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

Cloaking Devices Here on Earth – Mon, 17 Nov 2014
Every now and again one of the many superpowers we desire to “become real” pops up in news sources and science journals, re-sparking our interest in actually being able to personally fly or shoot webs from our wrists. There will be a snippet here and a study there suggesting new …

At ViT, veterans return to tech-sector careers – Tue, 11 Nov 2014
Veteran Nathaniel Dowds served in Iraq and Afghanistan before returning to a California law practice and an advisory board role with VetsinTech. His fellow veteran and ViT board member Dave Gowel is CEO of RockTech, a cloud-based training firm that emphasizes returning veterans in its business model, too. And for the …

Taco Bell App: Fast Food’s Next Big Thing – Tue, 04 Nov 2014
Taco Bell has simplified the ordering experience while unlocking the possibilities for consumer creations – all by using a new app, and becoming the first fast-food chain to offer mobile payments and ordering for in-store pickup as of last Tuesday.
Though Taco Bell has traditionally been known for innovation, it has …

The Digital Magicians: It’s A Kind Of Magic – Wed, 29 Oct 2014
“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”
Dispute the definitions if you want to – lots of people have – but there’s something to be said for this famous third law of Sir Arthur Clarke, the “big three” science-fiction writer and futurist whose many contributions range from “2001: A Space …

Crowdfunding 2014 Report: It’s Here! – Tue, 28 Oct 2014
SOUTH BEND, INDIANA, October 27, 2014 – Techie.com Market Intelligence, in partnership with Ugly Dog Media, announced today the release of its latest market research report, “Crowdfunding 2014 Annual Market Research Results.” The report, which surveyed entrepreneurs around the world who have, or are considering equity crowdfunding options, focuses on the …

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 …

Your Cloud Strategy Why to Why Not in 2015 By @Infor | @CloudExpo [#Cloud] – Fri, 21 Nov 2014
It’s a clear message being heard across the industry – widespread adoption of cloud applications is only a matter of time. However, the tricky part for many is, how much time do organizations actually have to hold out? And why should they switch?
For starters – the cost savings are clear. Research has shown that most organizations rapidly realize significant cost savings that increase over time as they leave behind the array of indirect costs related to legacy on-premise software. A recent IDC study showed that cloud solutions offer an average payback period of 7.1 months and 5-year average ROI of 626 percent, a return few other investments can match.1 Debate over other issues of cloud computing versus on-premise implementations is making it difficult for many to ignore the bottom-line advantages of choosing cloud-based enterprise solutions.

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xxx – Fri, 21 Nov 2014
SYS-CON Events announced today that BigDataVendors has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON’s 6th International Big Data Expo, which will take place on June 9–11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, New York, and the 8th International Big Data Expo, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.

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Why Customers are Unhappy with Your Mobile Apps – Fri, 21 Nov 2014
How quickly do things change in the world of mobility? Just last year, CA Technologies conducted a worldwide survey that told an entirely different story from the one we are hearing today. 2013’s Enterprise Mobility – It’s All About the Apps was a call to action for enterprise IT to keep up with customers mobility demands and employee’s desire for BYOD.
If last year was about keeping up with customers’ mobile application demands, this year that issue has all but disappeared. Our 2014 survey respondents released an average of six customer-facing apps last year, and 71 percent of organizations surveyed are now providing mobile apps to their customers. So what’s the problem?
Our latest research report, Mobility: Why Your Customers Aren’t Satisfied and What to Do About It, is a wakeup call. The survey reveals shockingly low end user satisfaction with enterprises’ mobility offerings. Only 22 percent of enterprises say their end users are completely satisfied. A full one-third is either dis-satisfied or “neutral” about their mobile experience – not a ringing endorsement of the huge investment organizations have made in mobility. It is no wonder that both line-of-business (LOB) and IT executives are unhappy with their own mobility initiatives – only 28 percent are completely satisfied with the customer acceptance of their offerings, and just 27 percent are completely satisfied with the competitiveness of their offerings.

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ITAR Compatibility Delivered by @Infor | @CloudExpo [#Cloud] – Thu, 20 Nov 2014
Infor has announced a new feature Infor CloudSuite™ Aerospace & Defense (A&D) to aid compliance with International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). The ITAR function will serve as a complementary function for new or existing Infor CloudSuite A&D customers, to facilitate compliance for Infor customers that are creating a US defense article or performing a US defense service and wish to benefit from cloud-services.

