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densify survey finds many enterprises fail to manage cloud spending


1 of 12why enterprises don't know how much they spend on cloud services public cloud services continue to gain traction in enterprises, thanks in no small part to features that can improve reduce internal data center costs and improve productivity. but a new study from cloud services provider densify has found that far too many companies are likely overspending on the public cloud. worse yet, corporate cloud managers lack confidence in their abilities to adequately manage their cloud deployments and there’s a sense that companies are overpaying for services although they aren't even sure how much they are paying for those services. this side show will discuss densify’s findings in its survey of 200 “cloud infrastructure professionals” and why companies using public cloud services need to d






ri $27.3 million over budget on social services spending


providence, r.i. (ap) — state budget officials say rhode island is about $27.3 million over budget on social services spending this year.the providence journal reports the state is expected to be $29.3 million over budget by the time the fiscal year ends june 30.the state senate fiscal adviser says part of the spending increase is due to congress ending the federal children’s health insurance program, which assists pregnant women and children.the state has also seen an increase in medicaid enrollment this fall to 303,000 people — about 5,600 more cases than officials projected in may.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeksdocuments show higher enrollment has pushed the state’s total estimated spending on social services this year to $2.5 billion, with the state’s share at






iot spending to surpass $800 billion in 2017, led by hardware: idc


research firm idc has released updated spending estimates for the internet of things. overall, idc expects iot spending to grow 16.7 percent year-over-year in 2017, reaching just over $800 billion. what's hot on zdnetby 2021, global iot spending is expected to total nearly $1.4 trillion, led by enterprise investments iot hardware, software, services, and connectivity.breaking down use cases, idc says manufacturing, freight monitoring and production asset management will attract the largest investments. smart grid technologies for electricity, gas, and water, and smart building technologies are also expected to see significant investment gains this year. long tail, investments in smart home technologies will jump over the next five years, as well as airport facilities automation, electric v






iot spending to surpass $800 billion in 2017, led by hardware: idc


research firm idc has released updated spending estimates for the internet of things. overall, idc expects iot spending to grow 16.7 percent year-over-year in 2017, reaching just over $800 billion. what's hot on zdnetby 2021, global iot spending is expected to total nearly $1.4 trillion, led by enterprise investments iot hardware, software, services, and connectivity.breaking down use cases, idc says manufacturing, freight monitoring and production asset management will attract the largest investments. smart grid technologies for electricity, gas and water, and smart building technologies are also expected to see significant investment gains this year. long tail, investments in smart home technologies will jump over the next five years, as well as airport facilities automation, electric ve






cloud is cheaper than vms and containers for most new applications


all signs point to rising cloud adoption for enterprises, and with it, increasing spending on the cloud, according to mary meeker's 2017 internet trends report. cloud spending is poised to outpace spending on data centers, techrepublic has reported. and recent forrester research shows that global spending on cloud services could each $236 billion by 2020. on thursday, 451 research compared serverless cloud options according to pricing, in a first-of-its kind analysis. the main takeaway? cloud spending will cost companies less than virtual machines and containers. here are the big takeaways:serverless is cheaper than virtual machines (vms). for most applications, the cost of ownership is less for cloud services. the reasoning is that developers do not need to "provision, configure, and mana






public cloud services show no sign of slowing down, set to hit $236 billion by 2


it's no secret that cloud adoption for the enterprise is a booming business. mary meeker's 2017 internet trends report predicted increases in both private and public cloud spending, and that it's positioned to catch up to spending on data centers, according to techrepublic's conner forrest. a recent report from forrester, titled forrester data: cloud security solutions forecast, 2016 to 2021 (global), supports these claims. according to the report, global cloud services revenues have grown by 30% over the last two years, from $68 to $114 billion in 2016—and the report predicts that the public cloud services market will reach $236 billion by 2020. with increased spending on cloud services also comes increased concerns over securing data. forrester research found more than 50% of security le






