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Sustainable Paradigm Shift in Software Development

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Embracing the Green Revolution in Tech

In a world that’s increasingly aware of the environmental impact of our choices, Cloudware is emerging as a game-changer in the realm of software development and usage. While traditional software often comes with a hefty carbon footprint, cloudware offers a more sustainable alternative. Let’s dive into the world of cloudware and explore how it’s paving the way for a greener tech future.Reducing the Need for Hardware and Energy ConsumptionOne of the most striking differences between cloudware and traditional software is their approach to hardware and energy consumption. Traditional software typically requires users to download and install the entire program on their devices, which demands considerable computing power and storage. This results in higher energy consumption, electronic waste, and carbon emissions. In contrast, cloudware operates through web-based applications accessible via a browser or a thin client, eliminating the need for resource-intensive installations.By minimizing the hardware and energy demands, cloudware significantly reduces its environmental footprint. In the era of climate change and heightened environmental awareness, this is a step in the right direction towards sustainability. Less hardware means less electronic waste and a more energy-efficient approach to software access.

Leveraging the Power of Cloud Computing

Cloud computing lies at the heart of cloudware’s environmental advantage. Cloud computing enables the on-demand availability of computer system resources, including data storage and computing power, without requiring active management by the user. This dynamic resource allocation allows for more efficient utilization of resources.Unlike traditional software, which relies on the local device’s processing power, cloudware leverages the cloud’s capabilities to distribute workloads across multiple servers and locations. As demand fluctuates, cloudware can seamlessly scale up or down its resources. This flexibility not only enhances performance but also conserves energy and reduces operational costs. It’s like a smart grid for software, optimizing resource allocation for sustainability.

Championing Green Solutions and Innovations

Cloudware doesn’t just stop at reducing its own carbon footprint; it actively contributes to a greener world by supporting various sustainable solutions and innovations. It becomes a powerful enabler for projects and initiatives that aim to protect our environment.For instance, cloudware can facilitate the development of microgrids, making energy distribution more efficient and sustainable. It can play a crucial role in the evolution of smart cities, using data analytics to enhance urban sustainability. Furthermore, cloudware can be instrumental in promoting renewable energy sources and tracking carbon emissions. It acts as a catalyst for raising awareness and educating users about sustainability issues and best practices.In summary, cloudware is more than just a technological shift; it’s a significant stride towards a more sustainable future. By reducing hardware and energy consumption, harnessing the power of cloud computing, and championing green solutions, cloudware is redefining software development and usage in an eco-conscious world. As we navigate the digital landscape, let’s remember that our choices in technology can be an ally in the fight against climate change. Cloudware is leading the charge, and it’s time we embrace this green revolution in tech.

Empowering Remote Work in South Africa with Cloudware

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The global pandemic has accelerated the adoption of remote work, and South Africa is no exception to this trend. With the workforce shifting to remote arrangements, CloudWare has emerged as a pivotal tool for facilitating remote work in the region.

CloudWare provides instant access to your company’s legacy and centralized business applications, seamlessly bridging the gap across tablets, smartphones, desktops, and laptops. It swiftly installs, ensuring compatibility with all end-user devices. This newfound accessibility empowers employees to engage with their tasks from any corner of the world, at any time, and on any device.

CloudWare boasts minimal bandwidth overheads, enhancing the speed and reducing latency in application access. This ensures that remote workers can swiftly and efficiently tap into their essential applications, even when connected over GSM networks, simplifying the remote work experience.

Critical business applications find their home in a centralized private or public environment with CloudWare, where they receive comprehensive support and maintenance accessible to all users. This approach lightens the load on IT teams and guarantees that employees always have access to current, fully supported applications.

In today’s modern workplace, cloud-based collaboration tools are indispensable. South African businesses can leverage CloudWare to foster remote work, facilitate team collaboration, and streamline communication across departments and geographical locations.

In summation, CloudWare stands at the forefront of the remote work revolution in South Africa. By delivering seamless access to business applications, optimizing speed and latency, ensuring secure remote connectivity, centralizing support and maintenance, and enabling collaboration, CloudWare equips businesses to navigate the challenges of the new normal with ease.


