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What's Driving Subscription Services? From personal care products to groceries and movies on demand, cloud-based subscriptions are fulfilling the needs of consumers across an array of market sectors. Nowhere is this shift to subscription services more evident than in the technology sector. By adopting an Everything-as-a-Service (XaaS) delivery model, companies are able to tailor their computing environments to shape the experiences they want for customers as well as their workforce. While the need to customize computing and technology services is a major driver, there are a number of other factors fueling the growing global corporate demand for XaaS. By securing utility-based offerings on a per-seat, per-month model based on usage, companies have more control over costs and can free up capital and resources to pursue new product and services initiatives. XaaS elim... (more)

SaaS Adoption: Before You Sign on the Dotted Line | @CloudExpo #API #SaaS #Cloud

The purpose of this article is draw attention to key SaaS services that are commonly overlooked during contact signing that are essential to ensuring they meet the expectations and requirements of the organization and provide guidance and recommendations for process and controls necessary for achieving quality SaaS contractual agreements. Introduction The attraction of Software as a Service (SaaS) offerings for businesses include advantages such as speed of delivery, scalability, low cost of entry, accessibility, and lower costs to just name a few. But one can't deny another aspect of SaaS adoption which is the "selling" aspect of such solutions. SaaS providers want their customers to feel that not only do they have the best solution, but they have your best interest in mind and will take care of everything for you. They will often pitch their solution services as co... (more)

Using Predictive Analytics to Avoid Hospital Layoffs | @BigDataExpo #ML #BigData #Analytics

Using Predictive Analytics to Avoid Hospital Layoffs By Sanjeev Agrawal, President and Chief Marketing Officer, LeanTaaS iQueue It seems as if news about another hospital laying off workers - or worse, closing - hits the news every day; at last count, 21 hospitals stopped treating patients in 2016. Hospitals and healthcare systems across the country, including some of the largest, laid off thousands of employees. In November 2016 alone, 13 providers eliminated more than 1,000 jobs. In September, HCCA's Vice President of Marketing Kathleen Johnson said, "The actions taken recently are in accordance with our planned and ongoing strategic realignment of the hospital's operations. We continue to streamline operations, improve efficiencies and healthcare delivery to our community." In October, UC Irvine Health spokesman John Murray said, "The layoffs are part of a multipro... (more)

[slides] #LowCode and #NoCode | @CloudExpo @ProgressSW #SaaS #DevOps

Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here Scaling Up, Up and Away with Low-Code Application Platforms You have great SaaS business app ideas. You want to turn your idea quickly into a functional and engaging proof of concept. You need to be able to modify it to meet customers' needs, and you need to deliver a complete and secure SaaS application. How could you achieve all the above and yet avoid unforeseen IT requirements that add unnecessary cost and complexity? You also want your app to be responsive in any device at any time. Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Mark Allen, General Manager of the Progress Corticon and Rollbase businesses, discussed and provided a deep understanding of the low-code application platforms that address these concerns. Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here Speaker Bio Mark Allen is the General Manager... (more)

Data Platforms as a Service | @CloudExpo @Pythian #SQL #Azure #AWS #AI

Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here A Tour of Data Platforms as a Service With the proliferation of both SQL and NoSQL databases, organizations can now target specific fit-for-purpose database tools for their different application needs regarding scalability, ease of use, ACID support, etc. Platform as a Service offerings make this even easier now, enabling developers to roll out their own database infrastructure in minutes with minimal management overhead. However, this same amount of flexibility also comes with the challenges of picking the right tool, on the right provider and with the proper expectations. Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here In his session at 18th Cloud Expo,Christo Kutrovsky , Principal Consultant at Pythian, compared the NoSQL and SQL offerings from AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud, their similarities, differences and use ca... (more)

Turning Identity-as-a-Service Inside Out

Simple question with a surprisingly complex answer: who owns your identity? Our first instinct is to insist that we each own our own identities. After all, we are our identities, right? Not so fast. There are myriad players who own a piece of your identity, from the credit bureaus to your bank to Facebook to your doctor to your employer. Every single one has some kind of identity management system that keeps track of information about you. In fact, this personally identifiable information (PII) is so powerful that when someone steals it, we call that crime identity theft - as though stealing your PII was the equivalent of stealing your very soul. The reason PII has such power, of course, is because we give it power. Knowing a username and password gives you the power to access a system. Knowing your Social Security Number and birth date may give you the power to ... (more)

