Just last week we spoke on this very website about the importance of social media for your business, whatever your business may be. In case you’ve been living under a rock or disagreed with the fact that businesses of all shapes and sizes need to jump on the bandwagon, this latest gem of news might finally sway your opinion.
Would you believe us if the biggest “company” in the United States bought into the frenzy of social media and social networking? Well guess what? It did. The country’s biggest and most powerful “business,” the United States Government, has officially succumbed to the social media frenzy. The White House has an official blog on Facebook, MySpace and Twitter. Yes, you can get direct tweets from our White House.
When prompted why the Government, who previously has been a notorious stickler for being overly-private and detached from its citizens, has suddenly jumped on the social media bandwagon, here’s what they had to say:
“Technology has profoundly impacted how and where we all consume information and communicate with one another. WhiteHouse.gov is an important part of the administration’s effort to use the Internet to reach the public quickly and effectively, but it isn’t the only place.
There’s a lot to talk about right now. From an economic crisis to wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the President and his Administration have a full plate – not the least of which is making sure the public stays up-to-date and involved in our efforts.”
So if you were still not convinced as to why social media is right for you and your business, maybe we should take a cue from Obama and our Government who believe it is a useful and vital tool to helping them keep citizens well informed. Don’t get left behind, stay in front with social media.
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It is important to build applications and workloads specifically for the cloud. You will want to carefully consider what services the cloud provider of your choice has to offer and how your application leverages those services.
What’s the benefit of hosting in the cloud vs. traditional options?
Reasons not to host in the cloud are few and far between. If you don't host in the cloud, you will spend more in both CapEx and OpEx to manage your applications or websites in a traditional environment.
How can I improve the performance of my application?
There are several primary reasons that applications perform poorly, and in some cases it’s a combination of several. 1) Data latency: If your application is making calls to a data source (whether it’s an API or a direct call) and there is latency at the data provider, your application performance will suffer.
The answer is ‘probably yes’. There aren’t many reasons for an application to be hosted elsewhere, aside from occasional compliance standards, or requirements to integrate with local services that would require large amounts of data to move from on-premise to cloud.