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

Roundup of Cloud Computing & Enterprise Software Market Estimates and Forecasts, 2013 | The Cloud Life | Scoop.it

The CloudLife Commentary: The cloud is here to stay, now it becomes about choices.  Do we select a hybrid private cloud (on-premises) or go the public cloud route?  Do we use Op-EX or Cap-Ex?  Is our data secure on the public cloud or do we need to make additional protection?  Should we partner with a small innovative company (higher risk, larger reward) or an established large player that meets most of our needs (lower innovation, but less risk)?


It is very important to be thorough and make the right choices, as it will impact the "real" ROI you may recieve from going into the cloud.


Article Excerpt: "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. Nearly every manufacturing company I’ve spoken with in the last ninety days has a mobility roadmap and is also challenged to integrate existing ERP, pricing and fulfillment systems into next-generation selling platforms.


One of the most driven CEOs I’ve met in manufacturing implemented a cloud-based channel management, pricing, quoting and CRM system to manage direct sales and a large distributor network across several countries.  Manufacturers are bringing an entirely new level of pragmatism to cloud computing, quickly deflating its hype by pushing for results on the shop floor."

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The cloud is here to stay, now it becomes about choices.  Do we select a hybrid private cloud (on-premises) or go the public cloud route?  Do we use Op-EX or Cap-Ex?  Is our data secure on the public cloud or do we need to make additional protection?  Should we partner with a small innovative company (higher risk, larger reward) or an established large player that meets most of our needs (lower innovation, but less risk)?

 

It is very important to be thorough and make the right choices, as it will impact the "real" ROI you may recieve from going into the cloud.

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Cloud Infographic: Big Data And The Future Of Healthcare | CloudTweaks

Cloud Infographic: Big Data And The Future Of Healthcare | CloudTweaks | The Cloud Life | Scoop.it

Big data is not new. It has existed for ages and can be attributed even to the initial years of computing. However, one might do well to consider why is there an increased buzz around this now. The answer is quite simple: Significant advances that have been brought about by x86 hardware have actually helped in bringing computing power to the masses. However, with new technologies, cloud computing has extended this power. Now, users have extended perimeters, while still being able to control costs effectively. 

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Cloud Of Iron: DARPA Hardens Cloud Computing Against Cyber Attack

Cloud Of Iron: DARPA Hardens Cloud Computing Against Cyber Attack | The Cloud Life | Scoop.it

New technology creates new capabilities -- and new vulnerabilities. "Moving to the cloud" is the trend du jour, even in the intelligence world, but the recent attacks on the nation's banking system has raised uncomfortable questions about how to make cloud computing secure.


"The cloud" may seem amorphous, but in reality it consists of a host of modestly capable user terminals connected to a high-powered central server or server farm. The great advantage of the cloud is that individual users can borrow capacity -- storage, processing power, even entire applications -- from the central server when they need it. The great vulnerability is a successful attack on the central server can compromise everyone on the cloud.

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First Steps to Creating a Cloud Computing Strategy for 2013 - Forbes

First Steps to Creating a Cloud Computing Strategy for 2013 - Forbes | The Cloud Life | Scoop.it

2013 will be one of the most pivotal years for cloud computing because trust in these technologies is on the line.

Expectations are high regarding these technologies’ ability to deliver business value while reducing operating costs.  Enterprises’ experiences have at times met these high expectations, yet too often are getting mixed results.  Managing cloud expectations at the C-level is quickly emerging as one of the most valuable skills in 2013. The best CIOs at this are business strategists who regularly review with their line-of-business counterparts what is and isn’t working.  These CIOs who are excelling as strategists also are creating and continually evaluating their cloud computing plans for 2013.  They are focusing on plans that capitalize the best of what cloud computing has to offer, while minimizing risks.

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We Don't Need More Data Scientists -- Just Make Big Data Easier To Use

We Don't Need More Data Scientists -- Just Make Big Data Easier To Use | The Cloud Life | Scoop.it
Sure, more data scientists would be great. But Scott Brave, of Baynote, says the better solution is to create analytics products that are so easy to use that you don't even need a data scientist.


Virtually any article today about big data inevitably turns to the notion that the country is suffering from a crucial shortage of data scientists.


