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Best practices for moving workloads to the cloud

Grazed from CSOOnline. Author: Pierluigi Paganini.

The rapid diffusion for the cloud computing paradigm and promised benefits for the adoption of cloud infrastructure are attracting a growing number of businesses and organizations. Of course, it is essential for organizations to maximize the benefits of migration to cloud architecture by reducing costs and minimizing risks.

Cloud computing represents a fundamental change in how companies use and provide their services. For many small and midsize businesses, it represents a choice to compete in a business environment with powerful competitors. IT managers are today inundated with countless business proposals. For this reason, I will give you some useful insights for moving workloads to the cloud...

Red Hat Collaborates With SAP to Deploy Mobile Data Management Cartridge for SAP(R) SQL Anywhere on OpenShift

Grazed from RedHat. Author: PR Announcement.

Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE:RHT), the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, today announced new results of its collaboration with SAP to drive the next generation of mobile database development and synchronization. With today’s news, developers now have access to new components of the SAP(R) Data Management portfolio in OpenShift, Red Hat’s award-winning Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offering. The mobile data management cartridge for the SAP SQL Anywhere suite makes it easier for developers creating MySQL-based database applications to extend their data to remote and mobile applications, and keep it synchronized.

Today’s announcement builds on Red Hat’s existing collaboration with SAP to bring SAP components to OpenShift. In April 2014, Red Hat announced plans to offer free development cartridges for the SAP Data Management portfolio, including SAP Adaptive Server(R) Enterprise (SAP ASE), SAP IQ software and SAP SQL Anywhere for use with the OpenShift portfolio, aimed at enabling developers around the world to build next-generation applications...

iCIMS Receives 2014 Cloud Computing Excellence Award

Grazed from PR NewsWire. Author: PR Announcement.

iCIMS, Inc., a leading provider of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) talent acquisition software solutions for growing businesses, announced today that TMC, a global, integrated media company, has named the iCIMS Talent Platform a 2014 Cloud Computing Excellence Award winner.

The Cloud Computing Excellence Award, presented by Cloud Computing Magazine, recognizes companies that have most effectively leveraged cloud computing in their efforts to bring new, differentiated offerings to market. "It is an honor to be recognized for the third consecutive year by TMC's Cloud Computing Awards, especially since we take so much pride in our software architecture," said iCIMS President and Chief Executive Officer, Colin Day...

How to Compare Business Intelligence Cloud Costs and Features

Grazed from SmartDataCollective. Author: Jason Bowden.

As an IT provider, I am overwhelmed with all the options for Business Intelligence in the cloud and very confused by how to compare service offerings in order to effective provide the best solutions. In the article we will discuss some of the different offerings on the market and why all business are racing toward the cloud for Business Intelligence Solutions. I like to think of BI in generally two layers the visualization tools and the back end process tools. So let’s start there for WHY BI in the Cloud makes sense.

Presentation and Data Visualization

Data visualization in the cloud offers an intelligent solution for businesses to access data with better convenience and enhanced productivity. Business Intelligence (BI) cloud computing offers a more plug and play method to try new tools sets with an ease of implementation for a stand-up perspective. The tools are evolving quickly and as a solution you may want to not get tied to closely to a single solution...

Faster 'cloud' orders for SAP hurt 2014 profit outlook

Grazed from DailyPress. Author: Editorial Staff.

German software maker SAP cut its 2014 operating profit forecast on Monday as customers shifted faster than expected to products delivered over the Internet, delaying when those orders can be booked as sales. Company executives said the accelerating switch from packaged software to so-called "cloud" software would shave about 200 million euros off a previous profit forecast, but that cloud contracts would bolster sales and profit in the future.

The corporate software industry is undergoing a rapid shift from packaged software which customers run on their computer systems to software run over the Internet in remote datacenters, making data easier to manage, analyze and use on mobile phones. SAP said it now expects 2014 operating profit, excluding some special items, of 5.6 billion to 5.8 billion euros ($7.1-$7.4 billion), down from 5.8-6.0 billion euros previously...

Cloud Computing: IBM Will Pay Globalfoundries $1.5 Billion to Take Unprofitable Chip Unit

Grazed from Bloomberg.  Author: Alex Barinka and Ian King.

International Business Machines Corp. (IBM:US) agreed to pay Globalfoundries Inc. $1.5 billion to take an unprofitable chip-manufacturing unit off its hands, according to two people with knowledge of the matter.

IBM will also receive $200 million worth of assets, making the net value of the deal $1.3 billion, said the people who asked not to be identified because the agreement is private. The companies plan to announce the deal tomorrow morning, the people said. IBM put out a statement today saying it planned to make a “major business announcement” tomorrow...

Cloud Computing: As vendors split and jettison, can Microsoft avoid the same fate?

Grazed from ZDNet.  Author: Chris Duckett.

There used to be a time when an IT leader could sign one purchasing and support contract with a single vendor, and have all the computing hardware and software needed to conduct enterprise computing for the foreseeable future.

"Nobody ever got fired for buying IBM" was regarded as an axiom, and IT purchasers could get everything from mainframes, rack servers, thinkpads, and thinkcentres for corporate desktop needs, and everything in between...

Cloud Computing: You'll Never Guess Who Google Considers Its Biggest Competitor

Grazed from Fool.  Author: Adam Levy.

When it comes to searching for something on the Internet, most people head over to Google. A growing portion of Internet users (19.2% of U.S. searches) use Microsoft's Bing,but very few consider (NASDAQ: AMZN  ) a big competitor in search. But Eric Schmidt, speaking in Berlin earlier this week, said the giant e-tailer is its biggest competition.

Google is facing antitrust regulations from the European Commission. While Schmidt's wasn't directly addressing regulators, his speech was clearly aimed at swaying their opinion. To that end, Schmidt says Google has a lot of competition on the Internet, but why does he think Amazon is its biggest competitor?...

Cloud Computing: Hackers shake confidence in idealism of open-source software

Grazed from SFGate.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Hackers have shaken the free-software movement that once symbolized the Web’s idealism.  Several high-profile attacks in recent months exploited security flaws in the open-source software created by volunteers collaborating online, building off each other’s work.

Developed in the 1980s, open-source software has become so pervasive that it now powers global stock exchanges, the International Space Station and, according to researcher International Data Corp., appears on about 95 percent of computers and servers...

Mobile, cloud have become almost basic needs - study

Grazed from TelecomPaper.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Belgian companies are increasingly using cloud services and applications –consciously or unknowingly- and employees are working more with mobile devices, with both trends reinforcing each other, a study from Base Business showed, conducted with Trends and Datanews. The study asked 1613 business customers about their mobile communication behaviour.

Mobile has become a basic need, Base said. People increasingly communicate through different channels and mobile devices. An overwhelming majority of respondents make daily use of mobile data. Mobile has become the new way of working and taken on an important strategic role, Base CEO Jos Donvil said...