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Cloud pacesetters reap rewards

Business leaders are becoming increasingly focused on the business value cloud provides, says IBM's Lesley Plaistowe.

Pacesetters are using cloud to build competitive advantage through strategic reinvention, better decisions and deeper collaboration.

This is according to research by the IBM Centre for Applied Insights, in collaboration with Oxford Economics, to learn how cloud is impacting organisations.

Presenting the findings at the IBM Cloud Executive Forum held in collaboration with ITWeb in Hyde Park, Johannesburg, this week, Lesley Plaistowe, global business services partner at IBM, said pacesetters are those organisations that have deployed cloud on a broad scale.

The study revealed 136% of the pacesetters are more likely to use cloud to reinvent customer relationships, and 170% are more likely to use analytics extensively via cloud to derive insights. Also, 79% are more likely to use the cloud to find experts anywhere in their ecosystem – inside or outside their organisation − and leverage their expertise.


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'Third platform' ushers tech shifts

Cloud has become an incubator of ideas that can help companies deploy new innovations, says IDC's Lise Hagen.

At the tail end of 2014, dynamic innovations and ideas are changing the IT industry, and the biggest change to have influenced IT over the past few years is what IDC calls the "third platform".

So said Lise Hagen, IDC's research manager in Africa, delivering the keynote address at the IBM Cloud Executive Forum in Hyde Park, Johannesburg, yesterday. The event was held in partnership with ITWeb.

IDC defines the third platform as IT built on mobile devices, cloud services, social networks and big data analytics.

According to Hagen, there are not only millions of devices, but millions of users and applications with terabytes and petabytes of data, which is all linked to the cloud, big data, social business and mobility.

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