Cloud Applications

The top ten business cloud apps by growth

Grazed from CCI.  Author: Editorial Staff.

The rise in software as a service cloud applications means there’s now tens and hundreds of cloud apps for almost every business process, and it’s getting harder to decide which one to use. However  as we always maintain there’s safety in numbers, and on the whole people tend to gravitate toward applications that offer the most value and best fit and will discard apps that don’t. But how do you find out the most popular applications?

The answer is to look at what people are using and use that hard data to create a list, but nobody is going to tell you this sort of information are they? Wrong,  Skyhigh are one business that has access to those numbers and this Cloud Growth Top Ten is the result of looking at the cloud apps used by the 15 million users they regularly monitor in over 350 enterprises worldwide...

Salesforce Boosts Analytics Cloud Mobile App

Grazed from CIO-Today. Author: Dan Heilman.

CRM giant Salesforce unveiled updates to its Analytics Cloud on Thursday that it says will fuel the next wave of mobile Relevant Products/Services innovation. With the new updates, users will be able to import and analyze new data Relevant Products/Services sources, build entirely new dashboards and share insights in just seconds from their phones.

In addition, a free "playground" version of the Analytics Cloud was released for desktop and mobile devices. With that product, users can employ Analytics Cloud using their own imported data or a variety of preloaded data sets...

2015 - The Year of the Cooperative App

Grazed from Wired. Author: Mark Greene.

Over the last 20 years, software has slowly eaten the world. Marc Andreessen pointed out this trend in 2011 and noted that increasingly industries are going to be disrupted by software. Here we sit four years later with an “app” for everything. “There’s an app for that” is leading to the acceleration of fragmented software.

The Rise of the App

The rise of the app has meant a shift away from large and complex applications that typically were bundled into a platform or suite (think ERP) to a world of small, consumable, and easy to use apps with specialized functionality. The movement from monolithic applications to individual apps is providing more personalization opportunities...

Can Windows 10 Restore Enterprise Faith In Microsoft?

Grazed from Microsoft. Author: Todd Thibodeaux.

Creating a unified operating system with Windows 8 seemed brilliant from a development perspective. But Microsoft (MSFT)'s inability to implement that vision led to less-than-enthusiastic adoption rates among enterprise customers (and contributed to the now notorious "Windows Pattern"). Microsoft is eager to correct these flaws with Windows 10 and has demonstrated a commitment to incorporating many enterprise-oriented features as well. Here are three of the top improvements that have the potential to make Windows 10 the new bedrock of corporate workstations:

A Smarter Command Prompt — While most of us have moved on to PowerShell to handle most of the heavy lifting, the fact remains that neither the command prompt nor PowerShell utility has received much attention from Microsoft over the years. Windows 10 is poised to change that with a variety of simple but helpful features, including text selection, transparency, text wrapping and keyboard shortcuts for common tasks...

Most enterprise cloud app usage falls under shadow IT, but could this be a positive for the CIO?

Grazed from CloudComputing. Author: James Bourne.

86% of cloud apps used by enterprises fall under the category of shadow IT, while nearly three quarters aren’t ‘Safe Harbour’ approved, according to an industry report from CipherCloud. The research findings, coming amidst worries of more sophisticated mobile malware and vulnerabilities, suggest organisations need to do more to assess what’s going on in their internal IT. One major US enterprise polled estimated it had 10 to 15 file sharing applications in use; the real number was almost 70.

More than half (52%) of publishing apps were considered high risk, while 42% of social apps and 40% of career-based apps were also considered risky. Enterprises in both North America and Europe are leveraging cloud applications extensively. An average global enterprises uses more than 1000 apps, and though North American businesses (1245) predictably use more than European firms (981), the gap is closing...

Too many cooks in the Cloud-apps kitchen

Grazed from CBROnline.  Author: James Nunns.

Centrix Software has revealed the results of its latest end-user report detailing cloud-based application usage. The research shows that cloud-based apps have flooded organisations, with nearly 90% of UK companies using them.  The survey states that 78% of organisations have created a pro-active plan for cloud adoption in 2015. A third of all CIO's named the growing cost of cloud subscriptions, managing the increasing number of cloud apps in use, and duplication of app functionality as their top three concerns.

Amongst other concerns were shadow IT (53%) and tracking and measuring usage. Perhaps surprising the survey reveals that the financial services and government sectors are the furthest behind in cloud app adoption...

User credentials remain the Achilles heel of cloud apps: How you can prevent an attack

Grazed from CloudTech.  Author: Ofer Hendler.

High-profile security breaches have dominated the headlines in 2014. Two notable examples over the last few months, the Apple iCloud and Dropbox breaches, have revealed a juicy target for attackers: user credentials.

Rather than try to hack into the application itself like iCloud, Dropbox, Salesforce, or Amazon Web Services (AWS), an easier and much more feasible approach to gaining access to sensitive data, celebrity photos, or whatever else an attacker is after, is through stolen user credentials...

Vlocity Named a Finalist for the 2014-2015 Cloud Awards

Grazed from Vlocity. Author: PR Announcement.

I am pleased to announce that Vlocity has been named a finalist in the CRM Solution of the Year category for the 2014-2015 Cloud Awards. This international awards program is now in its fourth year and recognizes the leaders and innovators in cloud computing. Vlocity is joined on the CRM Solution of the Year short-list by CRM companies including Infusionsoft, Zendesk and SugarCRM. The final winner will be announced on Tuesday January 27th with a public vote also announced on this date to decide who will win the Cloud Computing Organization of the Year Award.

Last year’s CRM Solution of the Year winner was Veeva Systems, the leading provider of life sciences cloud software. Veeva was founded by several of the same founders of Vlocity, including Craig Ramsey, Mark Armenante and Young Sohn...

What every enterprise should be adopting in 2015

Grazed from VentureBeat. Author: Patrick Harris.

We’re almost halfway into the decade that has redefined computing. Fifteen years ago, Marc Benioff and I thought there had to be a better way than floppy disks. So we set out to disrupt the industry with a new technology model, and it’s clear that our bet on the cloud was a good one.

Today, we’re entering a third wave of computing, where everyone and everything is connected. In the last two years alone, 90 percent of the world’s data was generated as a result of cloud, social, mobile, and connected technologies that transformed business models and consumer behavior. In 2015, successful companies will leverage these trends to capture and personalize every customer interaction in the cloud, transforming the way they connect with their customers...

Cloud migration tools ease application cloudification

Grazed from TechTarget.  Author: Trevor Jones.

A move from the data center to the cloud can be costly and labor-intensive, but a number of vendors offer specialized tools and services to help IT pros cloudify their applications.  Large companies like Accenture to boutique firms like Cloud Technology Partners Inc. give IT shops a simpler path to cloud, and as more enterprises move to the cloud, these types of services will gain popularity.

Migration vendors say the key is to review customers' entire portfolio, including product lifecycles, to determine a roadmap for moving to cloud. Some older applications with high dependencies will likely have to remain on-premises, while virtualized applications will be the easiest to transition...