Cloud Computing a Necessity for Every Business

Cloud Computing a Necessity for Every Business
Storing and retrieving data has never been this easy. Organizations documents and other information can be stored remotely through cloud computing. Cloud computing is an IT computing technology that saves on both the cost and time needed for various business procedures while still increasing returns. Cloud computing has many advantages as compared to local servers when it comes to data storage. Below, are some of the factors that make cloud computing more important while used in any business;

1. Reduce Overall Cost Of Running Business.
By use of cloud computing, any other expense or infrastructure costs will be greatly reduced. The cost of buying expensive servers, routers or massive data storage equipment’s will be incurred no more. Also your business will not need to hire expensive IT experts since cloud computing simplifies the work. Cloud computing has other cloud applications available in stores where any business buy them after identifying which applications a business requires operating. Therefore, the cost of developing applications for business is reduced. These applications may range from POS, CRM and also accounting software.

2. It Is Very Convenient.
For businesses dealing with big data, storing and retrieving of that information is made so easy through cloud based storage. As data increases, cloud applications will help access any data conveniently an also enhances reliability of data unlike local servers which may be somehow hard to retrieve information more so if the servers or other hardware’s are damaged. When trying to access applications online through cloud computing, there are few risks and applications are always available when needed.
Through the use of cloud computing, servers can be remotely accessed meaning that personnel in your business can work away from the actual location of the business. Also, managers and business owners can easily monitor day-to-day happenings of a business. Cloud servers are very flexible

3. Data Security and Back-Up.
In any organization, data is the most crucial element for the daily running of any business. Businesses always share data on the same platform and through this process, occurs some underlying security threats. Through the use of cloud computing, data will always be secure throughout. In case of an on-site disaster, such as fire or breakage, the cloud can help you retrieve your data in their latest versions if your data was backed up in the cloud. Cloud computing offers back-up services automatically to ensure its safety. Data is usually saved in different files across multiple locations due to security issues.

4. Scaled/ Easier Management Of Resources.
Cloud computing makes it possible to easily focus on the main business objectives while cloud servers are left to experienced cloud computing service providers. This means that you won’t have to worry about availability of required applications and also other information and data services such as storage, back-up or retrieval. Resources needed by any business to support increasing growth or handle peak periods can be accessed from cloud applications. Businesses which experience fluctuations or operates in seasons can take an advantage of cloud resources to determine the resources they require in order to enhance efficiency.

5. Enhances Collaboration.
Cloud-based applications and resources can be accessed from any internet connected device and at any time when needed. This feature makes it possible for employees or other people work collaboratively though they may be in a different geographic location. This collaboration improves the overall business performance. Documents can be accessed remotely by teams without the need to email attachments. Cloud computing is flexible and a task can be handled by different individuals in different locations enhancing productivity.

Moving from a small to medium business and then to a bigger company, is a simultaneous process which requires good implementation and careful management of computing resources which is quite difficult. With the use of cloud computing, businesses can reduce the risk and overall business costs by using cloud applications.

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Internet of things – My Article Published in OSFY


Internet of things or Internet of “every” thing also known as Internet of “Intelligent” Objects can be referred as network of objects which can communicate with each other. They can be in sensor, electronics,  or software which is used to gather, exchange, analyze the data between various devices which is further used for management, planning, and decision making. It enables direct connection between physical devices and computer based systems. It can also be considered as the era of internet i.e. where the connection between the devices or objects will be more than the between human beings. Its concept is such anything that can be connected, will be connected with intelligence fed into it.

Internet of Things (IoT)

Figure 1 Internet of Things (IoT)

This is due to continuous increase in the technology. When compared to years back when there was not much use of technology; communication between people was more but now due to increase in technology human beings are getting more connected with the devices. This is what the concept behind internet of things. It explains that internet is not only used for communicating over computer devices but it can also be used to communicate with the devices.

It can also be referred as a state where things or objects can sense the environment and communicate with each other by sending the data with the help of the Internet. Many organizations such as Cisco, GE, etc. are using IoT now days for developing their applications.

This concept was introduced by a member of Radio Frequency Identification Development (RFID) in 1999. Its importance is continuously increasing due the growth of cloud computing, mobile technology and data analytics.

Iot will greatly impact a human’s life. Consider the world where as per your alarm coffee maker will start preparing the coffee, Heater will start accordingly to heat the water for the bath. Car will automatically track the road having heavy traffic and will indicate you about it. Your grocery in kitchen will automatically know its running low and will re-order more automatically from nearest grocery store. This is what Internet of Things technology is all about.

It includes various technologies in it which are wireless sensor networks, RFID enabled tracking, embedded systems, internet connected wear-able, devices having Bluetooth facility to connect to internet, mobile for sensing purpose and so on.

