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China’s Censorship Threaten the Availability of American Public Clouds in the Region

March 18, 2015 by Natalie Lehrer


China's internet content filtering network, sometimes called "The Great Firewall" prohibits free speech activists from visiting foreign websites or voicing their opinions online. With the introduction of American based cloud services such as Azure, AWS and others, some Chinese citizens have learned that they can utilize the services to get around the filtering network by setting up a Windows Server virtual machine in an American region.[read more]

Cloud Software and Business Modernization: Part One

March 16, 2015 by Michael Fauscette

Cloud software.

The term digital transformation is really popular in tech circles these days. I’ve used it myself over the past year or so, and I definitely think that the concept is sound. I have noticed though, that when I talk to businesses about it, they seem less than excited with the term. Not that most businesses don’t recognize that things are changing and that technology is at the core of much that is creating disruption for them.[read more]


Using Cloud and Big Data to Augment Your Sales Numbers

February 18, 2015 by Anand Srinivasan


The benefits of cloud and cloud computing for sales teams is not immediately apparent. The use of cloud and big data in this aspect are still in the nascent stage and have the ability to revolutionize industries in future.[read more]

Box IPO: Will Others Follow Suit?

January 30, 2015 by Natalie Lehrer


Last Friday was a relatively big day for the cloud storage market. After several hiccups, Box Inc. finally went public on the New York Stock Exchange. While Box was slated to open during market hours in the low teens, it surged to over $20 per share by 9:30AM EST (market open time) and closed the day at $23.23 – up roughly 66%.[read more]

An Overview of ServiceNow Reporting Approaches

January 7, 2015 by Gadi Yedwab


ServiceNow, as a platform, provides an incredible opportunity for visibility and transparency. With ServiceNow as a single system of record, IT organizations are collecting more data than ever before on the quality and delivery of their services, and the effectiveness of their organization, into a consolidated data source.[read more]

Is the Cloud Secure Enough for the Financial Industry?

September 29, 2014 by Kyle Cebull

The cloud.

What you have to remember when you’re considering a switch to cloud services is that the companies that you’re hosting with invest millions (sometimes billions of dollars) to ensure the security of data. If you’re taking the appropriate measures to be sure that your employees are following compliance standards and set up data security precautions, the cloud can absolutely be a viable option for any financial industry organization.[read more]

Oracle Financials Is in the Cloud

September 23, 2014 by Robert Kugel

Longer ERP replacement cycles.

The biggest challenge – and greatest opportunity – in the ERP software market lies in developing a multitenant cloud ERP offering that provides ample functionality and configurability to address the requirements of a majority of the market.[read more]

Contrary to Popular Belief, Cloud Computing a Boon for Professional IT Jobs

February 20, 2014 by April Sage

Cloud computing a boon for professional IT.

In the course of compiling press releases and client profiles, numerous organizations have told Online Tech that moving to our encrypted, enterprise-class cloud has freed up their own IT staff to spend more time on projects with a greater direct impact on the success of the business.[read more]


Rent vs. Buy? The Cloud Conundrum

August 28, 2013 by Paul Barsch

Over the long-run, is cloud computing a waste of money? Some start-ups and other “asset lite” businesses seem to think so. However, cloud computing for specific use cases, makes a lot of sense—even over the long haul.[read more]

Interactive Intelligence Reveals Ambitious Plans for Customer Service

May 22, 2013 by Richard Snow

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At its recent user conference, Interactions 2013, Interactive Intelligence (Nasdqaq: ININ) showcased its extensive product portfolio and its ambitious plans to improve the products both technically and functionally. To keep up with developments, I divide contact center systems and applications into five groups.[read more]

Infor Demonstrates Steady Stream of Advances to Customers

April 29, 2013 by Robert Kugel

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At this year’s Inforum user group conference, Infor representatives showed the progress the organization has made since last year in transforming itself from a ragbag of mostly small, often obsolete software companies to a competitive vendor of a modern enterprise management software suite.[read more]

Adaptive Planning "Suitens" Its Offering

April 19, 2013 by Robert Kugel

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Adaptive Planning has been building out its cloud-based financial software. It recently announced the general availability of consolidation functionality in its cloud-based suite. This addition eliminates a notable gap in the company, giving it a more complete financial performance management suite.[read more]

HIPAA in a HITECH World: HIPAA Violations on the Rise

March 25, 2013 by April Sage

Since the HITECH Act, HIPAA complaint traffic geometrically increased. In the last 3 years, there have been over 70,000 HIPAA violation complaints. It’s impossible to enforce every complaint, and we don’t want to. The approach to enforcement needs to be smart and educational.[read more]

Cloud Security: Vetting Applications and Cloud Providers for Compliance and Security

March 18, 2013 by April Sage

The latest report from the Ponemon Institute sought to analyze trends in cloud computing security among organizations that use SaaS and IaaS. It found that only 43 percent of organizations audit or assess cloud computing resources before deployment.[read more]

SAS Innovates into the Big Data Analytics Era

March 18, 2013 by Tony Cosentino

SAS Institute held its 24th annual analyst summit last week in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The 37-year-old privately held company is a key player in big data analytics, and company executives showed off their latest developments and product roadmaps.[read more]