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We're All Outsourcers Now, Thanks To Cloud

We're All Outsourcers Now, Thanks To Cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
In the business world over the past couple of decades, no two words have carried more negative baggage and resulted in such trepidation than downsizing and outsourcing. Downsizing is still the nasty term it has always been, but lately, there's been a sea change in attitudes toward outsourcing. That's because cloud [...]
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Outsourcing — that is, the use of services outside one’s organization — has become a part of our day-to-day lives, and we embrace this model with gusto.

 

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VIDEO: Cloud computing in enterprise environments

VIDEO: Cloud computing in enterprise environments | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Dell's Ian Clatworthy shares his thoughts on why businesses should migrate their IT systems to the cloud and questions that factor into that decision-making process.
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"A hybrid-cloud is really where it’s going to sit and for many years to come. So what we need to do is, for me anyway, I don’t want to be tied to that expensive tin that I have to invest in"

 

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The growth of on-demand cloud computing

The growth of on-demand cloud computing | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

This HP whitepaper charts the development of the cloud on-demand computing concept and shows how important it is for addressing the demand for business agility and growth.

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Cloud services are built around the on-demand software-as-a-service (SaaS), platform-as-a-service (PaaS) and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) delivery models. ......

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Enterprise giants and cloud computing: What's cloudwashing vs. real DNA change?

Enterprise giants and cloud computing: What's cloudwashing vs. real DNA change? | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Every large enterprise technology company now has a cloud computing narrative that can't be easily dismissed as cloudwashing. Does that make them good innovation partners?
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Calling the trend "cloudwashing" wasn't all that much fun simply because it was too damn easy four years ago.

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How cloud computing is evolving to help the mid-market

How cloud computing is evolving to help the mid-market | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Smaller businesses can focus on what they want to do.

At Phoenix we are taking a different approach to cloud services. We have many years of experience in delivering services remotely to our custo
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The demand for these services has driven a global race to provide high availability, low-cost commoditised services which have now become commonplace in large enterprise business.

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How to become a cloud computing leader

How to become a cloud computing leader | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Enterprise cloud efforts are begging for leadership. Time to step in and fill the void.
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Technologists working with cloud need a range of specific skills, from Java or .NET framework to REST API development to knowledge about Amazon Web Services. But businesses are also crying out for people who can take leadership roles in moving operations into the cloud world.

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Gaining a Competitive Edge With Cloud Computing

Gaining a Competitive Edge With Cloud Computing | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Does your organization say "Maybe” or "Yes!" to cloud-driven capabilities expansions? Find out why high-performing companies are embracing the latter choice.
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New ways to maximize the advantages of cloud computing seem to emerge every day, and it's clear that the organizations embracing the cloud are sprinting ahead of the competition with regard to key, ROI-boosting strategies, according to a survey from the IBM Center for Applied Insights.

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Enterprise Gets Serious About Cloud Computing

Enterprise Gets Serious About Cloud Computing | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The age of exploration in the cloud is passing. Now it's time to get down to business.
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A 35% jump in VMs versus much higher rates of cloud memory and storage use would suggest that IT managers are finally starting to get their cloud management act together and aren't just deploying into the cloud on whim and are actively managing away from cloud sprawl.

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Increase in cloud implementation across organisations in Ireland – Microsoft/Amárach Cloud Index

Increase in cloud implementation across organisations in Ireland – Microsoft/Amárach Cloud Index | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton TD today joined Microsoft as part of National Cloud Week to launch the findings of the second annual Microsoft/Amárach Cloud Index.
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Small businesses everywhere will be the first to move and for very obvious reasons, but it will always depends on the sensitivity of the data that is going to be ported into the cloud. The security issue will be the last hurdle to fall and it will not be easy to convince certain firms.

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Roundup of Cloud Computing & Enterprise Software Market Estimates and Forecasts, 2013 - Forbes

Roundup of Cloud Computing & Enterprise Software Market Estimates and Forecasts, 2013 - Forbes | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
When the CEO of a rust-belt manufacturer speaks of cloud computing as critical to his company’s business strategies for competing globally, it’s clear a fundamental shift is underway.
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The cloud tiptoes in | StarTribune.com

The cloud tiptoes in  | StarTribune.com | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Cloud computing -- using remote data centers over the Internet instead of buying computers -- has been quietly creeping into companies under the noses of corporate executives.

 

Departments are using it without permission by putting it on company charge cards, and employees widely use some common cloud applications such as Google Docs or Salesforce.com, said Bill Martorelli, an analyst at Forrester Research in Cambridge, Mass.

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HP's cloud guy: Why we're the enterprise cloud

HP's cloud guy: Why we're the enterprise cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
In an exclusive interview, Biri Singh explains HP's cloud strategy and its focus on the needs of enterprise developers and operations...
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Cloud computing: Customisation is the name of the game

Cloud computing: Customisation is the name of the game | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Moving forward, I see the trend of customised cloud computing continuing to grow, and vendors that don't offer customised options to their clients...
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The trend I see growing the fastest in the cloud computing space is that of customisation, as enterprises build out cloud infrastructures and solutions that work best for them.