public cloud services show no sign of slowing down, set to hit $236 billion by 2


it's no secret that cloud adoption for the enterprise is a booming business. mary meeker's 2017 internet trends report predicted increases in both private and public cloud spending, and that it's positioned to catch up to spending on data centers, according to techrepublic's conner forrest. a recent report from forrester, titled forrester data: cloud security solutions forecast, 2016 to 2021 (global), supports these claims. according to the report, global cloud services revenues have grown by 30% over the last two years, from $68 to $114 billion in 2016—and the report predicts that the public cloud services market will reach $236 billion by 2020. with increased spending on cloud services also comes increased concerns over securing data. forrester research found more than 50% of security le






garter reports software, it services spending continuing to soar


1 of 12gartner finds it industry on track for strong growth in 2018, 2019 as it does each year, the gartner research firm has examined the it industry’s performance for the year that just ended and projects out over the next two years to see how the business will evolve. gartner’s findings, released 16, indicate it industry is on solid footing and will likely continue on a path for year-over-year growth in 2018 and 2019. this is due in large part to continuing success in the enormous communications services industry and decisive influence it has over the rest of the it industry. it also helped it services and enterprise software sales continue to soar. but even with all the good news gartner wondered whether a possible global recession or the turmoil over brexit in europe might derail what






cloud spend to outpace overall it investment, report finds


image: istockphoto/vovan13 enterprise it spending in cloud and hosted services will outpace the growth of general it spending by 25.8% to 12%, according to a recent report from 451 research. 451 research's voice of the enterprise: hosting & cloud managed services was built on data from roughly 1,000 surveys completed by it and cloud decision-makers worldwide, combined with 20 in-depth phone interviews. bumps in cloud spending existed in almost all verticals, and across small, medium, and large companies. the trend was pronounced in large businesses, however, which expected their budget to grow by 33%. of those surveyed, 88% expect that their hosting and cloud budgets will see an increase in 2017 versus what they spent in the year prior. however, only 70% of respondents said that they would






it spending will increase to $2.4 trillion in 2017: idc


it spending is expected to climb 3.5 percent above 2016 to reach $2.4 trillion this year, according to a report from idc. what's on zdnetthe research firm expects the bulk of it spending to come from the discrete manufacturing and banking verticals. combined, these industries will generate roughly 30 percent of all it revenues throughout the forecast. significant spending will also come from the telecom industry as well federal/central government agencies.healthcare remains the fastest growing vertical industry over the forecast period, along with banking, media, and professional services. in terms of size, over 45 percent of it spending will come from enterprises with more than 1,000 employees. the smb category will account for roughly one quarter of all it spending, but that figure could






nifa to nassau county: cut $100 million in spending


the state monitoring board that controls nassau’s finances will require the county to cut about $100 million in spending in its 2018 budget to close a projected budget deficit.officials in the administration of nassau county executive edward mangano said the cuts would require the “elimination of important services” and “force massive layoffs.”most popularthe nassau interim finance authority board told eric naughton, nassau’s deputy county executive for finance, in a letter on may 30 that county departments must submit “detailed plans” in the next 45 days to reduce annual spending by 7 percent from 2017 levels.the county plan must detail programs and services, along with full or part-time positions that will be eliminated or scaled back to reduce spending before mangano submits his 2018 bu






public cloud services show no sign of slowing down, set to hit $236 billion by 2


it's no secret that cloud adoption for the enterprise is a booming business. mary meeker's 2017 internet trends report predicted increases in both private and public cloud spending, and that it's positioned to catch up to spending on data centers, according to techrepublic's conner forrest. a recent report from forrester, titled forrester data: cloud security solutions forecast, 2016 to 2021 (global), supports these claims. according to the report, global cloud services revenues have grown by 30% over the last two years, from $68 to $114 billion in 2016—and the report predicts that the public cloud services market will reach $236 billion by 2020. see: learn cloud computing from scratch (techrepublic academy)with increased spending on cloud services also comes increased concerns over securi






it spending will increase to $2.4 trillion in 2017: idc


it spending is expected to climb 3.5 percent above 2016 to reach $2.4 trillion this year, according to a report from idc. what's on zdnetthe research firm expects the bulk of it spending to come from the discrete manufacturing and banking verticals. combined, these industries will generate roughly 30 percent of all it revenues throughout the forecast. significant spending will also come from the telecom industry as well federal/central government agencies.healthcare remains the fastest growing vertical industry over the forecast period, along with banking, media, and professional services. in terms of size, over 45 percent of it spending will come from enterprises with more than 1,000 employees. the smb category will account for roughly one quarter of all it spending, but that figure could






