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Getting social in the cloud

To help illustrate the possibilities, I wanted to share how two of our clients are using SmartCloud for Social Business.

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Maximizing the value of cloud for small and medium enterprises (SMEs)

This difference is quite similar to the trends that I see with small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and their adoption of cloud technologies. When some of the large customers are still in the evaluation mode with cloud, there are many small businesses that have gone ahead and built their offices on the cloud.

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June #cloudchat recap: Cloud and SMBs

This month's chat focused on cloud & SMBs, and featured analyst Laurie McCabe and IBMers Ed Abrams and Chester Karwatowski. Next month's chat will take place July 12 from 4-5 p.m. ET.

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Bare necessities: Services needed or required by SMBs

When we’re discussing the cloud, usually we’re discussing the cost reduction, lowering capital investment, or both. These discussions are mostly relevant for large enterprises because they can gain significant benefits from the cloud environment, by having a well designed and implemented cloud. But, what’s there for small and medium businesses (SMBs) regarding cloud computing?

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Why service providers should not ignore cloud

For many service providers, cloud computing seems to be disruptive for their business model. Especially in the outsourcing business, many service providers are reluctant to offer cloud-based services to their clients. There are two main reasons behind this skepticism.

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The cloud ecosystem for beginners: A data center view

I would like to share my thoughts about the cloud ecosystem in general, and provide an internal view of a “cloud data center.”

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Executive Corner: Interview with Business Development Executive for Cloud, Julie Hollway (Part 1 of 2)

Neil Weightman interviewed Julie Hollway recently. The discussion concentrated on the ways in which cloud is helping industries now, and how to get started with cloud.

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Which businesses are adopting cloud computing first?

Note: Through the end of the year, we’ll be posting one blog per day from our top 10 “greatest hits” from Thoughts on Cloud since we launched in September. This post is #5 and was originally published on Nov. 1.

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