So why would you or why would you not put an application or a solution (storage, collaboration, etc.) in the cloud? It’s open – Internet standards and web services allow you to connect services to each other. Traffic Costs – Most cloud providers will give you a certain amount of internet bandwidth included in your monthly subscription. Application Storage – This could be one of the hidden costs in your setup, similar to internet traffic. So there you have my take on the cloud and how it can help, but also what you need to look out for.
Most end users want to create their own BI content no more than they want to knit their own jumpers. Cindi Howson  has written a short, concise but very powerful blog about this topic, outlining 5 myths. A slick BI tool will not turn you into a master analyst any more than using the best tennis racquet in the world will enable you to beat Djokovic on a tennis court, or moving into a barn will turn you into a cow. I have stated on several occasions and in my book that Data Quality is the make-or-break issue in BI. A BI initiative without business-driven governance will see a plethora of content being created and most of it will be redundant or unused over time. The bulk of users do NOT want to spend their time creating their own reports, writing queries and drill-down functionality. To get answers to these and other questions, you need an information delivery system from which you can get answers on long-term and short-term trends, or other areas of interest, all in the one place.
The data you need could come from Finance, Operations, Marketing, HR, Sales – or from all of these – in order to get a comprehensive picture of your true business performance.
Medium-sized to large businesses usually rely on spread sheets or a range of BI solutions to deliver this information. Tactical BI covers a shorter time period and generally uses recent data to shed light on internal performance metrics. A common example is the use of Sales dashboards that show monthly sales and deliveries, repeat customer business and fast-moving products so you can get an insight into the performance of sales people, their forecast targets, activities and execution of marketing campaigns. Only in this way would you get a real understanding of the true picture – from a high-level summary to the details.
Operational BI is used mainly by front-line employees (and managers) to do their jobs better.
Operational BI is about using current knowledge to take immediate action to improve business results. This latter aspect (SMS based exception alerts),  starts to tap into the area of BPM (Business Process Management) and that’s really about the workflows that exist to “move” data from one system through to another.
If you’d like to discuss how better BI can help your business grow and thrive, drop us a line. In our view, a private cloud is a computing environment which provides hosted services to a limited subscriber base, generally within a single enterprise behind a firewall. Private clouds are a conservative’s answer to a regular public cloud solution.  Instead of losing sleep worrying about control, safety and costs of hosting data at a third party vendor’s data center, enterprises build their very own in-company, and mostly in-premises private cloud solution.
The chargeback metering mechanisms are an added plus for the higher management, for they provide a relatively accurate picture of the “cost of IT” in the organization.
The hardware (servers and other resources) on the network should be under centralized control and standardized. There should be very lose coupling across services, effectively allowing services across different environments based on different parameters, transparently. The infrastructure management and maintenance should be automated, reducing the overall manual dependence and increasing efficiency of the overall system. These items listed above are not really axioms which HAVE to be followed in order to justify an enterprise installation to be a private cloud; however the more of the above list a company follows, a more mature and stable environment is promised.
In 2012, more than 1.7 million jobs in the field of cloud computing remained unoccupied, according to analysts firm IDC.
Cloud marketing has the ability to drastically change the ways in which they reach and engage their audience, particularly with regard to distributing and storing mission-critical data. More and more companies encourage their employees to work on their devices, thus reducing the cost of computer equipment, but also increase the cost to maintain licenses and safety.
Despite the inclination to wait until all of the cloud’s kinks have been worked out, holding off on cloud initiatives until the industry matures won’t guarantee success. The software industry is undergoing major changes by trends such as cloud, SaaS, mobile technology and the “consumerization of IT”.
TweetMicrosoft announced the worldwide availability of its Windows Server 2012 platform and comes full foot in the world of cloud computing. The new version is designed to redefine the server software and take it to the cloud computing model and incorporates technologies like storage management, networking, advanced virtualization functionality, process automation and management of identities, among other features. Microsoft developed Windows Server 2012 from the cloud, while relying on its experience in the management of data centers worldwide. Hundreds of new features offer users a huge evolution in terms of speed, power and scale their data centers and applications.
The new OS has an impressive list of new features that make it an OS actually better suited than its predecessors in the implementation of private clouds.
In addition, enterprises can now run Server 2012 and Azure platform through a common management portal to manage and move applications between Azure and on-premises storage.

