Let's start with our special feature on serverless computing. According to a Tech Pro Research survey, 47% of respondents currently use serverless computing services, while 9% plan to use the services within the next six months. Current users are taking advantage of the services for web app development, business logic, database changes, batch jobs or scheduled tasks, IoT, and multimedia processing.
Spending on cloud computing infrastructure continues to grow at a furious pace. Global cloud infrastructure services market grew 42% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2019 with Amazon Web Services (AWS) making the biggest gain in dollar terms with sales up by $2.3 billion (41%) on Q1 2018, according to data from tech analyst firm Canalys.
A market growing at 42% year on year (although slightly slower than the 46% growth in Q4 of last year) is pretty remarkable. But according to Canalys, the battle for enterprise customers will intensify this year as the big cloud vendors seek to maintain that growth. Many businesses have already finished moving easy-to-shift applications to the cloud, and are maturing their approach to cloud computing.
Over half (54%) IT and business leaders at communications service providers (CSPs) are either 'Well along in pilot testing and trials' (28%) or 'Moving rapidly toward commercial deployment' (26%). The vast majority (94%) of respondents expect growth in network traffic to significantly increase security and reliability concerns for 5G networks. Heading up those security concerns is advanced DDoS protection to address larger and more sophisticated attacks.
In the survey from A10 Networks, conducted by the Business Performance Innovation (BPI) Network, 66% of CSPs said they planned to launch commercial 5G services in advance of the final 3GPP Rel 16 standard that will cover use cases like connected cars, smart factories, enterprise and private networks, and public safety.
Researcher IDC's worldwide quarterly mobile phone tracker report showed that Huawei had an astonishing 50% growth in shipments over 2018. More generally, first quarter 2019 results reveal that smartphone shipment volumes are down 6.6% compared to 2018. Four of the top six companies show declining results, but Huawei excelled.
However, Google's decision to suspend Huawei's use of some parts of the Android operating system will send shockwaves through the smartphone market. Huawei is the second biggest smartphone maker but relies on the Android operating system, which is effectively run by Google, as the engine of its devices.
For more see: Google suspends Android support for Huawei
Demand for tech staff who specialise in cybersecurity is increasing rapidly, with a 15 percent increase in job ads for workers with this skill set between 2017 and 2018. While IT security specialist is the role most advertised, at £45,722, it's not the highest paying of the top five jobs; IT auditor with an average salary, at £58,328, is the top payer, reports recruiter Indeed.
Salesforce's new Enterprise Technology Trends report shows that on average only 24% of IT leaders describe their staffs' skills on a given topic as advanced, with the biggest gaps occurring in AI, voice, and blockchain. To avoid persistent skill shortages, IT leaders must develop strategies to keep up with the evolving requirements of the new wave of AI.
Looking ahead, the Salesforce report shows that AI adoption is projected to grow by 95% over the next two years. In short, AI is changing the rules of business, so it's imperative that companies prepare now for its impact on every element of their industry and workforce if they are not to fall behind.
Lenovo delivered a positive set of financial results for the latest quarter and fiscal year. With $38.5 billion out of its $51bn revenue for FY18/19 coming from the PC and Smart Devices (PCSD) group, it's clear that, for now, Lenovo remains primarily a PC company. The remaining 25 percent of revenue is evenly split between the Mobile Business Group (MBG) and the Data Centre Group (DCG).
Alibaba's cloud computing revenue in its fiscal fourth quarter was $1.15 billion, up 76% from a year ago, as customers spent more on new services. The results from the company highlight how it is gaining share in Asia. Alibaba said its cloud user it has more than half the A-share listed companies in China as customer.