Cloud computing has been getting a lot of attention recently, and rightfully so. The cloud is a relatively new venture that is taking the attention of individuals and corporations. How does a corporation justify migrating to the cloud? How does a corporation or individual choose which cloud offering is right for them? Our stories for This Week in BPOS News cover the above mentioned. You can review previous entries in the This Week in BPOS News series and let us know what stories hit your radar for this week.
1. 8 Ways to Measure Cloud ROI
Most companies have stored information and valuable data on premise. Most people in fact store their data and belongings where they can physically be reached. Companies have been around longer than the existence of Cloud Computing. The benefits of the Cloud are obvious (especially to most readers of this blog), but there are those out there that still need some persuasion, or need to convince others. Our first story from CIO focuses on finding the ROI (Return on Investment) by switching to the cloud. CIO focuses and describes 8 measurements of cloud ROI:
The following are business metrics that can help translate the indicators from the capacity-utilization curve to direct and indirect benefits to the business.
Do you have any additional ways to measure Cloud ROI? I’m very interested to see how the community measures their own Cloud ROI. Leave a comment below.
2. Leaving Google Apps for Microsoft Online – Two New Examples
Andrew Kisslo is a senior product manager at Microsoft that writes for the Why Microsoft Blog. I keep referencing his articles because he writes with such passion and vigor for the Cloud story. On Monday, June 21st, Andrew posted about two more examples of users leaving Google Apps for Microsoft Online Services. The two companies that this article points to are China Navigation and Intero Real Estate.
China Navigation is a 300 seat company that is located not only in China, but throughout Asia. They are in shipping management and “Email is the hub of their business to communicate with customer and partners throughout the world.”
Intero Real Estate has over 2,000 employees and is located a few freeway exits away from Google Headquarters. Intero felt it was necessary to reach outside their hometown to get the best cloud service available.
You can read more about each company case study in this Why Microsoft Blog post.
3. Cloud Computing: 10 Reasons Why Google Won’t Beat Microsoft in Cloud Collaboration
The final article for This Week in BPOS News returns the focus to the cloud competition of Google vs. Microsoft. Clint Boulton from eWeek.com tries to settle the cloud and gives us 10 Reasons why Microsoft Online Services will stay on top of the Google competition. I highly encourage readers to click on the article because there is a slideshow embedded in this post.
Clint makes some intriguing arguments in his slideshow including pointing out that “Microsoft Now Lives in the Cloud.” Clint proposes his arguments in the following slides:
- Bang for the Buck Lies with Microsoft
- Serena Said It and Did it
- Limited Browser
- Customer Service
- Google Billboards?!
- Good Enough
Each slide provides great evidence on Why Google Won’t Beat Microsoft in Cloud Collaboration.
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