Top 5 Fresh New Ways to Use Cloud Computing

Top 5 Fresh New Ways to Use Cloud Computing

Hype about the cloud continues to rage. But equally furious is the demand to know how exactly to implement its assets. Here are a few ideas on how to wield cloud computing, from crumbs to canines.

  • Save money on Europe. To be honest, this is a task limited to fairly big players in business. Europe has been slow to welcome cloud computing into its protectionist climate. This holds especially true in the European Union, where private information of individuals is held under a digital lock and key. Such legal boundaries chafe with the cloud’s expansiveness, as well as its potential risk for data theft and violation. Nevertheless, companies like London-based Shutl employ American cloud networks (like Amazon’s) to distribute their brand and save money. The New York Times offers a smart feature on the continuing conversation on Europe and the cloud.
  • Get your dog licensed. This was too doggone good not to feature for you here. Ergo Group, an Irish cloud computing company, has revolutionized how Dublin manages its canine population. Essentially, its scheme allows for dog owners to secure their animals’ licensing online, directly via the cloud. The traditional way of securing such a license demands that dog owners send for a license, pay for it, and physically receive it, all by post: at €1.50 per license, the Irish Council’s budget was howling with pain. Thanks to the cloud, dogs are licensed with ease, and the State saves. Got a bone to pick with your city’s dog license program? Present this to those in charge, and encourage them to bark up the right tree: the cloud.
  • Master Mahjong. Before Sudoku, but well after solitaire, there was Mahjong: a Chinese game featuring 144 pieces akin to dominoes, wherein the goal is to strategically combine said pieces during a round, in which four people contest against one another. The game’s complexity made it a hit with serious enthusiasts, yet its popularity has undoubtedly started to wane. Kajongg looks to put it on the map once more. Think of Kajongg as, in essence, Mahnjong on the cloud. It invites players to rounds in real time, using classical chinese rules of scoring. Have free time on your hands? Check out Kajongg, and it might just put you on cloud nine.
  • Compare New York City chocolate chip cookies. “If you can make it here,” they say, “you can make it anywhere.” Cloud computing has developed into an impressive forum to challenge Gotham’s well-worn axiom, and we imagine doing so by way of chocolate chip cookies. Serious Eats declares that the Roasting Plant, on 81 Orchard Street, bakes NYC’s best. Yet the site also features a dozen other tasty challengers to the top chocolatey crumble. With the cloud, you could stage a real-time cookie tasting event between yourself and a few other friends. MetroCards in tow, navigate to each cookie shop to taste their offering. Post your photos, videos, and social network statuses to the cloud, where they will register everywhere immediately. By day’s end, your stomachs will be stuffed with baked goods, the cloud packed with your gooey thoughts on it all.
  • Improve your business’s chemistry and imagination. Besides dessert, the cloud offers meat-and-potatoes substance for businesses looking to fuel their creativity. ZDNet’s cogent article clarifies how the cloud topples technical barriers, improves customer service, and offers new ways to better a business (like horizontal services and LOB). Such a climate encourages businesses to not only interact more deeply with their clients, but to cater to them with new, never-before-seen offerings. Chemistry in business is about establishing a touching rapport with consumers. Imagination is all about dreaming new ideas without boundaries. Cloud computing can immediately invigorate a business with both of these means.
By Jeff Norman

About Jeff Norman

Jeff Norman is a freelance writer currently based in New York City. He's moved into writing about cloud computing from substantial work in culture and the arts. He earned his undergraduate degree in English at Stanford and has studied at Oxford and Cambridge.

View All Articles

Sorry, comments are closed for this post.

