Cloud Readiness

What K-12 IT Leaders Really Think About the Cloud

Grazed from EdTech. Author: Frank Smith.

New technology is making it easier for school IT leaders to manage vast amounts of data. While cloud solutions have helped in this regard, some K–12 districts are reluctant to fully embrace the advantages offered by cloud services. In Cloud 401, a new report from CDW, more than 1,200 IT leaders from sectors such as business, healthcare, federal and state governments and K–12 were surveyed about their approaches to cloud services.

K–12 district IT experts surveyed said that 42 percent of their services are delivered either totally or partially through the cloud. “Cloud services have such great appeal that departments outside IT are often sourcing them independently," says Stephen Braat, vice president of cloud and managed solutions at CDW...

Cloud laggards need to catch up, says KPMG

Grazed from WhaTech. Author: Editorial Staff.

KPMG has just released its 2014 Cloud Survey Report on the insights gained from a web-based survey of 539 global business executives undertaken for KPMG by Forbes Insights. It's a wake-up call for any organisation that has not wholeheartedly embraced cloud computing. "Are you keeping pace with the rapid evolution and impact of cloud on businesses today?" it asks.

"Are you leveraging your cloud investment to connect with your digitally savvy customers and employees? Are you prepared to seize the opportunities available from the next wave of cloud technology?" If your answer to any of these questions is 'No', then, says KPMG: "You have some considerable catching up to do...

Planning key to cloud success

Grazed from ComputerWeekly. Author: Max Cooter.

Successful cloud implementations need careful planning, with flexibility and the timing of the switch important considerations. The whole notion of cloud implementation has changed in the past five years. From being seen as a large and daunting manoeuvre to be undertaken only by the boldest of CIOs, the cloud has found its way to the heart of mainstream computing.

There has also been a change in the drivers for the move to cloud. Initially largely focused on trying to save money, the cloud was touted as a quick way to reduce costs. But that way of thinking has gone out of the window as companies begin to realise other advantages from cloud...

Beware the toxic cloud!

Grazed from WhaTech.  Author: Editorial Staff.

We've written plenty in this column about the beneficial attributes of cloud computing but there's another side to these: if successfully exploited by your competitors, cloud computing can be toxic to your business.  And it is the main benefits of cloud computing that make it a particularly powerful tool in the hands of a disruptive startup competitor: low, or zero, upfront costs; usage-based charging, rapid and massive scalability.

These aspects of cloud computing have been brought to the fore in a new report form Frost & Sullivan: The Role of Cloud Computing in Industry Transformation. It says: "Cloud computing is ... a significant enabler of new, disruptive competitors—allowing new entrants to quickly and cost-effectively roll out new products and services and enter new markets, at a speed which can often blindside established market participants."...

Stumbling Blocks in the Transition to the Cloud

Grazed from ITBusinessEdge. Author: Arthur Cole.

By now, most enterprises have begun the transition to the cloud. Whether this results in an all-cloud infrastructure, a cloud-first footing or a combination of hybrid/traditional environments remains to be seen, but one thing is certain: The change so far has not been as easy or as productive as it first appeared.

According to recent research of INetU and Think Strategies, nearly half of all companies launching a cloud strategy in the past year reported a halt to their hosting implementations, with more than 70 percent instituting a design change. About 27 percent said they were “extremely satisfied” with their cloud vendor. As has been noted in previous studies, security remains the most significant stumbling block, followed by compliance, capacity planning and monitoring...

Analyzing the Federal Government's Use of the Cloud

Grazed from BrookingsInstitute. Author: Joshua Bleiberg.

Since 2009 the federal government started the process of replacing local computers with cloud platforms. A recent report from the Congressional Research Service (CRS) provides an interesting view into the progress of these investments. It reveals the benefits that public agencies gain when using cloud services and the barriers they face when making the transition.

Advantages of Cloud Computing

Cloud computers are superior to locally-run data centers for a variety of reasons. The CRS report identifies six specific cloud benefits:...

Philippines climbs to 10th spot in cloud readiness ranking

Grazed from Rappler. Author: Editorial Staff.

The Philippines moved 4 notches up in the 2014 Cloud Readiness Index, landing on the to the 10th spot. Cloud – whether public, private, or hybrid – involves deploying groups of remote servers and software networks to allow centralized data storage and online access to computer services or resources.

The country’s ranking in cloud readiness improved from 14th in the 2011 release of the report, thanks to the continuously booming business process outsourcing (BPO) industry, one of the cloud-friendly industries. BPOs played a big part in this improvement, as cloud use is essential to accelerate the industry and give it an even higher competitive edge, said Bernie Trudel, chairman of the Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA)...

The time of the cloud has arrived

Grazed from WhaTech. Author: Editorial Staff.

Such has been the popularity of the practice that it has prompted some commentators to predict the 'death of IT; to suggest that most IT purchasing decisions will be made by business units within a few years. However news of IT's death are greatly exaggerated, according to US based Verizon Enterprise Solutions.

After surveying almost 200 of its own customers and drawing on research from the likes of the Boston Consulting Group, Harvard Business Review Analytic Services, Accenture, Forrester Research, Gartner and IDC, it has concluded that "IT is firmly in the driver’s seat when it comes to cloud purchases and business transformation."...

Cloud ready for prime time

Grazed from ITWire.  Author: Graeme Philipson.

Important 
new international research shows that most enterprises are now comfortable trusting mission-critical applications to the
 cloud.  Giant Indian based software and services company Infosys has released the findings of a survey that revealed that cloud is being widely adopted for mission critical business applications.

The research found that 81% respondents around the world are either using or planning to use mission-critical applications on cloud in the next two years. The survey found that cost-saving is no longer the primary driver for leveraging cloud; as cloud adoption matures, 77% of enterprises consider agility the key driver...

7 Trends That Can Define the Future of Cloud Computing

Grazed from SmartData Collective. Author: Stan Roach.

There are two big reasons that leaders across every industry are gung-ho about the Cloud. One reason for this huge confidence in Cloud computing is that it is one of the most disruptive technologies to have emerged on the scene in the last decade. The second and what I think is a far more critical reason is what the Cloud, its adoption and application promises for the future.

It is when business owners “foresee the future” of the Cloud that they say to themselves, “Yes, this is the technology that I want to tie my business fortunes to”. A RightScale 2014 survey called Cloud Computing Trends: 2014 State of the Cloud has come up with some revealing figures:...