Cloud ERP taking off but confusion persists around security and control topics

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Whether enthusiastically or begrudgingly adopted, cloud infrastructure and services are a significant part of the IT fabric at most organizations.

Nevertheless, as business leaders continue to rightfully fret over data security and potentially introducing new risks, it’s reasonable to conclude that critical systems like ERP might be some of the last to move. That’s not necessarily the case.

As other diginomica writers have detailed, there is a healthy and vibrant market in cloud ERP software and as a new independent survey from the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) details, these vendors are vying for a growing customer base as more organizations plan cloud deployments.

Cloud ERP vendors pitch cloud benefits such as rapid access to new features, financial efficiency through avoided capital spending and lower operational overhead coupled with the ease of supporting globally distributed workers and business partners. However, the CSA survey suggests that business and IT executive worry about infrastructure and data security and the complexity of complying with a hodgepodge of global data protection regulations when using third-party infrastructure. The clash between cloud convenience and fiduciary and operational realities will significantly shape how the cloud ERP market evolves and grows.

While data from surveys like that conducted by CSA are useful in helping set vendor and buyer priorities, even more important are concrete guidelines for securely operating and using cloud ERP environments. Moving critical business systems to the cloud without such security and governance measures in place is a recipe for future financial and operational disaster. – Read more

Next-gen firewalls are here to protect the cloud

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It is important to choose the right cloud service provider to get the best network protection.

Firewalls are vital in protecting networks. They are an essential part of computer systems intended to prevent the unauthorized flow of data while permitting connections deemed safe or acceptable.

The term is unmistakably derived from the brick and mortar firewalls that are designed to prevent or reduce the proliferation of fire. In the age of computers and the internet, the term firewall means something way more sophisticated than a fireproof wall or partition. In the age of cloud computing, the digital firewall has also been upgraded so that it is now proverbially taller to protect the cloud.

Next-generation firewalls are expected to be significantly improved so that they can address threats that are aimed at cloud infrastructure. Companies specializing in cloud services like Aviatrix need to upgrade their defenses to cope with the ever-evolving cyber threats. Otherwise, they cannot assure customers of adequate protection, as malicious software and persistent network attacks continue to grow.

Virtual private cloud and transit VPC 

One of the best ways to secure cloud assets is the establishment of virtual private clouds. In this kind of setup, customers can set up a logically isolated section of their cloud environment wherein they can initiate and use resources in a virtual network they can custom define. This means that they maintain full control over the networking environment including the choice of IP address, route table, and gateway setup, as well as subnet creation. – Read more

Cloud4C, a Leading Cloud Managed Services Provider, is Empowering Enterprises Digital Transformation Across 40 Locations Worldwide

 

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Cloud4C, a Made in India cloud player is emerging as a preferred choice of Fortune 500 enterprises across 20 countries with 40 locations spread across Americas, Europe, Middle East, APAC.

The company offers differentiated services such as Community Cloud for industries such as banks and manufacturing besides private and public cloud. A total of 3,000 companies globally are using Cloud4C services including 30+ Fortune 500 global multinationals. The company offers a robust cloud platform powered by military grade cloud security managed by 26 security tools and 40+ security controls to ensure data is protected backed by industry best uptime SLA.

Globally, over 80 countries have passed data privacy laws – Cloud4C operates in 20 of those countries and ensures the data is hosted within the country complying with the respective government privacy guidelines. After having met its geographical expansion objectives in India, Cloud4C is now looking to expand its geographical footprint to new geographies, plans to be present in 40 countries.

Cloud4C supports global businesses achieve speed to market through quick deployment of cloud infrastructure, achieve scalability on demand to address the growing business needs. Cloud4C ensures seamless availability of applications through the world’s best end-to-end SLA (application to infrastructure) backed by an uptime guarantee. To help global enterprises sail through the challenges around data protection and security, Cloud4C deploys infrastructure locally in all the locations and compliant to the local data and privacy laws like IRAP, GDPR, RBI, IRDA, MAS etc. The company manages and monitors its customers through its global NOC and SOC. – Read more

Advantages of Cloud Computing for Web Designers

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Access to cloud computing is way easier and affordable than ever. Although it’s costlier than traditional hosting platforms still has much more benefits over them which made it of high demand and especially for web designers and industry.

Some of the features of cloud have been discussed below that interest web developer to gravitate towards it.

Scalability

Unlike remote server hosting cloud allows developers to scale their website through different geographical locations even without impacting user experience. Cloud hosting provides features such as traffic management without the limitations of speed and delivery which enables users to access the website quickly no matter at which location they are and also cloud hosting minimizes the possibilities of server downtime.

Security

Cloud hosting offers security which in the current digital age is utmost important especially if the website collects personal data. Also, it helps to avoid hackers and operate safely on the website. Cloud data centers are more secure than traditional ones and create three copies of data mitigating the risk of data loss and also provide reliable file sharing. – Read more

HERE announces world’s first SaaS navigation and connected service solution for vehicles

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HERE Technologies today announced HERE Navigation On Demand, a new one-stop solution for automakers to enable compelling, full-featured and always-fresh navigation experiences in their vehicles, including in the volume segment.

