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Forrester Research is looking forward, and what it sees is cloud as commonplace in 2014. In 2013, enterprises got real about cloud computing. In 2014, businesses will integrate it into existing IT portfolios, whether IT gives its blessing or not. As the Age of the Customer arrives, all the focus shifts to the Systems of Engagement and the agility in refining these critical customer tools, according to an article on ZDNet. Cloud technologies and services represent the fastest way for the business to reach new buyers and breathe new life into aging applications. In 2014 cloud leverage will be both traditional and disruptive as the business and IT put cloud to work. Here are the top 10 cloud actions Forrester predicts will happen in enterprise IT environments in 2014. Cloud App Security for Mobile Devices Gains Patent IBM announced it has received a patent for a solut... (more)

Cloud Computing Takes Not-for-Profits to New Heights

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 recycle... (more)

Verizon Challenges Amazon with Verizon Cloud

Verizon is calling on the expertise of one of its recent acquisitions to offer a cloud computing service to its customers. Verizon has announced details about a new cloud computing service for business, Verizon Cloud, an IaaS offering the company claims will offer better end-user control over performance than any other cloud solution. Currently in limited beta, Verizon Cloud features an IaaS elastic computing system, Verizon Cloud Compute, and an object storage system, Verizon Cloud Storage. But where Verizon Cloud differs, according to Verizon, is that it delivers the performanc... (more)

Forrester: Cloud Computing Fuels IT Spending

As IT departments get the green light to update systems and implement solutions, cloud computing is increasingly getting a slice of those IT budgets. Cloud computing is on the list of top IT spending priorities for next year, according to Forrester Research. Software spending worldwide will continue to grow with a big focus on the cloud, and these worldwide trends reflect the focus of midsize firms, according to an article on MidsizeInsider.com. The Forrester research found that companies and governments spent more than $2 trillion on hardware, software and services. In the most... (more)

Cloud Computing, Big Data & Smart Mobile Apps to Drive IT Spending in 2014

Big bucks continue to be spent on hardware and software, with a marked increase in cloud services, according to a new report. Forrester released the data of its annual survey on IT spending worldwide and detected areas with higher spending, including apps and tablets. Forrester Research's annual report on worldwide IT spending split the amount of $2.06 trillion spent this year from businesses and governments between hardware, software and services related to the IT world. CIOs and IT decision-makers plan their biggest software spending increases in mobile applications and middlew... (more)