The operating system is offered as a virtualization platform, with features such as the simple replication of virtual machines or the ability to move workloads between systems without downtime, thanks to the Live Migration. Windows Server 2012 also introduces improvements in storage and networking, facilitating the interconnection of the elements within the data center infrastructure, with cloud-oriented changes in management and virtualization of networks and the management of IP addresses and as configuring flexible solutions and virtualized storage. Dell introduces a series of PowerEdge servers preloaded with Windows Server 2012 along with Hyper-V technology to support server virtualization.
Rackspace, on the other hand, is adding the OS platform as the core of Rackspace’s Cloud Sites platform as a service (PaaS) offering. Data Centers in today’s environment have become the core for an enterprise’s network infrastructure. Quadtec Solution’s Data Center practice is focused on providing solutions for Cisco, Juniper, and HP. UK web users can now use browser-based tools to edit details about the locations listed in Google Maps.
The search giant's Google Map Maker toolkit allows users to suggest amendments to UK maps, which will then be reviewed by other users and the company’s staff before they are set live.
For example, the offering lets people add and edit places already marked on Google Maps and include information about new roads, too.
The company first launched the offering in 2008, and rolled it out to countries where the firm had to rely on third-party data to include information on them for Google Maps. In cases where the data provided missed out information about the local area, users would be encouraged to fill in the blanks using Map Maker.
In a report on the BBC News site, Google said “technical obstacles” had made it impossible for the firm to bring Map Maker to the UK before now.
In a blog post, announcing the UK launch of Map Maker, Satish Mavuri, programme manager at Google, claimed more than 40,000 people across the globe are using the product each month. TweetCloud computing is spreading in recent years with a massive dose of apps that allow users to always have files and data and making mobility and working outside the office a possibility without many compromises. Adobe Creative Cloud is a new solution that integrates cloud-based services and a variety of products and other creative CS6 products. A subscription to Creative Cloud offers users access to download and install all the new Creative Suite 6, including two new products for HTML5 – Adobe Muse and Adobe Edge Preview.
Adobe Creative Cloud integrates applications such as Photoshop Touch for tablet use to offer creativity in the daily workflow, archiving and synchronizing files easily in the cloud, for sharing and access from any device. Adobe Photoshop CS6, Adobe InDesign CS6, Adobe Illustrator CS6, Adobe Dreamweaver CS6, Adobe Premiere Pro CS6, Adobe After Effects CS6, and Adobe Flash Professional CS6 will be part of the Creative Cloud offering. The members of the Adobe Creative Cloud will have immediate access to upgrades and application specific features of the new CS product, before it’s released as part of an update release. The Creative Cloud subscription includes 20 GB of storage space with the possibility of expansion for upgrade users.
Shantanu Narayen, Adobe’s CEO said the company will provide a transition plan for existing customers to update their service with Creative Cloud.
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Cloud computing is poised to be the catalyst for this new model, and a new survey by the Business Software Alliance supports this – with their survey revealing that use of cloud computing is highest in Greece and Romania within EU, with Greece garnering a 39%.
Cloud Computing will provide a much needed reduction in IT spending, boost productivity, and create new opportunities for business development in the country. Under baseline assumptions of early adoption, Greek businesses and the public sector can save almost € 5 billion in expenditures. The overall cloud dividend over the next decade can reach € 16 billion, especially when combined with the spill-over effects from increases in the intermediate demand and household income. Cloud computing adoption will bring an increase in scalability and a reduction of barriers to entry, and will add € 5 billion of income to the Greek economy within the next decade. However, when I hosted a breakfast seminar and took a straw poll on how many in the room were using cloud solutions, about 15% of the room put their hands up.
Adjust your infrastructure expenditure to meet your organization’s dynamically changing needs with little latency. Focus on your business, knowing that the IT piece belongs is someone else’s problem to manage. The subscription fee incorporates many of the hidden costs typically associated with software customisation, implementation, hardware, etc.
Centralize your information and access it from anywhere in the world, on any computer or mobile device, at any time. Even in this modern world, when traveling outside major metropolitan areas, you can get pretty weak or no reception, impeding on your ability to do work when you have to access the information in the cloud. This is no different to having your laptop passwords being set to ‘abcd1234’ or the likes, but in the cloud, anyone can get to it. If you run an application online, the cloud provider will  allow for a certain amount of storage to be included with your application.
