Category: Thought Leadership

The cloud has made a huge impact on both people’s daily lives as well as business. There has been a marvelous synthesis between social connectivity trends and technology across sizes and industries to harness the cloud and drive business innovation. But, according to a recent study, there are very few organizations which are actively using the cloud to its full potential. Even though it is accepted widely as a game changer when it comes to technology with the potential to change internal operations, industry value chains, and customer relationships, most companies aren’t adopting cloud-enabled models of business. Cloud computing has been defined as the delivery of storage and computing capacity in the form of a service to a community of end-recipients. Cloud Adoption Businesses around the world are recognizing cloud as a very important technology and adopting strategies involving the cloud to try and reduce the cost and complexity associated with regular IT approaches. Out of the 527 technology and businesses executives surveyed, around 3/4th said their companies had adopted, piloted, or implemented the cloud in their organizations. 90 percent of them said they would do it within 3 years. Just 13 percent have implemented the cloud substantially, but this […]

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Cloud computing, including all subscription based and pay-per-use models, are intensifying competition as far as the regular license-based software business is concerned in Thailand. This is raising a number of serious questions regarding the future of the local software companies in the country. Local Firms In order to survive, these local firms are going to have to adapt to the recurring revenue platforms during this age of subscriptions instead of doing what they normally do and sell licenses with the help of their perpetual licensing models. Companies even need to adopt emerging technologies such as the IoT (Internet of Things) and large-scale data analytics in order to develop innovative software solutions on-demand, says a couple of leading software experts. The software industry in the country needs to embrace service models which are software enabled in order to speed up innovation and enable scalable service delivery remotely at a lower cost. This is what Thanachart Numnonda; the executive director of the IMC Institute had to say. The IMC Institute is a Thai owned research and IT training firm. Software Enabled Services The software enabled service providers include Uber and Grab, the ride-sharing app makers, Airbnb the online marketplace, and Builk.com, a […]

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If you aren’t quicker and smarter than your competition when it comes to talent acquisition, time to market, and customer feedback loops, your business is going to start suffering eventually. This is what a digital transformation is all about. It isn’t for the wimps. It is an ongoing technical, organizational, procedural, financial, and cultural challenge. Back to Front Digital transformation is something which needs to be end-to-end. It cannot just be something for marketing or finance or HR to do in isolation. These processes are generic to most organizations, and when they are run on legacy applications, they can get really expensive to upgrade or maintain, especially when highly customized. Moving them to a shared cloud service can help improve efficiency and savings. They will also accelerate the ability of a company to innovate. The main payoff, however, comes when the company can tie in their front and back end applications and connect them with infrastructure, sensor-laden devices, machines, etc. to get real-time feedback. What’s in the way? Not all CIOs are moving at the same speed when it comes to digital transformations. One common problem here is that companies tend to begin the journey in decentralized ways. This results […]

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From the view point of technology, delivering computer services using the cloud is now mainstream. We are using something or the other that is linked with the cloud every single day. For consumers, interactions that are cloud-computing driven are becoming more commonplace and regular. Need a ride? There’s Lyft or Uber. Have a question? There’s Google Now or Siri. What about music? There’s Pandora, Spotify, etc. Businesses have also started leveraging cloud computing based services from online storage companies. This is a rapidly growing business as far as cloud computing is concerned. A Perfect Analogy In all of these cases, the idea involves leveraging an inexhaustible supply of computing, storage, and network connections to deliver computing like a utility just how power companies are delivering electricity to businesses or homes. Web-based companies are writing software which can take advantage of this utility in a way which lets them run services on this infrastructure and build business models around them. However, traditional businesses have been slower to move to this type of computing. There’s a lot of talk about private clouds or hybrid clouds which mix elements of private and public clouds but in reality, adopting these concepts has been much […]

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Below is a list of some of the cloud computing predictions for 2016 that market leaders from the IT industry have forecasted. The reports include insights from cloud leaders including Digital Globe, Rackspace, Racemi, and so on. Here are three of the most important trends to watch out for: Public Cloud Market Share Consolidation The market is going to continue consolidating around the infrastructure that is offered by the two hyper scale vendors, TD Web Services, Azure and AWS. The first moves are going to be from Rackspace, who is reselling AWS and HP who is reselling Azure. TD Web Services, have developed their own cloud and are selling the same. Most of the market share from cloud computing will be going to the most influential players in the market. This simplifies the process of vendor selection for many service providers, and it is expected that most providers will integrate with either one or both of these main players infrastructure as a part of their service offerings in the year 2016. Forecast consolidation when it comes to cloud computing may spell trouble for a lot of data centers and many junior players too. Further consolidation is expected from the industry […]

