Thursday, October 23, 2014

Why You Need to Pay Attention to Cloud Computing

(This post was originally published by Learning Tree International

The adoption of cloud computing is revolutionizing today’s business. This trend has also elevated the importance of IT and business alignment because cloud enables new business models that have until now were not economically viable. A recent study confirmed this trend by showing that the vast majority of organizations of all sizes use both Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and hosted infrastructure services. In fact, both SaaS and IaaS are currently being used most by organizations with less than 100 employees. Some additional markers of this trend include:
  • 45% of businesses say they already, or plan to, run their company from the cloud;
  • SaaS adoption of companies participating in the survey grew from 13% in 2011 to 74% in 2014;
  • 56% of businesses are using Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) technologies; and
  • 41% of businesses are using Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) technologies

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Thriving in a Cloud, Big Data, Mobility and Security World

"The next generation of technology solutions will transform lives, businesses and economies."
This is the theme at this year's Dell World opening keynote and this view is supported by Gartner's Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2015:

  • Computing Everywhere - As mobile devices continue to proliferate, Gartner predicts an increased emphasis on serving the needs of the mobile user in diverse contexts and environments, as opposed to focusing on devices alone. 
  • The Internet of Things - The combination of data streams and services created by digitizing everything creates four basic usage models — Manage, Monetize, Operate and Extend. These four basic models can be applied to any of the four "Internets." 
  • 3D Printing - Worldwide shipments of 3D printers are expected to grow 98 percent in 2015, followed by a doubling of unit shipments in 2016. 3D printing will reach a tipping point over the next three years as the market for relatively low-cost 3D printing devices continues to grow rapidly and industrial use expands significantly. 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Vets360 Founder Rick Collins Being Honored at the 'Champions' Leadership Conference's 360 and Rick Collins, Founder & Executive Director of Vets 360, Inc., are being honored at this year's
Champions Leadership, and Research Conference™ . This event, November 6th-7th, 2014 at the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club in Durham, NC, is an independent conference, and a component of eMerging Entrepreneurs' “Veterans Economic Advancement project.” A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization,  eMerging Entrepreneurs, Inc. provides Career Transition Assistance, Small Business Training, and Entrepreneurial Developmental services to veterans, military spouses, and under-served minority communities.  The organization employs a grassroots approach to assisting those who seek to advance their small business interests; partnering with state & federal agencies, universities, local chambers of commerce, and military installations in an effort to extend high-tech training & resource solutions to under-served communities. "Cloud Musings" and GovCloud Network are proud to be strong supporters of Vets 360.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

"Cloud Musings" Joins Dell Content Provider Network Musings, a GovCloud Network Property, is proud and honored to announce that we will now be serving over 3 Million Dell Community online daily viewers. Our content will focus on Cloud Computing for Business and will continue to provide independent and vendor neutral information on how business, government and non-profit organizations can better leverage the global and parallel nature of cloud computing.

In continuing our heritage as an independent content provider, it is important to note that this is not an exclusive syndication agreement. We are also not becoming a Dell information outlet. The agreement specifically charters Cloud Musings to provide information, insight and lessons learned to the Dell global readership on the cost effective employment of cloud computing related technologies.

Even though cloud computing is truly a natural evolution of information technology, its use continues to revolutionize business models and customer expectations. There are, however, significant differences across industry verticals on how these technologies can or should be implemented. For instance: