#InternetOfObjects and the Emerging Era of #CloudComputing

IOT CLOUD

Big data and connected objects represent an important source of economic growth according to numerous studies. They open the possibility to connect people or objects in a more relevant way, to provide the right information to the right person at the right time, or to highlight information that is useful for decision-making. Allied to Big Data, connected objects give professionals new opportunities to better understand customer needs and better satisfy them.

 

According to McKinsey, the overall economic potential of the IoT universe could be between $ 3,900 billion (US ‘trillion’) and 11,100 billion per year by 2025! So with 30 billion connected objects by 2020 it’s now necessary, more than ever, to rethink the use of Cloud.

 

The explanation of this boom?
Connected objects are already very widespread and are gradually taking over all sectors. The general public sees it as a way to improve everyday life, while companies are already using it to control and improve industrial processes and propose new services. Cities and vehicles are becoming smart by using different types of sensors.

 

Nearly all manufactured goods entering the market – vehicles, equipment for energy or water supply, health sector equipment, scientific and technical research facilities, machine tools and robots, etc. – all are bound to be connected and, for a good part, to be interconnected.

 

We are only on the premises but very well equipped with advanced technologies, the only thing to do is to imagine their great usage that will respond to every real expectations and will bring real added value. This ability to make our environment much smarter is linked to sensors, to the data collected by these sensors and to the speed of processing of this data. The triangle of Connected Objects, Big Data and Cloud will become essential to transform this universe of connected objects into intelligent systems.

 

Future of IOT Data 
The continuous flow of data generated by IOT is challenging the networks. All of these billions of objects that can be interconnected via the Internet are accelerating the real tsunami of announced data. The cloud is a simple and flexible way to deal economically with this mass of data that will continue to grow with time and new uses. And to cope with this huge data, the computing power will have to be adjusted. With the successful adoption of IoT, manufacturers will work on new systems architectures, especially those that are “hyper-integrated”, “hyper-convergent”, and can bring very high performances.

 

Cloud, indispensable for the development of the internet of objects
Connected objects are synonymous with capturing very large masses of valuable data. The gathered information via IoT will have to be stored, transmitted and analyzed for which the choice of Cloud infrastructure is the most appropriate method. Firstly because of the flexibility afforded by this type of offer only a Cloud solution allows real-time adaptation of the infrastructure capacity according to the level of demand. A flexibility for the management of all the connected objects devoted to knowing peaks of load and allows connected devices to interact with powerful back-end analytic and control capabilities. 

Furthermore, this flexibility can play more decisive role for commercial success, a situation in which it is essential to adapt its infrastructure quickly to meet demand. A necessity that affects the companies of moderate sizes seeking to contain their investments in technical infrastructures.

A flexible cloud service for connected devices can facilitate critical business decisions and strategies process by allowing you to connect your devices to the cloud, analyze data from those devices in real time, and integrate your data with enterprise applications, web services etc.

 

New skills and infrastructure needed
Applications linked to IOT are limited only by the human imagination. From automotive to home automation, to medical and healthcare industry, entertainment and education, IOT is pervasive and growing rapidly and transforming all economic sectors. To operate these innovative devices, it will be necessary to develop applications capable of collecting and processing the data that they will generate. The manufacturers of connected objects and the service providers responsible for the management of these applications must therefore provide themselves with appropriate skills and infrastructures.

#CloudComputing: How To Boost Your Company Growth

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The “Small Business, Big Technology” survey carried out by Deloitte reveled that SMBs which adopted the cloud have recorded on average a revenue growth of 26% compared to those still working with more traditional management methods.

 

Of businesses that responded, 1,316 companies were based in Europe and the United States. Different activity sectors have been solicited such as Finance, Health, Transport, Trade, Marketing, etc.

Cloud has become a key success element for EVERY business growth. It offers immediate benefits that improve the competitiveness of the company: reducing IT costs, securing processes, improving the company’s employee’s accessibility and many others. But it is mainly its good use that makes the difference.