Software Development as a Service (DevaaS)

Runtime Benefits of Application Systems in the Cloud With every major IT and telecom vendor announcing support for cloud every other day, the cloud is here to stay and no questions about it. However, most of the benefits are at runtime or when the IT applications are executed, for example: We have options to consume applications from public clouds (SaaS) We have options to utilize platforms of choice (PaaS) We have production environments provisioned dynamically (IaaS) We have environments scaled dynamically based on the usage patterns (elasticity and dynamic scaling) We have metering and billing options (pay per use) We share systems (multi-tenancy) However, there aren't any case studies that show the value proposition of the cloud during the analysis, design, development and testing of IT applications. IT Budget Allocations Waterfall vs Agile SDLC Models Before the... (more)

Cloudy Concepts: IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, MaaS, CaaS & XaaS

Generally IT folk, whether in Storage, Virtualization, Change Management or Project Management love the use of acronyms and synonyms to express key concepts amongst each other. What other industry would allow an individual to spurt a line such as "Have SOX seen the BCP and CAB approval for our VDC's DR SAN and will this then be added to the CMDB by CoB today?" without immediately flinching or bringing in a logopaedics specialist for help. More often than not, IT folk have also used these synonyms and acronyms as smokescreens to prevent outsiders from realizing "well this IT stuff is actually quite easy to understand and quite straightforward". Hence no surprise that when the seemingly simple concept of Cloud Computing took off, so did the emergence of an abundance of acronyms and synonyms reaping a new breed of I.T. professionals who were the only ones that could ... (more)

Yahoo’s Embarrassed Ex-CEO Finds a New Job

Scott Thompson, the Yahoo CEO who left in May after four months in the job because it was discovered that he gave himself an undergraduate degree in computer science, has gotten another job. He's now CEO of ShopRunner, a start-up that gives members two-day shipping from some retail sites along the lines of Amazon's Prime service, which also collects fees in exchange for faster delivery. ShopRunner, which figures Thompson's experience as president of PayPal will be useful, said its CEO and co-founder Mike Golden will stay on as president. Thompson and Golden apparently worked together before. The start-up, which launched 22 months ago, is counting on expanding. It means to introduce a two-click checkout called PayRunner - which sounds PayPal-like - and the option of picking up the package at a convenience store, a scheme called ShipRunner Pickup Points. It expects to... (more)

IT Must Invest in Architecture and Engineering: Adaptivity CEO

Blueprint4IT on Ulitzer In this exclusive Q&A for SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Journal with Cloud Expo Conference Chair, Jeremy Geelan, Tony Bishop - Founder & CEO of Adaptivity - discusses Adaptivity's "IT Transformation Factory" and their Cloud Computing strategy. Bishop gave a General Session at the 5th Cloud Expo in New York in April entitled "Understanding the Relationship Between Workloads and the Cloud." About Tony Bishop: As Chairman and CEO, he leads the team and provides hands-on coaching, thought leadership and executive strategy support for Adaptivity's key clients and partners. He is an innovative IT executive, with an excellent track record in strategy, design, and the implementation of business-aligned enterprise technology platforms across large organizations. He most recently served as SVP and Chief Architect of Wachovia’s Corporate Investment Banking ... (more)

Which Cloud Services Providers Are Gaining Mind Share?

Cloud Computing on Ulitzer There is little doubt that cloud computing is big news, but who is gaining your mind share?  Amazon, NetSuite, and Salesforce.com, have been in the news recently with a number of announcements.  So many that I've been attempting to track them by creating specific journals for each. Our experiences are likely to be different, and barring actual surveys and research, is subjective and based largely on our own impressions and perceptions of which companies are in the news or making news in this segment. There are several lists that are excellent points of reference - The Top 150 Players in Cloud Computing, 85 Cloud Computing Vendors Shaping the Emerging Cloud, and The VAR Guy's SaaS 20 Index. Large technology companies like AT&T, EMC / VMware, HP, IBM, Microsoft, Unisys, and others that come to mind have not been included below in the top 20... (more)