Top trends in cloud computing for SMEs

Following Gartner’s recent report on what it sees as the five key trends that will shape cloud computing strategies between now and 2015, here is my perspective on the impact cloud computing will have on an SME audience.

Gartner’s trends tend to focus on the larger organisations, typically 5000 seats and above, yet in the UK 99% of businesses are sub-250 employees and will have different requirements, benefits and considerations when looking to utilise a cloud platform. 

Many customers are...

By Ian Moyse, 20 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Trends.

Does Microsoft's Surface tablet launch offer anything new?

Microsoft’s tablet finally surfaced yesterday. I was discussing it with my son and he said the whole thing reminded of the movie The Sixth Sense, which Microsoft playing the Bruce Willis part. They’re walking around, wondering what’s going on, trying to solve people’s problems and don’t realize they’re dead. People’s computing problems are directly attributable to them, not being alive and aware of how the world now...

By Arthur Hicken, 20 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Hardware, Industry, Trends.

The private cloud strikes back

Having read JP Rangaswami’s argument against private clouds (and the obvious promoting of his version of cloud) I have only to say that he’s looking for oranges in an apple tree. His entire premise is based on the idea that enterprises are wholly concerned with cost and sharing risk when that can’t be farther from the truth. 

Yes, cost is indeed a factor, as is...

By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 20 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Private, Public, Trends.

Samsung unveils cloud gaming service

Samsung have revealed that they will be offering a cloud-based gaming service which they will build into their flagship 7000 series HDTVs.

This is a big step forward for an idea that has been around for quite a while now. The back-end infrastructure is to be performed by...

By VI, 07 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Forecasts, Public, Trends.

Why did you resist the name “cloud computing”?

The question of course could be directed to none other than Larry Ellison.   While Salesforce.com founder Marc Benioff took the term and made it a cornerstone of their CRM marketing, Ellison and Oracle took umbrage at trying to re-invent an operating model he believed had been around for a while.

At the recent D10 conference, Kara Swisher interviewed him about this famous brush-off of the term cloud computing.

“I objected to people saying, “Oh my God, we just invented cloud...

By VI, 01 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: CRM, Enterprise, Trends.

Will People Fully Embrace Cloud Gaming?

In recent years the world of gaming has seen a shift in the way in which games are played and therefore the way they need to be developed. In 2002 Xbox released the Xbox Live system, allowing gamers all around the world to connect via the internet and play games together. Since then all of the...

By VI, 21 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Consumer, Industry, Trends.

Going Rogue: Do the Advantages Outweigh the Risks?

Are all rogue IT projects bad things? Could this type of activity be beneficial? If rogue IT projects could be beneficial, should they be supported or even encouraged?

Recently, I took part in a live Twitter chat hosted by the Cloud Commons blog (thanks again for the invite!) that was focused on Rogue IT. After hearing from, and engaging with, some major thought leaders in the space, I decided to write a blog summarizing my thoughts on the...

By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 17 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Trends.

You Say You Want a Revolution: Are we in one?

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Remember the heady dot.com days circa 1999? We thought we were reinventing business, forming a New Economy, revolutionizing the essential nature of commerce. In our dreams! By late 2001 the bubble had burst, and what we thought was a new paradigm for business—the World Wide Web—turned out to be little more than a new marketing...

By ZapThink, 16 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Economy, Forecasts, Industry, Trends.

Changing World of End User Devices

Let me start out by saying that I am not an Apple fan boy. I am not a Microsoft zealot or a Linux aficionado. I use them all daily; it is all about usability to me.

I wanted to talk about the shift I have seen in technology that we use in business every day. This transformation has been just as large and disruptive as virtualization. 10 years ago, the end user hardware and software was set and had very little diversity or customization. It was Win/Tel (Windows running on Intel processors) all the way with...

By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 10 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Trends.

VCs Front Cloud Investment Downpour

Patrick Houston — VCs devoted $6.9 billion in 2011 to “Internet-specific” startups, a proxy term for “cloud” because that’s what most of them are doing, according to Steve Bengston, a director of a startups practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers. That’s up 68% from last year.

In Q4 alone, cloud-related investments of $1.8 billion outdistanced the dollars that went into biotech ($1.3 billion), cleantech ($883 million,) and medical devices ($498 million.)

It’s not...

By Anthony De Monroy, 08 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Industry, Trends.