ProfitBricks Weekly Cloud Computing News Roundup: Issue 51

Here is the latest edition of ProfitBricks’ weekly roundup of news, content and conversations about Cloud Computing.

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Five Small Companies Cashing In Thanks To The Cloud

Forbes   Posted: December 13, 2013
Summary: Cloud in action – here are five small companies making waves on the back of cloud-based technologies.

IT Versus The Business. Again. This Time It’s Filesharing
Forbes   Posted: December 13, 2013
Summary: A recent survey by vendor Workshare highlights the situation known as “Shadow IT” and in particular the trend of mobile users to circumvent IT and use unsanctioned applications for file sharing and collaboration.

Cloud Computing: The Chapter Two Phase for Midsize Firms
Midsize Insider   Posted: December 13, 2013
Summary: According to a cloud research report published by IDC and featured in ChannelproSMB, the cloud is in a Chapter Two phase because it is being utilized at a higher rate than ever before. During Chapter Two, cloud computing will rely on other third-platform technologies including social business, big data analytics and mobile.

Cloud Solutions – Steps to Take Back Control from Shadow IT
Business2Community   Posted: December 15, 2013
Summary: The boon of ultra-efficient cloud data management is also accompanied by the bane of shadow IT. Luckily, this problem can easily be curbed by empowering your CIO to take a more hands-on approach in strategizing and implementing a cloud solution within your existing business systems

Are Cloud and BYOD Making Your Clients Less Safe?
Channelnomics   Posted: December 16, 2013
Summary: The productivity and cost benefits of cloud and ubiquitous mobile access are balanced by commensurate increase in risks to security and regulatory compliance, a new study shows.

Where is cloud computing heading in 2014?
ComputerWorld   Posted: December 16, 2013
Summary: Private and hybrid cloud models, IT departments acting as cloud brokers, more competition among providers and a maturity in services is where ‘as-a-service’ computing is heading in 2014, say analysts.

7 Ways Big Data Could Revolutionize Life   Posted: December 17, 2013
Summary: Interesting infographic showing that the manipulation of big data presents an opportunity to make a significant economic impact, but also to revolutionize our daily lives.

What the CIOs said in 2013 about cloud computing
CIO   Posted: December 17, 2013
Summary: Do technology leaders believe the cloud will help them? Here’s a round-up of CIO attitudes to the cloud in 2013.

3 surefire ways to screw up a cloud deployment
InfoWorld   Posted: December 17, 2013
Summary: From migrating the wrong applications to not understanding governance, it’s easy to blow things up in the cloud. David Linthicum explains.

10 Cloud Computing Predictions for 2014
CIO   Posted: December 17, 2013
Summary: Cloud computing is increasingly becoming the rule and not the exception for application deployment. This will make 2014 an interesting and disruptive year for vendors, service providers and IT organizations grappling with this change.

How Cloud Computing Reduces Your Costs
Business2Community   Posted: December 18, 2013
Summary: There is lots of buzz about how the cloud is the new big thing, but most of the time there isn’t a great explanation of how the cloud will actually affect your business.!qbmt7

How is cloud computing enhancing our ability to work anywhere?
The Guardian   Posted: December 18, 2013
Summary: All the best insights from The Guardian’s past live discussion on mobility in the cloud and flexible working.

Cloud brokerage – definitions, advantages and potential downsides
Data Center Dynamics   Posted: December 18, 2013
Summary: Netherlands-based lawyer Louis Jonker explains the role of the cloud broker.

The 10 Biggest Cloud Stories Of 2013
CRN   Posted: December 18, 2013
Summary: CRN scoured the year’s technology headlines and here presents our picks for the top 10 cloud stories of 2013

IDC’s Top Ten Technology Predictions For 2014: Spending On Cloud Computing Will Exceed $100 Billion
Business2Community   PostedL December 18, 2013
Summary: International Data Corporation recently presented their top ten technology predictions for 2014.!qgrxo

My One Big Fat Cloud Computing Prediction for 2014
Forbes   Posted: December 19, 2013
Summary: In the spirit of prediction-making, I am offering my own. But rather than provide another list, I have just one prediction for the year ahead.