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Tomorrow's Too Late: App Delivery in Digital Time

Ouch!

It takes only four letters to describe the sting that line of business users feel about the rate at which their IT departments bring new applications to market. According to a September study by Harvard Business Review Analytic Services, companies need to dramatically change the way in which IT and business users work together to build applications as well as the IT infrastructure on which they’re deployed.

And this isn’t just supposition.

“Success in the digital economy is increasingly driven by a company’s ability to leverage information for real-time decision making, or to improve customer experience via customer-facing products and services,” the study noted.

Enterprises that are “digital masters” are 26 percent more profitable than peers in their industries, according to cross-industry research conducted by Didier Bonnet of Capgemini Consulting together with George Westerman and Andrew McAfee of MIT.

These companies are leveraging information from social, mobile, cloud, analytics and big data. In addition, IT and the business are working together to build applications collaboratively and in short order. And when it comes to deployment, there’s a fraction of the lag time.

This means that yesterday’s systems development life cycles, reliance on coding, and old IT infrastructures may actually prove to be a disadvantage.

Cloud, mobile, social, big data, the Internet of Things and digital have disrupted the status quo and changed the game.

For quick-thinking business leaders and technology providers this spells opportunity.

Today, Mendix and Pivotal Cloud Foundry announced a new partnership to speed Enterprise IT’s journey to the digital era.

A Primer on Cloud Options

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The question for most organizations today is not if they will be moving all or part of their business to the cloud, but when and how. Agility is the name of the game as the demands of an ever-growing global workforces become greater, and a move to the cloud just makes sense -- technologically and for the business.

The advantages of taking your business operations into the cloud have been well-documented: high levels of scalability, a decrease in IT costs and a mobile work environment that allows your employees to plug in and be productive from anywhere. For productivity, most businesses are choosing between two options -- Software as a Service (SaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) -- while some turn to Platform as a Service (PaaS) to create software that is then delivered over the Web.

So how should you decide as a business which setup is best for you? Let’s look at the options.

Can You Name the 3 Leaders in the Public Enterprise Cloud Space?

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Put your money on hybrid cloud computing — and Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft and Rackspace.

But be forewarned: Security (or lack thereof) is still a concern and one of the chief reasons for underuse of cloud resources.

The findings, contained in RightScale’s State of the Cloud Report for 2015, paint a picture of a technology space that is well established but still immature in some respects.

It also confirms that hybrid cloud deployments are the preferred path for enterprises movement to the cloud, which explains why leading vendors have invested so many resources into their hybrid cloud portfolio.

Office 365 & SharePoint Online Just Became Irresistible

Forget Google Docs, Box and any productivity tool that anyone else has to offer. Microsoft is committing its brains and its brawn to one thing —being your “go to” for your digital life, at work and at home.

It plans to do this by providing a window to the digital world that feels “more personal and natural,” to use CEO Satya Nadella’s words, via innovations in touch, speech, vision, inking and much more. They will all come together with intelligent agent (can you say machine learning, analytics, PowerBI, Office Graph) and shell technologies.

What's Next for Big Data? Predictions for 2015

Some people believe it takes two full years for students to fully understand and master new concepts. The first year in the cycle, when a new concept is introduced, is considered a learning year. The following year is considered a growth and review year.

The thinking holds that while students technically learn about new concepts during the first year, it’s not until the second year that they can truly begin applying them in an active manner, one that displays measurable growth and development.

In many ways, the landscape of big data at the close of 2014 can be described in similar terms.

Generally speaking, 2014 was a learning year. IT decision makers across all verticals realized they could no longer ignore the changing landscape brought on by growth in the volume, velocity and variety of data. Investments were made and infrastructure was overhauled. After many years of pomp and circumstance, 2014 was the year big data finally become the infrastructure of reality.

SharePoint in the Clouds: Choosing Between Office 365 or Azure

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Every time I read about “the cloud” I want to drag out a red pencil and edit the sentence. Why? Because we should really be talking about “the clouds,” plural.

