Cloud Applications

8 Ways To Build And Use The New Breed Of Data-Driven Applications

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Brian Ascher.

Software-as-a-Service and cloud computing has been transformational for the software industry, but compared to what is coming next, you ain’t seen nothing yet. First, to appreciate where we are heading a quick review of where we’ve been is in order. Back in the olden days of business software a software company sold you an application which you installed on your servers and desktops which made business processes more efficient, facilitated workflow, and sped up information retrieval. As you used it this software accumulated data such as your customer records, financial results and manufacturing statistics.

If you wanted to deeply analyze this data for trends and insights you bought Business Intelligence or Analytics packages from a different set of software vendors so you could slice and dice your data, generate reports for executives, and hopefully decipher interesting trends about your business that you would then go act on. In the early 2000s Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) companies emerged and enabled you to “rent” business applications, rather than buy them, as your employees accessed them through the Internet and their web browsers...

Xform Computing Receives Investment from Parallels, Inc., Accelerates Cloud-based App Streaming Services for Mobile Devices

Grazed from PRNewsWire. Author: PR Announcement.

Xform Computing Inc., pioneer of the AlwaysOnPC Cloud-streaming mobile Apps and services, today announced that the company has received an investment from Parallels, Inc., a global leader in hosting and cloud services enablement and cross platform solutions. Xform and Parallels are collaborating across their technical, marketing and product teams to accelerate Xform's AlwaysOnPC platform to address new applications and expand into more global markets and channels.

This collaboration also includes an investment by Parallels that will boost the next phase of Xform's growth. "With its expertise in virtualization technology and cloud computing, Parallels is an ideal investor for Xform," said Kroum Antov, CEO of Xform. "Xform is building the next generation of Cloud App Streaming services and has a unique opportunity with Parallels for collaboration, especially in the areas of highly scalable infrastructure, and creating industry-leading user experience."...

AppDirect Raises $35 Million to Drive Growth of the Global Cloud Economy

Grazed from BroadwayWorld. Author: Editorial Staff.

AppDirect, the leading cloud service marketplace and management company, announced today that it has raised $35 million in Series C funding led by new investor Mithril Capital Management. Existing investors, including iNovia Capital and Foundry Group, also participated. The large investment cements AppDirect's leadership in cloud services brokerage, the fastest growing sector of cloud computing, and will enable the company to continue its rapid, aggressive growth.

"AppDirect's founding vision was to make it incredibly easy for businesses to find, buy, and use the services they need to be successful. We're well on our way to making that vision a reality, and with this investment, we'll be able to accelerate and go even faster," said Daniel Saks, co-founder and co-CEO of AppDirect...

SaaS vs. In-House DAM (Digital Asset Management) - Which is Right For You?

Grazed from CMSWire. Author: Jeff Lawrence.

The choice between cloud-based and in-house DAM used to be easy. Between the high cost of cloud storage and bandwidth, and the limited capabilities of SaaS (software as a service) solutions — the argument for in-house DAM was clear. Cost is no longer the sole determining factor. Cloud computing and storage costs have lowered in the last few years, making SaaS a viable choice for many organizations. SaaS DAM vendors have responded to customer needs by offering new features and functionality that directly compete with the capabilities of in-house solutions — such as integration tools for social media — which places them squarely on the competitive playing field.

What’s the Difference?

SaaS is not a panacea, in-house solutions are still the right fit for many organizations. In general, in-house DAM solutions are limited only to the organization’s hardware infrastructure, security governance, network and quality of IT support. The client is responsible for the purchase and support of the hardware, software, database, storage, security and business continuity planning...

How Microsoft’s Cortana will take digital personal assistants to the next level

Grazed from ArsTechnica.  Author: Sean Gallagher.

When Microsoft unveiled its Cortana “digital personal assistant” technology this week, some dismissed it as a far-too-late answer to Apple’s Siri and Google Now. But aside from a female voice and some functional overlap, Cortana is not strictly an answer to either of those voice-based tools—it is an answer to broader questions about how to wield the power of cloud computing services in a personal, non-intrusive way.

