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Indian Enterprises Moving Towards Multi-Cloud Future

Over the next 6-12 months, the focus of enterprise IT decision-makers will be on shifting to software-as-a-service

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Our research shows that enterprises are currently managing their workloads across a multitude of environments. Pixabay

A majority of large Indian enterprises are moving towards a multi-Cloud future, but while Cloud adoption is on the rise, enterprise IT decision makers remain concerned about challenges ranging from security risks (55 per cent) to scattered workloads (26 per cent), a new report said on Wednesday.

“Our research shows that enterprises are currently managing their workloads across a multitude of environments. Over the next 6-12 months, the focus of enterprise IT decision-makers will be on shifting to software-as-a-service, while for others it will be on storage-as-a-service, and others in private clouds,” Anil Chopra, Vice President-Research and Consulting, CyberMedia Research, said in a statement.

According to a CyberMedia Research’s (CMR) “Cloud Barometer Report 2019”, for IT decision makers the key priorities ahead include focusing on security (75 per cent), building data analytics capabilities (52 per cent) and software-defined networking (50 per cent).

In terms of key concerns going forward, enterprises are focused on security (40 per cent), in managing IT spends (33 per cent), and day-to-day maintenance (28 per cent), among others.

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A majority of large Indian enterprises are moving towards a multi-Cloud future, but while Cloud adoption is on the rise, enterprise IT decision makers remain concerned about challenges ranging from security risks (55 per cent) to scattered workloads (26 per cent). PIxabay

“While Cloud storage and applications are becoming key for enterprises, Security remains one of the key concerns as well as priorities to address,” said Prabhu Ram, Head-Industry Intelligence Group, CyberMedia Research.

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The CMR survey included more than 200 Indian enterprise IT decision-makers that aimed at understanding their perspectives on the challenges and opportunities Cloud offers. (IANS)

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India can Lead in Setting Standards for Ethical use of AI: Microsoft Executive

Microsoft on Friday announced a partnership with the Indian School of Business (ISB) to equip business leaders with tools and strategies to make their organisations AI-driven

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FILE - A sign for Microsoft is seen on a building in Cambridge, Massachusetts, March 18, 2017. VOA

By Gokul Bhagabati

With the government focusing on the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) as people are increasingly adopting digital technologies, India can lead in setting standards for ethical use of AI, a top Microsoft executive said on Friday.

“The real application of AI needs to be to empower human ingenuity and to accelerate innovation for all kinds of work and thinking,” Anant Maheshwari, President, Microsoft India, told IANS.

In an earlier interview with IANS on the eve of 73rd Independence Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the government is trying to leverage technology like AI and ML to improve school education.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in her maiden Budget speech in July announced that the government will lay focus on new-age skills like AI, Internet of Things, Big Data, 3D Printing, Virtual Reality and Robotics.

“About 91 per cent of organisations today plan to leverage AI within the next three years to drive their businesses and the biggest issue they point out for not using it right now is lack of skills,” Maheshwari said.

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Artificial Intelligence Bot. Pixabay

“India is among the top three geographies globally in terms of the supply of skills for AI and that bodes very well for India to lead and contribute significantly in the world of AI,” Maheshwari added.

“We can very much create use cases and the standards for ethical use of AI. I am quite optimistic on the role India will play in the emergence of AI and the principles of AI,” he noted.

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Microsoft on Friday announced a partnership with the Indian School of Business (ISB) to equip business leaders with tools and strategies to make their organisations AI-driven.

“The initiative we are launching today between ISB and Microsoft really addresses not only the issue of creating right awareness around the skill set needed to drive the AI strategies, but also provide the tool sets to create the AI strategies, to create the discussion around what culture is needed inside an organisation to drive AI and also have the awareness of the ethics and principles around it,” Maheshwari emphasised. (IANS)