Enterprise Adoption

How Cloud Computing Will Enhance Intuitive Human Design

Grazed from Sourceable. Author: Marc Howe.

According to Philip Bernstein, VP Strategic Industry Relations, Autodesk, enhanced access to staggering amounts of computational power will result in profound changes to the design and development of built assets around the world. “We’re going to see some fundamental changes in the way that assets are built, designed and operated, and chief amongst them is what I call ‘anecdotal predictiveness,’” he said.

Bernstein believes the vast amounts of computational power accessible at low cost via the cloud means that certain decisions that were once made by experts based on years of experience and fine-honed pattern recognition could soon be automated. “We now have access to infinite computing and infinite storage thanks to the cloud,” he said...

The Future of Business is in the Cloud

Grazed from Business2Community. Author: Rachel Delacour.

In today’s ever-changing business environment, it’s essential that employees at all levels have access to the information they need, when they need it. Whether employees are on their computers, tablets or mobile phones, they need access to the information and resources that will enable them to make important business decisions in real-time and complete tasks efficiently, wherever they are. This is the type of access that only cloud-based business tools can provide.

In addition to ease of access, cloud-based tools help businesses do more with less. They help reduce costs, allow for flexibility and scalability as a business grows, and enable automation, removing the need to invest in IT support to keep information updated and maintained. There has never been a better time than now to take advantage of the cloud...

C-suite executives at mid-market firms investing in analytics, cloud

Grazed from CIO. Author: Thor Olavsrud.

C-suite executives in mid-market firms are increasingly involving themselves in technology decision-making, and they are focusing on cloud and analytics, according to a new report by Deloitte Growth Enterprise Services. "In the middle market, technology really has become a C-suite issue," says Stephen Keathley, national technology leader of Deloitte Growth Enterprise Services and principal of Deloitte Consulting.

"The numbers are way up for executives that are actively involved in their company's technology decisions." Between May 29 and June 15 of this year, market research firm OnResearch polled 500 executives at mid-market companies on Deloitte's behalf. The poll focused on the role and value that technology plays and how it influences business decisions in the middle market...

Extending Enterprise Cloud Security

Grazed from MSPMentor. Author: Michael Brown.

Cloud computing has become such an integral part of the average consumer’s life, and the technology is quickly becoming a mainstay in the workplace. Because of the growing expectation of convenience, the workforce is turning to public cloud solutions for greater access to company data. The public cloud puts your valuable data at risk of malicious threats, but the issue is inevitable. While cloud-based file sharing presents limitless scalability, unparalleled flexibility, and greater agility, you need to be prepared for the security concerns you’re bound to encounter.

What’s so bad about the public cloud? The common thought throughout the business world is that the public cloud presents major security issues. Speaking about the complexities of the cloud, Former U.S Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfield once said: There are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say, we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns -- the ones we don't know we don't know...

Read more from the source @ http://mspmentor.net/infocenter-cloud-based-file-sharing/extending-enterprise-cloud-security

An Interactive History of Cloud Computing

Grazed from Business2Community. Author: Richard Thelwell.

The term “cloud computing” may be commonly uttered in businesses all over the world, but its complex history is less well known. This interactive timeline from Matillion charts the history of the Cloud, and its future!

1940s/50s – The Birth of Modern Computing

In 1947, researchers at the University of Manchester developed the “Manchester Baby”, the world’s first stored program computer. With its limited functionality and its vast size (over 17 feet in length) the Manchester Baby is almost unrecognisable from the computers we know today, yet it played a pivotal role in their development...

Read more from the source @ http://www.business2community.com/infographics/interactive-history-cloud-computing-01304429

Gartner expects five years for hybrid cloud to reach productivity: Are they right?

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: James Bourne.

Gartner has released its latest hype cycle for emerging technologies, and while the likes of autonomous vehicles and the Internet of Things sits atop the peak of inflated expectations, hybrid cloud computing is a bit further down the line heading straight for the trough of disillusionment.

The analyst house groups a bunch of technologies in three different stages and heavily influenced by its nexus of forces – mobile, social, cloud and information. Hybrid cloud comes under the digital marketing banner, whereby enterprises focus on new ways to reach consumers. Other technologies in this bucket include IoT, machine learning and gesture control...

Collaboration and agility shows why enterprise cloud is "worth the effort"

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: James Bourne.

A new report from Harvard Business Review Analytic Services argues that as cloud usage in the enterprise continues to rise, collaboration is now the key benefit ahead of business agility. The research, which had more than 450 participants and was sponsored by Verizon Enterprise Solutions, found 84% of respondents agreeing their organisation’s use of cloud computing had increased in the past year.

72% said their use of cloud increased collaboration options, while 71% argued business agility had been increased. Essentially, the value of the cloud comes from speed as opposed to cost savings, enabling more fluid working relationships between traditionally separate entities. One sign of a growing maturity in the space is that companies are not as quick to espouse the competitive advantage cloud normally brings...

The cloud is becoming exactly what it sought to replace

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: David Linthicum.

I remember the pitch: Cloud computing (called on-demand at the time) was the alternative to traditional enterprise software. You purchased cloud services using an on-demand or subscription model, you paid for only what you used, and you owned no hardware or software. What could be better?

Ten years later, cloud providers are becoming "enterprise-y" in their behavior -- more like the very traditional enterprise providers they were supposed to differ from. Many cloud providers are behaving like traditional enterprise software providers: selling multiyear agreements, having their customers sign closed agreements, and even selling maintenance and support...

Is the Enterprise Ready for Google's Cloud Native Approach?

Grazed from Forbes. Author: John Furrier.

For many years now, IT conferences around the world have had keynote speakers asking why Enterprise IT organizations didn’t operate more like Google GOOGL +0.58%. The line of questioning was based on the premise that Google moves quickly and creates services that end-users love, so why wouldn’t an Enterprise CIO want to emulate those characteristics for their business? It’s a valid question to ask, given the approval rating of many CIOs is near 40% and their leadership believes IT moves too slowly for the business.

But until last week, it was nearly impossible for Enterprise IT organizations to get the core technologies from Google into their own data centers. They could easily use services such as Gmail or Google Apps, but it rarely ran their most critical or differentiated applications. That all changed last week, as Google announced the formation of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) and the release of their Kubernetes software as open-source for the open community...

Intel Kicks Off Broad Effort to Grow Enterprise Cloud

Grazed from eWeek. Author: Jeffrey Burt.

Intel executives are kicking off a broad initiative to accelerate the adoption of cloud computing in enterprise data centers and to position the company's silicon and related products as the enabling technologies for the infrastructure that will power the clouds. Officials with the giant chip maker on July 23 unveiled the Intel Cloud for All strategy, which includes not only supplying the processors for the systems running in the cloud environments, but also investing in the ecosystem that will develop the solutions for software-defined infrastructures, leveraging Intel's platform technologies to optimize the infrastructure to run an array of cloud workloads, and pushing the development of open standards and offerings to encourage cloud deployments.

The investments could come in a range of forms, from product launches and acquisitions to investing in other companies and partnerships, according to Diane Bryant, senior vice president and general manager of Intel's Data Center Group. The goal of all this is to "accelerate the adoption of highly efficient clouds for businesses and providers," Bryant said during a conference call with journalists and analysts...