The true rate of cloud adoption in healthcare

Although healthcare was once considered an industry that would not adopt cloud computing due to systemic security, legal, and privacy issues, that no longer seems to be the case.  Those in healthcare IT are moving even farther into the world of cloud computing.

The use of cloud computing in the world of healthcare seems logical to me.  Healthcare providers, and payers, are cost sensitive.  They are also experiencing rapid change, thus they could use technology that’s more agile. ...

By Logicworks, 13 February 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Industry.

Research claims UK businesses struggling to cope with cloud boom

A new research report from cloud identity management provider Okta has revealed that nearly four in five (79%) UK IT decision makers are looking to increase the amount of cloud applications in their company through the coming year.

Yet the report, entitled ‘Identity Management in a Cloud and Mobile World’, also found that data security remains a concern of cloud adoption for seven in 10 organisations.

Not altogether surprisingly, the report from an identity and access management (IAM) firm focuses...

By James Bourne, 05 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Industry, Research, Security.

The power of on-demand, and the reason cloud providers don't like it

IT vendors had a golden age before the invention of the cloud. It was essentially a risk-free implementation. Customers required a product, sales would propose a solution to which the customer would sign and commit, the customer would pay upfront, the vendor would start manufacturing, and eventually the solution would be delivered to the customer. Once delivered, it was unlikely the customer would suddenly drop the technology, and move on to something else.

At every step of this journey the vendor took steps...

By Dr Owen Rogers, 03 February 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Amazon, Consumer, Industry.

How profitable is cloud for the vendors?

The cost benefits that cloud computing offers to its users is something that has been discussed ad nauseam.

In a study conducted by researchers from UC Berkeley and INRIA, France showed that cloud computing can offer savings of anywhere between 40-95% depending on resource usage.

This potential for cloud based systems to bring about huge savings in their annual expenditure is what has been driving the massive migration from in-house server based...

By Anand Srinivasan, 31 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Industry, Research.

Cloud accounting uptake lower than expected, survey finds

Only a quarter of CFOs are planning to move into cloud accounting in the next five years, according to a survey from chartered accountant firm William Buck.

The survey, which covered CFOs in Australia and New Zealand, painted a cautious picture of cloud adoption among the accountancy sector. 12% of firms currently use cloud accounting, with a huge 64% saying they’re not looking at moving into the cloud by 2018.

“While the cloud accounting media drum has been beating for some time, many CFOs are...

By James Bourne, 20 January 2014, 2 comments. Categories: Industry, Research.

How cloud-based systems can reduce your HR burden in 2014

Keeping up with the day-to-day HR needs of a growing workforce can significantly affect your efficiency. Paperwork, approvals, requests for information and staying compliant: all take you away from your strategic focus. A cloud-based HR system can help remove the administrative stress from your growing HR needs and allow you to concentrate on your business.

You already use the cloud

It’s amazing how many people are aware of ‘The Cloud’ but don’t...

By cloudbestpractices.net, 15 January 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Big Data, Industry, Migration.

Six of the best: CloudTech’s favourite stories from the web

January is always a strange time of year at CloudTech HQ; the Consumer Electronics Show signifies the last vestiges of the holiday break, with the industry firmly awoken from its hibernal slumber to press ahead with 2014 deliverables.

As a result there’s plenty to find across the web – here are our favourite pieces from the last fortnight:

1) Salesforce CEO...

By Cloud Tech, 14 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Editorial, Forecasts, Industry, Microsoft, SaaS .

"The Internet Of Things" is the next big market for cloud

In recent years two technologies have combined synergistically, the cloud and mobile. Without the cloud many of the mobile apps we have today would not exist. They rely on the existence of powerful cloud-based syncing and storage technology to provide a compelling cross-platform user experience. Cloud-based notifications are an essential part of the mobile ecosystem. Without cloud compute, devices wouldn’t be capable of tasks that require advanced processing like speech recognition and image...

By Victor Brown, 08 January 2014, 2 comments. Categories: Industry, Trends.

Public sector cloud in 2014: Four trends you need to know

As we head into 2014, the potential for growth in public sector cloud services adoption looks more promising than ever.

The ‘Public Cloud First’ policy on IT procurement should continue to drive further growth in demand and the CloudStore marketplace provides a straightforward way for government departments to buy the services they need off the shelf.

But what will be the other trends...

By Ivan Harris, 16 December 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, PublicSector, Trends.

IBM launches “cloud of clouds” offering, aims to stop vendor lock-in

IBM has developed technology which will allow clients to move data between clouds and backed up whilst avoiding the dreaded vendor lock-in, it has been claimed.

A press release on the IBM website explains how the Armonk firm’s patent pending invention enables a “cloud of clouds” theory – the idea that a series of clouds can offer greater protection against outages and data loss than any single cloud.

This is alongside a software...

By James Bourne, 10 December 2013, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Industry, Infrastructure, Vendors.