cloud in the sunlightSome time ago we sent out a survey asking about your perceptions of SaaS, Cloud computing, and Hosted solutions. Of course we were interested in EDI solutions, but the question is a generic one that applies to any application. The responses we received ranged from fairly detailed explanations of each, to "I don't know what these are." So for those who are unfamiliar with the differences, here is a primmer on the major differences and some discussion of the advantages of each. This falls far short of a full detailed explanation, but the basic concepts are accurate.

data-lossData loss is the greatest concern for supply chain professionals, according to a poll of nearly 500 IT and risk-management professionals conducted by Forrester Research on behalf of BitSight. The results, released earlier this month, indicate that when global supply chain pros work with third-party vendors, 63 percent fear the loss and theft of confidential data more than any other risk.

data-analyticsImplementing and beginning to utilize data-driven analytics to operate and manage your supply chain has gotten easier than when a few hardy pioneers first “test drove” early installations. Like always, inconsistent data is the biggest culprit in obtaining good analysis. We are going to search the World for you and find what else can cause issues.

cloud questionsWe have crossed a threshold: Majority of company workloads now happen it the Cloud. So, instead of our campaign to bring companies into the Cloud, we will concentrate on how to take advantage of the Cloud, and how to manage the Cloud.

Cloud-ArrowCIOs know, you know, I know that organizations need to utilize Cloud-based applications and infrastructure so that they are digitally competitive. Why are perceived budget and security concerns stymying digital initiatives?