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Cloud Computing: An Incredible Business Solution That Works For All

Large, Medium and even Small Organization are hosting their data centers, process, and all application online against subscription – pay for use basis, and these Big Data computations are done by the utility model – Cloud Computing.

Cloud Computation can be broadly classified into – SaaS(Software as a service), IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service), PaaS (Platform as a service), XaaS (Anything-as-a-service). Users decide the one depending on their needs. Once the organization decided the suitable Cloud Technology for their needs, the next step is to select the Cloud deployment.
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Internet of Things (IoT) Making Cloud Increasingly Indispensible


Cloud Computing and Internet of Things (IoT)

Smart Technology: The Key Factor Bringing Internet of Things and Cloud Computing Closer

Perfecting the idea concerning ‘smartness’ doesn’t seem to slow down even in the future that comes within the scope of human perceptibility. As of today, everything is smart and needs to be – smart phone, smart computing, smart connectivity, smart communication! The modern dynamics of human life requires this additional ‘smartness’ quotient not only to luxuriate their lives further but also they have realized the indispensability of smart technology in every run of their daily lives. However, having your hands on advanced technology doesn’t necessarily mean automatic addition of the smartness quotient. This is where the complementing and supplementing role of Internet of Things (IoT) and Cloud Computing comes into fashion.

Understanding Internet of Things:

Internet of Things (IoT) may be a buzzword today but the very concept of it germinated long back, more specifically from the dawning days of internet. Despite the fact that IoT, these days, has become quite a familiar expression, a great deal of confusion still prevails in terms of understanding what it is actually. Quite in contrary to the popular belief, Internet of Things doesn’t always include internet or gadgets that are operating over internet. In one of the recent articles (published May 24, 2013), Galen Gruman has explained about Internet of Things in a simplistic yet beautiful way:

“At its core, the Internet of things means just an environment that gathers information from multiple devices (computers, vehicles, smartphones, traffic lights, and almost anything with a sensor) and applications (anything from a social media app like Twitter to an e-commerce platform, from a manufacturing system to a traffic control system).”

– Galen Gruman, “What the 'Internet of things' really means” (May 24, 2013)

So far so good! But, what about inclusion of the word ‘internet’ in the Internet of Things? It’s like saying ‘slash’ without the sharp factor in it. How can IoT be complete if it doesn’t necessarily include internet? To understand this, you need to know that IoT serves two core functions – data accumulation and accessibility to the data for analyzing it. While the data accumulation and analysis is typically done by software or an application, on the other hand, it requires internet to access the vast data pool or data center that has been created by users.

Integrity that Should be Nourished between Cloud Computing and IoT:

Wait a minute! So, the confusion over Internet of Things is not solely about the extent of its reliance with internet connectivity! Storing huge amount of data output, virtualization and analysis of the same are matters of equal concern! Yes, this is actually the case. Technology, today, is not just robotics or repetition of the same action from time to time but it needs to be smart, intelligent. And intelligent technology is possible only when the results, users receive, are contextual. The contextual correctness, rather accuracy, is possible only when user generated big data is managed, stored, virtualized and analyzed seamlessly. After closely monitoring the shift in user preference concerning the Internet of Things, experts have opined that organizations using IT systems minus relevant upgradation for last 20 years, will not be compatible with the newly emerging Internet of Things; consequently, will be deprived of the benefits that IoT-Cloud conjugality has to offer. At the same time, they have further opined that the increasingly popularity of IoT in wider domains of human lives, beyond professional requirement, has provided Cloud Computing with just the kind of push to penetrate the arenas that were apparently impenetrable or highly time consuming.

Let’s take a look at the domains where Internet of Things is already becoming popular:

  • Urban planning (Building smart cites)
  • Developing social interaction gears
  • Wearable medical monitoring equipment
  • Home automation
  • Waste management
  • Environmental monitoring and planning
  •  Large scale deployment management
  • Industrial application and energy management

Internet of Things, Cloud Computing and Enterprise Mobility:


Internet of Things and Enterprise Mobility

Considering the vast array of functional domains, that IoT is increasingly getting involved, it is important to ensure that not only contextual data is exchanged but the process also is seamlessly integrated with the respective application. Quite naturally, the alongside the reliance over Cloud Computing, the inclusion of enterprise mobility becomes equally important when it comes to providing IoT with an all round functional stature. What is the driving force in making Internet of Things the new age brand ambassadors of enterprise mobility? Most people believe that materialization of the M2M (machine-to-machine) communication is the essential driving force in establishing Internet of Things as an indispensible component of enterprise mobility. Consequently, this rational has given birth to a popular misconception that M2M and IoT both are essentially same. It is important to remember that M2M is the driving force but in order to complement the ideal of enterprise mobility, Internet of Things should receive further assistance from other aspects, such as,

