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Cloud continues to be important to businesses – but there’s no strategy in place

Cloud continues to be important to businesses – but there’s no strategy in place | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Latest survey research from Cloud Sherpas has revealed while seven in 10 IT leaders view enterprise cloud software as central to their company’s success, only half have a formal cloud strategy in place.
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“Security concerns have prevented one or more of my company’s business functions from adopting cloud technology”, 28% strongly agreed ...................

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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 digital revolution: benefits of cloud computing

The digital revolution: benefits of cloud computing | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The cloud is revolutionary because, like the introduction of the steam train, it creates opportunities that simply weren’t possible before
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The emergence of cloud-hosted digital innovation is a shift that’s every bit as important as the industrial revolution two centuries ago – it’s honestly that mould-breaking.

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7 Trends That Can Define the Future of Cloud Computing

7 Trends That Can Define the Future of Cloud Computing | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
One reason for everyone's huge confidence in cloud computing is that it is one of the most disruptive technologies to have emerged on the scene in the last decade. Let’s see if the seven trends given here can justify industry optimism about the cloud.
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Let’s see if the 7 trends given below can justify industry optimism with the Cloud

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Here is a good overview if you are wondering what cloud computing is all about. #TSTS #eventprofs #meetingprofs

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ERP for Head of Class Businesses

ERP for Head of Class Businesses | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
We help you guys find the right enterprise resource planning system (ERP), but we don’t always follow up to see how it’s going. The fact is, many people pay for an ERP that’s essentially useless. If you don’t put the time in upfront and implement it the right way for your team, an ERP can be a total waste of time and money. That’s why it’s essential that you take advantage of free demos and free trials to test out if an ERP is right for your business and, especially, to test if an ERP software company has the right customer service for your business.
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This is the theme the folks at FianancialForce illustrate in their newest infographic “How to Successfully Implement an ERP and Grow.”

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The new cloud darling: How cloud computing transforms field service management

The new cloud darling: How cloud computing transforms field service management | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
If I asked you to name a multi-billion dollar market that’s getting a long overdue cloud makeover, would field service management be at the forefront of your mind? It should.
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CEOs are increasingly waking up to the sleeping giant that is their service department

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Designing a business solution in the cloud and mobile devices era

Designing a business solution in the cloud and mobile devices era | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The role of IT is not just limited to keeping the lights on. IT is also responsible to continuously provide solutions to enhance the business capabilities and to support business processes.
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Before jumping in to create various solutions in the new evolving paradigm the solution architect/designer should consider the following :

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In Build Versus Buy Debate, Midsize Business Wins With SaaS

In Build Versus Buy Debate, Midsize Business Wins With SaaS | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Truly off-the-shelf cloud computing solutions packaged in software-as-a-service (SaaS) offerings are moving the build versus buy decision further into buy territory, freeing businesses to focus on what they do best.

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While SaaS solves most problems for most businesses, it is not right for every situation. ....

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The evolving role of savvy business technology leaders

The evolving role of savvy business technology leaders | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

As the chief executive at your company, if you discovered that you had some major financial standards compliance issues within your organization, would you be concerned about the risks associated with that exposure?

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Who is championing this cause from a horizontal organization perspective? According to market research from last year, it's primarily the marketing leadership.

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Blueprint for the Cloud

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You have heard the term; now create a plan for the cloud in your business.

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In the survey, a majority of IT decision makers believe the cloud is a very important investment for running business more effectively, while non-IT executives are less likely to view operational importance.

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How the Cloud Will Transform Business by 2020

How the Cloud Will Transform Business by 2020 | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Companies that don't take advantage of cloud computing will be in the minority in less than six years. Here's why.
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While use of the cloud today is generally associated with the ability to reduce costs and improve efficiency, widespread adoption of this technology is projected to have a transformative effect on small businesses, ............

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Dropbox for Business grows more security, IT admin muscles

Dropbox for Business grows more security, IT admin muscles | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The workplace version of the popular cloud storage service competes against offerings from Google, Microsoft, Box, and others
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For developers, Dropbox is releasing two new APIs (application programming interfaces). The Shared Folder API makes the core functions of shared folders available to third-party apps and tools. Meanwhile, the Document Preview API lets developers embed this feature into their applications.

