A good look at today in information technology. With changes and new requirements, what will survive and grow, what will become obsolete and die?
Excerpt: As a result, “20 to 40 percent of businesses at this conference won’t be here in five to 10 years,” said Forrester Research VP and Principal Analyst Bobby Cameron. “The ones that disappear are the ones not able to stabilize back office activities that don’t differentiate them competitively.”
As technology practices struggle to align with changing competitive business practices, they must also incorporate the arrival of big data, analytics, social, mobile and cloud technologies in their processes and architecture.
Whether through planning or as a result of the evolution, captive enterprise IT skills are migrating from blue collar to white collar.
Read full article via Surviving Digital Disruption – Information Management Online Article.
Want to know what cloud app would work best for you and your business? Read more to find out.
Small business of-interest. Who better to adapt to the cool new office design than startups and small businesses. Facilitating innovation, collaboration and small business budgets.
Excerpt: As cloud computing and wireless Internet become ubiquitous, workers are cordless. Who needs a cube, much less an office? Just follow the leads of these cool companies.
Read full article via Inside the Latest Office-Design Craze: Hot Desking | Inc.com.
An update on cloud services via a Gartner research update. Small business takeaways are a view of peer moves and predictions.
Excerpt: Gartner Research Director Ed Anderson says IaaS may eclipse SaaS in terms of market size based on a few factors, such as the “predominance of standardized services” – IaaS involving the purchase of raw computer power or storage capacity rather than the broad range of applications under SaaS – and increased enterprise comfort.
“We believe that the market has reached a tipping point now where we are moving to more mainstream adoption of cloud infrastructure services because consumers believe the models are viable, and there are good examples of the early adopters being successful.
Read full article via IaaS Resonates in Public Cloud Boom – Information Management Online Article.
For all small business — article contains some great tips and advice on how-to evaluate your best practices needs. Information technology
Excerpt: The software your company uses can dictate the shareability, flexibility, and accessibility of important information. And, as in most things, what’s right for some may not be right for others
Read full article via David Wood Of Jun Group On Software And The Cloud – Business Insider.
With the freedom of mobility and a growing adoption of cloud-based collaboration services, SMBs are now powered for more growth and innovation than ever before.
This is an article on a vendor site, but the advice is good — with tips and how-to begin your CRM cloud experience.
Excerpt: More companies are turning to cloud based CRM for benefits such as rapid deployment, easy upgrades, reduced costs and security safeguards. To experience these benefits, make sure you start off on the right foot with taking precautions such as these at the implementation stage.
Read more: Five Things to Remember When Implementing a Cloud CRM Solution. From Soffront
Before you leap, know how to protect your business.
Excerpt: The Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission has released a report on how companies can best handle enterprise risk management for cloud computing.
Read introduction and download paper via Cloud Computing Exchange | Presented by Information Management.
Small business need-to-know. If you are into the cloud or planning to be so, read how in 7 steps to ensure your “cloud” move will still pass an audit.
Excerpt: Your auditors worry about the cloud. So should you. As your organization begins its cloud flight, has it fastened its auditing seatbelts? Here’s a seven-step checklist to ensure a safe landing. Buckle up.
Read full article via audit checklist for public cloud. From CFO.com
Before you move to the cloud, examine the implications from a tax standpoint. The taxes change based on the country in which you are doing business. Best practice advice, check and recheck everything with your friendly CPA to know what you are getting into and the implications to your small business BEFORE you make a move.
Excerpt: KPMG recommends that a company moving to a cloud-based business model should examine its local country tax position to consider the character and source of the cloud income and/or payments and whether the cloud operations result in new or additional income, withholding or indirect taxes. Executives need to be mindful of the location of the servers and other infrastructure to take advantage of local incentives, while managing possible permanent establishment challenges made in the jurisdiction in which the infrastructure is located.
Read full article via Cloud Computing Exchange | Presented by Information Management. From KPMG via Information Management
With the offerings Intuit now has via QuickBook’s versions, a small business can go a long way before needing to upgrade out of the Intuit group….however, it does happen as your growth outstrips the capabilities… You will have to register on this site to be able to download the whitepaper, but I believe it is worth your time if you are at or near the need for a bigger and better accounting system.
Excerpt……..It happens thousands of times every year in this great land of opportunity. Successful businesses outgrow their entry-level accounting systems. More often than not, the system is QuickBooks.
But moving to a new accounting system or more robust financial system is expensive, and time consuming. So when should you start? And when will you recover your costs and see a return on your investment?
This whitepaper addresses these important questions by identifying some of the pain points you run into that indicate it’s time for a change. Here you can access a video that gives some quick insights into why growing companies make the move to a new system. We then illustrate how to envision what a more robust and flexible accounting system can bring. Next, we’ll detail how to consider and compare total cost of ownership (TCO) and return on investment (ROI) of the two financial system upgrade alternatives: on-premise and cloud. Finally, a real-life case study will demonstrate how a high-profile business, GrubHub, graduated from QuickBooks to Cloud Accounting.
Register and download white paper………via QuickBooks to Cloud: Considerations and Case Study | Proformative.
These are great questions….before you leap, know the detail. I think it would also hold true for other than just financial firms and other legal issues.
Excerpt……..Financial firms can ‘outsource’ almost any operation, from reporting to trade processing to customer support, to the computing cloud, anywhere in the world.
So what country’s rules and laws apply, say, to storage of customer data?
After all, asJeff Brody, vice president and director of infrastructure services at Eaton Vance pointed out at ICI GMM 2012, some cloud providers reserve the right to move its processing of tasks or storage of data, from country to country.
So a fund firm needs to understand where it’s data is being put, to help determine whether it may or may not face legal restrictions on how that data is used.
Read full article……via Cloud Computing Exchange | Presented by Information Management.
Looks good for some answers to the questions now uppermost in management today. Event
Excerpt………As enterprises begin to adopt cloud services and with big data evolving quickly, there are hurdles to incorporating these new capabilities into the business. A potential enabler of big data is cloud storage, because it lets companies collaborate around large data sets in near real time, something that has been difficult in the past.
This webinar will examine how companies are able to move, access and collaborate around big data files in real time and the impact this has had on their business.
Join GigaOM Pro and our sponsor Limelight for “Cloud storage, big data and collaboration: connecting the dots” a free analyst roundtable webinar on Wednesday, May 9, 2012, at 10 a.m. PDT.
See more details for webinar here……via. http://gigaom.com/2012/05/07/cloud-storage-big-data-and-collaboration-connecting-the-dots/?utm_source=social&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=gigaom From GigaOM
The article was written from the viewpoint of accounting firms but the tips and advice are great for every small business contemplating a move to the cloud.
Excerpt……….The risks and issues organizations need to address.
If you listen to the hype surrounding cloud computing, you might believe the cloud is a virtual IT heaven, one where accounting firms and other organizations no longer have to worry about purchasing, setting up, or maintaining servers and computer networks. In the nirvana known as the cloud, organizations also don’t have to buy expensive software licenses or worry about having to install updates or patches. Instead, organizations can access all the applications, servers, and storage they need simply by contracting with a cloud provider that supplies all the technology and takes on all the IT risk.
If only it were that easy.
via How to avoid storms in the cloud. From AICPA