A much-talked-about 2011 McKinsey & Co. survey pointed out that many organizations lack both the skilled personnel needed to mine big data for insights and the structures and incentives required to use big data to make informed decisions and act on them.


What seems to be missing from all of these discussions, though, is a dialogue about how to steer around this bottleneck and make big data directly accessible to business leaders. We have done it before in the software industry, and we can do it again.


To accomplish this goal, it’s helpful to understand the data scientist’s role in big data. Currently, big data is a melting pot of distributed data architectures and tools like Hadoop, NoSQL, Hive and R. In this highly technical environment, data scientists serve as the gatekeepers and mediators between these systems and the people who run the business – the domain experts.

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KPMG Cloud Research: Cost Matters Most

KPMG Cloud Research: Cost Matters Most | The Cloud Life | Scoop.it

Although cloud computing holds the promise of innovation and business transformation, buyers remain focused on cost and are confused over license models.


New research from consulting firm, KPMG, gauges the view of cloud vendors on several key issues, including barriers to cloud adoption and important influencers in the cloud buying process. The surveydescribes results from 179 senior-level respondents from vendors that provide cloud services.

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7 Predictions for Cloud Computing in 2013 That Make Perfect Sense

7 Predictions for Cloud Computing in 2013 That Make Perfect Sense | The Cloud Life | Scoop.it

Every year at this time, analysts, prognosticators and pundits alike try to size up the year ahead in technology. And -- no surprise -- cloud computing is this year's hottest topic.


Cloud is already a force to be reckoned with on the business technology scene — IT executives, vendors and analysts alike are trying to keep up to determine what it all really means and where it is taking us.


To that end, I culled analysts’ prediction lists for 2013 and identified some practical predictions that are likely to come to pass, if they haven’t done so already.

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Why VMware is spinning off Cloud Foundry and SpringSource

Why VMware is spinning off Cloud Foundry and SpringSource | The Cloud Life | Scoop.it

The decision by VMware and parent EMC to spin out VMware's "tier 2" technologies into a separate subsidiary shows that they're under pressure to compete with massive cloud providers like Amazon Web Services and Microsoft in the enterprise.


To say VMware and EMC are desperately seeking enterprise cloud credibility with the proposed spinoff of Cloud Foundry and SpringSource along with key EMC technologies into a separate subsidiary might be overstating the case. But not by much. The move shows that EMC and VMware must strengthen their hand in enterprise software and cloud computing. The EMC subsidiary, expected to be announced this week, will focus resources — and about 1,000 former VMware employees — on this key segment where VMware’s buyout of SpringSource in 2009 and other acquisitions failed to gain traction.

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Gartner: SaaS Now Replacing Legacy Apps, As Well As Extending Them

Gartner: SaaS Now Replacing Legacy Apps, As Well As Extending Them | The Cloud Life | Scoop.it

Companies are not only buying into SaaS (software as a service) more than ever, they are also ripping out legacy on-premises applications and replacing them with SaaS, according to analyst firm Gartner.


"In the past 12 months, Gartner has seen a decline in the proportion of SaaS deployed to augment existing applications," according to Gartner's report, which explores global SaaS adoption patterns. It found regional patterns, with SaaS replacing existing systems in mature markets, while often being the first business solution implemented in emerging markets.

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Study Shows Differences Between Cloud Users And Non-users

Study Shows Differences Between Cloud Users And Non-users | The Cloud Life | Scoop.it
Study shows differences between cloud users and non-users. Again, software as a service (SaaS) proved itself to be the most mature cloud market.

A cornerstone study into cloud computing in the UK has revealed the key difference in opinion between cloud users and non-cloud users.

The study, from Raconteur Media and written by Mike O’Driscoll entitled ‘Navigating the Cloud’, had a relatively small survey base – just under 250 completed at least part of the survey – but of that number, there was a lot of clout – 84% saw themselves as the key IT decision maker.