There are dozens of cloud hosting options for SharePoint, beyond Office 365. Amazon, Rackspace and Fpweb offer compelling alternatives to Microsoft’s public cloud for SharePoint online with a mix of capabilities.

Will Oracle Ever Make Investors Smile Again?

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Larry Ellison is confident in Oracle Corp. Just listen to what the CEO just said as the company posted fiscal 2014 fourth quarter numbers:

Oracle is now the second largest Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) company in the world, ... In SaaS, we're in front of everybody but Salesforce. In infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), we're larger and more profitable than Rackspace. We have by far the most complete portfolio of modern SaaS and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) products in the industry."

But if you listen to investors and Wall Street analysts, confidence and Oracle are not synonymous.

One analyst called Oracle's numbers this week "an all-around miss."  Analysts were expecting 95 cents per share on $11.48 billion in revenue. They got 92 cents a share on revenue of $11.3 billion. 

Pivotal's Cloud Foundry Gives Enterprises New Mojo

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Enterprise computing needs some new mojo — and if Pivotal CEO Paul Maritz and his crew have their way, it will first be built — and then found — atop their brand of Cloud Foundry.

Bear with us as we explain this because Cloud Foundry is an Apache Open Source project that will soon be governed by a foundation and leveraged by as many as 34 vendors (thus far). Pivotal CF is an enterprise-grade Platform as a Service (PaaS) that EMC and VMware spinoff Pivotal provides. It is powered by Cloud Foundry.

Sound complicated? Just think of Cloud Foundry as the Cloud’s Linux.

Cloud Foundry Unveils Computing's 3rd Era #CFSummit

Unless you’ve had your ears plugged and your eyes closed for the past few years, you know that we’re quickly moving away from computing’s 2nd Era and onto the 3rd.

We’ve heard it said that the only industry sector that’s growing more slowly than the one made up of computing’s client-server companies is the tobacco industry.

"Wow!," we said when we heard that. We knew the world was going the way of cloud. We just didn’t know it was happening this quickly.

IBM's Offers: Customizable Cloud Apps for Business

IBM has upped the stakes in the cloud space with its announcement of a new set of cloud packages that will put it ahead of more traditional cloud offerings from competitors like Amazon and Microsoft.

Under the umbrella title of IBM Global Business Services, IBM is offering organizations the possibility of mixing and matching a number of IBM technologies and services to meet the needs of the organization as they arise.

SharePoint in the Cloud: You Have Options

When it comes to hosting SharePoint on premises or moving it into the cloud, there is never one right answer. Companies need to understand every hosting option available to them and find the one that best fits their available resources and technical needs. In this article, we’re going to take a look at the available platforms and who might benefit most from each.

Forrester Names HP, Cisco, Microsoft Top Private Cloud Vendors

Private cloud computing is going mainstream. It has moved from a technology limited to a handful of innovative enterprises to a technology that has been prioritized for development in the next 12 months by more than half the enterprises surveyed, according to new Forrester research. Differentiation between competing vendors now lies in user experience, ease of use and the provision of hybrid environments. 

2013: The Year of Mass Cloud Computing Extinctions

Information Management, 2013: The Year of Mass Cloud Computing ExtinctionsCloud computing provides tremendous value for businesses of all types. But as we can see from the number of products that shut down in 2013, it isn't all a silver lining. 

Google Targets Amazon, IBM, Microsoft with Broader Cloud Platform

After more than a year in preview, Google has finally made its Google Compute Engine (GCE) Generally Available (GA). The GA release also comes with a 10 percent price cut for standard instances and a guaranteed uptime of 99.95 percent.

The announcement, which appears in a blog post by Ari Balogh, vice president of storage infrastructure products at Google, pits Google against the likes of Amazon, IBM and Microsoft for a share of the public cloud computing market.

Battle For Government Contracts Heats Up as Oracle Releases Government Cloud

Oracle Government Cloud.jpgOracle has just announced the release of its Government Cloud to give government users access to what Oracle describes as mission critical applications. However, the real benefit here is the agility it offers, not to mention the foothold it gives it in the battle for government contracts.

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