Cloud Services Become, Quite Literally, A Commodity

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Tim Worstall.

This is pretty quick for a product that is so new. Cloud Services have only been around for a few years as the technology to make them possible began to exist (specifically, cheap enough servers and broadband) but they’re already just about to become, quite literally, commodities. For the commodity markets are about to start trading a contract in cloud services:

If you thought cloud computing was complicated now, just wait until next year, when pin-striped traders will buy and sell contracts in the stuff. At least, that’s the plan of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, which announced on Monday that it had signed a “definitive agreement” to build a commodity exchange dedicated to the buying and selling of infrastructure-as-a-service contracts whose value will be determined via a technology from cloud measurement firm 6fusion...

Cloud Computing: Infographic Top 5 Tools for Government Tech

Grazed from SmartDataCollective. Author: Zach Taiji.

Over the past few years, cloud computing has become an increasingly popular technology for businesses around the world because of its ease of access from remote locations - removing the need for locally installed software. Cloud computing and SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) tools can be great solutions for local and state-level governments with limited resources, since most solutions are affordable, scale to specific needs and allow employees to access secure data from anywhere.

As governments get larger in size (federal), there are even custom-built and propietary solutions. Below are 5 SaaS tools for local and state governments that cover everything from managing citizen relationships to tracking government funds and finances...

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A Better Way To Integrate Saas Services And Marketplaces

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Ayo Omojola.

Since starting Hipmob, we’ve tried to make it easy to use us along with the other tools that you use. With that in mind, we have over three dozen integrations with services as varied as Zendesk, Salesforce, to Shopify. Some have been more successful than others in terms of lead generation, general awareness and revenue, but in polling our fellow founders, we’ve discovered that the ROI for integrations in general is pretty low.

Most integrations seem to be more useful when you’re lucky to have a customer that uses both your product and the partner’s product. Otherwise it’s a hard sell. In our experience though, this is a huge missed opportunity; to make customers happy, to drive leads on both sides of the table, and to drive forward the cause of APIs as a whole...

Saas, PaaS and the Cloud? Part 2: Top 5 Considerations for Purchasing Hosted Services - Software/Platform-as-a-Service

Grazed from NationalLawReview. Author: Christine M. Wahr and Sarah T. Hogan.

You’ve read part 1 of our series, and you’re now armed with the knowledge about hosted services and cloud computing that you’ve been too embarrassed to ask. To help you bring it home – virtually – we offer our top 5 considerations when purchasing hosted services for your organization:

1. Implement processes for agreement to non-negotiable terms. Many lower priced hosted services providers will present terms of use in a “click-through” or “click-wrap” agreement. These “take it or leave it” terms are intended to avoid a costly negotiation over legal language where this is low profit margin for the services. While the vast majority of click-through terms will be acceptable for the services being purchased, your organization should make sure individuals with purchasing authority are trained to recognize provisions that raise your organization’s risk profile, and to escalate those provisions for legal review. For example, legal and IT security should review all terms relating to privacy and data security. Additionally, users should escalate for legal approval any provision requiring indemnification by your organization, as well as any provision purporting to claim ownership of any of your organization’s data or intellectual property...

Saas, PaaS and the Cloud? Part 1: Hosted Services Basics for the Sourcing Professional - Software/Platform-as-a-Service

Grazed from NationalLawReview. Author: Christine M. Wahr and Sarah T. Hogan.

In today’s world, it seems that virtually every business is using or offering some degree of online services. If you’re involved in making technology purchasing decisions for your business, you likely receive numerous requests related to purchasing hosted services, though the nuances of what a hosted service is and the particular legal considerations such a purchase raises may still be hazy concepts. If this resonates with you, you are not alone – even the most tech-savvy users can be left confused in this ever-evolving industry. To assist you in responding rapidly to these requests, we have pulled together a two-part series containing a quick reference guide of basics and top 5 considerations for purchasers of hosted solutions. Welcome to part 1 of this series, Hosting 101: The Basics.

What is a hosted service? The term “hosted service” is used to refer to a product or service powered by information technology resources that you do not own or control. Users are provided with access to the product or service without the need to purchase and maintain the necessary software,hardware, server space and other logistical and technical resources. You may run into hosted services that are provided on a dedicated server owned by the provider, but today, more often than not, hosted services are provided via the cloud...

