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Moving to the Cloud, One Process at a Time with Hybrid Clouds

I admit, when I first heard of hybrid clouds I was suspicious of the whole concept. The goal is to move everything you could to the cloud --  liberating IT from routine infrastructure worries and freeing the department to solve business problems for the business, not technical details. The organization benefits greatly when IT is left to focus on governance, process automation and productivity enhancements.

I asked myself, “Why would anyone go with a hybrid model?”

Why add another CMS to the portfolio if you cannot retire an old system or provide a large amount of obvious business value? How does having IT manage systems in the cloud in addition to their existing duties allow them to help the business more?

Will Microsoft Beat the Legacy Enterprise Resource Planning Meltdown?

Gartner recently warned enterprise resource planning (ERP) vendors to move to the cloud or face extinction. Microsoft beat the rush last June, when it pushed its Dynamics GP ERP solution to the cloud. This week it announced that Dynamics GP's next major release will be unveiled in November.

Microsoft Dynamics GP is a mid-market business accounting and ERP Software package that uses either Microsoft SQL Server 2005, 2008 or 2012 to store data. The current version of Dynamics GP 2013 (Version 12) was released by Microsoft in December 2012, evolving from a pure client-server application to a web-enabled application.

Hybrid Clouds for SharePoint: Great, but Not for Everyone

The hybrid cloud is the talk of the industry for 2014, and a hybrid cloud for SharePoint / Office 365 is no exception. But not everyone is going hybrid, at least not permanently.

Will Disruptive Cloud Computing Kill Enterprise Resource Planning?

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It’s a just about a cliché at this stage to note that cloud computing has been one of the big technology disruptors in recent years. However, according to Gartner, the best — or worst, depending on your perspective — has yet to come. It seems Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) applications are doomed to legacy status or even the trash bin.

EMC Syncplicity's New Mobile Face: Beautiful, Brainy, Impenetrable

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The enterprise file sync and share market is jam-packed with vendors. If we were to write an article every time one of them makes a tweak, there wouldn’t be enough time to do anything else. So needless to say, we’re not going that route.

However, when one of the vendors that dominates or is disrupting the space does something interesting, we think it’s worth bringing to your attention.

EMC Syncplicity wins time on the center stage today with its new Mobile First strategy. And no, we’re not talking about skinning a desktop experience onto an iPhone or iPad and changing the way the icons look — but literally changing the way you work. Syncplicity’s new app helps you work smarter, more collaboratively and faster.

Breaking Through the Content Management Cloud Cover

While there’s no question that cloud computing is here to stay, the numbers suggest that the need to manage content in the cloud has a variety of business drivers. The challenge facing organizations is that these various drivers are not necessarily consistent or aligned with each other. 

EMC's Syncplicity File Sync and Share Is Built for the Enterprise

Up until now, most enterprise File Sync and Share vendors have provided a service that looks -- and works -- much like Dropbox for Companies. Sure, the players in the space have added all sorts of security, controls, mobile capabilities, corporate branding, as well as integration with other enterprise applications to their offerings, but they’ve missed two important marks -- they weren’t built from the ground up for the way work gets done or with the deep, difficult to penetrate protections that companies need.

Syncplicity, with its latest release, becomes the exception.

SharePoint 2013 - Developing Your Company's Extranet: In-House, Hybrid or Private Cloud?

While intranets have become a must for most organizations because they allow for centralized, efficient information sharing and management, suppliers, partners and customers often need to get their hands on (and probably contribute to) some of that very same information as well … which, of course, is not possible with an intranet that is accessible only to the organization’s internal employees. 

Don't Abandon the Hard Drive: Egnyte Embraces the Hybrid Cloud

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Last week when Dropbox announced that they planned to kill the hard drive, some of us may have accepted this as the natural progression of things. But if you stopped to think about what the end of the hard drive would really mean for the enterprise -- you may have wondered if it’s such a good idea.

Rackspace Debuts Private Cloud on OpenStack Grizzly

Rackspace Debuts Private Cloud on OpenStack Grizzly

 Cloud hosting company Rackspace has debuted its Private Cloud software on Openstack Grizzly, the latest version of the Openstack system, and the release adds virtual networks and active directory integration to the Private Cloud.

Syncplicity Says You Don't Have to Choose - Its Sync 'n' Share Solution's Got You Covered #MMTM13 #EMCWorld

Choice is a big word in IT today and though it’s commonly used in conversations that center around end-user interfaces, mobile devices and the Cloud, Enterprises need flexible file storage options too.

Document Mgt Roll-up: SpringCM Secures Mobile Content, Alfresco Outlines Hybrid Strategy

This week in document management we heard how SpringCM has upgraded its content security to enable safer mobile computing. OpenText was also busy this week with not one, or two, but four different upgrades and releases, while Ademero upgraded Content Central to v6.5. Meanwhile, we sat down with Alfresco to find out about the future of cloud computing.

Who Says We Can't Have the Best of Both Worlds? Alfresco Brings Hybrid Cloud Computing to the US

While many enterprises are still wrestling with the problems of cloud computing and whether they should make the jump, a small number of companies are providing stepping stones to the cloud that can make the transition less painful -- Alfresco and its hybrid model is one of them. Alfresoco’s Director of Cloud Services David Gildeh sat down with us last week to explain what this is all about.

Alfresco Snaps-up Open Source WeWebU For Hybrid Cloud Content and Mobile Management

Earlier in the month former Alfresco CEO John Powell outlined a change in the business direction of Alfresco that will take it to and IPO in US and a wider global presence. Today, Doug Dennerline announced the acquisition of Germany-based WeWebU that will expand its enterprise portfolio for content management.

Head in the Cloud - Is Your Enterprise Ready to Make the Move?

It occurred to me recently that people are talking about “the cloud” these days almost as much as they talk about the weather. Need to reduce spending on IT infrastructure? Move to the cloud! Want to increase accessibility? Move to the cloud! Hoping to streamline processes? Move to the cloud!

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