Again, software as a service (SaaS) proved itself to be the most mature cloud market. 81% of respondents currently use SaaS, compared to 45% for information as a service (IaaS) and 38% for platform as a service (38%). Crucially, only 5% of respondents had no plans to use SaaS in their company.
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Americans Still Unclear About Cloud Computing

Americans Still Unclear About Cloud Computing | The Cloud Life | Scoop.it
You know when you hear someone say, “I swear, you can’t make this stuff up,” well let’s just say I had one of those moments when I came across a national survey conducted by Wakefield Research.
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It is very clear based on research conducted by Gartner and Forrester that even the technology folks are still struggling with understanding the cloud and it's benefits. So, too expect anything more from the general public is not reasonable. There is a strong focus on it and the information should get out there soon.
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Cloud Computing and Enterprise Software Forecast Update, 2012

Cloud Computing and Enterprise Software Forecast Update, 2012 | The Cloud Life | Scoop.it

The latest round of cloud computing and enterprise software forecasts reflect the growing influence of analytics, legacy systems integration, mobility and security on IT buyer’s decisions.


Bain & Company and Gartner have moved beyond aggregate forecasts, and are beginning to forecast by cloud and SaaS adoption stage. SAP is using the Bain adoption model in their vertical market presentations today.


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The Key to Success in Cloud Computing? Good Plumbing

The Key to Success in Cloud Computing? Good Plumbing | The Cloud Life | Scoop.it

Internet startups need to amass a compelling business model, defensible technology and an experienced team of entrepreneurs to achieve escape velocity. Our hero But they also need to make sure the trains run on time.


Operational competitiveness is the new dividing line between the success stories and also-rans in cloud computing and Internet services, said Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Linux Foundation during a panel discussion at the Big Science conference that took place in San Jose this week. Companies offering cloud services have to have a good idea, in other words, but it is more important that they make sure their system doesn’t crash, annoy users or leak data like a sieve.


“The barrier to entry is low but getting to scale is a new bar into the game of success,” he said. “A new bar of success is operational excellence.”


Allan Leinwand, CTO of platform development at ServiceNow and a Zynga alum, generally agreed. Zynga, for instance, started out by hosting its own games. The company then quickly found itself overwhelmed: it couldn’t order servers from Dell fast enough and plug them in to keep up with traffic. As a result, it shifted over to Amazon Cloud Services.



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Today's Cloud Contracts Are Driving Away Enterprise Adoption

Today's Cloud Contracts Are Driving Away Enterprise Adoption | The Cloud Life | Scoop.it

The Cloud Life Commentary:  The author's post bring s to light an important issue around cloud computing adopption. Specifically public cloud adoption, as most enterprise vendor managment or procurement groups expect (think demand) to get some additional concessions or additional discounts after the agreement(s) and quote(s) are turned over to them for approval.  The author is correct in that many enterprises will move on rather than be forced to accept "take it or leave it" proposition.  


The cloud vendors who are willing to negotiate or provide some flexibility in the from of more options will have an advantage over those that do not. 


This is just another important wrinkle as more enterprises look towards cloud computing for on-demand performance and cost reduction via subscriptions (think op-ex vs. cap-ex).  


Article Excerpt: "As cloud providers push 'take it or leave it' contracts, many businesses push back -- or avoid the cloud altogether.


Cloud computing has a growing problem: Many providers haven't built contract negotiations into their customer on-boarding processes. Instead, they offer "take it or leave it" contracts that protect the provider from everything, transferring all responsibility, liability, and risk to the businesses using the cloud services."

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 "As cloud providers push 'take it or leave it' contracts, many businesses push back -- or avoid the cloud altogether.

 

Cloud computing has a growing problem: Many providers haven't built contract negotiations into their customer on-boarding processes. Instead, they offer "take it or leave it" contracts that protect the provider from everything, transferring all responsibility, liability, and risk to the businesses using the cloud services."

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Gartner's IaaS Magic Quadrant: a Who's Who of Cloud Market

Gartner's IaaS Magic Quadrant: a Who's Who of Cloud Market | The Cloud Life | Scoop.it

The cloud market can be a big, daunting place. Seemingly every tech vendor has a cloud strategy, with new products and services dubbed 'cloud' coming out every week. But who are the real market leaders? 

Research firm Gartner's answer lies in its Magic Quadrant report for the infrastructure as a service (IaaS) market.


Network World — The cloud market can be a big, daunting place. Seemingly every tech vendor has a cloud strategy, with new products and services dubbed "cloud"coming out every week. But who are the real market leaders? Research firm Gartner's answer lies in its Magic Quadrant report for the infrastructure as a service (IaaS) market.


