Thursday, December 12, 2013


London – 4th of December 2013 – American global growth consulting company Frost & Sullivan released three big predictions for the global healthcare market. The company highlighted the new areas of growth based on a ‘2013 Search for Growth’ survey which involved 1835 executives in more than 40 countries worldwide.  mHealth, Cloud in Healthcare and Regulatory Environments will be the key subject in 2014 and beyond.

mHealth expansion has been fuelled by the unprecedented spread of mobile technologies, as well as advancements in their innovative application to address health priorities It is largely supported by mobile device, such as mobile phones, patient monitoring devices, personal digital assistants and other wireless devices. It is an exciting area of opportunity for healthcare growth.

Every hospital will eventually have to acquire a fully-enterprise wireless solution. The most innovative mobile healthcare solutions that best meet healthcare needs will be adopted as the gold standard.

Healthcare informatics will also improve the quality of medical services and efficiency of operations while reducing expenditures. Cloud computing is a key in relation to enterprise-wide solution. Implementing cloud computing technologies will help healthcare providers to improve the quality of medical services  and the efficiency of operations, share information across geographic locations and manage expenditures. The concept could be applied in a variety of ways, including data storage, data loss prevention, maintaining patient information records and data sharing.

The advantages of cloud computing are endless. Over the time, it can completely change the dynamics of healthcare IT. The need for efficient sharing of information across locations in synchronized manner will be a key driver for cloud computing healthcare.

Source: Frost & Sullivan Press Center

Monday, December 2, 2013

A Break-Through Of Cloud-Computing On Chinese Market

As we all know China is experiencing a growth in number of SMEs on the mainland. Together with wider internet access, this will fuel the growth of the cloud-computing.
Cloud computing can be defined as the delivery of on-demand computing application as well as a storage of data via internet.
Analyst forecast that mainland SME cloud services will reach 16.7 billion Yuan this year, that Is 54% increase from 10.8 billion Yuan in 2012. According to research released last week by Parallels, a hosting and cloud services enablement provider, it could increase to 33.6 billion Yuan. It is all driven by increasing demand from SME users for the communication, collaboration and business applications delivered by cloud computing market.
According to Hong Bo, founder of mainland information technology website Donews, Cloud computing is a virtual host computer system that enables enterprises to buy, lease, sell or distribute software and other digital resources over the internet as on-demand service. It no longer depends on a server or a number of machines that physically exist, since it is a virtual system.
Parallel’s research found that two-thirds of SME’s prefer to buy application bundles, so service providers that can meet this demand will put themselves in a good competitive position. The potential of cloud in China is huge. Just 5% of Chinese SMEs now use hosted servers. It is a small share that is growing fast and rose by 31% last year.

By Sophie Yu 

Monday, November 25, 2013

The Hype Of Cloud Computing

The cloud has a lot to offer. It can totally transform the business, however, it requires an integration with existing IT for it to reach maximum impact. 
Over the past few years cloud computing has reached fever pitch with many providers trying to outdo each other.
The development of cloud computing has been publicized as everything from revolution to the biggest disruption since the move from mainframe to client-server computing. Executive chairman of Google – Eric Schmidt called the adoption of cloud inevitable. The incessant hype and unending buzzwords surrounding the cloud are in danger of obscuring the full extent of the business transformation on offer.
The cloud is not a goal in itself. End-user does not care about what model of server is hosting their business’ IT, cloud is simply the means towards a business outcome – it should be viewed as just one mechanism of a larger machine.
For the cloud to have maximum impact, a business cannot be held on isolation but must be integrated with existing IT. Many organizations rush towards the cloud, mistakenly believing that it is a panacea for all their infrastructure woes. This trend is being driven further by the easy access business have to the plug & play model of IT services. However, this seems to be limiting the scope of the cloud. Business are looking only at immediate, short-term benefits of the cloud. They use the services to provide a new environment for old and outdated processes, settling for marginal improvements in costs and efficiency instead of using cloud to truly transform the business.
A general rule of IT is that once size does not fit all. IT decisions are influenced by a number of different factors, like data sensitivity, the level of availability required or the need to scale computing power up and down. When it comes to business, the same rule applies. Not every application has the same infrastructure requirements. Businesses are complex entities; therefore, their infrastructure requirements are complex as well. The range of platforms are needed and most efficient IT environments will be able to combine cloud services - whether they are public, private or multi-tenant hosted solutions.
Companies often over-estimate the power of cloud and try to push their entire IT into a single platform rather than using cloud as part of the larger IT strategy. Also, many businesses under-estimate the potential of the cloud. Moving your IT environment into the cloud may offer some savings of time and resources.
Companies need to treat cloud computing as a tool rather than a technical achievement. Cloud can be a tool that delivers a specific, individual business outcome. There is no doubt that a cloud can be important to businesses, but it requires a sensible and pragmatic approach to achieve all the benefits cloud computer has to offer.

The article by Keith Tilley posted on The Guardian, 29th of October 2013

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

How Cloud Computing Fits With Your Business

Cloud Computing is becoming a real trend in business world. CFOs will likely hear a lot of hype when considering Cloud Computing. However, the most important issues that CFOs try to solve efficiency improvement and cost reduction. These are the top requirements in today’s business environment. Cloud Computing could actually be a perfect solution to fulfil these requirements.

Maximize Cost Efficiencies
From a cost saving perspective, Cloud Computing can really preserve capital. It can turn large upfront capital expenditure into operational expenditure. Cost savings stem from providing a “pay as you go” model.

Before choosing Cloud Computing, company should review their business needs and priorities and understand that some applications are better fit for cloud. Cloud computing is not one-size-fits-all. So that is something that every company has to keep in mind. Further, customer can come online because resources are readily available and scalable. 

Improve Time-to-Market
The scalability of cloud computing allows the shorter development cycles. It lets the company’s development team speed the time-to-market. The resources they need can be made available quicker, simply meaning that the temporary resources needed for proof-of-concept projects or new development can move without capital investment. 

Accommodated Unpredictable Demand
A lot of businesses like retail are often subjected to boom times and quiet times in their business cycles. Cloud computing actually lets the companies expand and contract IT resources in sync according to the cycles.

It is very important for a company to cut through the hype and make sure that their cloud provider offers the capabilities that matters the most for that company. Specific company’s priorities dictate what a company needs in a cloud, along with such considerations as data sensitivity, security levels and compliance requirements. It is very important for company to have goals and keep their priorities in mind.

Source: This post was originally published on the SunGard Availability Service Blog