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Cloud has entered the mainstream, and along the way it got the attention of non-IT executives.

CLOUD 2.0 - Now the really hard work begins

Cloud has entered the mainstream, and along the way it got the attention of non-IT executives. These non-IT execs often drive the initial impetus for cloud-based deployments these days, but some still have concerns about the cloud, like how to measure ROI and whether the technology helps increase productivity.
In 2013 enterprises got real about cloud computing. In 2014 we will integrate it into our existing IT portfolios - whether IT likes it or not.

2014 cloud computing predictions - Cloud joins formal IT portfolio

The moves by DevOps and line of business aren't going to stop and can't be ignored. So 2014 will be the year IT Ops relents, stops fighting and gets with the programme formally by developing real strategies for embracing the cloud, managing cloud-based application deployments and empowering the business to keep being agile.
Chinese operators China Mobile and China Unicom have both begun constructing their own cloud computing parks in the country’s Guizhou Province, according to state news agency Xinhua.

Chinese operators invest in cloud computing parks

China Unicom will invest ¥7bn in its park, while China Unicom will invest ¥2bn. The Gui’an new area is one of five key new areas cited in the country’s five-year plan for 2011-2015 to promote development in western regions.
As we head into 2014, the potential for growth in public sector cloud services adoption looks more promising than ever.

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

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 for buyers of public sector cloud services in the year ahead?
Over the past year, there has been a lot of news swirling around and about the cloud computing space.

Forbes: 12 Most Memorable Cloud Computing Quotes from 2013

Out of this whirlwind came some of the past year’s most memorable statements on cloud computing.:
The average founding team tends to be 2 people, one of whom is an engineer.

The Ratio Of Engineers To Sales People In Billion Dollar SaaS Startups

Constrained by a limited budget while seeking to grow as quickly as possible, startup founders must decide how to balance growing their engineering teams with their sales & marketing teams.
The global SMB market for the major hosted services will be $95.7 billion by the end of 2015.

Global SMB Cloud Market Annual Revenue to Reach $95B by 2015

Parallels’ insights span 16 reports covering specific countries and regions as well as the “Parallels Global SMB Cloud Insights” report, which focuses on some common trends in the SMB hosting market.
With the growing adoption of cloud computing comes a new class of leaders. They come from both IT and the business side of their organizations.

10 Traits Every Highly Effective Cloud Leader Should Possess

The move to cloud is fraught with potential cost overruns, dashed expectations, data loss, and ham-handed attempts to quash “unsanctioned” projects. Highly effective cloud leaders need to know how to deftly navigate these shoals, and move cloud efforts forward.
A new project seeks to lay down some ground rules for what could become a cloud for the continent.

Europe begins work on its EU-wide cloud system

At last week's Berlin launch of a new EU-funded research project which aims to lay the groundwork for a European-wide cloud, spying by foreign governments hung darkly over the proceedings.
BSA and their Cloud Computing scorecards - Part 4

2013 BSA Global Cloud Computing Scorecard: France VS UK

The findings are based on the one-of-a-kind examination and ranking of 24 countries using seven policy categories that measure the countries’ preparedness to support the growth of cloud computing.
BSA and their Cloud Computing scorecards - Part 3

2013 BSA Global Cloud Computing Scorecard: Italy VS Spain

The 2013 BSA Global Cloud Computing Scorecard finds marked improvements in the policy environment for cloud computing in several countries around the world. Read the third part of our four part series here...
BSA and their Cloud Computing scorecards - Part 2

2013 BSA Global Cloud Computing Scorecard: Germany VS Turkey

This is a second part of the series where we are going to present few of the BSA's findings regarding Cloud Computing in different EU countries and global market.
BSA and their Cloud Computing scorecards

2013 BSA Global Cloud Computing Scorecard: Poland VS Russia

The 2013 BSA Global Cloud Computing Scorecard finds marked improvements in the policy environment for cloud computing in several countries around the world. The findings are based on the one-of-a-kind examination and ranking of 24 countries using seven policy categories that measure the countries’ preparedness to support the growth of cloud computing.
The future of applications in the Cloud.

