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Office 365’s corporate takeover is imminent

Office 365’s corporate takeover is imminent | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Exchange Online is IT's biggest reason for shifting from on-premises Microsoft servers to the Office 365 cloud services
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Considering the move to Office 365? Take these crucial steps before, during, and after for a successful migration.
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Why Cloud Computing Is (Almost) All Software

Why Cloud Computing Is (Almost) All Software | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Does anybody even make hardware any more? ...... The ‘trouble’ is, the whole world has gone software-defined and that means some of what we used to do with hardware, we now do with software.

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It means some of what we used to do with hardware that shipped with a good proportion of onboard software intelligence, we now do with software (almost) alone.

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Microsoft gears up for cloud domination

Microsoft gears up for cloud domination | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Microsoft will reveal more pieces of its cloud master plan at the upcoming Build conference, , but the outlines are already there -- and maybe even a little scary
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.......... Only one is a quadruple play, delivering IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS, as well as the on-premises software to build a hybrid cloud.

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Moving the help desk to the cloud: Companies reticent to adopt SaaS models

Moving the help desk to the cloud: Companies reticent to adopt SaaS models | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
More than two thirds of respondents in a survey from Software Advice currently use on-premise help desk systems despite the prevalence of cloud-based systems in the market.
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The most frequently used help desk software functionality, according to those polled, is ticket management (66%), followed by reporting and analytics (51%) and live chat integration (45%). ....

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The Future of the Security Perimeter

The Future of the Security Perimeter | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Moving from fortification to skirmish –  Skirmishers – troops deployed in loose formation in advance of and/or on the flanks of the main body. These troops drew enemy fire, developed their position, and warned comrades of an imminent clash. The civil war dictionary 

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What will the future perimeter look like? In this post, we will share some thoughts about the future of the information security perimeter and where are we going with this old concept:

 

Guest post: Thanks to @Amit for the article.

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Business Model Canvas for SaaS Providers

Business Model Canvas for SaaS Providers | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
As a follow up to the earlier article on the IaaS business model, here is a high level overview of the SaaS provider business model and some of the strategic options that are in there... As examples in this article I consider two hypothetical SaaS providers. The first one delivers bookkeeping software, the second one delivers a project collaboration platform.
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The business model canvas has nine basic building blocks and specific relations between those building blocks.

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The problem of a thousand tiny apps

The problem of a thousand tiny apps | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Too many apps caused serious problems to businesses
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.... Depending on your department you may have to login to your crm, your project management, your ERP

 

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Benefits of Cloud Computing as a Service

Benefits of Cloud Computing as a Service | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Cloud computing enables businesses, institutions and individuals to manage their business data and access it easily from remote locations.
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Software as a Service is the cloud technology model capable of hosting specially designed cloud software tools and applications in the computing environment.

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George Florentine's curator insight, December 2, 2014 6:15 AM

Cloud is the future! Cloud is now!

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Australian companies are spoilt for choice in a hot cloud market

Australian companies are spoilt for choice in a hot cloud market | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Australia is now awash with public cloud providers. Here's what you need to know to make a decision.
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With so many options on hand, cloud is fast becoming part of the standard enterprise IT diet. But what should customers prioritise when choosing a provider?

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Serious question: Who will win the 'race to zero' in the cloud?

Serious question: Who will win the 'race to zero' in the cloud? | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
As the public-cloud market enters its adolescence, the pervasive concept of a “race to zero” has created an impression that only the established leviathans can compete in the space. On their path to dominance the likes of Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Compute Engine, and Microsoft Azure gobble up nascent software-as-a-service startups and lesser infrastructure-as-a-service and platform-as-a-service providers as they aggressively drive down costs and make it seem unattractive for customers to not be in the cloud. Google’s latest round of price cuts on an array of services and applications have reaffirmed this popularly held belief.
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What does this mean for the race to zero? Is the cloud price war effectively over with only Google and Microsoft left playing a game of “how-low-can-you-go” chicken?

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Cloud Computing Glossary: 21 Terms You Need to Know Before Splurging on the Cloud

Cloud Computing Glossary: 21 Terms You Need to Know Before Splurging on the Cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Rapid evolution of both the technology and terminology around this trend can easily lead to a state of confusion. This mini cloud computing glossary will help you navigate your way through all the jargon as you size up different vendors and solutions.
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Excellent resource! Worth bookmarking.

 

Guest post: Thanks to @Darshik Jariwala for the article.

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Lucy Brooks's curator insight, November 13, 2014 4:51 AM

Keep up to date with Cloud technology terms

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Migrate to the cloud and watch your business take flight

Migrate to the cloud and watch your business take flight | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Think cloud computing is about getting rid of IT infrastructure to save money? Think again.

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Becoming digital has two aspects. One is about rethinking business for the cloud and mobile era, and the other is about internal systems.

