Cloud Adoption

What are the top 3 myths about cloud ERP software?

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: Editorial Staff.

The growth of cloud computing has caused a paradigm shift in all sorts of business applications, but perhaps most notably in ERP software. As noted in a previous article, cloud ERP is growing like wildfire as more and more businesses move to their ERP system to the cloud. But as cloud ERP becomes more popular, misconceptions about it also spread and it becomes more difficult to separate fact from fiction. In an effort to do just so, here are the top 3 myths about cloud ERP:

Myth #1: Cloud ERP is the same as hosted ERP

This is somewhat analogous to saying that renting a house is the same as leasing a house, which obviously is false. There are numerous differences between cloud ERP and hosted ERP involving software maintenance, network traffic, security, and statelessness...

The 4 cloud computing resolutions you should make for 2013

Grazed from InfoWorld.  Author: David Linthicum.

It's 2013. Cloud computing is another year older. As adopters, we're making fewer mistakes, but I suspect we'll repeat many of the same errors from 2012.  Now is the time to work on cloud computing improvements, to set reasonable goals -- and to make sure we live up to them. To that end, here are four cloud computing resolutions for 2013 I suggest we all adopt:

1. I resolve not to "cloud-wash." 2012 was another year of cloud everything. Virtually all products had some cloud spin, no matter what it was or the type of problem it solved. The truth is that cloud computing should be a specific type of technology that includes attributes such as on-demand, self-provisioned, elastic, and metered by use. By calling everything "cloud," the vendors look silly -- and they sow confusion...

Data Center Consolidation and Adopting Cloud Computing in 2013

Grazed from Sys Con Media.  Author: John Savageau.

Throughout 2012 large organizations and governments around the world continued to struggle with the idea of consolidating inefficient data centers, server closets, and individual “rogue” servers scattered around their enterprise or government agencies.  Issues dealt with the cost of operating data centers, disaster management of information technology resources, and of course human factors centered on control, power, or retention of jobs in a rapidly evolving IT industry.

Cloud computing and virtualization continue to have an impact on all consolidation discussions, not only from the standpoint of providing a much better model for managing physical assets, but also in the potential cloud offers to solve disaster recovery shortfalls, improve standardization, and encourage or enable development of service-oriented architectures...

Amazon looks to expand cloud service

Grazed from The Calgary Herald.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Amazon has announced major expansion plans beyond its traditional retail operations that could see it competing with technology giants Google and Apple.  Amazon believes its cloud computing operation could end up dwarfing other parts of its business, a senior executive with the company has told The Sunday Telegraph.

Andy Jassy, head of the Amazon Web Services division, said the unit was growing so rapidly that it could end up catapulting Amazon past its rival Apple to become the largest technology business in the world...

Will Cloud Computing Destroy What is Left of Your Free Time?

Grazed from The Houston Chronicle.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Think you’re busy now? You ain’t seen nothin’ yet. According to The New York Times blogger Quentin Hardy , with the proliferation of cloud computing into more and more aspects of daily life, your spare time is about to become even more, well, spare.

Computing giants like Amazon and Rackspace are leaders in the virtualization of computer servers, a core element in the development of cloud computing. This technology makes it possible for a single PC that was used 20 percent of the time to be used 80 percent of the time or more, Hardy said. Software that monitored workloads could identify when a machine was free, and assign it a workload that would keep it busy without distracting it from its original function, he said. But until recently, that kind of utilization efficiency was seen mostly in corporate data centers and computer-centric organizations...

The Evolution of Cloud Computing

Grazed from Sys Con Media. Author: Matthew Candelaria.

Definitions of cloud computing are easy to find, but a single, authoritative definition is hard to come by. Perhaps the best work in this area was done by Böhm, et al. By compiling characteristics of 17 different scholarly and industrial definitions, the authors identified five primary characteristics of cloud computing allowing a definition such as: "Cloud computing is a service that delivers scalable hardware and/or software solutions via the Internet or other network on a pay-per-usage basis." (Emphasis indicates essential definition elements).

Cloud computing can further be broken down into three common types: SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS. SaaS (Software as a Service) allows users to log into and utilize preprogrammed software that is owned and maintained by the service provider. PaaS (Platform as a Service) gives users tools and languages owned and maintained by the service provider that can be used to build and deploy customized applications. IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) provides users with storage and processing, allowing users full control over the use of that infrastructure. There are other divisions of cloud computing, but these are the most common...

Mobily CEO: Cloud computing making rapid advances

Grazed from Bloomberg.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Mobily owns today a strong infrastructure supporting the 3G and 4G networks, said its CEO Khalid Al-Kaf.  He was speaking at the Mobily Application Developers Conference 2012.  Senior Mobily officials were also present.  A large number of local and international experts in information technology as well as amateur developers, professional mobile application developers are taking part in the event.

The CEO opened the conference with a speech about the future of telecommunications and information technology.  He said: "The technical world today is running at an accelerated pace, each day witnessing significant shifts and developments created by the people's need to communicate in social media...

Myanmar’s Central Bank Heads for the Cloud

Grazed from WSJ.  Author: Yoree Koh.

Myanmar’s central bank is headed for the cloud.   After decades of performing the bulk of the Central Bank of Myanmar’s work longhand, a trio of Japanese companies are pushing the institution to the technological cutting edge. The three companies — Daiwa Institute of Research Ltd Limited and KDDI Corp.  — collaborated to build the Southeast Asian country its first Internet-linked computing platform in an attempt to help the central bank’s antiquated systems keep pace with Myanmar’s rapid change.

Myanmar has ushered in a raft of reforms over the last 18 months in a move to breathe new economic life into the country lift impoverished and stuck in time after decades of military rule ended two years ago. One of the key challenges is to modernize Myanmar’s aging systems...

2013 Prediction: Cloud Computing Will Disrupt Healthcare

Grazed from Business2Community.  Author: Lindsey Nelson.

As we come to a close on 2012, everyone’s making their predictions for next year. This year I have had the opportunity to write about Cloud computing and its impact on so many areas.  But where do I think it will have the biggest impact in 2013? Only in an industry that is expected to be a $5.4 billion market by 2017, Healthcare.

Typically slow to adapt new technologies due to very legitimate reasons such as data security and privacy, the Health Care industry is perfectly poised to reap the benefits cloud has to offer.  How?...

Standards, Guidepost for Healthy and Sustainable Development of China's Cloud Computing Industry

Grazed from MarketWatch.  Author: PR Announcement.

Standards have increasingly become the core for countries to reserve strategic resources and enhance international competitiveness. "The man who sets up standards gets the world" has been repeatedly demonstrated in the IT field, where giants like Microsoft, Apple and Qualcomm serve as good examples. Cloud computing, conforming to the worldwide demand for integrating computing resources and service capabilities, is the strategic vantage point in the current international IT competition. Therefore, China's competitiveness in the international IT field will depend on our ability of setting up independent standards for cloud computing in the future.

Cloud Computing Industry: Risks Behind Prosperity

In 2011, China's cloud computing industry witnessed a prosperous development. Cloud computing continued to extend from governments to enterprises and to individual users, from the IT industry to traditional agriculture and industry in addition to the modern service industry. The industrial size reached RMB160 billion, up 63.8% year-on-year, and it is expected to reach RMB 800 billion in 2014...