Mobile Cloud

Rise of mobile devices, cloud computing shake up Silicon Valley stalwarts like HP, eBay

Grazed from StarTribune. Author: Michael Liedtke.

Smartphones, tablets and other gadgets aren't just changing the way we live and work. They are shaking up Silicon Valley's balance of power and splitting up businesses. Long-established companies such as Hewlett-Packard Co. and eBay Inc. are scrambling to regain their footing to better compete against mobile-savvy trendsetters like Apple and Google, as well as rising technology stars that have built businesses around "cloud computing."

That term covers a swath of Internet-driven services that shifted technology from the days software users paid a one-time fee to buy and install programs on individual machines where they also stored all their data on hard drives. But with the advent of the "cloud," people can now rent software to use over the Internet...

Designing a business solution in the cloud and mobile devices era

Grazed from Economic Times.  Author: Dharmesh Godha.

The role of IT is not just limited to keeping the lights on. IT is also responsible to continuously provide solutions to enhance the business capabilities and to support business processes.

With the evolution of mobile devices and cloud computing the solution architects/ designers now need to expand their thought process and at the same time take care of new factors. The cloud computing provides new possibilities of capabilities that business solutions can provide.   The mobile devices can now be end points and part of the solutions to make it more available and convenient to use.  Before jumping in to create various solutions in the new evolving paradigm the solution architect/designer should consider the following:...

Cloud Computing: What The New iPhone 6 Plus Reveals About The Future Of Work

Grazed from Business2Community.  Author: Daniel Green.

Apple’s launch of the iPhone 6 Plus reflects a wider trend of mobile devices slowly replacing PCs as the central device for the consumer’s every day use. The rise of cloud computing has enabled mobile devices to fulfil most computing tasks so that “any trade-offs are outweighed by the convenience and flexibility provided by the mobile devices.” Companies like Apple and Samsung have capitalised on the growing consumer demand for PC-like devices, with the introduction of ‘phablets’ beginning to change the very concept of a ‘personal computer.’ While tablets have certainly found a niche market, they remain an awkward size for basic mobile uses such as receiving mobile calls and texting.

The increased size of mobile screens, with the iPhone 6 Plus screen measuring 6.22 x 3.06 x 0.28 inches in size, will also help to close the gap between mobile phones and the traditional desktop experience. Video conferencing via user-friendly mobile apps such as Skype are predicted to be even more commonplace in the work place, with corporations investing more in remote working and flexible working practices by relying more on cloud technology and online productivity tools...

VC investors choose cloud computing, mobile tech

Grazed from CNet.  Author: Dara Kerr.

Venture capital investor confidence is on the up and up, and they're setting their sights on the tech world, according to a new survey by the National Venture Capital Association and Deloitte.  The two firms released the results of their annual Global Venture Capital Confidence survey on Wednesday, which shows that investors are increasingly being drawn to top categories in the tech industry, including cloud computing, mobile tech, and robotics.

"It's very positive results on the market overall, and very positive on tech," Jim Atwell, national managing partner for Deloitte's Emerging Growth Company, told CNET. "Tech companies are the sectors that have the most confidence the most excitement around them."...

Spanning Cloud Apps Launches Salesforce1 Mobile App

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: CJ Arlotta.

Spanning Cloud Apps wants to help (CRM) administrators with protecting Salesforce1 customers from data loss. The Austin, Texas-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) backup company on Wednesday unveiled Spanning Backup for Salesforce1 Mobile, a new mobile app for Salesforce administrators looking to manage and monitor automated backups and restore activities within the Salesforce platform.

The company said the new product offering allows Salesforce administrators to monitor the statuses of backups; track activities; and receive proactive udates for backup and recovery activities. "Salesforce is investing heavily in mobile, and Spanning wants to be an integral part of the Salesforce ecosystem," Spanning CEO Jeff Erramouspe told Talkin' Cloud in an interview...

