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  • How Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff made me feel small - then big again

    At a Billy Graham-style rally in London last week, Marc Benioff told his converts to reject their government and follow him into the cloud. It was all very humbling. They can make you feel very small, these charismatic CEOs of billion dollar corporat... 

  • PCs in retreat as market prepares for tablet invasion

    Poor old PC. Things are not looking good. After all the furore surrounding HP's decision to retreat from the PC arena, we now read that Gartner has downgraded its PC market forecast for 2011, suggesting the PC is "not a particularly compelling p... 

  • Will you end up being the Norman Wisdom of the cloud?

    Panic can set in when a cloud service is over subscribed. In their desperation to keep the plates spinning, the staff and systems will bumble all over the place, like a team of Norman Pipkins, the comic creation of Norman Wisdom. Are you about to exp... 

  • If you don't get cloud right first time, you're mullered

    Craig Beddis, the regional software vice president at UC4 Software, says if you don't get your cloud supplier right first time, it'll be ruinously expensive to change. Investing in cloud services is not a new thing but what's on offer is getting bett... 

  • Window shopping for clouds

    As a partner and a senior manager at Deloittes technology Consulting Practice, John Winstanley (left) and Bhavesh Morar spend all their time talking to big corporations who want advice on cloud computing. These retail, consumer and life sciences gian... 

  • What to do when the service provider says gerroff my cloud?

    Hey, hey, you, you, get offa my cloud! Not my words, but the words of a service provider that decides you are surplus to their requirements, for whatever reason. But the of process of moving between cloud offerings is punishing, saysVladimir Jirasek ... 

  • Cloud computing's hidden costs part 6 - can we get some SLAs round here?

    There's an awful lot that can go wrong with service level agreements (SLAs) oncloud-based services says Craig Beddis, Regional SVP at UC4 Software. Services in the cloud are not available when there is an outage. Gradually we're starting to see busin... 

  • Cloud computing's hidden costs, part five. Far from the Madding Cloud

    Vladimir Jirasek, non executive director CSA UK & Ireland and member of CAMM, speaks from bitter experience about a cloud heist that went wrong. "I have had experience of migrating to Cloud and between different SaaS clouds," he laments... 

  • Cloud computing's hidden costs, part four. The roar of the cloud

    Ten years ago, Winston Bogarde was a very good footballer. He must have been, because show biz club Chelsea paid him forty thousand pounds a week! That was a lot of money in them days. So he must have been pretty handy. Mind you, I never saw him play... 

  • Cloud computing's hidden costs, part three

    It can be expensive if you have a careless cloud looking after your data. Many of these providers are more clown than cloud service providers. Your business could be found found on the hard drives sold by the Cloud provider. Don't laugh, it's already...