 

The cloud can allow a business to:

 

  • Transforming IT
  • effectively manage business process,
  • improve its organization and way of working,
  • respond faster to changes in customer needs,
  • energizing channels and communications,
  • Easier design of new products and services.

All these elements make it a valuable asset for an organization.

 

A powerful competitive tool

By choosing online solutions, not only big but even SMBs can reduce their costs and secure their data. They also improve their operational efficiency thanks to the time they can save on backup and recovery so they can focus on more critical projects for their business. 80% of companies say that cloud technology can enable them to evolve and grow faster.

 

  • Cost reduction
    A cloud service does not require any software installation. The decline in hardware investment and the reduction in IT maintenance costs are the first reason for choosing online applications for 42% of SMBs. Therefore business owners benefit from less expensive, regularly updated and flexible systems that can evolve according to the key events in any company’s life: evolution of computer equipment, increase in size or staff, an outdoor office, work from home etc.
  • Process reliability
    31% of organizations have also chosen cloud services for updates and security issues. Therefore, cloud service providers are investing heavily to protect and update their infrastructure. They provide important guarantees in terms of the reliability and availability of IT infrastructure so the organizations are free from major security concerns.
  • A powerful information system
    Today, few SMBs have to make their own software packages easily accessible to the majority of their employees. Online applications reverse this relationship. They can be operated at anytime, anywhere, by all authorized employees. The cloud also allows the creation of data structures and applications dedicated to specific profiles such as: commercial, technical, warehouse manager, maintenance manager.

A Valuable assistance for business growth

Changing the work habits or even the organization of SMBs, the cloud provides important and competitive advantages. It improves relationships both internally and externally, with customers or suppliers. The company gains operational efficiency and agility.

 

  • Increased mobility
    Improvement of mobile work for its employees remains the first reason to equip cloud solutions for 47% of organizations. Whether it’s for sales persons or employees who want to work from home, the opportunities available to your teams are more numerous, more comfortable, and even more efficient. The cloud mode allows to integrate a collaborative workspace, exchanges between collaborators are facilitated and accelerated, despite the distance. By meeting with a customer, a salesperson keeps a 360 ° vision and in real time on tariffs, stocks and delivery times. Facilitating the work in mobility allows the establishment of a more flexible and efficient organization for you and your collaborators.
  • Decision-making process

    Cloud management software provides organizations dashboards with real-time rich indicators with a clear view of inventory and order status, invoice and cash flow monitoring, gross margin, and more. All these data are constantly updated.

    Thus business owners benefits from critical information which are all valuable aids to decision-making. Especially since this information is available and permanently accessible on different connected smart devices (tablets or phones), wherever it is, on the road or in a meeting.

  • More flexible infrastructures and equipment

    With cloud, your IT equipment gains mores adaptability and allows you to equip yourself more easily and without risk, in whatever development stage your company is. If your company expands, moves or relocate, you are ready and equipped.

    The tools available in the Cloud offer a start-up company the possibility of acquiring, at an early stage, all the solutions needed to manage a business. For a growing business, the cloud provides the necessary flexibility to grow its business, its premises and its staff. 85% of companies surveyed with annual growth of more than 80% believe that cloud technologies allow them to grow faster.

    Finally for a more mature company, using the cloud makes it possible to rationalize its equipment and fluidify exchanges within your organization. To reduce costs, there is also an organization adapted to the conquest of new markets.

 

An incentive in terms of innovation in your services and your organization

Thanks to the contributions of the cloud, organizations can set up new services bringing real added value. Data sharing encourages collaborative work, and customer relationship management is refined. The company innovates more easily and develops its collective intelligence.

 

  • Establishment of collaborative platforms

    A cloud enables the deployment of information sharing tools that are effective immediately. The account managers adjust their schedule and appointments online. Technical agents access their documentation and debrief their interventions from a distance. The transport services validate in real time their deliveries etc.

