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Application Development and Delivery: When and Where to Leverage the Cloud [ Source: OutSystems ]

April 2014- As IT organizations look for ways to deliver innovative business solutions fast, the cloud becomes a major factor as they embark on the infrastructure and application delivery decision-making process.

As the platform as a service (PaaS) market continues to mature, enterprise development teams are recognizing the opportunity to manage application development and delivery in ways that maximize business agility and responsiveness.

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• The fundamentals ...

Why IT Struggles to Innovate, and How You Can Fix It [ Source: OutSystems ]

April 2014- It seems that it's virtually impossible for IT to meet all business demands with current budgets, resources, and approaches. But the business keeps changing and IT needs to respond rapidly and innovate in order to stay relevant to the organization.

Why does IT struggle to innovate?

According to Gartner and other analyst reports:
• 80%-85% of IT budgets are spent just "Keeping the Lights On" (KTLO)
• Backlogs are ...

OutSystems 'Cloudifies' App Development: Looks to Stand Out through DevOps Automation [ Source: OutSystems ]

April 2014- This independent report explores the OutSystems Platform and the company?s move into the platform as a service (PaaS) market.

With the availability of the public cloud version of the OutSystems Platform, the company completes its product portfolio with multiple deployment scenarios - the on-premises single-tenant version, public, private, or hybrid cloud multi-tenant versions.

Its capability to fully automate devops processes that involve both developers and IT operations departments is compelling ...

OutSystems Platform and Force.com: Different PaaS for Different Players [ Source: OutSystems ]

April 2014- This whitepaper, authored by Bloor Research practice leader David Norfolk, compares two different PaaS (platform as a service) solutions - OutSystems Platform and Force.com.

The paper includes a comprehensive analysis of the two PaaS solutions with a focus on providing an objective look at two products that are both "fit for a purpose." The paper provides enough information to help IT professionals determine which product matches their needs and requirements.

PaaS - Powering a New Era of Business IT [ Source: OutSystems ]

April 2014- Cloud computing services have become an integral part of many organization's enterprise IT strategies. In the last 12 months, platform as a service (PaaS) has become one of the fastest growing areas of all cloud computing services with analyst firms like Gartner and IDC predicting sharp uptakes in PaaS adoption.

This paper explores why PaaS has suddenly become relevant and irresistible to many organizations. It dives into the opportunities and considerations associated with using ...

Cloud Integration for Hybrid IT: Balancing Business Self-Service and IT Control [ Source: Informatica ]

February 2014- It's no longer a question of if your company will be adopting cloud-based solutions, but when and how many. Gartner predicts that by the end of 2016, more than 50 percent of Global 1000 companies will have stored customer-sensitive data in the public cloud. With the proliferation of cloud-based applications, platforms and infrastructure, the potential for data fragmentation and disconnected data silos has grown exponentially. While the benefits of cloud computing have been well documented-scalability, business agility, and ...

Delivering multichannel web experiences with IBM solutions [ Source: IBM ]

September 2013- Organizations have always looked for better ways to reach, communicate and engage seamlessly with customers, vendors, suppliers and employees. More often than not, this entails jumping from device to device in the course of a single interaction and orgnaiztaions look for consistency in delivery of contents across touchpoints.

Learn how IBM's portfolio enables leading organizations to provide a framework to build and maintain multichannel digital experiences that put them ahead of the competition.

Intelligent Imaging for the Real Time World [ Source: IBM ]

September 2013- Banking is undergoing a massive shift that began with the automated teller machine, continued with online banking, and is now accelerating with the advent of mobile computing. It wasn't that long ago that banking customers were limited to the branch on Main Street. Teller services were confined to the 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. "banker's hours" of the 1800's and loan approvals proceeded at a stately, unhurried pace. But today, customers are free to do ...

Transforming Your Business with Software as a Service [ Source: IBM ]

July 2013- IBM SmartCloud Solutions delivers the SaaS solutions needed to maximize collaborations, accelerate innovations, make impactful, informed decisions and become a truly customer-centric organization. Backed by IBM's deep industry knowledge and desire to continually innovate for the benefit of our clients, this portfolio aligns IT and line-of-business priorities to maximize software investments and streamline business processes. The result is a customer-centric company culture that is nimble and ready to act. Only IBM SmartCloud Solutions transcends other ...

Leveraging the Cloud for your Business [ Source: Cornerstone Advanced Communications ]

April 2013- Small and midsized business owners, enterprise clients, and IT professionals are all able to benefit from reliable and affordable hosted services offered over robust and stable technology platforms. This article provides industry statistics and trends that reveal how these services are being used. For those decision makers who are getting used to different types of cloud services, brief overviews of Software as a Service, Infrastructure as a Service, and Platform as a Service are offered.<...

Gartner Research Report: The Four Key Risks of Developing and Executing a Cloud Sourcing Strategy [ Source: Cornerstone Advanced Communications ]

March 2013- In this Cornerstone newsletter featuring Gartner research, decision makers will find insights to help develop and execute successful cloud computing strategies. Organizations have embraced new ways of “consuming” cloud computing resources and are realizing the power of affordable hosted IT and communications services. Although migration to cloud-based services provides many benefits, there are inherent challenges that – with appropriate planning – can be addressed with ease.

CIOs and business decision makers will find a useful ...

Forrester Report: Supply Chain's Role in Commerce Evolution [ Source: IBM ]

December 2012- In order to engage customers in relevant, personalized ways, today?s organizations need to deliver extraordinary experiences across all channels?online and offline. A flexible, integrated supply chain is key, but poor collaboration, low investment, and high volatility make it hard for supply chain leaders to transform their approach.