Unsurprisingly, Amazon Web Services is listed in the top, far-right corner, in the "leaders and visionaries" corner of the MQ.


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OpenStack vs CloudStack vs OpenNebula vs. Eucalyptus

OpenStack vs CloudStack vs OpenNebula vs. Eucalyptus | The Cloud Life | Scoop.it

OpenStack remains the largest and most active open source cloud computing project, Network World notes. But research from Chinese blogger Qingye "John" Jiang suggests that momentum is building for CloudStack, and interest in Eucalyptus and OpenNebula remains strong. For cloud services providers (CSPs) and consultants, it's critically important to track each of the four open source cloud platforms. Here's why.


During Q4 2012, interest in CloudStack grew faster than rival open source cloud platforms. But Jiang's data shows that:


  1. OpenStack has the largest total population, followed by Eucalyptus, CloudStack, and OpenNebula;
  2. OpenStack has the largest active population during the past quarter, followed by CloudStack, Eucalyptus, and OpenNebula;
  3. OpenStack has the largest active population during the past month, followed by CloudStack, Eucalyptus, and OpenNebula


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Those findings are important to CSPs and consultants that are selecting cloud platforms upon which to build services. OpenStack has been the poster child for open source cloud computing for more than a year now but the bandwagon has some challenges.

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Drivers for Cloud Adoption–CIO Research

Drivers for Cloud Adoption–CIO Research | The Cloud Life | Scoop.it

Interesting survey results just released that indicate cost isn’t the highest factor in cloud adoption (yay – at last people are talking more about non-cost impacts of cloud) – Respondents believe compliance requirements, value and competitive advantage are the key drivers for cloud adoption. The survey polled 330 global CIOs and business execs in order to understand their motivators for moving to the cloud.


Some key findings:


Cloud adoption is driven by multiple factors.

  • 80% of business executives cite better value as the a key driver for choosing cloud applications
  • CIOs report a wide range of reasons for adopting cloud applications, including compliance requirements (58%), better value (53%), and competitive advantage (51%)
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Forbes: Cloudy Skies Ahead: 3 Cloud Computing Predictions for 2013

Forbes: Cloudy Skies Ahead: 3 Cloud Computing Predictions for 2013 | The Cloud Life | Scoop.it
Last week, I discussed IT predictions that would not come true in 2013. Admittedly, it’s easier to poke holes in somebody else’s predictions than come up with your own. So, to be fair, here are three technology predictions of my own.


Cloud computing continues to be one of the most hyped topics in IT. Even Gartner suggests that cloud computing has moved beyond the peak of inflated expectations, with many achieving meaningful success.


I suspect nearly every business or individual uses a cloud application or service today. As consumers, every time we access Gmail or Facebook, we are buying into the cloud paradigm. Businesses have adopted SaaS applications for accounting, expense reporting, email and a “host” of other business applications.

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Scientists show what 100M computing hours on Google's cloud can do

Scientists show what 100M computing hours on Google's cloud can do | The Cloud Life | Scoop.it
In the latest case of researchers using the cloud for good, Google is highlighting the six projects to which it awarded grants via its Exacycle for Visiting Faculty program. Ranging from genomic research to astronomy, the researchers received 100 million computing hours apiece.

Deep in the bowels of Google’s offices in Mountain View, Calif., and Seattle, a group of researchers has been consuming an incredible amount of computing resources trying to make scientific discoveries that they hope will help change the world.

On Monday, Google announced on its Research Blog the six projects which it granted 100 million core-computing hours apiece as part of the Google Exacycle for Visiting Faculty program last year. The projects, most of which are led by university researchers (and one by a Google researcher), tackle a variety of pharmaceutical and biological challenges, as well as the problem of analyzing petabytes of data generated by a forthcoming astronomical survey project. The latter hopes to “[reduce] the time required to simulate one night of [Large Synoptic Survey Telescope] observing, roughly 5 million images, from 3 months down to a few days.”
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Even The FCC Thinks In-flight Gadget Phone Bans Are Dumb; Mobile Cloud Needed

Even The FCC Thinks In-flight Gadget Phone Bans Are Dumb; Mobile Cloud Needed | The Cloud Life | Scoop.it
Good news for frequent-flyer gadget lovers: A federal regulator thinks it's about time you should be able to use your e-reader on planes during take off and landing.