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Exploring the Diverse Uses of Cloudware in South Africa

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In the modern digital landscape, the utilization of cloud technology has transformed the way businesses and individuals operate across the globe. South Africa, a rapidly developing nation with a burgeoning technology sector, is no exception to this phenomenon. The adoption of Cloudware in South Africa has not only streamlined operations but has also opened doors to innovation, scalability, and economic growth. In this blog, we’ll delve into the various uses of Cloudware in South Africa and how it’s shaping the country’s technological landscape.

 One of the most significant benefits of Cloudware lies in its ability to provide businesses with unmatched agility and scalability. This is particularly crucial in South Africa, where businesses often face dynamic market conditions. With cloud solutions, companies can easily adjust their computing resources according to demand, allowing them to optimize their operations and reduce costs.

E-commerce has witnessed explosive growth in South Africa, and cloudware has played an instrumental role in supporting this expansion. Businesses in the retail sector can leverage cloud-based platforms to host and manage their online stores, process transactions securely, and provide a seamless shopping experience to customers.

In today’s data-driven era, harnessing the power of data is paramount for informed decision-making. Cloudware facilitates the storage, processing, and analysis of vast amounts of data, allowing businesses in South Africa to gain valuable insights into consumer behavior, market trends, and operational efficiency.

Cloud technology has revolutionized education by enabling the creation and distribution of online learning platforms. South Africa, with its diverse and often geographically dispersed population, can benefit immensely from cloud-based e-learning solutions that provide access to quality education regardless of location.

Cloudware has immense potential in the healthcare sector, especially in a country like South Africa where access to healthcare services can be challenging in remote areas. Cloud-based telemedicine platforms can connect patients with healthcare professionals, facilitate remote consultations, and even enable the secure sharing of medical records for accurate diagnoses.

The cloud has leveled the playing field for startups in South Africa, allowing them to access sophisticated technology without heavy upfront investments. Cloudware provides startups with the tools and infrastructure needed to innovate, develop products, and compete on a global scale.

Cloud-based collaboration tools have become indispensable in the modern workplace. Businesses in South Africa can benefit from cloudware that facilitates remote work, team collaboration, and seamless communication across departments and locations.

In conclusion, the uses of cloudware in South Africa are vast and diverse, impacting sectors ranging from business and education to healthcare and conservation. The adoption of cloud technology is fostering innovation, improving efficiency, and driving economic growth in the country. As South Africa continues to embrace the digital age, the strategic integration of Cloudware will undoubtedly play a pivotal role in shaping its future technological landscape.


Say Goodbye to Desktop PCs: How CloudGate is Revolutionizing the Workplace

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Desktop PCs were once a popular choice for organisations but have become a massive drain on IT resources. According to Nadia Jacobs, Sales Specialist at Cloudware, an IT department’s primary function is to deliver applications to end-users. Therefore, everything else, such as security, uptime, backups, support and maintenance, is important but secondary to the primary function. Jacobs suggests that a new model exists to reduce the complexity and costs associated with desktop PCs.

CloudGate is a hand-sized device that replaces the traditional desktop PC and can be obtained for a fraction of the cost. The device operates by unplugging the screen, mouse, and keyboard from the old PC and plugging it into the CloudGate device. Users can then securely access the entire corporate Windows environment and an Android desktop. The core innovation that makes this possible is Cloudware, a South African-developed application delivery solution that manages all of a company’s applications and data from the data centre. With Cloudware, the only thing that leaves that secure environment is a set of instructions for what to display on the screen.

CloudGate users have a single Cloudware icon on their Android desktop that gives them access to all their company applications, files, and data, making it completely secure. According to Jacobs, information from the central server cannot be shared with the device, not even by copying and pasting. However, this option can be turned on if necessary, but the default setting is that the two environments are entirely separate.

CloudGate eliminates the need for desktop-level support and maintenance, and any issues can be resolved by resetting everything to the factory defaults and erasing the device, as there is no company data on it.

Jacobs explains that CloudGate is an effective solution as the desktop PC is outdated and makes no economic or management sense to put all that processing power and storage into a standalone machine that will never run at more than a fraction of its capacity. The primary physical reason for not moving everything to the data centre has been slow network connections, but Cloudware solves that problem. Within a few years, the desktop PC as we know it will seem outdated, and organisations will continue to shift towards more efficient, cost-effective solutions like CloudGate.