    Collaborative platforms can thus be set up, promoting co-working and project development. Business process sourcing in the cloud not only helps to streamline and accelerate internal operations. For example, by using cloud-based applications (Softwareas-a-Service, or SaaS) also improves productivity and collaboration.

Let’s all get agree on the fact that in order to grow, companies need to get closer to their customers and find new ways to engage them. Because in this digital era customers have higher demands so businesses need to innovate by creating new products and services—or launching new business models in their current suite of products and services—to meet those demands. Fundamentally, cloud computing enables this innovation by helping companies to optimize, innovate and proliferate new value across four business value lenses!

Cloud and a Successful Project Management

Cloud and a Successful Project Management

The world has already moved to the web, but what about you and your work? Gone are the days when one managed its work with a paper and pencil, whiteboard, erasable markers and post it on your office walls. Save MS Word documents and spreadsheets in a folder on your computer belongs to the past.

According to research firm IDC, the cloud sector should see its business grow by 15 to 20% per year by 2018. The hosting of computer data in the cloud has changed the situation, either for users as for developers. Today, the most successful project managers have transferred their teams and processes online. Online project management, collaboration software and backup systems in the cloud can accomplish the job more efficiently and gets better results.

 

Here is how digital project management is improving thanks to the cloud:

 

  • Team up and get transparency of entire work:
    When you organizing your projects and tasks in an online project management tool shared with your team, the different players can easily follow the progress of the project. Everyone can find out project’s progress, the slowdown factors and the deadlines. You give your team the information they needs to strengthen their effectiveness.
  • Easy access to important information:
    By bringing all of your documents, images and information in a storage tool or project management based in the cloud, your colleagues can download files where and when they need it – without even bothering you. And insofar as they will no longer have to wait 24 hours to get a response from you in their e-mail, work moves faster.
  • Real time communication and reporting capabilities:
    Collaboration tools and online project management tells you the exact status of the project at a specific time and the overall project progress so you stay informed of everything and may contact the participating executives, based on real time obtained information. Controlling costs is one of the most important benefit of a project management tool because you don’t need to organize any special meeting to talk about the progress of ongoing project, since you can track its evolution via your project management tool.
  • Calendar integration and Workload management:
    An important member of your team has taken a few days off unexpectedly? This type of situation can cause considerable delays in your project delivery. A project management software including Gantt charts provides easy way to remedy this situation. All you need to do is to consult your Gantt chart to see if you can afford to wait the return of your missing crew. If so, rearrange the tasks on the chart to display the new deadlines and notify this change to the team. But if you cannot wait, reassign the task to someone else and as all stages of the project were accomplished by the original user in the online management tool, the replacement will have all the information to continue the work where it was left.
  • Monitor progress:
    The work and comments are stored in one location, so you can connect to check as many time you want. Needless to advance arguments such as “He or she said that …” or “I did it my responsibility …”, as everything is clearly centralized in a single location and accessible to all tracking is a child game.

A project gets not only easier but much more organized thanks to the cloud-based project management tools. As there’s no on-site deployment you can get easily your hands on them!

Cloud Computing : Web Services Suppliers Selection by Developers

One of the leading analyst company in the app economy and the developer ecosystem VisionMobile published the results of a survey in which more than 13,000 developers from 149 countries were surveyed. Among other points studied in the report, the company highlights the cloud market trends and factors that justify the selection of a developer for a particular cloud service provider.

 

The chart below shows us an overview of worldwide Developers presence. First thing that got my eye was the level of gender imbalance is really high, 94% of male dominant. Asia and Africa have a younger technical workforce and are faster to exploit new areas like IoT. One of major advantage of such young workforce is that they don’t have families and have plenty of time to dedicate to their work, and some of them are even involved in two or three areas of development.