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Making the decision to outsource cloud hosting services is not always easy, the keyword here being the word TRUST. You may be continents apart with your cloud provider, which therefore means that you will have to rely on their word when it comes to quality service provision. You will not be able to physically verify their infrastructure or even visit their business premises thus making the decision much harder. The argument that most employers give is that how can I trust a third party with critical data, if I cannot even trust my own employees with it? I will discuss some of the common concerns amongst business owners when it comes to outsourcing cloud services, and how to minimize such risks. Common concerns among subscribers of hosted cloud services Compliance with IT standards Most people are usually concerned whether the service provider has fully complied with IT standards, which is a legitimate cause of worry because it determines a lot of things such as data security, compliance with safety & regulation measures and availability of quality equipment. Lack of compliance may easily be transferred to the subscriber and may end up affecting the business operations. It is therefore very important […]

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From the second quarter of 2014 to the second quarter of 2015 McAfee’s recent threat reports shows that ransomware samples have rocketed by 127% with the number of new ransomware samples having increased by a staggering 58% in comparison to the previous quarter. Some of the highlighted causes of this are the new ransomware strains such as CTB-Locker and CryptoWall. There is an increasing market for “malware as a service” making ransomware attacks available to anyone and contains user-friendly consoles to initiate the attacks. According to the report, there have been some Off-the-shelf toolkits for malware, affiliate programs for ransomware, fill-in-the-blank attack-creation programs, and other familiar business offerings cropping up in the dark web supporting faster, easier and expansive distribution of attacks. Now even those with little skill are able to be cyber-criminals. Placing security in place has no deterred the criminals with the lucrative rewards serving as incentive to adapt attacks to bypass the systems in place. An essential line of protection towards cybersecurity measures is responsible user practice. This however is difficult to implement countrywide. It is hampered by the limited education on the safe user practice such as avoiding suspicious mail, links and attachments. It also includes […]

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An Open Source Software is basically software that can be modified by users. This is made possible by the fact that for OSS the source code of the software is shared with the software. Once the source code is available, programmers are at liberty to enhance software by adding and removing features and in a way, customize the software. Previously known as Free Source Software, the concept is not at all new. Back in the 80s, Open Source Software (having changed from Free Source Software due to the perception of the term ‘free’ it was feared to have to the corporate sector) is said to have started gaining popularity. With the main goal of allowing users to understand how particular software functions internally, it was a common practice for developers to share the source code together with the software. That said, one must wonder of what benefit it is to programmers to freely avail their source code. What do they stand to gain once they give it out for ‘free’ as opposed to making a propriety software or a closed source software whose code is not availed for modification and whose source code can only be accessed by the authors? […]

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Cloud service implementation was not something to be excited about three to four years ago. This has however changed for IT departments and leaders, as it has become the new direction for businesses. How so? Let’s have a look at how cloud architects are slowly replacing rack and sack administrators. 1. The Basics So what is this cloud technology and who are cloud architects? Cloud is a metaphor for internet-based technology. It is also known as on-demand computing, that relies on sharing computing resources as opposed to having local servers or personal devices to handle applications. Shared resources, data, and information are provided to computers and other devices on-demand. It provides users and businesses with various capabilities to store and process their data in third-party data centers. In the simplest terms, it means storing and accessing data and programs over the Internet instead of the computer’s hard drive. The reason it is fast gaining popularity is its ability to reduce costs, increased security and reduced downtime. Due to lower hardware costs from more efficient use of physical resources, the price of deploying applications in the cloud can be less when compared to on-site hosting and issues of security and downtime […]

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Cloud computing is a computing model where users can store and access data and programs over the Internet instead of a computer’s hard drive. It involves using a network of remote servers hosted on the Internet to store, manage and process data, rather than a local server or a personal computer. Simply put, it is computing based on the Internet (The cloud). An on-premise software is a software that is installed and runs on a computer in the premises (building) of the enterprise using the software rather than from a remote server, as in cloud computing. Cloud computing has brought changes in the information technology and business landscape. Some of the advantages offered by cloud computing include increased flexibility, low costs per storage, near-infinite capacity on-demand, and distributed accessibility since anyone with Internet access can access the information stored in the cloud. Companies can therefore operate on a global scale without having to spend large amounts of money for expansion. This is a shift from the past when users would run applications or programs from software downloaded and installed on a physical computer or server. Using cloud computing, users can access and run the same applications and programs through the […]

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