Cloud Computing

MYOB cloud/desktop model will provide opportunities for developers

Grazed from IT Wire.  Author: Stephen Withers.

One of the biggest problems with the hybrid desktop/cloud model being adopted by MYOB is dealing with any conflicts that arise when at least one user is working in offline mode. For some aspects of the software, the issue is no big deal, but for others it is a crucial consideration.

For example, it is easy to reconcile a situation where two people have created a contact record for the same new customer. But how can you tell if a disconnected user has just paid a particular invoice? And how can you ensure that invoices are issued with strictly sequential numbers?

HP Picks up Database, Cloud Automation Vendor Stratavia

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Susan Hall.

Even while it's still jockeying with Dell to buy storage vendor 3PAR, Hewlett-Packard has picked up database and data center automation company Stratavia, according to TechCrunch. Financial details were not disclosed.

 

TechCrunch says of Stratavia's technology:

HP Sharpens Private Cloud Claws

Grazed from CRN.  Author: Andrew R. Hickey.

In a bid to show it hasn't fallen behind the pack when it comes to cloud computing, HP (NYSE:HPQ) this week revealed plans to launch a set of self-assessment tools for customers to determine their cloud readiness. The tech giant also amassed a crew of cloud advisors to help shape its cloud plan of attack.

Gartner: The six elements of cloud analytics and SaaS BI

Grazed from TechTarget.  Author: Jeff Kelly.

You may think you know what business intelligence (BI) or data analytics in the cloud means, but think again.

Analytics in the cloud doesn’t refer to just a SaaS-based BI application or a hosted data warehouse (although it does include these things) but to any one of six critical elements, according to a new report by Stamford, Conn.-based Gartner.

Failure to understand the details of cloud analytics could mean disaster for future projects, said Gartner analyst Bill Gassman, co-author of the report.

TCO Tool Compares Cloud Versus In-house Development Costs

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: John Storts.

The potential for increased agility and speedier deployment is what should drive an initiative to shift software development into the cloud, rather than strictly basing a decision on cost savings, according to Info-Tech Research Group. But, cost is a huge factor in this decision. Improvements to agility and deployment won't mean quite as much if the expense of the move (or projected expense increases) outweighs them.

Market Leaders: Small-Business Suite CRM

Grazed from Destination CRM.  Author: Juan Martinez.

The Market

Using CMDBs and service catalogs to build private clouds

Grazed from TechTarget.  Author:  Bill Claybrook.

With a few exceptions, discussions around private clouds do not include IT Infrastructure Libraries (ITILs), configuration management databases (CMDBs) and service catalogs, but that is quickly changing. Steve Todd, in particular, has noted that when designing the software architecture for a private cloud implementation, one architectural component becomes central: the CMDB.

PaaS Assessment Tool: Can Your App Development Be Done in the Cloud?

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: John Storts.

Thinking of moving your application development platform offsite and into the cloud? Before making that decision, you'll want to determine if such a move is right for the your organization's business needs. You'll need to know if your development team is ready and if the applications being produced are appropriate for the cloud.

 

Survey: Infrastructure-as-a-Service Adoption on the Rise

Grazed from eWeek.  Author: Darryl K. Taft.

According to a new report from the Yankee Group, enterprise adoption of infrastructure as a service is growing rapidly.

Australian etailers looking for technology change

Grazed from IT Wire.  Author:  Stephen Withers.

New research from Forrester shows that 50% of Australian online retailers are planning to change their eCommerce platforms within two years. But mobile access is not a priority for most of the companies responding to the survey.

The main problem cited by Forrester is that retailers have tended to choose an eCommerce platform without realising how much sales growth would occur, and they are now running into the limitations of the originally selected software.