Conquering Disease with Artificial Intelligence and IBM Watson

Conquering Disease with Artificial Intelligence and IBM Watson

Artificial Intelligence and IBM Watson Artificial Intelligence, or AI, is growing increasingly pervasive in today’s modern world. Perhaps the most publicized and recognizable application of AI to date, IBM’s Jeopardy-winning computer, Watson, is now being used to help cure cancer. IBM announced the development of Watson for Genomics on Wednesday at the National Cancer Moonshot…

The Fundamentals of Predictive Analysis

The Fundamentals of Predictive Analysis

Predictive Analysis  Article sponsored by SAS Software and Big Data Forum Analytics is playing an increasingly important role in our lives thanks in large part to internet of things (IoT) developments and a greater appreciation of Big Data. With solutions that range across business productivity, health care, individual and national security, new insights are regularly…

Clouding Around With The Unicorns

Clouding Around With The Unicorns

The Social Unicorn Early investors and technology consumers alike love the poignantly named “Unicorn” companies, or private startups that reach the $1 billion valuation. The most recent unicorn spotting is social media game-changer Snapchat, which was recently valued at $16 billion. According to a recent infographic from Alexa discovered via Adweek, Snapchat also proves to…

Achieving Network Security In The IoT

Achieving Network Security In The IoT

Security In The IoT The network security market is experiencing a pressing and transformative change, especially around access control and orchestration. Although it has been mature for decades, the network security market had to transform rapidly with the advent of the BYOD trend and emergence of the cloud, which swept enterprises a few years ago.…

Increasing Efficiency and Reducing Cost with Managed Printing Services

Increasing Efficiency and Reducing Cost with Managed Printing Services

Managed Printing Services This is a sponsored post written on behalf of HP MPS.  Today’s business leaders recognize the value of shared services, significantly providing a wide range of enterprises with the sophisticated tools they need to compete with big business, while additionally driving costs down. But an area often overlooked in our tech-savvy world…

Cloud Infographic – The Future Of Big Data

Cloud Infographic – The Future Of Big Data

The Future Of Big Data Big Data is BIG business and will continue to be one of the more predominant areas of focus in the coming years from small startups to large scale corporations. We’ve already covered on CloudTweaks how Big Data can be utilized in a number of interesting ways from preventing world hunger to helping teams win…

Cloud Infographic – Interesting Big Data Facts

Cloud Infographic – Interesting Big Data Facts

Big Data Facts You Didn’t Know The term Big Data has been buzzing around tech circles for a few years now. Forrester has defined big data as “Technologies and techniques that make capturing value from data at an extreme scale economical.” The key word here is economical. If the costs of extracting, processing, and making use…

Mobile Connected Technologies – The Future Of The Healthcare Industry

Mobile Connected Technologies – The Future Of The Healthcare Industry

Mobile Connected Technologies Clinics, hospitals, and other healthcare facilities are embracing new mobile technologies in order to be more efficient in their daily tasks. With faster communication and better collaboration, clinicians can spend much less time handling medical devices and more time administering care to their patients. Industry experts are stating that mobile connected technologies…

Cloud Infographic – The Data Scientist

Cloud Infographic – The Data Scientist

Data Scientist Report The amount of data in our world has been exploding in recent years. Managing big data has become an integral part of many businesses, generating billions of dollars of competitive innovations, productivity and job growth. Forecasting where the big data industry is going has become vital to corporate strategy. Enter the Data…

Cloud Computing Myths That SMBs Should Know

Cloud Computing Myths That SMBs Should Know

Cloud Computing and SMBs Cloud Computing is the hottest issue among IT intellects of Small and Medium Businesses (SMBs). Like any other computer-orientated technology, Cloud Computing has some misconceptions and myths that often kick-start arguments among the two opposing groups: Cloud Supporters and Cloud Opponents. Both of these groups have their own ideology and reasons…

7 Common Cloud Security Missteps

7 Common Cloud Security Missteps

Cloud Security Missteps Cloud computing remains shrouded in mystery for the average American. The most common sentiment is, “It’s not secure.” Few realize how many cloud applications they access every day: Facebook, Gmail, Uber, Evernote, Venmo, and the list goes on and on… People flock to cloud services for convenient solutions to everyday tasks. They…

M2M, IoT and Wearable Technology: Where To Next?

M2M, IoT and Wearable Technology: Where To Next?

M2M, IoT and Wearable Technology Profiling 600 companies and including 553 supporting tables and figures, recent reports into the M2M, IoT and Wearable Technology ecosystems forecast opportunities, challenges, strategies, and industry verticals for the sectors from 2015 to 2030. With many service providers looking for new ways to fit wearable technology with their M2M offerings…