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In Search of Elusive Cloud Profits

Journalists and contributors to major news outlets don't get to write headlines - that's the job of sub editors, a threatened species in today's embattled media industry. Occasionally sub editors get it wrong, as with this piece in the Business Review section of the Australian.

 

Gimme Cloud, Gimme Bandwidth, Gimme...

If the FTTH Council was conscious of the irony in linking the announcement of its annual 'Gimme Fibre' day to a workshop in Australia - a nation governed by a party that has, of course, abandoned the previous government's plan to do just that - it did not show it.

CIOs Have a Bright Future, Maybe

Research firm IDC has come out with its CIO Agenda Predictions for 2015. They are based on a web conference with IDC industry analysts Michael Rosen, Serge Findling and Joseph Pucciarelli that promised to "provide organisations with insight and perspective on long-term industry trends along with new themes that may be on the horizon."

 

Getting the Measure of Cloud's Maturity

Research firm Frost & Sullivan has put the value of the Australian cloud computing services market at $1.23 billion in 2013 and is tipping it to reach $4.55 billion by 2018.

F&S defines the cloud services market as comprising infrastructure, platform and software as a service and is tipping IaaS and PaaS to grow at faster rates than SaaS.

 

In Search of the Standard Cloud

Clouds - the real ones up in the sky - are by their nature hard to standardise: they are fluid, nebulous, protean. The same could be said of cloud computing. It means different things to different people. At its core it relies on virtualisation and at a practical level the giants of cloud computing like Google, AWS and Microsoft all have their own proprietary interfaces.

 

Juggling IT Expenditure Priorities

In an article 10 key technology items for your 2015 budget on US web site Tech Republic Mary Shacklett, founder and president of technology research and market development firm, Transworld Data, has listed "the major areas of corporate IT spending".

Here there are: 

 

Panel Eases Cloud Migration of Government Agencies

The Federal Government has just released a request for tender for providers of cloud services wanting to join a whole-of-government panel. It will provide a non-mandatory procurement mechanism for agencies to access cloud services, including software, platform and infrastructure as a service, and special cloud services, without having to call tenders.

 

Prioritising Cloud Services

Recruitment firm Michael Page has just released the latest edition of its annual CIO Viewpoint, the results of a survey of Australian CIOs. It's designed to provide a snapshot of their perspectives on some of the key considerations they face over the coming 12 months.

Cloud Computing is for Everyone

My first reaction when I read that Media Access Australia, a not-for-profit organisation devoted to increasing access to media for people with a disability had produced a report on The accessibility of cloud computing - current and future trends' was 'Why?'.

Born-in-the-Cloud Versus Born-Again-Cloud

A recent article in Business Spectator chronicled the battle between the hugely dominant accounting software developer MYOB and a number of upstart providers of cloud-based accounting software, led by New Zealand-based Xero that has come from nowhere to steal MYOB's market share.

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