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...

Disruptive Innovations in Cloud Computing

Grazed from TMCNet. Author: Gilad Parann-Nissany.

The global village, mobile devices, online marketplaces, social networks, and on-demand entertainment all have a part to play. People all over the world are increasing the time they spend in the virtual world. They’re buying, selling, sharing, studying, developing apps, hanging out in social networks, and starting to use digital currencies that bypass traditional banking.

Alongside these community-driven ideas, we are also seeing enormous change in business to business relationships. Cloud computing enables any size business to obtain and manage big-business manufacturing, warehousing, marketing, data analytics, enterprise applications and global spread. Supply chains are radically altered: a business of any size can buy, produce and sell globally, and leverage vertically and horizontally integrated supply chains...

Cloud: Not New, Just A Big Disruption To How We Communicate

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Daniel Newman.

It seem like over the past couple of years the term cloud has found itself as the center of attention after a long spell of being of interest to only meteorologists and folks with nothing important to talk about. Of course, this is because over the past few years “Cloud” as a means of computing has piqued the interest of so many from tech savvy consumers to enterprise CIO’s.

Perhaps the most interesting thing about Cloud Computing is that it isn’t new. In fact, the earliest attribution of cloud computing goes back to the 1960’s and a little known man name Joseph Carl Robnett Licklider who is believed to be its inventor. However, it really wasn’t until the mid 2000’s when Amazon launched its storage cloud that cloud computing started gaining wide acceptance among technologists and really until the past 2 or 3 years with the growth of Apple AAPL iCloud that the adoption grew rapidly among consumers.

Cloud Mini-Series Part 2: The Economics Behind the Cloud and the Protectionist Threat

Grazed from DisCo.org. Author: Matthias Langenegger.

This post is part of a series on the opportunities and challenges of cloud computing in the developing world. The previous post covered the transformative potential of the cloud and the different types of cloud services. Let us now turn to the economics behind the cloud. It’s a tough, fast-moving business involving substantial investments, and, most importantly, cloud services are effectively competing in a global marketplace.

The ‘borderless’, instantaneous nature of online communications means that cloud services can be provided from anywhere in the world, creating almost perfect markets in some areas. At least technically, competition is just a click away. That’s particularly relevant in an environment where many of the competing services are “free” to end-users (supported through ads, donations or other business models)...

Cloud Mini-Series Part 1: The Transformative Potential of Cloud Computing

Grazed from ProjectDisco.org. Author: Matthias Langenegger.

It’s worth reminding ourselves that innovation is an inherently uncertain business. Its disruptive potential depends to a large degree on the social and economic context into which it is born. Groundbreaking inventions remain unsuccessful because no market has developed yet or because people simply don’t see the value. “Television won’t be able to hold on to any market it captures after the first six months.

People will soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night”, film mogul Darryl Zanuck of 20th Century Fox famously said in 1946. At the time, 8000 U.S. households had a TV set. By 1960, that number had climbed to 45.7 million. Also, whereas the potential of disruptive innovations may not be apparent at first, its negative effects, e.g. copyright infringement, are immediately visible and can go against powerful, established interests. Economists call this the ‘innovation asymmetry.’...

Will Disruptive Cloud Computing Kill Enterprise Resource Planning?

Grazed from CMSWire. Author: David Roe.

It’s a just about a cliché at this stage to note that cloud computing has been one of the big technology disruptors in recent years. However, according to Gartner, the best — or worst, depending on your perspective — has yet to come. It seems Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) applications are doomed to legacy status or even the trash bin.

ERP Legacy Systems

According to a recently published report. Predicts 2014: The Rise of the Postmodern ERP and Enterprise Applications World (fee charged), monolithic ERP implementations will start to disappear by 2016, especially as alternatives mature. Gartner describes a legacy system as any system that is not sufficiently flexible to meet changing business needs...

How the cloud is disrupting the business landscape (infographic)

Grazed from SiliconRepublic.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Cloud computing isn’t going anywhere soon, with IT research and advisory company Gartner Inc forecasting that nearly half of large enterprises will have hybrid cloud deployments by the end of 2017. A new infographic, in the meantime, takes a closer look at just how the cloud is disrupting the business landscape.

From Cloud to Thunderstorm’ by ClickSoftware, begins by highlighting the growth of the public cloud services market, revealing that by the end of 2013 public cloud is expected to grow by US$131bn.  The infographic proceeds by illustrating how the cloud has changed the workforce and how we do business. Just look at the advent of BYOD (bring your own device), for example, where are employees are using their own mobile devices for work purposes.  The infographic wraps up by taking a quick look at IT jobs of the future...

How Cloud Computing Is Disrupting Businesses Everywhere

Grazed from Business2Community. Author: Lindsey Nelson.

Cloud computing is a catalyst for faster development, delivery of information, and pretty soon it will become a standard rather than a breakthrough technology. I’ve written frequently on how cloud is a disruptive technology, but now let’s talk about how it’s altering your business.

Now I know what you’re thinking, this doesn’t or won’t ever affect me. In reality, cloud computing isn’t just changing the role of developers; it is changing the role of your marketers, your sales force. And in the coming years, even the roles that having seemingly nothing to do with cloud will be affected. There are of course the skeptics, but here are a few ways it’ll transform the business...

Apple iCloud Outage: What If Partners Had Predicted It?

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Joe Panettieri.

Some Apple iCloud services suffered outages and/or performance issues on Nov. 18. The impacted systems included iMessage and FaceTime. Apple Insider claims iCloud has suffered roughly four outages in the past three months -- not exactly a stellar track record for Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL), which focuses like a laser on end-user experience.

What's the lesson here for IT service providers and computer consultants? Some cloud skeptics will start pounding the table again for on-premises servers. But it's too late to put the cloud genie back in the bottle. Instead, IT consultants should look for ways to proactively warn their customers about potential cloud outages and emerging performance issues...

Gartner: Mobile Development, Social Media and Cloud Computing Disrupting IT

Grazed from CloudTimes. Author: Florence de Borja.

In a conference in Orlando, Florida, Gartner Inc. revealed that the central focus of IT consisting of social media innovations, mobile devices, web information, and cloud computing can disrupt the whole IT environment. Addressing at least 10,000 participants, Gartner Vice President David Cearley said that at the rate things are going the mobile experience is overshadowing the desktop experience. Cloud computing, together with mobile devices, is set to alter the modern corporation’s primary architecture of computing. Instead of focusing on client-server, IT shops must now set their sights on cloud-client architecture.

With this new type of architecture, it is also possible for skill sets necessary for enterprise software development to be altered significantly. The front-end interface must have better designs and development teams must gear towards HTML5 Web browser opportunities aside from the usual mobile device operating systems. Cearley also claimed that consumers have fresh expectations. As such, application developers and architects must obtain new design skills to meet these new expectations...