Negotiating Tips On Software-As-A-Service Contracts More often than not, people don’t ask questions. However, when it comes to negotiating a SaaS contract, it pays if a customer asks. In general, a client mustn’t be ashamed to ask even the simplest question. With the increasing popularity of cloud computing, IT administrators and Chief Information Officers will often find themselves dealing SaaS solutions providers. According to Gartner, it expects SaaS revenues from around the world to reach $14.5 billion for 2012. By 2015, it expects the revenues to hit $22.1 billion. With the present move towards the cloud, customers must be wary
How You Can Take Advantage Of The Cloud IT leaders have accepted the fact that cloud computing is here to stay. Thus, they are agreeable to the idea of moving their operations to the cloud. For cloud computing implementations to be successful, IT and business must be able to collaborate and communicate. According to James Staten of Forrester Research, Chief Information Officers of corporations are the key personnel for the success of cloud services. In Forrester Research’s survey, more and more corporate IT leaders are turning to Software-as-a-Service. However, these leaders view cloud computing services as second-rate to their own
How Can Cloud Computing Help Small And Medium Enterprises Cloud computing is becoming more and more popular, especially for businesses and organizations. A lot of enterprises are shifting to the clouds because it offers a lot of benefits. With cloud computing, SMEs no longer have to maintain software and servers on their premises. There is no need to employ highly technical personnel to maintain the IT infrastructure. What businesses do now is that they rent a space on a server located anywhere in the world so that they can access their software applications. A lot of large businesses have moved
How Microsoft Can Recover Its #1 Spot Microsoft must do something to retain the top spot it once held. It is widely believed by experts that the company has lost out to its competitors such as Apple and Google. End users are not really very keen on Windows anymore, although businesses still use the operating system. Additionally, Microsoft hasn’t really got any innovative products which merit customer attention. However, in some respects the company is still lording over the productivity and operating system markets. Internet Explorer is still widely used. Also, Microsoft has proven time and time again to be
The Failure Of Private Cloud Initiatives For some, it may be fast and easy to set up a private cloud, as long as technology is available. But technology plays only a small part in it when compared to the demands of business culture and user requirements. Most companies who have set up a private cloud have been disappointed because they have not able to adapt to it, or because their users have not been able to adapt to it. Expenses typically increase, and provisioning takes time. Therefore, if a company sets up a private cloud without the right objectives or
How Are Canadians Affected By The USA Patriot Act And Cloud Computing? Whether Canadians like it or not, they are affected by the US Patriot Act. While some of the previous issues have been settled already, some new issues are already popping up – issues with cloud computing. The US Patriot Act, otherwise known as the Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act, was passed after the World Trade Center attack in September 2011. The law provided a way for US law enforcement agencies to seize business records and block electronic communications.
What To Do With Humongous Student Data Some US states are taking the bold step of resolving the problem of streams of student data scattered everywhere. Usually, voluminous student data is stored in various programs. For instance, testing scores are saved in testing programs, and grades are kept in instructional software and learning management applications. More often than not, this data resides in the program and is never extracted and combined with the other data. Now, there is a new project underway that is being supported and funded by large foundations and state education leaders. The project aims to provide