Cloud for Startups - Why Cost Savings Is Not the Only Factor Driving Growth
In a recent article on the Entrepreneur, Bask Iyer, the CIO and Senior Vice
President of Technology at Juniper Networks responded to the question, 'what
entrepreneurs should put in the cloud?' His answer: "Everything." Bask
elaborates by pointing out the ability of cloud to scale-up and scale-down at
ease, the ease with which you can deploy plug-and-play cloud solutions for
almost everything and its ability to offer a level playing field to
companies, big and small.
We have known and understood the benefits of cloud for quite some time now.
However, one reason a lot of entrepreneurs flock to cloud-based services for
their business is the cost. Native applications require licenses that are
either too expensive or require elaborate set-up across all devices. Cloud
services are not only instant... (more)
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)
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)
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)
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)