Cloud Benefits

Cloud computing gaining traction as benefits become irresistible

Grazed from ITWeb. Author: Johani Marais.

According to the IDC, CIOs in the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) region acknowledge the benefits of cloud infrastructure and nearly 47% of CIOs in Africa are already engaged in cloud strategy of some kind. Part of this trend of moving towards cloud computing is the adoption of SaaS- (software as a service) based enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, says Johani Marais, Channel Manager Africa, Epicor Software Corporation.

In the past, organisations were hesitant to keep critical data in the cloud mainly because of the sheer value of the data, which seemed so much safer kept on-site rather than in an intangible space outside of the perceived realm of control. This is why systems such CRM, HCM and sales force automation were often cloud-based, whereas manufacturing process management data was kept out of the cloud. Now, SaaS deployments are becoming more widely used than traditional hosting options, even in larger organisations that are becoming far more likely to make use of SaaS. This can be attributed to a shift in mindset caused by advances in technology and a better understanding of how cloud-based ERP works...

There is a silver lining to cloud computing despite challenges

Grazed from DailyNation. Author: Esmond Shahonya.

In April 2011, a major failure in Amazon Cloud services brought down thousands of company websites that had rented storage space in the Internet firm. That exposed the risks of cloud computing to enterprises, especially for those that fail to invest in back-up systems.

Locally, Safaricom has faced some challenges of hosting M-Pesa servers in an off-shore cloud computing matrix. The trouble has been that whenever there is a problem on the host in Germany, the service is adversely hit. Last year, it was characterised with outages that reflected on the bleak reality of cloud computing...

Proformative Announces Top 5 Benefits of Cloud Computing and Launches Cloud Computing Survey and Giveaway

Grazed from PRWeb.  Author: PR Announcement.

 Proformative, the largest and fastest-growing online community and resource for senior level corporate finance, accounting, treasury and related professionals today seeks feedback from its constituency with its second annual Cloud Computing Survey tied with a ‘cloud’ giveaway.

Cloud computing and cloud services have become so prevalent and integral to organizations of all sizes that Proformative is hosting another Cloud Computing Survey to gain even more insight into the topic.

Cloud Computing is very easily applied to the accounting and finance departments. Traditional on-premise software used to record, process and report on company business can all be taken to the cloud where it can go beyond the debits and credits to managing people, payroll, commerce, treasury, BI and a whole host of formerly difficult-to-acquire and integrate technologies...

5 Cloud Business Benefits

Grazed from Wired. Author: Edwin Schouten.

One of the benefits of cloud computing is increased efficiency; services are rapidly deployed and ready for use in a matter of minutes versus the weeks or months it traditionally takes. But there is more to cloud computing than just getting your compute resources, storage capacity or application as a service within minutes. Based on personal experience with cloud consumers, here are the top five business benefits beyond efficiency.

Business agility

Getting the compute resources you need when you need them tends to shorten IT projects resulting in less FTE to deliver the project and a quicker and more predictive time-to-market. Being able to deliver results faster, cheaper and with more quality might just give your business a competitive edge and make her more nimble on her feet. I have seen a data analytics project being reduced from 4 months to just 3 weeks, reducing the projects time-to-market and overall cost significantly...

The Real Business Benefits Of Cloud Computing

Grazed from Nasdaq. Author: Stefan Topfer.

The ever-shifting world of business can result in great years followed by periods of stagnation, with previous market leaders slipping out of favour, as they have to adapt and follow the trends set by upcoming movers and shakers.

Cloud computing is one technology that is regularly touted as the next big thing in business innovation, allowing businesses to keep pace through benefits, which are often little understood. But how is it that this kind of IT system can manage to make a difference?

I have outlined the four key components that make cloud computing such an important development, each of which will apply to your company irrespective of its size or budget. You can then use this to analyse the suitability of any cloud platform that you might consider, to make sure that it is a suitable long-term solution for your business...

Wyse Customers Report Significant Benefits of Cloud Client Computing

Grazed from MarketWatch.  Author: PR Announcement.

Wyse Technology, the global leader in cloud client computing, today announced ongoing customer momentum of the adoption of Wyse hardware and virtualization software alongside desktop virtualization solutions from Citrix. Wyse is currently exhibiting at Citrix Synergy(TM) 2012, the premier event on cloud computing, virtualization and networking at Booth #206. Citrix Synergy runs from May 9-11, 2012.

"Citrix and Wyse have been working together to deliver the best technology solutions for IT users for many years now," according to Maryam Alexandrian, Senior Vice President Worldwide Sales and Channels at Wyse Technology. "Across industries such as financial services, healthcare, government, education and many more, both companies strive to improve end user and IT experience through the development of innovative new technologies."...

Cloud: never mind the risk, feel the benefits

Grazed from ITWire.  Author: Stuart Conner.

Last week research firm Longhaus released a report ranking the top 45 providers offering cloud services to the Australian market. It had culled these from an initial list of 175 contenders.

In a posting on the Longhaus blog, the principle author of the report, Longhaus research director Scott Stewart, said: "The study confirms that there can still be big risks with some clouds, probably much higher than most would care to consider...

Cloud Benefits in the Energy and Utility Industry

Grazed from CloudTweaks.  Author: Rick Blaisdell.

A report issued in June 2011 by the Carbon Disclosure Project and supported by AT&T discovered that companies which embrace cloud computing technologies can reduce energy consumption, lower their carbon emissions, and decrease their capital expenditure on IT resources while improving operational efficiency. By 2020, the same group estimates that large US companies using cloud can achieve annual energy savings of $12.3 billion and annual carbon reductions equivalent to 200 million barrels of oil.

In addition to environmental benefits, the energy industry is fostered to adopt the technology in order to reduce costs, enhance efficiency, and help address growing oil and power needs, such as increasing amounts of data, real time access to data, or integration and standardization of IT operations...

Cloud Computing - The 3 Big Benefits

Grazed from HostReview.  Author: Editorial Staff.

There are many benefits in Cloud Computing, butwhen I talk to business owners 3 big benefits stand out above all others.

1. Cloud Computing Removes The Servers From Your Office

With Cloud Computing the central network resources move out from your office into the Cloud. There is no need for bulky, noisy, heat producing, electricity consuming servers occupying the corner of your office...

Can the cloud bail enterprises out of IT debt?

Grazed from ZDNet.  Author: Larry Dignan.

Cloud computing and the operating model that goes with it will be adopted because businesses are crumbling under complex infrastructure acquired over the last 40 years.

“We are in a hole and we need to stop digging,” said Cameron Haight, an analyst at Gartner. “We need an infrastructure that has no allegiance to a vendor or a framework.”...