Better Data Risk Mitigation for SaaS Providers We live in a world that is rife with internal-controls breakdowns that result in security and data breaches, which can cause tremendous business and reputational damage for organizations. The rise of cloud computing systems has now created an even greater need for organizations to develop the right controls to protect data that reside in the ‘cloud.’ Virtually every organization leverages Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions – where data can be easily accessed through a web browser. As most technology providers are migrating away from larger enterprise data systems to the cloud, it opens the doors
How Cloud Services Have Changed the Mindset of Outsourcing The business of information technology outsourcing has been dominated by sizable companies such as IBM, CSC, ASC and others that provide a comprehensive line card of IT services. These mammoth outsourcers were viewed as a one-stop-shop delivering IT services ranging from level-1 help desk to level-3 network engineers and even C-level executives. This one-throat-to-choke mentality was popular with companies looking to outsource as it was thought to replace the finger pointing between multiple vendors with the hopes of a single, unified IT solution. In some cases operational excellence was achieved and
Cloud Startup: Anaplan Brings Accurate Data Analysis Tools Having access to efficient and accurate tools is essential for every successful business plan and operation. To help with company modeling and planning there is Anaplan, a startup out of San Francisco, California. Over the past two years, Anaplan has skyrocketed in growth. From reeling in significant funding to expanding the number of application tools for various aspects of finance and sales, this startup is booming. It isn’t just about big data analysis or operation applications, its more. With Anaplan, clients don’t just receive data analysis, they get results that prepare them
Consumerization is revolutionizing “file sync and share” services for the highly regulated asset management industry. The Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) movement has gained significant popularity in the corporate world and is rapidly changing how enterprises share information. Consumerization of devices in asset management – the migration of features, feel and functionality of mainstream consumer products to specialist financial services firms – is changing this industry as well. CIOs and CTOs are realizing the need to bulletproof their consumer-grade services with industrial-strength file sync and share services in order to provide secure, easy access to data and documents, anywhere, from
Cloud Infographic: Big Data Scientists Need Apply “Harnessing Big Data to Grow Revenue” 90 percent of the world’s big data was created in the past two years alone. Despite the volume and scope of this data, however, businesses are often at a loss when it comes to effectively using it to drive user engagement and sales. This white paper on social data discusses the following: How social data is captured, stored, and managed, Best practices for collecting user data, Ways social data can be used to deliver direct value. Also included is a very nice infographic created by BusinessIntelligence and Domo Corporation highlighting the
Plan Ahead for a Successful Cloud Migration Migrating your information systems to the cloud can be a complex process. However, the factors most attributable to the success of the project are not. By addressing these issues well in advance, you will avoid many of the pitfalls that can derail migration projects. Below are some questions to ask before you initiate the project. Your responses will provide a clear roadmap for the overall project and should make it easier to isolate and resolve more technical issues as they arise. (Image Source: Shutterstock) Why are you migrating your systems to the cloud?
Startup Zuora: Helping Businesses Shift To Subscription-Based Sales Via Their SaaS AndThe Cloud Over the years, there has been an evolution of how companies sell products; especially as companies are building new business models to reflect the changing commerce world with online sales and such. Seeing as startups are building from the ground up integrating a new platform can be easier, especially with the various models out there today, such as Dropbox and Netfilx. However, for those businesses that have been running for decades, changing their long used SAP or Oracle run programs to the more widely-used subscriptions based scheme can
Business versus Technical Cloud Brokers and Why it Matters Gartner predicts “By 2015, at least 20% of all cloud services will be consumed via internal or external cloud service brokerages, rather than directly, up from less than 5% today.” Thus, it is important to understand what a cloud broker is and what they do; however, before we can do that, we need to clear up some confusion between different definitions and implementations of cloud brokers. The term “cloud broker” was defined by NIST in Special Publication 500-292, the NIST Cloud Computing Reference Architecture, as “An entity that manages the use,