Enterprise Adoption

Advances in cloud computing alone are expected to create 2.5 million additional jobs in Europe by 2020

Grazed from Project-Syndicate.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Europe is on the cusp of an unprecedented technological transformation. I call it the Internet of Everything: the penetration of the World Wide Web into the everyday aspects of our lives. Wearable technology will tell us how well we are sleeping and whether we need to exercise. Sensors in the street will help us avoid traffic jams and find parking. Telemedicine applications will allow physicians to treat patients who are hundreds of miles away.

This massive transition will transform how citizens interact with their governments, revolutionize entire industries, and change the way we engage with one another. In Europe, the Internet of Everything is emerging as the single most promising way to revive a moribund economy and tackle the continent's stubborn unemployment problem, with companies, cities, and even countries positioning themselves as leaders in innovation, growth, and the creation of jobs.

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Five Critical Questions to Ask Before Moving Data to the Cloud

Grazed from ITBusinessEdge.  Author: Editorial Staff.

In the last few years, "the cloud" has become a household term, yet it's not always as well understood as you might think. Used in this popular singular form, "the cloud" suggests that there really is a single, nebulous entity where computing resources and endless data storage magically reside.

Of course, the reality is that the cloud is a network of data centers, and within those, a network of servers and storage nodes. The real mystery begins when organizations start taking a closer look at the cloud's inner workings, asking such questions as: Where exactly does my cloud data live...

Why 'cloud computing' is called 'cloud computing'

Grazed from BusinessInsider. Author: Matt Weinberger.

What the heck is "the cloud"? Like "non-GMO," "part of a complete breakfast,"and "Intel Inside" before it, marketers have convinced us that "the cloud" is something we should want without ever really truly knowing why. When Microsoft airs TV commercials touting its range of cloud services and how it helps research teams work on cures for cancer, it hopes we're nodding knowingly.

So, where does the phrase come from? Let's back up. Rewind to the early nineties: Computer scientists and engineers needed some way in their diagrams and slideshows to refer to "the network," that big grouping of computers and storage devices out there somewhere. In other words, they needed some way to refer to something that was, essentially, somebody else's problem...

Everything you need to know about cloud in just one tweet

Grazed from TechRepublic.  Author: Matt Asay.

There are lots of ways to explain the explosion of public cloud computing and the comparatively conservative growth of private cloud. We can talk about elasticity, shadow IT, and a number of other contributing factors.

But every once in a while, someone manages to sum up an argument in just one tweet, as Owen Rogers, a senior analyst with 451 Research, did this week. In fewer than 140 characters, Rogers said everything you need to know about why public cloud is the future of enterprise computing...

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."...

One In Four Enterprises See 'Surprise' Cloud Benefits, Survey Finds

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Joe McKendrick.

A recent survey of 1,000 executives discusses some of the benefits enterprises are seeing as a result of cloud computing. What catches the eye, however, is the number of executives who are seeing benefits they never really expected — close to one in four, in many cases. For example, 25 percent say they unexpectedly experienced improved communications within their organizations.

Another 22 percent report increased revenues they did not anticipate, and 22 percent say they experienced greater customer satisfaction — again, not part of the original plan. It’s also notable that 21 percent say cloud has actually delivered improved security. In total, 83 percent of executives report benefits they did not expect to see...

Financial services firms still cagey about cloud computing

Grazed from BankingTech. Author: David Bannister.

Cloud computing is becoming more prevalent throughout the financial sector but many firms say they are less than halfway to having a firm cloud strategy in place, with controls and security remaining primary concerns. In a new survey carried out by the Cloud Security Alliance, How Cloud is Being Used in the Financial Sector, 61% of respondents admitted that a cloud strategy is only in the formative stages within their organisation, with 39-47% planning to use a mix of in-house IT, private, and public clouds, and 18% planning to use private clouds. None of the respondents have plans to host a majority of their applications or systems in a public cloud.

The results of the survey also showed that the more a firm’s customer base uses electronic transaction channels, the less strict the cloud policy that firm takes, with only 3% of these types of organisations indicating having a strict cloud policy in place. “The results of this report are insightful into understanding how the financial services industry is progressing in terms of cloud adoption and how cloud providers can best serve their interests and needs,” said Jim Reavis, chief executive of the CSA...

How Far Along In The Cloud Are You?

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: CJ Arlotta.

There's a way of thinking about cloud computing that the channel needs to throw out the window faster than IBM can lay off employees — and that's the "all or nothing" approach. Not everything needs to live in the cloud, even though almost every partner conference points you in this direction.

There are times when businesses will want to keep sensitive data on the ground, and their needs — not a vendor's solutions roadmap — are what keep you in business, don't you agree? Going all in with cloud isn't always the best route for every channel partner. Some business models leave room for opportunity in the cloud while others don't...

Catering to Happy Employees with Cloud Computing

Grazed from SecurityMagazine. Author: Diane Ritchey.

Want happy employees? It’s more than the occasional catered office lunch. It’s providing an environment where employees can be productive, collaborate with colleagues and find creative ways to power through their to-do lists. Mobile devices play a primary role in this movement, but so have the widespread adoption of public and private cloud applications, which have provided workers access to their files, and each other, anywhere, anytime and from any device.

According to research by Softchoice, an IT and managed services provider, technology – specifically, access to and use of cloud apps – makes employees happier at work, more satisfied with their work-life balance and more willing to stay with their current employers. Softchoice research reveals that 74 percent of employees who use up to five cloud apps say they are happy at work, compared to just 19 percent of non-app users, and that 85 percent of employees who use six or more cloud apps for work feel that they have an optimal work-life balance, compared to 59 percent of non-app users...

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Ericsson joins with Intel to help telecoms firms get in the cloud

Grazed from Reuters. Author: Eric Auchard.

Telecom equipment maker Ericsson and chipmaker Intel have agreed a partnership deal to help network operator customers build datacentres, putting them on a more competitive footing against big, cloud-based Internet firms such as Google, Facebook and Amazon. "We will build datacentre equipment which will actually have the same performance as many of the big cloud providers are doing for themselves," Ericsson's chief executive, Hans Vestberg, told a news conference at the Mobile World Congress telecoms trade show in Barcelona on Monday.

Ericsson, the world's leading maker of mobile network equipment, said it will help its global base of major telecoms companies to shift to cloud computing using Intel datacentre designs to compete more actively with Web rivals. No financial terms of the partnership were disclosed...

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