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2014 Talkin' Cloud 100: Cloud Service Providers Post Big Gains | Cloud Computing content from MSPmentor

2014 Talkin' Cloud 100: Cloud Service Providers Post Big Gains | Cloud Computing content from MSPmentor | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Who were the top cloud service providers, cloud aggregators and cloud brokers in 2014? Would it surprise you to learn that one of the top MSP 501 companies made Talkin' Cloud's 2014 list of top 100 Cloud Service Providers? Would it surprise you that CSPs on the 2014 TC100 list saw cloud services revenue gains of 48 percent year over year? Want to know more? Details here.
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The Top 100 CSPs generated more than $23.4 billion in combined cloud services revenues in 2013, up 48 percent from what they reported the previous year.

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Don't sleepwalk into Office 365

Don't sleepwalk into Office 365 | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Plan differences, feature limitations, and service levels can trip up your deployment, unless you do your homework first
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As an Office 365 MVP, I’m fully convinced the platform Microsoft has built for communication and collaboration in the cloud is solid.

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Anything-as-a-service – what XaaS means for cloud computing contracts

Anything-as-a-service – what XaaS means for cloud computing contracts | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
More and more industries, from accountancy firms to zoological societies, are adopting cloud computing services. Every day, millions of users are…
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In contrast to traditional cloud computing services, XaaS (pronounced ‘Zaas’) combines separate cloud services into one online virtual service. An XaaS offering could include: .........

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Dawn of the data center operating system

Dawn of the data center operating system | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
How microservices architecture and Linux containers will tame distributed computing for developers and ops

 

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Virtualization has been a key driver behind every major trend in software, from search to social networks to SaaS, over the past decade. ........

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Salesforce, Workday Sales Grow as Cloud Software Shines

Salesforce, Workday Sales Grow as Cloud Software Shines | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Silicon Valley's cloudy outlook for software  grew stronger in 2014, as Salesforce and Workday sales continued to pile up, and investors bet Wednesday that the growth will continue in 2015 and beyond.

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Salesforce, a pioneer in software-as-a-service offerings, topped $5 billion in annual revenues

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2015 Forecast: The Sun is Out for Cloud Computing

2015 Forecast: The Sun is Out for Cloud Computing | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The cloud space continues to evolve at an astounding pace. As recently as 12 months ago, we were still educating many clients about what they could achieve with cloud computing. We tirelessly explained the differences and benefits of options such as Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). We also debated the suitability of various architectural alternatives, like private, public or hybrid cloud. While there continues to be some mystique Topic: Information Management.
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According to PC World, cloud has become mainstream with adoption to some degree by nearly 90 percent of businesses.

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Government Clouds: The next wave of cloud computing growth

Government Clouds: The next wave of cloud computing growth | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
A number of countries are using or working on deploying Government Clouds as G-Clouds can redefine the way government services are delivered to citizens
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The G-Cloud will allow countries to digitally secure themselves and their citizens while benefitting from the digital delivery of government services.

 

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Announcing a Cloud Computing, ERP System Designed for the Agriculture Industry

Announcing a Cloud Computing, ERP System Designed for the Agriculture Industry | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

The Operation and Agriculture Supply Information System (OASIS) Standard Edition provides an agribusiness with security and availability to store and analyze agricultural production records in a Web-based, Software as a Service (SaaS) computer application.

 

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The OASIS system design had been piloted for an agribusiness in early 2013. The latest version has been re-engineered for diverse agricultural producers worldwide.

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Cloud Isn't Just for Techies Anymore

Cloud Isn't Just for Techies Anymore | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

The cloud isn't just for techies anymore. Understanding what's next for cloud computing is crucial for businesses at all levels. Managers are responding to the real opportunities that the cloud offers to develop new business models, forge closer ties with customers and tap into the expertise of employees and partners.

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.... five of the biggest things we see happening in cloud:

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Cloud Computing Applications vs. Workplace Security

Cloud Computing Applications vs. Workplace Security | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
New research indicates that cloud computing applications are proving to be a challenge for IT professionals. Part of the problem, it turns out, is that employees are overriding IT policies and bypassing the IT app approval process.Keeping Up With the ...
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With the rise of mobility and the need to collaborate easily, cloud computing applications are growing in importance.

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nubit's curator insight, December 1, 2014 4:08 AM

Sigue el debate entre las aplicaciones en la nube y las instaladas en local, conocidas como on premise. ¿Tu qué opinas?

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Enterprises 'play it safe' with cloud

Enterprises 'play it safe' with cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Strategic cloud deployment held back by vision and skills.
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Findings indicate that a vicous circle could be created from the tactical approach to cloud; almost half of European enterprises plan to have a hybrid cloud environment within two years.

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Hidden costs and locations: Solving the mystery of cloud solutions for businesses

Hidden costs and locations: Solving the mystery of cloud solutions for businesses | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The cost and functional benefits of migrating services to the cloud have been well documented, but as more solutions are introduced to the market, choosing the right one is presenting many businesses with a real challenge.
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Many businesses have discovered that there can potentially be a number of hidden costs to cloud computing that may lead to an overall increase in expenditure.

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Cloud May Be The New Outsourcing, But The Same Due Diligence Must Apply

Cloud May Be The New Outsourcing, But The Same Due Diligence Must Apply | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

In times gone by, when enterprises sought to shave costs off non-core processes, or add capabilities not immediately available in their organizations, they turned to third-party providers.

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As the IBM study’s authors, Marsha Trant and Romala Ravi put it, there are five rules of the road worth keeping in mind:

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