liberal ‘wonk’ tries to pretend democrats didn’t cap medicare spending


here’s a policy riddle for you: when is a spending cap not a spending cap? the answer: when a liberal finds it politically inconvenient.during the confirmation hearing for health and human services secretary-designee alex azar, a staffer for the liberal center for budget and policy priorities tweeted that azar supported capping medicaid. i noted that meant he supported capping medicaid spending like the caps democrats enacted as part of obamacare—and that’s when the fun began.first came an attempt at pleading ignorance:then i pointed out that section 3403 of obamacare charges the independent payment advisory board (ipab) with enforcing a cap on per-beneficiary spending in medicare. she responded by saying that ipab contains restrictions on “rationing health care, raising medicare’s premium






cognitive and artificial intelligence spending expected to surge through 2020, s


special feature how to implement ai and machine learning the next wave of it innovation will be powered by artificial intelligence and machine learning. we look at the ways companies can take advantage of it and how to get started. revenue for cognitive and artificial intelligence systems will hit $12.5 billion in 2017, up 59.3 percent from a year ago, according to idc. through 2020, these ai systems will top $46 billion, up 54.4 percent on a compound annual growth rate. the biggest portion of that spending in 2017 will go to cognitive applications. idc projects 2017 spending of $4.5 billion for the year. cognitive and ai software platforms with tools to organize, access and analyze data will see spending of $2.5 billion. meanwhile, services attached to rolling out cognitive and ai service






are budget-slashing days numbered? americans' support for government spending on


for the first time in years, almost as many americans want more government spending as those who prefer less, according to a new study released monday.the survey from pew research comes as congress and president trump face a possible government shutdown this week over government spending levels.after years of republican-led attempts to slash federal spending, the study shows an emerging shift in americans' attitudes in recent months.now, 48% of americans prefer increased spending and 45% favor less, a narrowing not seen since then-president obama was elected in 2008.that's a seven-point difference from september, when 50% wanted fewer government services and 41% wanted more.support for increased spending was found among 14 government programs surveyed but was particularly high for expendit






seattle grapples with homelessness, legal spending in mayor burgess’ budget


seattle mayor tim burgess proposed a 2018 budget monday that would boost money for homeless services and respond to a surge in spending on claims and lawsuits against the city.seattle would again boost its spending to combat homelessness under a proposed 2018 budget mayor tim burgess delivered monday to the city council.the package calls for spending $63 million on homeless services next year, up from about $61 million this year and $39 million as recently as four years ago.the council is expected to make changes to the budget before voting on it nov. 20.“the dramatic rise in homelessness that has accompanied our recent, rapid growth is troubling to all of us,” burgess said in a speech to the council and others at city hall. “it is a challenge to the conscience to see so many fellow seattl






top general on congress' failure on budget: malpractice


washington — the army's chief of staff says congress is committing professional malpractice by failing to pass a defense spending bill for the current fiscal year.gen. mark milley and the chiefs of the other military services are testifying wednesday before the house armed services committee.the four-star officers are telling the committee they would have to significantly curtail combat operations and training if republicans and democrats fail to end their bickering over the federal budget and approve only a stopgap spending measure.the stopgap bills lock the pentagon's budget in at last year's level. that bars military services from starting new programs or ending old ones. the measures are called "continuing resolutions."milley bristled when rep. susan davis of california suggested conti






health care is so expensive because you don't pay for it yourself


almost everyone involved in health care will tell you that the greatest problem in our system is that we pay on a fee-for-service basis. almost everyone is wrong.the logic is obvious: paying a fee for a service encourages providers to get more fees by providing more services. ergo, we consume too much and spend too much. ipso facto, getting rid of fee-for-service would result in fewer services and less spending. case closed.well, maybe not. in fact, almost everything we do in the course of our economic lives, we do on a fee-for-service basis. when we go to the movies, get our oil changed, have our roof replaced, buy a computer, get a haircut, hire a babysitter, buy a steak dinner, get someone to do our taxes or defend us in a suit, we do it on a fee-for-service basis. none of it is particu






