In the previous two weeks, I wrote about why the cloud is important to you
as a business leader and provided some rationale for economic justification
of cloud adoption.
Over the next three weeks, I will take apart the three key components that
comprise the cloud: infrastructure, platform and software as a service. Each
is delivered as a cloud-based service. With an understanding of these
components, you will be able to keep your eyes and ears open for
opportunities to significantly impact your organization's top and bottom
The main topic of this week and the most fundamental component of the cloud
is infrastructure as a service (IaaS). This component refers to all the
elements of delivering a Web-based service including servers, Internet
connectivity, transport routing and sometimes higher-level functions for
enhanced performance and scalability.
The bottom ... (more)
Everyone talks about using software to automate their business, but few
actually are doing it. Even fewer are doing it well.
The problem is that automating processes with software seems like a daunting
task. Not only do you have to dive into the details of your business process,
but someone has to become an expert in enabling technologies and then bridge
the two disciplines.
My opinion is that organizations rarely push software automation more than 20
percent of the way into their process. They trudge forward doing things the
way they've always been done or applying stopgap measu... (more)
Cloud computing vendors and applications are sprouting up all over the place.
At our company, WorkXpress we now use a range of cloud computing products to
power several full-time mission critical functions. Key examples include our
telephone system (we are very happy with Grasshopper.com), our email (we have
50 free email accounts through use of Google App's,
http://www.google.com/apps/intl/en/business/index.html) and our business
software (we use WorkXpress.com for such things as project management, sales
force automation and accounting).
We also use cloud based services to sat... (more)
Whenever the issue of cloud computing is brought up in business circles, I
get a range of responses.
There are the eyes-wide-with-wonder folks, the people who truly enjoy and
embrace new technology and for whom the cloud is the next great mystery they
are waiting to see revealed.
Then, there are the middle-of-the-roaders, the people who see cloud computing
as an extension of the Web and software-as-a-service, and are willing to take
the marketing buzzwords in stride to realize new benefits.
Finally, there are the scrooges. These are the people for whom cloud
computing is nothing... (more)
As I mentioned last week, a reliance on cloud computing technologies made it
very easy to move my office from point A to point B.
One aspect I intentionally skipped was our network infrastructure. The cloud
is pretty useless if you don’t have Internet access.
For most businesses with more than a couple employees, Internet access means
getting a service provider to run a line to your business. It means a wiring
closet and a router, and it means enabling connections throughout your office
And if you want wireless, it means setting up all access points and security,
and then... (more)