Leverage cloud financial intelligence systems with AWS

Leverage cloud financial intelligence systems with AWS

The use of cloud financial intelligence systems, typically from cloud financial management system providers, offers insights into cloud usage. Cloud financial management providers, such as Cloud Cruiser and others, can tell you how effective the cloud platforms are in delivery of services. This includes how each service tracks back to cloud resources that support the services, as well as who is consuming the services and by how much.

However, the true value of these systems is not the simple operational cost data that they are able to gather and report on — it’s the ability to leverage deeper analytics to determine usage patterns, and how those patterns will behave over time. This means you have the ability to better understand how your AWS instances (and other cloud services) were put to use in the past, and more importantly, how they will be leveraged in the future, including the ability to properly estimate cloud resource utilization in the context of complex and widely distributed architectures.

It’s all about the ability to make the most out of data from multiple components of the architecture, not just AWS. Most enterprises that deploy cloud-based systems do so using either public and private clouds within a multi-cloud architecture, which may also be mixed with traditional (or legacy) systems. This makes the financial tracking much more complex, but also much more valuable.

For example, a production management system may leverage core storage services from AWS, session management services from their OpenStack private cloud and core database services using a traditional Oracle database running in their data center. Thus, the cloud financial management system needs to gather information for many different system components, including the private and public clouds , as well as the local database. System owners can use this information to determine the amount of resources consumed, as well as patterns of consumption over time. They have a complete picture as to how a holistic system is functioning, including cloud and non-cloud components.

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Retirement planning: How not to outlive your money

Retirement planning: How not to outlive your money

Retirement is ultimately an exercise in risk management – and dealing with risk involves an educated understanding of how unforeseen events can sabotage your golden years.

The greatest single hazard is what planners call “longevity risk” – the possibility that you may outlive your money.

Actuaries tell us that a woman who is now 65 can expect to live, on average, to 88, while a man can look forward to reaching nearly 86. Remember, though, that those are averages – about half of retirees will outlive those figures. In fact, if you are now a 50-year-old woman, there is nearly a 10 per cent chance that you will live to celebrate your 100th birthday.

How do you plan for a retirement that may be as long, or longer, than your working life? For the dwindling number of Canadians who are members of defined-benefit plans with automatic cost-of-living adjustments, there’s little to worry about. For most of us, though, there is a lot of risk in planning three decades ahead – especially given two additional hazards.

A good retirement plan should address longevity risk, inflation risk and market risk. Here are the pros and cons of three key risk-management tools:

Annuities

An annuity is essentially a contract with an insurance company, which guarantees to pay you a steady stream of income until the day you die.

Work

Taking a part-time job in the early years of your retirement can make a big difference to your financial picture. Earning even $4,000 a year replaces the income you could reasonably expect to generate from a $100,000 portfolio. It also provides a buffer against unexpected inflation.

Your portfolioare

Many people can achieve big gains from simply adjusting their portfolios to reduce the cost of investing and to ensure the right mix between income producers (like bonds) and more inflation-proof investments (like stocks).

The bottom line

It all sounds very intimidating – but doesn’t have to be. Despite their challenges, Uncle Jim and Aunt Mary never complained, but simply found ways to live on less.

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Part-Time Entrepreneurs Need to Be Empowered

Part-Time Entrepreneurs Need to Be Empowered

According to Industry Canada, survival rates for small and medium-sized businesses decline over time. About 85 per cent of businesses that enter the marketplace survive for one full year yet only 51 per cent survive for five years.

Yet, with commitment and passion, many have successfully made the transition from part-time start-up to full-time career.

The Intuit survey found that about one third (35 per cent) of start-ups trying to go full-time would quit their jobs if they could pull in a mere $30,000 or less. Depending on your financial goals, taking your business full-time could be closer than you think.

