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Arizona Goes Aggressively Cloud-First with State Computing

A bill that the Arizona governor is expected to sign in the next few days will make transitioning to cloud systems a major state priority. Cloud First in Federal IT Arizona May Head for the Cloud Business speed Arizona has decided to prioritize cloud computing. Without getting into the politics, let’s look at how “Cloud First” has been a prominent notion in government for years. Then we’ll review the particular case of Arizona. Cloud First in Federal IT In 2010, the United States government, through the Office of Management and Budget, released 25 directives to improve the management of federal IT. One of the most important points was a new position that required a “cloud first” policy toward any computing adoption. Vivek Kundra, the federal CIO, included the policy toward cloud along with other ideas to streamline government technology in an address on December 9. The gains the government could see from cloud are massive, said Kundra. For instance, he mentioned that agencies would be able to provision services immediately and sometimes could cut costs in half. RELATED: It’s true that cloud has generally strong attributes, but it’s important to choose the right cloud provider – since there is significant […]

Consultant: Cloud and Mobile Are Central to Innovation

Bob Egan, founder of Sepharim Research Group, says that mobile cloud is a wise choice for business investment. It enhances your staff’s ability to perform their jobs and allows you to dominate your market by targeting your competitors’ weaknesses. Interconnected Technologies Why IT Decision-Makers Should Embrace Cloud Mobile Cloud is about ROI, Not Savings The Key to Tesla’s Success Using Mobile Cloud to Attract New Business Interconnected Technologies As two key components of computing’s third platform, cloud computing and mobile devices are growing and improving hand-in-hand. Cloud’s ultra-fast storage and delivery of data has greatly expanded the possibilities with tablets, phones, and e-readers. In turn, the need for mobile-friendly technology has increased the use of cloud computing. These dual, integrally connected tools make digital life more fluid and adaptable, both for companies and for consumers. If you want to consider the full impact of cloud and mobile, it’s important not to think in terms of the raw technology but instead in terms of what your business will be able to achieve if you embrace them to a greater extent. Bob Egan, who is the founder and chief research officer at Sepharim Research Group, believes that the third platform is critical so […]

Six Elements Foiling Your Big Data Plans

Big data holds amazing promise, as indicated by the way its being used to study medicine. However, the vast majority of data is not analyzed. What holds back full use of your data? The Promise of Big Data: Example of Medicine Big Data Going Underutilized Archnemeses of Big Data Conclusion The Promise of Big Data: Example of Medicine Everyone in their first or second year at NYU School of Medicine must complete an assignment that taps into huge amounts of information. Students are able to study a massive database that contains hospital records throughout New York for two full years, totalling over 5 million records. Students can see diagnostics and basic demographics, with specific identities scrubbed for privacy. The students are given analytic programs so that they can search for patterns and develop insights, notes the school’s associate dean, Marc Triola. These tools allow them to “look at quality measures for things like heart failure, diabetes, smoking and high blood pressure,” he says. “and drill down and look at the performance of the practice as a whole, and [the performance of] individual doctors.” The school believes this project is fundamental in preparing students for an increasingly technological world.  Big Data […]

Why Cloud Computing is a Smart Choice for Finance (Part 2 of 2)

Finance, both as an industry and as a department within businesses, has been slow to move to the cloud. This piece continues our discussion (see Part 1) of what’s holding financial pros back and why it’s worth it to make the transition. 15 Reasons Cloud Makes Sense for Finance Departments (cont.) Lower Your Risk with a Slower Transition 15 Reasons Cloud Makes Sense for Finance Departments (cont.) Wise Development International readiness – If you plan to find customers and otherwise operate in other countries, finances will become more sophisticated, as will compliance. That means you have to keep updating your current system. Cloud systems are updated on-the-go, by the cloud provider. Smoother M & A – Computing is the most expensive part of merging with or acquiring another company. On the other hand, it can create points of integration as well. “The heavy reliance on ERP for business operations, management information, and financial reporting make it a priority item in the M&A agenda,” explains Forbes. Testing a different market – When you go into a different market, you find a different type of customer. Cloud allows you to easily customize the back-end support to meet diverse needs. Hypergrowth – When […]

Why Cloud Computing is a Smart Choice for Finance (Part 1 of 2)

Finance has been much slower than other sectors and other business departments to move to the cloud. Let’s explore this topic in a two-part series to better understand the hesitation and why it makes sense to overcome it. Finance Industry’s Security Concerns Finance Departments Used to be the Tech Trendsetter 15 Reasons Cloud Makes Sense for Finance Departments Both the finance industry and finance departments at companies have been slower than their counterparts to adopt cloud computing. Let’s look at what’s holding things back and why it’s worth tackling the challenges and moving forward – specifically, a.) security concerns of financial firms, and b.) reasons finance departments benefit from cloud. Finance Industry’s Security Concerns Finance has been slow to switch over to cloud computing because of concerns with security and compliance. However, more finance companies are adopting cloud every day, replacing their legacy approach with the easy adaptability, high performance, and multigenerationally approved interfaces of cloud. What’s basically holding financial firms back is that they want to make certain that user data and business processes can be safe within another organization’s datacenters. Finance companies have expansive and intricate computing systems that depend on core on-premises software, and it’s absolutely critical […]

Will Traditional Banks Be Able to Win at Cloud?

Now that the banking cloud is quickly developing, traditional banks are realizing they have to improve their digital stance if they don’t want to see a mass exodus of their customers. Better Security Perception & a Changing Market Digital the Way to Bank Quickly Essential to Continuing Retail Success Diving into Digital Immediacy without Sacrificing Service Cloud as a General Path Forward Conclusion Better Security Perception & a Changing Market Now that cloud-centered, digital bank startups are on the rise, traditional firms are assessing the extent to which they might want to invest in newer technologies. Public cloud was previously feared as a general security concern, but that perception has largely changed: security was listed as the top challenge with cloud in last year’s State of the Cloud survey, but in 2016 the top issue is talent and resources. Banks are becoming more open to cloud in terms of security but also from a business standpoint, recognizing that they are losing market share to emerging businesses such as Starling, Mondo, and Atom. Traditional banks have had to move elements of their businesses beyond their own datacenters in order to effectively respond to the changing financial landscape. Digital the Way to Bank […]