THE GLOBAL DEVELOPER LANDSCAPE

The result of the survey concerning cloud computing shows that CC market is one of leading revenue generator market for developers. As a matter of fact, 57% of cloud services developers interviewed in different countries earn at least $ 5000 per month. This percentage concerns 41% for Internet of Things (IoT) developers, 49% for mobile developers and 51% for developers of desktop applications.
We also note that 28% of cloud services developers reach more than $ 10,000 per month. 16% of IoT developers, 21%of mobile developers and 24% of developers of desktop applications earns same monthly income.

Developpers Revenue

 

One of the key determinants for selection a cloud computing platform is the supported language. Normally all popular cloud services supports a wide range of languages, however, depending on used languages, developers are focused on specific platforms. “Platform owners hoping to attract developers need to support a range of languages, but maintaining libraries and APIs can prove expensive and dropping a language is politically difficult”. 

 

Furthermore, regional differences also exists, for i.e. we can see the North American preference for HTML5 and Asia preference for Java and C/C+.

 

The chart below demonstrate that developers are typically self-starters, and that is reflected in the predominance of self-teaching across all the languages. Java programmers have the biggest percentage of degrees (73%), on the other hand, C/C++ also boasts a slightly lower number of degree holders (65%), and almost ties with Java for postgraduate qualifications. The lower proportion of degrees for C/C++ developer is mostly explained but more self-taught games developers using the language. Plus when it comes to generate revenue, developers are getting very creative and most are keen to pick a language which keeps a wide range of options open.

Supported languages

The survey reveals that 44% of developers surveyed “are happy to keep their cloud safely home,” in fact, almost half of developers are hosting their apps in private clouds, well away from the public infrastructure which grabs all my attention because even Amazon Web Services, the biggest cloud by far, can only boast of being the primary platform for 16% of software developers, while 44% of them are happier to keep their clouds safely at home. Microsoft Azure is next with 13%, followed by Google Cloud Platform (8%), Digital Ocean (4%) and Heroku (2%).

 

It’s no great surprise that Amazon’s Web Services provides the greatest linguistic variability. Note that Microsoft’s cloud services attract more Microsoft developers, 54% of Azure developers prefer C#.

 

Java is the most popular language, followed closely by PHP, but even those two aren’t obviously predominant. Every cloud platform present on the chart below, have one or two dominant languages, and plenty of less-popular alternatives with very-low usage figures, but Amazon customers clearly aren’t selecting the platform on the basis of language support but because of Amazon worldwide popularity.

 

Amazon Web Services-Microsoft Azure-Google Cloud Platform

 

Sources :

Developers Economics – State of Developer Nation

 

Top 12 Cloud Computing Security Threats

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Due to cloud computing exponential growth, its benefits are now obvious.The most notable are, reduction of maintenance costs of its IT infrastructure, Reduction of energy consumption, the rapidity of sharing data with one or more other users of CC. Possibility of creating a collaborative virtual platform.

 

However, front all the possibilities offered by this new concept, cloud computing has created new security challenges. Still some enterprises are reluctant to in CC adoption mostly because of the safety factor which is still a challenge.

 

Just to remind, cloud computing is an IT approach that operates over the Internet (or any other WAN). It’s a type of Internet based computing where different services such as servers, applications, storage, collaboration and administration tools, etc. are delivered to any organization’s computers and devices through the Internet.

 

Seeing both the promises of cloud computing, and the risks associated with it, the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) and the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) has created several studies in which they have identified 12 points which are the major threats to data security and cloud applications. Let’s have a look to it.

