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Top 6 Business Intelligence Solutions In The Cloud

Top 6 Business Intelligence Solutions in the Cloud Despite the buzz around cloud computing, the adoption rate of cloud Business Intelligence solutions is relatively low, according to recent reports – Wisdom of Crowds Cloud Business Intelligence Market Study. We discussed about the advantages of cloud-based BI solutions in a previous article but today, I would like to present…

In-House Or Outsource – Your Data Center Infrastructure?

Outsourcing data center infrastructure Setting up your own data center is expensive in terms of money, time and deployment of human resources but it is more efficient to outsource this service, which will save your company costs and allow the business to focus on core competencies. According to WiseGEEK answers, infrastructure outsourcing is a subcontracting…

Cloud Events In The USA Not To Miss In 2012

Cloud Events In The USA Not To Miss In 2012 Involved in a business in the cloud industry? Surrounded by cloud professionals? Reading daily the most recent news about cloud computing and cloud management? It does sound like you are very much immersed in the industry. So, if you want to connect with strategic decision…

Tips for Migrating Microsoft Exchange to the Cloud

Tips for Migrating Microsoft Exchange to the Cloud I have previously discussed cloud migrations, mostly from the perspective Infrastructure as a Service(IAAS) for mid to large size companies but what if you have have a very specific need for a migration that is not IAAS such as migrating to an outsourced exchange provider? The trend…

Evolution and Revolution with Cisco Data Centre Fabric

Evolution and Revolution with Cisco Data Centre Fabric Flexibility, scalability and security are the words most used in relation to cloud computing. However, flexibility and scalability are usually mentioned as advantages and security as a possible problem, but which the cloud computing industry is managing well. Data centers are all about scale and security, which…

Cloud Computing Will Allow the Smallest Companies To Compete Against the Largest

Cloud will allow the smallest companies to compete against the largest My previous article about the 3 greatest reasons to move to the cloud made me realize that one of the main advantages Cloud providers offer for smaller companies is to be able to compete against their large competitors. Cloud computing is leveling the playing…

How is the Software Outsourcing Industry Embracing the Cloud

How is the Software Outsourcing Industry Embracing the Cloud One of the cloud computing trends I identified referred to custom cloud computing services and I believe that outsourcing providers will gradually turn into experts in migrating to the cloud and offering this type of services. Whether you wish to migrate some of your applications or…

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Cloud Infographic – What Is The Internet of Things?

Cloud Infographic – What Is The Internet of Things?

What Is The Internet of Things? “We’re still in the first minutes of the first day of the Internet revolution.”  – Scott Cook The Internet of Things (IOT) and Smart Systems are based on the notions of Sensors, Connectivity, People and Processes. We are creating a new world to view and measure anything around us through…

Cloud Infographic: Most Used Cloud Apps

Cloud Infographic: Most Used Cloud Apps

Cloud app and analytics company, Netskope released its quarterly Cloud Report. The new report reveals that enterprise employees are using an average of 397 different cloud apps (most of which are unsanctioned), when IT estimated they have 40-50 — that’s a tenfold underestimation. Below is an infographic provided courtesy of the group at Netskope which goes into further detail.…

Are Cloud Servers The Right Choice For Your Business?

Are Cloud Servers The Right Choice For Your Business?

Cloud servers offer power, flexibility, reliability, and client friendly hosting for small and medium businesses that have outgrown shared hosting. New business hosting clients are bombarded with an incredible diversity of different choices for their site’s hosting. It can be a challenge to negotiate the range of platforms and the marketing hype that many hosting…

Cloud Infographic – The Power Of Cloud Disaster Recovery

Cloud Infographic – The Power Of Cloud Disaster Recovery

Cloud Infographic – The Power Of Cloud Disaster Recovery Preventing a Cloud Disaster is one thing. Recovering from a disaster is a whole other area of concern. Today’s infographic provided by CloudVelox outlines some best practices and safeguards in order to help your business make more informed decisions.

5 Considerations You Need To Review Before Investing In Data Analytics

5 Considerations You Need To Review Before Investing In Data Analytics

Review Before Investing In Data Analytics Big data, when handled properly, can lead to big change. Companies in a wide variety of industries are partnering with data analytics companies to increase operational efficiency and make evidence-based business decisions. From Kraft Foods using business intelligence (BI) to cut customer satisfaction analysis time in half, to a…

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Moving From Email Into The Cloud

Moving From Email Into The Cloud

Mobile Collaboration In The Cloud Imagine that you, as a manager, are told by the powers that be that you have to find “efficiencies” within your department that will result in one million dollars of savings annually. You struggle with this. You send an email to everyone on your senior team. “Where can we save…

IT Security: Think Like A Thief – And An Average Joe, Too

IT Security: Think Like A Thief – And An Average Joe, Too

IT Security: Think Like A Thief – And An Average Joe, Too With security threats to information services growing in sophistication, frequency and variety, IT professionals on all sides of the marketplace are realizing an urgent need to reinvent themselves to better anticipate the bewildering variety of attacks that they and their customers face. The…

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The Cloud Above Our Home

The Cloud Above Our Home

Our Home – Moving All Things Into The Cloud The promise of a smart home had excited the imagination of the movie makers long ago. If you have seen any TV shows in the nineties or before, the interpretation presented itself to us as a computerized personal assistant or a robot housekeeper. It was smart,…

Cloud Service Provider Selection Considerations

Cloud Service Provider Selection Considerations

Why Cloud Brokers Make Sense Different workloads perform differently on different cloud service providers. Enough so that it is prudent in planning to consider the optimal configuration and the optimal CSP for your solution. Consider this old word problem from years ago. One person can carry two buckets of water. It takes 5 minutes to…

Migrating to a Business Cloud (5 Warnings)

Migrating to a Business Cloud (5 Warnings)

Migrating to a Business Cloud  In theory, migrating to cloud computing should be easy. Choose a cloud provider, move the files to the data server and everything is good to go. While that may work for the personal cloud, migrating into a business cloud format is a lot more complicated. As Ann Bednarz pointed out…

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Cloud computing and grid computing are not the same

Cloud computing and grid computing are not the same

While cloud computing and grid computing are both concepts that involve large-scale computer networks, they are certainly not the same thing. Cloud computing refers to an architecture in which large groups of remote servers are networked to allow centralized data storage and online access to computer services or resources. Of course, there are several cloud technology delivery…

Building a Better Cloud: The MSP Advantage

Building a Better Cloud: The MSP Advantage

Gone are the days of private clouds as the “only way” for companies to keep data secure and retain control of their assets. As noted by ChannelPro , research firm Gartner pegs the public cloud for 245 percent growth through 2015, resulting in a total market value of $17 billion. Hybrid clouds are also becoming…

Black Friday By The Numbers [Infographic]

Black Friday By The Numbers [Infographic]

These days, Americans have little time to digest all the turkey, sweet potato and cranberry sauce from their Thanksgiving feasts. After the food comes the shopping, and the country’s most lucrative trading day  – Black Friday. Last year, 141 million Americans shopped over the Thanksgiving weekend, up from 139 million in 2012. A quarter […] Read the source…