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Jul 16, 2013   //   by Cary Landis   //   Cloud Computing News  //  Comments Off

HBO Gives People What They Want – Tue, 21 Oct 2014
Last week, HBO announced their plans for a new stand-alone streaming service which will be launched in 2015. For decades, HBO has been tied to expensive premium cable and satellite packages. And due to the strong programming, many people were willing to incur that cost to keep up with their …

Kansas City: How hackers, techies and Google put KC on the map – Tue, 14 Oct 2014
As one of our Ten Emerging Tech Hubs of 2014, Kansas City, Missouri, has continued its forward motion into the shiny tech future. From its strong hacker community to the continued use of Google Fiber, as well as a strong IT professional network and opportunities for startups in incubators? This …

Innovation and “How We Got to Now” – Mon, 13 Oct 2014
We tend to think of innovation as that eureka! moment when an individual – Edison or Bell or Gates – had a completely discrete moment of clarity, a singular blinding brain explosion that was The One Big Idea. Not so, argues author Steven Johnson in his book, “How We Got to …

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Nerds – Wed, 01 Oct 2014
Fan sites and pop culture-fueled web pages have traditionally served as destinations for heated nerd debates and enthusiastic fan banter. But in recent years, filmmakers have been able to build upon the enthusiasm of existing fan base by strategically using social media to evoke curiosity through “leaked” set photos.
The latest …

Clear Insight Report: Event Performance Management – Tue, 30 Sep 2014
OAKVILLE, ONT., September 30, 2014 – Clear Insight, a solutions provider specializing in bringing total solutions to the office of finance for international clients, announced today the release of its latest market research report, “Trends in Event Performance Management Finance Systems.” The report, which surveyed finance executives at venues throughout …

ProjectionHub designed with startup finances in mind – Tue, 16 Sep 2014
At ProjectionHub, an Indianapolis-based company dedicated to startup financing, it’s become a whole lot easier for entrepreneurs to create their financial projections for potential investors and lenders. ProjectionHub is a web-based app that helps entrepreneurs create those projections, using a software that is very similar to TurboTax in the way that …

Twitter tests in-app buy button – Mon, 08 Sep 2014
Twitter has announced that beginning Monday, some Tweets from their test partners will feature the much-awaited “buy” button that the company calls “an early step” in building more e-commerce functionality into the social media giant’s offerings. A small percentage of U.S. users are included in this early September test launch, and …

Shoes: Another reason for a 3D printer at home – Wed, 03 Sep 2014
While China’s printing of tiny houses is a big deal, there is something even more pressing happening: 3D printed fashion. Priorities, please! In fact, 3D printed fashion is changing the capabilities and the look of their work for many designers, and it’s putting design and science hand in hand, once …

Emerging 100: Nonprofit Easy – Wed, 27 Aug 2014
Techie.com is pleased to reveal the next of its “Emerging 100” winners. We’ll be featuring these emerging companies – and their innovative products and plans – frequently on the Techie.com site. The companies you find here have been chosen on the basis of their vision and their plans to achieve it. …

Emerging 100: Pricewaiter – Mon, 25 Aug 2014
Techie.com is pleased to reveal the next of its “Emerging 100” winners. We’ll be featuring these emerging companies – and their innovative products and plans – frequently on the Techie.com site. The companies you find here have been chosen on the basis of their vision and their plans to achieve it. …

Which CSS Preprocessor Should You Choose? | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps] – Thu, 23 Oct 2014
With the growing number of CSS Preprocessors like LESS, Sass, Turbine, Stylus and Swith CSS to name a few, it’s hard to decide which to choose for your project, and which will provide the best CSS authoring.
Rather than focus on evaluating every CSS Preprocessor (that would simply take too long), we will focus on the two most commonly used in the industry: Sass and LESS. We will provide a comparison on important deciding factors, like installation, features, and similarities & differences, to help you decide which is the best choice.

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The ‘Internet of Things’ and The Transformation of GE | @ThingsExpo [#IoT] – Thu, 23 Oct 2014
General Electric (GE) has been a household name for more than a century, thanks in large part to its role in making households easier to run. Starting with the light bulb invented by its founder, Thomas Edison, GE has been selling devices (“things”) to consumers throughout its 122-year history. Last week, GE announced that it is officially leaving that job to others. While the lighting division will stay, GE will now turn its attention to selling industrial machinery and analytics as a service to other companies.
GE’s transformation to focus on building industrial machines such as aircraft engines, locomotives, gas-fired turbines and medical imaging equipment has been underway for quite some time. But for those that grew up with GE, the company’s catchy slogan, “We bring good things to life,” used between 1979 and 2003, is synonymous with what the brand stood for. Who could have imagined in 1979 when its advertising firm first came up with that memorable catchphrase how well the slogan would capture where GE was headed in the era of the industrial Internet and the Internet of Things (IoT)? GE has been systematically moving to secure its place in both of these fields. Wind turbines, locomotives, jet engines and other industrial machines are all examples of products that have successfully transitioned to being sold as a service.