It's a SaaS world

Software-as-a-Servce is a software distribution modeli in which applications are hosted by vendor or service provider and made available to customers over network, typically the internet.
History, Opportunity, Challenges and MSP's new business models.

Embracing The Cloud

Managed Service Providers (MSPs) - aka the trusted, outsourced technology companies that make small businesses successfull - have been driving the addoption of technologiey for decades. Let's take a look at the technology they have implemented over the years as they now take on the Cloud Computing.
Can a cloud broker be a provider too?

Cloud Broker or Cloud Provider? Or Both?

Cloud brokers emerged when enterprises began to consider the cloud for more than just storage. Customers have begun adopting cloud for human resources and sales software and unified communications and collaboration, and the cloud broker helps businesses manage and integrate these disparate cloud services.
Cloud brokers will be essential to helping providers deliver those services to their customers.

A cloud broker can be a cloud provider's best friend

A cloud broker is an intermediary organization that simplifies the relationship between a cloud provider and its customers, in much the same way that a car dealer functions between a car manufacturer and a car buyer, said Daryl Plummer, a vice president and fellow at Gartner. Cloud brokers aggregate, integrate and customize services for customers, which is something that cloud providers often struggle with.
EMEA would account for 20 per cent of the global cloud market at about $40bn in 2014.

What will be the future of the cloud in Europe?

GigaOM predicted that EMEA would account for 20 per cent of the global cloud market at about $40bn in 2014 and that’s ALL cloud technology. Even though that’s a more conservative number than Gartner, its still a big number, and I am sure it is one that has a lot of vendors salivating. Given that is a bucket that includes ALL Cloud technologies, it would be interesting to see how it breaks down.
Productivity levels of mid-sized businesses (MSBs) in Europe are lagging behind large enterprises.

Boosting cloud adoption could pay economic dividends for Europe

Productivity levels of mid-sized businesses (MSBs) in Europe are lagging behind large enterprises, generating on average €2900 less per worker, according to a new report from the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) and Cordys, the leading cloud platform provider. The study attributes this to 18% lower ICT adoption by MSBs in the UK and 15% lower in the Netherlands and France.
The Road to Increased Enterprise Cloud Usage Will Largely Run Through Tactical Business Solutions Addressing Specific Issues.

Three factors will impact enterprise cloud adoption

A recent Gartner survey on the future of IT services found that only 38 percent of all organizations surveyed indicate cloud services use today. However, 80 percent of organizations said that they intend to use cloud services in some form within 12 months, including 55 percent of the organizations not doing so today.
Cloud is changing the way we do business.

How the cloud is disrupting the business landscape

From speed of service being developed and consumed to their maintenance and upgrades. From ownership to subscription. From working in the office to work from everywhere. From changing to creating new jobs.
It can be hard to stand out as a cloud hosting company in a sea of big hosting names.

Make Your Cloud Company Rain: 5 Ways To Attract New Cloud Business

It can be hard to stand out as a cloud hosting company in a sea of big hosting names like Amazon. How can you compete against AWS and draw in new customers? It’s not an easy road to take, but it’s one that can become simpler to navigate if you take into account the following five cloud hosting tips.
Giving access to digital technologies is one of the many ways that Regional Policy can help small businesses be more competitive.

European Commission offers €10,000 vouchers for cloud services

For 2014-20 the digital agenda and support for SMEs are key priorities for structural funds. SMEs are the lifeblood of Europe’s economies and the source of future jobs in our cities and regions,” Hahn said.
A report says the UK will need another 300,000 IT workers by 2020, but employers are already finding competition fierce for the mostly highly qualified staff.

Big data, cloud computing experts hard to hire, bosses admit

According to the research by tech employers body e-skills UK, nearly one fifth of all vacancies are difficult to fill due to skills shortages.
The New York Times reports that the EU’s digital privacy regulation, introduced last year, could be about to get some amendments dealing specifically with the area of “cloud computing”

EU Move To Regulate The Cloud Could Threaten US Firms

Whatever your feelings on Ed Snowden and his revelations of the NSA’s massive online spy program, it can’t be denied that the leaks are having some kind of positive effect ...
As many as two thirds of office workers across Europe now work from home for at least some of their time.

