IRISH INTERNET ASSOCIATION PARTNERS WITH ENTERPRISE IRELAND FOR CLOUD APOPTION EVENT SERIES – SUPPORTED BY MICROSOFT
As they move from a traditional in-house IT infrastructure to an external cloud-based solution, businesses benefit from a responsive, timely and cost-effective operation. This announcement takes place during National Cloud Week with a number of other initiatives taking place to support cloud adoption. This Cloud Awareness series is specifically designed to help companies to assess the benefits of cloud computing while managing any potential risks. Delegates will hear from other SMEs on how, why and what they moved to the cloud as well as from security and service contract experts who will guide delegates through the process.
Speaking at the launch, Joan Mulvihill, CEO of the Irish Internet Association, welcomed the opportunity to partner with Enterprise Ireland in bringing these events to the Irish SME community. “We are delighted to be working with Enterprise Ireland on this initiative. We have a shared commitment and responsibility to ensuring that Irish businesses have the knowledge and resources they need to benefit from cloud solutions. It’s going to be a busy start to the summer with events planned for Galway, Dublin and Cork”.
Frank Ryan, CEO of Enterprise Ireland, welcomed the initiative, saying: “Enterprise Ireland is delighted to be part of this Cloud Computing Awareness programme aimed in particular at SMEs. This is an important move to help increase the numbers of Irish businesses, small and large, who successfully adopt Cloud Computing, and is an important element of the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs. A central part of this plan is targeting key sectors where Ireland has competitive advantage and the potential to foster growth. One such sector is cloud computing, and a number of studies have reported that Ireland has potential to create high levels of growth and jobs in this sector if we move early”.
Microsoft Ireland is a long-standing contributor to the IIA Cloud Computing Working Group and is supporting the IIA and Enterprise Ireland as event sponsors. Delighted with the company’s involvement, Clare Dillon, Microsoft Ireland said: “There is enormous potential for the cloud to play a central role in driving economic growth and job creation but for its potential to be fulfilled it is critical that small businesses understand how they can tap into the benefits of cloud to help them scale for growth. We are delighted that this series of IIA and Enterprise Ireland events are being announced during National Cloud Week – a week of activities organised by Microsoft to drive cloud awareness and adoption.”.
The IIA Cloud Computing Working Group last year in conjunction with the NSAI published “Adopting the Cloud – decision support for cloud computing” as the standard for cloud adoption. The working group is chaired by Lavinia Morris, head of IT infrastructure at Friends First. “The group are pleased to be bringing this decision-support guide to life in the form of these events and by sharing our collective expertise and experiences with the wider business community. These events are totally focussed on helping businesses of all industries and sizes to get the most from the cloud”.
For more information on these events: www.iia.ie/cloudroadshow
For more information on the NSAI Swift 10: www.iia.ie/adoptingthecloud
Data Protection Commissioner Publishes Guidance on dealing with the data protection issues that can arise from the use of Cloud Computing
The Data Protection Commissioner, Billy Hawkes has today published guidance on his website to assist any entity using or considering using a cloud computing solution to hold or manage the personal data for which they are responsible. The Commissioner has published this guidance for Irish based entities on foot of guidance published at a European Level by the Article 29 Working Party (of which he is a member) today on Cloud Computing and recent useful guidance produced domestically by the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI), in conjunction with the Irish Internet Association (IIA). In summary, the guidance makes clear that the use of the cloud to store or handle personal data can be easily accommodated within Data Protection law once some simple steps are followed by any entity using such a service.
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IIA and NSAI supported guide provides information for organisations moving to the cloud. – SWiFT10-2012
Do you remember when having your head in the cloud was a bad thing? I suppose the back to school vibe has got me thinking that way! However the times, they are a-changing and getting into cloud is a must for any smart business. At the very least it’s imperative to know enough about it to know whether your company should or shouldn’t be. As ever the IIA are here to help! (Not only with an event, information and content but a discount code below too!)
I’ll admit, straight-up, that my knowledge of cloud computing was quite fluffy. It was greatly improved this time last year when I proofread the IIA Cloud Computing Working Group‘s (IIA CCWG) first draft of “Cloud Business: Assessment of the risks versus the benefits” which was made available last March.* This whitepaper gave me an understanding of the pros and cons of cloud computing, including a section that specifically focuses on SMEs’ use of cloud computing. It also includes analysis of survey data which queried types of cloud computing being used, adoption rates and future plans among Irish companies.
