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Cloud computing in 2020: Looking into that crystal ball


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Recently, @thedodgeretort of Enterprise CIO Forum held a Twitter chat about what cloud computing in 2020 will look like. I decided to write up a quick blog sharing my thoughts on the topic.
Looking into the crystal ball, I see a few things happening with cloud by 2020: call it 5 years out.

4 ways to ease cloud adoption for financial institutions

The financial services industry faces numerous challenges at present. Many banks are struggling to cut costs and improve flexibility, efficiency and scalability to respond quickly to changing markets. They need to contend with industry regulations and serve clients in a faster, better way. In addition, there is the consistent push to maximize profits and returns.

U.K. Police forces use private cloud to access Holmes database

At least £2.5m savings could be made when 43 UK police forces start using a private cloud service supplied by Unisys to access the Home Office Large Major Enquiry System (Holmes) Unisys has been operating Holmes for the last 13 years. "This is the first time the system will be provided through a UK private cloud," said Forbes Gallagher, account director for police and criminal justice at Unisys.
Because Holmes is operated on-premise, police forces need to run it from their own IT infrastructure and license commercial database software such as Oracle or SQL Server.

Authentication methods keeping pace with BYOD, cloud

The consumerization of IT and bring your own device (BYOD) initiatives in the workplace are challenging IT leaders to deliver secure mobility without spoiling users’ mobile experience. IDC Financial Insights projects that, by 2017, the value of purchases made through mobile devices will exceed USD1 trillion. Out of these mobile payment users, 48% of the users are concerned about security, while 22% do not fully trust in the technology to process transactions properly.
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