gov’t report: us health care tab hit $3.3t in 2016


washington (ap) — the government says u.s. health care spending reached $3.3 trillion last year, which averages out to $10,348 for every man, woman, and child.the 4.3 percent annual increase actually represented slower growth than in 2015, but health care spending still grew faster than the economy. health care accounted for 17.9 percent of the economy in 2016.wednesday’s update comes from the office of the actuary, an economic analysis unit of the health and human services department.hospitals accounted for more than 30 percent of spending, clinicians represented 20 percent, and prescription drugs accounted for 10 percent.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.most of the cost is for the sickest people, with 5 percent of the population accounting for about half the spen






nifa to nassau county: cut $100 million in spending


advertisement | advertise on newsdaynassau county executive edward mangano at a meeting on may 11, 2017, in bethpage. officials in mangano's administration have said that nifa's requirement that the county cut about $100 million in spending in its 2018 budget would require the "elimination of important services" and "force massive layoffs." (credit: howard schnapp) the state monitoring board that controls nassau’s finances will require the county to cut about $100 million in spending in its 2018 budget to close a projected budget deficit.officials in the administration of nassau county executive edward mangano said the cuts would require the “elimination of important services” and “force massive layoffs.”the nassau interim finance authority board...






us report: trend of rising health care spending back to stay


washington (ap) — government experts say the nation’s problem with rising health care spending is back and here to stay.wednesday’s report from nonpartisan experts at health and human services concludes that health care spending will claim a growing share of national resources for the foreseeable future, regardless of what president donald trump and congress do with the obama-era health law.health care will grow at an annual average of 5.6 percent from 2016-2025, outpacing expected economic growth. now $3.5 trillion, the nation’s health care tab will increase to nearly $5.5 trillion in 2025, accounting for about one-fifth of the economy. that puts a squeeze on other priorities, such as infrastructure improvement.accelerating spending is due to fundamentals such as rising prices for treatme






house plans vote on bill to end health care exchange


st. paul, minn. — the house plans to take up a $14.3 billion social services bill that would end the state's health care exchange and send minnesota residents to the federal marketplace instead.the bill to be heard friday increases spending by nearly $2 billion compared to the last two years. but that increase wouldn't keep pace with rising costs, and the bill would cut spending by $600 million.republicans say that the growing cost of health care in the state is unsustainable and their bill attempts to rein in some of those costs.but democrats fear the cuts will be too painful. they say that child care, home visits by health professionals and services for the elderly are already stretched too thin to weather cuts.






why cloud services became the ‘new normal’ in 2017


new it market data released jan. 4 by synergy research group shows that across six key cloud services and infrastructure market segments, operator and vendor revenues for the four quarters ending september 2017 reached $180 billion, having grown by 24 percent on an annualized basis.iaas (infrastructure as a service) and paas (platform as a service) had the highest growth rate at 47 percent, followed by enterprise saas (software as a service) at 31 percent and hosted private cloud infrastructure services at 30 percent.2016 was notable as the year in which enterprise spending on cloud services overtook that of hardware and software used to build public and private clouds, synergy said. in 2017, the gap widened. in aggregate, cloud service markets are now growing more than three times faster






minn. house passes bill to end health care exchange


st. paul, minn. — the house has approved a $14.3 billion social services bill that would end the state's health care exchange and send minnesota residents to the federal marketplace instead.the bill passed 74-53 on friday, largely along party lines. the bill increases spending by nearly $2 billion compared to the last two years, but that increase wouldn't keep pace with rising costs, and the bill would cut spending by $600 million.republicans say that the growing cost of health care in the state is unsustainable and their bill attempts to rein in some of those costs.but democrats fear the cuts will be too painful. they say that child care, home visits by health professionals and services for the elderly are already stretched too thin to weather cuts.






