee on Digital Skills will focus on assessing the digital capability of the nation at a time when enterprise adoption of cloud services is steadily increasing, creating demand for skills around cloud, mobility and cybersecurity.

Big data isn’t just for big companies

IBM

Inhi Cho Suh, vice president, big data, integration and governance at IBM spoke with Business Cloud News at the recent Cloud World Forum conference in London about how the next generation of big data services will evolve; how cloud and big data can often form a powerful combination.

Bloomberg hybrid cloud service opens access to ‘dark data’ for firms

Collet: opportunities to use dark data

Bloomberg Vault has introduced a hybrid cloud-based service that enables firms to “identify, categorise, track and manage” unstructured data held in corporate files and documents.

Splunk, Syncsort take mainframe big data analysis to the cloud

Splunk and Syncsort are partnering to help enterprises analyse data generated by IBM mainframes in the cloud

Big data service provider Splunk has teamed up with Syncsort to bring analytics and data visualisation capabilities to IBM mainframe-generated data.

Google eases migration of large data sets between Amazon S3 and GCP

Google recently added a form that allows users to request their personal data be deleted or de-indexed, but making private companies solely responsible for deciding the validity of such claims opens up a can of worms

Google has announced a service designed to ease the process of importing multi-terabyte data sets by making it faster, cheaper and easier according to Lamia Youseff, a product manager at the company.

Bull appoints Andy Grant to lead UK HPC, big data business

Andy Grant, director, high-performance computing (HPC) and big data practice, Bull

In a bid to bolster its high performance computing and big data solutions Bull said Wednesday that the company has appointed former IBM executive Andy Grant to the post of director, high-performance computing (HPC) and big data practice. The company said the appointment is a part of its plans to capitalise on convergence of big data and analytics to drive revenues and market share for the businesses.

Atos acquires Bull for $844m in cloud, cybersecurity and big data play

Atos acquired IT services specialist Bull Group for $844m and intends to consolidate cloud, cybersecurity and big data services under the Bull brand

Software, consulting and hosting firm Atos announced this week that it has entered into an agreement to acquire French-owned IT service provider Bull Group. Atos said the acquisition will help bolster its capabilities around cloud services, cybersecurity and big data.

Cloud Advisory Council to investigate big data in open source

The Cloud Advisory Council is working to coordinate cross-industry research on big data in the cloud

The Cloud Advisory Council, a not-for-profit organization composed of equipment manufacturers, independent software vendors and end-users, formed the Open BigCloud working group Wednesday.

Don’t You Forget about Me: Bringing the CIO and CMO together

Amy King, vice president of product marketing, Evidon

At the beginning of John Hughes’ classic 1985 movie, The Breakfast Club, five students from vastly different social high school strata meet in detention. At first, they don’t talk to each other, behaving as if they have nothing in common. Over the course of an afternoon, they start to talk about how their school is a codified system where each area is beholden to the concerns of their particular group, conditioned to resent the roles of others and unable to see past their own day to day issues. Remind you of anything at your company?

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