BLOG Government cloud policy: Red tape, sticks and carrots

In the run-up to the last federal election the Coalition released a policy on cloud computing use by government agencies and accused the then Labor Government of "passivity and timidity" in getting Government agencies to take up cloud computing.

Costs Lurking in the Cloud

When you make the move to Cloud computing – widely regarded as a key way to reduce IT costs – and to avoid unnecessary expense, it is vital that you understand and manage the potential hidden costs.

Are there Citizen Developers in your Cloud?

They are the amongst the most productive and self-reliant members of your staff, user of your IT systems who used to be called “power users” but now they’re being given the trendy new appellation of “citizen developers.” Are they going to be key players in your move to Cloud computing?

How green is your Cloud?

One vital aspect of Cloud computing is that it can be good for our environment, so much so that you should never overlook this aspect.

Understanding and managing cloud costs

cloud_costs.pngOne of the main reasons quoted for moving some or even all of your in-house computing to the Cloud is the potential for significant cost savings.

The unstoppable surge of Cloud computing in 2014

BITB407 hype cycle imageAccording to the August 2013 edition of research firm Gartner’s annual hype cycle for emerging technologies, cloud computing is entering its mid-life phase, heading down from its peak of inflated expectations towards the trough of disillusionment:

Key questions for migrating your applications to Cloud hosting

So, you’ve decided that for various business reasons, such as cost savings and ability to respond to peak seasonal transaction loads, you are going to migrate critical business applications from your in-house data centre to a Cloud hosting service. What are key matters you should consider to minimise risk and maximise benefits in such a migration?