Blog posts on the subject of cloud computing by management and developers at Optimus Information Inc.

Cloud adoption is growing rapidly as enterprises become more comfortable with the concept and understand the advantages and how to mitigate the disadvantages.

Learn about the benefits of cloud computing for enterprise, some of the pitfalls to adopting cloud computing in an enterprise setting and how to deal with those pitfalls so your cloud computing experience is a positive one.

Web-Based Visual Analytics: BI in the Cloud

Our business intelligence team has put together this short video describing how OptimusBI can create web-based visual analytics of databases using open source tools.

In this example we used a publicly available database that measures bird strikes against airplanes around major airports. Then, by graphing that data, we were able to visually determine which times, days, and seasons had the highest frequency of bird strikes.

In order to create this example, we used open sources tools and installed the interface on the cloud. That way our clients are able to log in from any web-browser to view their latest business intelligence.

If you would like to learn how Optimus can setup a cloud based business intelligence system for your organization, email us at info@optimusinfo.com

Free Open Source Business Intelligence on the Cloud

Here’s a video of Jaspersoft’s CEO and VP of Marketing explaining the cost and infrastructure benefits of moving open source business intelligence on the cloud.

The ability to gain better insight into data has long been the goal of business intelligence. Recently, the power of cloud computing has made it possible for that insight to be available to anyone with an internet connection and web browser. By using Amazon Web Services cloud computing, MySQL and open source BI platforms like Jaspersoft and Pentaho, analyzing your data is both simple and efficient. Scripts have been written to automatically retrieve up-to-date data from the source and store it in a MySQL database on the cloud.

Software like Jaspersoft updates reports from MySQL data automatically, allowing the user more time for actual analysis. Visualizations that match the needs of analysis are also generated and updated in real time on the cloud, allowing the analyst access with any web browser. Using open source software and expertise from the field of visual analytics, OptimusBI will soon be providing business intelligence services on the cloud.

These three screenshots illustrate how business intelligence works with Jaspersoft on the cloud.

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Beanbills: Moving Accounts Payable into the Cloud

We sat down with Jarrod Levitan, the CEO and founder of Bean Services, to discuss his cloud based accounts payable solution called Beanbills.

Beanbills is a web-based application that simplifies the complex process of approving invoices.

Jarrod and his team not only develop the latest tools, but they use the latest tools and techniques to reach their audience. I asked Jarrod how they use social media and blogging to reach their clients and he provided his insight.

At Bean Services, they use a tool from HubSpot to monitor the social media ecosystem. I’ve used the website grader before but had never seen HubSpot in action. After the interview, Jarrod gave me a quick demonstration of how HubSpot helps his business and I was very impressed.

We’ve been working with Bean Services for several months and are proud to be their outsourcing partner.

Google and Microsoft Battling for Gov’t Cloud Contracts

As government agencies shift to cloud computing, big contracts are being signed. Currently Microsoft and Google are courting the US government to sign major deals.

The GSA is the government organization that works with service providers to find solutions for government agencies. They are very bullish on cloud computing.

Just read this statement that was presented on July 2, 2010. It paints a clear picture of the GSA’s view that cloud computing solutions can offer benefits to large agencies.

At GSA, we think the adoption of safe and secure cloud computing by the Federal government presents an opportunity to close the IT performance gap.  Various forms of cloud computing solutions are already being used in the federal government today to save money and improve services.  Let me illustrate with just a few examples:

  • The Department of the Army Experience Center in Philadelphia is piloting the use of a customer relationship management (CRM) tool.  The Center is a recruiting center that reaches out to young people who are interested in joining our armed forces.  The Center wants to move to real time recruiting and to use tools and techniques that are familiar and appeal to its young demographic.  They are using a CRM provided by SalesForce to track recruits as they work with the Center.  Since the tool integrates directly with e-mail, Twitter and Facebook, recruiters can maintain connections with potential candidates directly after they leave the Center.  The Army estimated that to implement a traditional CRM would have cost $500,000.  The cloud-based solution has been implemented at the cost of $54,000.
  • The Department of Energy is evaluating the cost and efficiencies resulting from leveraging cloud computing solution across the enterprise to support business and scientific services.  The Lawrence Berkeley Lab has deployed over 5,000 mailboxes on Google Federal Premiere Apps and they are now evaluating the use of Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) to handle excess capacity for computers during peak demand.  The Lab estimates that they will save $1.5 million over the next five year in hardware, software and labor costs from the deployments they have made.
  • Finally, my own agency – GSA has moved the primary information portal, USA.gov, to a cloud-based host.  This enabled the site to deliver a consistent level of access to information as new data bases are added, as peak usage periods are encountered, and as the site evolves to encompass more services.  By moving to a cloud, GSA was able to reduce site upgrade time from nine months to one day; monthly downtime improved from two hours to 99.9% availability; and GSA realized savings of $1.7M in hosting services.

