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Cloud News: Week In Review: December 7th, 2012
For anyone who was still harboring doubts about the importance of the Cloud this week has brought news and changes that have sealed the extraordinary influence the Cloud has on our lives. From CPAs who are planning to adopt their business strategies to factor in the Cloud, to Intel who has recently gave a statement about how the ‘Big Four’ Cloud customers are influencing their hardware development, every business is somehow being touched by it or is even thriving on expanding the range of services that the Cloud can provide.
CPA Role Will Change to Include the Cloud
Speakers at the Digital CPA conference focused on the fact that technology is radically changing the business landscape in a way that has never been done before. The changes are so radical that they are not going to be reversed and that means that the CPA or Certified Public Accountant will need to change with the tide in order to retain his role as a key business advisor. So far the accreditation process still does not require a thorough knowledge of the cloud so it is still in the hands of the current CPAs if they want to change the way they work or not.
Cloud Service Provider, ShopKeep, Raises another $10 Million
ShopKeep is one of the first small business startups that saw the chance to capitalize on the massive success tablet PCs, and especially the iPad, have and expand on that success by using the massive opportunities provided by the Cloud. They currently sell a customized app with every iPad that gives shop owners a cloud based analysis tools for their inventory, sales and customers. The company is simply using existing technologies to provide an essential service in a new way and venture capitalists like Canaan Partners, TTV Capital and Tribeca Venture Partners have seen this as an opportunity to invest another $10 million after having invested another $2.2 million earlier this year.
Wipro SprintInstall Is Here
The biggest problem the Cloud is facing is still the slow rate at which it is being adopted by the business world. And still the fact that companies using Cloud services outclass their competitors is a fact that can no longer be denied. In fact there are companies that are thriving on delivering integrated Cloud services to companies and Wipro is just one such company. Their latest release, Wipro SprintInstall comes to show that competitive businesses need not only cloud services like the Amazon Web Services or the Oracle Fusion Application but need to implement them in their own standard business tools and further integrate them with every other Cloud tool they own. And SprintInstall was developed to provide just such a service.
Cisco Plans to Be the Giant Cloud Service Provider
John T. Chambers has announced his plans to take the company from the giant internet delivering company to a cloud service provider. Currently almost 80% of the world’s internet connections are somehow handled by Cisco hardware and software systems. But that it not enough according to Mr.Chambers because the world is changing at such a rapid pace that none of the former giants of the IT world like Microsoft, HP, SAP, Oracle or Cisco stand any chance to survive unless they make drastic changes in the way they do business and provide services to the world. And Cisco’s answer to this changing business world is going to start on Monday with a marketing campaign called “Tomorrow starts here”.
Intel Grows Learning from the Cloud
Diane Bryant, Intel’s Data Center Group manager has recently made a statement revealing how the ‘Big Four’ cloud customers that rely on Intel for their hardware needs are helping the company grow. She would not reveal who the 4 are but it is very likely they are Google, FaceBook, Amazon and Microsoft. However the really interesting bit of information is that Intel is willing to and has released hardware models to the 4 even a year before the technology was released to the public. Intel’s clients desperately need to stay ahead of their competition so they are willing to take on new technologies from Intel, use them and provide feedback that allows Intel to further tweak and develop their products. Thus the Cloud world is making a very significant mark on the very physical world of computer hardware.
By Luchi Gabriel Manescu