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240 million enterprise business customers will leverage cloud computing services via mobile devices by 2015, says ABI Research — the same year the enterprise mobile cloud computing market will hit $5.2 billion due to continuing expansion of cloud-based IT services, and more business customers using cellular connected devices, says ABI. 57 30 SMARTENTERPRISEMAG.COM percent of those using SaaS-based security technology expect to use even more of it next year, according to Enterprise Management Associates (EMA). IT execs are looking to offl oad some of their growing security concerns and costs by adopting a security-as-a-service approach, EMA says. 4.5 hours a year of scheduled downtime: That's what cloud vendors mean when they promise 99.95 percent uptime, points out cloud services provider Cumulux. The takeaway for CIOs: Know your service level agreement's real-time equivalent. faster than they are cutting them, reports outplacement fi rm Challenger, Gray & Christmas. IT jobs were 4 million strong in the second quarter, a 5 percent increase over the same quarter last year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employment at IT companies is back to pre-recession (pre-2008) levels. IT companies are adding jobs SOURCES: Clockwise from top: [1] "IT companies...": [2] "By 2020...": [3] "4.5 hours...": [4] "57 percent...": [5] "The State...": [6] "240 million...": The latest facts, developments and stats for today's CIOs. Market Stats Compiled by John Zipperer IMAGES (LEFT TO RIGHT): THINKSTOCK; MICHAEL AUSTIN/THEISPOT.COM; THINKSTOCK By 2020, most people will work with cloud- based applications, say technology experts surveyed by Pew Research and Elon University. While this won't be the end of the desktop PC, the respondents predict that desktop computers will lead a hybrid life, serving up both local and cloud- based applications and services. The State of California's data center just got a little roomier. Its CIO is using only one-third of the 436,000 square feet of available data center space, according to O'Reilly Radar. The reason for the extra space: aggressive use of server and storage virtualization due to the state's mandate to reduce data center space by 50 percent by July 2011 and reduce energy use from IT by 30 percent by July 2012.

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