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Three obstacles in cloud adoption

Don’t go to the cloud if you see no benefit. And in a lot of situations there is no benefit in jumping on the cloud band wagon. But a lot of companies are seeing benefits in cloud, yet they feel constrained in realizing those benefits. Here are a couple of reasons that we see in […]

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Feature continuity is a cloud risk to manage

Procurement departments often have an issue with one of the intrinsic characteristics of cloud computing, which is that the provider defines the service. It is not the consumers that define the service, though they may be able to configure it. Is this good or bad? A procurement department is used to managing service risk by […]

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Business Model Canvas for SaaS Providers

As a follow up to the earlier article on the IaaS business model, here is a high level overview of the SaaS provider business model and some of the strategic options that are in there. Business Model Canvas The business model canvas is a visual template for developing and discussion business models. For more information see […]

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Three ways of adding value with cloud computing

Why do businesses invest in IT and cloud computing? I see three different reasons. The most obvious one is to reduce the cost of IT. This is apparent in questions like: ‘Is a cloud e-mail solution cheaper than having your own mail server’? In my experience there is typically no business case for migration in such […]

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Business Model Canvas for Cloud Providers

Cloud Computing is not so much about technology but more about the new business models that this technology enables. The question then is, how do these business models look? One of the most inspiring ways of looking at business models is through the so-called “Business Model Canvas”. This article explores the basics of cloud computing business […]

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Which Cloud service model is right for you?

Cloud Computing is no longer an option, but a reality in the IT landscape of almost all organizations. At the same time cloud computing has a lot of variants and choices. These choices are relevant for the IT strategy, and in some cases even the company strategy. This article outlines in a step by step […]

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How does the NSA look from the inside?

A couple of weeks ago I attended the SecureCloud conference in Amsterdam, organized by the Cloud Security Alliance and its partners. As always with CSA conferences, it was packed with solid material: real world experience, actionable advice, very senior government officials, top analysts, interesting panels, and the usual walkway gossip. One of the most thought […]

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Cloud computing can make you more secure

The number one concern cited for avoiding cloud computing is security. And there is a reason for that. Cloud providers have demonstrated some spectacular failures in the past, including Amazon’s near total shutdown of an entire region, Dropbox’s authentication snafu, and innumerous cloud providers that go belly-up. However, in the long run, cloud computing is […]

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Join our research – Cloud Assurance in practice

The Dutch CSA chapter has a plan to address the number one concern of organizations using cloud: “can we trust our provider?”. The CSA (Cloud Security Alliance) has developed a number of tools to address that situation. Our plan is to test these tools in practice, and record the experiences for inclusion in a “best […]

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