Enterprise Adoption

The cloud as the great leveller: bringing enterprise-grade insight to SMBs

Grazed from TechRadar.  Author: Alistair Forbes.

Over the last several years, the discussions amongst enterprises about the advantages and disadvantages of various cloud models have filtered through to decision-makers in businesses across the UK. Perception, as the adage goes, is reality.

Executives have heard of enterprises fearing that cloud-based solutions can result in sacrificing security, privacy and control of business-critical data, but they have equally seen examples of enterprises relying on cloud computing and enjoying many forms of competitive advantage such as savings in time and cost...

Is 2015 the Year of Enlightenment for Cloud Computing?

Grazed from MSPMentor.  Author: Michael Brown.

Will 2015 be the year the cloud gets past the hype? While cloud-based file sharing and other cloud services are being adopted by almost all businesses, the cloud is still in the early stages of its technological revolution. Whether it is personal computers, the internet, or 3D printing, every new technology goes through a period of hype and disillusionment before the really productive innovation takes place.

Gartner calls this the Hype Cycle of Emerging Technologies. According to Gartner, cloud computing has already passed the inflated expectations people had about it and everyone is beginning to become disillusioned by it...

Why & How You Need to be Taking Advantage of Cloud Computing

Grazed from Effective Software.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Cloud based platforms are a modern, reliable and cost effective way to manage the day to day running of your business. As well as being secure, cloud based platforms are scalable, allowing for easy future expansion when your business needs it.

In recent years, interest in cloud computing has skyrocketed. The business world has been quick to embrace it. This is because the benefits cloud based platforms can offer businesses are becoming more and more apparent. These benefits can be reaped by a wide range of businesses across multiple sectors...

How Cloud Computing is Set to Shape the Next Decade of Technology

Grazed from CustomerThink.  Author: Gary Gould.

What we can expect from the Cloud over the next ten years.  In the United Kingdom, almost seventy per cent of businesses are using at least one cloud based service.  That’s a huge leap from five years ago, when the Cloud would barely crop up in conversation.

Nowadays, we are forever reading about cloud technology, the Internet of Things, virtual desktops and wearable technology. For the small business owner, there’s a lot to keep up with. After all, you never know when the next generation-defining innovation is going to be launched, and you need to be prepared to use it to its full potential when it finally drops...

85% of Enterprises Say Cloud Has Lived Up to the Hype

Grazed from BusinessWire.  Author: PR Announcement.

Research conducted by Tata Communications, a leading provider of A New World of Communications™, has found that organisations with 500+ employees are seeing tangible benefits from cloud computing. 85% say cloud had lived up to industry hype, with 23% declaring that cloud had exceeded their expectations.

According to the global survey, this groundswell of positive opinion has been contributed to by enterprises experiencing tangible benefits when using cloud services – with 83% of enterprises feeling they have experienced benefits they did not expect to see. The most popular of these benefits cited by respondents were: increased productivity (69%), better access to data (65%), and reductions in costs (63%)...

Considering the Cloud

Grazed from CFO.  Author: Keith Button.

The cloud computing bandwagon continues to pick up speed, with software-as-a-service (SaaS) arrangements now outselling licensed software. Moreover, cloud computing is winning corporate converts to infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), which offers virtual hardware, storage capacity, network connections, and so on; and platform-as-a-service (PaaS), which enables users to build software applications over the Internet.

It’s not surprising that so many companies have migrated to the cloud, given its promise of cost savings, increased flexibility, and greater ease of use. But they still face choices among public, private, and hybrid public-private cloud arrangements. Moreover, there are a number of cost-benefit considerations and risks to address. And for certain applications, on-premises software may still be the best bet...

How IBM Continues to Rise in the Cloud as It Seeks to Boost Adoption

Grazed from TheStreet. Author: Chris Ciaccia.

As IBM pushes its clients toward cloud computing, the software and services provider announced new investments Monday in its hybrid cloud offerings to boost revenue in a fast-expanding part of its business. "Today, we are launching a new class of cloud innovations that extend open standards capabilities for the enterprise," said IBM SVP Robert LeBlanc in a statement. "Data location across an ever growing number of clouds is an increasing concern for customers and we are unveiling new portability and developer services to make this easier to manage."

By doing so, IBM's customers will be able to move their software, platforms and information-technology systems to the hybrid cloud, which allows clients to manage some resources internally and others on IBM's platform. The dual cloud platform is intended to make it easier to adopt and update a client's IT needs...

Increased Adoption of Cloud-Based Services Will Supercharge the Global Cloud-Enabling Technologies Market Through 2019

Grazed from YahooFinance. Author: Editorial Staff.

The Global Cloud-Enabling Technologies Market is expected to post a CAGR of 16.6 percent from 2014-2019, thanks to increased adoption of cloud-based services by enterprises, according to a new report from research firm TechNavio. The latest report by TechNavio highlights the ever-increasing adoption of cloud-based services by enterprises worldwide, which will result in innovative technologies and make the cloud environment more efficient.

Many vendors are focusing on product improvement in order to enhance cloud capabilities and remain competitive in the market. Virtualization is the most popular cloud-enabling technology, and it plays a vital role in shaping cloud datacenter operations. “Virtualization offers a more streamlined platform to optimize IT resources, making them more scalable, which indirectly decreases the cost of adopting cloud services and also simplifies the delivery of services in cloud environments,” says Faisal Ghaus, Vice President of TechNavio...

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Cloud Computing: EU Data Protection three years on -Playing catch up with a changing world

Grazed from ITProPortal.  Author: Sue Trembley.

In January 2012, new EU rules designed to create a secure and unified landscape for the collection, use and retention of data were announced.  The changes in regulation were based in part on consumer research undertaken two years earlier and aimed to reflect growing concerns around online data privacy, the evolving digital landscape and globalisation.

The new rules would give individuals greater control over their personal data, make businesses more accountable for that data – with stricter requirements for protection and penalties around data breaches, for example – and commit EU member states to a set of consistent, legally-enforced regulations and rigid definitions...

Cloud Computing: Nadella looks to future beyond Windows

Grazed from BusinessStandard.  Author: Editorial Staff.

"Our industry does not respect tradition. It only respects innovation," Satya Nadella said in February 2014 when he was appointed chief executive officer of Microsoft. After 39 years, the company Bill Gates co-founded had come to be perceived as an out-of-touch behemoth that relied too much on its Windows operating system and failed to move into new markets, like mobile.

Key products such as Microsoft Office - the suite of applications that includes Word and Excel-had been designed around Windows, with only parts converted to work on Apple's iOS and Google's Android systems. Nadella's accession would be a chance to reorient the company, getting it to introduce products that looked outside Windows and to develop new business models...