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Webinar: Integration Made Easy In The Cloud

Webinar: Integration Made Easy In The Cloud

Using SAP as an ERP: Dell Boomi Reaches Out to Draw Integration Seekers Inside the Boomi Atom Technology

Struggling with assimilating SAP with other systems and cloud based applications? Dell Boomi’s fresh approach utilizing their Boomi Atom and Boomi molecule is looking to serve up enterprise grade functionality formerly reserved for deep pockets.

You’re invited to sit with Michael Hubbs the Director of IT at Emtech, Steve Tseng the Enterprise Architect at Dell Boomi, and Wes Manning the Sales Engineer at Dell Boomi for a live event. Entitled, “SAP and Salesforce.com: Integration made easy in the cloud” the 60-minute conference is scheduled to explain Salesforce.com’s example of successfully integrating SAP within the cloud resulting in a real game changer for this organization.

Too many companies fail to optimize their business enterprise processes fully due to the expense, complexity, and struggles employing a new approach successfully. Dell Boomi seeks to change that dynamic through their cloud middle ware applications. The company’s technology acts as a conduit integrating any grouping of both cloud-to-cloud configurations and premise to cloud combinations.

By accepting their invitation to learn how the Boomi Atom and the Boomi Molecule can handle parallel processing alongside high volumes of transactions and records, you will investigate the following topics:

  • SAP integration fundamentals, including IDocs, BAPIs and RFCs
  • Live demonstration of a Dell Boomi SAP-to-Salesforce.com integration
  • Emtec, Inc’s immediate ROI and improved quote-to-cash process

If one of your goals is the promotion of seamless, safe, and secure environments that effortlessly promote various integrations with shortened time-to-value, this may be exactly what you are looking for.

Reserve your spot today in order to optimize fully for tomorrow.

 

What Cloud Computing Cannot Do For Your Business

What Cloud Computing Cannot Do For Your Business

Cloud computing is here to stay. It enables businesses streamline their goals, functions, costs and operation models. Although cloud computing has been around since the internet inception, not enough information about it is available in the public domain. Businesses, individuals and non-profits still do not understand what the cloud can, or cannot do for them. Some imagine cloud computing can replace all their functions. Others imagine they can do without aspects of their businesses when they buy into it. The truth is, cloud computing can’t do all things for you. Here are some of the most prominent functions cloud computing cannot do for your business.

Cloud computing cannot replace computing

This fact is long overdue. There are millions of people who assume cloud computing replaces the computing functions of their businesses. Computing is the whole divide that entails use and application of computers and software. It has been around for years and will still be here for centuries to come. Cloud computing does not eliminate the need for computers and software. Instead, cloud computing is the most holistic application of the computing function of the business. As such, cloud computing has to be used hand-in-hand with the computing function of the business for success.

Besides, some forms of computing have addictive effects. Even though you completely love the efficiency that comes with keeping your data in the cloud or having a few awesome applications in the cloud, isn’t it great to still have the largest flash drive around? As such, you can only depend on the cloud enough times, but not as a total replacement for your computing functions.

Cloud computing cannot replace your employees

The application of new technology-such as cloud computing is often seen as a threat to the need for human function. This is the reason why very few policy makers allow their companies to automate. Cloud computing doesn’t have this benefit, to a large extent. A good and effective business cannot automate its functions. Of course some inefficient human functions can be replaced for more efficiency, but the core functions cannot be replaced completely by the cloud computing services.

At the end of the day, a business needs people who will create strategy to get the most out of the new technology-cloud computing. Moreover, implementing the smooth running of the cloud services also needs a human face for maximum benefits.

Cloud computing cannot replace human mistakes

This is a very popular misconception businesses make. Cloud computing cannot be used to rectify human inefficiencies and errors. This misconception often results when errors are already made and businesses are looking for ways to fix them. For instance, even though cloud storage could to some degree boost security for your files stored there, there is little that can be done if one of your staff maliciously steals clearance from you.

Overall, cloud computing can address and shape problems that arise in the daily running of a business. However, before you go for it, you need to have straight expectations of what it can do for you. This is to avoid disappointments when some of your expectations are not addressed by it.

