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Cloud Computing: The New Shadow IT - Custom Data Center Applications

Grazed from DarkReading. Author: Kaushik Narayan.

If you think you've finally gotten control of unsanctioned user apps, think again. The next wave of rogue apps is on its way from your data center to the cloud. Over the years, the consumerization of IT has spurred a free-for-all in the adoption of cloud services. As employees found unsanctioned applications to help them do their jobs, overwhelmed security teams took a head-in-the-sand approach, giving rise to a serious problem dubbed "Shadow IT."

But how big of a problem is Shadow IT, really? That depends who you ask. Based on my personal conversations, CIOs estimate the number of unsanctioned cloud apps to be around 100. But in a tally based on an analysis of network logs, Shadow IT totals are much larger –averaging roughly 1,000 cloud services in use since early 2015...

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Beer, bots and broadcasts: companies start using AI in the cloud

Grazed from InformationManagement. Author: Mark Bergen.

Back in October, Deschutes Brewery Inc.’s Brian Faivre was fermenting a batch of Obsidian Stout in a massive tank. Something was amiss; the beer wasn’t fermenting at the usual temperature. Luckily, a software system triggered a warning and he fixed the problem. "We would have had to dump an entire batch," the brewmaster said. When beer is your bottom line, that's a calamity.

The software that spotted the temperature anomaly is from Microsoft Corp. and it's a new type that uses a powerful form of artificial intelligence called machine learning. What makes it potentially revolutionary is that Deschutes rented the tool over the internet from Microsoft's cloud-computing service...

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NuoDB 2.6 Delivers Elastic SQL Database for Scaling On-Demand Cloud Applications

Grazed from NuoDB

NuoDB, the elastic SQL database company for cloud applications, today released NuoDB 2.6 to enable customers to elastically scale out their modern cloud applications as part of their digital transformation efforts. With formal support for active-active database deployments across Amazon Web Services (AWS) Availability Zones, NuoDB 2.6 enables organizations to maximize their AWS investments including better availability, utilization, performance, and resiliency.

NuoDB 2.6 also introduces table partitions and storage groups to efficiently improve performance, helping organizations improve customer satisfaction, reduce total cost of ownership, and provide a foundation for future growth. In addition, organizations migrating off of traditional relational databases can capitalize on NuoDB 2.6's extensive SQL compatibility to reduce the complexity, cost, effort, and time typically required from database migration.

Active-Active Database Deployment in AWS Eliminates Downtime

 

Revolutionizing the Accounting Industry through Cloud

Grazed from CIOReview. Author: Dr. Chandra Bhansali.

The desktop computing era gave us Do-It-Yourself (DIY) accounting systems created for small business owners. Accountants have become accustomed to working with their clients’ DIY accounting software solutions, despite their inherent risks and limitations. Now, cloud-based professional accounting systems let accountants overcome these challenges.

Unlike DIY systems, these professional systems combine the functionality of current DIY systems with the more sophisticated capabilities accountants need for their professional work. These systems allow accountants to work collaboratively with their clients, while they remain in the control of accounting process–a true win-win...

Cloud Computing: SAP's ERP app for small biz gets an overhaul

Grazed from ComputerWorld. Author: Katherine Noyes.

The digital transformation imperative is becoming increasingly urgent for companies large and small, and SAP wants to help. On Wednesday, the ERP giant set its sights squarely on SMBs with an updated app that's been enriched with analytics and other key features. Originally announced last year, SAP Business One 9.2 is the latest version of SAP's ERP app for small and medium-size businesses, and it's now generally available both on-premises and in the cloud.

Built on SAP's Hana database platform, the updated software includes better forecasting capabilities thanks to the inclusion of predictive analytics. Equipped with those tools, SMBs can better forecast product demand, improving their material requirements planning and helping them prioritize, SAP said...

Read more from the source @ http://www.computerworld.com/article/3090070/cloud-computing/saps-erp-app-for-small-biz-gets-an-overhaul.html

Experimental comparison of simulation tools for efficient cloud and mobile cloud computing applications

Grazed from Euraipjournals. Author: Editorial Staff.

