Link: Largest insurers plan biggest IT budget increases

“Thirty-six percent of those reported premium over $1 billion per year; those companies also said they planned to increase IT budgets by about 11% on average. Carriers between $500 million and $1 billion in premium plan an average increase of 5%.”
Original source: Largest insurers plan biggest IT budget increases

Link: New Relic CEO Lew Cirne – “Digital is the new front door” for business

“For its third quarter non-GAAP operating income was $2.7 million compared to an operating loss of $4.9 million for the same period last year. Revenue was $91.8 million for the third quarter, up 35% year-over-year.”
Original source: New Relic CEO Lew Cirne – “Digital is the new front door” for business

Link: Is Microsoft Azure really making up ground on AWS?

In terms of raw figures, not growth, Azure is still a way behind. Even a generous assumption of Azure’s share of that US$5.3 billion intelligent cloud revenue figure for the quarter would put it well behind the US$5.1 billion AWS racked in over a similar period. Dave Bartoletti, a principal analyst at Forrester estimates AWS revenue at US$18 billion and Azure, excluding Office 365 and other non-platform revenue, at US$12 billion for the calendar year. “Azure has been growing faster on a smaller base, yes, but in our view, AWS’s growth is still very strong even at their size,” he added. “Azure is giving AWS a run globally, and is close to feature parity on many services. “Azure has also aggressively built out global regions and is on par with AWS for global data centre locations. It’s a healthy and exciting market, and Azure’s doing quite well.”
Original source: Is Microsoft Azure really making up ground on AWS?

Link: Microsoft results show a distributed computing future

“The company reported 98% Azure revenue growth this quarter and commercial cloud revenue growth of 56% year-on-year to $5.3bn. The shift to Office 365 recurring revenue is also beginning to pay off, with the company reporting a 41% increase in Office 365 commercial revenue from installed base growth.”
Original source: Microsoft results show a distributed computing future

Link: Strong financial results from Microsoft as it aims for breadth of services

“strong results such as these show how the company can succeed by continuing to migrate its business users to cloud services. It remains deeply embedded in business computing”
Original source: Strong financial results from Microsoft as it aims for breadth of services

Link: GDPR requests to take thousands of hours a month, says survey

“Large enterprises expect to get an average 246 GDPR enquiries per month, for which they will need to search 43 databases (seven minutes per search). They will spend more than 1,259 hours on this, which equates to nearly 60 hours of searches per working day or 7.5 employees dedicated solely to GDPR enquiries.”

It’s a database management company doing the survey, but still a good wet finger in the wind
Original source: GDPR requests to take thousands of hours a month, says survey

Link: Appian survey: Big obstacles to digital transformation

Vendor survey done with 463 respondants over on DevOps.com, good news topics:

“A lack of IT skills was reported by 82 percent; 91 percent are struggling with technical debt; 20 percent have huge application backlogs of more than 50 new app requests; and 72 per cent said they don’t have confidence in being able to scale IT to meet the needs of the business.”
Original source: Appian survey: Big obstacles to digital transformation