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How the cloud aids business growth

How the cloud aids business growth | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

The generally accepted definition of cloud computing comes from the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), which says it should enable convenient, on-demand access to a shared pool of computing resources - like networks, servers, storage, applications and services.

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As well as lower costs, business agility, flexibility and ease of use are still the main attractions for using the cloud. European Commission research, which questioned almost 500 companies, showed that over 80 per cent of those who were already using the cloud, saw a reduction in IT costs of between 10 and 20 per cent. 12 per cent saw an impressive 30 per cent or more reduction.

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Cloud Computing's Second Act Is All Business

Cloud Computing's Second Act Is All Business | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
In a recent post, Bernard Golden, one of the most respected thought leaders in the cloud space, asked the question: "Has cloud computing been a failed revolution?" He conveys the observation that Google search traffic for the term "cloud computing" peaked in 2011 and has trailed off since then. It's also [...]
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The business as a whole is only beginning to grasp the advantages of cloud beyond IT efficiency. Over the past three to four years, cloud has been well-established as an IT solution, providing compelling approaches to managing key applications, collaboration, storage and processing power.

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How to take control of your cloud

How to take control of your cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
No matter what their organisation's definition of the cloud, users need to select infrastructure providers able to make it usable to the everyday...
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Some companies view cloud as anything stored or accessed from anywhere that isn't "actually here on this very piece of hardware." To the average consumer, most view cloud as the Internet. To them Gmail, YouTube and Pinterest are all in the cloud

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5 Common Misconceptions About Cloud Computing, Dispelled

5 Common Misconceptions About Cloud Computing, Dispelled | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Public cloud, private cloud, hybrid cloud -- does it really make a difference anymore? Apparently, not as much as it once did. A recent survey of 213 executives finds there's less concern about the origins of cloud services, and more attention to how they can expand the business and deliver competitive advantage.

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The survey also discussed five misconceptions about cloud computing that continue to hold back progress:

 

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Will Disruptive Cloud Computing Kill Enterprise Resource Planning?

Will Disruptive Cloud Computing Kill Enterprise Resource Planning? | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

It’s a just about a cliché at this stage to note that cloud computing has been one of the big technology disruptors in recent years. However, according to Gartner, the best — or worst, depending on your perspective — has yet to come. It seems Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) applications are doomed to legacy status or even the trash bin.

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By 2017, 70 percent of organizations adopting hybrid ERP will fail to improve cost-benefit outcomes unless their cloud applications provide differentiating functionality.

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Christian Verstraete's curator insight, February 4, 12:07 AM

Getting ERP in the cloud. Intriguing, are enterprises that spent millions establishing their ERP in the first place ready to move it to the cloud (which will cost quite a lot) or are they planning to circumvent the existing environment and slowly migrate functionality till nothing's left?

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Microsoft, the sleeping giant of the cloud

Microsoft, the sleeping giant of the cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
With its vast portfolio of software and billions of dollars in data center infrastructure investment, Microsoft stands poised to rule the cloud
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I had heard Microsoft was investing heavily, but still, I was surprised by the scale. "We think that we were the No. 1 purchaser of servers in the world last year," says Anderson. "Every six months we're having to double our compute and our storage capacity. To give you a frame, in the last three years we've spent over $15 billion on cap ex."

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Greg Ness's curator insight, October 22, 2013 1:16 PM

It is going to be an interesting battle between Microsoft and VMware and Amazon.

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Amazon's AWS Cloud Is A Serious Threat To Traditional Enterprise Computing Companies

Amazon's AWS Cloud Is A Serious Threat To Traditional Enterprise Computing Companies | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
An interesting little report here about how Amazon's AWS cloud computing services are a serious threat to a certain segment of the enterprise computing market.
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AWS is a good bundle but what is at stake here is that it involves replacing old and trusted procedures. On the other hand, businesses that have been around for a long time have learnt to rely on the guidance of their IT department. Therefore, in the end, this becomes a matter of whether the IT department will or will not relinquish control to another entity.

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U.S. Navy Issues New Cloud Computing Policy - Forbes

U.S. Navy Issues New Cloud Computing Policy - Forbes | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer (DON) recently sent out the memo,
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Cloud keys an era of new IT responsiveness and efficiency

Cloud keys an era of new IT responsiveness and efficiency | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
James Staten and I wrote this vision of the future of cloud computing. The full report is available to Forrester clients at this link. The research is part of Forrester’s playbook to advise CIOs on productive use of cloud computing...
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Cloud Data Storage | Cloud Document Management

Cloud Data Storage | Cloud Document Management | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Stories and rumors about cloud service providers experiencing outages rightfully give organizations pause about which provider to choose to put them on a path to the cloud.
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