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KPIs, monitoring tools drive cloud economics

Cloud economics is a fuzzy field, subject to a business' demands and constraints. Here are some best practices for getting a return on your cloud investment.

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All economics is local when it comes to cloud

What are the financial benefits of using the cloud? Don't expect any hard-and-fast formulas. Cloud economics turn out to be a local affair, dependent on a company's business drivers and constraints -- and the ability of CIOs to understand them.

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A custom cloud approach -- minus the customization

CTO Niel Nickolaisen explains how a custom cloud met changing customer demands, and how he pulled one off while sidestepping the evils of customization.

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Consumer messaging apps gain enterprise clout

CIOs should keep an eye on the consumer messaging apps market; enterprise search brings big data to the masses; and introducing the citizen developer: The Data Mill reports.

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    Cloud economics is a fuzzy field, subject to a business' demands and constraints. Here are some best practices for getting a return on your cloud investment.

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