Competitive Advantage

Cloud Computing: Google May Need an Acquisition to Catch Amazon, Microsoft

Grazed from Barron's. Author: Tiernan Ray.

Goldman Sachs analysts Heather Bellini and Heath Terry, and colleagues today issued an interesting report that summarizes points from a discussion about cloud computing that has implications for Alphabet (GOOGL). The authors spoke with RightScale, a firm that helps enterprises make the transition to cloud computing.

RightScale CEO Michael Crandall told them about the trends his customers, and their views on Google, on Microsoft’s (MSFT) Azure cloud service, and on Amazon (AMZN). One takeaway the authors had was that Google’s cloud service is still “far behind Amazon and Azure.” That’s based on the fact that RightScale only 15% of customers report having used Google...

Cloud Computing: DigitalOcean is raising $83 million to take on Amazon Web Services

 Grazed from BusinessInsider.  Author: Matthew Weinberger.

We're hearing that New York-based DigitalOcean, a hot cloud computing startup founded in 2011 that competes head-to-head with the $6 billion Amazon Web Services juggernaut, has closed a huge round of Series B funding.  The number we're hearing is $83 million. DigitalOcean would not comment on the round.
 
Like Amazon Web Services, DigitalOcean lets its customers swipe a credit card and get access to an almost bottomless supply of raw computing power, hosted in its distant data centers...

Cloud Computing: Net neutrality will put U.S. behind Europe, Cisco's Chambers argues

Grazed from ComputerWorld. Author: Stephen Lawson.

U.S. net neutrality rules will help Europe take the lead in broadband, Cisco CEO John Chambers says. The regulations approved last week by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission will slow down broadband deployment, Chambers said at Mobile World Congress on Tuesday. Instead of focusing on net neutrality, the government should aim for more available broadband, he said.

"Sometimes, if you're not careful, your regulatory goals can slow down your end goals," Chambers said. He praised German Chancellor Angela Merkel, saying she's kept Germany focused on fast Internet access for every citizen. The U.S. led in the Internet era until about 2010 but in a few years will be behind the major European countries, India and China, he said...

Amazon still has wide lead in the cloud, but Microsoft gaining

Grazed from SeattleTimes.  Author: Matt Day.

Amazon.com’s cloud-computing unit is still a world beater. Microsoft is doing its best to entrench itself in second place.  RightScale, a California company that helps information technology departments manage their use of cloud-computing services, on Wednesday released the results of its survey  of more than 900 of corporate technology experts.

Among companies that tap into the “public cloud,” or pooled servers and data storage units accessed via the Web, 57 percent reported using Amazon Web Services. Microsoft’s cloud-computing platform, Azure, was a distant second at 12 percent...

Can Cloud Computing Lead To A Competitive Advantage?

Grazed from Business2Community. Author: Matthew Ramsey.

To know whether cloud computing can give your organization a competitive advantage, it helps to look at the success of other businesses which have turned to the cloud. An in-depth look will help quell some of the apprehensions of executives in many companies. Schumacher Group, a healthcare company focused on improving patient care in Texas and Louisiana, recently moved to a software-as-a-service model. Even CEO William “Kip” Schumacher admits that the IT staff is better equipped to work on innovations driving its mission.

Schumacher Group now works with thousands of health care providers, meaning it is involved in the treatment over four million patients a year. The company has, according to Schumacher, established a plan to buy up 80% of the infrastructures available. By customizing the remaining 20%, it has given IT the ability to drive essential innovations seen as the competitive advantage the cloud is providing the organization...

Businesses Use the Cloud to Stay Competitive

Grazed from BizTechMagazine. Author: Steve Zurier.

For mobile solutions developer Mobiquity, running a business in the cloud makes perfect sense. As a startup, Mobiquity made the fiscal decision to leverage cloud-based infrastructure versus building out costly on-premises services. In the beginning, it used Google Apps and cloud-based storage. That was then.

As demand soared for enterprise ­mobile solutions, applications and websites, Mobiquity, too, grew exponentially, says Infrastructure Architect Tim Harney. The Boston-area company launched in April 2011 with just a handful of employees. By the end of 2012, it had 160 full-time people. And the company — whose clients include Weight Watchers, Fidelity and the New York Post — expects that in 2013 it will employ nearly 300 people. That doesn’t mean it’s outgrown the cloud. “As the company grew, we found that in Google Apps, there was no real sync tool to integrate Microsoft Outlook on a Mac,” Harney says. “I got some feedback from people wondering why we couldn’t use Microsoft Exchange.”...

Everyone Envies Amazon Cloud Computing Business

Grazed from eCommerce Bytes. Author: Ina Steiner.

The largest retailers and the smallest online merchants bemoan the power Amazon wields in retail, but the company also has tech firms racing to keep up. Over the years, Amazon developed expertise building its own retail site, and in 2006, Amazon Web Services (AWS) began offering IT infrastructure services to other businesses in the form of web services - now commonly known as cloud computing.

Some people may have been confused when an outage at Netflix on Christmas Eve was blamed on Amazon, but despite the fact that Netflix competes with Amazon in streaming digital content, Netflix uses AWS to power its site. (Amazon apologized for its outage without naming which customers had been affected.)...

Staying Competitive With Cloud Computing

Grazed from Information-Management. Author: Ken Klika.

When it comes to 'the cloud', defining specifics can be challenging as there are many nuances in terms of how technology services can be delivered, but one thing remains consistent in that organizations can choose to leverage the power of cloud computing in order to move their business forward or can surrender market to more nimble competitors.

The reality of today's market is many of your competitors will be new entrants leveraging new ways and approaches to doing business enabled by IT. More importantly, if you aren't prepared to address the cloud computing wave with your clients, you'll soon be left behind...

Proven Ways To Increase Competitiveness With Cloud Computing

Grazed from CloudTweaks. Author: John Omwamba.

As cloud computing is currently enjoying a wave of global discourse by the business community, it is projected that more and more businesses are adopting cloud computing services as the preferred way to do business. Senior Vice President of Research for Gartner, Mr. Peter Sondergaard claims that cloud computing sits among the top four trends that will change IT in the next few years. It is no secret that any business outfit that is still reluctant in the adoption of this technology is losing out on a lot of benefits. The early adopters, furthermore, are not sitting pretty and enjoying these benefits but rather are looking for more effective ways that they can harness for a more competitive edge in their field of business

Competitiveness is often acquired when a business attains an upper hand through practices or resources that will outperform its competitors. These practices, strategies or resources are those that will save the company money in cost reduction, those that will improve effectiveness and or increase revenue. Any business can indeed achieve competitiveness through strategic exploitation of cloud features as follows:...

When Your Cloud Platform Becomes Your Competition

Grazed from Smart Data Collective. Author: Paul Barsch.

As more companies turn to cloud computing, social media and online selling platforms to avoid spending budgets on infrastructure, it is also likely that they are sharing a key business enabler—behavioral data. So what happens when your cloud-based provider shifts from providing infrastructure or a platform for your business to actually competing with you?

Online business Zynga understands while they develop games such as Farmville, Mafia Wars and others that run on Facebook’s platform, it’s also not far-fetched that Facebook could get into the profitable business of gaming. In fact, Zynga is turning away (though not completely) from Facebook to also support games for Google plus and other social/mobile platforms...