6 Cloud Computing Standards to Watch Out For

by Benjamin on July 15, 2014

Of the numerous platforms available, cloud computing is slowly becoming the next big wave to hit industries and computing professionals around the globe, after Android applications. The cloud computing platform is one of the only ways in which that companies can reach new levels within their industry. One of the growing trends in the world is the rise in open-source cloud computing. Although very handy and easily available, there are factors that one needs to consider before implementing it across the company. We discuss the various problems associated with cloud computing compliance issues.

Plugging the holes in the cloud while you can

Open source cloud has rapidly increased as a mode of communication and storage for most companies around the world. Yet, due to the fact they are open source, there are certain regulatory factors that need come into the purview. Although, open source cloud computing is a conducive and a viable option compared to existing facilities, there are several factors that should be taken care of while on the cloud.

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  1. How secure is your cloud: One of the primary organisations that is ensuring the compliance to security issues is met, is the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA). The latter is a global coalition that represents businesses, apart from industry and subject matter experts. This organization is the reason why most companies are ensuring that they achieve the best practices within their cloud, across the world.
  2. Is the cloud compliant: When placing workloads on the cloud, make sure that you have conducted certain risk assessments before you go on the cloud. Cloud security compliance standards, once implemented is one of the factors that deals with virtualization issues.
  3. Does it have a license? Per user, device and enterprise licensing models for the cloud are essentially factors that impact companies. Licensing issues are also present in the open-source cloud models and they need to address at the outset. There may issues to be dealt with such as proprietary licenses, and other traditional licenses.
  4. Is It Interoperable? Portability within your cloud should be the reason that you are sticking to the cloud. Transferring data from one cloud to another should be the reason that you have selected the convenience provided by the cloud. This will bring forth other important factors to the purview which involves certain standards such as those laid down by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers or IEEE.
  5. How Scalable is your cloud: The faster you can connect and transfer data on your server, the faster it can upload workloads and store other data. Ensure that you cloud is scalable and brings you the convenience of uploading heavy workload without changing too much in the service contract.
  6. Evaluate the performance: Your SLA with the cloud should involve factors that allow you the convenience of business continuity and disaster recovery. This will help you measure the performance of the cloud in those critical moments.

It’s vital to have some levels of compliance in any technological advancement to enhance your business prospects. HCL Technologies is one of the technological giants that adhere to the cloud computing standards which is the reason it is in the forefront while delivering innovative SAP Solutions for its clients be it on the cloud, on premise, or through a hybrid approach.

To know more about cloud computing standards and services please visit HCL Technologies.

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Amazon Web Services has entered the applications end of the cloud world with several recent releases:

  • Log monitoring and admin with Logs for CloudWatch
  • Collaboration and file sharing with Zocalo
  • Mobile application development with Cognito, Mobile Analytics and a new Mobile SDK

Logs for Cloudwatch works with the AWS CloudWatch network monitoring console to collect log file activities which can then be stored and analyzed in AWS Kinesis. The new tool automatically moves logs from instances and aggregates them into a central service where exceptions can be set directly on those applications.

Third-party products already that, and companies like Splunk, Logentries, and New Relic , which launched its new Insights real-time analytics tool just hours before the AWS news, will all be watching this very carefully (probably also very nervously).

The new AWS Zocalo collaboration/file-sharing plans are further proof that Amazon knows it must be a broad platform player to compete against two mega platform rivals – Google and Microsoft, as well as two younger, well-funded but more limited contenders in Dropbox and Box. Zocalo thus targets Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive, which are part of a much bigger portfolio of end-user products at those companies.

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Infrastructure-as-a-service or IaaS is slowly yet steadily improving as the longest solutions towards successful integration of services and its management. Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Customer Relationship Management systems are perhaps the quickest systems to adapt to legacy systems particularly on the cloud. Companies have not left any stone unturned when it came to adopting to the cloud, particularly towards adopting legacy systems. Not only have companies upgraded their spending potential for adapting to the cloud but it has also seen the adoption of cloud-based platforms as the leading trend with towards profit maximization and corporate sustainability.

Are companies inclined to spend more in IaaS?

According to a recent Gartner study, public cloud services are likely improve over the years which indirectly means that the global spending in infrastructure management is likely to grow. The growth rate or the CAGR will sustain at 17.7% over the years till the year 2016. Here’s what they predict about the investments in IaaS or infrastructure-as-a-service.

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At a sustained CAGR of 41.3% till 2016, the investments in IaaS is likely to be the fastest growing segments in the world. As companies want to reach to a wider audience, there is no doubt that companies want to achieve a competitive advantage before their competitors. 

Geographically too, companies across the world are increasing their IT spending towards cloud computing to enhance their company’s performance.

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Essentially, companies in Northern America, and Western Europe are the most eager or have already captured the benefits of cloud computing with an integrated infrastructure management. 