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Meet @Verizon November 4-6 at @CloudExpo Silicon Valley [#IoT #Cloud] – Tue, 21 Oct 2014
SYS-CON Events announced today that Verizon has been named “Gold Sponsor” of SYS-CON’s 15th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 4-6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Verizon Enterprise Solutions creates global connections that generate growth, drive business innovation and move society forward. With industry-specific solutions and a full range of global wholesale offerings provided over the company’s secure mobility, cloud, strategic networking and advanced communications platforms, Verizon Enterprise Solutions helps open new opportunities around the world for innovation, investment and business transformation. Visit verizonenterprise.com to learn more.

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Endpoint Security By @RickNotDelgado | @CloudExpo [#Cloud] – Tue, 21 Oct 2014
Don’t emphasize network security at the cost of endpoint security; the two can be integrated and work hand in hand. The result is a safer, more secure business ready for the challenges of the future.

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Seize The Biggest #Cloud, #BigData & #IoT Opportunity in 2015 | @CloudExpo – Mon, 20 Oct 2014
The only place to be June 9-11 is Cloud Expo & @ThingsExpo 2015 East at the Javits Center in New York City. Join us there as delegates from all over the world come to listen to and engage with speakers & sponsors from the leading Cloud Computing, IoT & Big Data companies.
Cloud Expo & @ThingsExpo are the leading events covering the booming market of Cloud Computing, IoT & Big Data for the enterprise. Speakers from all over the world will be hand-picked for their ability to explore the economic strategies that utility/cloud computing provides. Whether public, private, or in a hybrid form, cloud computing, Internet of Things & Big Data are rapidly becoming an integral part of the enterprise IT environment. By shifting some of their applications out of the enterprise data center and into the cloud, IT managers can eliminate a whole litany of costs and headaches; in capital equipment, in power and cooling, in administration and maintenance.

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Announcing @SAPinMemory ‘General Session’ at @CloudExpo [@SAP] – Mon, 20 Oct 2014
SAP is delivering break-through innovation combined with fantastic user experience powered by the market-leading in-memory technology, SAP HANA.
In his General Session at 15th Cloud Expo, Thorsten Leiduck, VP ISVs & Digital Commerce, SAP, will discuss how SAP and partners provide cloud and hybrid cloud solutions as well as real-time Big Data offerings that help companies of all sizes and industries run better. SAP launched an application challenge to award the most innovative SAP HANA and SAP HANA Cloud platforms applications. Out of many contenders, the best applications have been selected by members of the SAP Community Network via crowd-voting. Join this exciting session as SAP recognizes the winners and finalists for their great accomplishment and see the winning applications live on stage.

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What APM and NMP Miss in #Cloud Performance By @Dyn | @CloudExpo – Mon, 20 Oct 2014
To manage complex web services with lots of calls to the cloud, many businesses have invested in Application Performance Management (APM) and Network Performance Management (NPM) tools. Together APM and NPM tools are essential aids in improving a business’s infrastructure required to support an effective web experience… but they are missing a critical component – Internet visibility.
Internet connectivity has always played a role in customer access to web presence, but in the past few years use of the Internet in the web experience has dramatically increased. The broadening use of Cloud Services sources means that web content is coming to the customer from all over the Internet in a multitude of paths. Relying solely on Network and Internet Service Providers will get you connected but at what cost to performance and cost. Gaining the ability to monitor, analyze and plan managing Internet paths and take more complete control of your customer’s experience is no longer a nice-to-have, it is critical to your brand and profitability.

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Vets360 Founder Honored at the ‘Champions’ Leadership Conference – Mon, 20 Oct 2014
Veteran’s 360 and Rick Collins, Founder & Executive Director of Vets 360, Inc., are being honored at this year’s Champions Leadership, and Research Conference™ . This event, November 6th-7th, 2014 at the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club in Durham, NC, is an independent conference, and a component of eMerging Entrepreneurs’ “Veterans Economic Advancement project.” A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, eMerging Entrepreneurs, Inc. provides Career Transition Assistance, Small Business Training, and Entrepreneurial Developmental services to veterans, military spouses, and under-served minority communities. The organization employs a grassroots approach to assisting those who seek to advance their small business interests; partnering with state & federal agencies, universities, local chambers of commerce, and military installations in an effort to extend high-tech training & resource solutions to under-served communities. “Cloud Musings” and GovCloud Network are proud to be strong supporters of Vets 360

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Announcing @Appcore and @CitrixCloud Presentation @CloudExpo [#Cloud] – Mon, 20 Oct 2014
What are the benefits of using an enterprise-grade orchestration platform?
In their session at 15th Cloud Expo, Jeff Tegethoff, CEO of Appcore, and Kedar Poduri, Senior Director of Product Management at Citrix Systems, will take a closer look at the architectural design factors needed to support diverse workloads and how to run these workloads efficiently as a service provider. They will also discuss how to deploy private cloud environments in 15 minutes or less.

