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The days of hosting websites and applications on your own in-house server are numbered. The recent RightScale State of the Cloud report found that close to 88% of businesses today make use of the public cloud while 63% are on a private cloud. As more and more businesses choose to depend on the cloud, it is not unreasonable to be cynical and doubt the evolution. Are businesses risking it all by moving their data to the cloud? Or is this a totally thought-out move? If you are a business that is yet to make the move and have your questions unanswered still, this article will attempt to allay those fears. Typically, there are three major “concerns” that decision makers have regarding the cloud. They are: Security Reliability Hidden costs Let us take a look at them one by one. Security : Incidents of security breach of cloud hosted applications in the recent past have m... (more)

Where Is Oracle Headed in the Cloud?

Oracle has sounded extremely optimistic about their future; one that is going to be dominated by the cloud. The company has reported cloud revenue growth of anywhere between 35% and 50% over the past few quarterly financial reports. Safra Catz, the Chief Financial Officer at Oracle is noted to have said that her company is focused at increasing market share on the cloud at this point “unlike all those cloud companies” like SalesForce that are focusing on profits. So is the company seeing a paradigm shift in their revenue pie? Not really. Despite the buzz about Oracle’s focus be... (more)

New Cloud Study Shows Fivefold Increase in SaaS Adoption Since 2011

A study of 1358 respondents have shown a dramatic rise in cloud adoption over the past few years. North Bridge Venture Partners, in partnership with GigaOm Research have published the results of the 2014 Future Of Cloud Computing Survey – according to this report, SaaS adoption has grown fivefold since the 2011 to 74% today. PaaS, on the other hand, has seen an even higher rate of growth; a six-fold increase over the past four years to 41%. The study throws some interesting insights on the growth of various cloud-based services. IaaS, which stands for Infrastructure-as-a-Service, ... (more)

Five Ways Cloud ERP Can Assist in Business Intelligence

The focus of a BI professional in an organization is to help get the right information to the right decision makers at the right time. In modern times, Big Data analytics has been one of the primary sources of business intelligence acquisition. Tools like Hadoop have revolutionized the way enterprise businesses interpret the millions of data points that they own about customer behavior and turn them into meaningful inferences. But before the data reaches this stage, it passes through the several modules of an ERP system - an ERP system handles the whole gamut of operations right ... (more)

Are Security Concerns Over Cloud FUD or for Real?

Popular British security blogger Graham Cluley made a pretty interesting statement recently. In a chat with Computing.com, Cluley said that businesses that are flocking to the cloud in herds today should stop and replace all instances of the word "cloud" with "somebody else's computer" to really understand the implications of their actions. I call it interesting because while I am personally an advocate of cloud computing, Cluley's statement drives home the point about the consequences a business might face if they do not perform due diligence. The security concerns surrounding ... (more)