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Cloud Computing for your business: what you need to know

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Cloud computing has been around since the concept of the internet started, but only in the past decade has it become a household time. Whenever we access a data-heavy platform like Gmail, Facebook or Outlook, we are accessing data in the cloud. The general public has been quicker to adopt the cloud than businesses mostly because of the sensitivity of business data.

The growth in business cloud adoption has been slower with an estimated 50% of global enterprises relying on the cloud in 2018 and this number only expected to grow.

Businesses are migrating to cloud at this increasing rate for a few reasons. Namely:

  • Security
  • Affordability
  • Scalability
  • Customization to business needs
  • Low risk of data loss
  • Immediate upgrade
  • Accessibility

While the benefits are well advertised by Cloud resellers and vendors, many businesses don’t know the different types of models of cloud computing and how each can work for their business. In this instance you get the following:

  • Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS): IaaS providers offer configured hardware and software through a virtual interface. Servers, storage, networking, and security features are the basic services IaaS provides.
  • Platform as a Service (PaaS): PaaS provides an environment that allows users to build internet applications and services, from simple apps to sophisticated enterprise applications. PaaS offers all the same services like IaaS, with an additional layer of middleware, development tools, business intelligence services and database management
  • Software as a Service (SaaS): Email, calendars, web conferencing tools, project tracking and office tools such as Microsoft Office 365 are all examples of SaaS services.
  • Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS): DRaaS uses cloud resources to safeguard and protect applications from disruption and loss.

Knowing the above, how do you choose a cloud service for your business? As more IT systems are outsourced, choosing the right provider is critical for business growth.

  1. Develop a cloud strategy that is focused on what your business does and select a cloud provider based on this.
  2. Go for providers that offer SLA’s that can make your IT budget manageable and keep service fast and efficient.
  3. Check the security of the provider.
  4. Monitor their service – for your business goals to be achieved their service needs to be 100%, all the time.
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How cloud applications are transforming IT

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Since the early 2000s software has evolved rapidly and these non-stop changes have greatly upset the balance of power in computing.

For something like a Content Management System (CMS) to be cloud-native, the entire system must exist in the cloud. It needs to be developed, tested, deployed, debugged and updated on the cloud. The system would not be installed on an on-premise server for permanent residency nor is it converted to a virtual machine image to make it available across servers. Systems like these are designed for the cloud, which requires fundamental changes to a business’s architecture and the IT economy that supports it.

A cloud-native application is made for the systems that host it, rather than having to be converted or staged in a virtual environment that hides the nature of the cloud from it. Since the beginning of computing, software has been designed for the machines destined to run it. Dartmouth’s John Kemeny and Thomas Kurtz essentially invented modern computing by devising a language meant to withstand trial-and-error programming: BASIC. The principle of BASIC is that software can make the best use of the machine it runs on and should be nurtured and developed inside said machines rather than compiled separately. Cloud-native computing uses the same principle, extended to include cloud platforms.

Since the start of software developers and high-level programming, software became less reliant on the hardware it needed to be designed for. Hardware is now designing itself for software and we can’t go back.

“The cloud” (which is way too late to rename) is a machine, notwithstanding one that spans the planet. A cloud may be any combination of resources, located anywhere on Earth, whose network connectivity enables them to function in concert as a single assembly of servers. A business could own its cloud in its entirety, or rely on the likes of Microsoft, Amazon, and Google to have a cloud-native environment, or use both it’s own and cloud suppliers “cloud”. So when we say an application is “native” to this type of cloud, what we mean is not only that it was constructed for deployment there, but that it is portable throughout any part of the space that this cloud encompasses.

A cloud-native application is designed for the cloud platform it is intended to run on. Its life is in this cloud platform. It changes the computing landscape for 2 reasons:

  • “Version” means something different than it did 10 years ago – anyone who knows Windows understands this. There probably won’t be a Windows 10 – but there was a Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 and 8.1. all before 10. A true cloud-native application will evolve as smartphones do – you didn’t need to pay to update your Android from Oreo to Pie.
  • The is no clear reason as to why any application needs to be installed on a PC – except in instances of no connectivity

Soon the very phrase “cloud-native” may fall into disuse, like the tag on the 1990s and early 2000s TV shows that read, “Filmed in high definition!”

