Welcome to today’s channel rundown, containing vital news and analysis on the channel’s comings and goings.
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Cloud’s continued increase
More companies are moving to the cloud, according to stats from a study from Sumo Logic.
The report, State of Modern Applications and DevSecOps in the Cloud, shows the percentage of exclusively on-premise workloads decreased dramatically from 26 percent in 2017 to 16 percent in 2018.
It also found that containers and serverless are becoming more popular in AWS – Docker adoption has grown to 28 percent in AWS and AWS Lambda in production has grown to nearly 30 percent.
Elsewhere, Kubernetes native is seeing 14 percent adoption compared to eight percent in 2017, indicating that Kubernetes adoption is catching up to ECS.
“Legacy solutions are no longer adequate for providing the rapid scale, agility and visibility across the full application stack needed to deliver uninterrupted and seamless customer experiences,” Sumo Logic said in a statement accompanying the research.
Software support’s lack of scrutiny
New research by the Campaign for Clear Licensing (CCL) has highlighted “a serious lack of scrutiny” in the software support and maintenance industry by its customers.
The report, $250BN annual software maintenance market needs more scrutiny, notes that “despite costing organizations an estimated $250bn every year, most software buyers are unsure of what they are buying and fail to quantify the strategic value of software maintenance renewals”.
“The typical respondent had no idea of support volumes, support quality or the strategic value of software maintenance renewals at all,” said founder of the CCL, Martin Thompson.
“With the average support and maintenance contract costing the equivalent of 20 percent of the license fee each year, it is high time that customers held their software vendors to account.”
The research shows that most lead decision makers in the renewal process were system owners, finance and senior IT management, who all lacked the necessary information to make the correct decisions.
iPhone’s prepaid growth
Apple’s iPhone looks poised to accelerate its U.S. prepaid market penetration, says research by GlobalData
GlobalData’s pricing tracker, Handset Pricing and Promotions, Web, U.S., shows that the iPhone accounted for almost 60 percent of all phones available via prepaid carriers in Q2 2018.
It said 2018 saw the influx of the premium iPhone X, not only at the mid-size U.S. prepaid operators, but also at smaller price-sensitive MVNOs (mobile virtual network operators), “drawing a fine line between prepaid devices and phones available on contract”.
The data and analytics company said it expects Apple will unveil numerous new devices, including multiple new iPhone models, at the company’s ‘Gather Round’ event on 12 September.
“This should be good news not only for postpaid wireless brands, but prepaid brands as well, where the iPhone has built a strong following,” Global Data said.
Information Builders’ WebFOCUS
Information Builders today announced the launch of its new WebFOCUS BI and analytics platform, which the business intelligence (BI) and analytics vendor said can automate and simplify complex tasks.
The firm said that all too often, organizations implement BI and analytics solutions that only address the needs of limited departments or end users
Unlike competitive tools, Information Builders claimed the new platform enables everyone connected to an organization to get information and insights, including stakeholders outside the firewall, such as customers, consumers, citizens, partners and suppliers.
The vendor added that WebFOCUS combines traditional governed BI with business-led agile analytics to deliver a range of reports, dashboards, documents and applications, in the cloud or on premise.
IT jobs’ slowdown
The U.S. IT sector was unable to maintain the positive momentum it displayed in July with hiring in August flat, according to CompTIA’s job tracker.
The IT trade association said the addition of 3,900 positions in IT services, custom software development and computer system design was not enough to overcome employment declines in telecoms, which was down 4,000, and computer, electronics and semiconductor manufacturing, which was down 1,800.
Modest employment gains were recorded in other information services, including search portals and data processing, hosting and related services.
“Tech manufacturing’s run of 14 consecutive months of job gains came to end,” Tim Herbert, SVP for research and market intelligence at CompTIA, said in a statement. He added that “the escalating disruption to international trade is certainly weighing on the minds of industry executives”.