  • M2M software and hardware compatibility
  • Assistance from enterprise software vendors
  • Support from Mobile operators
  • Acceptance from the targeted industries

How IoT Making Cloud a Penetrating Force in Modern Technology:

Earlier we discussed how interdependent cloud computing and enterprise mobility are. With the advancement of mobile technology, it has become almost impossible to distinguish between these two aspects.  The smart or intelligent factor in technology cannot be materialized if the benefits that cloud has to offer are taken away. The increasingly prominent presence and inclusion of Internet of Things (IoT) is the much discussed as well as desired smart/intelligent quotient to today’s technology. No matter from which angle you analyze, it will be practically impossible to take away Cloud Computing from the scenario and intelligent technology happen. More the Internet of Things will be accepted in the industry Cloud Computing will be increasingly indispensible. Cloud service providers, thus, need to promote IoT in a manner that they become more and more appreciated in the industry, consequently making Cloud Computing an indispensible factor in the prosperous journey of smart tech. 


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The Point of Meeting for Cloud Computing and Enterprise Mobility

Cloud, Mobile – Mobile, Cloud: Coexisting Yet?

Cloud Computing and Enterprise Mobility

Can enterprise mobility ever be complete without Cloud? Does Cloud have any reason to exist without mobile?

These questions can’t be answered separately; rather it is important to find out the point of meeting for cloud computing and enterprise mobility to understand how they complement and supplement each other. Cloud computing and enterprise mobility have been into the scene for quite sometimes; however, surprisingly, even a couple of years back the extent of their collaboration and how it may affect the overall enterprise IT was not providing a clear picture. May be it still doesn’t to many. However, this is for our own good that we must know the meeting point of Cloud Computing and Enterprise Mobility and make the picture clear to ourselves.

The Magic that Cloud and Enterprise Mobility Can Do Together:

The Point of Meeting for Cloud Computing and Enterprise Mobility

In my last blog post I tried discussing how the new world of smart technology is Cloud dependent but didn’t really talk much how true it is on the other way round. Yes! The Cloud platform is equally ineffective and incapable of delivering users as per the promise. Since Satya Nadella has taken the reins of Microsoft, the tech giant has started providing a great deal of focus on developing the Enterprise Mobility Suit, which aims at delivering “a cloud for everyone and every device”.  The most obvious question that pops up is why Microsoft is gearing up so hard to bring Cloud to all. The chief has something to say about this and perhaps his remark, I feel, marks the meeting point of Cloud platform and enterprise mobility most perfectly, yet simplistically:

“…I don’t think of the cloud and mobile as two things. They are two facets of one thing. The cloud was created to enable mobility. And mobile devices are really uninteresting without the cloud.

                …. Mobile without cloud is limiting. The cloud without mobile is mostly latent potential. But the place where they meet is magic.” [Source: The Official Microsoft Blog]

However, making this magic happen would require a lot of innovation, improvisation and the dare to stick-to-the-choice for organizations that are looking forward to more than just ‘doing good’ in the present.

Enterprise Mobility: The Blessings Are On the Way but Watch Out …..!

Enterprise Mobility, in a quite generalized way, is described as a system that encourages change to the traditional in-office work culture and allows employees to work from other locations. The correct coordination between Cloud platform and mobile devices makes this happen. Furthermore, enterprise mobility is not just about working seamless even on the move but the actual focus of the system is ensuring corporate data mobility. Apart from solving the connectivity issues between mobile devices and Cloud, it is also important to address the crucial security challenges that BYOD (Bring Your Own Devices) involves. However, the strongest challenge that Enterprise Mobility faces is evolving with the right methods that would help an organization in making their MDM (mobile device management) strategy compatible with newer applications and SaaS (software as a service).

Watch Out!

Despite your sincere effort and quest to install the latest technological infrastructure, the desired level of compatibility cannot be reached and there are three major factors you can hold responsible:

  • Dependence on end-user connectivity: The key factor that makes the perfect connection between Cloud and mobile platform happen is connectivity. Employees must find it easy to access data and applications in Cloud any point of time. Frequently, users depend on public networks and try finding the most reliable network. Confusion over finding the best connection or suddenly changing connectivity strength not only affects productivity but also stands as a great obstacle against the purpose that Enterprise Mobility aims at serving.
  • The Cost of Data Usage: 3G networks and Wi-Fi are still the best options for users to access Cloud-based data. However, absence or striking lack of ‘pay as you use’ packages increase the cost of data usage significantly. Such high expenditure surely limits extent of the return you were expecting of Cloud.
  • Security: Security issue is perhaps the biggest headache that stops organizations from hailing the marvel of Cloud and Enterprise Mobility combo. Apparently, security threats are still looming large over Cloud-based data, despite corporations deploying advanced end-point security solutions.

No Point Holding Ourselves Back! We Have Mobile Policy Management!

