Business Issues, Cloud

Choosing the Right Cloud Provider for Your Business

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As cloud computing becomes an increasingly important part of any IT organization’s delivery model, assessing and selecting the right cloud provider also becomes one of the most strategic decisions that business leaders undertake. The accumulation of the necessary data to base cloud buying decisions is often achieved in production, or reproduction models mainly as paid customer engagements or trial engagements – which often occurs AFTER the major decisions have been made in the sales process.

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CIO Leadership, Cloud

How about a cloud assessment?

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In a world where everyone is becoming more interested in cloud computing, I believe that awareness regarding the potential and scope of cloud has significant importance. I often hear questions like: “What specific value will cloud computing bring to my business?”, “Which areas of my business will benefit most?”, “What new opportunities does it present?”, “How do those benefits and opportunities translate to the bottom line?”, “How much will it cost?”, “Should I even invest in it?”. And my answer is almost always “you need a cloud assessment”.


Technology, Cloud

Happy clouding, 2014!

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2014 is going to be an especially exciting year for cloud computing, don’t you think? With the triumph of cloud computing underway, this year will surely hold great developments in the field. We should expect to see many articles next year proclaiming the success of one cloud application or another and how cloud computing made such an application possible when it never could have existed before.


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Cloud assessments make the smoothest cloud migrations

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Cloud computing has proven its value to enterprises and service providers. On the business side, the cloud represents potentially lower costs thanks to pay-as-you-go pricing and the option to scale easily as the user base grows. For service providers, cloud computing keeps customer acquisition costs low, translating into higher operating margins. Basically, we might agree that cloud computing is a win/win for all involved. However, without a proper plan experience has told us this is not always the case.

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Technology, Applications

Monitoring your application performance in the cloud

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Application performance monitoring involves the supervision of applications to ensure optimal performance and availability. As distributed IT environments have grown to be more complex, IT departments have increasingly turned to a more network-centered approach for application performance management, using tools that bridge application and infrastructure, while displaying application activity across a range of platforms in a single dashboard view.

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Technology, Cloud

The ROI of Cloud Migration

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The ability to calculate the ROI of cloud computing is not a simple exercise, as most people would prefer to think. In order to truly understand the business value when adopting cloud computing (public, private, or hybrid), we require a complex and dynamic analysis.

Before the ROI: The Cloud Assessment


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Rebuilding applications for the cloud

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Enterprise cloud computing is a massive game changer, and the next few years will bring significant changes in the way users access applications through mobile devices and interact with each other through socially enabled, cloud based services. In particular, there are four important areas of influences and pressures on applications architectures: mobile devices, social networking, cloud services and Big Data.

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Business Issues, Cloud

Environmental benefits of cloud computing

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Both cloud computing and sustainability are emerging as trends in business and society. Most consumers, whether they are aware of it or not, are already heavy users of cloud-enabled services like email, social media, online gaming, and many mobile applications.

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Business Issues, Mobility

The best photo apps to keep your memories in the cloud

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Today’s photography environment is more complex than ever. It involves digital cameras, smartphones, tablets, and computers. As the number of devices people use to take photos is rising so is the number of solutions and applications through which they take, view, or share photos.


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Windows Azure Opens the Door for Federal Cloud Adoption

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A few days ago, Microsoft received notice that Windows Azure has been granted Provisional Authorities to Operate (P-ATO) from the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) Joint Authorization Board (JAB).  Windows Azure is the first public cloud platform, with infrastructure services and platform services, to receive a JAB P-ATO. This opens the door foragencies to quickly meet U.S. government Cloud First Computing initiatives and realize the benefits of the cloud using Windows Azure.

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