Read the rest of the statement here. There are a lot of fat cloud contracts for the taking.

At OptimusCloud we are bullish on cloud computing as well. To find out if cloud computing services are right for your business, email us at info@optimusinfo.com

 

Private Cloud in a Box: Windows Azure Platform Appliance

companies_moving_to_cloud_computing Private Cloud in a Box: Windows Azure Platform Appliance

Microsoft has just announced their solution to cloud computing. The Windows Azure platform appliance is a private cloud that connects to an enterprise data center.

Last year Microsoft launched Windows Azure which allows applications and databases to be hosted in the cloud. Now they have now teamed up with hardware producers to create a turnkey cloud platform that customers can deploy in their own data centers.

The Windows Azure platform appliance consists of Windows Azure, Microsoft SQL Azure and a Microsoft-specified configuration of network, storage and server hardware. The appliance is optimized for scale out applications and data center efficiency across hundreds to tens of thousands of servers.

~Full Press Release from Business Wire

Microsoft has teamed up with eBay to showcase the new product. Watch the video below to see how eBay is using the new service.

Here is Steve Ballmer’s views on the opportunities and responsibilities of cloud computing from WPC 2010.

At OptimusCloud we work with companies to help move their applications into the cloud. We believe in cloud computing because it can increase speed and collaboration while controlling cost.

Contact us to learn how the cloud can work for you info@optimusinfo.com

CIO of the US Says Yes to Cloud Computing

The CIO of the United States, Vivek Kundra, believes the US should modernize its infrastructure by adopting cloud computing.

He argues that government IT is outdated. Agencies are not collaborating efficiently and government workers are often not working on the same platforms at work as they are at home.

Vivek believes that cloud-based data centers can help drive interoperability between agencies. By establishing core standards, stakeholders and constituents would have better access to data.

Watch his full keynote embedded below.

Through OptimusCloud we help our clients migrate infrastructure and software into cloud based environments. To find out how we can help your company, email us at info@optimusinfo.com

Another Two States Adopt Google Apps for Education

google_edu_map Another Two States Adopt Google Apps for Education

Colorado and Iowa have signed up to use Google Apps throughout their education systems. According to Google’s official blog, that means Google Apps will be available to more than 3,000 schools across the two states.

Colorado and Iowa are the second and third states to adopt Google Apps. Oregon’s Department of Education started using Google Apps on April 28, 2010.

The agreements provide the three states with access, support, and training materials to Gmail, Docs, Sites, Calendar, Video, Groups, and more.

Saving money is one reason school boards have been switching to Google Apps, but they also enjoy the benefits of increased collaboration and centralized resources.

What does this mean for companies considering using Google Apps? That there are a few hundred thousand more users learning to use the services and providing feedback for Google to improve their offering.

At OptimusCloud, we offer a range of cloud computing services. If you would like to learn how cloud computing can help your company, send us an email at info@optimusinfo.com

What do the biggest players think of Cloud Computing?

GigaOM’s Structure 2010 has come to an end. Structure 2010 hosted some of the biggest names in cloud computing. If you didn’t get a chance to view the presentations and panels live, you can view the recordings below.

At OptimusCloud we offer a range of cloud computing services. To learn more, send us an email at info@optimusinfo.com

Watch live streaming video from gigaomtv at livestream.com

 

Cloud Computing Companies Share Experiences

GigaOm is hosting their 3rd annual cloud computing conference called Structure 2010. This year they have brought in speakers from IBM, VMWare, SalesForce, Amazon, Facebook, Stanford University and many more to present their experiences integrating cloud computing technologies.

Cloud computing has caught the technology world’s imagination. At Structure 2010, we celebrate cloud computing and recognize that it is just one part of the fabric that makes up the global computer infrastructure we rely on daily. From broadband to hardware and software, we look at the whole picture and predict the directions the industry will take.

You can watch live streaming video from the keynote presentations below:

Watch live streaming video from gigaomtv at livestream.com

As a company with offices in Canada and India, we at Optimus are proponents of cloud computing. Through OptimusCloud we offer a host of cloud computing services as we’ve worked with clients to develop and migrate infrastructure and applications into cloud environments.

If you’d like to learn how OptimusCloud can help your company benefit from the scalability of cloud computing, send us an email at info@optimusinfo.com