Mobile Policy Management

Does it mean that the meeting point for Cloud and Enterprise Mobility will be lost forever? Does it mean that modern businesses will forever be deprived from witnessing the magic of this grand combo? Experts are suggesting that there is no need to go through the despair as this, provided the organizations are ready to implement Mobile Policy Management (MPM) over the traditional MDM correctly. MPM, quite in contrast to the familiar Mobile Device Management (MDM), addresses issues like end-user connectivity, data cost control and security problems more comprehensively. Corporations that are eyeing Cloud and Enterprise Mobility as the key to ensure growth are largely expected to enjoy the following benefits with the implementation of Mobile Policy Management:

  • Automating the Best Network Selection:

An important feature of Mobile Policy Management is automating the procedure of selecting the best available network. Enterprise IT once gets to stand over the foundation of a reliable MPM platform, the mobile devices, configured as per network selection and access policies, automatically select the best of the available networks. This attribute not only introduces transparency to remote access and connectivity but also boosts up productivity.

  • Support Cost Management:

MPM is one of the most construction solutions available to the cost management issues, especially generating due to calls from mobile users to support. These calls are generally made to find quick solution to connectivity or remote access. Implementing Mobile Policy Management empowers mobile connectivity errors and in turn reduces end-users problems, bringing down the overall support expenditure.

  • Cutting Down Data Cost:

The lack of ‘pay as you use’ facilities is a big headache for companies when it comes to managing the increasing data cost. Sometimes mobile employees are forced to pay for expensive Wi-Fi networks, as they cannot find any reliable 3G network from local providers. MPM platforms help employees with a white list of networks available and stop them from connecting unnecessarily with unsanctioned, expensive connectivity options.

  • Data Security:

Getting access to free or public Wi-Fi zone is always tempting for mobile workers and when connectivity is a headache and they get a strong signal from an open Wi-Fi source, often they fail to resist. MPM platforms allow Enterprise IT to automatically implement network centric security policies and run regular procedures like host checking, security threshold management and any kind of unwanted bridging by malwares. In case, it finds the network not complying with the security policy, automatically the connection is terminated.

Let’s Meet The Future Together:

The point of meeting for Cloud computing and Enterprise Mobility is definitely magical, provided everything falls at the right place. The journey is long indeed but the marvel of quest of human intelligence is quite near to breach the limitations, letting the meeting happen seamlessly. Sooner the industry at large would understand the benefits it may rip from Cloud and Enterprise Mobility complementing each other, quicker would be the journey to reach the destination. The future that many leaders foresaw is happening and awaits being witnessed by the rest of us. 


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Reasons Why Today’s Business Should Encourage ERP on Cloud


Getting Ready for Tomorrow? Fuse ERP and Cloud:

ERP on CloudIt wasn’t long ago when the industry leaders were widely under the impression the enterprise IT cloud package and enterprise resource planning (ERP) were two non-associative domains. However, the change has occurred due to the inclusion of SaaS and cloud applications into the mainframe of enterprise IT strategy. The modern enterprises have realized that without integrating sales force automation (SFA), talent management and ERP, it is not possible to survive the challenges that the modern business environment has to offer.

Compared to the conventional computing models, Cloud has emerged as a more reliable option when it comes to not only making this fusion happen but also in terms of providing critical support to businesses in terms of enterprise mobility, critical decision making process and wholesome management of the business’s social presence along with analysis of the data. Moving the ERP (Enterprise Resource System) to Cloud, these multivarious objectives can be attained alongside specific business and technological benefits.

Here follows some of the major difference that shifting of the ERP to Cloud may make for Enterprise IT:

  • Brighter possibility in terms of receiving the most competent, customizable and feature-rich ERP Cloud applications from the most reliable and reputable software vendors
  • Seamless execution of the software platforms
  • Complete discretion for an organization in terms of paying for the usage (as with moving ERP to Cloud, the payment becomes entirely dependent on the nature of usage and not the traditional fixed package based)
  • The mandatory shift of IT expenditure from capital investment to operation segment contributes to overall business improvement along with the promise for cash outflow
  • Organizations may indulge into innovative, R&D product development in a cost effective manner and without worrying about maintaining the necessary infrastructure, required for such extensive efforts
  • Seamless deployment of applications takes care of the value for money and also provides newer resources for strategic actions
  • Long-term and personalizable support for users, expanding the scope for their growth
  • More the number of ERM applications in the Cloud, more convenience user enjoys in data integration and eliminating the unnecessary data

Apart from these striking differences, businesses, in particular, are sure to enjoy ample benefits. Some of the most relevant benefits in this context are:

