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Harry Trott

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The past few decades have seen a continuous evolution in the way IT back-end infrastructure is managed. Mainframe servers have given way to client servers, virtualization and now the cloud. With standalone user terminals giving way to internet-connected smartphones and tablets, users are today more than ready to find a solution of their choice on the web instead of solely relying on company infrastructure. This poses a significant challenge to the way IT assets are managed in an organization and is perhaps the reason why businesses are today investing millions of dollars in upgrading to cloud-based services. According to one estimate, business spending on public clouds is expected to have crossed $23.2 billion in 2017. At the same time, private cloud is expected to have grown to $13.8 billion at the end of last year. This transition changes not only the way IT serv... (more)

Who Owns Your Customer Database in the Cloud | @CloudExpo #Cloud

The question of who owns the data is partly determined by the kind of cloud infrastructure that is in place for your business. The advantages that cloud based hosting brings needs to reiteration. Cloud hosting is infinitely scalable, needs radically lower CapEx and with distributed hosting, it is much more fail-proof than data hosted on your premise. But the recent legal spar between Apple and the US government has brought the limelight once again back on the debate about ownership of data. In the case of Apple, the fight is over decrypting the iPhone used by a criminal in order... (more)

Brand Strategy for Your Startup | @CloudExpo #AI #BI #DX #BPM #Analytics

Having a well-rounded brand strategy helps you identify the marketing channels you must focus on, and defines every aspect of how your business is viewed by your customers. Marketing and advertising is an integral component of every business. The US Small Business Administration recommends that businesses with do under $5 million in gross sales and whose net profit margin is in the 10-12% should spend at least 7-8% of their gross revenue in marketing and advertising. In other words, if you are doing $100,000 in annual revenue, you should be spending around $8,000 a year in adver... (more)

Sia Could Disrupt the Cloud Market | @CloudExpo #AI #DX #Siacoin #FinTech #Blockchain

Blockchain technology is taking over the world. It is an ingenious invention by a person or a group of people known by the pseudonym, Satoshi Nakamoto. Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 8 years, you have heard of Bitcoin. The underlying technology behind Bitcoin is called blockchain, a public ledger of all the Bitcoin transactions that ever happened on its network. However, the use of blockchain is not limited to Bitcoin. There have been numerous projects that are making use of blockchain technology. The most famous of these is Ethereum, which is a simplified ... (more)

Could Cloud Spell the End for ERP As We Know It?

Enterprise Resource Planning has traditionally been a software for large corporates with million dollar technology budgets. But that has been changing over the past decade with the advent of cloud based ERP systems. According to a survey conducted by Sage, nearly 30% of finance managers at UK based SMEs believe that cloud could make ERP more affordable or viable to them. In another study published by Gartner, the top five fastest growing ERP vendors today are all SaaS companies. Even the larger, mature SaaS players like NetSuite have registered exponential growth rates of nearly ... (more)