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Companies focused on digital transformation can side-step the cloud skills shortage by looking within their company to develop existing staff.

Cloud computing -- the on-demand delivery of IT resources over the internet -- is powering an increasing number of experiences today, big and small. For organizations, the cloud is redefining how they can conduct business with unprecedented speed and agility.

But there's just one problem: a massive shortage of cloud-skilled workers to make it all happen. While Gartner predicts global public cloud spending will grow 22% this year to $482 billion, the ongoing surge finds organizations lacking the IT talent to meet their cloud goals. In fact, 85% of organizations report deficits in cloud expertise.

State of cloud market survey reveals four major trends and key practices to drive more value

While investments in cloud migrations have surged, organizations now must shift their focus to an ongoing journey in order to achieve expected outcomes at higher rates, according to new research from Accenture (NYSE: ACN).

The report, titled 'The race to cloud: Reaching the inflection point to long sought value,' is based on proprietary research as well as a global survey of 800 business and IT leaders. Building upon similar research Accenture conducted in 2020 and 2018, the report identifies where companies are on their cloud journeys and how much value they're getting from their cloud investments across five areas: cost savings; speed; business enablement; improved service levels; and resilience / business continuity.

Consider these four differences between AWS, Azure, and GCP before choosing one of the "Big Three" public clouds.

If you look at the "Big Three" public clouds today - Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform - you'll notice that they look pretty alike. They all offer the same core sets of services. Their prices and billing models are about the same. They target the same groups of customers. And so on.

But that doesn't mean the public clouds are entirely identical. There remain certain areas where there are still important functional differences between AWS, Azure, and GCP.

3 Cloud Trends To Watch In 2023
CIODIVE, January 9th, 2023
Competing narratives converge as companies push modernization while controlling costs.

There are two diverging narratives taking shape in the cloud ecosphere.

An economic downturn, interest rate hikes and high levels of inflation led to market conditions that favor spending cutbacks and workforce reductions.

At the same time, companies remain committed to moving forward with digital transformation, a strategy that requires more resource investment and capital in order to gain or retain a competitive edge.

5 Ways To Optimize Cloud Migration Energy Savings
DataCenter Knowledge, January 12th, 2023
Migration to the cloud provides a unique opportunity for energy savings. We share how to realize these savings for your organization.

Migrating to the cloud has the potential to reduce the energy consumption of your workloads dramatically. In fact, cloud migration can lower energy consumption by 65% and carbon emission by 84%, according to Accenture.

But whether you actually achieve energy savings rates like those depends on how you execute your cloud migration strategy. Simply moving workloads into the cloud doesn't automatically guarantee dramatically lower total energy expenditure or a smaller carbon footprint.

7 Use Cases For Distributed Cloud Environments
DARKReading, January 9th, 2023
As infrastructure has grown more complex, the need to effectively manage it has grown, too - particularly for applications and APIs.

With many businesses moving application and API infrastructure to the cloud, business environments have grown more complex in recent years. As a result, it has become harder for businesses to manage, operate, maintain, and protect that infrastructure.

Fortunately, a new crop of solutions analysts have dubbed the "distributed cloud" has been introduced to help customers reduce complexity and better protect their application and API infrastructure, regardless of whether it contains any combination of on-premises, private cloud, public cloud, multicloud, and hybrid environments.

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