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Journyx today announces the addition of new topics, speakers and dates to the 2011 Journyx Webinar Series, a line-up of live and on-demand content from skilled presenters with real world experience. The educational webinars will help professionals further their project management careers, as well as provide Professional Development Units (PDUs). New session titles include: • Extending Microsoft Project and Project Server • Top 10 Reasons to Outsource Your Finance and Accounting Operations • Dynamic Project Planning: The Real Way to Execute Projects • How to Win and Successfully Execute on Defense Contracts • 5 Ways to Increase Profit with Time Management • 3 Critical Components of Project Success The full line-up of webinars along with registration information can be found at http://journyx.com/library/webinars. Journyx also offers a full archive of past webinars.
This Forbes article, written by Joe McKendrick, explores how cloud computing enables cost savings, fosters greater agility and more. Read on to find out the ways cloud computing is altering our business landscape.
Economists and pundits have long feared the emergence of what they called “hollow corporations,” or businesses that don’t actually produce actual goods or services themselves, but instead act as brokers or intermediaries relying on networks of suppliers and partners. But now, thanks to technology, successful businesses surprisingly are often brokers of services, delivered via technology, from providers and on to consumers.
Where are these services coming from? Look to the cloud.
Yes, cloud computing enables cost savings — as companies can access technology and applications on-demand on an as-needed basis and pay for only what they use. And yes, this fosters greater agility, with less reliance on legacy IT assets. But the changes go even deeper that that. Consider the ways cloud computing is altering our business landscape:
“Loosely coupled” corporations: I don’t think anyone should fear that our corporations are becoming “hollow.” Rather, “loosely coupled corporations” may be a better way to describe what is happening. The term “loosely coupled” came into vogue with service-oriented architecture a few years ago, meaning an entity or system stands fine on its own, but when linked to other like systems, the magic happens. Cloud computing is paving the way for the loosely coupled company – which may be an entity that exists purely as an aggregation of third-party services, provided on an on-demand basis to meet customer demands. Most of these services will be passed through as cloud services, both from within the enterprise and from outside.
Blurring of IT consumers and providers: In the IT world, the divide has been very clear cut: there were the vendors who provided technology products and services, and there were customers that purchased and used them. Cloud computing is blurring these distinctions. There’s nothing stopping companies that are adept at building and supporting their own private clouds from offering these services to partners and customers beyond the firewall. In fact, many already do. Amazon was an online retailer that began to offer its excess capacity to outside companies. Even non-IT companies are becoming cloud providers. Cloud computing may finally mean a way for IT to finally become a profit center.
Startups on a dime: Let’s face it, there’s no point in investing $50,000 or more in servers and software when everything you need is right in the cloud. I like the story of GigaVox, a podcasting provider, that launched off of Amazon Web Services a few years back. Their startup IT costs? About $80 a month, for everything from storage to back-end processing. As Chris Sacca, a software startup investor and former Google executive, put it: “The biggest line item in [software startup] companies now is rent and food… A decade ago, I don’t think you could write a line of code for less than $1 million.” As we ponder unemployment and underemployment in our economy, the availability of cheap cloud computing may be laying the groundwork for a startup boom, the likes we have never seen before. This applies to departments of larger organizations as well, by the way. Designing new products, without the need to go through corporate finance and IT approvals definitely is a great way to instill entrepreneurial spirit.
Read the full article: http://www.forbes.com/sites/joemckendrick/2011/09/19/cloud-computing-may...
AUSTIN, TEXAS (September 16, 2011) – Journyx today announces the addition of new topics, speakers and dates to the 2011 Journyx Webinar Series, a line-up of live and on-demand content from skilled presenters with real world experience. The educational webinars will help professionals further their project management careers, as well as provide Professional Development Units (PDUs) completely free of charge.
New session titles include:
- Extending Microsoft Project and Project Server
- Top 10 Reasons to Outsource Your Finance and Accounting Operations
- Dynamic Project Planning: The Real Way to Execute Projects
- How to Win and Successfully Execute on Defense Contracts
- 5 Ways to Increase Profit with Time Management
- 3 Critical Components of Project Success
The full line-up of webinars along with registration information can be found at http://journyx.com/library/webinars. Journyx also offers a full archive of past webinars.
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