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Cloud Infographic: 25 High Paying Internships

Cloud Infographic: 25 High Paying Internships

Cloud Infographic: 25 High Paying Internships

We’ve covered most areas pertaining to Cloud Computing information on CloudTweaks over the last several years. One of the most popular areas of interest has always been education and employment.   To add to this, we’ve come across an interesting infographic courtesy of Glassdoor for those looking for high paying internships. You will quickly notice that several of these companies are involved in Cloud Computing in some capacity or another.

High Paying Internships

Infographic Source: GlassDoor

Open Innovation And Freelancing – The Cloud And The Crowd

Open Innovation And Freelancing – The Cloud And The Crowd

Open Innovation and Freelancing – The Cloud and the Crowd

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Back in 2007, before the cloud was called the cloud, the Oil Spill Recovery Institute (OSRI), an organization formed by the U.S. Congress to assist in cleaning up the lasting damage from the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill, sought to find creative techniques for separating oil from water in recovery barges in the sub-freezing temperatures of the Alaskan winter, where everything turns solid, or at least extremely sludgy, making cleanup extremely difficult. The OSRI turned to InnoCentive, a centre dedicated to open innovation by opening up challenging engineering and scientific problems to the world, and providing rewards for people who are able to come up with a solution. The OSRI found a solution in the mind and experience of one John Davis, whose background was not in the oil industry, but rather in the concrete industry, where vibrating metal poles were commonly used to keep concrete from hardening too soon. He proposed that the same technique should be used for the oil sludge, and thus brought together two worlds that had previously seldom interacted.

The OSRI example is just one of many case studies that highlight the growing power of connecting people through various cloud technologies, such as crowdsourcing, open innovation and freelancing.

Access to FaceBook in the workplace, for example, has long been maligned by senior management circles as being a timewaster and a poor example to visiting customers. However other organizations are recognizing major benefits from the data and atmosphere of FaceBook-style social media: it connects internal people who might otherwise never meet, allowing their mutually compatible talents to be joined and used for the benefit of the organization. Others are starting to recognize that an employee’s social media profile might actually be a better indicator of performance than more traditional personality tests, and research, such as that done recently at Cornell University backs this up.

Freelancing, too, has become a major new channel of employment opportunity for professionals of all ages, from students just starting out, to more seasoned workers either looking for new horizons, or having the choice forced upon them through downsizing. Cloud-based freelancing sites such as elance.com, freelancer.com, guru.com and odesk.com provide an opportunity for people to meet: those who need talent and those who have skills to sell. The pay for many of these jobs is lower than it might be inside the walls of a bricks-and-mortar company, but they often lead to repeat and referral jobs and in some cases, longer-term contracts.

Companies are discovering that instead of simply being time wasters, the social side of cloud technology actually helps people connect in ways they simply cannot or will not in more traditional avenues, such as meetings and email. Superconnectors, those people who are naturally able to network and communicate – the movers and shakers of any corporate community – are more likely to be found through the various channels of the cloud than anywhere else. Innovative minds, too, might not be easily spotted using traditional terminologies of résumés, but instead through keywords and hashtags.

Companies that stand to survive into the next decade are ones that see the cloud revolution as not simply one of technological change, as in shifting data from internal servers to cloud-based storage, but instead that envision a wholesale change in relationships with employees and with employees’ talents. Those that embrace a dynamic cross-pollination by allowing the social media side of the cloud to become a fully supported element of workplace society will benefit from a degree of innovation and interaction that is no longer a luxury as it is a necessity.

By Steve Prentice

4 Ways That Cloud Hosting Has Changed How We Do Business

4 Ways That Cloud Hosting Has Changed How We Do Business

4 Ways That Cloud Hosting Has Changed How We Do Business

Cloud hosting has lowered the barrier to entry for IT provisioning, provided improved collaboration tools and platforms, driven innovation, and increased choice.

There is a huge amount of hype surrounding the concept and implementation of cloud technology. Marketers have grasped the potential messaging and branding benefits of the cloud with both hands. As is often the case, cloud boosterism has produced a predictable backlash from traditionalists in the IT world.

No one wants to be thought of as bandwagon jumping or buying into the flimflam of marketers, but there’s a danger that the impulse to ignore the cloud may leave businesses trailing behind their less circumspect competitors.