The reason I mention all of this 6 months after its publication is that the CCWG are holding an event next week on September 23rd in partnership with Engineers Ireland. Among other speakers at this event, Gerry Power, chair of IIA CCWG, will present findings of this year’s Cloud Computing Survey, a first step towards the collation of longitudinal data about Irish Companies and the cloud.
A copy of the results and first analysis of this survey, as well as a copy of “Cloud Business: Assessment of the risks versus the benefits” will be made available to delegates at this half-day event “Cloud Computing in practice: How companies are moving to the cloud“. Speakers at the event will security experts, adopters and cloud vendors. And there’s breakfast!
*This publication is available free to IIA members or for €295.00 to non-members. Please contact me at members at iia dot ie to get your copy.
The IIA is delighted to endorse this one day summit on How to Make Cloud Computing a Reality for your Business. No business today can afford to ignore Cloud Computing. With the range of cloud services and applications expanding rapidly, this one-day event will explain the key issues you need to consider when moving your IT requirements to the Cloud.
Keynote speakers are world-renowned innovator in Cloud Computing, Dr. Werner Vogels, CTO of Amazon.com and Dr. Giles Hogben, Network Security Expert with ENISA, the EU’s cyber-security agency, as well as our own Gerry Powers, chair of the IIA Cloud Computing Working Group. Gerry will be updating delegates on the results of our 2010 Cloud Computing survey.
For full details & to book online visit www.cloudsummit.ie
While the IIA is busy digitizing the nation this week, let’s roll back 25 years when a previous digital revolution was lapping our shores. Readers of a certain age will instantly recognize the picture of WordStar, doing roughly what Microsoft Word does today. I say ‘roughly’ as WordStar belonged to an era without touchscreen or Mice, and where users had to had to use ‘ctrl-s’ and ‘ctrl-d’ to move right and left. While WordStar users understood copy and paste to mean actual glue and scissors, it was so dominant that even as a business studies student in the ‘90s, we were expected to pass an exam in its use.
So why do you now (most likely) use Microsoft Word instead ? The answer is Windows 3.1. It wasn’t pretty. It wasn’t even the first computer to use a mouse – but Windows was a revolution for mainstream computers. While there was (and still is) a version of Wordstar for Windows, when the dust had settled MS Word had came out on top.
Right now another revolution is happening as computing moves from your desktop to Cloud Services delivered over the internet. This time the revolution is bigger; Computers are more widespread, other devices (such as Mobile, iPads and Netbooks) are hooked up to internet, and the revolution will transform more sectors of the economy. It would be a pity if we digitized the nation, only to leave traditional software companies behind on the desktop.
The IIA Cloud paper shows as many opportunities as threats in this Software as a Service (SaaS) revolution. As a key driver of Exports, and export led jobs, Enterprise Ireland wants to help software companies to seize the opportunities. In the next part of the it’s ongoing SaaS activities (including the well regarded SaaS transition programme) Enterprise Ireland has two upcoming events to help Irish Software Companies;
- On May 19th, Companies can learn about how their business model needs to react to implement software as a service (Event: The Commercial Realities of Sofware as a Service). Speakers include John Appleby of SaasPoint, Gerry O’Connor of Zarion , Philip O’Doherty of eSpatial and Charles Cameron of Encore Ventures.
- On June 16th, it’s the turn of the Mananged Services (Event: Managed Services and the Cloud). Alongside speakers from Finance and PA Consulting, with be Gerry Power, Chair of the IIA’s cloud working group.
Titled “Doing Business in the Cloud”, this document is written specifically for the Irish market. A section focuses on small to medium sized businesses (SMEs) but the bulk of the document examines the benefits and obstacles of cloud computing for large enterprises.
The whitepaper was driven and shaped by market research commissioned by the Irish Internet Association in August 2009. It discovered that 54% of respondents did not have a clear idea understanding of cloud computing; how it works and the advantages, efficiencies and savings, that it brings to Irish businesses.
One of the whitepaper’s first and notable successes the adoption of an Irish industry accepted definition of Cloud Computing, overcoming this market confusion. This definition has been accepted and endorsed by Enterprise Ireland, the IDA, the Irish Software Association, ICT Ireland and the Irish Internet Association to be used from now on.