  • Significant moderation and modernization is introduced in terms of users’ experience
  • Important aspects like productivity and employee satisfaction enhance significantly
  • Real-time data support and embedded analytics feature ease up the important decision making process for strategy development, crisis management and other important business decisions
  • Possibilities of connecting at the social sphere and productivity improves further thanks to the embedded social collaboration features
  • Undisputed support to access these applications through mobile devices
  • Information sharing becomes more convenient alongside the possibilities of collaboration
  • Customer support finds a more integrated platform thanks to the feature that makes back office and front office complementing and supplementing each other
  • Data filtration system embedded with the operating platform makes important decision making more error free, transparent and swift
  • Financial closing system becomes more user friendly as access to data and other relevant information becomes swifter and quicker
  • Sorting out the right balance in terms of financial requirement of an organization amidst domains namely, capital and operating budget  


The increasing popularity of the trend of moving ERP to cloud computing along with the use of SaaS (Software as a Service) is revolutionizing the way businesses used to run. The Cloud and SaaS combo is letting businesses to deploy and execute their business values and competitive advantages in the manner that they decide most suitable for their growth. SaaS was there since 1990s onward but businesses were quite reluctant in making it an essential component of the enterprise IT strategizing. The turnkey feature of the operating model helps users in integrating various service platforms into one, which can be accessed and worked upon via a reliable internet connection. Getting real-time, big data with ERP on cloud is real easy and highly relevant at the same time, as business owners receive timely and relevant insight about their enterprises’ performance and take necessary actions to address any situation of crisis or dissatisfaction.

Cloud is not just a future anymore! It is happening now and the sooner you take the right decision about sifting your ERP on Cloud quicker your organization will join the parameters of achievement, which would define the corporations of future. 

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Hybrid Cloud: The Hottest Operating Model on the Way

Hybrid Cloud

IaaS: Still an Underdog!

The three essential service delivery and operating models that Cloud has to offer are Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). There is no denying that despite the multivarious layers of benefit that cloud computing has to offer, it hasn’t yet reached the level of deserving popularity. Moreover, IaaS is, perhaps, the least used operating and service delivery model, despite the fact that it functions as an excellently comprehensive platform for development purposes. Generally, the small and mid scale companies opt or think about opting for IaaS. In case of large-scale IT companies, using this operating and delivery model as a crucial environment for development and production is still a distant dream.

Hybrid Cloud: Revitalizing Factor for IaaS!

The story of maintaining distance from Cloud operating models, especially IaaS, is expected to come to an soon. Hybrid Cloud, the hottest operating model, presumably, will make this change happen and that also quite radically (hopefully before the end of 2014). Despite the fact that materialization of the expectation is pretty much at the stage of speculation, the participation of Microsoft, VMware and Amazon has surely helped significantly fuelled hopes of expectation of everyone who wishes stronger interference of cloud computing in the modern IT industry. However, the contribution of Microsoft and VMware is focused at elevating IaaS as a more effective and fertile platform for development. On the other hand, Amazon aims at controlling the sales and marketing of the upcoming cloud operating model.

Hybrid Cloud: The Hottest Operating Model is almost Here

The inception of hybrid cloud is receiving such widespread support is not just because it would help IT companies of all size and expansion with better earning opportunities and smoother development but it is expected that this new operating model with widen the path for innovation of more advanced successors that will play important role in giving birth to hybrid cloud DR or creation of more reliable DevTest environment.

Benefits that Hybrid Cloud has to Offer:

  • Significant cut on the total expenditure is a major benefit that Hybrid Cloud offers. The IT companies are currently spending significant amount for using the third party data centers. The result is almost 50% increase in the overall product development cost.
  • The facility to pay-as-per-the-consumption is a welcome improvement for the IT firms. While with Hybrid Cloud it is just a beginning, the flexibility to personalize the usage and paying as per the same. This is an excellent relief from the yearlong investment.
  • Agility is the most important benefit that cloud operating have to offer. This factor becomes more improved with Hybrid Cloud. With this operating system, deploying apps and development services becomes more flexible and as per requirement of the parties.
  • The agility offered by Hybrid Cloud creates an excellent platform for treating DevTest and production/development platform equally. Thanks to this improvement, IT enterprises receive the opportunity to pace up the speed of deployment time that traditional development process incorporates. Furthermore, the development and testing of software on Hybrid Cloud operating model becomes is as effective as understanding the extent of its proper functioning in real life situations.
  • Finally, Hybrid Cloud operating model makes cloud computing more than just a data center and transforms it into new-gen IT operating model.

Information Source: The Cloud is a New Operating Model

Hybrid Cloud Computing

Hybrid Cloud: Making The Future of Cloud Computing More Real than Ever


Hybrid Cloud operating model is definitely an integral part of the entire Cloud technology but it takes the future of IT functioning to an altogether different level of dynamics. The challenge in terms of making cloud computing popular is definitely there but having the dynamics available will surely give IT enterprises of all size and expansion with the confidence to take a dig at the newer operating models over the existing ones. Security and pricing rate offered by the third party data centers have remained the most important concerns that stop IT enterprises from opting for Cloud with their eyes closed. Successful introduction and marketing of Hybrid Cloud computing model will surely change this skeptic approach and also will take an important role in making cloud computing a reliable platform, worth celebrating.