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Announcing @Bitium “Exhibitor” of @CloudExpo Silicon Valley [#Cloud] – Mon, 20 Oct 2014
Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Bitium was founded by Kriz and Erik Gustavson. The 1,500 cloud-based application using Bitium’s analytics, app management, and single sign-on services include bug trackers, customer service dashboards, Google Apps, and social networks. The firm states website administrators can do multiple tasks online without revealing passwords. Bitium’s advisors include Microsoft’s former CMO and the former senior vice president of strategy, the founder and CEO of Like.com, a product strategist at IBM and Oracle, Hootsuite’s CEO, and the founder and CEO of KISSMetric, among others. More about Bitium can be found on its website at www.bitium.com.

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Authentic8 Enhances Its Secure Browser Session Cloud Service – Thu, 23 Oct 2014
Browser session takes place within a secured container; session then disappears completely after the task is done with no audit trail.

HP Launches New Intel-Based Moonshot Servers – Thu, 23 Oct 2014
The new systems, including the first powered by Intel Xeon chips, are optimized for such uses as application delivery and Web infrastructures.

10 Reasons Why Your Retail Store Needs an App–Now – Thu, 23 Oct 2014
A survey of U.S. smartphone users sheds light on how mobile devices and apps are changing consumer shopping behavior and what it means for retailers.

Mitel Makes $540 Million Bid for ShoreTel – Wed, 22 Oct 2014
ShoreTel directors had rejected an earlier bid, which is part of Mitel’s larger effort to grow while consolidating the UC market.

10 Application Failures of 2014 That Expose Importance of Monitoring – Wed, 22 Oct 2014
eWEEK looks at 10 application outages that could have been avoided with the use of artificial intelligence-based monitoring.

EMC Buying Out Cisco’s Stake in VCE Joint Venture – Wed, 22 Oct 2014
The data storage vendor will own more than 80 percent of VCE when the deal closes, while Cisco will retain 10 percent.

Microsoft and Dell Team Up for Cloud-in-a-Box Systems – Tue, 21 Oct 2014
On Nov. 3, Dell will be begin shipping Microsoft Cloud Platform System integrated hardware that enables customers to float their own clouds.

How Companies Are Losing Money on Password TIme-Wasting – Tue, 21 Oct 2014
Companies lose more than $420 of productivity annually per employee due to workers merely wasting time using passwords and taking risky shortcuts.

Mirantis Raises $100M for OpenStack Cloud Efforts – Tue, 21 Oct 2014
Armed with its latest funding round, OpenStack specialist Mirantis is positioning itself for an IPO in 2016.

Senators Seek Congressional Hearing on Internet of Things – Mon, 20 Oct 2014
Four lawmakers say in a letter that legislative input into such issues as IoT security, regulations and standards is important.

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Microsoft’s Q1 shines; Office 365 leads results – Thu, 23 Oct 2014
The software giant handily tops expectations as Surface Pro drove Surface revenue of $908 million. Office 365 subscriptions for home, personal and enterprise swelled.

Amazon falls well below Q3 earnings targets; weak outlook for holiday season – Thu, 23 Oct 2014
A silver lining? The “Other” category that houses Amazon Web Services did see its own revenue climb.

How Pixar, National Geographic make Apple work in the enterprise – Thu, 23 Oct 2014
The IT heads for both organizations were on hand at the JNUC to explain how their companies deploy, manage and utilize Apple products throughout their organizations.

Facebook reveals patch in response to Yahoo’s account recycling program – Thu, 23 Oct 2014
Turns out there was a bit of a vulnerability (and lack of communication) between Yahoo and Facebook. Whoops!

First Data launches Perka beacon to accompany loyalty app for SMBs – Thu, 23 Oct 2014
The payment processor is extending its customer loyalty suite to include beacons, and says it’s already shipped thousands of the beacons to businesses currently using the Perka app.

Etsy rolls out Square-like card reader for offline payments – Thu, 23 Oct 2014
The Sell on Etsy reader comes in the form of dongle that plugs into the audio port on a phone or a tablet, much like similar devices from Square, Amazon and PayPal.

Huawei smartphone shipments up 26 percent; on track for annual targets – Thu, 23 Oct 2014
The Chinese electronics giant said the most growth was in the Middle East and Africa, followed by the Asia-Pacific region — all but avoiding Western markets altogether.

AWS opens Frankfurt region, courts EU enterprises – Thu, 23 Oct 2014
Like other U.S. based cloud vendors, AWS is trying to expand in the EU and allay concerns about NSA snooping.

Square launches App Marketplace to woo merchants to Register – Thu, 23 Oct 2014
The Square App Marketplace, stocked with products from Intuit and Stitch Labs, among others, ties back to Square Register, the company’s cornerstone point-of-sale platform for payments, inventory, and analytics.

Google, Oxford University partner in artificial intelligence research – Thu, 23 Oct 2014
Google and the UK’s Oxford University are teaming up to advance the field of artificial intelligence.

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