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    1. Citrix: How the great survivor challenges the tech giants

      In spite of Microsoft and VMware encroaching on its core product areas, Citrix is a company which seems to have “staying power”.  Traditionally associated with thin client technology, in which desktop applications can be streamed to devices, Citrix has remained surprisingly resilient as major players such as Microsoft and VMware chip away at its core technologies. It survived as Microsoft introduced a free thin client technology, Terminal Services, into Windows Server, and carried on adapting its product mix when VMware began pushing its virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) product, Horizon.

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    2. Digital transformation not a finite process, says Martin Kuppinger

      Digital transformation is not a process that will see the world move from one state to another and then be over with, according to Martin Kuppinger, principal analyst at KuppingerCole. “Every industry is likely to undergo digital transformation, but it is a continuous process of evolution to doing things differently in a digital era,” he told the Eema ISSE 2016 security conference in Paris. Security, privacy and identity are key to digital transformation, which is an evolutionary process, according to Martin Kuppinger

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    3. IT Priorities 2017: Quarter of Apac CIOs expect IT budget to rise by more than 10%

      More than half (51%) of IT decision-makers at Apac-based organisations think their IT budgets will increase next year, and cloud computing initiatives look set to receive more money, according to a survey from Computer Weekly/Techtarget. The survey of more than 1,000 IT decision-makers across the Apac region found that 23.4% expect an increase in their IT budget of more than 10%, 21.1% think it will be between 5% and 10%, and 6.5% are expecting a rise of less than 5%.

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    4. Saudi Arabia turns to big data to boost business innovation

      As Saudi Arabia gears up to diversify its economy away from oil, local businesses are turning to big data analytics. The Saudi Vision 2030, announced in August, aims to increase non-oil revenue sixfold from $43.5bn to $267bn a year by liberalising business policies and introducing entrepreneurship initiatives. This turning point in Saudi Arabia’s economic history is driving IT investment to record levels. According to IDC, tech spending in the kingdom is set to pass $35bn in 2016 as organisations embrace digital transformation initiatives to optimise costs and improve business process efficiencies.

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    5. Desktop virtualisation growth to continue in Asean region

      Despite barriers such as cost of implementation and customer preference for mobile technologies, desktop virtualisation will see steady growth in the Asean region. Among the Asia-Pacific countries, the IDC report noted the level of virtualisation in South Korea, Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong was on a par with western countries. Countries such as China, India, Malaysia, Taiwan and Thailand, it said, were 12-18 months behind them, while most Southeast Asian countries were more than two years behind the leading pack.

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    6. Gartner highlights gap between enterprise cloud adoption expectations and reality

      Market watcher claims enterprise aspirations around cloud adoption are not being met.  Enterprise expectations about how fast they can start moving applications and workloads off-premises could be too high, according to research firm Gartner.  The warning follows the market watcher’s prediction that the public cloud services market will grow by 17.2% in 2016 to $208.6bn, up from $178bn last year. The Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) market, of which Amazon Web Services, Microsoft and Google are all major participants, will account for most of this, with Gartner predicting growth in the region of 42.8%.

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    7. Barclays uses blockchain for trade finance transactions

      Barclays Bank has successfully tested the use of blockchain technology to complete a large trade finance agreement, which promises huge efficiencies. Barclays and Wave completed what they described as a “world first” by using blockchain technology to handle the documentation to approve the fund transaction, which was made through the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (Swift).

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    8. Mobile device use feeds card fraud in Asean region

      Card fraud rates are on the rise in Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), mirroring a global trend, a study has found. Users of smartphones and tablets in the region need to be educated on security.There was a clear correlation between risky consumer behaviour and fraud, with the overall risk of fraud rising due to a global increase in smartphone and tablet use.

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    9. Global public cloud spend set to double by 2020

      According to the analyst house’s Worldwide Semi-annual Public Cloud Services Spending Guide, the revenue generated by the public cloud services market will hit $195bn in 2020, up from $96.5bn this year. Benjamin McGrath, senior research analyst for software as a service (SaaS) at IDC, said the next five years would see the use of public cloud software explode in the enterprise.

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    10. Gap between biggest and smallest cloud infrastructure firms is growing

      Synergy Research Group's second-quarter cloud infrastructure services tracker reveals that the gap between the market's biggest and smallest players is getting wider. Its data shows that the “big four (Amazon, Google, IBM and Microsoft ) ” are already much larger and growing more quickly than their nearest competitors, which include Oracle, Rackspace, Salesforce, HPE and Fujitsu.

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    11. Hacker attacks following Verizon purchase of Yahoo

      Reports on the web suggest that a hacker called Peace, believed to have previously been part of a Russian hacking syndicate, is selling Yahoo user account details for £1,380, using bitcoin. While some observers have said the stolen login details are relatively old, dating back to 2012, many users do not change their password and login details and often use the same login across multiple web and social media sites.

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    12. Skills gap leaves firms at risk from cyber attacks

      Firms are becoming increasingly vulnerable as a result of employees lacking necessary IT security skills. Research shows a skills shortage in the security space is leaving firms exposed to cyber attacks, with 34% of firms planning to increase their staff to respond to threats they are facing. In response to increasing cyber security threats, some firms are also employing a chief information security officer (CISO) to manage IT security processes.

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