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Moving Accounting to the Cloud – It All Adds Up

In honor of Tax Day, we thought we’d share some of the ways organizations are benefiting from moving financial functions to the cloud.

Many organizations have indicated that they are ready to move finance and accounting systems and applications to the cloud, according to a survey by KPMG Research. When asked about the practicality of moving these functions to the cloud, the vast majority of respondents said it was “very practical” or “somewhat practical.” Providers and financial solutions powered by Software as a Service (SaaS) are giving businesses new options to deal with increased financial requirements.

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The Internet of Things and Healthcare

From devices that connect to our bodies to help us track and record exercise, sleep, and health information to “smart pills” that tell doctors whether we’re taking our medicine, and if so, how it’s working, the Internet of Things is poised to become the next big thing for the healthcare industry.

Consider that global telehealth — the use of remote patient monitoring — saw a 22 percent increase from 2010 to 2011, according to IMS Research. And for 2013, the worldwide telehealth market is predicted to grow by 55 percent, in terms of device and service revenues, InMedica reports.

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Government and Technology: Rise of the Apps

There’s no question that government agencies are making big strides when it comes to technology. And now we’re seeing an even greater concentration on mobile app development to better serve mobile constituents, similar to the way businesses are using them to stay in front of customers.

According to a recent study by analyst ForeSee, one in three citizens who accessed a federal government website did so on a smartphone or tablet, and nearly half said that they might or plan to access a government website from their mobile device in the future.

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How Cloud Will Affect the Future of Your Business [INFOGRAPHIC]

Cloud computing is predicted to grow faster than Moore’s law. That means in the next 18 months, cloud capacity is expected to more than double. But what does that does that mean for your business in 2013? What does it mean for your business in 2020?

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GigaOM’s Latest Conference Tackles Big Data

Big Data has become a big topic for business and technology professionals like you — mostly because of its promise to offer substantial competitive and financial advantages.

The big question: How can you harness massive troves of consumer information most effectively? GigaOM’s latest conference, Structure: Data, assembled some of the world’s chief technologists, practitioners, and business leaders in New York last week to help answer that question.

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BYOD: Employees Bring Their Own Efficiencies to Work

The rapid rise in the Bring Your Own Device trend is bringing about big change in business, with more employees using personal devices such as smartphones, tablets, and laptops to access company data and applications.

For many professionals – BYOD is quickly becoming BYOE – Bring Your Own Efficiencies to work. According to a study by BT Global Services, 64 percent of IT managers and users surveyed thought productivity would improve if employees used their own devices. Surveyed employees agreed: 42 percent of those who use their own devices at work say their efficiency and productivity have improved.

Two notable companies provide evidence of this BYOD benefit, or BYOE:

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Cringe Protection: Bandwidth On Demand Can Ease Unexpected Cloud Costs

For organizations considering cloud implementation or changes to their current providers, options for quality, scalability, and affordability abound. One feature gaining traction is flexibility when it comes to bandwidth, specifically, bandwidth on demand (BoD).

A recent study by Vanson Bourne finds that with many of the surveyed European enterprises indicating a strong interest in Network-as-a-Service, the need for a more cost-effective connectivity model to support the bandwidth requirements of cloud-based IT services becomes more apparent.

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Entertaining Change: Big Data and Cloud Transform Film Industry

We’ve been talking a lot about how Big Data and cloud computing are changing business, adding value through agility, mobility, and competitive advantages.

These benefits span industries, and one in particular is experiencing an evolution: the entertainment business. In celebration of recent award shows, let’s look at how these technologies are transforming the industry — even the awards themselves.

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