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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, is now being used by 56% of businesses while for SaaS, the sales and marketing departments have taken the lead in terms of adoption with over 51% of businesses having adopted the cloud based alternatives. One of the key drivers for cloud adoption, according to the study, is innovation and ... (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)

DocuSign Awarded 2014 Microsoft Office and SharePoint Partner of the Year

Cloud based e-signature service provider DocuSign has been named the winner of the 2014 edition of the Microsoft Office and SharePoint App Developer Partner. DocuSign was named the winner from among 2800 entrants from 117 countries worldwide. The announcement comes less than a month after the digital signature provider announced a new mobile framework that will allow businesses to integrate their functionality natively into mobile apps. With hundreds of business applications requiring the use of cloud-based digital signature technology on their platform, DocuSign's announcement i... (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)

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)