SaaS vs. In-House DAM (Digital Asset Management) - Which is Right For You?

Grazed from CMSWire. Author: Jeff Lawrence.

The choice between cloud-based and in-house DAM used to be easy. Between the high cost of cloud storage and bandwidth, and the limited capabilities of SaaS (software as a service) solutions — the argument for in-house DAM was clear. Cost is no longer the sole determining factor. Cloud computing and storage costs have lowered in the last few years, making SaaS a viable choice for many organizations. SaaS DAM vendors have responded to customer needs by offering new features and functionality that directly compete with the capabilities of in-house solutions — such as integration tools for social media — which places them squarely on the competitive playing field.

What’s the Difference?

SaaS is not a panacea, in-house solutions are still the right fit for many organizations. In general, in-house DAM solutions are limited only to the organization’s hardware infrastructure, security governance, network and quality of IT support. The client is responsible for the purchase and support of the hardware, software, database, storage, security and business continuity planning...

Microsoft Azure embraces outside technologies

Grazed from ITWorld. Author: Joab Jackson.

As it rolled out tools and features for coders at its Build developer conference Thursday, Microsoft showed that it is ready to embrace technologies and platforms not invented within its walls. Rather than relying solely on internal tools, the Azure cloud services platform has incorporated a number of non-Microsoft technologies, including popular open source tools such as the Chef and Puppet configuration management software, the OAuth authorization standard, and the Hadoop data processing platform.

The company has also taken steps to incorporate open source into its product roadmaps, by releasing the code for its new compiler and setting up a foundation for managing open source .Net projects. "Clearly Microsoft's message is its support of multi-platform. It will take any part of your stack, it doesn't have to be just Microsoft software," said Al Hilwa, IDC research program director for software development. "This is good for Microsoft and good for the ecosystem."...

Unisys: Private Cloud, SaaS Delivery Models Popular Among CIOs

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Dan Kobialka.

Unisys, a global information technology company, reported today that more senior-level IT executives are moving their organizational information into the cloud. In a survey conducted by Unisys and IDG Research throughout 2013, more than 50 percent of senior-level IT leaders at organizations with over 1,000 employees indicated that they have at least one application or a portion of their organization’s IT infrastructure in the cloud.

These executives also noted that about 26 percent of their enterprise information currently resides in a private cloud, and, despite their security concerns, they expect that percentage to grow to about 32 percent in the next 18 months. Colin Lacey, Unisys' VP of Data Center and Cloud Transformation Solutions and Services, said that many CIOs and senior-level IT executives are using private cloud and software-as-a-service (SaaS) delivery models to lower their operating costs and ensure secure, consistent delivery of IT services to their employees and customers...

Learning the Ropes: Cloud Computing Services IaaS and PaaS

Grazed from BusinessBee.  Author: Alexia Chianis.

Cloud computing is no longer reserved for Fortune 500 companies. Its popularity has skyrocketed in among small business owners who are reaching to the Cloud to boost productivity, support their emerging virtual workplace and gain access to the latest computing technology. As a bonus, Cloud services deliver the scalability the small business IT guru craves, and a flexible pay-as-you-go pricing structure that will please number crunchers.

There are many benefits of moving to the Cloud, but if you’re just getting started with Cloud computing you may find the slew of terms that accompany it make your head dizzy. If you’re a small business owner or entrepreneur who wants to sort out what Cloud computing terms are all about, you’ve come to the right place...

The Benefits of True SaaS and the Dangers of Cloud Impostors

Grazed from Business2Community.  Author: Raj Narayanaswamy.

The cloud services model for delivering software has become wildly popular over the last few years because it offers benefits that legacy, on-premise software can’t match. Its consistent, hassle-free updates, economies of scale derived from centralized maintenance, and predictable cost models have all contributed to the global rush for businesses to move many of their enterprise applications to the cloud.

By 2017, enterprise spending on cloud computing will amount to a projected $235.1 billion, triple the $78.2 billion spent in 2011, according to the market research firm IHS. Spending for infrastructure and services related to the cloud will reach an estimated $174.2 billion this year, up 20% from the amount spent in 2013, the firm reported...