01 July 2013

Outsourcing News Alert for May - June, 2013

Crowdsourcing- The Good, The Bad, And the Uglords
The internet has long gone by the rules of the mob. The one with the most followers, the post with the most comments, the memes that won’t die. Every day millions more Netizens join the collective and throw their weight around in whatever way they choose.
The latest cloud computing report this time comes from Microsoft in collaboration with 451 Research, and again looks towards the hybrid as the tangible future of cloud computing.
Cloud computing technology remains a tough sell in some industries because of fears over reliable connectivity.

Cloud computing has enabled companies to realize new levels of infrastructure scalability and efficiency.
As cloud computing matures, a growing number of organizations are moving to cloud environments to help lower IT costs, increase efficiencies, and realize greater flexibility.
Some small to medium sized software providers in Latin America seek specialization in business verticals and languages while others do not.
We need a new approach where the 'contract' for services is an understanding and a framework rather than a formal document.
While cloud computing’s popularity as a powerful and transformational business tool is soaring, some companies have been frustrated with cloud apps procured from multiple vendors requiring extensive integration that has dragged out time to value, stunted innovation initiatives, and reinforced the very silos those cloud apps were intended to break down, a new survey has found.
Despite growing cloud adoption in some public and private sectors, overall, cloud computing is receiving a lukewarm reception in Germany.
5 Cloud Computing Trends For 2013
The rapid rise of cloud computing means corporate IT may no longer be the cheapest purveyor of application hosting, infrastructure, storage and other services. The sooner IT leaders come to terms with this, the better.
Small businesses are often aware of the advantages offered by cloud computing services, such as low upfront costs, flexible access to software and inexpensive data backup. Still, they may have questions about getting started. Common questions and concerns include how to choose the right cloud applications, how to use the applications and the security of their data when stored in the cloud
Cloud computing might have momentum behind it, but that doesn't mean every business is going to be making the leap — at least, not yet.
Crowdsourcing platforms - oDesk, Elance, Freelancer, and 99designs
IDG Enterprise has released the results from its 2013 cloud computing research, highlighting how cloud is transforming IT, public vs. private cloud strategies, cloud ownership and opportunities for cloud solution providers
The 2013 IDG Enterprise Cloud Computing research was completed with the goal of measuring cloud computing trends among technology decision-makers including usage and plans across various cloud service and deployment models, investments, business drivers and impact on business strategy and plans.
As more lawyers struggle to cut costs and boost office efficiency, many are turning to Internet-based data storage and client services computer programs.
The Big Data argument speaks quite clearly for itself: the better a brand knows its customers, its interaction with those customers becomes more meaningful, ultimately increasing the likelihood that the customer takes some sort of action whether it be a purchase, a positive review, a recommendation or otherwise, and repeat that action in the future. However, the tech landscape provides a backdrop that basically changes with the seasons, so as the hardware changes, so does the consumer.
What is the European Union doing to prevent more European companies from moving to Asia or other cheap labour regions, taking away the jobs that people in Europe need right now to sustain their families?
As the IT outsourcing industry is undergoing some fundamental changes, CIOs will need to take their vendor management game to a new level.
The UK Software and IT Services (SITS) market will grow 8 percent to £44.3 billion by 2016, but this will represent a decline of 5 percent in real terms since 2011, according to research from analyst TechMarketView.In its "UK Software Market: Trends and Forecasts" report TechMarketView determines that "despite the difficult market", there is a "golden opportunity for SMEs to snatch business from larger players."
The rise of cloud computing is forcing old adversaries to work together
The cloud computing industry will not realise its full potential until it learns a few lessons from the history of the web
The European Commission moves forward with plans to simplify the buying of cloud services for business, which it says is still confounding businesses.
The way in which European cloud computing contracts are drawn up is to come under scrutiny by a team of experts.
The advance of cloud computing has been swift and steady. Businesses all over the globe are switching to clouds to energise their revenue, cut costs and enable more cohesive information technology within their organisations. From public clouds accessible to anyone with a laptop, to private and bespoke administrations serving businesses of all shapes and sizes, the future looks distinctly cloudy - in a good way.
Businesses that adopt cloud or ‘as-a-Service’ operational models have the opportunity to generate huge business growth by freeing their IT staff from the daily tasks associated with maintaining an on-premise infrastructure, allowing them to focus on innovative solutions to help grow the company. Transitioning from a legacy infrastructure to a cloud-based operational model unchains the IT team and frees them to implement technologies that will improve the company’s core product and customer service, which is a key strategy for scaling and growing in today’s cloud and technology environments.
In recent times, one of the most popular concepts mentioned in the IT environment has been, without doubt, that of Cloud Computing. This is a set of technologies based on infrastructure as well as on service, offering real advantages to important organizations whose main objective is to provide companies and/or end users with environments that are secure, flexible, personalized and dynamic.
Just as virtualisation has transformed data centre operations, the emergence of cloud computing represents a significant shift in the way IT operates applications today. Up until now, IT ops teams have been driven by a server-centric operations model, where the application itself played a secondary role. Cloud computing, on the other hand, is an application-centric operations model.
Demand for IT contractors will be strongest in mobile computing and cloud services in the future, according to recruiters.
Offshore outsourcing may begin to lose its appeal as technology management is increasingly automated.
Remember those 'Tastes great! Less filling!' beer ads? Many debate cloud computing in a similar manner, saying the cloud's great because it's either agile or inexpensive. As it turns out, cloud computing's affordability and agility aren't mutually exclusive--and that's good news for enterprise IT.
Midsize businesses rarely achieve the same standards of security in their own datacenters as professional providers that specialize in delivering these services to organizations.
IT organizations and CIOs don't contract and outsource to countries, they contract and outsource to companies. Given that, it's time to stop assessing location-based risk in a vacuum because sometimes the 'riskiest' suppliers may have the most innovative solutions.
Answering these questions will help you determine your IT organization's outsourcing maturity in order to improve your IT service provider outcomes.
A three-step approach to help businesses ensure their information remains secure in the cloud
While some public cloud providers such as Amazon Web Services are showing explosive growth, others are seeing their sales plateau or even decline, based upon the Q1 2013 reports. Is this a trend or just a blip in the new but bursty cloud computing market?
While cloud computing has made huge strides in the past year toward becoming a mainstream business tool, lots of half-truths, mistruths, and good old-fashioned falsehoods are still swirling around with regard to the cloud’s place in the enterprise.
A new algorithm solves a major problem with homomorphic encryption, which would let Web servers process data without decrypting it.
Cloud budgets are rising as IT confronts security and ROI challenges, according to the 2013 Cloud Computing Survey from IDG Enterprise.
The hype says small businesses are rushing to the cloud, hesitating only because of security concerns, if at all. Don't believe the hype.