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Steps that Google Should Master to Win the Battle of Cloud

Google Not Exactly in the Cloud 9 to Win the Battle of Cloud:

What is Google? We know it by many names – world’s favorite search engine, the information hub, search giant. Google, however, is not satisfied with its current stature of being recognized solely as company that specializes in search. The company is actually eying to make its mark as a global computing giant, which means they need to establish their excellence in every aspect that conjointly defines global computing. Beyond the typical role, Google is currently an ad company, a mapping expert, redefiner of the smartphone technology, wearable technology and automobiling. Yet, in order to establish the undisputed supremacy in each of these disciplines and claim the position of the ultimate brand that signifies the best of everything in computing, Google must win the Battle of Cloud!

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Advantages of Cloud Are Far From Being at Reach, Yet!

It hasn’t been a year since the experts were opining that cloud computing may be the future but the future is not really arriving, owing to a few limitations related to accessibility of the cloud on mobile. Considering impact of these limitations in the long run, many large scale business platforms have intentionally avoided from making cloud a foundation of the organizational operation. On the other hand, bigger corporations, having the resource pool and technological excellence in warding off these limitations, have indeed opted for availing the benefits of cloud computing but at the cost of strikingly high price. Ideally, Cloud is a platform that encourages corporations to continue with R&D methods that widen the path of innovation without making the process expensive.

What Should Be The Key Steps for Google to Capitalize?

 Unfortunately, the current trend gives a picture that is completely opposite of the ideal. Availing cloud power from leading providers, like Amazon, Microsoft or IBM not only costs a fortune but also the high expenditure spree continues in case of maintenance. If Google is planning to win the battle of cloud and establish their undisputed authority beyond the reputation as the most beloved search engine, then the strategic measures should satisfy three conditions to the fullest:

1)      Reducing the high cost of cloud computing

2)      Strive to get established as comprehensive service provider for future computing

3)      Unifying forms of cloud computing

The Key Steps Discussed in Detail:


# Step 1: Reducing the High Cost of Cloud Computing

Using the high cost of cloud computing, one of the most common concerns of most company owners, as a key factor can work really great for Google and may provide them with a strong foundation in its efforts to triumph the competitors, especially Amazon. The latter is undisputedly the most powerful and trusted cloud service provider but owing to its expensive service charges, many potential customers prefer to opt for the conventional ways. Google’s public cloud may easily solve the problem of burdening expenditure.

The idea of ‘public cloud’ may be popular but at the industrial level, most of the IT leaders haven’t delivered much favorable opinion on this subject as they believe public cloud is not effective in the long run, especially in the organizational context. In order to become a leader, Google has to fight and prove that public cloud is equally effective as the services provided by most of their competitors and the service charge will be significantly lesser than the conventional providers. In order to keep service charges well within affordability of clients but not letting that affect the effectiveness of service, Google has introduced some changes at the basic level, namely:

  • 32% reduction of prices for users of Google Compute Engine, one of the most advanced virtual machines that acts as perfect functional platform for any software
  • Significant reduction to the cost of Google App Engine, another service that seamlessly operates and manages software applications automatically with the prior recommendation about the best way to build these applications
  • 68% reduction on the expense of availing the benefits of Google Cloud Storage (for data storage only)
  • Almost 85% reduction on using Google big Query (helps with analyzing huge data pool)
  • A new pricing method has been introduced that automatically offers clients with the best discounts, based on the consistent usage of computing power (especially aimed at providing customers with long term benefit)

[Data source: Google Reinvents How Cloud Computing Is Priced]

#Step 2: Get Established As Comprehensive Service Provider for Future Computing

Ask any webmaster, Google-loving user or a person who understand how the search works and he/she will tell you the main source of Google’s persistent multibillion profit earning is their undisputed command over search and internet advertising. In fact, this supreme command has made internet search synonymous with Google and Google AdWords as the ultimate guide to develop winning strategies for ad business in the internet.

