Cloud Benefits

Surprise: More Cloud Benefits Are Emerging

Grazed from InformationManagement.  Author: Scott Feuless.

As more and more enterprises move infrastructure from in-house data centers to off-site public clouds, they begin to see changes in staffing requirements and functions almost immediately. At the very least, IT shops are freed from the work of purchasing, installing, configuring and upgrading hardware. You already know about those benefits.

But when an enterprise moves further along their migration journey to include a much larger percentage of the infrastructure and perhaps higher levels of the software stack, it will eventually reach a tipping point -- where the benefits begin to build on one another, exposing unanticipated opportunities that can increase organizational efficiency, reduce staffing requirements and lower asset costs in a step-wise manner...

Bridging the cloud-benefits-to-cloud-strategy gap

Grazed from WhaTech. Author: Editorial Staff.

Outsource surveyed 150 senior IT and management decision-makers, 110 in Australia and 40 in New Zealand. Forty six percent of respondents said that cloud had CEO and board support.Respondents represented avariety of industries including banking and financial services, education, government, other professional services, retail, transport, insurance, utilities, resources, and entertainment.

However this board support has not so far lead to the same level of adoption. Only 13.3 percent of respondents’ organisations were using Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), or Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) with full senior management approval...

Cloud benefits understood, but lack of skills hinder migration

Grazed from CBROnline.  Author: Eleanor Burns.

According to a NaviSite survey most UK businesses recognise the benefits of cloud computing, but many are still running a significant amount of systems either in-house, or externally on traditional platforms.  Three-quarters of those surveyed had migrated less than 50% of their infrastructure to the cloud.

A major cause of this was found to be the lack of the correct tools and skills needed to execute migration.  A finding which will come as no surprise is the 59% of respondents who cited security as their main concern when choosing a cloud service provider...

Cloud Computing Benefits Become Clear

Grazed from MidsizeInsider. Author: Shawn Drew.

IT insiders have been touting the potential benefits of public, private and hybrid clouds for years, but since the sector is often prone to exaggeration, IT managers would be wise to read up on the subject before investing resources into cutting-edge tech. Now, however, yet another survey of IT professionals shows that the purported cloud computing benefits are, in fact, quite real — and midsize business that strive for a competitive edge must learn how best to embrace this new commonplace technology.

Benefits Shine in New Survey

The new survey, from the Harvard Business Review (HBR) and covered by Forbes, asked 527 HBR readers with positions in large and midsize businesses around the world to answer questions regarding their business — and what benefits, if any, they have found or expect to find in the cloud...

The Non-Cost Benefits of the Cloud

Grazed from MSPMentor. Author: Michael Brown.

By this point, the financial benefits of cloud computing (and cloud-based file sharing) are becoming obvious to all. But as this article points out, there are quite a few more that don’t receive the attention they probably should. Let’s take a deeper look at some of the reasons besides saving money that companies may want to transition to cloud based file sharing:

Accessibility – Next to the financial benefits, accessibility is probably the most frequently mentioned advantage. In the mobile, multi-device world we live in, accessible data is paramount to the corporate world. Most people today have smartphones, tablets, laptops and work computers (or more!) and want or need to be able to access their corporate data on all of them...

Top 6 Benefits of Cloud Computing to Enterprises

Grazed from CIO. Author: John Grady.

In today’s technological landscape, it’s not unusual to hear about putting your files “in the cloud.” Everyone seems to be doing it, from personal exchanges to business transactions. In simple terms, cloud computing takes the old system of running programs and saving files onto a computer’s hard drive, and makes it Internet-based instead.

For businesses of all sizes, running your operations and applications using the cloud is becoming increasingly popular for a number of reasons, especially because it saves money, it’s fast and easy, and it is available almost anywhere with an Internet connection. However, there are many other benefits for companies looking to make a change in the way they do business. Here are the top six reasons why you should consider using cloud computing for your enterprise:..

Proxios Reveals the Top Five Benefits of Cloud Computing

Grazed from PRWeb.  Author: PR Announcement.

Cost savings are typically seen as the greatest benefit of cloud computing for many organizations, which six in ten cloud computing customers admitting they’ve reduced their IT capital costs, according to a study by Enterprise Management Associates. Yet there are a host of other benefits to cloud computing, listed below:

1. Decreased Total Cost of Ownership
With cloud computing, organizations don’t need to purchase expensive servers or systems and maintain them in-house. Plus, IT no longer needs to focus on the upkeep of in-house systems since the service provider handles maintenance issues, upgrades, patches and more...

Green Cloud Computing Benefits Midsized Firms

Grazed from Midsize Insider. Author: Marissa Tejada.

Midsize firms often turn to cloud computing for increased efficiency, and this move is now proving to help the environment at the same time. A new study shows that the cloud is reducing energy use annually by 80 percent at both public and private companies thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions. These green traits are proving to be a big plus for midsize firms.

Reducing Dependence

A global green IT association called The Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI), recently released a study in cooperation with Harvard University, Imperial College, Reading University, and Microsoft Europe entitled "The Enabling Technologies of a Low-Carbon Economy – a Focus on Cloud Computing." The study, featured in the Cloud Times, found that as more companies utilize the cloud, the U.S. will reduce its energy dependence and save $2.2 billion in energy costs...

5 unique benefits of cloud computing

Grazed from CXO. Author: Editorial Staff.

Organizations can’t stop singing praises of cloud computing. Many cite benefits like cost savings, flexibility, elasticity, scalability, load “bursting”, storage on demand. These are the advertised benefits of cloud computing, and they certainly help make for a solid business case for using either third-party services or a virtualized datacenter.

But after the agreements are signed, systems and processes are set up, and users are retrained, something unexpected happens. The initial use cases are realized, but then additional benefits begin to emerge—sort of like the icing on the cake, but often, these unforeseen benefits provide far more value to the business than initially planned. Joe McKendrick, a contributor for Forbes, writes that the unexpected benefits that emerge as cloud projects are immense. They include:...

5 Benefits of Cloud Computing You Aren't Likely To See In A Sales Brochure

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Joe McKendrick.

Cost savings… elasticity…. scalability…. load “bursting”…. storage on demand… These are the advertised benefits of cloud computing, and they certainly help make for a solid business case for using either third-party services or a virtualized data center. But after the agreements are signed, systems and processes are set up, and users are retrained, something unexpected happens.

The initial use cases are realized, but then additional benefits begin to emerge — sort of like the icing on the cake, but often, these unforeseen benefits provide far more value to the business than initially planned. Over the past couple of years, I have spoken with many CIOs and executives who not only talk about the unplanned challenges, but also cite pleasant surprises as well. Here are some examples of such unexpected benefits that emerge as cloud projects roll along:..