Collection of Cloud related links #1

(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:


My comments…

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


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Discovering exceptional stakeholder value through innovative technology investments. 25+ years’ experience as a business and technology hybrid. Providing creative and challenging thinking that delivers alignment of essential business needs with innovative technology. Passionate leadership and business model transformation across large enterprises, start-ups, SMBs, and business turnarounds. Experience gained from working closely with leading software vendors on their global cloud strategy, provided associate services to industry analysts, sharing knowledge as a keynote speaker and writing a variety of books covering the Cloud space. Painting business pictures with an IT brush, providing Experience, Passion & Impact Specialties: Business model transformation, Evangelist and presenter, Cloud Computing, Software as a Service, SaaS, Office 365, Azure, Solution Architect, eProcurement, SPLA, Subscription licensing
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