Cortana is just the first big pay-off from Microsoft’s continuing investment in the Bing platform as well as a host of big-data technologies that could have wide-ranging impact on how people interact with information, applications, and the world around them...

Along with cloud, we're getting more DevOps and IT self-service

Grazed from ZDNet. Author: Joe McKendrick.

The cloud computing boom is fueling an unprecedented level of interest in DevOps -- to the point that close to two-thirds of organizations have now adopted this practice. That’s the word from RightScale, Inc. which just released a survey of 1,068 IT managers and professionals, exploring the impact of cloud computing on IT operations and practices. Along with greater adoption of DevOps, there's a parallel movement to self-service IT, that long-sought-after holy grail of user-centric computing.

Overall, the survey found that when it comes to cloud, everybody's doing it. Ninety-four percent, in fact say their organizations surveyed are running applications or experimenting with infrastructure-as-a-service, and 87 percent of organizations are using public cloud. These numbers are much higher than most I've seen (typically in the 30 percent to 50 percent range), and may incorporate those people running pilots or merely noodling around with cloud services at this point...

Microsoft open sources Windows Library for JavaScript

Grazed from ITWorld. Author: Joab Jackson.

Potentially helping developers more quickly build cross-platform applications, Microsoft is releasing as open source its WinJS JavaScript library for building Windows-styled controls. Now that the library is open source, developers can use it to build and design Windows-like Web applications for other browsers and platforms, including Chrome, Firefox, Android, and iOS.

Such cross-platform capability could save developers time by eliminating the need to code the same app multiple times for non-Windows platforms and browsers other than Internet Explorer, according to the company. While the name "WinJS" may imply that it is a Microsoft version of JavaScript, it is in fact a collection of JavaScript tools for enabling advanced components and user interface controls, which minimize the changes developers have to make for using these features across different devices...

Novell Releases GroupWise 2014

Grazed from TheVarGuy. Author: Michael Cusanelli.

Novell has put the finishing touches on its GroupWise 2014 collaboration platform, with the latest version of the company’s legacy software touting several new features that cater to mobile workforces and more web-based management and productivity tools. The technology, which has been in beta for the past 10 months, is scheduled to release this week.

The newest version includes Active Directory support to address evolving customer infrastructures, the company noted, as well as a new web-based administration console. According to Novell, GroupWise 2014’s ability to handle multiple administrators and advanced querying help separate it from competitors such as Microsoft's (MSFT) Exchange and Outlook or Google Gmail...

Cloud, agile software changing the nature of projects

Grazed from TheAge. Author: Editorial Staff.

Remember when getting a new project off the ground in a large business took months of argument, analysis and testing? And that was only to create the business case, before anyone could persuade the finance department to fund it. If the project involved software development it might then take months or years for the code to actually be written, implemented and tested, and even longer before its effectiveness was known.

By then, it was possible that the reason for starting the project had been rendered redundant by changing business needs. For some businesses, that is still the way projects are managed. But now concepts perfected in the tech start-up industry, such as cloud computing and agile software development, are being adopted by large businesses such as Suncorp Bank and Vodafone Australia to get small projects off the ground in a matter of just days...

45% of Global Enterprises Are Running Production-Level Cloud Apps Today

Grazed from Enterprise Irregulars. Author: Louis Columbus.

Microsoft’s latest study shows enterprises’ pace of cloud computing adoption continues to accelerate. Nearly half of the respondents (45%) report they have cloud-based applications running in production environments. 58% report that they selectively target new applications and projects for cloud computing.

Microsoft commissioned 451 Research to complete one of the most comprehensive global surveys to date of hosting and cloud computing, titled Hosting and Cloud Go Mainstream releasing the results earlier this month. The 74 page slide deck of results provides a wealth of insights into the current and future state of hosting and cloud computing...