The goal of Google, however, should be getting established as a commander in every discipline that would materialize the idea of future computing. The corporation already knows and values importance of this goal. Quite naturally, they expand their reach beyond the role of a search giant to mapping, redefiner of smartphone technology, futuristic wearable devices, even self-driving vehicles. Now, what is common among all these sectors when it comes to ensuring their successful operation?  Real time data sharing and accurate management of the expanding data pool! Google’s ambition should be reaching this goal with adequate attention to the following factors, namely:

·         Emerging as world’s largest cloud platform with the efficiency to perform in a more efficient manner than today’s (Google cloud currently allows more than 4.75 million applications to run and the App Engine handles over 28 billion online request on a single day)

·         Solve security issues, one of the major vulnerability of public cloud and earn clients’ confidence

[Information Source: Google’s Bold Plan to Overthrow Amazon as King of the Cloud]

#Step 3: Unifying different types of cloud computing

Google Apps Cloud

Don’t be alerted! There are only two types of cloud computing platforms, such as,

  • Infrastructure cloud (example: Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud), and
  • Platform cloud (example: Google App Engine)

While the first type functions as a virtual machine that allows seamless operation of any software, on the other hand, the other type is most trusted software management and scaling of the same, according to the increasing numbers of machines using that software.

This difference is confusing for many developers and it can be solved perfectly if these two platforms can be merged or unified. In the journey to win the battle of cloud, Google aims at successful merging of these types into one without leaving behind the respective benefits they have to offer. Experts are of opinion that accomplishing this goal successfully will not only benefit Google but also it will benefit the overall cloud scenario. In today’s scenario, finding comprehensive cloud assistance is clearly a rarity. Google’s effort is actually widening the path for overcoming this limitation, as it would not only allow users to run any software they want but also they would not have to be alerted all the time for its proper management.

To Win or Not to Win – Google Is Not in a Place to Take Easy on Winning!

The way cloud is becoming prevalent, quite soon it will become a generally accepted practice for computing. Google’s innovative steps have accelerated the process. At the same time, the company has reached the position, where it is not up to them anymore to decide whether to take it easy on winning this battle of cloud or not. In fact, in this changing environment of computing, Google has to justify their supremacy in every single step. As cloud is the key factor that connects every domain, related to overall convenience in future computing, it is important for Google to establish themselves as one of the unquestionable leaders in this field, which is far beyond the general impression of an ultimate search engine. Google, apparently, is on the right track with the correct strategic planning and time will only tell how far they have become successful in satisfying their ambition. 


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Android 4.4 (Kit Kat): It’s a Google Way to Make Cloud Popular?

What Microsoft Thought:

Google may be customer-friendly but Microsoft knows exactly what enterprises want and prepare their cloud-based apps as per the requirement – this is what Michael Atalla, the product marketing director of Microsoft’s cloud-based apps suit, Office 365, has said in a recent interview. He has emphasized that Microsoft’s cloud-based apps may not be popular but they surely are helpful to explore the wide horizon of cloud computing that lies ahead of browser-friendly, consumer centric approach.

Android KitKat 4.4

Consumers First! Google’s Trademark Policy Is Now for Cloud:

Customers first! This has always been Google’s key strategy to popularize a product and then use the popularity as a medium to grab the market. In case of dominating the vast and unexplored domains of cloud computing, it appears that they are following the same line. In today’s business world, enterprise mobility is the key to stay ahead of competitors. Cloud technology, most likely, is the worthy platform that leads to seamless integration of the components of enterprise mobility and brings forth the desired results.

Major Reasons Why Cloud Isn’t Really Happening Yet:

The buzz about Cloud to dominate the future of global industry is around for quite some time but it is not really happening in the same way as per the expectation. While trying to figure out the factors that are barring the wide acceptance of cloud, the followings pop-up most frequently:

  • Security issues
  • Problems with data and file integration
  • Without reliable and constant high speed internet connection things can become non-functional or operational

These three reasons are potent enough to put enterprise owners under the endless dilemma – to opt or not to opt for cloud, despite the case that the results, after choosing the cloud platform, may not be disappointing at all. Naturally, the only option that service providers are left with is proving credibility of this technological platform. The best way to start with the process is to make it popular among consumers, not necessarily enterprise-centric.

Google Uses Android 4.4 as the Tool to Give Cloud a Consumer-friendly Face:

Google, thus, has used the latest android 4.4 (Kit Kat) platform to promote the benefits of cloud computing, while carefully maintaining the balance that it remains a Google smartphone OS and not an essential android cloud platform. Nexus 5, the newest flagship phone of Google, which comes pre-loaded with this OS, differs in many ways from its predecessor, Nexus 4. However, most of the improvements that the Kit Kat powered OS does to the latest phone, are based on the existing features. The four completely new distinguishing aspects that android 4.4 has attributed are:

  • Preloaded Google Drive (a cloud-based online storage system)
  • Tap and Pay
  • Cloud Printing, and
  • LTE support

The Google Drive app was available in Google Play and users had to download it. Making it preloaded simply means that this OS not only makes it more convenient for regular users but also encourages people, who haven’t started using this feature. The two other features, Tap and Pay and Cloud Printing have been introduced with specific attention not only to enhance users’ convenience but also to exhibit the effectiveness and relevance of cloud these days. In addition, to this comes the unique LTE support facility, which will help users accessing high-speed (4G) mobile data connection networks.

