Making the financial case for moving to the cloud

Posted by Mike Vizard on Jul 31, 2015 8:00:00 AM

At this point, it’s not a question of if organizations are going to embrace cloud computing but a question of to what degree they'll embrace it and in what form. Increasingly, organizations of all sizes are looking to IT service providers to help them figure that out.

new study from Cloud Cruiser, a provider of IT financial management applications, finds that nearly three quarters (72 percent) of IT organizations rated their ability to track cloud usage and costs as either very or extremely important. The primary reason IT organizations want this ability is to better forecast and compare costs, but they also indicated a desire to either chargeback or at least “showback” usage of cloud services to various lines of business.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

Rethinking businesses processes in the cloud

Posted by Ron Miller on Jul 16, 2015 1:34:38 PM

At the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference keynote address in Orlando this week, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella called the cloud "the control plane that allows us to move from device to device," but it's actually more than the glue that keeps us connected. It also affords the opportunity to rethink our business processes.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

Why one MSP decided to live (almost) off the grid

Posted by Achmad Chadran on Jul 10, 2015 12:00:00 PM

Among the many great partner conversations I had at the recent ChannelNEXT Central event in Niagara Falls, Ontario, one stood out. Jeff Bawl is a technology consultant at Advanced Office Solutions, an MSP whose portfolio ranges from managed IT, print, and mobile services to business telephony and business process optimization (BPO) services. The solution provider is headquartered in Grimsby, Ontario, and runs three satellite offices, running from Brant to Niagara along the western edge of the lake.

As we talked, Jeff dropped a hint about a lifestyle choice he made long ago; he traded Web connectivity in exchange for The Tranquil Life. I knew then and there that I wanted to share Jeff’s story with our readers, and he agreed to let me follow up with him after the show. Here are the highlights of our conversation:

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Topics: Innovation and Ideas, Cloud Industry and Technology, Cloud Trends

Cloud 5: Gmail slams spam, rolling your own APIs on AWS

Posted by Ron Miller on Jul 10, 2015 10:48:00 AM

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 recent blog posts, Microsoft can't afford to raise Azure prices. Once upon a time Microsoft ruled the world and seas would rise when it gave the word, but times have changed, and as Microsoft tries to transition to the cloud, raising prices is not the way to gain marketshare.

And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:

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Topics: The Cloud 5, Cloud Trends

Microsoft can't afford to raise Azure prices

Posted by Ron Miller on Jul 9, 2015 1:04:25 PM

For the longest time, it seemed like cloud pricing was on a rapid race to zero, but word leaked recently that Microsoft intends to raise Azure prices for customers in some zones.

While some people believe it's just a currency fluctuation, there was also speculation it was about increasing revenue as much as adjusting for local currency shifts. And given the week Microsoft has had, who could blame them for wanting a little extra cash.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

Cloud 5: AWS in India, cloud monitoring tools, art of cloud

Posted by Ron Miller on Jul 3, 2015 10:04:17 AM

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 recent blog posts, The cloud is surely coming of age. When Oracle makes a complete transition to the cloud and Box partners with IBM and Microsoft, it's either a sign of the apocalypse or proof the cloud is coming of age.

And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:

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Topics: The Cloud 5, Cloud Trends

Legal tussle between Oracle and Google to foster open API development

Posted by Mike Vizard on Jul 2, 2015 12:00:00 PM

In the wake of a Supreme Court decision not to hear an appeal of a ruling on whether application programming interfaces (APIs) are subject to copyright, concerns about how vibrant the API economy might actually be are now rife throughout the IT industry.

While it remains to be determined if the use of Java APIs within the Google Android operating system constitutes fair use as defined by copyright law, the case is sure to push organizations toward clearly defined APIs that are well within the bounds of the public domain.

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Topics: IT Services Trends, Cloud Trends

The cloud is surely coming of age

Posted by Ron Miller on Jul 1, 2015 3:25:01 PM

There have been signs aplenty this year that the cloud is coming of age, but over the past few weeks, we have seen a couple of things that prove even the biggest companies have arrived and are playing nicely with the born-in-the-cloud crowd.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

Cloud 5: Box and IBM, cloud disruption, fast moving cloud

Posted by Ron Miller on Jun 26, 2015 3:22:49 PM

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 recent blog posts, Enterprise demands standards as cloud matures. As the cloud matures, enterprise companies are demanding standard ways of doing things and the industry is responding.

And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:

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Topics: The Cloud 5, Cloud Trends

Enterprise demands standards as cloud matures

Posted by Ron Miller on Jun 24, 2015 12:00:00 PM

The signs of cloud maturity are all around us. We see survey after survey showing us that companies are moving more and more workloads to the cloud. As that happens, organizations are looking for more standard ways of doing things, and the industry is answering.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

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