Good morning, one and all! Friday has arrived, and so have today’s headlines!
Top Five Reasons to Use the Cloud (and Four Things for SMBs to Consider)
“Cloud solutions provide significant benefits to companies of all sizes, but a recent study shows that less than 10 percent of organizations believe their existing IT infrastructure is fully prepared to address the proliferation of cloud computing, mobile devices, social media and data analytics. In the past, responsibility was with the IT department. Now business decision makers feel the cloud is critical to their businesses’ success for a number of reasons. Here are five of them…” Via John Mason, WIRED
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To deploy cloud or not to deploy cloud, that is the question for SMBs
“Dr. Noel Radley, Managing Editor at Software Advice, wrote a report titled Cloud vs. On-Premise Software: Changes in Preference From 2008-2014. The report kicks off by saying, “There has been a radical shift in deployment preference over the past six years: 88 percent of buyers preferred on-premise solutions in 2008, while 87 percent preferred cloud solutions in 2014.” That’s quite a statement. What is Software Advice, and who are these buyers?” Via Nick Hardiman, TechRepublic
How cloud computing can strengthen IT’s control
“The rise of cloud computing means that many enterprise IT resources have moved out of IT’s control. Indeed, many people went directly to Amazon Web Services, Google, or Microsoft for IT services, bypassing IT altogether. IT leaders have no one to blame but themselves for this shift…a more likely — and better — way to avoid shadow cloud usage is for IT to manage the cloud service catalog as the path of least resistance, so users don’t feel the need to look elsewhere.” Via David Linthicum, InfoWorld
The ‘Internet Of Things’ Will Soon Be A Truly Huge Market, Dwarfing All Other Consumer Electronics Categories
“The numbers being forecast for the Internet of Things (IoT) are mind-boggling. BI Intelligence finds that 1.9 billion once-inert everyday and enterprise devices are already connected to the internet — from parking meters to home thermostats — and by 2018 that number will top 9 billion. That’s roughly equal to the number of smartphones, smart TVs, tablets, wearable computers, and PCs combined…” Via Emily Adler, Business Insider
Integrate All the Things. How Web and Open Source Culture are Eating The World
“A few weeks back I travelled to Barcelona to give a keynote talk at WSO2Conf, a user conference focused on integration middleware. The theme of my talk was that Web and Open Source culture are changing the business of IT, and thus the business of business, as disruption increases in a wide range of markets. With disruption comes fragmentation and the need for new development and integration approaches. Essentially the RedMonk stump pitch, as developers and engineers become increasingly important…” Via James Governor, RedMonk
Who Are the Docker Developers?
“To (compile this list), we pulled the Docker repository from GitHub, and looked for contributors to the Docker project…After we gathered a list of contributors, we wanted to know what organizations they belonged to, and whether there were organizations more active than others. A few stood out: Docker..was the most active..with 16 people active using their GitHub accounts to participate in the Docker repository. There were two companies which stood out above the others: Project Atomic, Red Hat’s project to “deploy and manage Docker containers,” had five contributors, and Google, which also had five people (from two different groups on GitHub, the “google” organization and the “GoogleCloudPlatform”)…” Via Chris Dawson, The New Stack
Microsoft CEO Nadella Hints at Organizational Changes
“Microsoft Corp. Chief Executive Satya Nadella, after five months on the job, signaled Thursday he won’t quickly reshape what Microsoft does, but is likely to cut the number of people doing it. In a more than 3,000-word email to employees, Mr. Nadella said Microsoft needed to “rediscover our soul,” and he pointedly defined Microsoft’s mission not as delivering long-standing software products such as Windows or Office, but broadly as developing technology to help people live better lives and businesses run more efficiently…The efforts forced teamwork, “blurred lines between products” and made better use of the group’s engineers, said Rakesh Malhotra, a former program manager under Mr. Nadella. “I figured this is the kind of thing he would do again,” Mr. Malhotra said.” Via Shira Ovide, WSJ
Google Cloud Platform in the enterprise, can it compete with AWS and Azure?
“In the last year, Google has stampeded toward the enterprise. With advancements in Chromebooks and Chromeboxes, improved security, and incentive pricing; it’s obvious that Google is working hard to build out its portfolio of enterprise customers. Another product that Google has been making more accessible to its business customers is its Cloud Platform. While Google has added value with new features, it is still uncertain whether or not it will be able to compete in a market dominated by Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure…” Via Conner Forrest, TechRepublic
5 key takeaways from Amazon’s big cloud day
“Amazon Web Services continued to push the IaaS market forward by challenging established cloud players like Box and Dropbox with the company’s own document collaboration platform and rolling out new features to its public cloud focused on supporting mobile applications. Here are the five biggest takeaways from Amazon’s Summit in New York City yesterday…” Via Brandon Butler, CITE World
Microsoft’s massive mobile problem—and opportunity—in two charts
“…That’s a different business proposition than selling handsets, but it’s one where Microsoft might actually succeed. “Our cloud OS represents the largest opportunity given we are working from a position of strength,” Nadella writes. Azure has already proven itself a platform capable of attracting the largest of customers, including, it’s been whispered, Apple. And while Microsoft’s overall sales were flat in the first calendar quarter, Azure revenue grew more than 150% year-over-year. Nadella’s on the right track.” Via Dan Frommer, Quartz
Why IBM Just Bet $3 Billion Of Its Research Budget On The Death Of Moore’s Law
“When IBM announced a $3 billion commitment to even tinier semiconductor chips that no longer depended on silicon on Wednesday, the big news was that IBM’s putting a lot of money into a future for chips where Moore’s Law no longer applies. But on second glance, the move to spend billions on more experimental ideas like silicon photonics and carbon nanotubes shows that IBM’s finally shifting large portions of its research budget into more ambitious and long-term ideas…” Via Alex Konrad, Forbes
VMware partners with Box for mobile collaboration security
“Virtualization vendor VMware and enterprise storage provider Box announced a partnership that will bring security capabilities from VMware AirWatch to Box storage users. The key goal of the partnership is to offer enterprise users a more secure level of collaboration across mobile devices. The companies plan to manage and secure third-party applications by using the configurations built into iOS, a framework they said enables centralized policy management…” Via Natalie Gagliordi, ZDNet
It’s officially Friday, so go have yourselves a weekend.