(Stephen Parker, Head of Cloud Strategy, NewLease)
I read lots of articles from various media sources every day and whilst most of it goes straight into the “do not file” bucket, there are some that I at least find interesting. Of course my definition of interesting is biased, but I trust that for some people, some of the time the following links to articles may have value.
There is no particular order to these articles, however I have put a short explanation of why I think they have interest.
So here we go:
|5 Essential technologies for small business||You may agree or disagree, but it will add to your understanding of where your customers may be thinking .|
|5 reasons cyber-security matters to small businesses||Point 1 especially caught my eye. Despite the concerns about security in the Cloud, could it in reality provide a quality of security that is better than the small business can provide directly?|
|2011: the cloud has landed||Further evidence to support the fact that the Cloud is mainstream. Just before Christmas I was explaining what I do to the owner of a boat yard trying to avoid jargon. After a few minutes he said “Oh you mean Cloud”!!!|
|2011: the year the cloud went mainstream|
|Cloud Computing: A shift in the way IT departments work||Ignoring the sales pitch in the middle (US based anyway) a simple summary of some of the key benefits and blockers. “IT can shift from an operational cost centre to a true partner and enabler of business success”|
|Gartner Hype cycle for Cloud Computing 2011||When Gartner start reporting something the chances are “we” have already been doing it for years, but always nice to see they are now reporting!!!!!!!! Note SaaS is now considered to be on the “Slope of Enlightenment”|
|How has Cloud Computing changed Business||(I like the visual inpact of the infographic approach. Some interesting take outs: few companies downsize IT after cloud adoption, business save money with cloud, but savings are small, access from multiple devices is the top driver, less workforce resistance in small businesses.|
|How mobile affected the datacentre||Mobile has changed the way many organisations do business, this is affecting internal and external businesses processes and with this IT|
|Small Businesses and the Cloud||This one is from the O365 team|
|Microsoft could be the “comeback kid” in 2012||Nice to see someone being positive about a friendly vendor, although odd that not more said about the move to the Cloud|