New research from Information Services Group (ISG) (Nasdaq: III), a leading global technology research and advisory firm, finds enterprises are rapidly accelerating their adoption of cloud computing using a hybrid, multi-cloud approach, with most enterprises pushing to move the majority of their applications into software-as-a-service (SaaS) offerings as quickly as 2021.
The new ISG Insights Enterprise Cloud Transformation Report is based on a survey of more than 300 enterprise IT decision-makers in the U.S. and Europe that asked about their cloud operations, adoption and expectations for the future. On average, enterprises are using two different public cloud infrastructure vendors for their applications, the study finds, in addition to a complement of SaaS vendors.
“Our research shows the overwhelming majority of enterprise IT decision-makers run their applications in a hybrid mode, with some workloads in the public cloud and others in private data centers,” said Chris Germann, partner, ISG Enterprise Research. “Interestingly, most of those same IT professionals expect the majority of their workloads will be running in software-as-a-service environments by 2021. This will relieve enterprises of the burden of maintaining core business applications and give them access to constantly updated vendor offerings, but they will need to manage applications in a spectrum of environments – from on-premises to SaaS – during the transition.”
The report found companies today are distributing their applications portfolios across traditional environments, on-premises private clouds, hosted private clouds, colocation facilities and public cloud infrastructure, and are in the process of adopting the latest public cloud services. Sixty-five percent of IT leaders say their firms are piloting cloud database services and 72 percent say they are planning to use cloud-based blockchain services.
However, more than 70 percent of IT leaders indicate they will not change their application architecture or hosting model before 2021 for key systems of record, such as accounting and financial software, meaning new cloud services and applications will be expected to mesh with legacy systems already in place.
“By using cloud-based applications, companies are making decisions on the technologies they plan to use for a long time, even though those choices in many cases are not part of a strategic plan,” Germann said. “Without a thoughtful approach to workload transformation and migration to cloud, enterprises will increase the cost of cloud integration and saddle themselves with tools or software that can negatively impact the business value of their new infrastructure.”
Less than six percent of enterprises surveyed by ISG agreed or strongly agreed that they have a Cloud Entry Framework (CEF), which lays the foundation for how, when and where different applications will migrate to the cloud. Less than one percent said a CEF is very or extremely important for their business, revealing a potential vulnerability for enterprises that do not take the time to fully understand the potential, long-term implications of cloud migration.
When adopting public cloud services, enterprises must balance business needs with a robust and adaptable technology platform, Germann said. “IT leaders need to control adoption of new services to avoid cloud sprawl, while allowing teams the flexibility to take advantage of new and powerful hybrid architectures,” he said. “One of the most underappreciated strategies is a Cloud Entry Framework to provide clarity for long-term cloud adoption.”
ISG Insights provides proprietary research, advisory consulting and executive event services focused on market trends and disruptive technologies driving change in business computing. To view an abbreviated executive summary of the ISG Insights Enterprise Cloud Transformation Report, visit this webpage. To learn more about ISG Insights, please visit the ISG Insights Research page on the ISG website or contact ISG.
SOURCE Information Services Group, Inc.
CICC Upgrades Wealth Management Strategy and Officially Launches “CICC Wealth Management” Brand
China International Capital Corporation Limited (CICC and “the Company”, 3908.HK) has just held the CICC Wealth Management Strategy Upgrade Conference 2019 in Shenzhen today under the theme of “Building Our Future through Partnerships, Achieving Life Goals to the Fullest” and announced the official launch of its wealth management brand “CICC Wealth Management”. More than 700 guests were invited, including government officials, regulatory authorities, customer representatives, shareholder representatives and employee representatives.
The Unified Brand “CICC Wealth Management” Officially Launched
Providing wealth management service for individuals is one of the important strategies of CICC. In 2007, CICC took the lead in providing wealth management services under the international standards. In 2016, CICC announced the restructuring with China Investment Securities Company Limited (CISC), which became an important starting point for the transformation and upgrading of CICC’s wealth management business. This restructuring has resulted in the further upgrade of CICC’s wealth management and retail brokerage business platform. By merging CISC’s extensive customer base and nationwide branch network, CICC’s strength in brand, research, products and prime brokerage business have been brought into full play.
