2014 again was one of those years dominated by enterprise solutions, read Enterprise Solution Providers, offering enhanced workforce collaboration and productivity - as they claim and have proved it time and over again. The reason why I am so confident about it is that emerging as well as legacy companies have successfully resolved, up to certain extent, workplace challenges all the way from email overloads to mobility - anything and everything.
Cloud computing is one of the most talked about solutions in the education industry. School IT managers and educators know first hand that technology changes have been constant, and the potential they create for young learners is tremendous. Yet there are still many teachers and educators that are unclear on what computing in the “cloud” really means.
Cloud computing is not just a cool technology for early adopters. It is now the digital backbone for individuals and businesses that demand highly secure, scalable, accessible and centrally managed data centers maintained by highly trained IT professionals.
Cloud computing is producing a great number of big and successful companies. Bessemer Venture has identified about 300 successful cloud startups – among them, 16 have already hit a $1 billion valuation or on the verge of it.
Shadow IT is a term that describes IT systems and solutions built and used inside organizations without IT approval. A group of people choosing to use a spreadsheet that they email back and forth instead of a company-approved means of storing and sharing crucial information, employees using DropBox to share notes and files, a developer who builds an unsanctioned custom piece of software to simplify or automate a repetitive task — all these are examples of shadow IT.
Although there is not yet a formal and widely accepted definition of a “Smart City,” the final objective is to make better use of the public resources, increasing the quality of the services offered to the citizens, while reducing the operational costs of the public administrations.
I recently had a discussion with Chris Keene from BMC. Chris is president of the Data Center Automation and Cloud Management product line. We shared common thoughts around the challenges enterprise businesses have with compliance and managing infrastructure.
Cloud computing provides a great list of benefits to large companies and users all over the world, from providing scalability on demand services to empowering the mobility of the workforce. However, the path to adoption for small and medium size businesses (SMBs) is less clear. This is why I’ve outlined some key considerations for SMBs looking to migrate to a cloud computing infrastructure.
The guys from Evolve IP, a cloud services company, recently conducted a survey of over 1,200 IT professionals to learn how their businesses are adopting cloud services in 2014. After reviewing the study, I decided there are some very interesting findings that help predict the future of cloud adoption, and it would be interesting to share it here.