How Cloud Computing Helped Netflix Emerge as a Streaming Media Powerhouse Netflix may be getting a lot of bad press in recent times due to its management’s ill-advised decision to raise subscription rates by almost 50% resulting in widespread customer dissatisfaction and a groveling apology by CEO Reed Hastings, but it was not long ago that it was considered the epitome of home entertainment.Netflix is another new-age company that owes its success to cloud computing, the same way that Zynga, the creators of Facebook game sensation Farmville, does (See: Zynga, the Latest Cloud Computing Success). And not surprisingly, for both
Cloud Computing and India, Emerging Superstars of the 21st Century “China and India will, separately and together, unleash an explosion of demand.” – Mukesh Ambani, Indian industrialist and the 9th richest man in the world. Before deciding to do my MBA from the University of Notre Dame in the United States, I was an Indian software engineer working in middle management at the Mumbai office of Citigroup. When I graduated from engineering college in 2004, India was a hub of software services. As a matter of fact, it still is; however, now, India has moved up the value chain to
Cloud Computing: Taiwan’s Next Trillion Dollar Industry The same way that Europe and America dominated the business world for the last century, Asia is expected to hold sway over the next. From the BRICS nations of India and China to the Tiger Economies of Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan, Asia’s dominance of global business is considered inevitable. Therefore, it is no surprise that cloud computing, as the future of Information Technology, has found favor in the continent (and extensive coverage on Cloudtweaks). 1. Is India The Next Cloud Computing Superpower? 2. The Chinese Dragon and Cloud Computing 3. Where Does
Cloud Computing and the Travel Agent: Thomas Cook Signs 10-Year Deal with Accenture Calling Thomas Cook a travel agent may be akin to calling the Taj Mahal a marble building, but its business depends on the same things as any business – responding rapidly to customer demand and minimizing costs while maximizing revenue. Taking this into consideration, it’s not surprising that Thomas Cook has decided to go on the cloud through its service provider Accenture. England-based Thomas Cook Group plc is one of the world’s leading leisure travel groups with sales of £8.9 billion ($13.7 billion) and 22.5 million customers.
Cloud Computing Startups Raise Big Money: UPDATE 1 Startups have always attracted pride of place on this website, and with many of them being created with astounding regularity and getting financing, this article is just the first of many updates that are sure to follow. You can read some other consolidated news articles on startups here: 1. Acquisitions of Cloud Computing Startups Speed Up 2. Cloud Computing Startups Raise Big Money Startups are no longer the domain of the young college graduate with ideas, especially in a field like cloud computing that builds on existing competencies in information technology. Consequently,
IT Workers Will Survive In a World on the Cloud You must have heard of the phrase, “Form is temporary, class is permanent,” This phrase is often used to defend a sportsperson with an impressive history of achievements who experiences a terrible loss of form, leading to doubts being raised about his ability. I would like to say, on the same lines, “Jobs are temporary, work is permanent”. Allow me to explain this with regards to cloud computing. One of the greatest fears about the rise of cloud computing is the risk of job obsolescence. People employed in the IT
The Shift to the Cloud: Overcoming Resistance to Change – Part 2 “Change before you have to.” – Jack Welch, legendary ex-CEO of General Electric. In the first part of this article (See: The Shift to the Cloud: Overcoming Resistance to Change – Part 1) I discussed some reasons why people resist the shift from traditional IT infrastructure to cloud computing, and also proposed some ways to counter such resistance. In this article, I will provide further details of the same besides information on managing such strategies. 5. People resent their lack of involvement in the change It is an
The Shift to Cloud Computing: Overcoming Resistance to Change – Part 1 “Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts.” – Arnold Bennett (1867-1931), English novelist. No one likes change, and a shift to cloud computing represents that very change that people oppose. Consequently, in spite of the very obvious advantages of cloud computing (See: Which Cloud Computing Quality Works For You? ), there are many who want to persist with the traditional IT paradigm. In order to determine how to overcome this resistance to change, it is necessary to know the underlying