Cloud Computing What Is Its Potential Value for Your Company?

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Executive Summary

In essence, cloud computing means running software and accessing data that reside somewhere else. ZDNet explains (Hinchcliffe, 2008) cloud computing in business-trend terms: "Software platforms are moving from their traditional centricity around individually owned and managed computing resources and up into the cloud of the Internet." Google explores the cloud computing trend at length in another paper, "Cloud Computing - Latest Buzzword, or a Glimpse of the Future?" This paper picks up where the other paper ended Examining whether cloud computing makes good business sense for the company. Let's start with some predictions: In the next 12 months, someone in the company will push for at least one on demand application.

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