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For a deeper dive into the topics and technologies covered on Gigaom, check out the latest in-depth analyses on Gigaon Research, our subscription-based research service. This week: a special focus on the cloud.

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It was a busy week for the cloud – no doubt spurred by Amazon’s AWS Re:invent conference in Las Vegas and, of course, the news that Google has won its eight year-long battle to scan 20 million books from libraries and share them on the internet. With next week’s Salesforce Dreamforce conference also on the horizon, it’s a great time to do your cloud homework. Our analysts over at Gigaom Research have three ways to get up-to-spec on everything from continuous delivery to enterprise resource planning and beyond.

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Cloud: Cloud-based ERP: finally time for back office as a service?
Laura Stuart

Analyst Laura Stuart takes a look at cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP), especially among large scale manufacturers. While the could has changed the way that businesses of all sizes handle IT – cloud-based software as a service (SaaS) applications have gained widespread adoption and use for sales, marketing, and customer service operations – adoption of cloud-based technologies have lagged for back office operations. As many large corporations now prioritize cloud-based ERP implementation, their potential ERP providers are rushing to meet the market demand for cloud-based systems. Aimed at both service providers and manufacturers, Stuart presents three case studies of companies who have implemented cloud-based ERP systems, including an overview of disruptive technologies and market forces that could impact this sector in the near-term future.

Cloud: Moving toward continuous delivery as a service
Dave Ohara

In his latest report analyst Dave Ohara presents a detailed overview  of continuous delivery for CTOs and other technology buyers who are interested in implementing continuous delivery, which he defines as “a process that uses agile development and automated tools to create and deploy robust software services.” Ohara breaks the continuous delivery decision into two primary options: creating your own continuous delivery pipeline or using a continuous delivery as a service provider. Ohara highlights best practices and advantages and challenges behind each approach before diving into a use case, a brief analysis of current service providers and a list of key takeaways.

Cloud:  Three of the dumbest things you can do with clouds
David Linthicum

In his latest weekly update, analyst David Linthicum has a few words of advice (and caution). Citing mistakes he’s observed among enterprises that are using cloud-based systems, Linthicum identifies three major areas that enterprises need more carefully consider in their cloud strategy and offers some words of advice on how to resolve these issues and avoid similar problems in the future.

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