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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)

Are We Moving Towards A Software-Suite-As-A-Service Future? | @CloudExpo

When Marc Benioff launched Salesforce back in 1999, his goal was simple – he wanted to make enterprise software as easy to use as consumer websites like Amazon.com. The service itself was pretty fundamental and addressed one function – it made it easy for customers to access, manage and share the organization's sales information. Over time, the CRM industry exploded and so did cloud computing. Today, Salesforce caters to a wide number of industry requirements including relationship management, B2B prospecting, customer support and marketing automation. This is a story that is tr... (more)

Do You Need a Co-Founder for Your Startup?

How important is an entrepreneur to the growth and success of a startup? There is the story of how Steve Wozniak remained a kid in the basement making computers till Steve Jobs came along. There is also the story of how Jeff Bezos started Amazon without the need for a co-founder to help him out. So what's the verdict? Well, the answer is - it depends. Trust In Partnership Partnering in a startup is all based on trust. And who better do you trust than a friend or a close relative who could possibly complement your skills? But according to Jay Barnett, the founder of Priority Pickup... (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)

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)