The ITAR regulation serves to manage handling and access requirements for data and physical equipment, which involves the design, manufacture and delivery of weapons systems. This law creates a vital compliance factor for any organization that is responsible for the creation, distribution and trade of weapons. However, it also creates a potential layer of difficulty for such organizations that seek to deploy cloud services, as the law may impact third-party organizations that handle ITAR-related data. For this reason, Infor has invested in the controls required to help customers demonstrate ITAR compliance for CloudSuite Aerospace & Defense as required by the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC).

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Hardware-Based Key Managers By @GiladPN | @CloudExpo [#Cloud] – Thu, 20 Nov 2014
Cloud security is a top concern for any organization migrating to the cloud. The threats are many.

For example, the fact your data resides in a shared, multi-tenant environment is a threat that has become a reality with the latest Xen virtualization bug, which allowed a malicious fully virtualized server to read data about other virtualized systems running on the same physical hardware or the hypervisor).
Other threats to cloud security include internal employees and even governments.
The consensus is that data encryption is a critical first step to migrating to the cloud; but in fact, encryption is the easy part. The real challenge lies with the management of the encryption keys. Allowing your cloud provider to encrypt your data and manage the encryption keys is as secure as parking your car in a public parking space and leaving the car keys in the ignition.

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What Is a Digital Professional? By @TheEbizWizard | @CloudExpo [#BigData] – Thu, 20 Nov 2014
I’ve started using the phrase digital professional, in particular in my recent article dinging Amazon’s cloud division Amazon Web Services (AWS) for not having a clear digital strategy. However, I haven’t been very clear on what I mean, so it’s time to put a finer point on this terminology.

The role of digital professional begins back in the 1990s with the rise of the web professional: people who worked on web sites in some capacity. Some of them were technical, able to sling HTML or JavaScript or perhaps Perl back in the day.

Other designated as creatives, including graphic designers and the like. A third subset of the web professional community were the marketing people: hammering out web strategies, focusing on key performance indicators like conversions and churn, and figuring out how to communicate to users using this newfangled World Wide Web of ours.

And finally, there were the information architects, designing page flows and form interactions, making sure site maps made sense and navigation worked as expected.

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Cochlear Selects @AppZero_Inc for WS2003 Migrations [#Cloud] – Thu, 20 Nov 2014
Cochlear Limited, the global leader in implantable hearing solutions, has selected AppZero for easy migration of its Microsoft Windows Server 2003 applications, a major priority for IT organizations before Microsoft ends support on July 14, 2015. AppZero software enables server application migration from old operating systems to new platforms or clouds and has been proven to be ten times faster, more reliable and efficient than alternative approaches.

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Schizophrenic About Cloud? – Thu, 20 Nov 2014
This week Dell released its first Global Technology Adoption Index (GTAI). This survey of more than 2,000 global organizations took a close look at how organizations are truly using security, cloud, mobility and big data to drive success. While the data collected from this effort should put to rest any doubts about the value of cloud computing, it also calls into question our collective mental state. Are half of us schizophrenic?

The survey data showed that 97 percent of organizations surveyed use or plan to use cloud. This high percentage is not surprising given that the data also showed a strong correlation between cloud use and company growth. Of those using cloud, 72 percent of organizations surveyed experienced 6 percent growth or more in the last three years, with just 4 percent experiencing zero or negative growth. This is in sharp contrast with companies not using cloud, where just 24 percent have growth rates of 6 percent or more, and 37 percent experienced either zero or negative growth. So with this overwhelmingly positive evidence supporting rapid adoption of cloud, why do 52% of the IT decision-makers surveyed still consider security a barrier for expanding cloud computing use?

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Get the Most Out of #SDN By @Riverbed | @CloudExpo [#Cloud] – Thu, 20 Nov 2014
Fundamentally, SDN is still mostly about network plumbing. While plumbing may be useful to tinker with, what you can do with your plumbing is far more intriguing. A rigid interpretation of SDN confines it to Layers 2 and 3, and that’s reasonable. But SDN opens opportunities for novel constructions in Layers 4 to 7 that solve real operational problems in data centers. “Data center,” in fact, might become anachronistic – data is everywhere, constantly on the move, seemingly always overflowing. Networks move data, but not all networks are suitable for all data.

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Amazon Web Services’ Value Chain By @TheEbizWizard | @CloudExpo [#Cloud] – Wed, 19 Nov 2014
Amazon Web Services (AWS), the Amazon.com cloud computing juggernaut, wrapped up its annual reInvent conference in Las Vegas last week. Host to many thousands of AWS devotees, hundreds of exhibiting partners, and dozens of press and analysts – but not myself. You see, I wasn’t invited.

