Developing on Cloud Time

Michael Sampson - Currents

One of the promises of cloud services is that you always have the latest stuff available. The agility of cloud time development is great, but then so is the stability of non-cloud time development cycles.

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Little Black Rain Clouds

Michael Sampson - Currents

With many vendors offering cloud delivery of applications and services, the issue of changing what is delivered becomes critically important. With cloud delivery, one of the value propositions in the eyes of providers is the ability to get new features and capabilities out to market much faster, and indeed while it can be delivered much faster, the change can cause multiple problems.

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Trending Sources

How Big is the Cloud?

Portals and KM

The global cloud computing market will grow from $40.7 billion in 2011 to more than $241 billion in 2020, according to new Forrester forecast data reported in Sizing The Cloud by Stefan Ried, Ph.D. Based on Forrester’s cloud market taxonomy, this new report outlines the different market dynamics for the three core layers of cloud computing - the public cloud, the virtual private cloud, and the private cloud.

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Measuring Economic Impact of Using Cloud-Based Services: Google Apps

Portals and KM

As most of you know, Google Apps is a cloud-based messaging and collaboration platform that includes mail, calendaring, IM, as well as Web-based collaborative documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and sites. These seem consistent with the claims for cloud-based saving.

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Cisco Expands Its Cloud Collaboration Strategy

Portals and KM

  So I was pleased to recently speak with Murali Sitaram, vice president and general manager of Cisco’s Cloud Collaboration Applications Technology Group (CCATG), to discuss Cisco’s cloud collaboration strategy.

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eXo Provides Cloud Workspaces to Enable Flexible Social Intranets

Portals and KM

He said that the goal with eXo Cloud Workspaces is to provide an easy-to-use social intranet so work teams can start to collaborate in a fully functional space.  So they are now offering eXo Cloud Workspaces to fill this gap. on-premise or in a private cloud.

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Can Cloud Computing Elevate the Role of IT, Making It More Strategic?

Portals and KM

Here is an interesting study by IDG that found that cloud computing is enabling a more central role for IT in shaping business strategy and driving innovation. Half feel that the cloud is contributing to this change. Looking further into the results, IT professionals believe cloud computing can accelerate agility (63 percent), innovation (58 percent) and collaboration with the enterprise (57 percent).

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Alfresco Now Offers Cloud-based Open Source Document Management

Portals and KM

In response to the changing market, they have added a cloud version to the existing on-premise offering. The cloud version (sign-up at is truly Alfresco in the cloud, with the same user experience and core features as Alfresco Enterprise 4. 

The Further Integration of Cloud Services

Portals and KM

While the PaaS (platform as a service) market is currently smaller than both IaaS and SaaS segments of the cloud computing industry, Forrester says this technology could be one of the most important cloud-based services for businesses moving forward.  The cloud is growing.

rPath Supports the New Dynamic and Cloud-based Vision for IT

Portals and KM

Now the Cloud is fast becoming and alternative channel. Jake pointed out that the reality is that today's manual and ad hoc IT provisioning and change processes will collapse under the weight of self-service, cloud and other on-demand IT models. The cloud is becoming more versatile.

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BroadVision Offers a “Social Business Cloud” Through its Enterprise 2.0 Platform - Clearvale

Portals and KM

CEO, Pehong Chenwisely decided to bet on the viability of the native cloud. BroadVision then built a cloud based collaboration platform to provide social networking for the enterprise.

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Bioteams, collaboration and the Mobile Cloud

The Bumble Bee

I was part of a fascinating panel session "Mobility, Teams, The Cloud and Collaboration" at the recent Mobile Cloud Summit (London: 21 September). The Mobile Cloud might just be the tipping point which brings mobile collaboration from the margins right into the business mainstream by enabling an 'always on' connection with each team member no matter where they are! To watch videos of all the other sessions at the Mobile Cloud Summit.

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Novell Vibe - A New Cloud Based Social Collaboration Platform #novell #collaboration

Michael Sampson - Currents

Novell announced the general availability of Novell Vibe , its new cloud-based social collaboration platform: " Novell today announced the general availability of Novell Vibe™ Cloud, the first secure, real-time, web-based social collaboration platform for the enterprise.

Lack of Understanding the Main Barrier to Cloud Adoption #cloud #adoption

Michael Sampson - Currents

Research from the United Kingdom pegs a lack of understanding as the main barrier to cloud adoption : " Perceived risks over service control and fears over data sovereignty are the key issues that are restricting UK organisations from implementing cloud services, according to recent research from Claranet, the managed services provider. Read more: Lack of understanding acting as main barrier to cloud adoption.

