Plante Moran Takes Agile Approach During Microsoft Cloud Migration

Amy Moore, rapid application development team leader for Plante Moran visited the InformationWeek News Desk at Interop ITX to take us through their process for moving their nearly 10-year-old legacy intranet over to the Microsoft suite of cloud products. InformationWeek: Cloud Read more »

Serverless computing may kill Google Cloud Platform

Google, which has had to claw its way back into cloud relevance in the shadows of Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure, suddenly finds itself playing catchup again, thanks to the rise of serverless computing. Although Google Cloud Platform still trails AWS and Azure by a considerable margin in general cloud revenue, its strengths in […] Read more »

Cloud computing reversal: From ‘go away’ to ‘I can’t miss out’

Isaac Asimov once said, “I do not fear computers. I fear the lack of them.” That quote has stuck with me to this day. There’s no doubt that computers and computing have changed our lives. Without them, we would be slaves to processes and paper. I was reminded of Asimov’s quote when I saw the […] Read more »

Oracle’s Hurd, AT&T’s Donovan on their massive cloud migration deal

If worries about digital transformation projects keep you up at night, imagine how it would feel to be responsible for moving thousands of internal databases to the cloud for a company with more than $ 160 billion in annual sales and 260,000 employees. That’s the job that AT&T Communications CEO John Donovan is undertaking, and […] Read more »

IDG Contributor Network: The history of cloud: a fairy tale

Once upon a time, in a magic, faraway land called “The 1990s,” every application had its own set of physical servers. Citizens of this land, who sometimes called themselves “developers,” feared getting fired for not having enough capacity to handle peak loads. New physical servers took months to be delivered, so developers ordered more data […] Read more »

IDG Contributor Network: 8 steps to IT control in a self-service cloud world

The natural cycle in IT is to move from decentralized to centralized services. When networking first appeared, it was implemented at a department level for printer sharing. It was decentralized—resulting in a hodgepodge of networks and protocols. Eventually IT organizations determined that it was much more efficient to centralize this effort and we saw the […] Read more »

IDG Contributor Network: When to use a public or private cloud infrastructure

With the vast quantities of data generated daily and the complexities of the required processing escalating, the cloud is emerging as a forerunner in the computing domain. Reducing operational costs and improving analytical power, there is little doubt that cloud computing is the way to go to optimize organizational business intelligence. The question, though, arises […] Read more »

Data center construction increases thanks to the cloud

A new report from a real estate firm that specializes in data center construction and leasing says data center construction in North America is up 43 percent over the same period in 2016, and industry consolidation has driven $ 10 billion in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) so far.  Jones Lang LaSalle just published its report […] Read more »

IDG Contributor Network: Driving operational excellence with your cloud vendors

Once, there was a pin factory. It employed ten workers – each of whom performed a different task. This organizational structure allowed them to generate 48,000 pins every day. If the people working at the plant were working independently, the output of each would have been limited to 20 pins at most – totaling 200 […] Read more »

15 questions for screening a Salesforce Platform Cloud consultant

The Platform Cloud covers a very wide range of custom development and integration projects.  Some parts of advanced Sales and Service Cloud projects include elements of the platform, so most consultancies’ have reasonable levels of general experience.  However, the Platform Cloud has the widest range of third-party products and add-ons, so you will need to […] Read more »

20 questions for screening a Salesforce Marketing Cloud consultant

Marketing Cloud projects have not been part of most consultancies’ Salesforce work, so they likely don’t have a lot of general experience.  Further, because of the range of products and add-ons available, there is still an issue of general competence and ability to execute.  And when it comes to marketing business process expertise, you need […] Read more »

20 questions for screening a Salesforce Service Cloud consultant

Service Cloud projects have been part of most consultancies’ Salesforce work for years, but because of the range of products and add-ons available, there is still an issue of general competence and ability to execute.  Further, there is a huge range of service models out there, so it is critical that the consultant understand how […] Read more »

25 questions for screening a Salesforce Sales Cloud consultant

Sales Cloud projects are the bread-and-butter of most consultancies’ Salesforce.com work, so there probably isn’t an issue of general competence and ability to execute.  However, there is a huge range of business models and sales channels out there, and it is critical that the consultant understand how your sales function works, and the difference between […] Read more »

