Cloud Strategy

Benioff backs Salesforce away from the cloud

Grazed from NetworkWorld. Author: Brandon Butler.

Salesforce.com is seen as one of the pioneering inventors of the cloud computing market, but company co-founder and CEO Marc Benioff says Salesforce is not about the cloud. Here’s an excerpt of Benioff’s interview with CNBC host Jim Cramer. You can watch the full interview here, this quote comes at the 6:15 mark.

This isn’t about the cloud, Jim, and it never was about the cloud. It’s about the customer…. The cloud is about technology, and technology is transient. The technology we’re talking about today will be obsoleted in 3,4,5 years from now, it will be all new technology. What’s the one thing though that will be the same five years from now? … We’ll still be talking about the customer...

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Cloud strategy for SME's

Grazed from WhaTech. Author: Divya Borse.

Small to Medium size businesses are engines of the growing Indian economy. The determination and hard work of the people who run and work there is the driving force of our nation’s financial growth. SMEs play the most important role in economies as they create many employment opportunities. But due to limited resources and fund restrictions SMEs always struggle to adopt new technologies. SMEs must implement latest IT infrastructure in order to gain competitive advantage over their global rivals.

According to a recent study, cost reduction seems to be a major priority when it comes to SMEs. At the same time, responding quickly to business demands is a must in any organization. Cloud IBN solutions Membership expired, renew now to activate link offers both things simultaneously, making it a best choice for small businesses...

Is your cloud strategy delivering for your users?

Grazed from Akamai. Author: Wentao Li.

Enterprise public cloud adoption is becoming a norm around the world. Gartner expects public services cloud to hit $240 billion by 2017. They also suggest that the worldwide software as a service (SaaS) market will grow at 18.1% annually and the market will hit $46.35 billion by 2017 [1]. In addition to traditional dev-ops applications, business critical functions, such as CRM and ERP, are moving onto public cloud infrastructure. The goal is to take advantage of the on-demand scalability, flexibility and cost savings associated with cloud computing.

However, to realize the full benefits of adopting cloud computing, organizations need to look beyond access to simple compute and storage. Performance and security must also be considered when making the public Internet a critical piece of your application delivery environment...

Another Cloud Purchase Could Bolster Microsoft Corporation

Grazed from Fool. Author: Leo Sun.

Microsoft reportedly has agreed to acquire Israeli cloud security company Adallom, which was founded three years ago, for about $320 million. Adallom develops a technology that protects an application or data as it sits on a remote server. Remote access is handled by Adallom's command and control mechanism, which logs and reports any suspicious activity.

This layer compartmentalizes and protects cloud-based data for enterprise customers. The start-up has raised $49.5 million to date, including a $30 million investment from Hewlett-Packard. The acquisition of Adallom would complement Microsoft's other recent purchases in the cloud, enterprise, and security markets. Last November, it acquired another Israeli firm, Aorato, which specializes in enterprise security and machine learning. It also acquired analytics firms Equivio, Revolution Analytics, and Datazen Software to beef up its big data capabilities...

Cloud business optimism fails to lift Microsoft stock

Grazed from InvestorsBusinessDaily. Author: Patrick Seitz.

Microsoft played up its cloud computing transition, but its June-quarter earnings report went over like a lead balloon with investors on Wednesday. Microsoft shares fell 3.7% to 45.51 on Wednesday after the company late Tuesday posted its fiscal fourth-quarter results. Microsoft's sales fell 5% year over year to $22.2 billion in its fiscal Q4 ended June 30.

Excluding the impact of foreign currency exchange rates, Microsoft's revenue would have fallen 2%. It was just the second quarter in at least the last four years that Microsoft's sales have declined on a year-over-year basis. Microsoft earned 62 cents a share excluding items, up 11% from a year earlier...

IBM continues to invest in the cloud as sales slide

Grazed from Fortune. Author: Jonathan Vanian.

IBM continues to take the saying “you have to spend money to make money” close to heart. The tech colossus on Monday reported its thirteenth straight decline in quarterly revenue while executives continued to funnel money into IBM’s “strategic imperatives,” which includes its cloud computing and data analytics business.

For the three months ending June 30, IBM IBM -4.01% logged $20.8 billion in revenue, a 13.5% decline from the $24 billion it brought in the same time period a year earlier. The company’s software business was responsible for a big part of the drop. Revenue in that division fell to $5.8 billion from $6.5 billion the previous year...

Cloud Computing: Microsoft Takes Aim at Google

Grazed from FoxNews.  Author: Steve Tobak.

All leading technology companies have one thing in common: They don’t play by the rules; they make the rules. They create new growth markets, new product categories and new customer experiences. In other words, they lead. Following is the other guy’s job.  It’s been a long time since that’s been true of Microsoft.
 
For a good many years now – an eternity in tech time – the software giant has been chasing the likes of Apple, Google, Samsung, even struggling Sony in every hot market from mobile and search to the cloud and gaming. Windows and Office may be corporate mainstays, but Microsoft barely registers in the minds of consumers...

Oracle reportedly wields audits, license disputes to push cloud agenda

Grazed from Fortune.  Author: Barb Darrow.

 Anyone who has ever met an Oracle  ORCL 0.45%  sales person knows from a high-pressure sale.  For these people much of their rich compensation comes in bonuses earned when they hit particular quota numbers. So it’s not at all surprising that Oracle, now all-in on cloud computing, is telling its sales people to push cloud and structuring incentives so that cloud sales are richly rewarded while sales of traditional on-premises software licenses, not so much.
 
If there is any doubt about Oracle’s priority these days, co-founder and executive chairman Larry Ellison says it’s cloud, and when Ellison speaks, the sales staff listens, especially when compensation aligns with what he says...

Cloud Computing: Parallels renames service provider business unit Odin

Grazed from CCI. Author: Editorial Staff.

Parallels, has announced the rebranding of its virtualisation and cloud service provider business unit. Effective from today, the company’s Service Provider business will operate as Odin while the cross-platform solutions unit will continue to operate as Parallels. From this week the new Odin brand will handle the businesses cloud hosting solutions which currently powers a wide range of businesses from small and local hosters to some of the world’s largest telecommunications providers.

The brand will service and support more than 10,000 service providers in delivering applications and cloud services to more than 10 million SMBs from 15 countries. The Odin business will provide consultancy, a catalogue of cloud applications (Plesk, Plesk Automation, and Virtuozzo), and a selection of software including web business builder, server virtualisation, provisioning, and billing automation...

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Cloud Computing: The story of Yamaha should terrify HP, Dell, Cisco, and anybody else who sells hardware

Grazed from BusinessInsider.  Author: Julie Bort.

"Cloud computing is going to change everything whether you like it or not," Vimal Thomas, vice president of Yamaha of America tells us. "Get in front of it before it starts landing on top of you."  Thomas ought to know. He completed an unprecedented project to move nearly all of the company's 200 computer servers to Amazon's cloud, Amazon Web Services, getting rid of his company's data centers and saving $500,000 a year in the process.
 
Nearly every company is using public cloud computing services like AWS these days (Microsoft, Google, and IBM also have similar services).  This is a market that will grow 21% year over year to $32 billion in 2015, and account for about one-third of all IT infrastructure spending, according to IDC...