Cloud Adoption

Microsoft Cloud Initiatives Lining Up for Global Enterprise Segment Domination

Grazed from 1RedDrop. Author: Editorial Staff.

You may have come across several articles in the past about how Amazon is trying to achieve global domination. The way the company has gone about its business, disrupting the retail industry in United States, swiftly moving into all the top ten economies of the world and a few more, and continually growing its revenues at double digit rates despite making more than $100 billion dollars a year. Does it look at all like they are on an unstoppable roll?

But this article is not about Amazon. It’s about Microsoft. Surprise! It’s about how much the company has changed in the past few years, and how, little by little, their plan to dominate the enterprise market around the world is taking shape. Microsoft in its previous avatar did Windows, and then some...

10 ways Google improved its cloud at NEXT

Grazed from NetworkAsia. Author: Brandon Butler.

Google cloud is seen by analysts as an up and comer. Company executives will even admit that the past few years Google has not had everything it needs to compete for enterprise customers in the IaaS public cloud market against Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and even IBM. But they will also tell you that Google is ready now.

Recently, Google held NEXT, its user conference where the company introduces new cloud features and users get to learn about the cloud platform. In the opening day keynote, Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Alphabet, the parent company of Google’s cloud division, said that not many analysts have questioned Google’s technical abilities in the cloud. But now, they’ve rounded out the rest of their portfolio...

Google’s secret weapon in cloud computing: people

Grazed from ComputerWorld. Author: David Needle.

Google had several big tech and service announcements at this week's second annual Google Cloud Next conference here. But the company is also leveraging a surprising resource to win enterprise customers - people. It's surprising because Google's biggest successes have come from technology that pretty much sells itself, such as search and related advertising services like AdWords and AdSense.

But in those areas, Google succeeded because it was able to adroitly exploit its first mover advantage. In cloud computing, it trails the clear leader Amazon Web Services (AWS) and second-place Microsoft Azure. So at Cloud Next, the company did what smart competitors do: it unveiled new features and pricing designed to better position the Google Cloud Platform (GCP) as a worthy alternative...

Read more from the source @ http://www.computerworld.com/article/3179764/cloud-computing/googles-secret-weapon-in-cloud-computing-people.html

Cloud Computing: Future Startups Will Succeed Only If They Acknowledge These Harsh Realities

Grazed from Entrepreneur. Author: Dan Blacharski.

The dotcom boom of the 1990s was a glorious and wonderfully chaotic time. When it began, nobody really knew that there was such a thing going on as a “dotcom boom,” they just knew that there was something exciting and disruptive happening, and they wanted in. Only a very small handful of visionaries truly saw the full scope of what it was and how it would change the world.

There were a lot of things about that time that failed. A lot of companies burned out quickly, a lot of venture capital money went up in smoke and a lot of 20-year-olds found themselves on the unemployment line with nothing on their resume except “Dotcom CEO.” Yet, a lot of things went right too: The innovative spirit changed how we view and launch startups to this day...

Cloud Computing-Savvy Companies Enjoy Greater Revenues And Speed, Survey Suggests

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Joe McKendrick.

At first, it's all about cost savings -- avoiding up-front fees, hardware costs, and ongoing maintenance and software upgrades. But looking beyond the operational concerns with cloud computing, things get much more interesting. Cloud really begins to shine when it becomes an enabler for increased business opportunities, and expanded horizons.

The challenge is measuring, or at least understanding, the gains. Incremental savings from moving an application off a local server to a cloud site are easy to capture and document. But how do you measure increased agility? How do you measure the ability to pivot to new business opportunities? How do you measure an increased capacity for innovation?...

3 Ways Cloud Computing Is Revolutionizing the Retail Industry

Grazed from CIO. Author: Jennifer Ramstrom.