Not for want of trying, mind you. It didn’t matter that I had attended last year as an analyst, or that I write about them regularly, or even that my opinion of them has generally been quite favorable. You’d think that with my new role as contributor to Forbes on the topic of digital transformation, I’d be a shoe-in for one of the coveted press/analyst passes. Didn’t happen.

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NSA Director Warns China Has Power to Kill U.S. Power Grid – Fri, 21 Nov 2014
Foreign hackers already have performed reconnaissance-type missions in order to determine how networks function and to find the weaknesses in them.

Microsoft Refreshes Bing With Mobile and Map Updates – Fri, 21 Nov 2014
A batch of Bing updates promises more accurate travel times and a more mobile-focused experience on smartphones.

Image Search, Analysis Emerge as Powerful Tools, Privacy Threat – Thu, 20 Nov 2014
Image search and recognition technology gives businesses, governments and individuals powerful new analytics tools that also pose the latest challenge to personal privacy.

Microsoft Boosts Office Mobile and Cloud Collaboration – Thu, 20 Nov 2014
A fresh round of updates to the Office Mobile app on Android and Office Online increases the ways users can get work done together.

Network Pioneer Metcalfe Warns Net Neutrality Will Bring Web Taxation – Wed, 19 Nov 2014
NEWS ANALYSIS: Ethernet inventor Bob Metcalfe contends that trying to enforce net neutrality under Title II of the Communications Act will bring on taxation of the Internet.

Microsoft Identity Manager to Support Hybrid Cloud User Access – Wed, 19 Nov 2014
A new preview of Microsoft Identity Manager, formerly Forefront Identity Manager, will support hybrid cloud user access and control scenarios.

The Band’s Back Together: Woz Joins Startup Primary Data – Wed, 19 Nov 2014
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, who had been mysterious about his next assignment, has joined virtalization startup Primary Data as its first chief scientist.

From Echo to Elastic Cloud, Amazon Fields Eclectic Jumble of Services – Wed, 19 Nov 2014
Amazon has become a major force. This selection of Amazon products and services gives you a glimpse at just how diversified the company has become.

Communications ‘Orchestration’ Could Make Net Neutrality Irrelevant – Tue, 18 Nov 2014
NEWS ANALYSIS: The focus of the Metro Ethernet Forum ’s GEN 14 conference is something called Orchestration, which ensures that communications remain undisturbed in transit.

Microsoft Issues Bandwidth-Aware Azure StorSimple Update – Tue, 18 Nov 2014
Microsoft updated its Azure StorSimple cloud-connected storage appliances. Customers can now control how much bandwidth their appliances consume.

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Yahoo, Flickr share how social is improving image recognition, search – Fri, 21 Nov 2014
Yahoo is using one of its most prominent acquisitions to date as it develops and experiments with image recognition and search.

European Parliament calls for Google’s breakup to end ongoing antitrust probe – Fri, 21 Nov 2014
Europe’s parliament is reportedly ready to call for Google’s breakup, three years into a probe investigating the company’s business practices.

Jack Dorsey: Square will accept Apple Pay in 2015 – Fri, 21 Nov 2014
Square plans to accept contactless payments, including Apple Pay, next year, in a move that will require a total refresh of its Register hardware.

Intel’s data center group: Cloud, custom, networking to fuel growth – Fri, 21 Nov 2014
Intel’s data center unit remains strong due to custom chips for cloud deployments, build-outs and networking functions virtualization.

GE appoints former IBM, EMC execs to software leadership posts – Fri, 21 Nov 2014
General Electric, which is bulking up its technology unit to focus on the industrial Internet, names a former EMC exec CTO of GE Software. A former IBMer is now VP of software research at GE Software.

And now for some good news… Remember when the Internet hiccuped? Here’s what happened – Fri, 21 Nov 2014
You may be forgiven for not remembering that earlier this year, the Internet stumbled for a day. Did you notice it? Probably not — most people didn’t. Here’s what happened.

Best Buy’s reinvention: Seven things to watch – Fri, 21 Nov 2014
Here’s a look at what will determine whether Best Buy thrives or dives against Amazon.

Amazon’s Zocalo storage service going mobile, ready for larger files – Thu, 20 Nov 2014
The deluge of additions and upgrades at the Amazon Web Services summit last week just wasn’t enough for the Internet giant.

Splunk ups outlook, delivers strong Q3 – Thu, 20 Nov 2014
A land and expand strategy is leading to strong growth for Splunk, best known for its machine data monitoring software.

Intuit Q1: QuickBooks Online powers a typically quiet quarter – Thu, 20 Nov 2014
With tax season half-a-year away, it’s no surprise the tax and accounting software maker had a quiet financial quarter.

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