Read the results of a survey of nearly 400 business leaders to learn about the new strategic imperatives for supply chain leaders, and discover the ...

Project Scoring & Prioritization for Maximum Results: Building a System for Picking the Right IT Projects for your Organization [ Source: Innotas ]

November 2012- Scoring and prioritizing IT projects is still one of the biggest challenges and most neglected processes in many IT organizations. The Innotas eBook on scoring & prioritization will help you build a system for picking the right IT projects for your organization.

The Smart Approach to IT Resource Management [ Source: Innotas ]

November 2012- Learn the smart approach to IT Resource Management. This whitepaper from Innotas-the leader in cloud solutions for Project Portfolio and Application Portfolio Management-identifies why effective resource management is crucial for any IT department.

Estimating the Cost of a GIS in the Amazon Cloud [ Source: ESRI ]

October 2012- Geographic information system (GIS) and information technology (IT) managers see the cloud as a compelling argument for leveraging off-premises hardware resources and reducing local infrastructure costs. But how does one go about calculating the cost of using cloud resources in lieu of using on-site infrastructure? The purpose of this paper is to help the reader understand how costs are calculated for cloud services - using Amazon™ Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) as an example - and ...

GIS in the Cloud eBook [ Source: ESRI ]

October 2012- Cloud computing has emerged as a technology almost every industry that provides or consumes software, hardware, and infrastructure can leverage. The technology and architecture that cloud service and deployment models offer are a key area of research and development for geographic information system (GIS) technology.

GIS in the Cloud provides an overview that includes a definition of cloud computing and discusses the differences between the three core cloud service models - Software as ...

Email marketing in a complex world [ Source: IBM ]

July 2012- Experts estimate that approximately 20 percent of emails never make it to the inbox. Read this white paper to see how a focused approach and relevant content can drive customer actions, build communities and extend the reach of your brand.

Collaborate at the speed of business [ Source: IBM ]

July 2012- The goal: Collaboration at the speed of business. Organizations feel the pressure every day for higher productivity, more innovative ideas and lower operating costs. In response, forward-thinking enterprises are becoming social businesses activating dynamically constructed networks, including employees.

Business Value of JBoss Enterprise Application Platform [ Source: Red Hat ]

April 2012- This IDC white paper studied the business value of adopting the JBoss Enterprise Application Platform on behalf of Red Hat by interviewing six large United States-based companies that used JBoss to develop custom applications and have been running the applications for at least 12 months. On average, the companies gained more than $6 million a year in financial benefits by moving from traditional proprietary application servers to JBoss Enterprise Application Platform. This translated to $20,240 per 100 users.

e-Commerce Strategies for Business-to-Business (B2B) Sales and Marketing [ Source: IBM ]

April 2012- You need a single view of the customer, inventory orders and shipments everywhere - across all channels, from order initiation through to fulfillment, including returns. So you know exactly what you need, where you need it and when. Access the perfect order briefcase to learn how you can achieve.

A Smarter Approach to CRM [ Source: IBM ]

April 2012- With instant access to information, customers expect a purchase experience that matches the ease and speed of the information-gathering experience. Read this white paper, created in collaboration with Frost & Sullivan, to see how a customer relationship management (CRM) solution can help you respond on the customers? terms.

Seeding the Cloud: How Choosing the Right Model Can Be a Business Rainmaker [ Source: mindSHIFT Technologies ]

February 2012- The business benefits of cloud computing are clear, but for many IT decision makers, the path to cloud implementation is not. Each cloud model offers its own set of strengths and weaknesses and many business and technical factors must be considered. Choosing the right cloud provider with expertise in the cloud model and solutions you need based on proven technology is key to achieving the increased business agility and flexibility, reduced capital and operating expenses ...

What's the most cost-effective route to a unified IT cloud computing solution? Ask a calculator. Run some ROI. [ Source: External IT ]

February 2012- This paper offers a detailed guide to help any company calculate both the initial, transitional hard costs associated with moving to a unified cloud IT solution, and the ongoing management costs.

It offers an objective way of assessing whether your financial needs will be best served in building a unified cloud solution in-house, or teaming with a cloud unifying specialty firm.

Why Cloud-Based IT Outsourcing Firms Are So Popular [ Source: External IT ]

February 2012- Best-of-Class Resources. Conserving Capital. Reducing Risk. Speed of transformation. These are a few of the most common reasons why companies, in increasingly large numbers, are choosing to team with cloud IT unifying specialty firms.

While every company has its own reasons for making this decision, industry surveys have identified ten common reasons that companies cite as driving factors.

This paper details the ten. The list may serve as convenient reference criteria ...

Everything A CEO Needs To Know To Select A Cloud IT Unifying Platform [ Source: External IT ]

February 2012- Technology may not be your specialty, or even your interest. But given its critical role in supporting a business, and the rapid transition companies are making to unified cloud solutions (to cut costs, lower risk and otherwise enhance their competitive stance), this five minute read will be time well spent.

It explains the fundamental differences between the two cloud unifying platforms (the OS33 Portal Desktop and Hosted Desktop/VDI), and does so in ...

Business continuity: How to increase workforce resiliency during disasters [ Source: IBM ]

February 2012- What would happen to your business if your workers were unable to perform their jobs due to natural or manmade disasters? This paper shares five critical areas in which IBM can help you build human factors into your continuity strategy to help ensure that your workforce and your business remains resilient in the face of adversity.

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