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3 Types of Software to Help Optimize Your Organization in the Cloud

The talk about moving your business to the cloud isn’t new: this has always been the go-to solution for enterprises and corporations. However, small businesses still remained shy to the implementation. Until recently. Stats are showing that by 2020, 78% of SMBs in the US will have fully adopted cloud computing (source: Forbes).

Advantage of the Cloud

According to an article by SalesForce, top advantages of the Cloud include flexibility, disaster recovery, automatic software updates, ability to work from anywhere, increased collaboration, capital-expenditure free, environment friendliness, security, document control, and speed.

Which means nothing can stop organizations from adopting the trends. But there’s more to it. Implementing a change or an upgrade to the system should enforce the overall optimization and performance of the products, services, and interactions involved. Which is why it’s imperative to focus on these three major types of software for the Cloud: contract database software, collaboration software, and security & network tools.

Contract Database Software

Contract management solutions are essential to any business, especially those considering moving to the cloud. There have been many speculations stating that the Cloud isn’t a secure environment for contract management, or that manual processes are more effective. Even often stated that contract management tasks in the Cloud take too much time to be completed (source: ContractWorks). These are all myths, as Cloud solutions have become better, safer and faster across the years. And your organization can benefit from all these positive aspects, and optimize departments such as HR, Sales, Legal, Accounting.

 

Examples of contract database software include Agiloft, Intuit QuickBooks, SurePayroll, Xpenditure expense tracking, and more.

Collaboration Software

Project management and collaboration environments have become crucial for the efficacy and workflow productivity of companies that have remote employees and offer international services or products. To save time, optimize the workflow processes and deliver excellent results while maintaining a healthy team dynamic. To do this, your organization could benefit from a series of software and tools specifically addressed to the Cloud.

 

Examples of collaboration tools (affordable even for small businesses) in the Cloud include Asana, Trello, Citrix Grasshopper, ClickMeeting, MailChimp, Sprout Social, Hootsuite, Zoho.

Security and Network Software

Over 1.8 Billion data records were lost in January 2017 alone, according to BreachLevelIndex. And over 1.6% of data breaches happen in the Technology industry, while over 90% target the Government. The majority of data breaches take place in the US, a report from the same authority shows. This means “security and network” is a sensitive topic. If you’re moving your business to the Cloud, there are tools that ensure your contracts, clients, services, products, and processes are safe from harm.

 

Examples include Spiceworks Network Monitor, WebrootSecureAnywhereAntiVirus, BitdefenderAntiVirus Plus.

 

Of course, the list doesn’t stop here. For organizations that can afford to invest in other cloud-based solutions, other types of software to focus on can be CRM solutions, SEO and Content Generation tools. A complete list of tools and software from PCMag is available here, with explanations and prices. Based on your organization’s activities and needs, you can select the best options to optimize both internal and external processes.

 

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Google publishes their TLD registry software: Nomulus

Google announced this morning that they are releasing their TLD registry platform, Nomulus, which is written in Java, under an Apache 2.0 license. The company uses the software to run their own registry for their TLDs. Portfolio TLD applicant Donuts has partnered with Google and contributed to the source code – they will also be running a public test instance of the system, which is geared towards being run on the Google Cloud Platform. So far, Rightside (NASDAQ: NAME) has been operating Donuts’ registry backend.

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Here’s the full press release:

Introducing Nomulus: an Open Source Top-Level Domain Name Registry

Date: Tuesday, October 18, 2016 8:00am PT

Author: Ben McIlwain, Software Engineer

Today, Google is proud to announce the release of Nomulus, a new open source cloud-based registry platform that powers Google’s top level domains (TLDs). We’re excited to make this piece of Internet infrastructure available to everyone.

TLDs are the top level of the Internet Domain Name System (DNS), and they collectively host every domain name on the Internet.  To manage a TLD, you need a domain name registry — a behind-the-scenes system that stores registration details and DNS information for all domain names under that TLD. It handles WHOIS queries and requests to buy, check, transfer, and renew domain names. When you purchase a domain name on a TLD using a domain name registrar, such as Google Domains, the registrar is actually conducting business with that TLD’s registry on your behalf. That’s why you can transfer a domain from one registrar to another and have it remain active and 100% yours the entire time.

The project that became Nomulus began in 2011 when the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced the biggest ever expansion of Internet namespace, aimed at improving choice and spurring innovation for Internet users. Google applied to operate a number of new generic TLDs, and built Nomulus to help run them.

We designed Nomulus to be a brand-new registry platform that takes advantage of the scalability and easy operation of Google Cloud Platform. Nomulus runs on Google App Engine and is backed by Google Cloud Datastore, a highly scalable NoSQL database. Nomulus can manage any number of TLDs in a single shared instance and supports the full range of TLD functionality required by ICANN, including the Extensible Provisioning Protocol (EPP), WHOIS, reporting, and trademark protection. It is written in Java and is released under the Apache 2.0 license.

We hope that by providing access to our implementation of core registry functions and up-and-coming services like Registration Data Access Protocol (RDAP), we can demonstrate advanced features of Google Cloud Platform and encourage interoperability and open standards in the domain name industry for registry operators like Donuts. With approximately 200 TLDs, Donuts has made early contributions to the Nomulus code base and has spun up an instance which they’ll be sharing soon.

For more information, view Nomulus on GitHub.

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