10 key findings from the gartner worldwide it spending forecast


1 of 12gartner it spending report finds server vendors losing sales to cloud the worldwide it market is set for growth this year and next after coming off a relatively quiet 2016, according to new data from research firm gartner. the company, which releases regular updates on the it market’s status, believes the industry will grow 1.4 percent this year, up from the 0.4 percent growth rate it mustered in 2016. gartner also predicts the it industry’s revenue will jump nearly 3 percent year over year in 2018. still, there are some challenges, including a stronger-than-expected dollar and some weakness in the communications services business. plus, traditional server vendors are losing ground to major cloud server providers. read on for more from the latest gartner worldwide it spending foreca






trump vows offsetting spending cuts as he seeks to beef up defense


president donald trump on monday said he would propose a budget that would ramp up spending on defense, but seek savings elsewhere to pay for it.“we’re going to do more with less and make the government lean and accountable,” trump said in a meeting with governors in which he said he planned to propose a substantial increase in public safety spending.trump also said he would talk about his plans for infrastructure spending in a speech to congress on tuesday. “we’re going to start spending on infrastructure big,” he said.(reporting by steve holland; writing by tim ahmann; editing by david alexander)






arkansas sees increase in medicaid spending


little rock, ark. (ap) — spending on arkansas’ expanded medicaid program grew by nearly 24 percent last fiscal year, an increase that officials attribute to higher-than-expected enrollment.the arkansas democrat-gazette reports that spending increase exceeded what state officials initially estimated by about $200 million. but despite the surge in overall cost, arkansas spent about $5 million below what the state had projected.data from the arkansas department of human services shows the state paid more than $38 million of the overall cost, which came to $1.9 billion.spending on the traditional medicaid program, which covers low-income families and elderly people, also saw an increase of 4.3 percent.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.gov. asa hutchinson said in a state






snap commits to spending $1b with aws


snap inc, the parent company of the messaging app snapchat, is committing to spend $1 billion with amazon web services over the next five years, the company noted in an amended securities and exchange commission filing. additionally, the company noted it may invest in building its own infrastructure in the future.when snap filed for ipo last week, its filing suggested the company would go all in with google cloud. the company is committed to spending $2 billion with google cloud over five years. the amended filing notes that snap will use aws for "redundant infrastructure support of our business operations." the company first started using aws cloud services in march 2016. its new payments to aws are slated to increase over the next five years: they've committed to paying amazon $50 millio






why a government shutdown is possible this week, explained


congress now has less than five days — basically the work week — to put together a spending bill that would keep the government from shutting down, and president trump’s wall, divisions over health care reform and a few other factors are making it difficult.the deadline to pass a spending bill is midnight on friday, meaning pressure will mount each day this week in washington. the republican majority needs at least some democrats in congress to help approve their plan, so capitol hill is full of clashes over trump’s campaign promises, party politics and other complex issues.here’s what you need to know about the possible government shutdown.what would a government shutdown look like?in this photo taken feb. 28, 2017, a flag flies on capitol hill in washington.ap photo/susan walshin this ph






hunter's campaign pays new lawyers amid federal investigation


rep. duncan hunter’s campaign paid about $69,000 for legal services from three firms in the first quarter of this year, amid a federal criminal investigation into his campaign spending, according to a new report on file with the federal election commission.the report is the campaign’s first disclosure for the 2018 election cycle. it is also the first report the campaign has filed since the u.s. house committee on ethics announced in march that it was holding off on its potential probe into hunter’s campaign spending at the request of the department of justice.last year hunter, r-alpine, reimbursed his campaign some $62,000 for expenses it identified as personal, mistaken or insufficiently documented.the repayments came after the fec and the san diego union-tribune started questioning unusu






hunter's campaign pays new lawyers amid federal investigation


rep. duncan hunter’s campaign paid about $69,000 for legal services from three firms in the first quarter of this year, amid a federal criminal investigation into his campaign spending, according to a new report on file with the federal election commission.the report is the campaign’s first disclosure for the 2018 election cycle. it is also the first report the campaign has filed since the u.s. house committee on ethics announced in march that it was holding off on its potential probe into hunter’s campaign spending at the request of the department of justice.last year hunter, r-alpine, reimbursed his campaign some $62,000 for expenses it identified as personal, mistaken or insufficiently documented.the repayments came after the fec and the san diego union-tribune started questioning unusu






