IT spending shifts, a jury trial by Zoom and an AWS-Oracle Cloud standoff

05/21/2020 - Jin Woo

Under dramatic new conditions, in unprecedented times, the tech world marches on. Startups continue to land new investments, innovators continue to change the world — and tech professionals still need to stay current with a rapidly evolving business landscape. 

What hasn’t changed is the 280blue eye for news. To keep our clients, prospects, and other industry leaders up-to-date on the top developments from the Valley and around the world, we’re announcing the launch of a new weekly blog series, The Blue Print, that will cover everything an insider needs to stay current, today.

Published every Thursday, The Blue Print recaps the industry’s most intriguing news, unexpected shifts and developing trends that are defining the business and technology landscape.

Here is our inaugural post.

May 21, 2020

Network World: Gartner: IT spending will drop 8% as COVID-19 hits enterprise wallets

Gartner this week said that IT spending across the globe is projected to total $3.4 trillion in 2020, a decline of 8% from 2019 due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. “CIOs have moved into emergency cost optimization which means that investments will be minimized and prioritized on operations that keep the business running, which will be the top priority for most organizations through 2020,” John-David Lovelock, distinguished research vice president at Gartner said in the study. “In 2020, some longer-term cloud-based transformational projects may be put on hiatus, but the overall cloud spending levels Gartner was projecting for 2023 and 2024 will now be showing up as early as 2022,” Lovelock stated.

Why It Matters: Cloud continues to be a consideration for innovation and efficiency but cost still remains the driving force.

Tags: Gartner, John-David Lovelock, ITSpending, Data Center, Cloud, CIO

TechCrunch: Venafi acquires Jetstack, the startup behind the cert-manager Kubernetes certificate controller

The deal underscores not just how Kubernetes -based containers have quickly gained momentum and critical mass in the enterprise IT landscape, in particular around digital transformation, but specifically the need to provide better security services around that at speed and at scale. The deal comes just one day after VMware announced that it was acquiring Octarine, another Kubernetes security startup, to fold into Carbon Black (an acquisition it made last year).

Why It Matters: As Kubernetes usage in production continues to climb, tools that improve operational efficiency and security at speed and scale, continue in adoption and now the latest round of acquisitions.

Tags: Venafi, Jetstack, VMware, Octarine, Kubernetes, Cloud-native

Business Insider: The first jury trial by Zoom is taking place in Texas

“For centuries if you’ve got jury duty you have to go to the courthouse for jury duty, in this case the courthouse has come to you. But I want you to see this as jury duty. You’re not at home during jury duty. You’re at jury duty, you just happen to be at home,” said Judge Keith Dean.

Why It Matters: The need to resume operations by businesses and government services during Coronavirus, combined with 5G rollout, will spur the next wave of technology innovation and adoption.

Tags: Zoom, Jury Trial, Texas

The Register: Now there’s nothing stopping the PATRIOT Act allowing the FBI to slurp web-browsing histories without a warrant

An amendment that would require the FBI get a warrant before they access Americans’ web-browsing history failed to pass by a single vote in the US Senate on Wednesday. The bi-partisan push to install the privacy protection mechanism was led by Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Steve Daines (R-MT), and came following the news a planned addition to the PATRIOT Act, which is due to be renewed this week, would allow law enforcement to collect people’s browsing histories without a warrant.

Why It Matters: Enabling the collection of search and browsing data that doesn’t require probable cause doesn’t deter cyber attacks, fraud and terrorism, it just upsets consumers.

Tags: PATRIOT ACT, web history, browsers, privacy, Ron Wyden, Steve Daines

ZDNet Between the Lines: Salespeople navigating digital transformation, data, virtual selling in new normal, says LinkedIn

Salespeople are adjusting to the new normal of work in an era of social distancing with a mix of virtual selling, video conferencing, a lot of emails and a heavy dose of phone calls that may not be returned, according to a LinkedIn survey. Keith Richey, senior director of global marketing at LinkedIn, said the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated shifts that were already happening in sales organizations. “The enduring trend will be the rise of the data driven sales organization,” said Richey. “Data is going to be critical now the world has changed dramatically.”
Findings from the survey include:

    • The sales funnel has also suffered due to the economic slowdown and 55% anticipate a decrease in pipeline with 44% anticipating a decrease in responsiveness to outreach.
    • 60% anticipate a decrease in closing deals and 51% say customers are experiencing budget cuts.

Why It Matters: Sales starts with effective content marketing strategies. Read our blog on 3 Ways to Position Your Content Strategy for Post-COVID Success

Tags: LinkedIn, Survey, Sales, Keith Richey

SDXCentral: Oracle Challenges AWS to Cloud Calculator Duel

Oracle this week put its money – and yours – where its mouth is by launching the Oracle Cloud Workload Cost Estimator as a direct challenge to Amazon Web Service (AWS) to prove the claim that its own cloud is cheaper. “It’s an open secret in cloud computing circles that getting data into a given cloud is cheap – in fact, it is usually free. But getting data out is a completely different story. Traditional cloud vendors charge hefty premiums on data flowing out – or what they call data egress,” according to an Oracle cloud calculator blog post.

Why It Matters: Cloud adoption continues to be driven by cost and even more so in today’s business environment.

Tags: Oracle, AWS, Amazon, Cloud, cost, TCO

Enterprise Talk: Microsoft to invest $75 Million in jobs in AI and Cloud

Microsoft has announced it will invest $75 million to build a new office in Atlanta, Georgia, by 2021. The new complex is expected to create 1,500 new jobs in the Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Cloud space. It will be a client-facing workplace that will focus on AI and cloud services, including retail space for engaging directly with customers.

Why It Matters: This announcement comes on the heels of Juniper’s push on its Mist AI technology and IBM CEO Arvind Krishna talking about the company’s plans to focus on AI and hybrid cloud during his keynote at the recent IBM THINK conference. As the edge becomes increasingly important and 5G deployments become more commonplace, the cloud and AI will become increasingly important for agility and speed.

Tags: Microsoft, Satya Nadella, Atlanta, Juniper Networks, Rami Rahim, IBM, Arvind Krishna, IBM THINK