By Walter Bailey

The Dynamic State Of Cloud Computing Monitoring And Evaluation

The Dynamic State Of Cloud Computing Monitoring And Evaluation

Monitoring and evaluation in cloud computing are essential processes. They determine whether a company’s applications on the cloud are effective, safe, and efficient. They also help eliminate failures in cloud computing’s functions, ensuring that business processes are not negatively affected or vulnerable.

So far, several providers have developed different cloud monitoring tools. In many instances, the intention is to create benchmarks for functions. These tools are also utilized to detect bottlenecks in cloud applications. Even then, whether these monitoring applications deliver the desired results to buyers and businesses remains to be seen.

Origin of monitoring and evaluation in cloud computing

Before demystifying contentious aspects of the cloud computing monitoring process, it’s important to look at how things were before. Cloud computing enterprise functions are in the hands of different entities. Because cloud computing requires constant information flow, evaluating and monitoring what works and what doesn’t are critical processes. Since security for the information stored on the cloud is likely sensitive and private for your business, you would want to know if storing it in the cloud could be dangerous or if it’s the best option you have.

Current views of cloud computing monitoring

Unified monitoring – All parameters of the monitoring process are captured by a single application which checks computers, server, applications, storage, virtualization, and general cloud computing.

Model-based monitoring – This is a form of evaluation where models are created across different cloud applications and functions on the basis of a working application. If there is a general glut, disparities are reported to compel a user to effect changes, abort operation, and so on.

Event-driven monitoring – This monitoring approach works around events. For example, when a system goes haywire, the tool will effect a change that will rectify that trouble. Sometimes, such tools can be used to correct errors as they come. This is because when things go wrong in the cloud, the effects can be catastrophic.

Extensible monitoring – This monitoring works on an API platform. It’s also among the most common in the market.

Verdict of monitoring cloud performances and evaluating performance

Monitoring and evaluation for cloud applications have never been more important. They represent the security you have when your organization decides to move operations to the cloud. Sometimes they require more hardware, funds, and expertise. Whereas these processes are still part of a growing sector with so much to improve or develop upon, businesses need to determine the best way to monitor and evaluate their cloud functions. In the long run, this can help them create a stable cloud environment for their organization’s evolution in the cloud.

By Walter Bailey

iTunes vs. The Cloud

iTunes vs. The Cloud

I have spent over a decade building a collection of digital music. During that time, through many obsessive late nights, I made sure that my music remained in impeccable order. Each artist filled in, each album complete, and each year carefully researched. The library was organized by artist first, and then by album chronologically for each artist. Before the days of iTunes, I had to assign each file an ID3 tag individually, a process that took an unhealthily long time.

However, with the advent and quick rise of iTunes, inputting and maintaining music became immeasurably simpler. I would spend hours poring over my music and organizing it meticulously. I continued along this path for many years, and all was well. All was well, that is, until the cloud came and rained on my parade.

My iTunes library, now uploaded to Google Music en masse, has been relegated to the digital doldrums of my computer. Editing file names, artists and albums has become a chore, and one that I’m not man enough to undertake. In the interest of full disclosure, I’m not even sure how to edit the details of my music once it’s uploaded. Is there a way? Please, someone tell me! Before it’s too late!

Now, I know that most streaming and storage services are just catering to the vast majority of people who do not have an unhealthy compulsion to organize their music libraries for several hours at all times of the day and night. But it would be nice if there were a service out there for the obsessively detail-oriented among us who cannot sleep soundly at night unless everything is in its right place. Sometimes the names of my songs are so altered in the upload that I cannot locate the music that I’m trying to find.

The cloud has undoubtedly made it easier for me to have extra space on my computer when I need it. And I can constantly update my friends about what I’m listening to and what they should try on for size. But, unless I’m using a streaming service like Spotify, I cannot upload my entire library to the cloud without sacrificing at least some of the meticulous cataloguing that took me days to achieve. Some might call this a fake problem. They’d tell me to let it go, to get over it. What’s the value in organizing a music library anyway? It’s not like it’ll sound any better.

