CIO’s Tough Decisions
If you have followed the gradual trend to cloud computing by businesses, you might come to think that Software as a Service (SaaS) is the only way to acquire the latest and greatest software. While it is true that industry giants like Oracle and Deltek have launched new cloud software at unprecedented rates and while true that many new software enterprises are creating products exclusively for SaaS, these products represent only a small fraction of the overall software marketplace.
The bulk of software development is designed for on-premise use through a perpetual license model. However more and more companies are realising the many benefits of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Software as a Service and are gradually shifting to cloud computing. This transition offers many financial and service advantages to SMEs and to large corporations.
However, many of the largest companies are challenged to shift due to heavy investments to their “loyalty” or “customized” software. These companies face the decision to use the cloud and their proprietary software or to attempt to transition the enterprise’s loyalty software to the cloud. Many publicly held corporations face this delicate choice.
However, for the most part, loyalty software programs can be new and improved for the cloud or imported for cloud use. It could take years to recoup the expenditures but as a model, the investment will be an excellent ROI. Continue reading
KPMG International just completed a new survey showing that cloud revenue will increase dramatically over the next two years. KPMG found that businesses are started moving apps to the cloud. This will spur tremendous growth in cloud technology revenue created from cloud services like cloud businesses, data analytics, content management, customer care, operations and manufacturing. The industry is expected to double in volume by the end of 2014. Continue reading
An article from the BBC in mid-March properly described many trends concerning cloud computing. Perhaps the world’s largest cloud user, Amazon.com, was referenced throughout the article. The cloud has enabled Amazon to rise from the ground to the clouds in a very short time. Persons who have used Amazon to procure goods enjoy a streamlined, smooth purchasing process. Continue reading
On March 22, 2013, The Python Software Foundation (PSF) and the UK technology firm Veber reached a quick and undisputed agreement about the branding of a new Veber product. Under the terms of the settlement, PO Box Holdings, a subsidiary of Veber, halted its trademark filing for its Python European cloud computing label and agreed not to contest PO Box Holdings’ name trademark. Continue reading
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is a world leader in technology and has been observing the trend to cloud computing with enthusiasm. The venerable educational institution has indicated that for database-drive applications, cloud computing software could reduce hardware expenditures by as much as 95 percent for companies large and small. Continue reading
The raging legal battle between HP and Oracle picked up in intensity last week as both sides built their cases for cross action lawsuits. In what promises to be an epic and landmark battle between the giant Hewlett Packard and a once-trusted contributing partner, Oracle, the computer and software industries are watching with interest.
The lawsuit has more than a fair share of intrigue as finger pointing and personalities continue to clash. Oracle claims that HP cost the company more than $95 million in profits. HP claims that Oracle has cost the hardware provider more than $4 billion in damages and wants compensation. Continue reading