Cloud Adoption

Cloud computing increases the productivity of small scale business units

Grazed from Melodika.net.  Author: Duaine Charles.

Are you running a small business unit and looking for a change in productivity? Have an idea of trying out the new method of Cloud Computing in your organisation? Then, it will be right to have a discussion about the benefits of this way of computing your IT needs. Any company should implement various technologies to improvise their returns and take a development way in the processing. The good investments on effective methods can always bring in marvellous changes in the revenue graph of a company.

This system of using computer software and hardware in the growth of the small business units is becoming quite a popular way towards the growth and success. The key benefits of implementing the Cloud Computing services in small scale business units are discussed below.  Cloud computing is a service where the software is developed to take the company towards the streamline of success. This service includes software and hardware with low charges to bring in huge profits. The way it is used is very important as it reduces the cost on software applications and infrastructure expenses in the system...

Will Cloud Computing Ever Have Transformational Impact?

Grazed from Sys Con Media.   Author: Udayan Banerjee.

Gartner has been predicting for last five years that cloud computing will have a transformational impact in next 2 to 5 year! So, it is a good time to step back and ask ourselves…

…will cloud computing ever have transformational impact?

I think the answer cannot be given in simple black-and-white term like “Yes” or “No”. Like the answer to most questions on technology choice it is “Depends”. And every depends would lead to a long discussion into various aspects of the problem.  But in case of the transformational impact of cloud computing the answer is quiet simple. Impact of Cloud is inversely proportional to the size of the Entity...

Cloud-Based POS: Navigating The Sea Of Misinformation

Grazed from BusinessSolutions.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Cloud computing is a hot topic. In the retail and restaurant space, the term is often misused and misunderstood. Some resellers are resistant to cloud-based POS due to a lack of knowledge and experience. In an attempt to educate retail and restaurant POS dealers on what cloud really means to them, Business Solutions magazine recently spoke with Mike Burris, CEO of Aeris POS Systems/Essential Elements, a cloud-based POS software provider.

Why should POS dealers consider this "new" way of business?

Mike Burris, CEO, Aeris POS Systems/Essential Elements: Change is nothing new for POS dealers.  If you chronicle just the past 15 years of technological, financial, and social changes that have affected the POS industry, it illustrates that POS resellers have always been challenged to innovate in order to compete.  Truthfully, that has been the case for decades.  It’s why organizations like the RSPA (circa 1950) were formed, and why publications like Business Solutions are important information resources for POS resellers...

Cloud Computing: Google's Schmidt Tells North Korea to Drop Internet Barriers

Grazed from Sys Con Media. Author: Maureen O'Gara.

When Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt returned to Beijing Thursday from his controversial three-day "private visit" to North Korea he said that he told officials in Pyongyang that they must open the country up to Internet access or it would be "harder for them to catch up economically. We made that alternative very, very clear."

The Internet is only accessible to the government, military and universities. Its use is monitored. There's a national intranet with an information portal. The Internet isn't accessible through the country's cellular network although Schmidt said it could be modified. Evidently it services about one million phones out of a population of about 25 million...

Cloud Computing: Top EC Regulator Thinks Google Abuses Its Monopoly

Grazed from Sys Con Media. Author: Maureen O'Gara.

Google wiggled out of antitrust charges over its core search business in the US last week but its luck may not hold in Europe where Joaquín Almunia, the head of the European Commission's antitrust unit, told the Financial Times Thursday that "We are still investigating, but my conviction is [Google] are diverting traffic" to give its own vertical search services preferential treatment.

"They are monetizing this kind of business," he said, "the strong position they have in the general search market and this is not only a dominant position, I think - I fear - there is an abuse of this dominant position." He added that he's not talking about Google's sacred algorithms but "the way they present their own services."...

Why cloud computing ROI tools are worthless

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: David Linthicum.

With the rise of cloud computing comes a rise in tools and models that estimate the cost benefit of the technology. Most are created and promoted by cloud providers that sell their services, and a few come from analysts and consulting organizations. Whatever their source, their ROI calculations are based on the same assumption: Cloud computing avoids hardware and software investments, and because you pay only for the resources you use, the cost of those resources should align directly with the amount you require.

Those assumptions sound great, but the resulting ROI calculations are drastic oversimplifications of the problems the cloud is there to solve. In fact, these ROI calculators confuse businesses about the real value of the cloud and mislead both IT and business units...

Book: "Cloud Computing in Easy Steps"

Grazed from i-Programmer. Author: Editorial Staff.

Cloud computing is one of those topics we all need to know about. However, this book concentrates on the 'end user' aspects of using online data storage rather than anything aimed at business or technical users. While it isn't aimed at developers, it would be a good introduction to these aspects of the topic for any non-techie users or managers you need to work with.

Like all the Easy Steps titles, it is written in straightforward English, with lots of color illustrations. There are 15 short chapters, each covering an aspect of using the cloud or an app that lets you work with personal or 'desktop' level data in the cloud...

The realist's guide to cloud services and what they're good for

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: Bob Lewis.

Hot technology chatter, like most other business discussions, assumes business success comes from brilliant concepts, careful planning, and disciplined execution. I wonder if what actually happens is more of the million-monkeys-at-a-million-keyboards situation: If enough companies throw enough products and services into the marketplace, some will stick, even if the products and services are the result of random tossing, not superior thinking.

Way back in 1999 I proposed a simple set of criteria to bring order to the randomness when it comes to new information technology. According to the proposed model, three filters predict the success or failure of any new technology product:...

The Perils of Cloud Computing

Grazed from eCommerce Times. Author: Jeff Kagan.

We are still early in this cloud revolution, but there are reasons to tread carefully, whether you are an individual saving your personal data and files, or whether you are a company using the cloud to interact with all your employees or customers. There are real benefits and dangers and, you should be aware of them all.

The cloud may be the future, but it's not a bed of roses. The Amazon Cloud had a meltdown on Christmas Eve, affecting many customers who use the service. Companies that use Amazon as their cloud, their customers and workers were all affected. What should we learn from this high-profile meltdown?...

Cloud Computing: OpenStack Brain Trust Gains $10M In New Funding

Grazed from InformationWeek. Author: Charles Babcock.

Mirantis, a cloud consulting firm and one of the few OpenStack brain trusts outside of Rackspace, announced Thursday that it has received $10 million in funding from Intel, Dell and WestSummit Capital. The latter is a global investment firm with ties inside China.

Mirantis' story is a little different than other startups' because the three-year-old firm has successfully self-funded its own growth thus far. CEO Adrian Ionel said it could have continued to do so. Rather than a handful of entrepreneurs working in a garage, it's already a staff of 300 consultants and engineers with a list of pedigree customers building major cloud projects, such as PayPal and AT&T...