Cloud Applications

Oracle President Thomas Kurian Demonstrates Oracle's Cloud Innovation Across Applications, Platform, and Infrastructure Services

Grazed from CNNMoney. Author: Editorial Staff.

At Oracle (NYSE: ORCL) OpenWorld 2015, Thomas Kurian, Oracle President of Product Development, discussed new cloud services that show Oracle's deep innovation across cloud applications, platform, and infrastructure services. Kurian also demonstrated several services on stage, showing how easily people can tap Oracle's cloud services.

"Any person, anyplace in the world, with just a browser, can access our cloud and get access to all these amazing new product innovations we've delivered," Kurian said during his keynote Tuesday in San Francisco. Oracle's cloud innovations span infrastructure, analytics, management, integration, database, and more...

Oracle Cloud Applications Drive Business Transformation Around the World

Grazed from Oracle.

Organizations worldwide are increasingly adopting Oracle Cloud Applications to grow faster, differentiate from competitors and better serve their customers. A complete and fully integrated suite of cloud applications for every function in the enterprise, Oracle Cloud Applications enable organizations across all industries to quickly and easily adopt modern best practices, increase business agility, reduce complexity and costs, and succeed in a digital world.

To deliver the experiences customers expect, attract and retain the talent required to succeed, and achieve the performance that today’s digital economy demands, organizations across all industries need to transform their critical business functions and embrace modern best practices. This transformation requires complete, integrated and modern business applications that provide business users with quick and easy access to social, mobile and analytic capabilities.

When Is SaaS Right For Your Business?

Grazed from TechWeekEurope. Author: Duncan Macrae.

With the proliferation of cloud computing, SaaS could be a good option for your business, but it’s not for everyone. Ian Finlay, COO, Abiquo, discusses how to tell if it’s right for you. Although cloud computing is still in its first flush of youth, it’s continually evolving at a fast pace and has made a large impact on the modern business – as has its cousin, cloud-based software as a service (SaaS).

Many organisations are actively considering adopting the cloud, with Gartner predicting cloud computing as one of the ten strategic technology trends for 2015. Global cloud services spending reached $56.6bn last year and will grow to more than $127bn in 2018, according to recent data from International Data Corporation (IDC)...

Designing applications for the cloud

Grazed from PublicTechnology. Author: Simon Hansford.

These days, cloud is one of the most over used terms in the computing industry. Many products and services that have existed for years have been renamed or refreshed to incorporate the word cloud to benefit from the cache, or the increased stock market value, that the term brings.

Most IT professionals will recognise the National Institute of Standards Technology (NIST) Definition of cloud computing with three services models (Platform-as-a-Service, Infrastructure-as-a-Service and Software-as-a-Service), four deployment models and five essential characteristics...

Amazon Unveils Cloud Drive Apps

Grazed from MSPMentor. Author: Dan Kobialka.

Amazon (AMZN) is providing Cloud Drive users with the ability to access files via smartphones and tablets. The technology giant this week launched Cloud Drive applications on iTunes, Google Play and the Amazon Appstore. So what do the new apps mean for managed service providers (MSPs)?

These apps offer a simplified folder list and a way to view and share files that could make it easier for sales representatives and service technicians to access files on the go, according to TechCrunch. The Cloud Drive apps allow users to view files stored with Amazon and navigate through directories, InformationWeek noted...

European project seeks to use the cloud to spot road hazards

Grazed from FleetOwner. Author: Sean Kilcarr.

European traffic location and navigation provider HERE is spearheading an interesting project in Finland, one that seeks to use cloud computing to help vehicles spot a variety of road hazards well before a human driver can see them. This pilot project, expected to start in 2016, intends to assess the capability of current and emerging mobile network and location cloud technologies to transmit critical road safety information in real-time to vehicles, such as black ice, an animal on the highway, sudden traffic build-up, or an accident.

George Filley, who heads HERE’s digital transportation infrastructure program, said in a statement that his company is being tasked by the Finnish Transport Agency (FTA) and Trafi, the Finnish Transport Safety Agency, to lead this pilot – called Coop – and will work together with traffic information management service company Infotripla in implementing it...

Read more from the source @ http://fleetowner.com/blog/european-project-seeks-use-cloud-spot-road-hazards

Schemas – Get the Data You Need from Cloud Applications

Grazed from Business2Technology.  Author: Matthew Eager.

OK, so you’ve got data spread across a number of cloud applications and you have decided to bring that data together to understand your business better. Great. But you have customer information over here and order information over there, invoices in this system, and inventory in that one. When it comes to lining up the data, how does that work, really?

In part one of this article, I will describe how to go about matching data across cloud apps. Be sure to read part two on data schema challenges related to getting the data you need from a particular app...

IBM releases IoT electronic design platform in the cloud

Grazed from TheStack. Author: Alice MacGregor.

IBM has announced that it will be teaming up with silicon chip design platform provider SiCAD to offer a cloud-based solution - High Performance Services for Electronic Design Automation (EDA) - to help improve silicon design for smartphones, wearables and IoT devices.

The new set of tools will be available on demand across IBM’s SoftLayer infrastructure on a pay-as-you-go basis, allowing clients the flexibility to scale up or down depending on demand. According to Big Blue the new patented suite will deliver three main services: IBM Library Characterisation, to help the creation of abstract electrical and timing models for chip design; IBM Logic Verification, for the simulation of electronic systems and design languages; and IBM Spice, an electronic circuit simulator designed to measure quality and test chip behaviour...

As Enterprise Cloud Computing Adoption Matures, Investments In Application Development Increase

Grazed from Forbes.  Author: Louis Columbus.

Application development (34%), managed services (27%), ERP implementations (22%) and cloud (20%) are the highest spending priorities for enterprises in 2015 according to the latest Cowen & Company IT spending survey.  53% of enterprises plan to purchase Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) services from an IT services provider.

21% year-over-year spending growth on SMAC technologies is forecast between 2014 and 2015.  Funding is expected to increase 7 to 8 times vs. average IT Services budgets for digital and SMAC-based initiatives this year.  These and other insights are from Cowen & Company’s Mid-Year 2015 IT Spending Survey published May 26th (client access)...

Cloud Computing: More Java holes found in Google App Engine

Grazed from ITNews. Author: Juha Saarinen.

A Polish security firm has discovered more vulnerabilities in the Java coding platform used on Google's App Engine (GAE) cloud computing service, which could allow users to get access beyond their own virtual machines. The Security Explorations team, which has made a name for itself by unearthing large numbers of security holes in Oracle's Java framework over the past few years, said it had reported seven vulnerabilities to Google, along with proof of concept code.

Three of the flaws allow complete bypass of the GAE Java security sandbox. Such a bypass could be used by attackers to glean information about the Java Runtime Environment as well as Google's internal services and protocols to spawn further attacks on the GAE platform itself...