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July 2014

Cloud computing applications force attitude adjustment in the enterprise

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With companies everywhere still grappling with the bring-your-own-device phenomenon, industry observers are pointing to fast-growing "bring your own cloud" as the real trend to watch. Employees are increasingly bringing their own cloud apps to work, creating new headaches for the business side, where managers may have workers using a variety of different tools, and for the IT team, which could find itself tackling any number of new security threats.

In this three-part guide, consultant Tom Nolle and journalist George Lawton discuss the trend -- while offering sound advice for organizations looking to keep ahead of the cloud curve. First, Nolle looks at potential outcomes from the BYOC trend -- specifically, what it means for worker and application support in the enterprise. In the next piece, readers will examine the tenuous balance of cost advantages and security risks that are part and parcel to personal cloud-hosted services. Yet more trends -- cloud storage being the most common -- further threaten that necessary balance. To close, Lawton picks the brains of two early cloud adopters, a major medical supply vendor and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, to advise readers on cloud pilot program best practices.

Table Of Contents

  • To each his own cloud
  • Cloud services get personal
  • NASA, Cerner make early landings on the cloud

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