Managing Mobile Risk in the Cloud

Grazed from WallStreetTech. Author: Andrew Waxman.

With firms increasingly dependent on mobile computing platforms for everything from customer apps to enterprise process management, there’s been an upswing in software development and management activity taking place in the cloud. Jumping on the mobile trend also means that potential for exposure to hackers, malware, and plain old code errors is higher than before. Yet the ever-increasing importance of speed-to-market makes it more and more likely that data security and data privacy will be neglected. With firms focused on critical state-of-the-art trading and payment apps, how to make sure they are not?

Few research studies have been completed on the success rate of major cloud implementations. However, it should not be a complete surprise that while companies will publicly assert confidence in their cloud implementations, in private they may have more doubts and issues to deal with. This is not surprising. First, like any other project, implementations of cloud-based applications are subject to execution failure...

Mobile cloud services bring user convenience, but at what cost?

Grazed from TechTarget.  Author: Michael Finneran.

The combination of mobile devices and the cloud provides a vision of what computing may look like in the future. One of the most compelling reasons for individuals and enterprises to store data with mobile cloud services is continuous, ubiquitous access. Users who store files with cloud storage services can have immediate access to them anytime, anywhere and from any device -- assuming they have network connectivity.

 Millions have already taken their data to popular consumer-oriented mobile cloud services such as Dropbox, and some have taken the further step of synching many of their work files to those services. This leaves enterprise IT professionals wondering: How secure are these consumer services? And how can employees be restricted from using them?...

Cloud, Mobile Collision Underline Critical Role of MSPs

Grazed from The VarGuy. Author: elliot Markowitz.

Technology worlds are colliding, causing the Perfect Storm for organizations that aren't prepared and creating tremendous opportunities for solution providers that are. Data is being generated at a breakneck pace and organizations are in dire need of storage, access and security solutions. Much of this data-generation is coming from the communications and easy sharing of information on mobile devices.

That is only going to increase moving forward and, as a result, businesses are turning to cloud computing to meet their needs. This intersection of mobile device usage, management and integration with the adoption of cloud computing is putting solution providers in the catbird seat. In fact, many managed service providers already have begun transitioning their business models for this new opportunity by reinventing themselves, focusing on the user experience rather than server monitoring, and have learned how to upsell services in the era of cloud and mobility...

Dimension Data Opens Cloud-based Enterprise Mobility Service

Grazed from TheVarGuy. Author: DH KaaS.

IT solutions and services provider Dimension Data has opened a new cloud-based Enterprise Mobility as a Service (EMaaS) as the first step in a wider initiative to provide a suite of user-centric services to help enterprises manage their end user computing needs. Dimension’s EMaaS platform is an integrated enterprise mobility management service through which enterprises can deliver policy-based and device agnostic mobile device management (MDM) and mobile expense management frameworks.

The consumption-based cloud service allows businesses to scale deployments and manage mobile devices, data access and expense management. The EMaaS platform will be available in the second half of 2014 through a self-service client portal, officials said. The company said it is accenting the EMaaS offering with its Systems Integration and Professional Services competencies aimed at addressing an organization’s full gamut of enterprise mobility needs...

Mobile, Cloud are Top Tech Industry Drivers

Grazed from MidsizeInsider. Author: Rick Robinson.

A new survey confirms that mobile and cloud computing are the leading tech industry drivers — segments that tech executives and managers see as their big moneymakers. But looking ahead, these tech execs foresee data and analytics taking the lead, perhaps along with the Internet of Things (IoT). The tech industry's moneymakers are a reflection of where the demand is, and much of that demand comes from IT at midsize firms.

Follow the Money

Consulting and auditing firm KMPG recently asked 100 top tech industry executives what their top moneymakers were in 2013. Responses, according to InfoWorld, showed that mobile and the cloud were the biggest revenue generators, and that they were also running ahead of projections. Of the firms surveyed, 53 percent said mobile revenue exceeded expectations, and 47 percent said the same of cloud computing...