Future of Cloud Computing Survey - North Bridge Venture Partners

Portals and KM

  North Bridge Venture Partners has released the  results of its second annual Future of Cloud Computing Survey. The 2012 survey captures current industry perceptions, sentiments and emerging trends in cloud computing. The results indicated that companies are increasing their trust in cloud solutions, with 50 percent of respondents confident that cloud solutions are viable for such mission critical business applications as e-mail and CRM.

Amplified Individuals in the Cloud

Social Reporter

Now we have to change the metaphor again, and Rethink networks as passionate clouds. As cloud computing comes of age, our links to one another will be increasingly routed through a vast shared “cloud” of data and software. Which raises the question: whose clouds will these be?

#PLENK2010 – Open courses and the ‘Granny Cloud’ phenomenon

Jenny Connected

Alec’s idea of a ‘call for mentors’ also struck me as very similar to Sugata Mitra’s ‘granny cloud’ Mitra is renowned for his ‘Hole -in- the -Wall’ experiments in India, which resulted in evidence that children can organise their own learning and teach each other – see [link] for details.

OpDemand Simplifies Cloud Management

Portals and KM

OpDemand  is a Colorado-based startup that aims to improve ease of use for cloud developers. More recently, they announced an upgrade to the platform that allows developers to collaborate and share management capabilities within the cloud environment.

eXo Extends Cloud IDE - Cloud-based Development Platform

Portals and KM

I have covered eXo before (see Benjamin Mestrallet, eXo CEO, Looks at the Social Enterprise and eXo Offers Cloud Workspaces Enabling Flexible Social Intranets ). Benjamin covered their new integration of Google App Engine with their eXo Cloud IDE. 

Word Clouds

Viv Mcwaters

This is brilliant (hat tip to Lynn Walsh) - Wordle lets you create word clouds from any text. If you’ve done some work with a group to develop a document or strategy - anything really - and you want to share it with others, you could use a word cloud to capture the key words - as an image in a report or slideshow. Here’s one I did about Facilitating With Confidence. And what, you might be wondering is the point? Thanks again to Lynn for this great idea.

Tweet Clouds | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

Home About Full Circle Contact Resources Wiki Full Circus Full Circle Associates connections for a changing world, online and offline… Apr 16 2008 Tweet Clouds Published by Nancy White at 4:02 pm under identity , social media Thanks to a tip from Beth Kanter , I played with Tweet Clouds today.

All Types of Cloud Usage Continues to Expand

Portals and KM

Only a slightly higher percentage of respondents overall now say they will move a majority of their IT operations to the cloud within the next five years: 29% compared to 27% in 2012.  The use of public cloud services is growing.


Exploring the Two Sides of Cloud Computing

Green Chameleon

Web services guru David Chappell has published a think piece on “ cloud platforms ,&# which he defines as platforms that “let developers write applications that run in the cloud, or use services provided from the cloud, or both.&# Cloud platforms are also referred to as on-demand platforms and platform as a service (PaaS). David says there are two forms of cloud platforms: cloud infrastructure services and cloud applications services.

Avon Calling: Cloud Computing Social Networks

Laurel Papworth- Social Network Strategy

I keep an eye on cloud computing (that’s where all your business systems run on the internet, not your company servers) cos it’s, y’know, interesting. But next month, Avon will begin to equip 150,000 sales leaders with a cloud-based computing system accessible via smartphones and PCs. Serena Software has switched almost entirely to cloud services, even using Facebook as its main source of internal communications. .

The Cloud Moves Forward Privately

Portals and KM

While cloud computing continues to increase it is interesting, but not surprising, that more firms are choosing private clouds than public ones. As reported in ComputerWorldUK , Gartner surveyed 1,587 CIOs and other senior IT decision makers about general IT spending trends, with 484 respondents providing answers relating to questions on cloud computing. This later trends shows the flexibility of the cloud and a desire to combine utility with security.


The Growth of Personal Cloud Storage

Portals and KM

I keep reading about more uses of the cloud and it all makes sense.    Although aspects of the cloud have long been in the consumer world also.  As Brandon Butler writes in Network World, Gartner predicts that 1/3 of consumer data will be stored in the cloud by '16. Social media sites like Facebook are the near-term repositories for cloud-based data storage, but other vendors will have opportunities to grab consumer market share, Gartner predicts.

Inside or Outside? Gartner Attempts to Clear Cloud ‘Confusion’

Green Chameleon

Analyst firm Gartner just issued a statement that it believes there is “confusion&# in the market over the definition of “cloud computing,&# and wants to set the record straight. Gartner defines cloud computing as “a style of computing in which massively scalable IT-related capabilities are provided ‘as a service’ using Internet technologies to multiple external customers.&#.

