Cloud Computing

Cloud computing’s underground club

Cloud providers can boost business by deeply discounting capacity during off-peak times. Welcome to the “cloud underground.”

The data lake – No longer a pipe dream for today’s enterprises

How data lakes can help reduce costs, increase efficiency, and boost innovation in the enterprise.

Data lakes and the promise of unsiloed data

Data lakes that can scale at the pace of the cloud remove integration barriers and clear a path for more timely and informed business decisions.

Interview: Will data lake advocates repeat the mistakes of data warehousing?

  PwC’s Technology Forecast recently addressed the topic of data lakes. The coverage included research and interviews on data lakes and how they can help enterprises remove integration barriers and clear a path for more timely and informed business decisions. To continue the discussion and look at some of the challenges enterprises can face in implementing a shift to data lakes, we are sharing an excerpt of a conversation between Technology Forecast’s Alan Morrison and Terry Retter, president of small business consultancy BrightZone, in Reno, Nevada; a former VP/CIO of Grubb & Ellis, and a PwC alumnus. AM:  Terry, you were a CIO. Some companies say they’ve created a data lake. In reality, they’ve built a single-purpose sandbox. How can CIOs get their organizations to commit to the strategic, long-term vision of a true data lake? TR: By dealing with real problems and real users.  They should focus on a service or a perception problem among customers they must resolve to avoid losing profits or market share. They should start small, but think big, in data lake terms. They shouldn’t collect data just around a single process. Instead, they should gather everything they can think of while using the lake at first to solve a particular problem. …

Is enterprise integration a pipe dream?

A look at some of the issues facing companies looking to achieve enterprise data integration.

Bring Your Own Cloud—Another BYOD in the Making?

As personal smartphones, tablets and other devices continue to penetrate the enterprise, another new phenomenon is emerging with the potential to disrupt existing IT architectures: Bring Your Own Cloud (or BYOC). Like the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) concept before it, BYOC refers to the increasing use of personal third-party cloud storage and application services by employees in the enterprise. Many of these services are already familiar to us—Apple iCloud, Box, Dropbox, Evernote, Google Drive and Microsoft SkyDrive, to name a few. What’s new, however, is the blurring between personal and business activities on these platforms. In a recent survey, 75% of U.S. consumers said they planned to use a personal cloud service in the near future, and 72% said they planned to use it to store both work and personal documents. To users, the benefits of BYOC are compelling: The ability to access files and tools seamlessly from any device or location Data backup in the background without the need for configuration or disruption to their workflow Nominal cost or free While for businesses, BYOC presents its share of risk too: Loss of data security and control and many points of vulnerability Cloud “sprawl”— when employees are not using …

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