Cloud Computing Is Top Technology Priority For CIOs In Asia

Chief information officers (CIOs) in Asia are continuing to search for innovative cloud technologies to support business growth, according to the Asian results of the 2011 Gartner Executive Programs (EXP) CIO Agenda survey.

The CIOs are driven to search for new technologies in order to support the acquisition of new customers and expand into new markets.

These professionals are now standardising on cloud computing, IT management and mobile technologies.

According to the report, CIOs in Asia said they intend to increase their average IT budget spending this year.

Fifty-three percent of CIOs in Asia said they expect an increased budget to work with in 2011, compared to 39 percent globally.

http://www.cio.in/news/cloud-computing-top-technology-priority-cios-asia-140282011

Office 365 Is Integral to Microsoft`s Future

Office 365 is now live and the service, which finally brings Office deep into the cloud, is vastly important to Microsoft’s future. If it is successful, it could help block the threat posed by Google Apps and prove that Microsoft is serious about becoming—at least in part—a cloud computing company.

On June 28, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer officially announced the availability of Office 365 after a long beta period. Now both small businesses and larger enterprises will be able to access the service after paying a per-user, per-month fee. Those prices range in price from $6 per user per month to $27 per user per month, depending on the needs of the respective organization.

As expected, Microsoft made a big deal over the launch of Office 365. The company rightfully sees the platform as a key component in its future plans and it’s doing everything it can to build up the excitement and interest around the platform.

http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Midmarket/Office-365-Is-Integral-to-Microsofts-Future-10-Reasons-Why-574435/

Google(Plus) looks a lot like Facebook

Google took its biggest leap yet onto Facebook’s turf Tuesday, introducing a social networking service called the Google(PLUS) project — which happens to look very much like Facebook.

The service, which will initially be available only to a select group of Google users who will soon be able to invite others, will let people share and discuss status updates, photos and links.

But the Google(PLUS) project will be different from Facebook in one significant way, which Google hopes will be enough to convince people to use yet another social networking service. It is designed for sharing with small groups — like colleagues, college roommates or hiking friends — instead of with all of a user’s friends or the entire Web. It also offers group text messaging and video chat.

Read more: http://www.timesunion.com/business/article/Google-Plus-looks-a-lot-like-Facebook-1444698.php#ixzz1QdhfAOyc

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