Stories by Brandon Butler

8 questions that will dominate enterprise Cloud adoption

Enterprises have spent the past few years considering if they'll embrace cloud computing. For the many that have made the move, their attention has now turned to managing the Cloud and getting business value from it, says IDC Chief Cloud Analyst Frank Gens.

Microsoft opens Azure to IaaS, Linux

Microsoft unveiled new capabilities for Azure that move the cloud offering from a platform as a service into the competitive landscape of infrastructure as a service, while embracing open-source operating systems.

EMC-Terremark ink joint cloud agreement

Terremark, the cloud vendor owned by Verizon, has become a platinum member of EMC's cloud service provider program, solidifying a relationship between the two enterprise service providers.

AT&T, Verizon, taking machine-to-machine mainstream

When David Rudzinsky, SVP and CIO of women's medical device manufacturer Hologic, thinks about investing in a technology upgrade for his business, it has to do at least one of four things: drive new revenue, help reduce costs, improve customer satisfaction, or increase reliability of the products -- or preferably all four.

Competition, games can bring about enterprise app advances

Back in 2006, Jim Lavoie, president of Rite Solutions, a Defense Department software contractor, wanted his employees to play a more active role in innovating new ideas. But he knew a top-down approach from management ordering such behavior wouldn't work. "Organizations that are smart enough to ask employees for ideas know that the best approach is to do it in a fun way," he says. "If it's not fun, it's work; and if it's work, it sucks."

Is the Cloud really ready for prime time?

Coupa, a 2006 startup that helps more than 200 customer companies manage purchasing and procurement, doesn't own any IT infrastructure - it is run completely from the Amazon Web Service Cloud.