This time, CICC has integrated the former “CICC Wealth Management” brand, with CISC’s wealth management and brokerage sub-brands, such as “CISC Gold” and “CISC Mobile” to launch the new unified brand “CICC Wealth Management”. It marks the comprehensive integration of the two platforms, and it is another milestone of the strategic transformation of CICC’s wealth management business.
With 12 years experience, CICC Wealth Management has become a leading wealth management institution in domestic market and has obtained many prizes from media. By taking advantage of the reform in Shenzhen and the restructuring of China Southern Securities, CISC has accumulated abundant experiences in the retail brokerage industry through more than 20 years, and has acquired strong industry position and impact.
After the brand integration, with its high-quality and professional wealth advisor team, its ability to provide solutions under international standards, its close interaction with other business divisions such as Investment Banking, Asset Management, Research and its strong technological platforms, CICC Wealth Management will provide its clients with a full-chain, one-stop and multidimensional platform, which offers more efficient, globalized and integrated trading, investment management, financing services, as well as a set of comprehensive solutions with the cooperation between wealth management and other business segments of CICC such as Investment Banking.
CICC Wealth Management will adhere to its faith of always putting its clients as priorities, persist on the model of wealth management from the buy-side perspective and dedicate itself to thoroughly understanding its clients’ needs and wants, helping its clients with professional investment advices, executing and keeping track of those investment plans religiously and trying to establish long-term trusting relationships with its clients. During this strategy upgrade conference, CICC launched “CICC Wealth Planning”, “CICC Wealth Management China Top 50 Private Account Service” and “CICC Global Family Office” which are close to advanced international market solutions. With leading professional standards, profound understanding of market policies and global visions, CICC provides life-long wealth planning for its clients, as well as asset allocation products and solutions.
Besides, CICC Wealth Management has been actively embracing the digital transformation and has made it step into the FinTech industry. Recently, CICC announced that the Company entered into a shareholders’ agreement with Tencent Digital (Shenzhen) Limited, an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Tencent Holdings Limited, pursuant to which the parties agreed to establish a technological joint venture. The technological joint venture is proposed to, through providing technological platform development and digitalized operational support services, facilitate the company’s wealth management, retail brokerage and other businesses to provide more convenient, intelligent and differentiated wealth management solutions, enhance the service efficiency of investment advisor, optimize precision marketing and strengthen compliance and risk control. The technological joint venture is expected to drive the accelerated transformation and scalable development of the Company’s wealth management business with digital and FinTech capabilities.
With sufficient experience in the Chinese market and always evaluating itself with global standards, CICC Wealth Management aims to build up a platform to satisfy its clients’ needs in their businesses, families and personal development comprehensively. By launching its official brand “CICC Wealth management”, imposing on its strategy upgrade and getting involved in the FinTech industry, CICC has implemented its best practices within the recent couple years to strengthen its wealth management service.
Looking into the Future
In the future, as the unified platform of CICC’s wealth management and retail brokerage business, CICC Wealth Management will continue to follow its core values of “Clients First”, “Integrity as Foundation” and “Chinese Roots and International Reach.” Adhering to our buy-side thinking and putting our clients’ interests as our priorities, we will keep on providing professional wealth management solutions to our clients under global standards and with the high quality resources from CICC’s investment banking, private equity, asset management, research and other business.
SOURCE China International Capital Corporation Limited
IWFCIM & IBVM – championing efforts to incorporate sustainable business practices among entrepreneurs and promoting blockchain tech for supply chains
International Women’s Federation of Commerce and Industry Malaysia (IWFCIM) and Infinity Blockchain Ventures (IBV) has jointly organised the Blockchain and Fashion (BCF): Growing Local Industry Through Sustainable Fashion at the Black Box, Publika on October 15th, 2019 in conjunction with the Malaysia Fashion Week.
With the theme of Growing Local Industry Through Sustainable Fashion, BCF brings together iconic people from the sustainable fashion market and technology providers to showcase how blockchain’s transparency and traceability functions.