The Cloud Keeps Getting Bigger

Portals and KM

The IT Channel Planet reports that Gartner has predicted SaaS revenue within enterprise application software market will jump up 14 percent over 2009, based on convergence with cloud computing models and diminished security and availability concerns among business customers.

Cloud Computing: Uh Oh, Now It’s Getting Serious

Green Chameleon

The beauty of cloud computing was that it was something you just did without having to think too hard about it. have just announced the creation of a “global, multi-data center, open source test bed for the advancement of cloud computing research and education.&#. Parties interested in using the test beds for their own budding cloud applications will need to go through a selection process, however.

Potential Cloud Growth within Mid-size Companies

Portals and KM

According to a recent surve y over 60 percent of respondents in the mid-size business space say they are ready to look to the cloud. Many are already using virtualization but only 4 percent are using the cloud now to back up data.    It seems that there is work to be done as 79% do not have a plan for their move into the cloud.    Many see the advantages as 63% feel that the cloud offers cost savings and 29% feel that the cloud offers more flexibility.

Cloud Service for Health Care #cisco #healthcare

Michael Sampson - Currents

Optum introduced a cloud service for health care , to increase the effectiveness of patient care: " The health care cloud environment from Optum simplifies the lives of caregivers, innovators and health IT managers – those whose work has the greatest impact on patient care and on the performance of the health system. Read more: Optum Introduces Health Care Cloud Environment that Enables Secure Collaboration, Enhances Patient Care and Speeds Innovation.

Rethinking networks as passionate human clouds

Social Reporter

Warning: this is a bit of ramble that also takes in the RSA, NCVO, cloud computing and the local government knowledge hub. An associated development is cloud computing , explained at the event by Robin Gear of PAconsulting.

"Dot Cloud - The 21st Century Business Platform Built on Cloud Computing" Book Excerpt

The Bumble Bee

In Dot.Cloud business strategy expert Peter Fingar explains the main ideas of cloud computing and what it will mean for both businesses and business models. To download an except of Dot Cloud - The 21st Century Business Platform Built on Cloud Computing.

Clouds & Mobility = Sensors & User Experience

Collaborative Thinking

Insightful expansion of what cloud computing could enable. . Into the cloud: a conversation with Russ Daniels, Part II - Ars Technica. RD: Let me give you another example that describes the expressiveness of the cloud and the role that devices play. These cloud-enabled devices can play a role in understanding what you're doing, offering you assistance and improving the experience that you have doing it.

Garden of Good and Evil in the Cloud

Portals and KM

The cloud is rising with the enterprise and the Forbes post, From Annoyance to Harmonizer: Cloud Computing's Maturity Curve , documents some of the issues in this rise. On one hand, 37% of respondents reported they have been asked to take ownership of cloud solutions that were purchased by the business without IT’s input. On the other hand, 92 % say adoption of the cloud is good for business and 67% agree that the cloud can help IT deliver better systems for less money.


Three Cloud Hosting Methods to Increase Profitability

Portals and KM

  The union of cloud computing and hosting technology has produced wonders for the business community.   When it comes to actual products that use cloud hosting, there are three types to choose from.   Cloud Shared Hosting On the small end of the scale, shared cloud hosting is the first option. Cloud Servers The next level up is cloud servers. Cloud storage is often done by using storage area network disks.

Does the Fourth Amendment cover 'the cloud'? | The Wisdom of Clouds - CNET News

Collaborative Thinking

Interesting read: One of the biggest issues facing individuals and corporations choosing to adopt public cloud computing (or any Internet service, for that matter) is the relative lack of clarity with respect to legal rights over data stored online. Does the Fourth Amendment cover 'the cloud'? | The Wisdom of Clouds - CNET News.

Cloud Sherpas Buys WaveAdept (New Zealand's Google Apps Company)

Michael Sampson - Currents

Cloud Sherpas, a US-company focused on Google Apps, has purchased WaveAdept in New Zealand to use as its base for expansion in Asia Pacific: " US Google apps specialist company Cloud Sherpas has bought Wellington Google apps company WaveAdept, which will change its name to Cloud Sherpas. Atlanta-based Cloud Sherpas is the largest Google apps deployment specialist outside of Google itself. It has had a product relationship with Cloud Sherpas over the past year. ".

A Look Into the Clouds Twitter as 2008 Retropective

Evolving Web

So I generated some tag clouds to see how the year was brought out in my conversations. Here is my Twitter Cloud generated by Wordle I’m relieved that despite some of the challenges of 2008, words like good , awesome , and thanks were most prominent in my tweets.

Platforms, Trust and Open Cloud Computing

Alchemy of Change