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How the Cloud Helps Your Business Save Money

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Embrace Innovation

Innovating any kind of business isn’t about just adopting the latest technology, it is how you use the technology to streamline processes and create cost benefits that make your business innovative.

The cloud has introduced convenience, accessibility and easier management to businesses everywhere. For a business with a strong on the road staff compliment, the cloud has enabled staff, from any web-connected device to log-in and access mission-critical applications.

Mobility is just one advantage of the cloud; shifting resources to the cloud can bring increasing cost savings.

Increasing productivity does mean decreasing costs

Modern cloud software is built for any size business – from inventory forecasting to selling and ordering to accounts. Today’s technology can and probably do already handle the crucial business functions in your organization. Utilizing cloud-based technologies will enable more powerful technology and bring in cost benefits.
Cloud technologies provide secure and on-demand access to real-time data. Many businesses have realized that migrating to cloud technology has decreased costs with the burden of maintaining systems fading away.

Often when businesses move from on-premises servers to the cloud they not only reduce physical space, but also electricity and maintenance fees. Physical Servers require hardware, and hardware frequently becomes outdated which means additional costs of replacing said hardware. Migrating to the cloud can result in a 16% reduction in operational costs.

CapEx vs OpEx

CapEx refers to capital expenditure which includes fixed assets such as physical servers and hardware. OpEx refers to operational expenditure which includes day-day incurred expenses to make the business operational. The trend is that businesses are moving to an OpEx model as it just makes business sense. Capital Expenditure tends to decrease in value as servers and hardware become outdated and lose value over time. OpEx is usually tax-deductible as it is considered a short term cost. Cloud Applications follow an OpEx model as they usually follow a subscription-based cost model.

What’s more, CapEx spending often requires a major up-front investment. Consider the costs involved in setting up on-premises server farms, software licenses, and buying industrial equipment outright. With cloud software and a simple subscription fee, these costs can be minimized and streamlined—money that can be reinvested back into the business.

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How was 2018 for the SaaS market?

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You might not know it but almost every business relies on SaaS (Software as a Service) to operate. According to Business Wire, the SaaS market is expected to grow at an annual rate of 21.2%. 2018 was a milestone year for SaaS as it saw a couple of SaaS companies go public. The cloud market drives the overall SaaS market because the cloud makes SaaS a reality. That is why this article includes cloud market statistics as well as SaaS statistics.

Cloud Driving the Bottom Line

Recently, Gartner forecasted a 17.3 % growth in the cloud market. Cloud system infrastructure services (the fastest growing segment of Infrastructure as a Service) is expected to grow by 27.6% in 2019. With this in mind, it is surprising to find that Amazon is not primarily an e-commerce platform anymore. Amazon has shifted its focus in recent years to its B2B service called Amazon Web Services (AWS). The total revenue contribution of AWS in the companies balance sheet amounted to $6.1 billion in 2018.

While AWS has a 41.5% market share in the public cloud, competitor, Microsoft Azure, is catching up. In their latest earnings report, Microsoft reported that Azure grew at 89% over the 2018 year. This is a growth rate almost double that of AWS.

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The shift from On-Prem

Microsoft Azure currently shares 29.4 % of the market whilst Google has a minor 3%. Other players such as IBM and Rackspace make up the remaining 25% of the market.

Despite Azure’s growth, Amazon is still the preferred cloud platform with 80% of enterprises that are running or experimenting with AWS preferring it. Both Microsoft and Amazon had increased adoption rates, proving that enterprises and businesses are gradually shifting their data to the cloud. Possibly due to CIO’s and business leaders understanding the transformational aspect cloud computing has on their business.

Some examples of enterprises moving to the cloud include:

  • Capital One (an American Bank) hosts its mobile app on AWS
  • GE Oil & Gas is migrating most of its computing and storage capacity to the public cloud to reduce risk and optimize cost
  • Maersk is migrating legacy systems to the cloud to optimize processes whilst enabling business intelligence and AI to streamline its operations.

