Why trade finance is moving to the cloud
The development of cloud technology is opening the door for companies in the trade finance sector to move away from the inherent constraints of paper-based processes.
In Asia, this is particularly compelling, as importers don’t need to invest heavily in hardware and software to use cloud-based trade finance solutions – in some cases enabling them to leapfrog more costly and complex ERP tools.
As such, many operators in these less mature markets are very open to working in the cloud and receptive...
Time for a change is always now
It is often said that Europeans are more conservative in their outlook with regard to change.
There are occasions when this is a useful cultural trait, like limiting the rampant commercialisation of fine heritage sites or taking care to uphold a traditional method for creating a really good cheese. But when it comes to technology resistance to change it only brings disaster.
Nowhere is this clearer than in relation to cloud computing. The “readiness for the cloud’ debate is so bound up in what we...
Bookkeeping in the Cloud
Online accounts technology is putting real-time financial controls and visibility within reach of small and microbusinesses, says Xero UK managing director Gary Turner
Just like web mail or consumer-oriented sites, online accounting software is fast, simple and user-oriented, especially when compared with traditional, desktop accounts software.
Whether a small business is just starting out or enjoying rapid growth, the easy-to-use, affordable technology brings a welcome opportunity to cut down on...
‘MegaWiped’ – Kim Dotcom’s Megaupload data cleared
The now almost household name, Kim Dotcom, has been in consistent battle against the U.S government over his Megaupload business – in case you’ve been under a rock for over a year.
Now the case has taken a new turn as his old Dutch hosting provider LeaseWeb has wiped 600 servers containing “petabytes” of his company’s data; including legal evidence.
Kim has expressed his...
Microsoft server platforms pivot to cloud-first development
Genesys accelerates cloud strategy with new Platform On Demand offering
Genesys is making bold moves to strengthen its position in the cloud customer service market. Following its acquisitions of Angel.com in February 2013 and, more recently, SoundBite Communications, Genesys will also offer its own suite of contact center applications in the cloud. The new solution, Platform On-Demand, will be offered in addition to Genesys’ existing partner-led cloud solutions. It is targeted at contact centers with over...
Solving the challenges of hybrid cloud computing
On the plus side, with a hybrid cloud setup companies have the opportunity to keep particularly sensitive data within their data center's own four walls, ensuring security, and allowing rapid system customization where required. Those same companies can push less-sensitive data out...
Informatica aims to get its “Vibe” back
Informatica, which pioneered the current data integration tooling market, is seeking to reboot growth by targeting midmarket prospects who have traditionally perceived its solutions as too complex and expensive. The technology linchpin of this strategy is “Vibe,” a service-oriented architecture to deconstruct and make Informatica’s technologies more easily embeddable into third-party tools and/or cloud-based services. This is not the...
How much data is generated in one minute? [infographic]
By Christine HeckartWe’ve all heard and understand big data issues: volume, velocity, and variety. But when breaking it down into simple terms, how much data do you think is generated every minute across common platforms? The answers may shock you. Just remember when reading through that all of these transactions occur in one minute, every day.
(Thanks to Domo for the infographic!)