Cloud News Report: Top 3 in Cloud – Week Ending May 22nd

May 22, 2013 by Diana Nolting

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

To Understand Just How Much The Cloud Will Change The World, Look At Toyota

This article isn’t from this week, but it’s popped up again recently as a prime cloud use case.  In this Business Insider article Julie Bort highlights how cloud has completely changed the world in which Toyota IT operates.  Toyota uses cloud for website and apps and attests to the cloud helping to free up staff to work on more meaningful projects. The cloud is working its way into cars, too, as the article highlights how the cloud will come into play in the future to help the elderly get around with semi-autonomous vehicles, medical devices in the steering wheel and connectivity between devices.

Read the full article and interview with Zack Hicks, Toyota CIO, North America.


Bad first impression? Give cloud a second chance.

This InfoWorld article by J. Peter Bruzzese is a great logical argument for not only what to expect from your cloud provider, but also why one outage shouldn’t deter you from cloud forever. In the article Bruzzese argues that yes, cloud providers sometimes do have outages, but no datacenter, including your own internal datacenter, is immune to a disruption. He argues that for many organizations, after they weigh the pros and cons of cloud, the pros win and the business greatly enjoys not having to manage their own hardware, upgrades, backups and more.

Read all of the arguments for why you should give cloud a second chance, here.


The More Executives Collaborate via Cloud, the More They Appreciate Its Power

Responding to a Cisco survey entitled, “Collaborating in the Cloud,” Forbes Insights Editorial Director Hugo Moreno highlights the major wins collaboration can have for executives by showcasing survey results. In the survey of 53 senior executives across the globe, 64% of respondents said cloud collaboration accelerates business results. That number jumps to 82% among those defined as “leaders” in the survey. Other findings back these statistics saying cloud collaboration represents a breakthrough in effectiveness and many believe it can improve almost any business process.

Read more about the survey’s findings on what cloud collaboration can do for you.