That may be true. But the next time I can’t find the song I’m looking for in my own uploaded library, I’ll grow a little more bitter about the lack of customizability of Google Music, and this unintended consequence of storing music in the cloud.

By Jacob Hyman

Moving In To The Cloud? Choose Wisely

Moving In To The Cloud? Choose Wisely

Most organizations which have entered into cloud computing are seeking a competitive advantage. Sooner or later, cloud computing will graduate from a strategic imperative to an operational norm. Regardless of the rationale behind the migration, it is important for any organization to be well aware of the intricacies and elements of cloud computing before committing resources and expectations. Stakes are always high, and the nature of the choices we make has a major impact on the future.

The cloud computing transition has dawned upon most organizations, immediately following the internet transition. Regardless of the change, there is association of both transitions with cost reduction at the corporate and individual level. Large scale operations contribute to the economies of scale with regard to service provision. As a result, it is necessary for corporate to remain focused on cost reduction through application of cloud computing in its strategic outlay.

Security is still the most prominent concern for users of cloud computing. The novel technology elevates the security risks to a whole new echelon, posing numerous challenges even for the service providers. As a result, organizations have to employ a secure strategy when choosing cloud computing platforms and providers. Security is two-way traffic, making it necessary for organizations to take measures at the in-house level. Service providers with reliable security measures should be preferred over the rest, regardless of the attractiveness of their offer. Cost reduction should be the least worry when it comes to cost-reduction, since the costs of loss of data are immeasurable.

The nature of the market should also be considered. The wait-and-see approach to adoption of new technologies is bound to place your organization among the reactive category of organizations. Companies seeking to achieve pro-activity have to possess a ‘go-get’ attitude. Although new technologies change significantly and rapidly, it is important for an organization to remain keen on the trends in order to avoid lagging behind.

Market leaders are never afraid of adopting a leading stance with regard to efficient systems. Cloud computing is laced with similar characteristics which faced game-changing innovations such as the internet. As a result, caution should not come in the way of decision-making.

By Rick Watson

Advantages And Disadvantages Of Open Source

Advantages And Disadvantages Of Open Source

Advantages of Open Source Software

Open source is a fairly new concept that has gained huge popularity in the field of IT in recent years. This is mainly because open-source software is free to use – its greatest advantage. As it is developed by a non-profit community, it has some disadvantages as well.

Open-source software is free to use, distribute, and modify. It has lower costs, and in most cases this is only a fraction of the cost of their proprietary counterparts.

Open-source software is more secured as the code is accessible to everyone. Anyone can fix bugs as they are found, and users do not have to wait for the next release. The fact that is continuously analyzed by a large community produces secure and stable code.

Advantages of Open Source Software

Open source is not dependent on the company or author that originally created it. Even if the company fails, the code continues to exist and be developed by its users. Also, it uses open standards accessible to everyone; thus, it does not have the problem of incompatible formats that exist in proprietary software.

Lastly, the companies using open-source software do not have to think about complex licensing models and do not need anti-piracy measures like product activation or serial number.

Disadvantages

The main disadvantage of open-source software is not being straightforward to use. Open-source operating systems like Linux cannot be learned in a day. They require effort and possibly training from your side before you are able to master them. You may need to hire a trained person to make things easier, but this will incur additional costs.

There is a shortage of applications that run both on open source and proprietary software; therefore, switching to an open-source platform involves a compatibility analysis of all the other software used that run on proprietary platforms. In addition, there are many ongoing parallel developments on open source software. This creates confusion on what functionalities are present in which versions.

Lastly, many of the latest hardware are incompatible to the open-source platform; so you have to rely on third-party drivers.

Advantages

The decision of adopting open-source software should not be taken just on the basis of the low-cost involved. It entails a detailed analysis and understanding of the requirements before switching to open source to get full benefits of it.

