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Cloud computing remains the most discussed subject in IT. Many analysts believe that it will fundamentally change how IT services are used, pointing to lower costs and accelerated time-to-market for software-based projects. But cloud computing means more for a company than just technology. It holds the potential for establishing a new approach for innovations in business operations. The cloud forms the technological foundation for new types of collaboration that finally sweep aside the barriers separating business from IT. More people, more expertise and more business information can be integrated and aligned with business strategy, giving a company greater momentum and making it more effective. Social media platforms like Facebook, as well as companies such as Lego and Dell, are trying out some initial ideas to explore the value these new opportunities for collabo... (more)

The Business Value of Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is the hottest topic in IT. Gartner ranks cloud in the #1 spot of its list of top 10 strategic technology topics. It is the overriding theme at most industry conferences this year. Projections of cloud revenue growth rates in the high double digits further underscore the relevance of the topic. Yet today’s discussions of cloud computing only hint at its full potential. Like the early days of e-business and the introduction of SOA, cloud is in its infancy, with its promise still to be fully realized. Advocates of cloud are limiting their focus to tactical cost ben... (more)

Closing the Gap Between Business and IT

Within any organization, communication between the core business operations and the IT group has traditionally been a challenging and adversarial relationship. Most miscommunications between the two groups result from misunderstandings related to software and other issues. Now the gap between the business IT layers is beginning to close. “My programmer doesn’t understand me! This software doesn’t do what I need it to!” The deep sighs from the business side of an organization are a familiar sound. Standardized applications are not a perfect fit for the desi... (more)