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INFOGRAPHIC: 2014 Digital Business Survey

INFOGRAPHIC: 2014 Digital Business Survey | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Digital Business - We've found an interesting infographic covering the 2014 Digital Business Survey at Informationweek that uncovers some of the reasons
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The infographic primarily takes a closer look at the differences between smaller and larger based companies.

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The role of predictive analytics within companies in 2015

The role of predictive analytics within companies in 2015 | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Danish physicist and Nobel Prize winner Nils Bohr once stated, “Prediction is very difficult, especially if it is about the future.”

 

This does not stop companies from trying to use data to model what will happen in the future and where they can improve their chances of success in the market.

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From a strategic level, using analytics – and most likely predictive analytics, to be specific – and techniques within the business means that everyone across the company has to have access to data and be more skilled in using it.

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What to move to the cloud: A more mature model for SMEs

What to move to the cloud: A more mature model for SMEs | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Many SMBs struggle with deciding if and what to move to the cloud.
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Obviously in this day and age email is a requirement in virtually every business. A lot of businesses continue to run Exchange locally. If you are thinking about moving portions of your business out to the cloud, email is a good place to start. Why should you move to the cloud?

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Cloud Computing – The Secret to Rapid SMB Growth

Cloud Computing – The Secret to Rapid SMB Growth | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
For small and medium business owners, growth is essential. In order to keep up with competition, they must be able to grow quickly and inexpensively. However, growth often equates to increased expens…
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According to a study on Inc.com, SMBs that were aggressive new tech adopters (100% of whom used the cloud) grew at a 13% CAGR (compound annual growth rate).
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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 computing myths debunked

Cloud computing myths debunked | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
If you’re a small business owner and concepts like ‘the cloud’ fly over your head or send you into a flat panic, Darlene Menzies, CEO of SMEasy, says stop, breathe and embrace it because the cloud is a beneficial tool for SMEs
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Contrary to popular belief, Menzies says that cloud-based products could actually save small business owners money as the products are “typically” charged on a monthly basis and are not upfront-lump-sum based.

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This still requires a set time to learn how to effectively use it. 

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Cloud delivers €160 billion boost to European Union economy

Cloud delivers €160 billion boost to European Union economy | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Cloud computing is expected to add around €160billion to the EU’s GDP in 2020. By the end of 2015 around 70 per cent of all businesses will use cloud computing, while some 925,500 direct and indir
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“The most recent estimates indicate that, in 2016, the availability and adoption of cloud-based computing will result in the creation of 180,000 new businesses and this figure will likely grow to close to 303,000 in 2020 across the EU.”

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Linode Beefs Up Managed Cloud Hosting and Storage Services

Linode Beefs Up Managed Cloud Hosting and Storage Services | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Linode has added new features to its managed cloud hosting offering, including free cPanel administration software and site migrations, as well as discounts on server-administration services.
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ERP Automation: Basics Explained

ERP Automation: Basics Explained | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The manufacturing industry has different business needs and processes as compared to other domains. ERP involves planning to fulfill these various business requirements. Manufacturing business
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The article itemises some of the benefits that effective ERP manufacturing software consulting offers to businesses.

 

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VIDEO: What do businesses gain with cloud computing?

VIDEO: What do businesses gain with cloud computing? | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Industry experts weigh in on how enterprises can maximize the capabilities of cloud computing at the Cloud World Forum.
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Besides automation opportunities, cloud computing not only provides transparency but helps businesses develop a cohesive strategy that gets “all your different companies talking to each other and using the same platform,” said Sylvia Entwistle, assistant editor of Enterprise Management 360.

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Dropbox offers 1TB Pro plan for $9.99

Dropbox offers 1TB Pro plan for $9.99 | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The new Dropbox for Business plan does away with previous options maxing out at 500GB
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In addition to a terabyte of storage, the new plan includes several features for collaborating with clients. There's "view-only" permissions, which an interior designer could use to let a client see a mockup of a design but not make changes to it, for instance.

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11 Ways to Get More Followers for Your Google+ Business Page

11 Ways to Get More Followers for Your Google+ Business Page | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Do you want to grow your Google+ business page? This article shows 11 ways to get more followers for your Google+ Page.
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Many businesses have trouble building their Google+ business page, but it doesn’t have to be an uphill struggle. Instead of broadcasting your message and crossing your fingers, try a more targeted approach.

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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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