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Three Things the Consumption Cloud Economy Needs to Succeed Tech Giant Amazon recently announced that it will pay writers only for the pages that are actually read rather that for the purchase of an entire book. This is probably the biggest change that the world of publishing has ever seen, right after the invention of the printing press maybe, that fundamentally changes how books are consumed. This exactly is the Consumption Cloud Economy! The concept of offering services and solutions in a way where they are consumed to the best of capabilities, where end users pay only for what they use and where vendors and suppliers are paid only for what is actually consumed is the fundamental concept behind the Consumption Cloud. In other words you are now part of a system where as a consumer you can think about Paying ONLY for what you use. That's fantastic. This helps end u... (more)

Top Three Cloud Takeaways from @CloudExpo By @IanKhanLive | #Cloud

We had over 300 conversations about Cloud Monetization at Cloud Expo just a few weeks ago. What was more surprising was the fact that Cloud Monetization is not something new that is revolutionizing the industry, but a natural need of the market. Imagine that you came up with the new cake recipe. It doesn't change the fact that people need to eat! Moving on from cakes to the cloud, here are some observations from Cloud Expo. 1. Cloud Is Everywhere Businesses of every size need the cloud. Not because they want to jump on technology but because the cloud helps with the key needs of ... (more)

Jump on Free Cloud Storage (with Caution!) By @IanKhanLive | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

Imagine the scenes from any of the last few Black Fridays with people lined up for days to grab the new flat screen TV or a new iPhone. The moment the gates open up there is usually a crowd of people swarming like bees, trying to get their hands on what they can, and yes there were also many reported cases of snatching, grabbing and what not. If only the world of cloud storage could be so dramatic! Well, cloud storage is a much quieter place, but don't get me wrong, there is definitely action going on. Just this week both Microsoft and Google announced a FREE give away of over 1... (more)

Cloud Computing: A Quick Primer

"The cloud will transform everything about technology." This statement is better suited for 20 years ago when the cloud was in its infancy. In 2014 the statement should be that "The cloud has taken over technology." Cloud computing has been around since the sixties believe it or not, but over the past few years the industry has recognized the concept better as more organizations are embracing cloud technology and more vendors are creating amazing cloud-based business solutions. Who Is on the Cloud? The cloud is the focus of every large technology vendor that we know of. The usua... (more)

Cloud-Based Billing vs Cloud-Driven Billing By @IanKhanLive | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

Building a case for the cloud is extremely easy. I can list 10 different elements of the cloud that make it the best thing since sliced bread! The SaaS model has truly revolutionized the way software is being used. Convenient, hosted on the now cloud, without the need for IT or hardware and so many more advantages. So what is cloud-based billing? A recent piece by Gigaom helps explain why cloud billing is beneficial and how it helps vendors move all aspects of a paper-based system to the cloud. But isn't that old technology? Isn't that about generating a PDF file and sending it to... (more)