The Business Case for Project Portfolio Management The expression “better, faster, cheaper” is commonly associated with supply chain initiatives, where companies have developed an edge by getting products to market faster and more efficiently than their competitors. However, in the new world of cloud computing, more companies are looking at their IT department as a competitive differentiator by enabling them to quickly deploy hosted applications that can level the playing field with larger, established competitors. The expansion of cloud-based and hosted Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions has enabled companies from the Fortune 500 to Small and Medium Businesses (SMB) to seek out
Recognition as Top Emerging Private Company Marks the Sixth Award Win for Apptio in 2011 SEATTLE, WA, Jul 15, 2011) – Apptio, the leading provider of on-demand Technology Business Management (TBM) solutions, today announced that the company has been selected as an AlwaysOn Global 250 award recipient. The Global 250 recognizes the top emerging private companies that demonstrate leadership amongst peers, and innovative approaches and technologies that are likely to disrupt emerging markets. Other Global 250 companies include Dropbox, Facebook, Zillow, Box.net, Splunk, and Marketo. Recognition as a Global 250 winner marks the sixth award for the company in 2011.
Packaging Cloud Computing as an Investment – First Cloud Computing ETF Launched A technology can be considered to have truly “arrived”, become part of everyday life, when an investment vehicle is dedicated solely to it. Cloud computing now enjoys that privilege, with the launch of the first cloud computing ETF (Exchange Traded Fund) on NASDAQ last Wednesday. An ETF is an investment vehicle that holds assets such as stocks, commodities, or bonds, and trades close to its net asset value over the course of the trading day, usually tracking an index. First Trust Advisors L.P., a privately owned Illinois-based investment
Cloud Computing’s Unlikeliest Supporter “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.” – Sun Tzu (544 BC – 496 BC), Chinese military general, strategist and philosopher. Sun Tzu is widely considered as the best military strategist who ever lived. Even today, 2500 years after he wrote The Art of War, his book is the most widely read and quoted of all military tomes. Now, the Microsoft think-tank may have taken a leaf out of it in its disproportionate confidence in cloud computing. The latest effort in this strategy is the launch of Office 365, grandiosely described by Kurt DelBene, president
What Do Small and Mid-sized Cloud Computing Companies Need To Begin Operations? “Cloud Computing” is one of the most popular tech buzzwords out there now, and completes with “Nanotechnology” as the leading technology of the future. In spite of some highly-publicized failures (See: Should You Be Concerned? A List of Recent Cloud Computing Failures – Intuit Goes Down) and obfuscation of the term itself (See: Do You Know What Cloud Computing Is?), cloud computing remains on track to become one of the biggest employers (See: How Cloud Computing Can Create Jobs) and revenue generators in the near future (See: Where
How to Choose Your Cloud Provider Each day, the cloud computing marked is bringing new options of cloud providers and services. I named some of them here. If you have decided to pursue cloud computing for your company, you have to bear in mind that selecting the right cloud provider is crucial in this process. First, you must prioritize your information and choose where you will be the focus. Make sure your IT department is up for the task. Your information and its security will depend in a large measure on how you communicate with the cloud provider and what