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Cloud Computing Can Enhance Academic Research

Dec 7, 2012

Cloud computing can be utilised to enhance academic cooperation between the Kingdom's universities and other academic institutions around the world, an expert in the field said Thursday.

At the opening of the Google Apps Event, Yehia Ahmad, a representative of Cloudpedia, a Google apps reseller in the region, said cloud computing can enable local university students to share their expertise with their peers in other parts of the world and foster research skills.

Cloud computing includes the practice of using a network of remote servers hosted on the Internet to store, manage and process data, rather than a local server or personal computer, according to web sources.

Ahmad added that this method also facilitates business operations and enables employees to work while they are away from the office and at any time.

Web-based computing helps businesses reduce IT spending, focus on innovation and enhance employees' productivity, especially if they are allowed to use their own devices to access work-related databases.

Thursday's event, which gathered IT experts, developers and entrepreneurs in the field, was organised by Google in cooperation with Cloudpedia, which is the Google Apps Authorised Reseller and Deployment Partner in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Also speaking at the opening ceremony, Nader Dhneibat, secretary general of the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology, commended Google's support for application developers and programmers in Jordan.

Google has been involved in holding several workshops and activities over the past few years to train developers and university students on app development and several other related issues.

Participants in the event discussed several issues, including the latest trends in smartphones, operating systems of mobile devices and the current situation of app development in the region.



Source: (c)2012 the Jordan Times (Amman, Jordan). Distributed by MCT Information Services.


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