Cloud Computing survey: 65% of respondents believe Ireland is lagging but 85% of cloud computing projects are successful.
28th September, 2009 – In August 2009 the Irish Internet Association Cloud Computing Working Group conducted a market research survey to understand how Irish companies are responding to the cloud computing opportunity.
Presenting the results of the survey at the Cloud Computing Summit in Croke Park last week IIA Cloud Computing Working Group Chair, Gerry Power of Sysco Software Solutions said, “The fact that 85% of cloud projects in Ireland are successful and 94% of those who have deployed them plan to do so again is very encouraging data but negatives also exist. To counter these, our working group are taking two immediate steps: firstly, building consensus around a single definition for cloud computing to improve understanding; and secondly, publishing a whitepaper which will examine all the major obstacles identified to overcome the perception that Ireland is lagging and to help drive adoption.”
Power’s presentation at the Cloud Computing Summit focussed on the following survey findings:
· Respondent Profile
· Understanding of Cloud Computing
· Hopes for Cloud Computing
· Perception of adoption of Cloud Computing in Ireland
More details of these research findings and graphs follow below. Further details are available on request.
The survey was completed by over 200 respondents, 73% of who considered themselves Senior Management.
- 25% of respondents were vendors, 75% non vendors
- 26% work in Technology, 17% in Professional Services, 11% in Financial Services, 11% in Manufacturing and 10% in Public Sector.
- 47% work in mid market companies (> 50 employees) including 19% who work in enterprises with over 500 employees. 53% worked in SMEs with less than 50 employees.
- 35% work in General Management, 35% in IT with 13% working in Finance
- 73% are Senior Management
The survey revealed the following:
Poor understanding of Cloud Computing
Asked whether they had a clear understanding of cloud computing, 43% said no. When vendors were excluded, this lack of understanding grew to 54%. 43% of IT managers admitted they did not have a clear understanding and 85% of finance managers declared the same.
High hopes for Cloud Computing
Despite the lack of clear understanding, 43% have high confidence in the promise of cloud computing. Amongst the large enterprises, this confidence drops to 36% but 55% still have reasonable confidence in the promise. This was confirmed by the 21% who responded that they could see a business benefit compared to only 3% who did not. 76% declined to answer this question which may arise from the previously indicated lack of clear understanding of cloud computing.
29% of those surveyed have already deployed a cloud computing project and 85% of those projects were considered successful. When asked if they would use the cloud again, 94% said yes.
There is a significant perception that Ireland is lagging
65% of respondents believe Ireland is lagging compared to 33% who believe Ireland’s adoption is consistent with international adoption and just 2% who believe Ireland is leading as an early adopter.
- 26% feel lack of understanding is the major obstacle
- 22% believe broadband penetration is the problem
- 19% chose security concerns
- 14% have reliability concerns
The data was analysed further by categorising cloud computing applications into 9 types:
- Collaboration Applications
- Productivity Applications
- Business Applications
- IT Management
- Infrastructure on-demand
- Application development platform
- Finance Applications
- Core Business Applications
- Legacy Applications
In all categories, the perception is that Ireland is lagging. Respondents were asked to assess each category’s current maturity in Ireland. Collaboration applications scored the highest in terms of current maturity in Ireland. Respondents were also asked to indicate in each category their company’s current adoption and the maturity in each category they hoped to have reached in 3 years. In all 9 cases, current adoption lags behind current maturity and planned adoption exceeds maturity.
Graphs available on request. Please contact Roseanne Smith, IIACommunications Manager at email@example.com.
If you don’t know what SaaS, PaaS and IaaS mean and you want to find out, please complete our quick survey by clicking this link www.readydynamics.com/survey (it really does only take 5 minutes to complete).
All respondents will receive a complimentary copy of the working group’s Whitepaper (working title: Cloud Computing in Ireland) which is being written in collaboration with all the major cloud vendors (Google, IBM, Microsoft, Salesforce, Supplierforce, etc.) and some major Irish enterprises.
One respondent – chosen randomly – will receive 2 tickets for the IIA Cloud Computing Working Group event to be held in the Autumn. Details will be posted on the Events section of the site as they are confirmed.
This research has the potential to be a valuable indicator of Ireland’s adoption of cloud computing, whether its potential is living up to its promise, and identifying the barriers to greater adoption. Your participation in this survey is appreciated and will help all Irish businesses benefit from the cloud.