defense bill calls climate change a national security threat


by richard lardner, the associated presswashington — the republican-led house decisively approved a defense policy bill on friday that declares climate change a national security threat, demands rigorous oversight of the pentagon’s cyber operations and rejects the trump administration’s bid to close military bases.lawmakers voted 344-81 on friday to pass the sweeping legislation. the bill authorizes $696 billion in defense spending for the 2018 fiscal year, including nearly $30 billion more for core pentagon operations than president donald trump requested.yet defense hawks pushing the hardest for the big boost in spending still face an uphill battle. for the spending increases to materialize, congress first will have to agree to roll back a 2011 law that set strict limits on military spen






preckwinkle: county has 'reached moment of truth' on budget, pop tax


update: cook county board president toni preckwinkle on thursday struck a defiant tone defending the controversial soda pop tax as she delivered her 2018 budget address, telling commissioners to back the tax or make severe cuts to county services.with a pop tax repeal vote coming in just five days, the county had “reached a moment of truth,” preckwinkle said.repealing the tax would be “a step toward cutting essential services for our residents, a step toward layoffs, a step toward the kind of fiscal uncertainty that forces us to focus on plugging short-term budget gaps instead of dedicating our intellectual capital toward finding long-term solutions,” preckwinkle said, according to prepared remarks.preckwinkle went on to note that some commissioners last year voted against the pop tax, but






virtual and augmented reality spending to reach $13.9 billion in 2017: idc


virtual reality (vr) and augmented reality (ar) are still finding a place in the mainstream technology market, but a new spending analysis from idc suggests the segment is growing much faster than what was previously thought. special feature vr and ar: the business reality virtual reality and augmented reality are going to be useful for far more than just gaming. we explore the ways the technology will be used for training, marketing, product design, and much more.the research firm put out a study today that says the ar and vr market will reach $13.9 billion in 2017, an increase of 130.5 percent over the $6.1 billion spent in 2016. what's more, ar and vr spending is expected to accelerate to a compound annual growth rate (cagr) of 198.0 percent over the 2015 to 2020 forecast period, reachi






us services firms expanded at solid but slower pace in may


washington — u.s. services companies expanded at a slightly slower pace in may compared with the previous month, a sign that modest economic growth is likely to continue.the institute for supply management, a trade group of purchasing managers, says its services index slipped last month to 56.9 from 57.5 in april. any reading above 50 indicates expansion. sales and new orders grew more slowly, while a measure of employment showed companies stepped up hiring.growth has likely picked up in the april-june quarter after a sluggish start to the year. americans are spending a bit more, which boosts services firms, such as retailers, restaurants and hotels. economists forecast growth will reach an annual pace of 3 percent, up from just 1.2 percent in the january-march quarter.






va secretary shulkin: expect boost to veterans spending


washington — veterans affairs secretary david shulkin said tuesday he expects a spending boost in president donald trump's budget for veterans programs, escaping big-time proposed cuts slated for other domestic programs.speaking at an american legion conference, shulkin also indicated to reporters that he would seek "hundreds" more exemptions to a federal hiring freeze for the department of veterans affairs."there will be an increase in resources," he said, citing rising demand for va services and a need to move quickly on a major overhaul of the department's health services to reduce long wait times."i'm confident this budget is going to reflect the president's commitment to deliver on his promise to make veterans' care better and stronger and to transform the va," shulkin said.the 57-yea






trump signs order to temporarily shut nation's door to most refugees and start '


president trump signed an executive order friday that temporarily halts the nation’s refugee program and ushers in the most sweeping changes in more than 40 years to how the u.s. welcomes the world’s most vulnerable people.the order blocks all refugees from entering the u.s. for 120 days and suspends the acceptance of refugees from war-torn syria indefinitely.“we want to ensure that we are not letting into our country the very threats that our soldiers are fighting overseas,” trump said after swearing in new defense secretary james n. mattis at the pentagon.trump also blocked visa applicants entirely from a list of countries that the administration considers of major terrorism concern, including iraq, iran, libya, somalia, sudan and yemen, until a new “extreme vetting” procedure for visa a