Cloud Readiness

Ensuring Cloud Computing Success

With more and more companies migrating to the cloud, it’s time to talk about the risks of doing this. Before you start to panic, just stop and listen for a minute. Cloud computing is still infinitely safer than what you were doing before, there is no doubt about that, however as with airplanes being the safest way to travel, they still occasionally encounter problems and have to land on the Hudson River.

I just want to make everyone aware of the potential risks so that they know how to combat them, because knowledge is the best defence and any reputable hosting company like Umbee Cloud Hosting will be able to combat and neutralise any threat better than Rambo and a horde of angry locals, anyway...

Cloud Deployment at a Crossroads?

Grazed from MSPMentor. Author: Charles Cooper.

By now, you have to look long and hard to find a business hasn’t heard about the advantages it can gain by moving data to the cloud. The conventional wisdom has it that migrating to the cloud is no longer a question of if, but when. At least on paper. Rather than bounding into a new era of computing, the reality is that many organizations are still struggling to figure out the right cloud migration strategies.

There may no longer be much argument that cloud computing represents the future, but the reality is that line-of-business managers and their IT counterparts often find themselves working at cross purposes--leaving many organizations stuck in neutral when it comes to putting their cloud plans into practice...

Read more from the source @ http://mspmentor.net/cloud-services/cloud-deployment-crossroads

Firms Of The Future Embrace The Power Of The Cloud

Grazed from HuffingtonPost. Author: Jeff Cates.

In today's digital age, you would be hard-pressed to find an industry that hasn't been transformed by technology. I've spoken about the dramatic shift in Canada's small business landscape in the last few years as we move away from the notion of the "mom and pop" shop down the street towards the innovative startup run by tech-savvy, digital entrepreneurs.

New technologies, cloud computing in particular, have also changed the face of the accounting industry, transforming the way accounting professionals collaborate with their small business clients and empowering them to expand their role from compliance officer to trusted business adviser...

MSPs Worry Whether Cloud Means Boon or Bust

Grazed from MSPMentor. Author: Aldrin Brown.

Rapid adoption of cloud computing appears to be a seminal event in the IT world, with managed services providers (MSPs) torn about whether to expect new, lucrative revenue models, or watch customers flock to self-service offerings that eliminate the need for third-party providers. That’s the portrait of the industry painted by the 5th annual Trends in Managed Services report, released today by CompTIA, the Computing Information Technology Industry Association.

According to the survey of 400 MSPs, VARs, systems integrators and IT consultants, “cloud computing” was the top concern keeping them up at night, with 62 percent of respondents agreeing with the assertion. At the same time, cloud is seen by MSPs as a top opportunity driver for the future...

Embracing Cloud in the Cognitive Era

Grazed from MISAsia. Author: Jason Teo.

Did you know that 70 percent of the companies that were once on the Fortune 1000 list in 2003 have now vanished? In fact, analysts predict that over the next three years, at least one-third of the top 20 companies in every industry will be equally disrupted if they do not move fast enough. So what is the cause of this disruptive trend?

According to our 2016 Global C-Suite study, 77 percent of the CIOs interviewed, attribute this disruption to the influence of new technologies. While they believe mobile solutions, cloud computing and the Internet of Things will continue to have the most significant impact on their organisations over the next three to five years, over 60 percent of them think cognitive computing could revolutionise businesses as well...

Understanding Cloud Computing

Grazed from Huffington Post. Author: Anuj Gupta.

Cloud computing finds its origin in the need of advanced computing infrastructure by people and organization which can be shared among them. The cloud came as a solution. It is the practice of using a network of remote Computing devices (servers) hosted on the Internet to store, manage, and process data, rather than a local server or a personal computer.

Cloud computing, often referred to as simply “the cloud,” is the delivery of on-demand computing resources—everything from applications to data centers—over the Internet on a pay-for-use basis. (www.ibm.com). The computing devices can be made available to people across the globe through world wide web or the internet hence the word cloud (also phrased as “the cloud”) is used as a metaphor for “the Internet,” and the phrase cloud computing means “a type of Internet-based computing,” where different services — such as servers, storage and applications —are delivered to through Internet...

Read more from the source @ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/anuj-gupta/understanding-cloud-compu_b_10682850.html

BSS in the Cloud

Grazed from PipeLinePub. Author: Dr. Andy Tiller.

Today’s operators have spent decades building their networks and upgrading their IT systems to support more and more users looking for an increasing number of data-driven applications. At the heart of these systems is the BSS, the IT infrastructure managing the business processes that support the customer-facing applications. These include billing, CRM and customer analytics – all the touchpoints that can drive differentiation and have a direct impact on an operator’s brand value. So it’s understandable that operators perceive a high risk in transforming their BSS systems. And yet, that’s exactly what is needed as operators seek to respond to the threats and opportunities of the new digital economy.

Behind the scenes, a potential solution to reduce the risk and increase the speed of BSS transformation is starting to emerge. Most IT-literate consumers are already familiar with cloud-based services, from Office 365 and Salesforce to iCloud and Dropbox. Now many operators are taking note of the benefits of cloud computing as a potential way to transform their BSS systems faster and with less risk...

Dancing in the Cloud

Grazed from NetworkWorld. Author: Brian Butte.

In the early 2000's when the IT world was in the throes of ERP, CRM, SFA and ecommerce, IT infrastructure was invariably designed to support the absolute worst-case scenario. I quickly learned there were two options when launching any self-serve solution: it either flat-lines or takes off like a rocket—there is no in-between.

The capacity planning challenge drove the development of grid computing, then virtualization, and finally cloud computing. Although with cloud we now have a way to rapidly scale up to meet increasing demand, it seems we have forgotten scaling down to conserve resources is equally important. Instead of provisioning “just in case” our worst fears came true, I find repeated examples where cloud is provisioned “just because.”...

Cloud Computing What does the role of the CIO look like in 2016?

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: James Bourne.

It is a question which carries more resonance as technology matures: what is the major role of the CIO today? The usual responses range from improving business efficiency, to spearheading the organisation’s technological revolution. At the MIT Sloan CIO Conference earlier this month, the answer was simple.

“The perfect CIO is enabling the perfectly friction-less business,” argued Steve Rosenbush, the editor of CIO Journal. Yet there are many layers to uncover to get to the heart of this statement. Harvey Nash and KPMG have today released a report on ‘the creative CIO’. The authors, Harvey Nash chief executive Albert Ellis and KPMG International global CIO advisory service network lead Lisa Heneghan, conclude that despite an increasing examination of security, the CIOs with a creative mindset are winning out over those with an operational focus...

Read more from the source @ http://www.cloudcomputing-news.net/news/2016/may/23/what-does-role-cio-look-2016/

Heads in the cloud

Grazed from NZBusiness. Author: Editorial Staff.

When it comes to cost-effectiveness, ‘the Cloud’ clearly rocks. The evidence is everywhere. You may remember a time when the word ‘cloud’ was only associated with the weather – those fluffy white, sometimes angry grey, things floating in the sky. But in 2016, thanks to a legacy started by a group of tech execs at Compaq Computer in Houston, Texas, 20 years ago, ‘cloud’ is a popular cliché that stands for the ‘online hosted’ model of delivering software services to businesses. Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) is another name preferred by techies. NZBusiness lined up a whole team of cloud services experts to contribute to this Guide.

A logical person to start with was LayerX Group CEO Bruce Trevarthen, because he has operated in this space since the very early days. His company registered the domain name ‘theCloud’ in 2008 and created a purpose-built cloud platform for delivering services to the SME market – “as a commodity and with zero-touch”...