June 2014

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  • What’s the IT forecast look like? Cloudy with a chance of more clouds

    There's a strong chance that most companies have at least heard of cloud computing by now. There's also a strong possibility that many businesses worldwide have already adopted the technology or are planning to do so in the near future, as a way to replace antiquated IT systems, promote employee collaboration and reduce operating costs, all while outsourcing management of these environments to a third-party vendor. Now, firms can focus on their brands instead of tech-related maintenance.

    Organizations that have kept cloud solutions at arm's length are doing themselves a disservice if they continue down this path. The fact of the matter is that more companies will be cloud users soon enough, meaning those on the outside looking in will be in this position until they make the switch. Businesses assertive in their stance that their on-site systems are fine don't have to move all in with a cloud deployment – migrating mission-critical data and a few applications to a hosted environment to put the solution through its paces.

    Firms not happy with the technology can simply end their subscription with the service and go back to normal. But organizations owe it to themselves to at least give the cloud a chance because, before long, they will be in the minority when it comes to using the technology.

    North Bridge Venture Partners, Gigaom Research and 72 collaborating firms found adoption of the cloud has never been higher during its research that spans four studies over four years.

    "With four years of data, we're now really beginning to see some interesting trends, such as the five-fold increase in SaaS adoption to 74 percent and the nearly six-fold increase in PaaS adoption to 41 percent." said Michael Skok, founder of the Future of Cloud program and general partner at North Bridge.

    Businesses, execs hoping cloud delivers results
    Decision-makers must always be ready to establish long-term roadmaps that set their businesses on a successful path. The survey found nearly 50 percent of respondents are using the cloud to create new products and generate revenue. Another 45 percent of participants plan to or already operate their companies from a cloud-based environment.

    David Card, vice president of Gigaom, said "long-suffering IT execs" are benefiting from the latest cloud innovations, especially in terms of offloading functions and instead focusing on new business objectives.

    Data security is perhaps the only inhibitor of the cloud's momentum at the moment. The survey found 49 percent of respondents cited this concern as a problem area. The report indicated vendors that rise above the competition and communicate with customers about their corporate safeguards can set themselves apart from their rivals by gaining client trust.

    Are the security concerns overblown?
    The cloud's security is often a hot debate topic, due primarily to the fact that information is no longer stored at a company's office. Such content is now located at an off-site location and managed by another company. However, the locale of this data is actually its greatest strength.

    For example, data backed up on disks, tapes and external hard drives can be misplaced, stolen or damaged during natural disasters. Companies that migrate information and applications to a cloud environment do not have to worry about such incidents if these resources are accessible through the Internet.

    Any cloud vendor that wants to remain in business for the long run will undoubtedly offer encryption services to safeguard customer content, allowing only authorized personnel to access data and apps.

    It's never easy for an organization so used to operating a certain way to make a major corporate shift. However, the knocks against cloud computing no longer hold as much weight as they used to, making the technology a perfect way for companies to sustain success for years to come.

    The post What’s the IT forecast look like? Cloudy with a chance of more clouds appeared first on RISC Networks.

  • 10 hot cloud computing skills

    Joe Roberts has had his pick of jobs. And with his experience in cloud computing, he still does. Roberts had several job offers when he moved in November from his former position as a senior IT lead/systems engineer working on a SaaS product to his current job as a senior DevOps engineer at Bit9 in Waltham, Mass. […]

  • Tech Firms Top List of Best-Paying Companies

    Glassdoor’s just unveiled a list of top companies for compensation and benefits . The point of the survey isn’t to measure “happiness”—there’s another list for that—but instead to shed light on whose employees are the most satisfied with the very basic foundation blocks of employment: pay, benefits and perks. Fourteen of the 25 companies listed are in tech, including four of the top five: Google topped the list, Facebook was No. 3, followed by Adobe and Epic Systems ( Costco held the second spot). Here’s how the tech companies fared: Google (1) Facebook (3) Adobe (4) Epic Systems (5) Intuit (6) Salesforce (9)  Qualcomm (13) Riverbed Technology (14) Verizon (15) VMware (16)   T-Mobile (17) Microsoft (18)  Orbitz Worldwide (22) eBay (25) Google and Facebook always seem to appear high on these surveys, but this is the first time we’ve seen Verona, Wisc.-based Epic make such a prominent appearance. Many reviewers at the company say their jobs are well-paid and the culture is smart and satisfying. However, they warn that work-life balance isn’t always there and the travel schedule of implementers can be grueling. Glassdoor’s Scott Dobroski told the Wisconsin State Journal that the medical software company’s ratings have been on the rise over the past three or four years. “That likely means they’re changing things inside and employees are much more satisfied than they were a few years ago,” he said. Related Stories 5 Great Places to Work for IT Interns Best Places to Work: Twitter’s Culture Rules Software Engineers Earn More at Smaller Companies Image: Maryna Pleshkun/Shutterstock.com The post Tech Firms Top List of Best-Paying Companies appeared first on Dice News .