Cloud computing provides a convenient and on-demand access to virtually unlimited computing resources. Mobile cloud computing (MCC) is an emerging technology that integrates cloud computing technology with mobile devices. MCC provides access to cloud services for mobile devices. With the growing popularity of cloud computing, researchers in this area need to conduct real experiments in their studies.

Setting up and running these experiments in real cloud environments are costly. However, modeling and simulation tools are suitable solutions that often provide good alternatives for emulating cloud computing environments. Several simulation tools have been developed especially for cloud computing. In this paper, we present the most powerful simulation tools in this research area...

Top 5 Reasons To Adopt Cloud-Based ERP Solutions

Grazed from CXOToday. Author: Bino George.

The Indian manufacturing sector has clearly taken center stage post the announcement of the current government’s ‘Make-in-India’ initiative aimed at raising global competitiveness of the sector for the country’s long term-growth. The vision of this first-of-its-kind policy is to witness an increase in the share of manufacturing in the country’s Gross Domestic Product from 16% to 25% by 2022. The government has listed technology as of the key contributing factors in achieving this target.

A lot rests on the Indian manufacturing sector to up the ante in terms of growth performance to compliment efforts made to make India ‘the next manufacturing destination’. According to a research report on the technology adoption trends among manufacturing enterprises in India, ERP is the largest priority for spend in a CIO’s budget with significant growth expected over the next 5 years...

Slack Is Growing Fast, but Microsoft Tops Enterprise Cloud Apps

Grazed from ReCode. Author: Arik Hesseldahl.

Use of the cloud-based collaboration app Slack grew by 77 percent while Microsoft’s Office 365 remained the most widely used cloud application by businesses in the second half of 2015. The findings are contained in a report out today from Okta, which provides a service to help companies manage access to all the cloud applications they use.

To gather the data, Okta tracked the use of more than 4,000 applications across more than 2,500 customers who use its service. Slack led an interesting pack of fast-growing apps in use by Okta customers. Tableau, the business intelligence app, was the second-fastest grower, up 65 percent. New Relic was third, rising 56 percent...

Now Available in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace, Jitterbit Rapidly Connects Azure, Dynamics, SQL Server to Modern Cloud Apps

Grazed from Jitterbit

Jitterbit, the modern cloud integration vendor, today announced that its Jitterbit Harmony integration platform is now available in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace, making it faster and easier than ever to enhance the power of Microsoft applications with seamless connections to modern cloud applications. Jitterbit has developed an innovative way for customers to automatically download Jitterbit Harmony from Azure as a fully scalable and elastic hybrid integration engine with everything needed to connect individual Microsoft solutions -- ranging from the full Dynamics suite to collaboration solutions like SharePoint, or SQL Server and CSV files for analysis -- to each other and to external applications and systems. Jitterbit also helps developers build custom apps and solutions that are ready to connect to the Microsoft cloud ecosystem, rounding out the vision and momentum of the Azure Marketplace.

Microsoft Azure is the leading cloud computing platform for modern businesses, and its marketplace offers a growing collection of integrated cloud apps and services. Eighty percent of the Fortune 500 is already on the Microsoft Cloud and 1,000 new customers sign up for Azure every day. The Azure Marketplace serves as an online store for thousands of certified, open source, and community software applications, developer services, and data, all pre-configured for Azure.

TIBCO and Pivotal Team Up to Expedite Development of Cloud Native Applications

Grazed from TIBCO Software and Pivotal

TIBCO Software Inc., a global leader in integration, analytics, and event processing, today announced it is collaborating with Pivotal, the company accelerating digital transformation for enterprises, to offer businesses the ability to leverage a Cloud Native platform for digital business transformation. The collaboration empowers organizations to simplify the creation of Cloud Native applications via TIBCO BusinessWorks Container Edition and run them on the Pivotal Cloud Foundry platform, thereby expediting and simplifying the development and operation of Cloud Native applications. By offering businesses the ability to develop Cloud Native applications swiftly and effectively, companies will have the tools and agility needed to meet the demands facing enterprises as they pursue cloud adoption.