Friday, March 30, 2012

WOLF Weekly Cloud Sum-up, Mar 30, 2012

The cloud lets companies make huge savings on computing, but there is an initial outlay that might put many off. In today's fast-paced business environment, every company is looking for ways to accelerate its rate of business and to respond quickly to shifting market demands and opportunities. Technology plays a crucial role in speeding up business processes. It is no longer acceptable to delay a major company initiative for months so the IT department can spec out, purchase, test, set-up, and provision new systems. By utilising the cloud, companies can scale their infrastructure depending on demand, lower the capital expenditure on infrastructure and software, and reduce the maintenance costs for their IT architecture, allowing them more time to focus on innovation and other business critical tasks.

Find out how the cloud is a business model changer

Cloud Computing Impacts on Facility Management

Exafort's CEO Arun Kanchi talks about Cloud Computing Impacts on Facility Management in a panel discussion organized by the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) Silicon Valley Chapter at NetApp, Sunnyvale, CA. "Cloud computing is not a job eliminator, it is a job creator," said Arun Kanchi, CEO of Exafort. According to a recent study by analyst firm IDC, Cloud Computing will potentially generate at least 14 million new jobs across the globe within the next three years.

Cloud Computing: Leading From The Front

Cloud computing refers to a convergence of technologies and trends that are making IT infrastructures and resource intensive applications more modular, and more consumable. The cloud offers business enterprises the opportunity to consolidate their IT operations and adopt virtualization technologies that lead to eliminate capital expenditure, better utilization of resources, instant access to the latest technology at all times, greater innovation, speedy deployment cycles and lower administrative costs.

Cloud Computing: Are We Ready?

Every business needs to make sure that all of its employees have the right hardware and software required to do their jobs efficiently. Hence whenever a company hires a new employee, it needs to purchase software or software licenses to give employees the tools they require to perform their tasks.

CIOs plan to increase cloud spending

Six out of 10 U.S. companies already have at least one application in the cloud, and 71% expect to increase spending on cloud services in the next 12 months, according to a recent IDG Enterprise survey of 554 IT professionals, including 357 heads of IT. Most respondents (64%) agreed with the statement that cloud computing will mean higher costs in the short term, but will save money in the long term.

Barr Snyderwine, CIO of Hargrove, an events management company, says using the public cloud is his way of keeping costs down. The company is using an online collaboration tool for document sharing because "it's so cheap I can't say no," he says. "We are probably saving money in the long run on the [business] continuity side."

We hope these short sum-ups on Cloud Computing are helping you to take a knowledgeable approach towards moving to the cloud. Stay tuned for more sum-ups on in the forthcoming week.

Don’t forget to add your comments and suggestions. I will have more around the cloud a week later.

Santanu Das
Marketing Evangelist, WOLF Frameworks

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