What The Gartner Big Data 2013 Report Means For The Industry Gartner’s 2013 Big Data survey was recently released and has highlighted some of the long held beliefs in Big Data with survey evidence to prove it. The survey itself was primarily focused on companies currently working with Gartner. Despite this, due to the numbers and varieties, this is still a broad and impressive number who can realistically give accurate results. One of the most striking results to come out of the survey was that 64% of companies were planning or have already implemented Big Data systems. This is a significant
How did the Cloud Transform the World of Change Management? Change management is extremely important for organizations embracing and deciding to go through with all kinds of technology initiatives. However, since much of the focus on cloud services over the last few years have been on Agile, or in general rapid deployments, many fail to realize this concept. Moving your business to a SaaS model (based in the cloud of course) not only has technology implications, but also various business implications. Business operations and processes can be encapsulated as services. Thus, they can be delivered expeditiously. This is even true
Don’t Recover From A Disaster – Prevent One Protect your cloud with the right disaster prevention plan When it comes to the cloud, convenience and reliability have always been two of its most shining traits. According to a recent AT&T report, 62 percent of businesses use cloud services for business continuity – an unexpected but understandable number. Just as a well-performing cloud delivers speed and accessibility when it comes to critical data, its virtualized infrastructure makes it a natural solution for disaster preparedness. Yet in a year of high-profile outages, many businesses have been taking a second look at their incident
How To Pick A Cloud Solution That Fits Your Business Cloud services are expected to grow more than 17% by 2016. When your company is ready to move more of their processes to the cloud, it is important to pick a solution that properly fits your business. The right cloud services will help you focus on your core business. After all, isn’t that where your attention should be? Which Cloud Services Do You Need? In the beginning, you should create a high-level list of all of your business processes. You can start with items like email, payroll, sharing files with
The Great Debate: Is The Cloud Ready for Mission Critical Applications? We all know cloud is the future of IT, but there are still a few unanswered questions. For instance, with all the high-profile cloud outages, is the cloud really ready for mission critical applications? This common question arises because inevitably, we wonder if the cloud is more or less reliable and secure than our own data centers. In a recent survey from North Bridge Venture Partners on cloud computing trends, 50 percent of respondents said they were confident cloud solutions were viable for mission critical business applications. Only three percent
Unified Communications as-a-Service (UCaaS) Unified Communications has evolved in the last few years to the point where it is integrated with emerging elements of cloud services, which led to Unified Communications as-a-Service (UCaaS). UCaaS has become immensely popular amongst small businesses because it helps them to avoid the capital and operational expenses which they should be paying when deploying a unified communication solution on their own. UCaaS technologies integrates enterprise messaging, presence location technology, telephony and video conferencing, online meetings. The technologies mentioned above are outsourced to a third-party supplier by using UCaaS and then delivered over the public Internet.
Cloud Infographic: Cloud Savings Cloud computing is quickly becoming a standard for business organizations, big or small. Everywhere you look in the industry cloud computing is being praised as the go to solution for companies trying to save money on IT costs and leverage their business processes to increase profits and probably save time too. But it is seldom shown how cloud computing benefits companies in terms of return on investment (ROI). Well let us explore some ways to calculate ROI from cloud computing and maybe convince more people to consider this new computing paradigm. See also: Calculating the True Cost of On-Premise
Cloud Infographic: Cloud And Mobile Adoption Increases IT Security Risks As more businesses transition their mission-critical operations to cloud and mobile-ready applications, the direct consequence is increased security vulnerability. Last year, more than 30% of all mission-critical business applications were already in the cloud. That number is expected to rise to 50% as early as 2015. And as more business processes continue to expose themselves, the need for more stringent security measures becomes even more apparent. An obvious solution would be to restrict the inclusion of sensitive data on cloud-driven applications. Unfortunately, as many as 15% of business leaders admit to not knowing how