Are you ready to make your dream a full-time career? Here are some tips to help you take it to the next level:

  1. Define a goal and build on it
  2. Continue to innovate
  3. Brush up on your financial literacy
  4. Make your network work for you
  5. Take advantage of free services

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Aspiring for a start-up?

Aspiring for a start-up? Here are golden rules of money management

Here are some golden rules to manage your financials when you wish to begin with your own start-up:

  1. Pre- startup phase
  2. Startup phase
  3. Post funding/exit

Here are some tips and tricks to go forward with:

  1. Take insurance
  2. Renting is better
  3. Go debt-free
  4. Fix the loan

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Indonesia to Ease Curbs on Foreign Investment as Growth Slows

Indonesia to Ease Curbs on Foreign Investment as Growth Slows

Indonesia said it will allow foreign investment in airports and ports as the government seeks to revitalize an economy growing at the weakest pace since the global recession.

The country may also ease limits on overseas holdings in its telecommunications and pharmaceutical industries, the Investment Coordinating Board said today, hours after a report showed economic expansion slowed for a fifth quarter. Gross domestic product increased 5.62 percent in the three months ended Sept. 30 from a year earlier, as a declining rupiah restrained investment in Southeast Asia’s largest economy.

Indonesian policy makers are grappling with a depreciated exchange rate, elevated inflation and diminished foreign capital inflows undermining President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s legacy of economic stability before he steps down next year. His failure to fix infrastructure gaps in his two terms has added to price pressures, threatening his party’s chances at elections in 2014.

“The dust has yet to settle on the slowdown definitely,” said Wellian Wiranto, a Singapore-based investment strategist at the wealth-management unit of Barclays Plc. “Hopefully it will be replaced by construction dust coming from new infrastructure investment if they stick to these opening up measures.”

The rupiah fell 0.5 percent to 11,415 per dollar as of 3:45 p.m. in Jakarta today, according to prices from local banks compiled by Bloomberg. It has dropped more than 15 percent this year, the worst performer among Asia’s 11 most-active currencies tracked by Bloomberg.

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Financial literacy education has real-life impact

Financial literacy education has real-life impact

While the Great Recession put many Americans through a financial wringer, it has left at least one positive legacy, hopefully with long-term consequences: a renewed focus on financial literacy education that has united teachers, school districts and businesses in a commitment to curriculum, training and resources.

Financial literacy education advocates interviewed by USA TODAY all mentioned the financial crisis as the pocket-emptying influence behind the country’s increased attention on personal finance lessons in school.

“The American public felt they were a little bit in the dark and really didn’t understand the decisions they were making or not making,” says Nan Morrison, president of the Council for Economic Education, whose biennial Survey of the States measures financial literacy education implementation across the country. “The recession really put a fine point on that.”

Educators decided to try to do something to prepare the next generation of America’s earners.

“We look at things like this and translate them into education practice,” says Lynne Gilli, program manager for career and technology education instruction and head of financial literacy education for the Maryland State Department of Education. “We don’t want to repeat the mistakes of the past.”

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Five economic lessons from Sweden, the rock star of the recovery

Five economic lessons from Sweden, the rock star of the recovery

Almost every developed nation in the world was walloped by the financial crisis, their economies paralyzed, their prospects for the future muddied.

And then there’s Sweden, the rock star of the recovery.

This Scandinavian nation of 9 million people has accomplished what the United States, Britain and Japan can only dream of: Growing rapidly, creating jobs and gaining a competitive edge. The banks are lending, the housing market booming. The budget is balanced.

Sweden was far from immune to the global downturn of 2008-09. But unlike other countries, it is bouncing back. Its 5.5 percent growth rate last year trounces the 2.8 percent expansion in the United States and was stronger than any other developed nation in Europe. And compared with the United States, unemployment peaked lower (around 9 percent, compared with 10 percent) and has come down faster (it now stands near 7 percent, compared with 9 percent in the U.S.).

Sweden has proven to the world that they survived from the crisis in a short time. If you are interested in learning more about financial management, feel free to contactus.

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