While it’s true that the cloud and its associated technology are not a panacea to all problems that IT-dependent businesses face a sober-minded assessment of the proven benefits of adopting cloud servers, compute resources, storage, and network infrastructure reveals a consistent advantage for businesses that choose to embrace the cloud.

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Lowered Barrier To Entry

It’s possible to argue all day about the relative benefits of the cloud versus traditional data center collocation for various business models. But, it’s undeniable that on-demand IT infrastructure with prorated billing is a huge boon for both startups and established companies developing new products.

It’s no longer necessary for businesses to invest assets they’d rather remain liquid into upfront hardware provisioning. That avoidance of significant CAPEX is the one advantage from which many of the other benefits stem.

Improved Collaboration

Back in the day, IT and its exploitation were location-bound. Today, companies all over the world are leveraging cloud technologies to implement new organizational paradigms. It is possible for a billion-dollar company like Automattic to succeed without a central location at all. Their IT resources are in the cloud, and so are the tools that allow them to develop, to organize, and to manage their finances and client relationships.

Companies can become globalized and decentralized while still maintaining a strong organizational structure. They can recruit from a global talent pool to find the best in their field because location is no longer an issue.

Automattic is an extreme example. Most companies neither need nor want their employees to be spread across 141 cities in 28 countries, but they can take advantage of the collaboration benefits of cloud technology in smaller ways.

A Driver Of Innovation

One of the corollaries of lower capital expenditure is increased willingness to experiment. Experimentation drives innovation. Both new businesses and established companies can take a risk on developing new businesses lines because that risk is much lower than it would once have been.

More Choice

An open cloud where data can be moved around at will pursuing the best price and service has encouraged the development of a flourishing ecosystem. The trend towards lessened risk of vendor lock-in gives companies the confidence to invest in cloud technologies in the knowledge that they are not stuck with a particular vendor should relationships go south.

These are four of the many potential benefits that cloud technology has brought to businesses of all sizes. It’s not necessary to drink the cloud Kool Aid to see that smart money should be moving in the direction of cloud services and marketplaces.

By Victor Brown,

Victor is a marketer and technical writer for Cirrus Hosting, the leading Canadian hosting company. Follow Victor and Cirrus on Twitter @CirrusTechLtd, Like them on Facebook, and you can check out their hosting blog http://www.cirrushosting.com/category/blog.

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PayScale – Evolving Over The Years To Offer More Than Just Salary Reports

PayScale – Evolving Over The Years To Offer More Than Just Salary Reports

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Last Thursday was a great day, not only for carving pumpkins and trick or treating, but for talking with Tim Low, VP of Marketing at PayScale about salaries, big data collection and the evolution of PayScale’s services.

PayScale, founded in 2002 out of Seattle, Washington, began as a company which offered consumers accurate salary reports, as well as resources to better understand those reports. It’s common to wonder if you are getting paid what you are worth and ten years ago it was difficult to find resources that gave you an accurate answer. Yes, one could look up job specific average salaries, but various elements were not taken into account. Therefore, reports generally offered broad, nation-wide averages. PayScale, however, stepped it up a notch to develop reports unique to the individual. The daily updated consumer salary reports, which are still widely popular today, are based on multiple factors including job field, years of service, developed skills, level of education, and location. The results also offer the consumer an idea of where their salary stands compared to others in the same field with similar skills and education. Low says that these elements combined add to the “consumer experience,” which has been the company’s central focus from day one.

Low says that as the years passed, the team realized that they wanted to broaden out across other facets of the field; just as consumers are interested in job pay so are businesses interested in knowing whether or not they compensating appropriately. Now, PayScale offers even more resources than ever, not solely to consumers, but also to businesses in need of the same data rich salary profiles. PayScale now works to “add value to other businesses,” says Low, with an easy to use, compensation focused, cloud-based SaaS. This added business to business (B2B) SaaS has boosted PayScale immensely, especially in the past year. In this time, the company has increased their client base by nearly 30%, bringing the number of companies using PayScale to over 3000. Obviously, as their client base increases substantially, so does their returns and last year their income grew by a whopping 43%.

Further utilizing these data sets isn’t an unusual concept, now a days, either, says Low. More and more companies, such as LinkedIn, are linking this information to business value and more will continue to do so as it is needed.