IoT – Reference Architecture

It is difficult to formulate standard architecture for this technology due to wide variation of devices, network configurations and so on. So let’s consider reference architecture. Requirements for reference architecture are based on form-factors and power available with the IoT devices. It also depends on how the devices are manufactured and used. Basic requirements for the design of architecture can be summarized in Figure 2:

IoT Basic Requirements

Figure 2 Basic Requirements

Internet of Things Architecture can be categorized in three components in Figure 3:

IoT Components

Figure 3 Components

There are some basic technology through which IoT is made of is available in Figure 4:

Basic Technologies

Figure 4 Basic Technologies

It uses electromagnetic fields to transfer the data which can be used for tracking and identifying the objects. It basically refers to small electronic devices consisting of a chip and antenna for transmission of data. This chip is capable of transferring huge amount of data. These devices work same as bar code scanner. It provides unique identity to every object. These devices are being scanned to get the information about the identifying object. Advantage of these devices is that they don’t need precise scanning as which is requires in for bar code.

 IoT Reference Architecture

Figure 5 IoT Reference Architecture

Now a days, devices are made up of low power circuit and support wireless communications. This technology enables them to be available at low cost, efficient, low power miniature device which can be used for sensing purpose. It enables to create the devices made up of large no of intelligent sensors which are used for sensing, data gathering and analysis in various environments. Sensor data are shared between various nodes and then stored to a centralized network for analysis.

Components through which WSN is made up of are: Wireless Sensor Network Hardware, Communication Stack, Middleware, Secure data aggregation etc.

Success of IoT depends on the ability to identify the devices.  This will enable us to uniquely connect no. of devices and control them using internet. For this it is required that every device has an unique address. Features of unique address are Uniqueness, Persistence, Reliability, etc.

Internet of things is a technology to connect no. of devices. To handle such large no. of devices a platform is required which is reliable, agile, elastic, easy to use and so on. Such platform is provided by cloud. Cloud computing provides the support for IoT. It is an architecture that provides various technology capabilities such as affordable storage, multi tenancy,  on demand services, quality of service, pay per use and so on. It provides three types of services which are Infrastructure as a Service(IaaS), Platform as a Service(PaaS), and Software as a Service(SaaS). Infrastructure as a service provides a platform to use the hardware which can be provided to the user as cloud resource. Platform as a service provides the platform to access the IoT data and to develop custom applications. Software as a service provides the platform for the users to run applications.

It is one of the important concept for IoT application. This helps to user to interact with the environment. With the continuous growth in touch screen technologies use of smart phones and tablets are very useful. It helps the lay man to understand and visualize the technology. With the help of these more useful and meaningful information can be extracted/analysed and depicted through visualization. This improves the decision making capability. This ensures both understanding and visualization of the data as per the user need.

Usage of IoT in technology

It can be useful in various day to day scenarios as given in Figure 6:

Usage of IoT

Figure 6 Usage of IoT


Like every technology there are some challenges with IoT also which creates barriers for much small organization to adopt it due to budget issues, security, risk and so on. Some of the challenged with Iot can be summarized as:

  • Security: IoT connects many devices together. Such devices may be less expensive which don’t have been tested for malwares and bugs and some may be expensive which are made secured with every malwares. So in such situation security assurance cannot be given. Moreover there is many layers of networks, communication between various devices at the same time can increase the risk factor with this technology.
  • Complexity, confusion and Integration issues: As IoT connects various networks which are based on different protocols, different APT’s; so its integration and testing will be very difficult. There are no standards available which creates confusion for the integration.
  • Privacy: As there is no compliance available for medical and living applications issues with privacy and trust increases. Multiple users will be accessing same network then the data security and privacy may get hindered. And data accuracy is also not reliable.



Microsoft Azure Service Bus Integration with Dynamics CRM: Convenient Retrieval of Data


Innovations have kept on taking place, since the technology came into existence. Enterprises today look for the acute computing solutions that are not only effective but at the same time, fast and active too to deal with the everyday challenges for their campaign.  This is when analyzing the demands of market, Microsoft; the core software company came up with its innovative product- Azure.

One of the fast computing options, Azure results in the tasks like analytics, networking, storage and web.  Based on the concept of cloud computing, Azure encapsulates powerful features which enable it to perform better whatever may be the type of computing. Apart from these one of the most useful wings of Microsoft Azure is its service bus.  This is the technique which helps to keep your apps connected to the private and public cloud network thereby making the processes easier for you to operate.

A Detailed Look-

This is a cloud service which provides the facility to share the data between decoupled systems. To keep it clear, Azure has created Service Bus as a sort of second message queuing platform that enables Relay and Brokered messaging probabilities. Further, Azure is also highly featured and provides sources so that decoupled systems could exchange the information. Also, it could connect to anything that may include from the facets like applications, systems, services and other devices.

