You may think you know what business intelligence (BI) or data analytics in the cloud means, but think again.
Analytics in the cloud doesn’t refer to just a SaaS-based BI application or a hosted data warehouse (although it does include these things) but to any one of six critical elements, according to a new report by Stamford, Conn.-based Gartner.
Failure to understand the details of cloud analytics could mean disaster for future projects, said Gartner analyst Bill Gassman, co-author of the report.
The potential for increased agility and speedier deployment is what should drive an initiative to shift software development into the cloud, rather than strictly basing a decision on cost savings, according to Info-Tech Research Group. But, cost is a huge factor in this decision. Improvements to agility and deployment won’t mean quite as much if the expense of the move (or projected expense increases) outweighs them.
If cloud software is really going to provide the revolution that many of us predict, we need to see tools adopted by mainstream users. While we’ve seen some exciting tools at the infrastructure level that bring efficiencies for IT, and some application level tools that make sharing and collaboration easier for knowledge workers, we’ve yet to see much in the way of the cloud delivering benefits for mass-market businesses. A new startup from New Zealand aims to help with that by providing a retail point-of-sale (POS) solution that brings cloud benefits in an application designed for retailers.
With a few exceptions, discussions around private clouds do not include IT Infrastructure Libraries (ITILs), configuration management databases (CMDBs) and service catalogs, but that is quickly changing. Steve Todd, in particular, has noted that when designing the software architecture for a private cloud implementation, one architectural component becomes central: the CMDB.
Thinking of moving your application development platform offsite and into the cloud? Before making that decision, you’ll want to determine if such a move is right for the your organization’s business needs. You’ll need to know if your development team is ready and if the applications being produced are appropriate for the cloud.
According to a new report from the Yankee Group, enterprise adoption of infrastructure as a service is growing rapidly.
New research from Forrester shows that 50% of Australian online retailers are planning to change their eCommerce platforms within two years. But mobile access is not a priority for most of the companies responding to the survey.
The main problem cited by Forrester is that retailers have tended to choose an eCommerce platform without realising how much sales growth would occur, and they are now running into the limitations of the originally selected software.
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.