You’ll notice when you go to the PayScale website that they offer copious numbers of resources, as well. These resources include pay strategies, college salary reports and information about compensation for both consumers and businesses. The company posts articles regarding compensation regularly for those interested in what they are worth and why, as well as articles geared towards trends and various market research.

For more information about PayScale visit their website

By Glenn Blake

Cloud Infographic: Big Data Scientists Need Apply

Cloud Infographic: Big Data Scientists Need Apply

Big Data Scientists Need Apply

Harnessing Big Data to Grow Revenue

90 percent of the world’s big data was created in the past two years alone. Despite the volume and scope of this data, however, businesses are often at a loss when it comes to effectively using it to drive user engagement and sales.

Included is a very nice infographic created by BusinessIntelligence and Domo Corporation highlighting the growing demand for Data Scientists.

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Six HR Technology Functions That Will Help You Retain Your Best Staff

Six HR Technology Functions That Will Help You Retain Your Best Staff

Six HR Technology Functions That Will Help You Retain Your Best Staff

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New trends in technology are making it possible for organisations to engage with their employees on a deeper level, making the employees more likely to stick around and contribute to sustainable business performance.

Automated talent management is being enabled by new technologies such as cloud computing and mobility, which increase the frequency and depth of employee engagement significantly. Studies from Gallup, Hay Group and Towers Watson have shown that employee engagement has a quantifiable impact on business performance and employee retention.

Companies with top quartile engagement generate revenue 2.5 times higher than the bottom quartile companies,” says Phil Lotter, CEO of Piilo Software, a people management and human resources software and services company. “The Corporate Leadership Council found that employees with lower engagement are four times more likely to leave their jobs than those who are highly engaged.”

He explains that cloud computing technology can now automate the entire employee lifecycle, from recruitment to exit, making it possible to understand each employee and manage their relationship with the organisation. “Cloud services and mobility access have meant that relationships with employees are extending beyond the workplace, becoming more personal, which deepens engagement, which increases the likelihood of retention,” he says.

Lotter says that HR technology supports the retention of staff in the following ways:

1. Recruiting the right people at the right time

People are more likely to be engaged if they are right for the job and working with other people who are placed in suitable jobs. “With technology driving recruitment, it’s possible to really focus on the job requirements,” says Lotter. “A line manager can create a job profile, and the system will publish it across various locations and on various media, receive CVs and automatically reject those that are not suitable. It makes the whole recruitment process transparent and shortens the cycle, with higher accuracy in recruitment of staff.”

2. Managing people’s skills and careers effectively

People feel that they are in dead-end jobs if there is no visibility of their career paths. Technology brings the employee lifecycle closer to the employees themselves, allowing career and skills discussions to happen based on the availability of easy to use and practical solutions containing real-time information.

Career discussions have to happen because they align the expectations of the employer and employee,” says Lotter. “They can temper expectations or create excitement about the employee’s current role. Today software guides discussion and creates a record as a base for meaningful skills development.” The same technology also allows for plans to be put in place to upskill employees in line with their career goals and the needs of the organisation. The value derived from development and training can then be measured against defined outcomes.

3. Managing employees

Line managers are tasked with the day-to-day management of their employees, but without supporting technology and data in place, this can be a near to impossible task. The flexibility afforded to employers by cloud services and mobility solutions is providing management with user-friendly tools to assist them in this task. “HR solutions can automate leave management, time management, succession planning and skills development, and even highlight low productivity or high productivity individuals so that they can be appropriately managed,” says Lotter.

4. Managing staff issues proactively

Managers often don’t want to deal with poorly performing staff, so they get sidelined or transferred out of the department so that they can do less harm,” says Lotter. “Many managers don’t have the tools to deal with weak performers.” Technology can facilitate this conversation, by putting a performance improvement plan in place, and creating opportunity for skills improvement. This process is completely transparent so that both the organisation and the employee understand that the procedure is being followed – whether the end result is an improvement in performance or the exit of the employee.

5. Providing business intelligence to support planning

Companies need to understand their strengths and weaknesses, so that they can implement a talent management plan to have the right people in the right place, recruit where necessary while addressing any weak areas. “Technology provides all sorts of business intelligence across the organisation – level of employee engagement, average performance, employee profitability, money spent on development and training. This allows managers to identify trends and understand what they need to do to drive the company forward,” says Lotter.

