Not-for-profits and cloud computing seem to be made for one another.
The cloud IT delivery model is well suited to not-for-profits (NFPs) for a
number of reasons, according to an article on CMO.com. There are little to no
upfront costs with cloud services and consumption is usually billed on a
monthly subscription basis, allowing for predictable budgeting.
There are also fewer IT staff requirements; this is ideal for NFPs who might
not have the resources to hire skilled technical staff. In the specific case
of server hardware, no servers need to be purchased, maintained, or recycled
with a cloud service.
Other tangible benefits of the cloud for NFPs include rapid deployment of
services, and the convenience of being able to use the service from any
location - ideal for staff and volunteers.
Technology information resource for NFPs and libraries, Techsoup.org, makes a ... (more)
Cloud computing already has trimmed some businesses' IT costs. But a report
found that it also could be the next big thing to help reduce their energy
use, according to greenbiz.com
The fourth annual Energy Efficient IT Report - by technology products and
services seller CDW - calls cloud computing a possible "game changer" that's
playing a growing role in energy efficiency.
For the report, CDW surveyed 760 people working in private businesses,
nonprofits, schools and governments. Of these respondents, 62 percent agreed
that cloud computing is an energy-efficient way to consolida... (more)
The public and private cloud markets continue to experience growth, with the
public cloud market expected to reach $100 billion by 2016, according to
With enterprises continuing to adopt cloud computing, analysts see continued
growth in both public and private cloud investment - with worldwide spending
on public IT cloud services set to exceed $40 billion in 2012 and reach
nearly $100 billion by 2016, according to IDC.
"The IT industry is in the midst of an important transformative period as
companies invest in the technologies that will drive growth and innovation
It seems it's in the best interest of the U.S. government to have its
employees hit the road.
A recent study uncovered how a mobile federal workforce is one that is more
productive and cost-effective. But getting from here to there, however,
Federal agencies and taxpayers benefit from a mobile federal workforce, but
outdated infrastructure restricts mobile potential and productivity gains,
according to a survey by MeriTalk, a public-private partnership focused on
improving the outcomes of government IT.
The study indicated federal employees are taking advanta... (more)
Having cloud skills will help pay the bills, according to a recent study.
Research from recruitment specialists Robert Half Technology revealed cloud
computing is the most lucrative skill to have in the IT job market today.
Cloud topped the bill in the survey of 100 IT directors and CIOs across the
UK, with 39 percent of respondents citing it as the most important. Security
(37 percent) and project management skills (33 percent) were the next
popular, with virtualization (29 percent) and network administration (27
percent) rounding out the top five, according to an article on