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How to Select the Right Cloud Business Application

Published: 28 June 2013

ID: G00251600

Analyst(s): Marjorie Lee Buckmaster, Christian Hestermann


The term "cloud" isn't clearly defined for business applications, but it is different from software as a service. Application managers need to determine how "cloud-y" the products being offered are by mapping them along several dimensions.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Dimensions That Define Cloud Business Applications
  • Selecting the Type of Cloud Business Application You Need
    • Scalability and Elasticity
    • Metered Usage
    • Shared Technology
    • License Types
    • Application Management Services
    • Location of Data
    • Ease of Switching to a Different Solution
    • Control Over Software Changes, Including Upgrades
    • Further Characteristics

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