Tag: cloud computing

Apr 15 2009

The internet as a lifeline for AEC SMEs

(This is a slightly updated version of a post from my pwcom2.0 blog that discusses potential use of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), among other tactics, for managing the impact of the recession upon SMEs in the AEC sector.) Given that most of the businesses active in the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) sectors are small or medium-sized …

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Mar 30 2009

This week, UK SMEs embrace the cloud during recession

There have been some conflicting survey findings recently regarding the attractiveness (or otherwise) of cloud computing during an economic downturn. Just last week, we had news of an Avanade survey that showed businesses to be risk-averse and avoiding cloud computing. This week, “cloud vendor” Gooroo says – not surprisingly – that UK small businesses “will …

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Mar 17 2009

Cloud not benefitting from recession

A Computer Business Review news article, Recession not driving cloud adoption, reports a survey from IT consultancy Avanade (release PDF), showing that, contrary to many people’s expectations, the current economic crisis is not driving the adoption of cloud computing. Instead, most of the 502 company executives surveyed (in 17 countries) are waiting for the cloud …

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Mar 13 2009

Red Nose Day goes Cloudy

Launched in 1985, Red Nose Day is an annual charity fund-raising programme supported by a huge range of UK organisations, schools and offices. It has even worked its magic across Twitter, Facebook, Bebo, numerous blogs and other social media – where numerous avatars, including mine, now feature temporary red noses (courtesy of DigitalRedNose.com). Among other …

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Feb 09 2009

Deeper recession: SaaS and AEC

Since my post last month on the likely impact of the global financial crisis on the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) market and on SaaS (and other ICT) providers in the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) sector in particular, I have seen one or two other SaaS bloggers echo my thinking. The latest is Jeff Kaplan. In Is …

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Jan 02 2009

AtomicBIM and UUID

Last February I wrote (here, here and here) about the possibility of CAD applications being delivered as Software-as-a-Service – a concept I called CADaaS. Then, realising that CAD is likely to be superseded eventually by building information modelling (BIM), I updated the concept in June to BIMaaS. Noting along the way posts on the topic …

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Dec 18 2008

Recession effects

The different headlines about the same National Computing Centre study (see press release) all suggest the current economic downturn is having some impacts on IT investment decisions, affecting the balance between Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and conventional internally-hosted applications: Recession to strengthen SaaS appeal (Computer Business Review Online) Downturn spells stay of execution for legacy IT (ZDnet) …

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Dec 05 2008

Economic Climate Will Accelerate SaaS

The title of an online article, Economic Climate Will Accelerate Cloud Computing, is actually misleading (the content is all about Software-as-a-Service, ie: more “in-the-cloud” than “cloud computing” per se), but it makes some persuasive points about the attractions of SaaS in a recession: “In an economic downturn, ‘do more with less’ and quick ROI behavior …

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Oct 28 2008

BIM, the project information cloud and an AEC ‘Cluetrain’

Sometimes one’s reading and writing can throw up some fortunate coincidences. Take this morning, for example. Via TenLinksDaily, I followed a link to an AECcafe.com article by Susan Smith: The Road to AEC Project Execution Success. Later, my feed-reader pointed me to a blog posting (and associated PowerPoint presentation) by Stress-Free’s David Harrison: Making digital …

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Oct 24 2008

Windows to go cloudy?

According to an article by Richard Waters in the Financial Times (Microsoft looks to cloud to open new windows – registration may be required), Microsoft may finally be ready to take a big leap into the world of cloud computing. He says the wraps are set to be taken off at a conference that the …

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