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski on Friday called the Federal Aviation Administration's policy on in-flight electronics use into question, advocating that the agency allow for greater use of those devices during flights. The FAA will be holding a working group to investigate gadgets on planes, but cell phone use will not be reviewed.
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IDC Report: IT Cloud Services Market to Reach $43.2 Billion by 2016 in US

IDC Report: IT Cloud Services Market to Reach $43.2 Billion by 2016 in US | The Cloud Life | Scoop.it

The International Data Corporation recently released its report which predicts IT cloud services’ revenues to reach $43.2 billion in the United States of America by 2016.


The amount is comparatively large, up by 18.5% from its 2011 amount of $18.5 billion. The public IT cloud offerings include services for both corporate and personal consumption.In this report, the IDC also split the US market into 5 technology and 6 vertical categories. Technology categories include storage-as-a-service, server-as-a-service, platform-as-a-service, software-as-a-service, and application-as-a-service while the vertical categories include home consumer/business, public sector, infrastructure services, service industry and distribution services, resources and manufacturing, and financial services market.

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Americans Still Unclear About Cloud Computing

Americans Still Unclear About Cloud Computing | The Cloud Life | Scoop.it

You know when you hear someone say, “I swear, you can’t make this stuff up,” well let’s just say I had one of those moments when I came across a national survey conducted by Wakefield Research.


Sadly, of the more than 1,000 adults surveyed, the majority of respondents actually believe the cloud is related to weather, pillows, drugs, and even toilet paper.


The good news, however, is that those who may not understand the cloud, do understand its economic benefits and ability to act as a catalyst for small business growth. In fact, 59 percent believe the cloud is the “workplace of the future.”


While I’m happy there is a positive aspect to this all, it’s still pretty mind boggling as to how people associate the cloud with weather or drugs, yet somehow know and understand it’s capabilities as well. How does that even happen?


To make sense of these findings, let’s get down to the brass tacks.

According to the survey results, 51 percent of respondents, including a majority of Millennials, believe stormy weather can interfere with cloud computing. In addition, 33 percent see the cloud as a thing of the future, even though 97 percent are already using cloud services through online shopping, banking, social networking, and file sharing.

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Why Owning Software Or Data 'No Longer Makes Sense'

Why Owning Software Or Data 'No Longer Makes Sense' | The Cloud Life | Scoop.it
Why Owning Software or Data 'No Longer Makes Sense' Speed to market is another aspect of cloud computing – business ventures can be created and launched in a matter of weeks employing resources form the cloud.

“We are moving into a world that is evolving into a subscription economy,” says Erik Berggren, vice president of customer results and global research at Success Factors (an SAP company). “What you want both as a consumer and as a business user is the utility of something. You want a means of transportation. You want computing power. You want answers to your questions. You want to get something done really quickly in your business. That’s going to be the driving force.”
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7 Not So Smart Cloud Computing Myths

7 Not So Smart Cloud Computing Myths | The Cloud Life | Scoop.it
You've heard the arguments: The cloud is not secure, costs too much, and wrecks the environment. Let us set you straight.
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Thanks, Cloud Computing, For Shaping Our Future

Thanks, Cloud Computing, For Shaping Our Future | The Cloud Life | Scoop.it

When people are infatuated with the latest gadget on the market, they may fail to remember that somewhere beneath the surface someone is working on its next replacement and, unmistakably, with a bulk of more advanced features which one cannot even think of right now. When in 1999, BlackBerry made its breakthrough entry and pushed a new phrase, “mobile cloud”, in the dictionary, people were skeptical about its purpose. They used to carry a huge mobile phone in the pocket just to check inbox and send e-mails from time to time. But now, even college students prefer to buy a cell phone with a push mail feature.


That is how technology teaches us new things, changes our habits and way of living. The cloud is the latest addition to this list of life-changing technologies and, as morning shows the day, current cloud happenings shows a brighter future for all of us. Consider those thousands of mobile apps that we use every next minute to perform some actions, from checking the latest tweets to sharing the photo of a cute dog you just captured using your smartphone. Apps help us to stay connected with our peers and families.


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