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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cloud computing is a hot topic and a major buzzword today. As every employee is making use of one or multiple cloud tools, cloud adoption in the enterprise is driven by personal use. As CIO you see a real opportunity for your enterprise to go into the cloud, your company’s stakeholders might not think the same way.