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Where next for ERP?

Conflicting research reports suggest that ERP, while critical to business performance, is not delivering in ways that user organisations require in an increasingly cloud-oriented market. Cloud Hosting magazine investigates

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Are you being served?

Too many cloud service providers are 'stuck in the SLA' at the expense of their users' actual requirements, argues Paul Marland, Director of Account Management, Claranet

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The new cost of doing business

Despite the much-heralded benefits, there are a number of unexpected potential obstacles for businesses moving towards public cloud-based IaaS platforms, argues Lilac Schoenbeck, VP of Product Management & Marketing, iland

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Cloud - the 60 year old hot topic

Cloud may have taken a long time to become an overnight sensation, says Andrew Roughan of Infinity SDC; but the vision behind it should nonetheless offer a new perspective on the future of the data centre

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Disruption ahead

In an increasingly cloud-centric world, resellers who are still focused on just 'selling boxes' will be left behind, as Sol-Tec Sales Director Lee Cox explains to Storage magazine editor David Tyler

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Microsoft adds iomart to Cloud Solution Provider Programme

One of only a handful of UK cloud companies chosen by Microsoft to bill, manage and support Office 365

Fujitsu adopts CipherCloud for Salesforce

Securing customer information in the cloud

Oddbins gets in the festive spirit

Deploys Rackspace managed cloud services

Mind the gap

Data centre skills gap will remain critical through 2015, says research

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Good show

Cloud/colocation specialist Pulsant is 'supporting the arts' by providing an enterprise cloud platform to Edinburgh International Festival

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Quick learners

Leading US university extends its distance learning reach into Europe

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Welcome to the January 2015 Newsletter.

Welcome to the first Cloud Hosting eNewsletter of 2015 - and many thanks to the many readers who took the time to contact us after our last edition with their thoughts on the direction and editorial content of the newsletter. I'm delighted to say that the vast majority of comments were positive and the feeling seems to be that we are more or less on the right path editorially; it was noted though that there seems to be some demand for more 'from the horse's mouth' type war stories that give more detail on the processes that businesses have been through in the move toward cloud hosting for some or all of their IT processes. This is certainly something we will endeavour to supply.

In this issue we take a look at the ERP sector and how it has been - and will continue to be - affected by the growth of cloud services. As one of the longest established IT functions, with in some cases unimaginably high levels of investment made over many years, it is no surprise that ERP is sometimes assumed to be an area that will move slower than most toward a cloud model - but our article suggests that in some cases there is some very innovative thinking going on!

David Tyler, david.tyler@btc.co.uk

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