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Cloud Trends to Watch Out for This Year Experts predict that the cloud computing will continue to grow this year. According to the Computerworld Forecast Study, spending on cloud computing is expected to rise by 42% in 2015. Moreover, Esna projects that in a bid to increase the use of mobile, social, customer-facing and collaboration technologies, 40% of IT teams will spend more on software as a service and a mix of public, private and hybrid solutions this year. With the upsurge of new, mobile-oriented technologies, as well as the mainstream business emergence of previously niche technologies, it's obvious that 2015 will see new cloud computing challenges and opportunities. Here we look at some of the key trends that will disrupt the industry in the coming year. Increased Containerization or Sandboxing of IT Resources Employees are using mobile devices both for pers... (more)

Hybrid Cloud to Pick Up Steam in 2015 | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

Hybrid cloud has taken over from public and private cloud to become the fastest growing cloud solution among enterprises. This was one of the critical findings in a new survey report released by Wakefield Research that conducted the study on behalf of Avanade Inc. The study, released during the recently concluded Microsoft Canada : Cloud and Mobility summit held at Toronto, points out that 69% of the companies surveyed saw hybrid cloud as one of their biggest focus areas for 2015. However, not everything is rosy at the moment. The study also found that despite the general agreem... (more)

What's In Store For Cloud Accounting In 2015

As with every facet of doing business, accounting too has been moving to the cloud over the past few years. With the advent of services like QuickBooks and Wave, more and more accountants find it easier to log into such services over traditional accounting platforms. According to a report on Statista, the cloud accounting industry has grown to a 1.7 billion dollar industry in 2014. By 2016, this is expected to multiply to 2.16 billion dollars.   What is driving this growth of cloud accounting? A survey of decision makers by YouGov showed that one of the biggest influencing factor... (more)

Insuring Your Business Against Cloud Service Availability

Symantec last week announced that its cloud-based backup storage service, Exec.cloud, is winding down and the service will not be available to new customers moving forward. As for existing customers, the service will be available for a year's time. The announcement is seen to be a part of Symantec's reassessment of its cloud strategy and is therefore not likely to greatly impact the revenues of the $7 billion company. It is however an uncomfortable scenario for the thousands of Symantec customers who relied on Exec.Cloud for their backup storage options. These customers have to s... (more)

Could Cloud Spell the End for ERP As We Know It?

Enterprise Resource Planning has traditionally been a software for large corporates with million dollar technology budgets. But that has been changing over the past decade with the advent of cloud based ERP systems. According to a survey conducted by Sage, nearly 30% of finance managers at UK based SMEs believe that cloud could make ERP more affordable or viable to them. In another study published by Gartner, the top five fastest growing ERP vendors today are all SaaS companies. Even the larger, mature SaaS players like NetSuite have registered exponential growth rates of nearly ... (more)