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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The Internet of Things and Your Business

 What comes to mind when you think of “connectivity”? Computers and people communicating with each other is a likely answer. But what about other “things,” such as cars, household appliances, and tools? When you start thinking about how objects can be connected to you, to the Internet, and to one another, the possibilities and opportunities for businesses to capitalize on can be boundless.

The “Internet of Things,” is poised to be the next big thing for business because when it comes to “things” connecting to your business and your network, the opportunities are endless. Here’s a look at why:

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Don’t Let a Super Bowl-style Blackout Halt Your Business

For the millions of people watching the Super Bowl on Sunday, there were the usual sources of entertainment: the pageantry and commercials, a big lead closed and an almost comeback, and a flashy halftime show. But for business and IT leaders watching the big game, there was also a valuable lesson in the importance of Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (BC/DR) plans.

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PaaS Rising: Is Your Business Following?

When you think of cloud computing and what it means for your business, what comes to mind? For some businesses, it means a complete outsourcing of hardware needs through Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). For others, it’s only using applications, like email, that are accessed over the Web, which is Software-as-a-Service (SaaS).

But businesses increasingly are turning to the middle of the cloud computing spectrum, applying solutions for developing and deploying applications over the Internet, such as virtualized servers and operating systems. This is Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), and with its multiple benefits, it’s poised to be the next big model in cloud computing.

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