According to Oracle’s CEO Mark Hurd the company plans to make all its software products available as cloud services. Consumers can expect being able to subscribe to their services by the end of the year.
These news had been revealed in an interview with Bloomberg this past Thursday. The launch of the cloud-based services will be right at the time where Oracle hosts their annual open world conference.
As of now, about 65% of Oracle’s services are available as cloud services. By October this number will be up to 95%.
With that move, Oracle goes in a similar direction as competitor Microsoft. Microsoft too expanded its datacentre infrastructure in the last two years in an attempt to transition from a business that sells software to one that rents out applications in the cloud.
Another company that is focusing at cloud services, along with Microsoft and Oracle is Adobe.
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Among the more interesting inventions in recent times is the use of modern digital image analysis in the help for real-time fire detection.
Those fire detection systems consist of so called fire spotting cameras that can detect flames by digital image analysis.
As compared to smoke detectors, a fire detection camera like the f-cam has significant advantages: Smoke detectors and other older systems only work when they’re close by a fire. The smoke or the heat needs to reach the detector’s sensor to trigger the alarm. What this means is that smoke detectors are usually only triggered several minutes once a fire has broken out.
Another major advantage of the f-cam is the ability to cover a wide field of view which makes it ideal for outdoor venues and similar locations. The camera can easily cover wide and vast areas spanning several hundreds of meters. As compared to smoke detectors, the f-cam doesn’t need to be close to a fire, it can be placed at distance and is still effective. With the help of digital image analysis, fires can be detected in real-time.
The f-cam can easily be integrated in existing CCTV systems. For most commercial venues today this means that it is very easy to add a f-cam fire spotting camera for increased fire safety.
If you own a business like I do, the various managing tasks can quickly get overwhelming. It’s not only that not being efficient in those things can slow things down, it can actually cost you customers when things such as your order and delivery process is being slowed down.
Something which took especially long time in the past was the entire invoicing process.
What you did you created an invoice with each order, added the invoice to the order, mailed the order and then had to wait several days until your customer or the publisher actually received and then paid the invoice.
With electronic invoicing this is entirely different and this makes it perfect for any type of business, even smaller ones!
You can simply continue to create your invoices as usual (normally you will create them as PDF files), but rather than mailing them physically you will e-mail the invoice to an electronic invoicing provider such as Cloud Trade. What they do, they’ll read your invoice document and convert it into an electronic invoice. The e-invoice is than dispatched to your client who likewise can immediately process it. The entire invoicing and billing process will only take a minute. There is no need to mail anything and no need to wait for days.
But the best thing about e-invoice is that you can just continue your business as usual without needing to change anything major in your process. You also don’t have to buy any equipment or similar. You create the same invoices as PDF files as you did before and just mail them to the e-invoicing service. That’s it! So if you’re a business owner and want to speed-up things and most importantly save costs I can highly recommend that you look int e-invoicing!
If you want to get into the computer hardware business today, it is not all that rosy as it might seem. What is enjoyable for the enthusiast who builds his own computer is not necessarily profitable if you do it on a larger scale for others.
The reason for this is simply that the market today is saturated with companies such as Dell that sell computer systems at prices that an average small business computer store owner simply cannot beat.
So if you’re getting into that type of business, it is much better if you think about whether you want to specialize yourself in the field. Rather than trying to sell computers for the average Joe, it could be a much better idea if you target a special niche market such as gamers and computer enthusiasts with your computer systems.
A gamer or enthusiast is likely more willing to spend good money on a high and computer with the best and fastest hardware. If you can establish your PC business in this sector it may actually make some profit which would otherwise be very difficult.
There are other potentially good ideas for computer businesses as well that you should look into. Good examples for this would be custom case designs and modding, gaming console modifications or similar.
Just don’t make the mistake and think it will be as easy as buying PC parts, assembling computers and selling them for a good price. This simply won’t work today.