Can the cloud make Amazon the world's biggest company?

Grazed from ManagementToday.  Author: Adam Gale.

 Amazon is the Terminator of disruptors. One of the early names Jeff Bezos considered for his business was, which says all you need to know about its ethos. For 20 years, Amazon has pursued retail market share with ruthless efficiency and unwavering determination, transforming it from a novelty bookseller into one of the biggest companies in the world.
Yet in Bezos’s world, one of the biggest won’t cut it. Amazon’s mission is to be the biggest, the best. It’s got a way to go on that front. By market cap ($293bn, or £206bn), it’s just about in the top ten. By revenues ($107bn in 2015), it’s somewhere between 50 and 70. Both of these are rising fast. But on one key measure, it’s nowhere close...

Hong Kong overtakes Japan as most mature Asia Pacific cloud nation

Grazed from CloudTech.  Author: James Bourne.

Hong Kong is the most ‘cloud-ready’ Asia Pacific nation with an overall ranking higher than that of the US and UK, according to the latest analysis from the Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA).  Japan, previously the leader, moved down four places to #5 in the chart with an overall score of 73.0 compared to Hong Kong’s 78.1, with the latter scoring top markets in broadband quality, privacy, and data centre risk. Singapore (76.7), New Zealand (74.4) and Australia (73.2) comprised the top five, with the other categories focusing on sustainability, cybersecurity, government and regulation, intellectual property, business sophistication and freedom of information.
Looking at the other countries, there was minimal change, with the likes of Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand only moving one place up or down over the past year. South Korea, a certainly developed market and the second most cloud ready Asia Pacific nation in 2012, has dropped into mid-table obscurity with an overall position of #7 in 2016...

Intel CEO Talks Cloud and Internet of Things Strategy

Grazed from TopTechNews.  Author: Jef Cozza.

Chipmaker Intel has its head in the clouds these days. Or, to be more accurate, in the cloud. CEO Brian Krzanich outlined a set of core beliefs yesterday guiding the company's strategy for the future -- chief among them that the cloud is the single most important trend influencing the future of computing.

“Our strategy itself is about transforming Intel from a PC company to a company that powers the cloud and billions of smart, connected computing devices,” Krzanich wrote in a blog post yesterday. Krzanich's comments come just a week after the company announced a major restructuring initiative that would see it shift its focus to its data center and Internet of Things businesses...

How Moving to the Cloud Can Improve SEO

Increasingly, cloud computing is becoming more and more popular, with large numbers of businesses of all sizes making the move over to the cloud. The greatest advantage of the cloud is that there is no need for a physical infrastructure when you move over to the cloud as it is an online hosting service, where you can run applications and store data purely online.

Not only is this helping many businesses to save money, it is also allowing for more efficient SEO strategies and helping businesses to improve their online presence and SERPs ranking...

Could Moving to the Cloud Be Beneficial for Your SEO?

Cloud computing is becoming more and more popular, with many businesses of all sizes migrating to the cloud in order to save money and become more efficient. With the cloud, it’s possible to store data online without the need for a physical server, making it easier and cheaper for businesses to collaborate with others and save on costs when it comes to data storage, employing staff and a number of other things.

But, can switching to the cloud improve your business’ SEO strategy? It turns out that yes, it can. The level of collaboration within the cloud has made it much easier for businesses to access better SEO services and professionals...

Ten reasons why your business should move to the cloud

Grazed from ITProPortal. Author: David Richards.

The cloud gives you access to enormous computing power immediately Ordering servers to operate behind a firewall can take months. For a business that needs to react to change and get products out of the door quickly, you do not have time to wait for the IT department to order and configure a new server when a virtual one can be delivered instantly.

There is no set up time to operate in the cloud

Technology such as WANdisco’s Fusion active replication make it easy to move large volumes of data to the cloud whilst continuing with transactions, enabling companies to move critical applications and processes seamlessly. Setting up servers can take three to six months...

Cloud Computing: OpenStack Still Has A Place In The Stack

Grazed from NextPlatform. Author: Timothy Prickett.

The IT industry likes drama perhaps a bit more than is warranted by what actually goes on in the datacenters of the world. We are always spoiling for a good fight between rival technologies because the clash results in competition, which drives technologies forward and prices down.

Ultimately, organizations have to pick some kind of foundation for their modern infrastructure, and OpenStack, the cloud controller spawned from NASA and Rackspace Hosting nearly six years ago, is a growing and vibrant community that, despite the advent of Docker containers and the rise of Mesos and Kubernetes as an alternative substrate for virtualized infrastructure, continues to see market uptake and companies moving from proofs of concept to production...

ODVA to Develop Standards for a Common Industrial Cloud Interface

Grazed from ARC. Author: Craig Resnick.

In its media briefing held at the Hannover Messe, ODVA announced a significant new area of technical work to develop standards for the gateway and interface technology needed to transport data between the cloud and CIP-enabled industrial control systems (ICS) populated with EtherNet/IP and DeviceNet devices. Ultimately, this work will result in The Common Industrial Cloud Interface Specification, a major new addition to ODVA's technology portfolio.

ODVA's scope of work for developing the Common Industrial Cloud Interface will encompass two elements in the ecosystem for the industrial cloud: a cloud gateway appliance (Gateway) and an application program interface (API) for the transport of data from the Gateway to the cloud and from the cloud back to the ICS and its devices. Based on open and interoperable standards supported by multiple vendors, ODVA's new Common Industrial Cloud Interface will help accelerate an architectural transformation inclusive of cloud computing to support device management, process analytics, notifications, remote access, virtualization, visualization and, in the future, control...

Microsoft's silver lining is still the cloud

Grazed from Farraguter.  Author: Editorial Staff.

 Cloud computing is seen by many investors as Microsoft’s salvation, a growing business that has convinced many there is a bright future for the company beyond the troubled personal computer (PC) market.  Microsoft Corp. said its earnings declined 25% in the third quarter, as the company reported lower operating profits across several of its business lines.
In the earnings call, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said the company was working to make Office 365 a world-class productivity and communications service. Its cloud-based businesses also grew significantly, thanks to Nadella’s well-documented focus on the cloud. That marks a 73 percent plunge in Lumia sales year-over-year and follows the 57 percent drop Microsoft endured during the final quarter of 2015...

HR and Data Collection Law

Data collection is becoming a dirty phrase in the 21st century. As soon as it’s spoken, people’s hackles go up, they tense, and it makes them uncomfortable. When it comes to a business’s HR department, whether they’ve got cabinets full of folders or have implemented software like that offered by, they are collecting data on staff, past and present. It’s unavoidable, but must be kept legal, and this is where some troubles have cropped up.

At the moment it’s not too big an issue, but as data crimes become more and more prevalent, you can bet your bottom dollar that companies and their HR departments are going to come under serious scrutiny...