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This Week in Cloud, July 25, 2013: Cloud remains #1 IT priority, BYOD may erode security, SMS phone hack. And more…

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Cloud News

  • A recent study by Compuware reported that cloud remains the highest IT investment priority and will continue to be the highest priority over the next five years, according to this Cloud Tech article. Four out of five companies also revealed that they were worried about the potential hidden costs of cloud computing.

  • PricewaterhouseCoopers recently conducted a report of 115 financial service executives from 11 countries of which 71% revealed that they planned to invest more in cloud in 2013, which is up from 18% last year, according to this AmericanBanker article.

  • A new report by Ovum, Cloud: Transforming the IAM Industry, discusses how cloud technology is changing the way identity management services will be consumed over the next two years, according to this Cloud Tech article. The report also provides insight as to how organizations can understand the changing dynamics of the IAM market.

Featured Article

HBO: Delivering Innovation On-Screen and Off

By Denise Dubie, CA Technologies

Denise Dubie

HBO doesn’t just produce award-winning, innovative television programs, the IT organization at the cable TV giant also works hard at fostering innovation within its ranks, looking to increase productivity, cut costs and keep HBO aligned with cutting-edge technology.

To help enable HBO to create the best content, Rob Della Salle, Vice President Infrastructure Systems at HBO, says the company’s infrastructure and application portfolio must directly support the business objectives. That means adopting technologies that help speed IT services to internal end users and understanding how to incubate innovation across the IT organization. Read the full article.

Cloud Views

  • How do you mitigate the risk of insider attacks? Join us for the next #TechViews tweetchat at 1:00 p.m. ET on July 30 where we’ll be discussing insider threats. Preview the questions and download the calendar invite on Smart Enterprise.

  • Are you thinking about taking a traditional approach to cloud-enabled IT transformation? In this CloudAv blog, Scot Bils explains why taking a legacy approach to cloud-enabled IT transformation will lead to failure.

  • Why should you care about multi-cloud computing? In this InfoWorld blog, David Linthicum discusses the different facets of multi-cloud technology.

Trend Watch

  • Is bring your own device (BYOD) eroding security? In this Forbes blog, Adam Wren discusses three common BYOD security risks, including a lack of encryption, devices outside the firewall, and the difficulty of regulating multiple operating systems.

  • Security Research Labs has discovered that about 25% of SIM cards can be hacked with just two SMS messages, according to this eWeek article. The hack allowed the researchers to access SIM card data, steal the phone owner’s mobile identity, and charge items to their account.

  • Are you doing DevOps the right way? In this Innovation Today blog, Melissa Sargeant details the right approach to implementing DevOps which requires strong leadership, an incremental approach, and continuous measurement of results.

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