As a format of Platform as a Service (PaaS), Azure’s Service Bus could consist of a workflow of single queue to multiple message workflows. Astoundingly, the service bus could also connect household appliances, sensors and various other devices including tablets and phones.

Now that this version of computing is embroiled with wide range of features, you could also implement Azure service bus for data sharing purpose. And yes, it has that facility.  The service bus has also been designed as software compatible. In fact one, of its features also includes the integration of software with Microsoft’s dynamic CRM when it comes to sharing of data from the system.

What is Microsoft Dynamic CRM ?

Configured with various features and specifications, the dynamic CRM is one of the instances of extreme engineering from Microsoft development. The product has been kept distinct from other CRM systems and specializes in sales, marketing and technical support fields. Further, this is server-client application based on IIS web application also upkeeps the web service interfaces. One of the best parts about Dynamic CRM is that it is well compatible with all major browsers, whether its explorer, Firefox or chrome. Apart from using a browser, the clients could also access Dynamics CRM through the use of thick client plug in to Microsoft Outlook. Additionally, the integration of Dynamics CRM could be done in various ways which could be different for every individual platform.

Integration Of Azure With Microsoft Dynamics CRM:

Keeping up with data sharing part, Azure service bus could be conveniently connected with the Dynamics CRM through the process of coupling. The data which is processed as a part of the current CRM process is then posted to the bus through the established connection. Evidently, Microsoft Azure service bus is well suitable to listen to the data transmitted or posted from the dynamics CRM.   Other than that, the integration of Azure and Microsoft Dynamics CRM offers a secured platform for transmission of CRM run time data to the cloud based line of business applications.

How Dynamics CRM Is Synchronized With Azure Service Bus:

The connectivity between Dynamics CRM and Azure service bus could be very well configured by programming ACS which helps to recognize the architecture. A typical synchronization of dynamics CRM and service bus appears to be something like-


Further, there are various facets which could be deduced after analyzing the design of the integration. Just take a look:

  • A registered listener is employed on a Microsoft Azure Service bus solution endpoint and listens to the Dynamics CRM remote execution context on the service bus.
  • Any operation performed by the user in Microsoft Dynamics CRM causes it to the execution of the registered Azure aware plug-in. The plug-in in return generates a post through asynchronous service system.
  • The claims posted by Dynamics CRM are authenticated by ACS. Remote execution context to the listener is then relayed by the service bus. The context information is processed by the listener which also performs business associated task with the information. This is followed by the service bus which then notifies the asynchronous service of the successful posts thereby setting the system job to a finished state.

The Required Elements Of Data Integration-

To ensure a successful connectivity, Microsoft Azure service bus and Dynamics CRM would need some of the following requirements.

  • Asynchronous Service- This service attempts the task of posting Microsoft Dynamics CRM remote execution context to the service bus. Each post is performed through the use of asynchronous service. Things apart, the user could also keep him updated for each system job by referring to the web application of the Microsoft Dynamics CRM.
  • Custom Workflow Activities- These activities are taken into process when the current request of data has to be posted from Dynamics CRM to the Azure data bus.
  • Microsoft Azure Service Bus- The remote execution context between Microsoft Dynamics CRM and Azure service bus is relayed by service bus. On the other hand the claims based authentication security is managed by Microsoft Azure Active Directory Access Control Service.
  • Microsoft Azure Solution- A suitable working process between CRM and Azure needs a solution in a Microsoft service bus account which consists of at least one service end points.

To summarize, Microsoft has been in effective customer services since long. It has always come out with acute solutions for the campaigns with user friendly features. The convenient compatibility of Azure service bus to get connected to anything with its integration to dynamic CRM software is one of the proofs in this regard by the software company which helps in managing the records for data and information for the campaigns.

Author Bio:

Chitan Shah is a team leader at Azilen Technologies. He esteems to deliver innovative ideas for smooth and beneficial enterprise application solutions. He is a techy geek and his knowledge cart in includes Microsoft Technologies, Framework, Architectural & Patterns, Database, Scripting and more.


IBM UrbanCode deploy:There is no agent or tag configured to import new component versions

IBM UrbanCode deploy: There is no agent or tag configured to import new component versions, so no new versions will be imported.

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To remove this issue, Go to Settings-> System Settings->General Settings->Agent for Version Imports-> Select an Agent.



IBM UrbanCode Deploy: The agent could not connect to the server or relay using HTTP

If status of Agent in IBM uDeploy UI is Error then click on the icon. You may find following error:

IBM UrbanCode Deploy: The agent could not connect to the server or relay using HTTP.

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To remove it, Set External URL with IP address or DNS name as shown below in System Settings:

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Go to VM where agent is installed and restart it with ./agent stop and ./agent start command

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Once you restart the agent, verify on IBM Urban code Deploy UI, status of Agent will be online

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