Infosec [INFOGRAPHIC]: the risks of home working

Businesses across Europe are allowing remote and flexible working practices to prevail. Recent research from Iron Mountain suggests that as many as two thirds of office workers across Europe now work from home for at least some of their time, with an increasing number spending most of their time working from home.
Conversations around the cloud in financial services.

Conversations around the cloud in financial services

Conversations around the cloud in financial services - What is adoption rate of the Cloud? How importan is the Cloud? What kind of activities are taking place in the Cloud today?What is coming for Cloud?

CLOUD 2.0 - Now the really hard work begins

Cloud has entered the mainstream, and along the way it got the attention of non-IT executives.

2014 cloud computing predictions - Cloud joins formal IT portfolio

In 2013 enterprises got real about cloud computing. In 2014 we will integrate it into our existing IT portfolios - whether IT likes it or not.

Chinese operators invest in cloud computing parks

Chinese operators China Mobile and China Unicom have both begun constructing their own cloud computing parks in the country’s Guizhou Province, according to state news agency Xinhua.

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.

Forbes: 12 Most Memorable Cloud Computing Quotes from 2013

Over the past year, there has been a lot of news swirling around and about the cloud computing space.

The Ratio Of Engineers To Sales People In Billion Dollar SaaS Startups

The average founding team tends to be 2 people, one of whom is an engineer.

Global SMB Cloud Market Annual Revenue to Reach $95B by 2015

The global SMB market for the major hosted services will be $95.7 billion by the end of 2015.

10 Traits Every Highly Effective Cloud Leader Should Possess

With the growing adoption of cloud computing comes a new class of leaders. They come from both IT and the business side of their organizations.

Europe begins work on its EU-wide cloud system

A new project seeks to lay down some ground rules for what could become a cloud for the continent.

2013 BSA Global Cloud Computing Scorecard: France VS UK

BSA and their Cloud Computing scorecards - Part 4

2013 BSA Global Cloud Computing Scorecard: Italy VS Spain

BSA and their Cloud Computing scorecards - Part 3

2013 BSA Global Cloud Computing Scorecard: Germany VS Turkey

BSA and their Cloud Computing scorecards - Part 2

2013 BSA Global Cloud Computing Scorecard: Poland VS Russia

BSA and their Cloud Computing scorecards

It's a SaaS world

The future of applications in the Cloud.

Embracing The Cloud

History, Opportunity, Challenges and MSP's new business models.

Cloud Broker or Cloud Provider? Or Both?

Can a cloud broker be a provider too?

A cloud broker can be a cloud provider's best friend

Cloud brokers will be essential to helping providers deliver those services to their customers.

What will be the future of the cloud in Europe?

EMEA would account for 20 per cent of the global cloud market at about $40bn in 2014.

Boosting cloud adoption could pay economic dividends for Europe

Productivity levels of mid-sized businesses (MSBs) in Europe are lagging behind large enterprises.

Three factors will impact enterprise cloud adoption

The Road to Increased Enterprise Cloud Usage Will Largely Run Through Tactical Business Solutions Addressing Specific Issues.

How the cloud is disrupting the business landscape

Cloud is changing the way we do business.

Make Your Cloud Company Rain: 5 Ways To Attract New Cloud Business

It can be hard to stand out as a cloud hosting company in a sea of big hosting names.

European Commission offers €10,000 vouchers for cloud services

Giving access to digital technologies is one of the many ways that Regional Policy can help small businesses be more competitive.

Big data, cloud computing experts hard to hire, bosses admit

A report says the UK will need another 300,000 IT workers by 2020, but employers are already finding competition fierce for the mostly highly qualified staff.

EU Move To Regulate The Cloud Could Threaten US Firms

The New York Times reports that the EU’s digital privacy regulation, introduced last year, could be about to get some amendments dealing specifically with the area of “cloud computing”

Infosec [INFOGRAPHIC]: the risks of home working

As many as two thirds of office workers across Europe now work from home for at least some of their time.

Conversations around the cloud in financial services

Conversations around the cloud in financial services.

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