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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. Google cloud platform heats up the cloud market in Asia

      Google is opening up the Southeast Asian market to its range of cloud products with a new product range and a datacentre in Singapore. In early October, the internet giant announced Google Cloud products, technologies and services. Google will build nine new datacentres by 2017, with four in Asia-Pacific (Apac), including Singapore. Currently, its only operational datacentre in Asia is in Taiwan. Organisations using cloud service often demand that software and data is locally stored. 

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    5. Security Think Tank: Back up risk assessment with broker advice on cyber insurance

      The starting point for organisations considering cyber insurance is to conduct an information risk assessment. Once risks have been identified and assessed, treatment options can be investigated. Organisations may choose to mitigate, avoid or accept some of the assessed risks. If, however, transference is chosen to treat other assessed risks, then cyber insurance can be an option.

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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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