How The Cloud Is Changing Application Delivery To the Client [Adobe, Autodesk]

Life used to be much simpler for IT departments. There were clients, there was a data center, and there were server-based applications that end-users accessed in a controlled, secure manner.

No longer — that environment is changing radically, with a movement toward mobile and cloud. End-users want consumer and corporate apps available on any device, from any location. If they’re working on their tablets, they want data to be instantly available on other devices or to share with colleagues or external clients, whether or not they’re sitting in the office.

Off-the-shelf software is becoming as archaic as Atari consoles or 8-tracks. You used to buy licenses and CDs, install the software on desktops, and set up a file-sharing system for end-users. employees had one standard operating system on their desktops, and each desktop had a user profile and applications.

The cloud is changing every software vendor’s approach to delivering applications, and we’re seeing licensing move toward micro-subscriptions. Two recent software releases — Adobe’s Creative Suite 6 and Autodesk AutoCAD 2013 — are examples of how this environment is changing. And the impact goes beyond licensing or the client.

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Video collaboration: a vision for driving the next big wave [Cisco]

It’s a startling number to fathom but this is where we’re headed: 90% of internet traffic will be in video form by 2013. Think about it. That’s a ton of YouTube views, a whole lot of Cisco TelePresence and WebEx meetings, scads of Skype chats, and heaps of online TV and movies.

How did we get here? Well, video communication and collaboration is where we’ve been headed for a while – as businesses and as consumers – even if we didn’t quite know it ten or 20 years ago. A picture, it’s said, is worth a thousand words. That’s because, at our core, we’re visual creatures – we respond better and retain more when we see rather than read words on a page or on a screen.

But it’s still taken some time for the technology to catch up to where we wanted to be. So we emailed and texted and tweeted and called (remember landlines?) because that’s what the technology and bandwidth capacity allowed. If video killed the radio star back in the 1980s, you might say a new kind of video did a bang-up job of slowing down network capacity throughout the 2000s. [Read more…]

Integrating the cloud into your business [ IBM ]

In the world of enterprise applications, cloud computing is indisputably – forgive the pun – on the rise. In fact, IDC reports that cloud applications are the fastest growing sector of software with a forecasted compound growth rate of 27 percent from 2009 through 2014.1

In spite of the warranted hype, however, the majority of enterprise applications are still on premise – or “on the ground.” So while cloud may be heir apparent, Gartner has reported that in 2009, Software-as-a- Service – which is cloud-based by definition, still only represented 3.4 percent of total enterprise application spending.2 The reality, therefore, for most organizations is not simply jumping on the cloud bandwagon but instead finding agile, flexible solutions that can integrate existing, on-premise applications with new cloud-based ones. In other words, it’s a hybrid world for the foreseeable future.

To be sure, there are certainly a ton of cloud/on-premise integration challenges in application interoperability, development productivity, management efficiency, flexibility and scalability. But by automating the sharing of data between applications, integration can help streamline business processes for improved efficiency and performance. Integration can also provide business agility, giving companies the flexibility to easily adapt to changing needs. And it reduces IT costs by freeing IT resources from time-consuming, low-level integration tasks for higher value projects. [Read more…]