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The cloud is revolutionizing how businesses create value, but only when tech organizations, and the business, understand how to use it and change how they operate.

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What every insurance leader should know about cloud

– Successful cloud migrations depend on knowing where the value for insurance lies in cloud and on business and IT working together.
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Three big moves that can decide a financial institution’s future in the cloud

– There’s big value potential in the cloud, but financial institutions with a piecemeal migration strategy may be missing... out on capturing its full value.
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Getting the most from cloud services and containers

– Containers have their place in a successful cloud strategy, but businesses shouldn’t overlook the value that CSP-specific... services can deliver.
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Cloud in China: The outlook for 2025

– What will drive China’s next wave of cloud adoption? Successful enterprises will focus not on moving to the cloud but on... using it to deliver tangible business value.
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The cloud as a strategic ecosystem for innovation and growth

– In this interview, Deutsche Börse’s chief information officer and chief operating officer explains how the company’s... ongoing cloud journey is defining its digital transformation.
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Security as code: How to embrace the cloud securely

Kate Smaje, senior partner and global leader of McKinsey Digital, and Rich Isenberg, partner at Cloud by McKinsey, are joined by Google Cloud CISO Phil Venables for a recent webinar focused on security in the cloud.
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Three elements for capturing value

Capturing the potential value that has eluded many companies requites a cloud transformation engine that is made up of three reinforcing and constantly evolving elements:
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Cloud value in cash management

– A recent webinar highlights how banks can unlock significant value and competitive advantage through cloud.
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Establishing the next-generation infrastructure organization to support hybrid cloud

– Transforming to a next-generation infrastructure model can unlock significant value.
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Top cloud myths debunked

– Companies that effectively understand and counteract common myths about cloud will derive the greatest rewards from their move.

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Cloud economics and the six most damaging mistakes to avoid

– The value potential of cloud is enormous, but only for companies that understand—and adapt to—the realities of cloud... economics.
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It’s cloud time for boards—in seven charts

– These seven charts can help boards shape their business’s cloud strategy.
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Cloud foundations: Ten commandments for faster—and more profitable—cloud migrations

– Cloud migrations flounder quickly unless organizations invest in building the right cloud foundations.
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The business value of innovation in the cloud

– In this interview, TrueBlue’s chief technology and information officer explains why migrating to the cloud was always about... far more than just technology.
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Six practical actions for building the cloud talent you need

– Despite a shortage of cloud talent, top companies are finding ways to get past table stakes and build the capabilities needed.
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The benefits of being a cloud trailblazer

– To meet an SEC demand for greater transparency, FINRA chose the road less traveled—public cloud—and reached its goals... and more at substantially lower cost.
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Boards and the cloud

– A shift to the cloud requires boards to weigh numerous implications, from the technology infrastructure to cybersecurity.
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The case for cloud in life sciences

– As cloud technology matures, life-sciences companies are generating new paths to business value beyond the cost efficiencies that... cloud migrations typically target.
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Cloud 2030: Capturing Poland’s potential for accelerated digital growth

– Widespread adoption of cloud technology across Polish companies and public institutions could generate value equivalent to 4 percent... of Poland’s annual GDP by 2030.
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Cloud-migration opportunity: Business value grows, but missteps abound

– Companies aim to embrace the cloud more fully, but many are already failing to reap the sizable rewards. Outperformers have shown... what it takes to overcome the costly hurdles.
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Cloud cost-optimization simulator

– This cloud cost-optimization simulator details the range of levers that can be used to substantially reduce costs for one illustrative... scenario of an application on the cloud.
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Fast forward: How cloud computing could transform risk management

– Cloud-based computing will provide tangible benefits for banking risk management functions, but risk leaders face significant... challenges migrating their systems and activities from on-premises to the cloud.
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Security as code: The best (and maybe only) path to securing cloud applications and systems

– Managing security as code enables companies to create value in the cloud securely.
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What payers and providers can learn from successful cloud transformations in other industries

– Cloud transformations can create value, but requires engagement from the entire healthcare organization.
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Lessons from a high-ROI cloud transformation journey

– Some roadblocks on the cloud journey aren’t apparent until it’s under way. CUNA Mutual’s CIO and its vice president... of tech products discuss their route to full cloud success.
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Four ways boards can shape the cloud agenda

– Cloud can become an important source of strategic advantage for businesses. It’s time for boards to get involved.
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SaaS, open source, and serverless: A winning combination to build and scale new businesses

– Three tech approaches can rapidly accelerate business building for established companies that learn how to use them.
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Five Fifty: Cloudy with a chance of billions

– The latest forecast calls for industries to capture billions in value from cloud. But not every company will join in the profits.
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Building a cloud-ready operating model for agility and resiliency

– Four operating-model changes can help companies accelerate the journey to cloud.
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Cloud’s trillion-dollar prize is up for grabs

– Cloud has immense potential, but most companies are only scratching the surface. Recent research clarifies where the value lies—and... how to capture it before competitors do.
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Clearing the air on cloud: How industrial companies can capture cloud technology’s full business value

– The industrial application of cloud technology is widely seen as very promising, so we went to the front lines and conducted a... large-scale survey to find out what really works.
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McKinsey acquires Candid Partners, a leader in cloud consulting

– With the recent acquisition of Candid Partners, we welcome 100+ senior cloud experts—developers, engineers, agile coaches—into... our firm.
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Agile’s next level: ABN AMRO’s hybrid cloud–DevSecOps transformation

– Transformation success requires thoughtful mastery of multiple disciplines and coordination of many moving parts.
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Unlocking value: Four lessons in cloud sourcing and consumption

– Companies that are successful in sourcing and managing the consumption of cloud adopt a more dynamic, analytical, and demand-driven... mindset.
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How public-sector tech leaders can speed up the journey to the cloud

– Moving to the cloud is fraught with challenges. By answering five questions up front, public-sector leaders can ease and accelerate... the journey.
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Debunking seven common myths about cloud

– Common misconceptions about cloud are holding companies back from capturing the full benefits available.
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Making the cloud pay: How industrial companies can accelerate impact from the cloud

– The cloud’s real value goes far beyond IT: it can help industrial companies reinvent how they develop, deliver, sell, and service... their products.
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How CIOs and CTOs can accelerate digital transformations through cloud platforms

– To capture the real value from cloud, companies need to focus their investments and build a cloud-ready operating model.
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Three actions CEOs can take to get value from cloud computing

– Leaders need to accelerate their journey to the cloud in order to digitize quickly and effectively in the wake of COVID-19.
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How the cloud has moved advanced analytics from exclusive to accessible

– Harnessing the benefits of advanced analytics is easier than most traditional companies think. Three key commitments can help.
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Deutsche Börse unlocks the benefits of moving to the cloud

– Businesses that approach their cloud migration from purely a cost angle are missing its full value. Deutsche Börse’s... experience suggests the first question to consider is, “Which business benefits can be unlocked?”
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Unlocking business acceleration in a hybrid cloud world

– Companies that have moved operations to the cloud still aren’t achieving the desired operational agility. A renewed focus... on people, processes, and policies can unlock the cloud’s full potential.
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Making a secure transition to the public cloud

– As enterprises scale up their use of the public cloud, they must rethink how they protect data and applications—and put... in place four critical practices.

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