HERE Navigation On Demand is navigation as a service, combining the benefits of embedded navigation with the experience and familiarity of a mobile navigation solution. This fully integrated solution works off the shelf, and offers easy and cost-effective deployment in connected embedded systems as well as on mobile, including mirrored set-ups. Automakers can also take advantage of an out-of-the-box framework enabling them to sell connected services on-demand and generate new sources of recurring revenue.

“HERE Navigation On Demand is the reinvention of in-car navigation for the era of the connected vehicle,” said Edzard Overbeek, CEO of HERE Technologies. – Read more

2019 trends: Cocktail of SaaS applications becomes the norm

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Efforts to adopt the cloud paved the way for a software as a service era. In 2019, make way for more paving.

The “desktop to desktop” way of working is getting replaced by a cocktail of web, SaaS, mobile and desktop applications, Mark Grilli, VP of product marketing for Adobe, told CIO Dive.

SaaS is dominating the way employees work and vendors effortlessly persuade non-IT employees to adopt their services. This makes IT’s job all the more challenging because software governance is crucial but so is employee productivity.

Walking the line between both is a challenge, but actively rolling with changes will help mitigate employee frustration.

Here are the top software trends leading edge companies have had in their sights and are preparing for: – Read more

Cleo Says Agile, Cloud-Based Integration is Key To SaaS Success

My Post (4).jpgAdoption of cloud-based apps will just keep growing in the New Year, experts say. Execs at Cleo, a provider of enterprise integration solutions, say success with SaaS also needs a more agile, cloud-centric integration.   IDN reviews Cleo’s reasons why. 

Adoption of cloud-based apps will just keep growing in the New Year, experts say. Execs at Cleo, a provider of enterprise integration solutions, suggest that success with SaaS also requires  a more agile, cloud-centric integration.

Cleo listed some of the top SaaS challenges in a recent blog. Among them:

  • Complex customer integrations,
  • Inefficient onboarding,
  • Unmanageable costs and
  • Moving security targets

The solution to these and others SaaS complexities are to adopt an “embedded integration” approach using iPaaS (cloud-based integration platform-as-a-service), Cleo added.  – Read more

HubSpot launches $30 million fund for SaaS startups

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HubSpot today announced the launch of HubSpot Ventures, a $30 million fund to support enterprise startups raising early-stage funding.

The newly formed investment arm of the marketing and sales company will support seed, Series A, and Series B rounds, with limited support for Series C rounds.

HubSpot has previously invested in a collection of marketing startups, like sales funnel automation and chat company Drift and email signature ad company Sigstr, but this is its first venture fund. Its most recent investment was in website design company Lorem in October. HubSpot has invested in a total of 10 startups since it went public in 2014.

The new fund will focus on investments in companies building software-as-a-service (SaaS) products for establishing long-term relationships with customers.

The fund will seek to participate in funding rounds but will not look to lead them, a company spokesperson said. – Read More

Software as a Service Poised to Transform Manufacturing Operations

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When it comes to software, manufacturers generally aren’t thought of as early adopters. When you’re on a tight schedule with slim margins and are still using an age-old system that works, why bother changing the process?

Put simply, because the decades-old, on-premise systems that many manufacturers have been using since the 1990s are actually costing them time and money, making it harder to turn out a quality product with the same level of reliability and competitive pricing as before.

The Rise of Software as a Service

The solution comes in the form of software as a service (SaaS). When you compare SaaS to an on-premise solution, the advantages are clear: No initial infrastructure costs or maintenance, and short implementation times. Plus, the “pay-as-you-go” business model makes these programs very attractive for many areas of business, including human resources, sales, and accounting.

While the requirements for operating a SaaS program in a manufacturing environment are far greater than those of traditional setups, 24/7 uptime reliability and real-time updates can offer serious benefits.

So why are manufacturers adopting SaaS at this point in time to solve their manufacturing operations problems? The main reason is simple: The technology got better and cheaper. SaaS applications have leveraged advancements in cloud technology to scale rapidly over the last few years. – Read More

 

A Comprehensive Guide on Getting Your SaaS Business on Mobile App

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There are a number of benefits that come entailed with the integration of SaaS mobile app developmentwithin an enterprise solution, benefits ranging from low cost, easy maintenance, zero space invasion, and the freedom from worrying about system upgrades, amongst others.

While these are the customer/enterprise side benefits, for the SaaS vendors, the benefits are equally attractive – Easy expansion to the foreign market, Service delivery automation, and zero chances of piracy, among a number of others.

All these reasons along with a lot many others have created a huge demand for the SaaS offerings for easing the processes of millions of SMBs around the world.

The demand that comes with a huge revenue generation capability, has grown manifold with the advent of mobile apps.

In this article, we will be giving you insights on how you can start a mobile SaaS business and be an amazing value offerer.

But before we do, it’s time to get back to the basics –

What is SaaS?

Commonly referred to as on-demand software, SaaS can be defined as the software distribution model where a service provider hosts the software for their customers and make it available to them through the internet.

Because of the ease of access that SaaS offers, it has become a popular delivery model for a number of different business applications along with being incorporated in the delivery strategy of the enterprise software vendors – a popularity that has increased the offerings market share to a great extent. – Read more