Cloud Trends

Do You Have All the Right Pieces for a Cloud Strategy?

Grazed from Avanade.  Author: Scott Lewis.

Ah, the cloud. Everyone is doing it. Everyone is talking about it. While writing this blog post, I decided to Google the number of recent news articles on cloud strategy within the last 24 hours. Want to read all the articles? Hope you have nothing else on your schedule today or recently completed a speed reading course because a quick count revealed approximately 250 articles.

According to the 5th Annual Trends in Cloud Computing study released in November 2014 by CompTIA, more than 90% of companies have adopted cloud computing at some level. But the study also reveals that moving applications, infrastructure and other resources are not so easy to implement. In addition, 28% of companies in the early stages of cloud conversion indicated that it required “significant” effort, while this jumps to 63% for companies who have already completed their journey...

5 Ways The Cloud Can Improve Your Manufacturing Operations

Grazed from ManufacturingBusiness.  Author: Doug Fair.

Although cloud computing has been a hot topic across almost every industry for quite some time, it is only recently that manufacturers have begun considering abandoning their traditional, on-premise solutions and embracing the cloud. If you are like any other manufacturer, this transition probably seems daunting. How much will it cost? Are my data secure on the cloud?

Will my IT resources be able to support the new system?  There is no need to fear — transitioning to cloud-based technology is actually a huge step towards improving manufacturing operations not only at the plant level, but also throughout the entire enterprise...

Trends in Cloud Computing: The Rise of SaaS and PaaS

Grazed from Oracle.  Author: Debra Lilley.


Cloud has proven to be the adoption platform of choice for Oracle Applications customers. Companies can still implement them on-premises, but CIOs really need to think hard as to why they wouldn’t choose cloud, as the benefits are so compelling.    Here are some trends I’m seeing in relation to Oracle Cloud Applications:

Oracle Human Capital Management (HCM) Cloud has been really popular, and that will continue. The simplified user interface of Oracle HCM Cloud means that users get to their information easily. Managers can take the formality out of managing talent—for instance, using a tablet to record appraisal comments whilst sitting next to an employee during a performance review rather than going back to their PC to enter them afterwards or even worse sitting behind a PC during the review...

For Cloud Computing Guidance, Look To Washington (Seriously)

Grazed from Forbes.  Author: Joe McKendrick.

Let’s face it, cloud computing is uncharted territory for many organizations. To sort-of paraphrase Winston Churchill, never in the field of computing have so many depended on so few. Enterprises are gradually, and inexorably, turning over significant portions of their infrastructures to outside cloud providers. Lately, there’s been talk of consolidation of big cloud providers to a few major providers.

The potential over-reliance on cloud providers is, in fact, making many enterprise CIOs and business leaders nervous. This may be the second round of angst in the cloud maturity cycle, once the first hurdle is passed. For some lessons on what to expect here, look no further than the U.S. federal government’s huge web of agencies...

Microsoft’s Azure Is Beginning to Close the Gap With Amazon’s Cloud Service

Grazed from NationalGazette.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Last year software program maker K2.com stopped relying on Amazon.com (AMZN) for its cloud services and turned to Microsoft (MSFT) instead. K2 Chief Executive Officer Adriaan van Wyk says he’s satisfied with the choice—most of the time. The developer tools of Microsoft’s Azure cloud service are superior, he says, and he likes its customized customer service.

However occasionally Azure is slow, and on Nov. 18 it suffered a international outage that lasted several hours. As insurance coverage, Van Wyk has moved five % of his business enterprise back to Amazon Internet Services. “We still like Microsoft,” he says. “At the similar time, it’s been a bit bumpy. The 5 % makes certain if we have to move back to AWS we can do it rapidly.”...

Top Cloud Management Trends: Adopt or Incur the Risk

Grazed from CircleID. Author: David Eisner.

Your company can't ignore cloud computing: Some kind of distributed-access model is now necessary to tap global markets, manage big data and get access to best-in-class software. But with increased cloud adoption comes the issue of management, since it's no longer enough to simply spin up a cloud and hope for the best. Here are five of the top cloud management trends to watch this year — and the risks of opting out.

Standardization

According to a recent Cloud Tweaks article, there's a growing need for cloud industry standards. Organizations such as the Cloud Security Alliance and ISO are on the forefront of this standardization effort — through 2015, expect to see SLAs and other cloud contract start adopting this change by including "typical" language and clear-cut descriptions of service availability...

Cloud Computing: Disruption - The Computer Industry Had More Job Cuts In 2014 Than Any Other Industry

Grazed from BusinessInsider. Author: Matt Rosoff.

The tech industry is red hot. Salaries for computer programmers hit an all-time high last year. Tech workers are asking for more money than ever before — and can often pick and choose between multiple job offers. The top six best-performing cities in the US are all tech hubs. Rents in San Francisco and Silicon Valley are absurd.

So can you guess which industry had more layoffs in 2014 than any other? The computer industry. That's right: According to job placement firm Challenger, Gray and Christmas, the computer industry cut 59,528 jobs last year. That's up 69% from 32,136 job cuts in 2013, and it's way ahead of the No. 2 worst-performing sector, retail, where 43,783 jobs were cut in 2014...

Outsourcing, er, cloud trends in 2015 - Cloud and outsourcing connected at the hip

Grazed from CIO Forum.  Author: John Dodge.

Outsourcing and cloud computing are first cousins if not siblings. No, they are not idential twins, but any broad discussion of outsourcing is heavily laced with cloud computing.  So it was with substantial interested I read "10 outsourcing trends to watch n 2015" over at CIO.com.

The story hits on some interesting trends such as the end of RFP model for outsoucing contracts. "Imagine floating a 'request for food' every time you're deciding on a restaurant," says Pratham Mittal co-founder of VenturePact, a marketplace connecting providers with customers. No, I cannot imagine that...

Not Ready for the Cloud? You?re Already Using It

Grazed from TechCocktail. Author: Rick Delgado.

Businesses can’t seem to stop talking about cloud computing. It feels like the term is everywhere, with many companies acting like it’s the solution to every issue your organization faces. There’s little doubt that the cloud has become extremely popular in the past few years, but some companies are reluctant to take that final step.

Your company might be one of them, constantly asking basic questions like, “What is cloud computing?”, expressing concerns about such a major transition, and essentially feeling uneasy about the cloud and all that it offers. While there’s nothing wrong with showing a little bit of caution with new technology, worries over your company’s readiness for the cloud might be a bit overblown. In fact, you’re likely already using it, even if you don’t know it...

Amazon's Head in the Cloud

Grazed from EEJournal. Author: Bruce Kleinman.

At face value, it is a bit of a brain twister: Amazon’s goal of being the “everything store” on the one hand, that is, and its massive cloud services business on the other. At first glance, not exactly peanut butter and chocolate. Walmart and Costco are not actively hawking their data processing capabilities—which one imagines as quite formidable—on the open market.

Turn the clock back a few years and it makes sense. Amazon developed their massive datacenters in-house because their requirements could not be readily met with existing solutions. As time passed, they developed more and more value-added differentiation. And, at some point, someone thinking well outside the box suggests “let’s monetize our unique datacenter capabilities by selling them in the emerging cloud computing market.”...