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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 100GB of combined Cloud storage space. Provided you clicked at the right places and jumped over a few hoops, yes the storage is all yours. All 102 GB, in fact. Over the years, cloud storage has become a convenient space to share photos, documents, and anything else you can think of. We have, i... (more)

Monetize the Cloud By @IanKhanLive | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

On Tuesday, March 23rd, I will speak to a technology audience in Raleigh, NC at the Data4Decisions Conference about Cloud Monetization and how the next frontier in Cloud computing is not about infrastructure or even jumping on the Cloud, but really driving the home run when it comes to generating revenues over the Cloud. Yes, these are not revenues that will be generated by some business using that is remotely connected to the Cloud but creating recurring revenues through the Cloud directly, powered by the Cloud directly, provisioned, measured o the Cloud - directly. Consider th... (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)

Generating Pandemic SaaS Sales By @IanKhanLive | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

Three Essential Steps to Generating Pandemic SaaS Sales | Part 1 Selling is a profession that you can never take lightly. To be successful at marketing and selling something you have got to be the best, on top of your game, ahead of the competition and ready to do what nobody else dares to do. The world of SaaS sales is no different. Competition can be cutthroat, with every next company offering the best shiniest object that can help you cure your worst nightmares and keep your numbers and yes the boss happy. That's far too easy! So what is it that differentiates the lions form t... (more)

Why Cloud Computing May Fail Miserably

Without wasting any of your time, let me be just as straightforward as I can. Cloud computing may fail miserably and all the hype associated with it may just disappoint all the technology pundits, and although it may not seem something that is going to happen anytime soon, let me give you just five reasons why i think this is a likelihood; Reason 1 Companies May Never Adopt Jumping on the Cloud bandwagon is a bit of a task if you are stuck with a slow moving corporate structure. It may take ages and while your systems may not need an upgrade, you may just get by by keeping your e... (more)