The biggest growth in SaaS yet

Microsoft leads the SaaS market with a 17% market share and an annual growth of 45%. The total enterprise SaaS market is presently generating $20 billion in quarterly revenue.

According to Synergy Research Group, Salesforce has majority market share when it comes to CRM. However, the CRM segment is growling relatively slowly in comparison to other segments.

If we look at SaaS based on industry verticals, majority of cloud adoption lives in the financial services industry with an adoption rate 19%, this is commendable when compared to other verticals such as insurance and healthcare. However, enterprise cloud adoption remains low at 20%.

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Using Data Virtualsation to Simplify Machine Learning

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Having all your data in one place doesn’t necessarily make finding things easy, in fact, most of the time it’s like finding a needle in a haystack.

People often call data on the oil of the technology age. It’s a very valuable commodity that drives organisations everywhere. The volume and variety of data that flows through organizations today are so vast that data lakes are now one of the principal data management architecture. According to Forbes “A data lake holds data in an unstructured way and there is no hierarchy or organization among the individual pieces of data. It holds data in its rawest form—it’s not processed or analyzed.” This, interestingly, is supposed to make data easier to find and reduce time spent by data scientists on selection and integration. An added benefit is that data lakes provide massive computing power, thus allowing data to be transformed to meet the needs of processes that require it.

A recent study proved that organisations that applied data lakes outperformed their peers by up to 8%. However, most businesses struggle when it comes to applying machine learning to these data lakes to gain insight from the data. The majority of data scientists spend 80% of their time on this task, it’s time for a change.

Despite what one would think, having your data all in one physical place does not make finding it easier. Storing data in its raw form requires it to be adapted for machine learning, and that burden falls on data scientists. The past few years have brought out tools that help these scientists with integration but there remain tasks that require a more advanced skill set.
To address these issues, data virtualization is needed.

Primarily, data virtualization allows data scientists to access more data in the format that they prefer. It provides one single access point to any data, regardless of its location or format. This applies different logical views of the same physical data without the need for replication. In doing so, data virtualization offers fast and inexpensive ways of using the data to meet the needs of different users across an organization.

Data virtualisation doesn’t require data to be replicated (with just data lakes in a business’s architecture, you do require data replication) so new data can be added more quickly. The best data virtualization tools will also allow a searchable catalogue of all available data sets including extensive metadata.

By employing DV, IT data architects can create ‘reusable logical data sets’ that expose information in ways useful for different specific purposes. Data scientists can then adapt these reusable data sets to meet the individual needs of different Machine Learning processes and, by allowing them to take care of complex issues such as transformation and performance optimisation, data scientists can then perform any final, and more straightforward, customisations that might be required.

Is Data Virtualisation the key to Machine Learning?

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It used to be said that technology was the lifeblood of the organization, which evolved to connectivity and now it is data – regardless of industry or size. Thanks to the evolution of technology, everything is captured, and we now have a multitude of data. If this data is used correctly, it has the possibility of improving any business greatly.

This all makes data increasingly valuable and as a result, data lakes (repositories that allow organisations to store all their structured and unstructured data) have become popular when working on a businesses data management architecture. By storing all data in data lakes, organisations can easily access their data and save business time and money. These lakes also allow businesses to have access to a range of business insights that allow them to make well-informed business decisions. Using machine learning on this data allows a business to forecast outcomes and achieve the best results.

Despite all these benefits, businesses are still struggling when it comes to integration as well as data discovery. Storing data in its original format does not take away the need to adapt it for machine learning. Having all your data in one physical place is like trying to find a needle in a haystack. On top this, many organisations use various data storage solutions such as on-premise servers, the cloud and data centres so it is more like trying to find a needle in several haystacks.

Fortunately, some tools have come into the market to assist in integrating all this data, however, more complex tasks need a complex skillset and that’s where data virtualisation comes into play. Data virtualisation provides one access point to access any data – regardless of format. If implemented correctly it can stitch together various bits of data from multiple sources in real-time. It removes the need for data to be replicated into one location for a business to read and gather insight.

As machine learning and big data continue to grow and support modern business decisions, data virtualization is enabling businesses to seamlessly represent their data.