Dato’ Elaine Teh, President, IWFCIM, expressed her excitement on the opportunities available for entrepreneurs today: “The advent of technology enables companies to seamlessly integrate complex capabilities that can trace the whole journey of their products from farm to garment. That represents a whole new meaning to sustainability as consumers can now make smart choices on their purchases based on the information available.”
Biji-biji, one of the leading sustainable fashion players, showcased its product, the Merak Banner tote bag. Using the solution from WowTrace, it enables consumers to check and validate the origin of the product, what it is made of, when it is made — at every stage of the supply chain.
Malaysia’s leading technology visionary, Datuk Yasmin Mahmood, CEO, FutureReady Consulting Sdn Bhd says that, “The ABCD technology is embedded in our social fabric today. Specifically, with blockchain, we have arrived at an exciting time, where two-pronged goals are met. Firstly, we can have local industries and communities thrive as their artisan work, culture, heritage and rights can be protected. Secondly, it helps industries and SMEs immensely in integrating the Sustainable Development Goal as part of their strategic focus.”
“Sustainability is crucial in order to preserve the future. Through new technologies like blockchain, it can further enhance product traceability and can bring a whole new meaning to the term ‘ethically sourced‘“, cite Cris D. Tran, Regional Head, Infinity Blockchain Ventures.
IBV has a full suite of blockchain solution offerings to support the local entrepreneurs by providing opportunities to learn more about blockchain technology. IBV believes that Malaysia has the potential of having successful blockchain technology implementations due to its diverse market and strong infrastructure. They are also currently working with local players to train more Malaysian blockchain developers to further support the growth of blockchain technology within the market.
SOURCE Infinity Blockchain Ventures
Kakao’s Klaytn Welcomes 8 New Blockchain Application Partners
Klaytn, the leading blockchain project led by the South Korean Internet giant Kakao, today announced that 8 new blockchain projects have joined Klaytn as service partners to further developments in bringing mass blockchain adoption globally.
Dedicated to building readily usable blockchain-powered services, Klaytn is partnering with promising blockchain projects in various industry domains with massive global user base. More than a dozen of its partners that earlier joined Klaytn have already launched blockchain services, while others are set to open until early next year.
Operated by Korea’s art promotion initiative ‘ARTWA Platform,’ ‘STARTnet’ is a social commerce-based art platform committed to fostering new artists and innovating the art industry. It seeks to create a transparent art market by equipping the artists with the right to protect their own artworks. It also provides friendly art services and curations that anybody can enjoy.
Developed by Korea’s big data-based social media platform ‘0.8L,’ ‘LITER’ will also be operated through Klaytn. By applying the blockchain-powered incentive mechanism to its over 600,000 existing global users, LITER will offer fair rewards for reviews of the products and services.
‘GoodMorning’ is a marketing and data distribution platform that adds commercial value and creates trust index to various information and social networks owned by individual users.
A blockchain-based logistics service, ‘Dkargo’ has also released its plan to collaborate with Klaytn. By incorporating new mobility services beyond the existing freight transport, Dkargo seeks to create an efficient network and expand the entire logistics industry.
Other notable industry partners include ‘LOON,’ the blockchain-based healthcare service focused on women’s physiological health; ‘Monopoly,’ the platform that provides investment information for collectibles market including art, wine, and jewelry; ‘Spl.yt,’ the decentralized e-commerce protocol for global inventory and affiliate marketing system across marketplaces; and, ‘TUNE Token,’ the smart contract design service for the U.S.-based award winning music platform ‘Cre8tor.app,’ which rewards all stakeholders in the creation and distribution of music while providing a transparent royalty system.
“Klaytn is partnering with successful firms that have developed and operated services accruing millions of users, and the collaboration will contribute to building a user-friendly blockchain service,” said Jason Han, the CEO of Ground X, heading the development and operation of Klaytn. He added, “Together with service partners, Klaytn will take the blockchain industry to the next level by focusing on creating meaningful real use-cases, which stands as the next key challenge in our industry.”
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