6. Managing performance and aligning it with organisational strategy and goals

The key thing is that you want to utilise technology to drive the correct behaviour and cascade organisation strategy down to the lowest employee level,” says Lotter. “You can do this through having balanced scorecards in place, showing all employees what they need to contribute to for example grow market share and improve customer service.”

Performance management software can align all people’s activities towards achieving these goals, ensuring that their performance indicators are clear, and the measurement is agreed on. Automation forces people to weight performance objectives, provides for self-assessment online with interim discussions, so that staff understand what they need to deliver.

This makes the processes fair, ensures that staff are engaged and motivated and even excited about their work and their careers,” says Lotter. “All of these different software tools deepen employee engagement and result in higher retention and a greater contribution to the bottom line. Technology is an enabler of business in reaching their business objectives. But this time cloud computing is making it affordable and easy to use for all size businesses across industries. ”

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By Phil Lötter,

The CEO/Founder of Piilo Software, Phil Lötter has 18 years experience in international business consulting, technology, and business management. Phil worked for Accenture at Senior Manager level in South Africa and UK, and lectured Economics at the University of Pretoria. Phil has a Postgraduate degree in Economics and bachelors in Political Science, which he achieved both with distinction.

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5 Benefits Of BYOD With Cloud Computing

5 Benefits Of BYOD With Cloud Computing

BYOD with Cloud Computing

Bring Your Own Device, commonly known as BYOD, and cloud computing are changing the way we use technology in the workplace. Sixty percent of businesses currently use a BYOD model, and forecasters suggest that number will rise to 90 percent by 2014. Fifty-four percent of American companies also use public or private cloud computing systems. Separately, these innovations can offer real benefits, but when their powers combine great things can happen.

Cloud Computing Can Make BYOD More Secure

Security is the biggest objection organizations around the world have to a BYOD model. If a worker’s device falls into the wrong hands, employers fear that their corporate secrets will, too. With 46 percent of employees admitting they’ve let someone else use the device they use for work, it seems those fears are justified. Cloud computing can alleviate this concern by making sensitive corporate data much more secure.

With the rise of laptops and smartphones in the workplace, traditional and mobile cloud computing are the most obvious solutions. With these services, all storage and data processing occurs outside the mobile devices. As information isn’t stored on any employee’s device, corporate documents enjoy greater security.

While businesses can ensure their own devices have proper antivirus and malware protection, they give up some of this control with a bring your own device model. Thankfully, this can also be remedied with cloud computing. Mobile device management tools help secure devices from outside threats by using a cloud environment from a central location.

Mobile device management tools also enable employers to remotely wipe lost or stolen devices to ensure sensitive data isn’t accessed by people outside the organization. With a third of workers admitting that the work files on their personal devices aren’t encrypted, this extra security is crucial.

Personal devices which access business infrastructure are seen as easy access points for corporate invaders. Mobile device management tools are an integral part of minimizing the risk of data breaches.

Cloud Computing Can Improve Visibility for Employers

There’s no doubt that a BYOD workplace model increases the temptation to waste time in the office. It’s something we all do from time to time, but it’s much easier when your favorite games and personal photos are just a click away.

Cloud computing can minimize time wasting behaviors as it provides greater visibility for employers. Businesses with cloud security systems which offer URL or website filtering can keep track of the websites their employees visit during work time.

Organizations should communicate company policies concerning workplace activities on the business network and monitoring measures in place to ensure workers stay on the straight and narrow. It’s also important to reveal what data will remain private to alleviate staff concerns. Two-thirds of employees who use their personal devices at work say that their workplace does not have a BYOD policy. Often instituting such a formal guideline is all employees need to ensure their online behavior meets company standards.

BYOD and Cloud Computing Cut Costs

Both bring your own device and cloud computing structures have the potential to save companies serious dollars. When both systems are employed, the savings to businesses are truly staggering.

It’s clear that BYOD saves a company from the outset, as they no longer need to spend money on employee devices. Employees will willingly spend an average of $965 on their devices and $734 on internet data plans.