What I have seen is that there are indeed a very small number of analytical users within an organisation (the one percent) that should learn how to use BI properly and intensely, create their own queries and go all-out into analysis. Most end users will not even be aware that there could be data quality issues, let alone know how to deal with them. Governance is about determining who needs what information, impact analysis, what can be reused and almost is akin to establishing ‘what is the minimum amount of BI development we can get away with to ensure business success?’ There is a lot more to it of course, but this is the 10,000 metre view.

Each category of BI can play a vital role in achieving growth and identifying your key business drivers. The problem is that a true picture usually takes weeks to compile, data needs to be verified and your information is often out of date by the time you get it. This could be week-to-date or month-to-date result set and how the business is tracking to targets. Ideally, you’d want to look at top-level regional performance, drill down to national managers and state managers, then right down to an individual sales person’s performance. For example, a sales rep going to visit a customer can scan that customer’s sales history, any issues and past conversations. Actions could include generating dynamic documents on the fly from a live CRM system, or sending out SMS text message alerts triggered from a business-critical condition that needs to be addressed right away.
In the meantime, why not check out BI Plus to see how you could be getting more valuable information sooner. Some stop at virtualization, other take it at the automation of the provisioning and elasticity, and some others take it to the final level and talk about chargebacks. Windows Azure and System Center, Windows Server 2012 offers users the ability to manage and deliver applications and services through a private cloud, a cloud hosted or public cloud. The common platform also will help them to manage data centers, private clouds, and public clouds.
AMD released AMD Opteron 4200 and 6200 series processors, both have been optimized to run Windows Server 2012. The recent introduction of Office 2013 also brings lots of cloud features such as support for new operating system Windows 8, touch base sensor interfaces, as well as SkyDrive cloud services. Adobe has announced that it will start to provide Adobe Creative Cloud solution, a cloud based service for users to easily create, modify, share and transmit Adobe’s designer products online starting next month. Creative Cloud is broadly divided into three services and products – Creative Service, Creative Apps and Creative Community.
Members of Creative Cloud can easily deploy, publish, manage and host mobile app websites for the iPhone OS and Android Play. In addition, users will have access to online services to share files, publish and use the latest features by creating something that gives them great freedom.
But the evolution of cloud computing has forced Adobe to bring more software models to cloud. The onus of improvement is on the shoulders of both the State and the companies, in order to ensure that a new model of development is born, where private investment and export are the key growth drivers.
Additionally, over 24% of personal computer users in Greece report high levels of familiarity with cloud computing technology. The cloud dividend can reach € 21 billion if Greece manages to outpace their competitors via a 5 year transition path (compared to the average 10 year transition path followed by competing nations).
You no longer have to do capacity planning for the next 4- 5 years or be hampered by past capacity planning decisions.
Traffic is usually measured both ways and if there are server based processes (data acquisition, workflow, integration components), you could be completely oblivious to these costs. If you then as an enterprise or as an individual, exceed these storage limits, there is usually a monthly or annual charge associated with the excess, billed as so many dollars per N gigabytes. The rest of the users just want an automated way that enables them to easily make decisions or to have the obvious choice highlighted. The best scenario is that you have a system that can collate all that information at the click of a mouse. To get a holistic view of the customer and anticipate their needs, the rep may need to access both an ERP and CRM system.
Windows Server 2012 expands the definition of an operating system, incorporating previously separate technologies such as storage features highly advanced network virtualization and automation.
For its part, Hyper-V 3.0 is now able to allocate up to 64 virtual CPUs and 1TB of memory per VM.
The company also introduced the next version of its flagship software kit for designers and web developers, Adobe Creative Suite 6. Adobe plans to add a billion dollar sales and spreading revenue with the new Creative Cloud offerings in coming years. Additionally, a recent report by the IOBE posits that early adoption of cloud technology will play a crucial role in the competitiveness of the Greek economy. However, if technophobia prevails and slows down the rate of adoption, the cloud dividend will only extend to about € 5 billion and will show very little or no employment gains during the next 6 to 7 years. You could reduce your reliance on IT, especially if it takes ages to deliver anything, but someone, somewhere, will be churning through the data, inspecting it, mining it, looking for anomalies, transforming it and putting into the neatly polished star schemas and cubes that most users just assume is magically there and correct.
Excel is still everywhere and going against it is like swimming against a rip current (you better be a strong swimmer!).

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