Cloud Adoption

Top 10 Cloud Computing Complaints

Grazed from Wall Street & Technology.  Author: Ivan Schneider.

As the popularity of cloud computing is taking off, so have questions and complaints from IT professionals who are using -- or considering moving to -- the cloud. Industry leaders answer some of the main concerns that they hear from IT staff about the cloud.

Gripe #1: "Wait, this isn't really infinite, is it?"

 

One of the big draws of cloud computing is the ability to start small and then go big at a moment's notice. But this elasticity should not be mistaken for infinity.

How to Move Enterprise Applications Safely to the Cloud

Grazed from eWeek.  Author: Ellen Rubin.

Before moving enterprise applications to the cloud, you need to be sure that your expectations are realistic and your objectives match what the cloud can deliver. The following are five best practices based on my experiences working with enterprise customers—from their initial exploration of cloud possibilities to the deployment of specific applications they've migrated to the cloud.

Best practice No. 1: Determine your cloud objectives

Startups Aim to Chip Away at the Microsoft Office Empire

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Ben Kepes.

Is SaaS/Cloud Adoption Too Easy?

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Loraine Lawson.

A recent customer survey by TrackVia, a cloud-based application development platform, found it's not cost savings that attract non-technical users to their solution. Fifty percent cited functionality and 30 percent cited ease-of-use, making these the two most popular reasons for moving development to the cloud.

 

Oracle’s Java Lawsuit: Free Markets, Not Free Software

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Matt Asay.

As the Clouds Approach, Hardware Vendors Must Change Their Tunes

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Derrick Harris.

3 (Easy) Keys to a Successful CRM Application

Grazed from Destination CRM.  Author: Umberto Milletti.

Few would argue that CRM has been one of the most significant business trends and application categories to emerge over the past few decades. Wikipedia, reference of the masses, defines CRM as a "broadly recognized, widely implemented strategy for managing and nurturing a company's interactions with customers, clients, and sales prospects, using technology to organize, automate, and synchronize business processes."

The Cloud Cozies Up to Healthcare

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Ben Kepes.

The Obama administration has plans to release $44 billion in stimulus money aimed at getting doctors to adopt electronic health records (EHR), and the programs are helping fuel innovation in the cloud. I recently posted a story contending that cloud applications can create a statistical goldmine. This goldmine exists not only in commercial settings, but also in areas that could directly benefit all citizens, such as in electronic health records.

Inside the Cloud Computing Platform Wars

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Micheal Vizard.

Traditional hosting providers are getting a lot more serious about competing for every cloud computing dollar. This week, for example, Rackspace announced the general availability of its cloud computing services based on a Windows server.

Partly Cloudy

Grazed from Destination CRM.  Author: Koa Beck.

Ever since the world slipped into one of the worst economic depressions in history, companies have tried to reduce upfront expenditures. 

The most popular within technology circles has involved software-as-a-service (SaaS) and, more recently, cloud computing. Analysts also say that virtualized resources have a lot to offer companies getting back on their feet after taking severe financial hits.