It’s well documented that organizations are looking to the cloud for everything from infrastructure to security to social business software. Many companies are finding such success that they are migrating their infrastructure completely. Worldwide cloud computing will be worth $90.7 billion by 2018, according to Juniper Research, with software-as-a-service offerings topping the $53 billion mark in that same year. SaaS sales were $23.2 billion last year, according to the research firm.
A new report from IDC finds health care organizations, while still behind the curve, are recognizing the pivotal role data plays in the success of accountable care.
Optimized business operations are imperative for enterprises competing in crowded markets to win and keep customers with ever-changing expectations. And, says Forrester Research, that’s why firms invest massive amounts of money and time into improving their business processes.
Florida’s Miami-Dade County is using a new intelligent business system with a module that alerts parks managers about leaky pipes in real time. Water savings from the technology investment is projected at $1 million this year, and that savings is earmarked to support after-school programs and swim lessons for 10,000 kids this summer.
CIOs approaching a cloud strategy may want to consider something a little more than the most practical SaaS solution. Cloud software needs to provide flexibility and scalability, offering functionality for both mobile and non-PC devices. All-encompassing software services like these open the door for flexible business strategies while improving worker productivity. The best part is, it’s not any more difficult to find and deploy these solutions — it just takes common sense.
Security and the cloud can sometimes seem like a contradiction in terms, but all signs point to the inevitable — cloud will eventually dominate in the IT landscape, even becoming a source of all security and related services. But how soon until on-premise hardware is swept up into the sky? It may be as soon as 2015.
For much of the last two decades, we’ve heard a steady stream of reports about the U.S. losing jobs to emerging economies as big enterprises outsourced and offshored jobs to China, India, Mexico and other low-wage markets. Now, those jobs — as well as their development and manufacturing infrastructure — are migrating back to the U.S.
It’s the dawn of a new year, and users are compiling 2013 resolutions. For businesses, these likely include new strategies and revised best practices to accelerate business, increase profits and achieve a higher ROI. Their laundry list of resolutions should also include a refreshed perspective on business intelligence and analytics strategies.
Before constructing a building, any architect needs blueprints – the master framework for any and all subsequent plans and contingencies going forward. The same applies when adopting business intelligence solutions. It’s imperative users create and implement a BI strategy that outlines their overall vision, mission and reason behind its adoption.