Cloud Adoption

Big data in the cloud - where next?

Grazed from InformationAge. Author: Ben Rossi.

Big data is to the information age what the steam engine was to the industrial revolution. From expanding user intelligence to improving operational efficiencies, big data has revolutionised market places. IDC predicts that by 2020 we will create 44 zettabytes, or 44 trillion gigabytes, of data annually. To transform big data into information that drives business value it needs to be analysed. Unsurprisingly, crunching big data requires seriously big compute and a solid infrastructure to support it.

The data boom

Our insatiable desire for data insights did not begin with big data. If we look back to the 90s tech boom, business intelligence (BI) tools were the new big thing. BI allowed organisations to report and analyse company data, but unfortunately these systems were confined to dedicated data warehouses running specialist servers. As a result, conducting BI was too expensive and technical for the majority of enterprises.

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Plugging into the Digital Economy via the Cloud

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Mike Vizard.

Everywhere anyone turns these days business executives are using terms such as digital or service economy interchangeably, while the more technically inclined often tend to refer to the same business phenomenon as the API Economy. Regardless of what you call it, there is clearly a massive hunger for to deliver multiple forms of digital content around products and services that can be easily monetized.

Whether it’s a car or a turbine, every company that makes something is trying to figure out what digital services can be created that enhance the existing customer experience. The challenge that most of those organizations face is that most of them don’t have any mechanism in place to actually do any of that...

Rising to the Cloud Security Challenge

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Mike Vizard.

For as long as anyone cares to remember the biggest inhibitor to cloud adoption has been concerns about security. In fact, when it comes to security the primary enemy has always been integration. By definition, the greater the number of points of integration there are the less secure something is. From an IT security perspective cloud computing, of course, is the ultimate form of integration.

But as much as integration might be part of the problem it’s also a big part of the solution. The more integrated security technologies become the more effective IT security solutions become inside and out of the cloud. For that reason, many IT security vendors are taking advantage of well-documented application programming interfaces (APIs) to drive a wave of alliances that go well beyond the basic marketing agreement...

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Greece's Problems Extend to the Cloud

Grazed from Bloomberg. Author: Virginia Postrel.

Starting a technology company has become much cheaper and easier in recent years. Businesses can contract out functions, from cloud computing to e-mail list management, that once would have required in-house equipment and expertise. Amazon Web Services, for instance, boasts that more than “a million active customers in more than 190 countries” are using its hosting services instead of relying on their own servers.

Now some of those customers suddenly can’t pay their bills -- not because they don’t have the funds but because the Greek government won’t let their money leave the country. Just as individual Greeks are losing access to Apple’s iCloud, as the Athens staff of Bloomberg News recently discovered, so companies are finding themselves cut off from services critical to their ongoing operations...

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The five ways to make cloud success a reality for your business

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: James Bourne.

Everyone is looking for that silver bullet which makes their cloud implementations a success. It’s little wonder that events such as Cloud World Forum and Cloud Expo are at the forefront of executives’ minds. At Cloud World Forum in London last week, MongoDB VP strategy Kelly Stirman spoke of five directions in which the industry is changing, and how companies can make their cloud success a reality: embrace failure, double down on ops, and pick your partners wisely.

Rule number one, Stirman argued, was to embrace failure. To be able to embrace failure, you need to iterate quicker. “Today, customers expect applications faster,” he tells CloudTech. “When you wake up in the morning, you look for apps to have been installed on your phone, and to do that people need to embrace a more iterative project development lifecycle...

Chicago Residents Now Stuck With A New 9% "Cloud Tax" On Netflix And Other Streaming Services

Grazed from Consumerist. Author: Kate Cox.

There used to be a whole world of brick-and-mortar retail stores and transactions a city could gather some sales tax from and build into a revenue stream. As more and more goods instead become online services, though, those streams have dried up. Now one city wants to go back to gathering its cash… from your transactions in the cloud.

The Verge reports that residents of the Windy City are about to have to start paying a premium on Netflix and their other streaming services, as a new “cloud tax” takes effect in Chicago today. The logic goes something like this: In the long-gone ancient era of “twenty whole years ago,” when you went down to your corner video store for some rentals and some popcorn, you’d leave a few cents of sales tax behind with your purchase...

5 Reasons Why It Makes Sense for Retail Businesses to Invest in Cloud Technology

Grazed from HuffPost.  Author: Johna Revesencio.

As Cisco switched to a cloud-based collaboration solution, more organizations are now joining the bandwagon of utilizing cloud-based technology to their advantage.  What was once a buzz word in the corporate IT department is now getting a huge potential across the globe. Many private sectors are now using cloud computing to sell and market their products as well as improve their competitiveness. In 2014, US-based insurance company Hartford also signed an agreement with IBM to use private and secured cloud services.

The same goes for London-based education company Pearson. The large publishing company is now delivering education worldwide through cloud.  These large enterprises know how such tools can create greater value for their organizations and not be daunted by the misconceptions about the cloud...

European project seeks to use the cloud to spot road hazards

Grazed from FleetOwner. Author: Sean Kilcarr.

European traffic location and navigation provider HERE is spearheading an interesting project in Finland, one that seeks to use cloud computing to help vehicles spot a variety of road hazards well before a human driver can see them. This pilot project, expected to start in 2016, intends to assess the capability of current and emerging mobile network and location cloud technologies to transmit critical road safety information in real-time to vehicles, such as black ice, an animal on the highway, sudden traffic build-up, or an accident.

George Filley, who heads HERE’s digital transportation infrastructure program, said in a statement that his company is being tasked by the Finnish Transport Agency (FTA) and Trafi, the Finnish Transport Safety Agency, to lead this pilot – called Coop – and will work together with traffic information management service company Infotripla in implementing it...

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Avoid culture shock in your next cloud computing project

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: Kristen Knapp.

Before moving to the cloud, enterprises face a long to-do list of technical tasks, ranging from application redesign to defining security requirements. The biggest challenge with a cloud computing project, however, lies not with the technology itself, but in the massive cultural shift it requires of an organization.

"The technical [cloud] solutions are usually not that hard," said Odd Waller, manager of application hosting and service design at Volvo IT, the IT arm of Swedish manufacturing giant Volvo Group, during the Red Hat Summit last week. "But to get the whole company moving in that direction -- getting 8,000 people to think in a way they haven't thought before -- that's been the real work."...

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Economist best cloud practices report recommends gradual scaling

Grazed from CDN.  Author: Editorial Staff.

The Economist has released findings from a study on cloud implementation best practices including engaging the company on a wide scale in consultation as well as scaling up gradually as opposed to taking an all-or-nothing approach.
The study, conducted by the Economist’s Intelligence Unit on behalf of SAP, analysed six companies and recommended that businesses use wide array of stakeholders across business functions, within and outside of the company, throughout the process from planning to implementation.  It also recommended improving and scaling cloud deployments on a continuous basis...