Cloud News Report: Top 3 in Cloud – Week Ending in August 6

August 6, 2014 by Megan Gish

The Cloud News Report is a weekly list of our top three favorite cloud computing articles from the past week. 

From researching cloud options, introducing decided upon cloud provider to the team, and implementing cloud services, you have many things to consider. How will this help my business adapt and be more competitive in the marketplace? How can I measure success from this venture? This week’s Cloud News Report aims to answer those questions with the following industry articles:

Cloud Computing Means Business Agility

Findings from a recent study by Harvard Business Review Analytic Services support that when companies increase their business agility and reduce complexity, they excel over competitors. Survey respondents affirmed the reason why they chose their cloud service was to increase business agility making cloud and business, a perfect match. The article looks for what’s next saying, “With increased agility, midsize companies are in a better position to grow, and IT professionals’ priorities can be positively realigned.”

Take a look at how strategic cloud strategies help you gain business agility >>

Cloud ROI: Why It’s Still Hard to Measure

Measuring the overall cost of cloud success for in-house hosting can be daunting. In this Information Week article Charles Babcock examines metrics used by top cloud innovators, GE and Airbnb, along with detailed information from an internal survey. Charles states that, “Operationally, cloud technology has proved itself capable of handling large-scale infrastructure and software needs. Financially companies still are struggling with the right way to calculate the payback; how to measure the cloud’s value in speed, cost, and staff focus; and how to assess where cloud use makes the most sense.

Get anecdotal advice from experienced cloud users and weigh the survey results >>

Analyst: Cloud Backup Services Should Be A Consideration

In this Redmond Magazine article Kurt Mackie takes a closer look at affirmations from Noel Yuhanna, a principal analyst at Forrester Research. Noel estimates, “15% of companies are currently performing database backups in the cloud, a figure that has doubled in the last year.” The article showcases the following as key drivers cloud-based disaster recover, “the growth of data, the need for applications to be available all of the time, cost savings enabled by cloud technologies and the need for organizational agility in the face of such pressures.”

See other benefits and concerns when choosing cloud-based disaster recovery >>

When looking for cloud services or analyzing current cloud strategies, how do you determine your cloud ROI?