The retail industry is widely adopting cloud computing, with its investment in cloud technologies skyrocketing from $4 billion in 2011 to an estimated $15 billion last year, according to a recent Accenture report. Like the banking and manufacturing industries, retailers are recognizing the transformative role of cloud computing in today’s digital world. Here are the three ways the retail industry is embracing cloud computing to revolutionize long-standing, core business strategies:

Selling Products

Retailers are finding themselves competing in a marketplace that is increasingly dominated by mobile devices. Today, more than 30% of all commerce will occur on mobile devices. Likewise, more than 80% of customers will use a mobile device or app to inform their purchasing decision...

Read more from the source @ http://www.cio.com/article/3156599/cloud-computing/3-ways-cloud-computing-is-revolutionizing-the-retail-industry.html

That was the year that was: 2016 in cloud - and what’s on the horizon for 2017

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: Editorial Staff.

2016 was an interesting year in cloud computing. For the European market, data protection regulation came into force, while many of the major cloud providers began to move their operations into and build data centres in Europe, from AWS, to Microsoft, to IBM. Regarding acquisitions, Oracle bought NetSuite, Microsoft bought LinkedIn and Samsung acquired Joyent, while in terms of trends, DevOps, containers and security continued to be the primary talking points. Here is our short review of the main stories from the more than 400 that went live on CloudTech last year:

2016 in review

AWS celebrates its 10th birthday. On March 14 2006, a press release went out on the wire from Amazon announcing “a simple storage service that offers software developers a highly scalable, reliable, and low-latency data storage infrastructure at very low costs.” Thus AWS was born, and a decade on the company enjoys significant market share leadership in the IaaS space...

Read more from the source @ http://www.cloudcomputing-news.net/news/2017/jan/05/was-year-was-2016-cloud-and-whats-horizon-2017/

Planning is over - it’s time to actually move to the cloud

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: David Linthicum.

It’s a new year. We'll soon have a new president in the White House, tax returns due in four months, and a bunch of resolutions that we'll have failed to keep by February. But there is one more thing to do. Most enterprises have spent the last few years determining the what of cloud computing: What is it? What does it do for you? What does it cost?

By what dates do your applications need to be in the cloud? They're all good questions to answer, but now in 2017 it’s time to get to work -- that is, to move from the what to the how. As part of that move to the how of cloud computing, enterprises need to take care of a few points in planning:...

Read more from the source @ http://www.infoworld.com/article/3152871/cloud-computing/planning-is-over-its-time-to-actually-move-to-the-cloud.html

A to Z of the Cloud: Part three

Grazed from ITProPortal. Author: Tony Connor.

In our final instalment of this three-part A to Z series of terms you might commonly hear associated with the Cloud, we will take you through the letters S to Z. Our previous instalments have included a wide range of terms, from DevOps and Elastic computing to Operating system and Redundancy, and if you’d like to go back through and see the terms we have covered off already, you can read Part 1 here, and Part 2 here. With just a few more terms left to explain for you, we now pick up where we left off with the letter S.

S is for SaaS

Software as a Service, sometimes referred to as “on-demand software”, is a type of software which is hosted centrally “in the cloud” and paid for using a subscription, a so-called pay-as-you-go model. Users can access the services via any internet enabled device with a web browser and as a bulk of the processing occurs in the cloud, the end-users do not need high-end equipment...

Read more from the source @ http://www.itproportal.com/features/a-to-z-of-the-cloud-part-three/

Cloud First - Are We There Yet?

Grazed from CIOReview. Author: Scott Fenton.

In speaking with a number of companies, I am surprised at how many have not adopted a Cloud First strategy. In many cases, I find the organization either does not understand the benefits, both business and financial, or are simply risk averse. These can range from a fear of losing control of your applications and data, to losing your staff.

I totally understand their concern. Disruption to your business applications and platform could have devastating consequences. On the flip side however, the benefits far outweigh the risks. As a CIO, I had not purchased an on premise application in years, only Cloud solutions. Below, I have outlined five benefits of a Cloud First strategy, and five pitfalls to avoid...

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