Welcome to The Cloud 5, our weekly feature where we scour the web searching for the five most intriguing and poignant cloud links we can find.
Before we jump into this week's links, please have a look at one of our most recent blog posts, Don't even think about buying XP patches on the Black Market. There is speculation that when Microsoft delivers its XP patch later this month to a chosen few customers, it will start showing up on the Black Market. Do yourself a favor, and don't even consider getting a patch this way.
And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:
Generation Y demand cloud computing | ITProPortal.com
As we see a generational shift at work, we are also seeing a new way of working, or at least one that's very different from the Baby Boomers who came before them, and firms have to address these differences including providing cloud tools that let people work wherever they happen to be on any device. The office? That's old school, baby.
The cloud rains on Big Software's parade | InfoWorld
We are watching the biggest companies struggle with the transition to the cloud. While these companies recognize that the world is shifting around them, it remains to be seen if they can truly make the necessary adjustments to a swiftly changing market landscape.
Bye-Bye, Traditional IT Buyer | Network Computing
In the old days, IT procured all software and hardware and employees used it - end of story. But the cloud has flipped that model on its head as any user with a credit card can buy hardware or software services in the cloud (and many of them are even free). There is no barrier to entry to now and that's changed IT's role in dramatic ways.
This is a common theme in this week's Cloud 5. As buyers lead the way to the cloud, traditional vendors struggle adapt to new models. And cloud development platforms provide a way for developers to build applications in the cloud more quickly than ever before.
Microsoft is one of those traditional vendors who sees the handwriting on the wall and is working to bring the company and its customers into the cloud. As part of that effort, it bought GreenButton, a company that provides cloud services for high demand markets like science, engineering and finance.
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