Worldwide public cloud computing grew at a phenomenal annual rate of nearly 28.6 percent during the first half of 2017, according to IDC.Frank Gens, senior vice-president and chief analyst at IDC, said that “public cloud adoption is accelerating in large part as enterprises recognise that the cloud has become the launchpad for virtually every new IT innovation in the past 24 months – including AI, blockchain, quantum computing and more. Organisations not on the public cloud will be increasingly isolated from the world of tech innovation.”Eric Newmark, program vice president for IDC’s SaaS, said that “businesses now think ‘cloud first’ when it comes to their IT strategy and software footprint, since the benefits of cloud are clear and have been broadly demonstrated in most industries. Many companies have picked the low-hanging fruit, in terms of apps that could be easily moved to the cloud, and are now evaluating the migration of their next set of larger strategic systems (i.e. ERP, supply chain applications, etc.) to a SaaS model. These projects, coupled with companies’ efforts to embrace digital transformation, will continue to fuel strong SaaS growth.”
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India A would look to get their act right in all departments of the game and open their account when they lock horns with South Africa A in the home team’s second tri-series match on Sunday.Playing their first match of the series on Friday, India A were soundly thrashed by Australia A at the MA Chidambaram Stadium. The 119-run defeat notwithstanding, coach Rahul Dravid is confident of a turnaround.But for that to happen, the Indians will have to execute their plans better.The Indian medium pacers – Dhawal Kulkarini and Sandeep Sharma – did not give enough width to the Australian opening batsmen Usman Khawaja and Joe Burns initially but, as they settled down, the two batsmen carted the bowlers, especially the spinners, to hit 15 sixes in the innings while putting on 239 runs.At the net sessions on Saturday, Dravid was seen spending a lot of time with the players and urged the bowlers to bowl wicket to wicket. With the pitch playing slow, his message to the batsmen was to play a little late and stick around in the middle.Unlike the game against the Australians, it will be vital for the Indian batsmen to build partnerships in order to put up a big total.While skipper Unmukt Chand and Kedar Jadhav posted 50-plus scores, others like Mayank Agarwal, Manish Tiwary and Karun Nair failed to impress getting out for low scores against Australia A. They will have to come up with an improved performance against the Proteas on Sunday.advertisementThe South Africans have been boosted by the arrival of wicketkeeper-cum-opening batsman Quinton de Kock, who has had the experience of playing in these conditions for Sunrisers Hyderabad and Delhi Daredevils in two seasons of Indian Premier League.South Africa A’s batting line-up is solid with Reeza Hendricks, captain Dean Elgar, Theunis Bruyn and Cody Chetty forming the top-order. In the bowling department, they boast of Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Hardus Vilijoen, Beuran Hendricks, Wayne Parnell, Eddie Lee, besides Elgar, who is a medium pacer with ability to bowl off breaks as well.
Here is a full copy of the letter to constituents of Parry Sound-Muskoka that MP Tony Clement posted on his website on Thursday:This is Tony Clement and this message is for my constituents in Parry Sound–Muskoka.I have had the tremendous honour and privilege of serving as your Member of Parliament since 2006, a trust that has been renewed through four consecutive federal elections. Whether on the government or opposition side of the aisle, whether serving at the Cabinet table or on the back bench, my top priority has always been, and continues to be, working for the people and communities of Parry Sound–Muskoka. I have done so tirelessly, with passion and enjoyment from the first moment I received the honour to work on your behalf.I have always aimed to serve with humility and today, I am writing to you directly to address a number of poor decisions in my personal and private life. During a period of personal difficulty and weakness I engaged in inappropriate exchanges that crossed lines that should never have been crossed. These exchanges led to acts of infidelity. One inappropriate exchange led to a woman being offered money by an anonymous social media account in exchange for the disclosure of intimate and personal information. I immediately reported this personal matter to the OPP last summer. Most recently, another inappropriate exchange led to foreign actors attempting to use my indiscretion for financial extortion which, without hesitation or second thought, I immediately reported to the RCMP. While these exchanges were entirely consensual and mutual, they were absolutely wrong and should never have occurred.In conducting myself this way I’ve let down myself, my family, my friends and supporters, my community, my work colleagues, and my staff — basically everyone I care about and who care about me. Pride and vanity got the better of me, and shame held me back from getting back to the path of good. I apologize to the women with whom the exchanges occurred, and I also apologize to anyone else who felt in any way that I crossed online boundaries that made them feel uncomfortable, even without my knowing. I am deeply sorry.I want to be clear that at no time have these personal lapses impacted or involved my day to day work as a Member of Parliament on behalf of our communities. That said, I offer you no excuses for my conduct. I take full responsibility. Members of Parliament are expected to set a high standard, a standard I have failed to meet.In particular, I have failed the most important person in my life, my wife who has been with me through the many ups and downs of public service. She has made many sacrifices along the way in order to build a loving home and a wonderful family. I cannot undo the pain and hurt my actions have caused. All I can do is own up to what I have done and commit myself to rebuilding our trust, however long that may take. The mistakes I have made in my personal life, for those who know me, do not reflect who I am. I am resolved to refocus, to work hard, and to heal the damage I have caused to those most important in my life.I love my job and I love my family. I am committed to getting the professional help I need to continue serving my family, my community and my country in whatever ways I can. I wish to sincerely thank the many members of our community who have reached out to convey their thoughts and prayers to me. I can assure the residents of Parry Sound–Muskoka that my offices remain open and at your service, and that I will continue to uphold the responsibilities of being your Member of Parliament.Sincerely,Tony ClementM.P., Parry Sound–Muskoka