Oracle refreshes entire SaaS line, aiming to fuel cloud momentum

As the migration of enterprises to the cloud picks up steam, Oracle is intent on keeping up. It has taken to refreshing its SaaS applications twice a year, bringing them up to feature parity with its on-premises software and adding brand-new features for e-commerce and internet-centric supply chain management. Oracle Cloud Applications Release 13, announced […] Read more »

Fix your databases now as you migrate to the cloud

If you have lame databases in your on-premises systems, don’t move them to the cloud. They’ll still be lame databases. As thousands of enterprises move their application workloads and data to the cloud, too many move whatever they have, include their lame databases. It’s easy to just lift and shift them you’ll find the popular […] Read more »

IDG Contributor Network: When to use a public or private cloud infrastructure

With the vast quantities of data generated daily and the complexities of the required processing escalating, the cloud is emerging as a forerunner in the computing domain. Reducing operational costs and improving analytical power, there is little doubt that cloud computing is the way to go to optimize organizational business intelligence. The question, though, arises […] Read more »

IDG Contributor Network: Cloud security: Trends and strategy

Cloud computing can generate mixed feelings. Corporate leaders generally welcome technologies that produce efficiency, agility and speed. Cloud services deliver those benefits, yet many are concerned about security, even while being often uninformed about how widely the cloud is used within their own businesses. Executives of large companies, for instance, tell us that they are […] Read more »

Monitor cloud services for compliance, security from a single view

Moving to the cloud is supposed to reduce the headaches for IT administrators, but often it has the opposite effect of increasing their workload, especially around security and visibility. Not only do they have to make sure on-premises systems adhere to regulatory compliance, but that their cloud services do as well. Security specialist Qualys addresses […] Read more »

Google finally gains traction in cloud services

Google has long run a distant third behind Amazon and Microsoft in the cloud services business, but it finally seems to be catching some momentum, if the most recent quarter is an indicator of future trajectory.  During an earnings call with Wall Street analysts, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said that Google Cloud Platform continues to […] Read more »

Should ‘Made in America’ apply to cloud providers?

Let’s start by acknowledging the elephant in the room: The top three public cloud computing providers are all U.S.-based, so enterprises in the United States, and even in most other countries, are facing a natural U.S.-based monopoly on public cloud computing technology. So, there is a de facto “buy American” cloud provider policy due to […] Read more »

Microsoft’s cloud revenue grows, while IBM’s fades

This is a tale of two cloud players, both old-guard IT firms with vested interests in on-premises software sales. One is making a very successful transition to the cloud era, while the other is failing badly. And it’s a familiar story. Microsoft is kicking butt, and IBM is getting its butt kicked. In its most […] Read more »

Public cloud: Real-world lessons of strategic success

The commodity days of the cloud are over. It’s time to get strategic. That’s the message of today’s leading cloud strategies, as forward-thinking CIOs are no longer turning to the public cloud to cut costs. Instead, the public cloud is viewed as an opportunity to get out of the business of managing data centers and […] Read more »

IDG Contributor Network: Has big data reached a tipping point in the cloud?

There is no doubt that big data analytics is fast becoming integral to business intelligence. Besides many initial failed projects, primarily due to the massive infrastructure needed to store, process and analyze big data in-house, there is an increasing number of success stories. This gives pause to completely discount the paradigm. Moving big data analytics […] Read more »

Review: Google Cloud Spanner takes SQL to NoSQL scale

Scaling a relational database isn’t easy. Scaling a relational database out to multiple replicas and regions over a network while maintaining strong consistency, without sacrificing performance, is really hard. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here (Insider Story) InfoWorld Cloud Computing Read more »

Cloud app slow? Blame the app, not the cloud

It’s 7:00 a.m., and you’re in the office early. You’re hoping that nobody else is accessing the public cloud the company uses and that the inventory application will perform well for a change. However, even with just a handful of users on the cloud at that time of the morning, performance is still lackluster.  The […] Read more »

Trump’s cybersecurity order pushes U.S. government to the cloud

President Donald Trump has finally signed a long-awaited executive order on cybersecurity, and he called for the U.S. government to move more into the cloud and modernize its IT infrastructure. The order, signed on Thursday, is designed to “centralize risk” and move the government’s agencies toward shared IT services, White House homeland security adviser Tom […] Read more »