Thursday, April 11, 2013

Points of consideration for SharePoint 2013.

The latest 2013 version of SharePoint is collaborated server resolving Microsoft’s all-purpose enterprise issues. It encapsulates many enhanced features, including redesigned user interface, SkyDrive Pro for increased storage and documents synchronization, improved task management, renovated search engine and creative e- discovery features.
As a content management and enterprise collaboration tool, SharePoint has reached to matured status. Enterprises primarily use SharePoint to build public sites, intranets, blogs and wikis even for searching and arranging documents, storing documents. It is generating around 2 billion annual revenue and Microsoft is pushing hard this latest version.
With more feasible alternatives to SharePoint dynamically coming to market, there exist certain challenges those need to be resolved by Microsoft.
SharePoint mobile challenges Mobility is the need of the hour and workplace is totally entrenched by Smartphones and Tablets. Getting mobile access to enterprise application has become indispensable. According to reviews, Microsoft has not focused much on SharePoint integration and mobility, In fact there is no sense of urgency around it and it is confounding.
SharePoint News Feed Application is provided by Microsoft, which is designed to give users access to people and documents they consider.Currently this facility is available on iOS and Windows Phone. At the end of the second calendar quarter, Windows 8 version is due which will have deeper integration of SharePoint mobile and later on Android. These apps are not much broader in their scope and functionality. You can implement only the part of SharePoint offers with this.
SharePoint social media challenges SharePoint’s enterprise social networking capabilities were incapable and this fact was revealed by Microsoft’s decision taken last summer to plunk down 1.2 billion for Yammer. And further, to make up for that Microsoft has banked upon third party add ons from companies. Takeup of SharePoint Online is a matter of concern as the cloud hosted version of the product is not up to the par.
Competitors list is increasing its number including IBM, Jive Software and Box, and Google. Despite of its enthusiastic success in enterprise, situation is entirely changed, and SharePoint must prove its worth all over again.

Monday, April 01, 2013

The Nitty-Gritty of Mobile Cloud Computing.

Instead of developing mobile apps for the rigid platform, Cloud computing has made developing applications much flexible. Cloud computing encompasses on demand availability of the storage, software and processing power. It is embedded with device independence, reliability, ease in access, security and least required maintenance. Cloud computing services have become easy to reach for all enterprises that deliver compatible and resilient services to employees and customers with enhanced business agility.
Bringing the cloud computing services to the mobile environment is termed as Mobile cloud computing. It consolidates the elements of cloud computing and mobile networks, providing excellent services to mobile users. In mobile cloud computing, powerful mobile configuration is not much required since all the entangled and complicated computing modules are processed in the cloud itself.
It is the amalgamation between cloud computing and mobile network offering optimal applicability for mobile users. Rather than keeping on individual devices when data is kept on internet, cloud computing exists there providing on demand access.
Security aspect of Mobile cloud computing
One of the key issues that most of the cloud providers are considering is securing user protection and integration of application data. As mobile cloud computing is a combinational field of cloud computing and mobile networks, the security related matters are categorized as: mobile networks user’s security and cloud security.
  • Mobile network user’s security – Different mobile handsets such as Smartphones, laptops, PDA’s and cellular phones are well aware of the numerous security instability and vulnerabilities such as malicious codes. Some cloud computing applications can prompt to security breaches as these devices troubling the user ultimately. Two main issues regarding subscriber’s security are:
    1. The best way of capturing security vulnerability is to run security software and anti-virus programs on mobile devices. Mobile devices are litigated with processing limitations which is why securing them from these threats could be more hazardous as compared to regular computers. Number of approaches can be developed transferring vulnerability detection and protection mechanism to the cloud. The application must handover to the user after it passes through some level of threat evaluation. All file activities before sending to the user need to be verified if it is malicious or not.
    2. Scenarios are created for privacy issues when personal information such as your current location or user’s hidden information is revealed.
  • Information secured on the clouds – Enterprise and individuals both take the bonanza of storing large amount of data in the cloud.
  1. The integrity of the information stored on the cloud must be properly ensured by the user. Every user access must be authenticated. Different approaches can be proposed ensuring integrity of the information stored on the cloud.
  2. Numerous authorization mechanism have been proposed with the means of cloud computing in order to secure the data access. Some make use of open standards and support the integrity of the various authorization methods.