Cloud Adoption

How Cloud Computing Is Accelerating Context-Aware Coupons, Offers and Promotions

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Louis Columbus.

Retailers and marketers often face the challenge of getting coupons, offers and promotions delivered at the perfect time and in the right context to their customers. The rapid advances in cyber foraging, contextual computing and cloud computing platforms are succeeding at revolutionizing this aspect of the retail shopping experience. Context-aware advertising platforms and strategies can also provide precise audience and segment-based messaging directly to customers while they are in the store or retail outlet.

What makes context-aware advertising so unique and well adapted to the cloud is the real-time data integration and contextual intelligence they use for tailoring and transmitting offers to customers. When a customer opts in to retailer’s contextually-based advertising system, they are periodically sent alerts, coupons, and offers on products of interest once they are in or near the store...

Rajkumar Buyya Named Editor in Chief of New IEEE Computer Society Cloud Computing Journal

Grazed from PRWeb.  Author: PR Announcement.

Well known in the cloud computing community, Buyya will serve as editor in chief of the new journal IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing.

Rajkumar Buyya, director of the Cloud Computing and Distributed Systems (CLOUDS) Laboratory at the University of Melbourne, has been named editor in chief of IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing, IEEE Computer Society’s newest peer-reviewed journal.

IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing will publish peer-reviewed articles that provide innovative research ideas and applications results in all areas relating to cloud computing. The transactions will consider submissions specifically in the areas of cloud security, standards, architecture, development tools, applications management, and more. For further information, visit

How Cloud Computing will Shape 2013

Grazed from Proformative. Author: Editorial Staff.

There is no question about it; cloud computing is going to grow even larger than it already it is in 2013. Traditionalist accounting firms will find it increasingly difficult to ignore organization's prevailing use of cloud storage internally and with their clients. According to a recent study by the AICPA, 11 percent of CPA firms already operate completely in the cloud. Another one-third of the 624 respondents reported using cloud software, such as bill management, accounting and payroll applications, in some areas of their practice.

While the biggest concern surrounding cloud use is security, professionals around the world are benefiting from remote access to work data and information, forgetting about software updates, among other benefits. As the cloud is going to hover over the accounting profession more and more, here are three predictions to consider...

New Market Report: Hybrid Mobile-Cloud Computing Driving the Future of Enterprise Mobility

Grazed from Fast Market Research. Author: PR Announcement.

Hybrid Mobile Cloud (HMC) computing represents a systems in which a local, native mobile application with a great user interface, is married with cloud computing to provide an intelligent and scalable solution that is better than either native mobile app alone or an HTML5-only cloud computing application. Our research defines the roles of mobile and cloud computing in the enterprise today and provides a vision for how HMC computing will develop into a new paradigm that will become dominant within the next few years.

This report provides visibility into how HMC computing enables enterprise IT management to deploy customer-facing applications and become a more valued strategic asset for the organization. The analysis focuses on the impact of mobile becoming the primary channel for customers interaction most organizations. The report also provides recommendations for enterprise IT leadership regarding best integration practices for HMC computing within a corporate environment...

‘The Cloud’ Challenges Amazon

Grazed from New York Times. Author: Brian X. Chen.

For some on Christmas Eve, “White Christmas” was a blackout on Netflix. That’s because problems with Amazon’s cloud computing service, which provides storage and computing power for all kinds of Web sites and services, caused Netflix to go down for much of the day.

In updates on a Web site that reports on the status of its online services, Amazon traced the trouble to Elastic Load Balancing, a part of its service that helps spread heavy traffic among multiple servers to prevent overload. The company gave few details about the problems in its data center in Northern Virginia beyond this and did not offer an official statement or explanation...

Daiwa Institute of Research, Fujitsu, and KDDI Build Myanmar's First Cloud-Computing Environment

Grazed from IT News.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Daiwa Institute of Research Ltd. (DIR),Fujitsu Limited, and KDDI Corporation today announced that they have collaborated to build the Republic of the Union of Myanmar's first cloud computing environment. Built for the Central Bank of Myanmar, the new cloud environment is designed to improve efficiency in the bank's operations. It consists of a private cloud platform designed, constructed, and operated in compliance with the Alliance Cloud, a standardized cloud model certified by the DIR-led Global Alliance for User-driven Cloud Computing, as well as a desktop service that features security countermeasures.

In advance of the fast-approaching economic integration of ASEAN nations scheduled for 2015, Myanmar, now rapidly implementing democratic reforms, has been actively seeking to modernize its financial sector by relaxing financial regulations, making preparations to establish a stock exchange(1) and taking other initiatives. Under these circumstances, operating stability at the Central Bank of Myanmar is ever-more crucial to the country's financial system given its pivotal role in issuing and managing currency and implementing monetary policy...

Need Work? Learn Cloud Computing: 7 Million Jobs by 2015

Grazed from Sci-Tech-Today. Author: Jennifer LeClaire.

Demand for "cloud -ready" IT workers will grow by 26 percent each year through 2015. So says a new Microsoft -sponsored IDC white paper. If that estimate bears out, that means there could be as many as 7 million cloud-related jobs in the world. That said, IT hiring managers report that the biggest reason they failed to fill an existing 1.7 million open cloud-related positions in 2012 is because job seekers lack the training and certification needed to work in a cloud-enabled world.

The IT sector is seeing only modest growth of IT jobs. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average growth in IT employment sits between 1.1 percent and 2.7 percent per year through 2020. But within the larger IT sector, cloud jobs are gaining major momentum -- and the IDC study suggests an urgent need to retrain existing IT professionals and encourage students to pursue cloud-related IT trainings and certifications...

Study: IT Workforce Unprepared for Cloud Jobs

Grazed from ChannelNomics. Author: Chris Gonsalves.

If there’s one thing that could slow the inexorable rush to cloud computing, it’s the dearth of talent trained and certified in the ways of the cloud. A new Microsoft Corp.-sponsored report from analyst firm IDC says 1.7 million cloud-related IT jobs went unfilled in 2012 and the number of available cloud positions will swell 26 percent per year to about seven million by 2015.

This puts the United States’ pace of cloud jobs growth well ahead of general IT employment, which is expected to continue its tepid climb of less than 3 percent through 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The gap — coupled with the state of the IT workforce, which remains unprepared to handle advanced cloud jobs — is putting a renewed focus on retraining tech workers and pushing students to focus on cloud skills and certifications...

2012: The year cloud computing took a bite out of IT

Grazed from ComputerWorld. Author: Eric Knorr.

When we started talking about cloud computing five years ago, it meant one thing: Services such as Amazon or Salesforce that customers could self-provision over the Internet and pay as they go.

That's what we call the "public cloud" today, as opposed to the "private cloud," which refers to the application of public cloud technologies and practices to one's own data center. And guess what? The public cloud was where the action was in 2012 -- and it's where much of the action is going to be in 2013. According to IDC, businesses will spend $40 billion on the public cloud this year, rising to nearly $100 billion in 2016...

ISACA survey reveals power struggle over cloud computing

Grazed from  Author: Editorial Staff.

Businesses remain sceptical over cloud services, especially public cloud computing, and while they see the benefits of adoption, perceived risks are causing concern.  That's chief among findings just release by global IT professionals organisation ISACA, which conducted research among 4,500 senior IT people across 83 countries.

Commenting its 2012 IT Risk/Reward Barometer report, Marc Vael, international vice president of ISACA, says: "What is apparent from this study is the perception of control. Private cloud scores better than both public and hybrid cloud, when asked if the benefit outweighs the risk, yet take up is still relatively low."...