The Key to Moving Applications to the Cloud is in your Code

Posted by Dan Pigat on Mon, Sep 21, 2015

So you have an application, and cloud is all the rage. Just put it up there, right?

If only things were that simple.

Why Move to the Cloud?

First, let’s ask why should you move to the cloud (no matter your definition of “cloud”). Of the various preaches and promises, the cloud computing benefits boil down to:

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Keeping a Lid on Exploration Costs: The Art of Collaboration

Posted by Dan Pigat on Mon, Jan 19, 2015

With the price of oil cut in half over the last half of 2014, there is renewed and increased pressures on the costs of oil & gas exploration.

With a deep water well costing anything up to US$100 million plus and with many of the ‘low hanging’ fruit of the world’s oil & gas fields long since depleted, operators are pushing into more remote, technically complex and capital-intensive fields to sustain long-term production.

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New Technologies Enable Reservoir modeling in the cloud

Posted by PureWeb on Fri, Jan 9, 2015

Cloud computing has the potential to usher in a revolution in the oil and gas sector in terms of how it handles, interprets and shares reservoir models and how it increases accessibility across the asset team. The result will strengthen reservoir modeling’s position as a vital and mainstream business process, quantifying uncertainty, reducing risk and improving reservoir management decision-making. 

Check out this article by E&P magazine that discusses about new technologies that enable reservoir modeling in the cloud and expands on Emerson teaming up with Calgary Scientific to enable end users to experience the practical benefits of cloud based computing in their day-to-day operations.

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Why is a Cloud Like a Bank?

Posted by Dan Pigat on Fri, Aug 15, 2014

To explain cloud computing, the analogy of public utilities is commonly used: power plants deliver electricity to an entire city more efficiently than everyone having their own generator. But at this stage of industries adopting the new wave of cloud computing, banking may be a more appropriate comparison.

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Up in the Clouds at Cloud Factory

Posted by Dan Pigat on Fri, Apr 11, 2014

Written by Dan Pigat, VP Cloud and Collaboration Solutions.

We spent the past couple of days up in the clouds (high in the Banff mountains) at the Cloud Factory conference. Attendees ranged from experts to tire kickers, with the general theme being "open" (open source, OpenStack). The big vendors (Microsoft, Google, Amazon, IBM) were almost invisible but discussed often, with the undercurrent that you don't want to "lock-in" to their offerings.

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With Amazon’s new GPU's, the sky is the limit

Posted by Dan Pigat on Tue, Nov 5, 2013

Written by Dan Pigat, VP Cloud and Collaboration Solutions.

Something has been quietly happening in data centers around the world: new GPU’s were being installed by Amazon Web Services. This sounds like more of the same – adding specialized processors to support millions of jobs already swarmed by millions of CPU’s. Where’s the news in that?

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A New Approach to the Cloud: Extending Your Application Into a Web Service

Posted by Byron Osing on Wed, Sep 18, 2013

Written by Byron Osing, CEO & Chair.

Modernizing an existing enterprise class application so that it can be computed effectively on your private cloud or public cloud is an activity that is not for the faint of heart. For developers and architects who have been writing advanced applications to power the business or government sector for the past five to twenty years, there are some tried and true methodologies to deal with the issue but each of those options can be problematic.

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Navigating Complex Software Development Decisions

Posted by Byron Osing on Fri, Jun 14, 2013

Written by Dr. Byron Osing, CEO & Chair.

Who wins or loses when decisions must be made as to how existing enterprise class software applications must be transformed to comply with the current market demands of being competitive in the new era of cloud, mobile and collaborative computing?

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Apps from the sky: whose problem is it, anyway?

Posted by PureWeb on Mon, May 6, 2013

The good news: sleek and innovative mobile devices are appearing faster than ever before. The bad news: they’re appearing faster than ever before – along with expectations that they can be used at work…now!

So IT departments try to accommodate who and what they can, but the problem isn’t the devices themselves, it’s what employees want to use on them. In order to get the functionality an employee is used to, on whatever mobile device they got last Christmas, today’s applications need to be provided in a whole new way.

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Healthcare: An Industry On the Verge of Cloud Computing

Posted by PureWeb on Mon, Mar 25, 2013

Written by Mike Colombo, Vice President of Marketing.

Cloud computing is taking the business world by storm, offering a cheaper and easier way to complete an increasing number of tasks.  Services are accessed remotely and only when necessary, so users need to only pay for the time they spend using them.  The cloud is infiltrating every industry, but the virtualization of some more conservative industries, like healthcare, is lagging behind.

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