The savings continue through the life of each device as the company is no longer required to spend money maintaining, supporting, or even repairing their workers’ laptops or smartphones. Add in the increased productivity, which some believe equals almost an extra hour each day, and studies suggest American companies can save as much as $3,150 for each employee every year.

New research shows that American and British firms instituting cloud computing systems reduced their infrastructure costs by 23 percent. These systems eliminate the need to make and distribute paper copies of documents, as employees can find digital versions online. This represents significant savings in paper and ink, as key documents often need to be revised and reprinted many times. The cost to businesses owning and running their own servers is also significantly more than that of utilizing a cloud. As the cloud manages infrastructure, businesses can also run efficiently with fewer information technology experts.

It’s clear that a company implementing both new technology trends has the potential to significantly lower its bottom line.

Cloud Computing Makes BYOD Work More Efficiently

When employees use company-provided devices, in some ways, life is easier for businesses. They know their employees’ computers will be on their desks in the morning, just where they left them at the end of the day before. There’s no danger of an employee forgetting to bring their laptop, or having it stolen on the subway.

Despite these concerns, it seems bring your own device workplace models are here to stay. Employees love using their own computers and smartphones, and happy employees are productive employees. Companies know this, with 70 percent of those surveyed believing a BYOD model can improve the productivity of their workforce.

Cloud computing can help workplaces deal with potential disruptions. Should a worker’s preferred device become lost, stolen, or inoperable, they can simply start working on another machine. With all vital data stored on the cloud, this process is seamless.

Cloud Computing Can Make Desktop Virtualization Possible

Currently, workplaces typically use cloud storage to house key corporate files, folders, and documents. However, in time, forecasters believe we’ll see entire workspaces housed on the cloud. An employee’s device would become simply a terminal for connecting to the cloud-based desktop. A worker would simply enter in his log-in details and become instantly connected to your work desktop.

As nothing would be stored locally, security would be virtually assured. Since an employee would need to log in to the system to work, his employer could feel confident his work hours were spent on business-related tasks. And when he moved on to a new position, his boss could feel confident he wasn’t taking company documents with him. He’d simply take his preferred device to your next role, and receive new log-in details to access his new company’s system.

By embracing the latest technology trends of BYOD and cloud computing, businesses can enjoy all these benefits and more.

By Miles Young

Miles is a freelance writer, tech geek and world traveler. He specializes in business, communication and mobile technologies. Follow him @MrMilesYoung on Twitter.

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Cloud Infographic – Disaster Recovery

Cloud Infographic – Disaster Recovery

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How Your Startup Can Benefit From Cloud Computing And Growth Hacking

How Your Startup Can Benefit From Cloud Computing And Growth Hacking

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Cloud Infographic – Cloud Public, Private & Hybrid Differences

Cloud Infographic – Cloud Public, Private & Hybrid Differences

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Do Small Businesses Need Cloud Storage Service?

Do Small Businesses Need Cloud Storage Service?

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Four Reasons Why CIOs Must Transform IT Into ITaaS To Survive

Four Reasons Why CIOs Must Transform IT Into ITaaS To Survive

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Surprising Facts and Stats About The Big Data Industry

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5 Reasons Why Your Startup Will Grow Faster In The Cloud

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Using Big Data To Analyze Venture Capitalists’ Ability To Recognize Potential

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Smart Connected Cities Must Learn To Efficiently Collaborate

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Shadow IT To Remain A Focus For Both Cloud Vendors And CIOs

Shadow IT To Remain A Focus For Both Cloud Vendors And CIOs

Shadow IT To Remain A Focus Shadow IT, a phenomenon defined as building internal IT systems without the official organizational approval has been a growing concern for CIOs over the last few years. In 2015, it climbed to the top of the list of the emerging IT threats, with as much as 83% CIOs reporting…

5% Of Companies Have Embraced The Digital Innovation Fostered By Cloud Computing

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Ending The Great Enterprise Disconnect

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The Fully Aware, Hybrid-Cloud Approach

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Do Not Rely On Passwords To Protect Your Online Information

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Choosing IaaS or a Cloud-Enabled Managed Hosting Provider?

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7 Common Cloud Security Missteps

7 Common Cloud Security Missteps

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The Cancer Moonshot: Collaboration Is Key

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Despite Record Breaches, Secure Third Party Access Still Not An IT Priority

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