The time has come to look beyond asset ownership as the best way of delivering efficient and effective IT solutions, and focus more on financial management's Holy Grail of outcome-based pricing, argues Ovum's Kevin Noonan.
iiNet, Dimension Data Australia and seven more providers have been added to the whole-of-government cloud services procurement panel.
Cloud-based MYOB services now account for 67% of the company's new customer registrations across Australia and New Zealand, according to CEO Tim Reed.
Amazon Web Services has announced plans to launch a managed business email service over the AWS cloud during the next quarter.
Cloud adoption has reached a tipping point, with four in five large Australian companies using or planning to use the technology for mission-critical applications, a survey suggests.
IBM has announced an expansion of its global cloud computing network to 40 cloud centres with 12 new locations to help enterprise clients move to hybrid cloud computing.
Microsoft will start hosting its cloud-based Office 365 and Dynamics CRM suites in Australian data centres from March next year and has added more local partners to its network of providers.
Dimension Data has established the Canberra Managed Cloud Platform, purpose built for Australian Government agencies, and the Department of Finance has signed on to use it.
The NSW Government agency FRNSW has tapped IBM to deploy an as-a-service based IT delivery platform over IBM Cloud infrastructure on the dedicated NSW Government Data Centre.
The first Australian government website has been onboarded onto the dedicated govCMS platform, a Drupal-based content management system.
Telstra will host VMware's vCloud Air platform on its Australian data centres in a bid to make it easier for companies to adopt dedicated and hybrid cloud services.
Responding to recent price cuts from rivals AWS and Microsoft, Google has announced sweeping price reductions to its own cloud services while also introducing new features and enhancements.
Australian finance managers generally agree that their department's information management and analytics processes can be improved, but have so far been slow to turn to the cloud for a solution.
Data-intensive applications are stimulating spending on cloud services among Australian organisations, particularly IaaS and SaaS, according to Frost & Sullivan.
An estimated 86% of Australian companies adopted cloud in some shape or form in 2013, according to IDC. But most are doing so in piece-meal fashion, resulting in an accidental cloud architecture that makes doing business much harder and more fragmented.