Link: Millennials: A tale of two generations

‘The oldest Millennials are now in their mid 30s and finally “settling down,” which leads to heightened concerns about finances, kids and home buying, while the youngest Millennials are still pursuing their education.’

Chock full of survey info and demographic stuff.
Original source: Millennials: A tale of two generations

Link: DevOps success is about culture, culture culture

As ever, just getting a build pipeline in place is the big, important first step that most need to make: “Continuous integration remains a top priority for development teams with 63 percent of respondents saying they plan to invest in CI tools in 2018. Nearly half of all respondents (47 percent) strongly agree that practicing continuous integration alleviates blockers in the development process. In addition to CI, automation is increasingly top of mind for software professionals as half of respondents report delays in testing, while 58 percent report delays in planning. As a result, 36 percent of IT managers plan to invest in automation tools in 2018 to alleviate these pain points.”

Vendor survey from GitLab: “5,296 software developers, CTOs and software professionals, conducted.”
Original source: DevOps success is about culture, culture culture

Link: The Hidden Costs of Cloud Adoption

Despite it being aw some, you still have to pay for public cloud, and it’s pay as you go:

‘“Cloud is an inexpensive and easily accessible technology,” the infrastructure survey concludes. “People consume more, thereby spending more, and forget to control or limit their consumption.”‘

So:

“the market analyst found that 34 percent of enterprises polled said they have over the last year moved applications and data from a public cloud to either hosted private or on-premises private cloud.”
Original source: The Hidden Costs of Cloud Adoption

Link: Yes, DevOps is all about business growth, especially the digital variety

Vendor survey, but whatever: “A survey of 1,300 executives just released by CA Technologies and Freeform Dynamics finds that while 75 percent recognize that these approaches drive significant business success when implemented together, only a relatively small proportion — about one in five — consider the consistency, depth and breadth of usage of these practices to be high.”
Original source: Yes, DevOps is all about business growth, especially the digital variety

Link: Foreign-Born Engineers Dominate Bay Area Tech Jobs

“Nearly three-quarters of Silicon Valley women who work in computer, mathematical, architectural, and engineering occupations were born outside of the U.S., mostly in Asia. That includes nearly 79 percent of those in computer and mathematical professions. The data showed slightly more than 70 percent of men in those professions are foreign born.”
Original source: Foreign-Born Engineers Dominate Bay Area Tech Jobs

Link: Will UK lose global business and tech leader status post-Brexit?

‘James Governor, Analyst at RedMonk said: “Brexit will be the biggest systemic shock to British business in the more than 70 years. The scale of change will require an unprecedented investment in IT, with in-house application development becoming more important than ever to deal with complexity.”’
Original source: Will UK lose global business and tech leader status post-Brexit?

Link: Brexit could see UK lose status as global business leader

“The study also suggests that software might be the solution to these upcoming problems. Almost all (93 per cent) of CIOs and 84 per cent of ITDMs have said that the ability to create their own software is essential for preparing an organisation for the effects of Brexit.”
Original source: Brexit could see UK lose status as global business leader

Link: Almost half of CIOs plan to deploy artificial intelligence enterprise solutions | ZDNet

“According to the CIO agenda survey, four percent of CIOs have already implemented AI in some fashion, but a further 46 percent have plans to follow suit. In addition, 20 percent of CIOs worldwide have pilot AI programs in the pipeline for implementation in the near future.” But, wait: “However, not every AI pilot will be a success. Gartner believes that up to 85 percent of projects will not deliver due to data bias, poor team management, or unsuitable algorithms.”
Original source: Almost half of CIOs plan to deploy artificial intelligence enterprise solutions | ZDNet

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: Gartner Survey Shows Organizations Are Slow to Advance in Data and Analytics

Still waiting for BI👉analytics👉big data👉AI/ML to hit the big time: “The global survey asked respondents to rate their orgs according to Gartner’s 5 levels of maturity for data & analytics…. 60% of respondents…rated themselves in the lowest 3 levels.”
Original source: Gartner Survey Shows Organizations Are Slow to Advance in Data and Analytics

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: IoT and the end of business as usual

“if today’s business leaders want to use their influence to promote this society they are so optimistic about, then they need to take the steps necessary to get us there. And that means moving beyond magical thinking and taking a long-term view.”
Original source: IoT and the end of business as usual

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

Link: Who’s using 2FA? Sweet FA. Less than 1 in 10 Gmail users enable two-factor authentication

“less than 10 per cent of active Google accounts use two-step authentication to lock down their services. He also pointed out that a Pew study in 2016 showed only around 12 per cent of web users have a password manager to protect their accounts.”
Original source: Who’s using 2FA? Sweet FA. Less than 1 in 10 Gmail users enable two-factor authentication

Link: Green light for IT spending in 2018

“fully 50% of the 872 respondents said their company is giving a ‘green light’ for IT spending. That was the highest reading since 2007, and 13 basis points higher than the average survey response for the month of November for the previous five years”
Original source: Green light for IT spending in 2018

Link: Complexity bolsters valuations for infrastructure software

In a recent 451 Research survey: “between 2017 and 2019 the amount of IT workloads running on the cloud is expected to increase to 60% from 45%.”
Original source: Complexity bolsters valuations for infrastructure software

Link: To detractors, he’s a buffoon; to dealmakers, he’s a boon

“By a more than two-to-one margin, respondents to the 451 Research Tech Corporate Development Outlook Survey said the Trump White House will help spur M&A in 2018. Specifically, 59% said the current administration will ‘stimulate’ dealmaking this year, compared with just 23% saying it will ‘inhibit’ dealmaking.”
Original source: To detractors, he’s a buffoon; to dealmakers, he’s a boon

Multi-Cloud Begets Confusion, Calls for Automation

One reason is confusion over how enterprises define multi-cloud: Just over half of those polled defined it as including a combination of either public or private clouds along with on-premise infrastructure. (That is also a widely accepted definition of “hybrid clouds”.) Meanwhile, 23 percent of respondents said multi-cloud includes all three: public and private clouds along with their own datacenters.

Source: Multi-Cloud Begets Confusion, Calls for Automation