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Cloud computing apps on the fast track
Few enterprise technologies in IT history have needed as strong a reality check as cloud computing. Hyped as the heavenly escape from the hell of server reboots, virus attacks and hard drive crashes, the cloud has wafted into every corner of IT, promising cheaper, no-maintenance compute cycles and Web-friendly enterprise applications for the masses. Yet it’s no mere pun to say that cloud proponents have often had their heads in the clouds, something many enterprises are now learning as they try to slot cloud computing into the infrastructures that run their business processes. Readers will find coverage of cloud computing apps and all of these related issues in this month’s Business Applications Digest.
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Getting fundamentally different applications to play nice is not simple, but with careful planning and a good understanding of your requirements, rewards are well within reach.
The technology that put all that data in the cloud has improved quite a bit over the years, and industry watchers say adoption will grow at a decidedly steady pace.
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Manufacturers need to understand their control and complexity requirements before deciding how to integrate ERP cloud computing with on-premises systems, analysts say.