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"@SAP a #cloud company, you beat! built upon Ariba and SuccessFactors 2013 the company saw a 121 percent increase in cloud revenue."

SAP Investing and Aiming for $4.75 Billion Cloud Revenue in 2017 - Web Host Industry Review

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Mobile email and Multiple email in one application. the video is cheesy but some of the features do look interesting. 

(via Mail Ninja Updated With Online Folder Search, Alias Support And Other Enhancements — AppAdvice)

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2013 the year of the #CloudBroker? @ComputeNext predicts this sector will produce $20B in revenues for cloud services by 2015. What is a Cloud Broker ? @Yasin36 reports on @Kevin_Jackson 10 predictions for #Cloud and why Cloud Brokers took the #7 spot:

7. Organizations will rapidly adopt cloud services brokerages. Cloud services brokerage and cloud access security brokers are emerging as vital and complementary services. IT departments currently are struggling to learn these skills internally or partnering externally for these services. Management tools for this multi-sourcing environment are essential. To best deal with the new paradigm of hybrid IT, government security policies also will need to be reviewed and updated to manage the transition from infrastructure-centric to data-centric security postures.

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Mid-year review: 10 predictions for cloud computing — GCN

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Privacy vs Security: Will encryption help Google and other Clouds save face after #Snowden ?
Nowadays privacy is a big topic in Cloud Computing… but does encryption really help? I’m guessing Google’s automated encryption announcement may put many companies at ease but I can’t help but notice that the difference between data security and data privacy is blurred. The reason Snowden’s revelation was so “shocking” to some was related to the privacy of data, not its security ( the technology that protects it). Is encryption where you aren’t the only one with access to the key really protecting data privacy or just creating the illusion of privacy? 
Privacy and security are not synonymous when it comes to data protection. Sure data that is encrypted can be protected from a random data breach, but data that can be decrypted by a key Google has access to is not fully protected from a privacy perspective. If for example that key was stolen or willingly forked over to a government body, encryption would offer no protection against data privacy. Take note that in this example no technology was breached or hacked into. Encryption can only protect your data against government spying if you are the only one with the encryption key…and you don’t give out the key!
"We know that security is important to you and your customers. Our goal is to make securing your data as painless as possible," Google product manager Dave Barth. 
(via Google boosts cloud security with automatic encryption - Telegraph)

Privacy vs Security: Will encryption help Google and other Clouds save face after #Snowden ?

Nowadays privacy is a big topic in Cloud Computing… but does encryption really help? I’m guessing Google’s automated encryption announcement may put many companies at ease but I can’t help but notice that the difference between data security and data privacy is blurred. The reason Snowden’s revelation was so “shocking” to some was related to the privacy of data, not its security ( the technology that protects it). Is encryption where you aren’t the only one with access to the key really protecting data privacy or just creating the illusion of privacy? 

Privacy and security are not synonymous when it comes to data protection. Sure data that is encrypted can be protected from a random data breach, but data that can be decrypted by a key Google has access to is not fully protected from a privacy perspective. If for example that key was stolen or willingly forked over to a government body, encryption would offer no protection against data privacy. Take note that in this example no technology was breached or hacked into. Encryption can only protect your data against government spying if you are the only one with the encryption key…and you don’t give out the key!

"We know that security is important to you and your customers. Our goal is to make securing your data as painless as possible," Google product manager Dave Barth. 

(via Google boosts cloud security with automatic encryption - Telegraph)

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"Almost half of all e-mail is now opened on a smartphone, according to Yesmail. But when marketing messages are opened on a mobile phone, the reader takes action—buys something, clicks through, whatever—about half as often as when the message is opened on a desktop."

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Is the New Gmail Killing E-mail Marketing? - Businessweek

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Startups succeed by leveraging #cloud, but admit cloud isn’t the best long term path for all. 
“When you’re lean and just getting started [cloud] is obviously the way to go…within IT departments, public clouds do tend to get more expensive over time, especially when you reach a certain scale.”
While the attached article did touch upon cost considerations and response times as downsides to long term cloud adoption, it did not touch upon the difficulties of moving away from a cloud. Breaking up with your cloud has a price tag- actual costs and time needed to move out of the cloud can add up. 
Data lock-in is an issue many companies have faced and will continue to face ( whether you are in the cloud or using a legacy system). Thankfully there are solutions ( like @shuttlecloud @enstratus and @cloudvelocity ) that help manage content and application movement. 
With more robust migration solutions companies will have greater freedom to take advantage of solutions that better meet the need of their business, whether that means using a hybrid cloud or on premise old school physical servers. 
(via Why Some Startups Say the Cloud Is a Waste of Money | Wired Enterprise | Wired.com)

Startups succeed by leveraging #cloud, but admit cloud isn’t the best long term path for all. 

“When you’re lean and just getting started [cloud] is obviously the way to go…within IT departments, public clouds do tend to get more expensive over time, especially when you reach a certain scale.”

While the attached article did touch upon cost considerations and response times as downsides to long term cloud adoption, it did not touch upon the difficulties of moving away from a cloud. Breaking up with your cloud has a price tag- actual costs and time needed to move out of the cloud can add up. 

Data lock-in is an issue many companies have faced and will continue to face ( whether you are in the cloud or using a legacy system). Thankfully there are solutions ( like @shuttlecloud @enstratus and @cloudvelocity ) that help manage content and application movement. 

With more robust migration solutions companies will have greater freedom to take advantage of solutions that better meet the need of their business, whether that means using a hybrid cloud or on premise old school physical servers. 

(via Why Some Startups Say the Cloud Is a Waste of Money | Wired Enterprise | Wired.com)

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"Data breaches have become such an enormous liability that nearly 31% of the companies surveyed already have cyber liability policies, while another 39% are reportedly exploring purchasing a policy to get a level of protection in place to help manage the financial burden of breaches."

Is it time for cyber liability insurance?

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"Is your company leaking data? 93% of companies do not backup smart phone data."

The State of Corporate Mobile Data » Druva