After all it’s Real-time Data Sharing that Counts and Cloud Can Make it Happen:

 Cloud Technology

We have discussed how cloud computing has found its potential brand ambassador through Google Glass in the last blog post. There we also discussed how real-time data sharing would become important for businesses in the near future. The special emphasis on this aspect and implement relevant apps in the new android OS clearly shows that Google is actually looking at what lies ahead. The time many not be far when real-time data sharing will receive primary importance from consumers and enterprises alike.  Cloud computing is capable of delivering them with the most constructive solution. However, the first challenge is to take this technological platform out of its niche and make it widely acceptable. Google’s initiative to make this happen by effectively using its own mobile infrastructure (android 4.4) is truly commendable and deserves applause beyond any skepticism.

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The Greatest Innovation at Low Cost: Cloud Makes It Happen

Innovation, quite in contrast to the earlier times, is no more an alienated process. These days, innovation is a collaborative effort, which materializes through conjoint effort of a group of experts as they continue sharing test results and newer ideas only to make the outcome more tangible and infrastructure friendly. However, one thing that remains true about innovation, whether it is this day or that day, is its success depends largely on constant flow of investment. Organizations that will spend money on a particular project, aim to enjoy the benefits of it once it is successful. Clearly, they can’t continue with bearing huge expense of running a project for an indefinite period of time without expecting any tangible results or return of investment.

 Benefits of Cloud Computing

How Does Cloud Help?

It has been quite a prolonged dilemma for industries to figure out where to and how to invest. In many cases, despite the idea appears promising but in the due course of time, people engaged in the project come across a barrier that becomes impossible to overcome. These situations imply complete wastage of money, time and effort. So, one of the major preoccupation of investors is finding the right technological assistance that would help in managing both time and resources.

This is exactly the point where Cloud comes to the scene. There is no knowing whether something really remarkable is possible to achieve or not, unless adequate trial is done. Cloud computing provides the exact technological platform to continue with experiment in a cost-effective manner, without causing any serious trouble for investors, in case the project fails. According to an article, published in the Forbes, the new age technocrats and business personnel are still not very highly in favor of using Cloud prevalently. Yet, scholars have identified three major benefits that organizations may enjoy if they choose cloud computing over their existing technological platform, namely:

  • SaaS (software as a service) empowered technological and operational changes
  • Changing the pace of business operations, such as addressing the market quicker and providing services faster than competitors
  • Special benefits in radically improvising enterprise mobility and overall business design of an organization

How Cloud Will Help in Achieving These Objectives at An Affordable Cost?

While reflecting over this important question, experts have started with explaining diverse nature modern business processes and how cloud computing can help in successfully integrating them. Irrespective of the nature of modern businesses, big or small, quite frequently we come across examples that organizations are operating from different global locations. Now, whether they are capitalizing on an improvement or planning to improve their existing infrastructure with the help of that innovation, in either case, it is very important to integrate respective output of the processes. And this process of integration is time consuming and resource demanding at the same time. Pat Romzek, the VP of International Market Development for Cisco explains the situation quite simply yet brilliantly:

…. It’s too complex for [small enterprises] to upgrade or to integrate, and it’s extremely costly for them to move forward. So they struggle with what to do. Then along comes the cloud, and what cloud does is provide a broad array of capabilities to everyone in their workforces, anywhere in the world, in real time, as well as reduce expenses. It will also accelerates business impact.Source: techpageone.dell.com

The technological foundation that cloud computing has to offer, is not only significantly different than the traditional set up, but also, essentially, the computing network is much lenient and ubiquitous in terms of usage, especially in the existing ad-hoc team-based work environment.  So, if you are in favor of looking beyond what it used to be and planning to take your organization to a different height of enterprise mobility for ensuring long term success, opt for cloud computing.

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Gartner Reports Popularity of Cloud Based Business Intelligence

This year’s Gartner report on Hype Cycle of Business Intelligence in comparison with last year’s cycle has led to the conclusion about the progressive development of trends in Cloud based Business Intelligence (BI). This hype cycle had added Mobile BI along with the data management architecture and information capabilities framework. However, both the new hype cycles included in the report, mirrored the same struggle of businesses with analytics and BI. The conflict lay in the effective management of data and in creating consistency across the enterprise.

We are still in the early stage of implementing Cloud based BI and analytics. A survey by Saugatuck Technology indicated that both Cloud based BI and analytics will be two of the fastest growing business management solutions in the coming years.  The reason for this pervasive growth is that BI helps in providing data driven clarity and predictions of market trends. Both BI and analytics are cumbersome, formidable and expensive, limiting its implementation to a select few businesses. The report’s author, Brian Dooley stated that Cloud had opened opportunities enabling these solutions within organizations.  Cloud based BI successfully manages complexities like assembling of analytical components, data normalization through ETL (Extract, Transform, Load), data source management and designing of the analytical solution.