 

  1. Leakage of that kind of information which wasn’t intended for public due to the existence of Data Breaches.
  2. The fragility in Identity, Credential and Access Management, although some providers prioritize authentication interfaces with other ways such as certificates, smart cards, OTP technology phone authentication, and many others;
  3. Using Insecure interfaces and APIs that customers can use to interact with cloud services
  4. Exploit of System Vulnerabilities in operating systems on servers in clouds or even in hosted applications
  5. Accounts or services Hijacking via software vulnerabilities
  6. Risk caused by Malicious Insiders are not new. It can be a person of management team who has enough access to privacy or secured data that he can easily to misuse it.
  7. Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs) consist of a form of attack where the hacker manages to install somehow a file in the internal network of an organization and can put his hands on important or confidential data of the organization. This type of attack are really difficult to detect for a cloud service provider.
  8. Data loss can be caused by a virus attack of Datacenter, a physical attack (fire or bombing), natural disaster, or even just to a human factor in the service provider, eg in case company’s bankruptcy. The thought of losing all data is really terrifying for both businesses and consumers!
  9. The shortcomings in the internal strategies of adoption or transition to the cloud technologies. Companies or organizations often doesn’t take into account all the safety factors related to their operation before subscribing to a cloud service.
  10. Abuse and Nefarious Use of Cloud Services via accounts created during the evaluation periods (most ISPs offer free 30-day trial) or purchased fraudulently access.
  11. Denial-of-Service is the kind of attack that is meant to limit the acces on data or services by excessive consumption of resources such as processors, memory or network. The idea for the hacker is to succeed in overloading Datacenter resources to prevent other users to use services.
  12. The faults related to the Shared Technology issues can cause problems in the internal architecture of the cloud and eternal interface architecture with users.

 

These twelve points, as mentioned above, could further reinforce the paranoid in their doubt regarding cloud, but will mainly encourage users (individuals and businesses) to be more demanding on service levels (SLA: Service Level Agreement) conclude with suppliers.

 

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Big Data, no more a mystery!!

Whenever you hear the word Big Data, have you ever wondered what is it? How and for whom Big Data is used for? Well this article might help you understanding all those unsolved mysterious questions you’ve in your head.

Big data, which is a buzz word of overloaded information, gather a set of technologies and practices for storing large amount of data and analyse in a blink of an eye. Nowadays, Big data is shaking our ways of doing business and it’s gaining popularity.

To describe the functionality of big data, it’s necessary to summarise its key features using 3 “V”:

 

  • The first V stands for the Volume : the amount of data gathered every second is expanding each day. Social networks and E-commerce are the major contributors to the wealth of data.
  • The second “V” stands for Velocity, as you know that speed of data exchanged in a connected world is no longer in doubt. All news and updates are stored in clouds because in big data, “We keep everything”.
  • The last “V” stands for the Variety of data. Specialised databases are able to manage the multiple data formats: digital, text, image…

 

 

Since the digital revolution, the quantity of Data produced each and every day, in or out of an information system, has reached such proportions that it’s difficult to continue to use traditional tools to manipulate the data in an efficient way. Nowadays, most companies are satisfied to produce the same reports by using the small portion of the information produced and gathered in their traditional information system but they are far away from the gold mine of information present on web.

 

Here’s listed some of possibilities offered by BigData:

  • By using the right Data, a company can Improve the customer experience
  • Better understand the behavior of prospects and customers
  • Analyze the behavior of prospects and customers 360: purchases in stores and online, internet surfing habits, preferences indicated on social networks …
  • Anticipate market needs and adapt business strategies

 

If you’ve read this article so far, I’m pretty sure that you are aware that the data has always been a key resource for any kind of businesses, but over the past three to five years, they have gone from “major” status to “critical”. The data and, more importantly, the analysis of data has become a competitive advantage for many industries and businesses.

Ok, that’s interesting, but what does this phenomenon has to do with your business? You are affected if at least two of these statements are true:

  • You work on a sector where information is generated in real time by multitude of sensors, users or customers
  • Your information system is complex, extensive, consisting of several software components
  • Your data isn’t structured
  • Your data isn’t qualified
  • Despite your optimization efforts, your databases are not enough to achieve results within a reasonable time

So if you find yourself in these above statements, it’s time for you to consider a Big Data project.

 

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