So, what is the direct advantage of having a cloud computing for integrated infrastructure management? Let’s take a look at the 4 critical advantages of having an integrated infrastructure management on the cloud:

  1. The lower your TCO, the better: When it comes to facilitating lower total cost of operations or achieving the best of cost savings, one of the critical ways of achieving either of these objectives is by going on the cloud. Not only have companies reduced their costs towards IT management services but they have avoided costs involved in severe challenges for managing various IT environments, while adapting to the cloud.
  2. Ability to concentrate on core businesses: Freeing up your time for core businesses is another critical way to facilitate enhanced business strategies. By implementing infrastructure management on the cloud, your strategic IT resources can concentrate on core IT strategies that facilitate business growth.
  3. Respond better to business needs: Enhance your flexibility and further your responsiveness to indulge into what your customers and niche clients want. Enhance your IT infrastructure with the availability of reliable and easily available services on the cloud.
  4. Improve the standards of service levels: Increase the level of security, stability, and IT infrastructure availability. With greater synergy between existing and newer technologies for infrastructure management, there are chances that one can make the entire IT infrastructure more accountable.

In other words, by implementing the best of IT integrated infrastructure strategies, one is virtually capable of indulging in cost savings, heightened competitive advantage, and greater accountability.

To know more about infrastructure management please visit HCL Technologies

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Can adapting to the new best practices actually help you gain the business benefits that you are looking for? With the implementation of tools such as the Intelligent Supply Chain Management (iSCM), there are possibilities of ensuring the realization of business goals that reduce the risk of time and costs, overrunning. So, when it comes to the iSCM approach, there are several ways in which companies can succeed with its implementation:

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How does iSCM impact overall business benefits?

As a business owner, there may be several instances when meeting customer demands, overcoming uncertainties and reducing costs for manufacturing is virtually impossible. The inclusion of better practices such as the iSCM would help improve the overall situation such as improving real-time visibility of supply chain extensions and the manufacturing operations. Regardless, of the time and effort taken to implement these management system, one can see that it is possible to implement seamless synchrony between the demand and its actual fulfillment. All this will be immediately implementable with the help of real-time analytics and rapid decision-making.

Facilitating your own iSCM solutions can only be done with the help of external advisors such as technological consultants like HCL Tech amongst others offer the following solutions:

  • Offering an opportunity assessment within the iSCM solutions offerings

  • Touchstone, an HCL Tech trademark offers KPI measurement and better benchmarking solution

  • iVision, an HCL Tech trademark offers solutions towards supply chain visibility and collaboration

How can functionalities improve the solution?

Here’s a look at the way in which functionalities can improve the following:

  • Capturing customer demand with the ability to accurately forecast demands

  • Incorporating operations such as collaborative supply chain planning and execution

  • Ensuring supply chain operations are monitored in real-time and highlighting bottlenecks with the supply chain impact

  • Creating visibility on end-to-end supply chain data and its processes

  • Collaborating with the various stakeholders through various communication platforms such as e-mail, text, portal alerts and other forms

  • Improving visibility of partners involved across multi-tiers of supply chain and cloud platforms

What remains to be seen, is whether the implementation of the iSCM systems will improve the overall business performance in the form of successfully integrating with business goals with the expected outcome of the performance.

To know more about the article you can read the case study written by experts at HCL Technologies.

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PowerDMS, Inc., a cloud-based document management software company, will expand its presence in downtown Orlando, Florida, adding 65 new jobs over the next three years and investing $400,000 into the region. In addition to being awarded a financial incentive from the City of Orlando, PowerDMS recently secured growth equity funding from Ballast Point Ventures and plans to use the investment to augment its sales and marketing team and enhance its technology platform by offering new features to its customer base, which includes law enforcement, public safety, healthcare and retail.

Founded in 2001, the company’s software platform provides “practical tools necessary to organize and manage crucial documents and industry standards, thereby helping organizations maintain compliance with constantly evolving industry accreditation protocols.”

Structured as a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model, PowerDMS combines attributes of Governance and Risk Compliance (GRC) and Enterprise Content Management (ECM) into its software platform, allowing customers to manage risk through living compliance documentation and content.

The application provides tools to organize and manage crucial documents and industry standards, train and test employees, and uphold proof of compliance, thereby helping organizations reduce risk and liability.

“Downtown Orlando is a great location for dynamic tech companies like PowerDMS,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, “with a talented labor force, business friendly environment and high quality of life, Orlando has become an ideal site for corporate headquarters looking to expand.”

 

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How does an enhanced user interface (UI) impact user experience? When it comes to eliminating inconsistencies from a UI, there are only a few applications that can successfully do that. One of the critical aspects of any logistics application is to ensure that there is seamless front and back office synergy, and by simplifying the integration of various technological aspects of the logistics process, you can reduce on time and money for a unique strategy implementation.

Is improving the UI experience always so expensive?

There are ways in which one can built a responsive UI that is adaptable on several devices. One can also control the cost of UI development. Eliminating UI inconsistencies can enable better collaboration between internal and external applications. Several global logistics players have a similar requirement to improve the overall user experience. With the help of technological experts in the field of UI strategy implementation, one can jump-start the process cost effectively. Here’s how some players have improved their logistics UI experience with HCL’s Tech approach:

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  • Enhance usability by improving the overall UI experience

  • Optimize the use of common UI controls, standards, templates, tools, code generators, and other sample applications

  • Optimize the design and development of the overall process

  • Derive a quality code by adhering to best practices

  • Devise a strategy to optimize applications for various platforms such as the mobile, desktop, and other UI centric applications

  • Develop a framework for updating and governing the overall platform

By improving the UI (whether at the client side or internal), one can derive several business benefits. In other words, it’s possible to achieve a great overall experience with the help of technological consultants in the field.

To know more about the article you can read the case study written by experts at HCL Technologies.

 

 

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