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, If SMBs aren't in the cloud today, what are they waiting for? A recent survey found just 37 percent of small businesses have fully embraced the cloud. In my view if you're starting a business today, you should be 100 percent in the cloud. There's no reason beyond regulatory requirements to start dealing with software in-house and all that entails.
And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:
Is on-premise enterprise software dead? | Intel IT Center Connect
Probably too soon to declare on-premises software dead, but it certainly isn't resting comfortably either. Many companies continue to buy and sell on-prem software so it's a tough argument, but obviously cloud vendors dominate some areas like CRM, even while their on-prem counterparts continue to hold their own.
CloudNOW: Amplifying Women in Cloud Computing | Talkin' Cloud
This group, which formed three years ago, looks for ways the cloud can help encourage women to get into technology fields. And as the article points out, the cloud has helped lower the barrier to entry for women and men to start businesses via access to inexpensive computing resources. The organization helps mentor and encourage women who want to pursue technology careers.
Google and Microsoft are fighting hard in the cloud for enterprise software customers and their partners are closer to the action than anyone. Will one dominate or will they find the market is big enough to comfortably co-exist? Google has the advantage of being born in the cloud, but has less experience in the enterprise, while Microsoft is the reverse. It is late to the cloud, but understands the enterprise customer better.
When we think of cloud computing, we probably think of the ability to scale as a company grows to meet our ever-increasing demand, but some companies don't fit that profile. They simply want cloud resources because tthey are easier and cheaper to manage. In this podcast, we learn of one company that's aiming down market for those customers.
As the world moves to the cloud, everyone who works in IT will see their roles shifting as the load moves out of the data center and onto third-party service providers. As this happens, systems architects need to consider the impact this change will have on their jobs and how they think about computing resources.
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