Andreas Bitterer, Research Vice President and Lead Analyst for this year’s Business Intelligence hype cycle, detected the growing interest amidst various businesses in the information capabilities framework concept. Most businesses have realized the importance of BI, however, they have failed to develop an infrastructure that can deal with the semantics. Most of these companies failed to define even simple attributes like “customer,” “product,” and “supplier,” making it difficult for the measurement and reporting of the financial metrics.

He continued to comment on the difficulties faced by organizations in understanding how data is beneficial to them. There also exists the underlying pressure of consistency, relevancy and governance. There is a need for clarity, to be able to define the terms that relate to the BI platform. Most businesses are not aware of where to start especially when the problem is unsolvable with just throwing technology at it. To this, organizations need governance that also has the possibility of bringing forth resistance among independent departments who prefer working in a particular way.

Trends in BI

Gartner has identified information, social, mobile and Cloud to be the four most important trends of this year. These are not a fresh concept, but for most experts, the biggest challenge is in facing with the regularity issues. Another factor that has significantly challenged is the rate at which the BI and analytics terrain is evolving.

For example, information has been the constant component of the BI and analytical programs. However, the information has ceased to be just informational assets on transaction, sales, or products. It now also refers to the new sources of information garnered from seismic, sensor and meteorological data. To sum up, as Bitterer said, the data is now not only about the database, but also about other data.

Numbers are still low on those who deploy both social and Cloud technologies. Businesses are still vary of the Cloud based BI because of factors like trust, legal and technological issues. There are still others who question the “sentiment analysis” on social media.

Vendors are rolling out software with “mobile first” initiative. These mobile devices have been providing dashboards that provide the necessary information at accurate time and place.

Dooley predicts that all Cloud-based software will experience substantial popularity in the near future. While the pace of growth of the early leaders, like the CRM, customer service and collaboration has been considerably slowing due to its increased adoption rates, BI and analytics will only accelerate. Cloud based BI has some definite advantages like low upfront costs, rapid deployment, cheap scalability options, storage, and seamless accessibility, etc. There are also specific benefits of Cloud-BI that are unavailable in the BI applications, like support of wider initiatives, which includes one-time analyses, broadened usage base, agile deployment, etc. The only downside remains the security issues.

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Study reveals, Cloud on its way to generate 14 million job opportunities by 2015!

There’s real good news for all aspiring IT professionals! Based on a recent study commissioned by Microsoft and conducted by IDC, cloud computing is all set to generate about 14 million jobs globally by 2015. Apparently, this massive employment opportunity will be funded by Cloud at an estimated rate of $1.1 trillion dollars that it is going to generate simultaneously by 2015.

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However, this opportunity is also going to clear off all airs and misconceptions that has been surrounding cloud computing for a while now. Supporting the statement, IDC chief research officer and senior vice-president has quoted- “A common misperception is cloud computing is a job eliminator, but in truth it will be a job creator — a major one.” He further added in a recent company report that due to cloud job growth will be widespread and will occur across continents and throughout organizations of all sizes because emerging markets, small cities and small businesses have the same access to cloud benefits as large enterprises or developed nations.”

Countries in particular like India and China will witness most of the job growth. Industry experts are expecting that these countries will give rise to 6.75 million cloud jobs as opposed to a projected 2.07 jobs in the European, African and Middle Eastern region (EMEA), 2.8 million in Asia-Pacific along with 1.17 million in North America.

The report also points out that India and China will remain at the vanguard for maximum cloud job creation, mostly because of the presence of huge manpower in the region. It is also mentioned in the report that due to less ‘legacy drag’ while essentially backing up traditional IT software and systems along with infrastructure disputes, they lend themselves to cloud adoption as the main driving force.

Although, the United States is heading the entire scenario in one aspect which is ‘spending’, the president of Microsoft (North America division) Robert Youngjohns has blogged recently stating that, “the U.S. accounted for 62 percent of worldwide spending for public IT cloud services last year.”

Small and Medium businesses are piloting the charge:

As far as information technology trends are concerned, it was the startup and medium business units that used to follow suit trends raged by the bigger enterprises. But now this pattern has completely turned upside down-all thanks to the cloud computing phenomena! Going by the report, “IDC believes that small and medium-sized companies — at least those with computers — will adopt cloud IT services faster than larger companies.” Consequently, small to medium businesses will be generating about 1.2 million cloud jobs more than the large enterprises that boils down to the figure-  7.5 million versus 6.3 million.

With less legacy drag and limited chances of getting let down, SMB’s like India and China are rapidly foraying into cloud computing as compared to their established counterparts. Yet another factor contributing to the massive adoption of cloud in these SMB’s is expense reduction, keeping in view about the global meltdown, no wonder companies will prefer having a reasonable alternative.

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