By Jack Rosenblum

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Indaba Music: A Cloud Based Music Network

Indaba Music: A Cloud Based Music Network

In my last article, I discussed the remarkable benefits of using Dropbox to produce, record, and share musical ideas. As if that all wasn’t revolutionary enough, Indaba Music has developed a platform, much like that advanced by SoundCloud, that allows for real-time partnership between musicians from anywhere in the world. Uploading, comments, and collaboration all occur within a shared window and are viewable to the public (only if made public, of course). Most commonly used for remixes and interactive direct-to-consumer projects and competitions by major artists and production companies (Linkin Park, Snoop Dogg, Disney, and Universal, to name a few), any producer or musician can also use Indaba to share, swap and collaborate on musical ideas.

Indaba was established in 2007 with the mission to make it as easy as possible for musicians to network and make music together. A Zulu word, indaba “refers to gathering in order to share ideas, do business, and discuss important matters.” This sense of community is “central to the mission of Indaba Music.” I attended the Indaba launch party at CMJ in 2007, and that feeling of togetherness and resource sharing has truly been the crux of the company’s goals from day one.

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During the five years since then, however, Indaba has become a place that is far more than a social network of musicians noodling with creative ideas. It has evolved into a breeding ground for careers. Artists now have the tools to learn from their peers, promote and distribute their material, and even license work to outside media such as commercials and TV. Partnerships can be forged between technology experts, artists, producers, and others to make the most out of the ever-changing modern web-based music industry.

Perhaps one of the most exciting parts of Indaba’s platform is the potential for collaboration between major artists and virtually unknown hobbyists. For one of Indaba’s current contests, for example, The Darkness offers the opportunity for fans and collaborators to attempt an “epic guitar solo” over a section of their new single. The winner gets $750, a signed Epiphone guitar, and a veritable grab bag of goodies. Last year my band, Freelance Whales, partnered with Indaba to offer remixers of our single a chance to win a trip to Coachella 2011, as well as $500. Beyond offering artists at home the chance to work together, Indaba offers artists a chance for authentic and productive musical interactions with fans. That ability, previously reserved for open jams, has now – like most things – made its way to our fingertips.

By Jacob Hyman

The Converged Cloud – Is This What Businesses Are Looking For

The Converged Cloud – Is This What Businesses Are Looking For?

In a business environment different workloads are reserved to be in different places because they have diverse preferences and requirements. Keeping this menace in mind, HP alleges that its converged cloud solution lets enterprises envision and approach multiple clouds in a systematic and easy way.

Converged clouds empower customers and give them the capability to go back and actually look at the value of the services they try to deliver, rather than to be down into the infrastructure and understand where they are putting what. Digging in deeper, when a service claims that it lets consumers put things where they want to put them, it actually asserts that it is reducing friction between the different ongoing processes.

Let’s suppose that a business has a whole bunch of applications, a portion of which are really core to the way a business operates and to the value a company brings to its customers. These are the applications that the business categorically wants to keep close to home; probably first in a private and eventually in a managed cloud. Conversely, there also exist a whole lot of other applications which an enterprise certainly needs to have for running its business, but they do not differentiate the company from anyone else. A company does not want to bother getting involved with these applications; they may be put in a public cloud or in a managed cloud which is mostly handled by others. These applications fall under the set which one wants to run the fastest and the cheapest.

Once an enterprise has decided that an application is core and it has to run it in its private cloud, it needs to guess the capacity that it is going to need, when it is successful with its innovative product. Realistically speaking, in the practical world, a business would never want to be pinned down by the fact that IT cannot ramp up new service fast enough. So even if it is a private cloud environment, a business will want to burst out, for example to a managed cloud, so that the business can continue operating.

At the end of the day, by positioning appropriate services to their apt place, IT becomes the negotiator of services to a business in a cloud gamut, rather than just being the one who keeps the servers running. Originating from the notion that one size does not fit all, the HP converged cloud does sound like it is the next big thing for organizations all over the world. Let us wait and see how efficiently it can make the lives of corporates easier.

By Harris Smith

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Cloud Infographic – Cloud Public, Private & Hybrid Differences

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Cloud Security Risks: The Top 8 According To ENISA

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Mobile Connected Technologies – The Future Of The Healthcare Industry

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Surprising Facts and Stats About The Big Data Industry

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The Internet of Things Lifts Off To The Cloud

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Disaster Recovery – A Thing Of The Past!

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