How can accountancy adapt to the cloud?

The Journal of Accountancy reports that doing business in the cloud should cost less than doing business on-premise.   A survey of 1,000 accounting firms found that 70% of respondents increased their use of web-based applications in the cloud between 2010 and 2012, and that cloud accounting is becoming more popular.

The article suggests doing a three-year amortisation of upfront costs for an on-premise application including servers, software licenses and...

By VI, 31 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Big Data, Enterprise, Security.

Zscaler gets £24m VC fund for increased cloud security

Zscaler, the SaaS cloud security company, has for the first time received venture capital investment to the tune of £24 million ($38m), mainly from Lightspeed Venture Partners.

The San Jose startup was traditionally funded internally, but according to Zscaler the money will be used to “further accelerate its go-to-market strategy, and further develop its cloud security offering with a high emphasis on mobility”.

In other words: it’s not because Zscaler needs the cash, more upgrading...

By James Bourne, 30 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: SaaS , Security.

KPMG: Why is the SaaS cloud market expanding rapidly?

A new report from consultants KPMG has shown that software as a service (SaaS) is expanding rapidly, and the threat of a double dip recession is purportedly driving cloud adoption.

It’s a reasonable enough assumption – companies moving to the cloud often do so in the hope of reducing cost, after all – and it appears SaaS is the best model with which to achieve that aim, although there are still some worries for CIOs to consider.

The key factors that are driving growth in the global SaaS...

By James Bourne, 15 August 2012, 2 comments. Categories: Research, SaaS , Security.

Are companies spending more and more on the cloud?

According to analysis from research firm Frost and Sullivan, over half of Australian companies using cloud computing services are spending 10% of their budget on the cloud.

Further research revealed that 70% of Australian enterprises in the cloud are looking to boost their services “significantly” in the next 12 months.

The overall research into Australian business showed:

  • 53% of companies using cloud computing services spend more than one tenth of their IT budget on cloud solutions
  • 31% spend more than 20% of their budget on the cloud
  • Perhaps...

By James Bourne, 14 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Migration, SaaS , Security.

Can the cloud benefit the healthcare industry?

Medical experts and researchers have been talking about the cloud in the healthcare industry for some time. When it comes to its application in this field, the information technology seems to be on a very poor level.

The majority of medical services still practice a complicated paper-based administration. Considering how many medical records, application forms and walking-orders a hospital has to issue in a single day, another solution for the whole process is highly necessary.

Enhancement of productivity and...

By Bojana Dobran, 09 August 2012, 3 comments. Categories: Adoption, Industry, PublicSector, Security.

Writer’s iCloud hacked as Wozniak calls cloud “horrendous”

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is hardly sitting on the fence with his opinions on the cloud

Speaking after a performance of Mike Daisey’s monologue “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs”, Steve Wozniak was in uncompromising mood concerning his thoughts on cloud computing.

Wozniak reportedly told the packed theatre audience: “I think [cloud’s] going to be horrendous. I think there are going to be a lot of horrible problems in the next five years”.

Five years is a long time. According...

By James Bourne, 06 August 2012, 2 comments. Categories: Hacking, Security.

Cloud Computing: essential to SMEs?

It has been reported this week that 65% of US small to medium sized businesses (SMEs) say that cloud computing is absolutely essential to their organisation and future growth plans. Meanwhile 59% have stated that their selection of

By VI, 24 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Security.

What are the 7 challenges facing federal cloud computing?

The United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) has found that, while the US ‘Cloud First’ enterprise project is making tangible progress, there are seven cloud lessons for the public sector.

The report, subtitled “progress made but future cloud computing efforts should be better planned”, charts the progress of Cloud First – a federal policy which exhorts agencies to find a cloud-based IT solution whenever logistically possible.

Things appear to have moved forward since...

By James Bourne, 16 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Infrastructure, Research, Security.

Establish secure remote access with limited staff and budgets

With some of the recent breaches of restaurant chains, I’ve got to think that many of them were related to poor remote access practices. I say this because in all of my years of consulting, I have found that very weak controls around the remote access is a lot more common than one would think.

Even today you will commonly find things like POS Servers directly accessible on the Internet via VNC, RDP, or pcAnywhere. I have even seen SQL databases that contain credit card data made directly accessible over...

By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 13 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Security.