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Software bugs cost billions of dollars yearly. Correcting bugs earlier saves time, but too few do it. What is the impact of software bugs and the associated costs?
Google CEO Larry Page seems to, for now, have made a surgical strike rather than haven taken the axe to Motorolo Mobility. Although 20% of its workforce slated for removal, the company says two-thirds of the erstwhile 4,000 jobs are in Asia. Furthermore, the company says the US cuts ar...
Are you as Mars-obsessed as I have been in the past week or so? Maybe I shouldn’t have started things off by watching the original Total Recall movie starring Arnold in all of his campy best. The current remake doesn’t even take place on Mars, which is truer to the original Philip K. D...

Cloud computing solutions present businesses of all sizes with tremendous opportunities for efficiency and cost savings. It’s no wonder that we seem to have hit a tipping point, where more cloud solutions than ever before are being implemented. Cisco estimates that cloud compu...

A recent report from PwC estimates that between 15 and 30 percent of enterprise IT spending is of the roguish nature. That's a pretty wide range, so we probably shouldn't rely on the folks who put this survey together to land the next probe to Mars; need a bit more precision than that....
Over at APIEvangelist.com, Kin Lane has a great list of "Successful APIs to look at when planning your API". These include Ebay and Flickr. It's a great list, showing how APIs can be very different from each other. Some are OData-y (Ebay), some still support SOAP as well as REST (e.g. ...
With the upcoming OASIS conference being held at the Microsoft HQ in Washington DC, and my first session being focused on “Digital Government”, it’s helpful to showcase what their offering is. Cloud Connected Government Digital Government is the headline program recen...
The words “cloud drive” in the revival of “Dallas” jumped screaming from my TV screen. Said drive was mentioned twice in the season's recent finale, and once the week prior. The prop was used, among other things, to send a guy to jail, charged with murder (among other things). No s...
In-memory processing is becoming a business necessity in a similar way as collecting and processing ever increasing data sets (a.k.a Big Data) has become a business “must have” rather than just a simple technology in…
Public cloud computing is in the news in a bad way, with Dropbox's latest security breach and The Woz's new fears about giving up local control of one's data. The Woz seemed to be thinking more out loud than making a prediction; he's allowed to say whatever he wants in any case. As ...
1. NBC's Olympics coverage proves the point that all the great technology in the world is wasted if the human element is forgotten. This has been a stunning technological display, accompanied by some of the most ignorant commentary and craven corporatism imaginable. 2. The sudden pivo...
The island-nation of Singapore, located in the southwest of the ASEAN region, competes with Hong Kong more than 1,500 miles to the northeast for business and attention. It is now also competing with the Chinese special administrative region (SAR) as an emerging cloud-computing center....
Yahoo’s short-lived interim CEO Ross Levinsohn, who was replaced by the board two weeks ago by a bright shiny blonde from Google, said Monday that he’s leaving the company. He didn’t say if he had a destination. He wasn’t expected to stay after Marissa Mayer got there. As C...
If you're like me, you've already grown tired of the word “pivot” when used to describe a shift in a company's strategy, a politician's lies, or an industry's focus. Yet indeed it appears as if the cloud computing industry's focus has suddenly shifted, er, pivoted, from processing and ...
I'm living in a small town in Illinois near the Mississippi River these days. I often find myself crossing the river to a larger town in Iowa to get certain things I need. I know a lot of people who work in Iowa and live in Illinois. I know others who've moved to the Iowan hinterlands ...
Jamaica is emerging as a global technology center. Ya mon, Jamaica. The small island nation of 2.7 million people has relatively high levels of access to high-speed Internet connections, and is working to leverage its English-speaking abilities and location amidst the Americas region. ...
I rambled a bit yesterday about whether cloud computing matters. I concluded that it does, for no other reason than your company needs to keep up with its current and potential future competitors. But it's difficult to make this argument in a traditional way. For example, years ago...
What to do, what to do, what to do? I write about cloud computing for a living, but wonder how effective that can be. Shall I create a 10-point list of what you need to know as you move to the cloud? Oh, there are already several out there? And they don't tell you anything you don'...
As a passionate Cloud Evangelist, I always believe that Cloud is the best companion of the startups. While the Silicon Valley startups are the biggest adopters of the Cloud, it may not be the case in India and other parts of Asia. I am prompted to write this article after a long debate...
The Philippines is the world's most highly rated user of business English, surpassing even the UK, North America, and ANZAC, according to a report from a company called Global English. The firm's Business English Index (BEI), recently updated for 2012, rates the competence of business ...
A few months ago, I reckoned that 2012 was Year One for the cloud. My logic was that most writers, analysts, and marketers get over-excited early on by technology developments and trends, so that when said development or trend truly arrives it seems to disappoint. I guess my though...

While many organizations have been making the move toward cloud computing solutions for the past several years, the fact remains that we’re really still in the early days of figuring out how all of this is going to work. Even more than that, the laws on the books that apply to...

At the WPC, Microsoft has announced that it is now bringing a subset of Windows Azure features to Windows Server to enable hosters offer Cloud capabilities to their customers. With Cloud competing with hosting business, is there a scope for the traditional hosters to sustain their busi...
Half a dozen random cloud thoughts on a hot and cloudless Saturday morning in Illinois 1. Mobile will end the bleeding in the media industry, as apps rather than advertising drive revenue. Online ads will be dead within five years. 2. “Cloud crash” has already replaced “comput...
As cloud computing matures and hype becomes reality, uptake among small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and large enterprises is increasing. And although the cloud is still in its infancy, the Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG) believes it is an appropriate time to ask: ...
There’s been a lot of discussion about what makes cloud computing different than other forms of computing that have come before. Some refer to the set of attributes set forth by NIST, while others rely on less succinct qualifications simply satisfied to identify network accessible serv...



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OK, so now I'm mad. Really mad. Mad as hell. Perhaps you are as well. My anger was stoked this morning as I read several articles about the latest banking scandal, ie, the fixing of the “LIBOR” inter-bank rates by, apparently, every bank in the Western world. The sociopaths in charg...
Big Data is often described by the three drivers (dimensions) of: volume, velocity and variety. But Stefan Andreasen, Founder and CTO of Kapow has alerted us to the fourth – spread. Volume describes the overall AMOUNT of Big Data. It almost goes without saying, that for data to be big,...
You don’t have to be a techie to have heard about the challenges Amazon’s faced with its EC2 elastic cloud offering over the weekend. States of emergency were declared up and down the eastern seaboard after a destructive line of thunderstorms knocked out power in over 4 mil...
As the organizations involved in traditional sales of shrink-wrapped software enter the Cloud business, they face a challenge dealing with the new paradigm. While the best practices of selling do not change much, they need to get comfortable pitching, positioning and selling the new ‘a...
Guess who benefits when two industry giants compete with each other offering exactly the same set of services? It is RightScale! While the Cloud ecosystem is still recovering from the euphoria of witnessing Microsoft and Google launch IaaS, RightScale is busy porting their ServerTempla...
One of the key tenets of the Cloud is self-service. Anyone from an individual entrepreneur to an enterprise CIO with a valid credit card can subscribe to the Cloud. This has been the biggest driver of Cloud adoption especially among the startups and SMEs. While this is definitely an ad...
The latest Amazon outage again begs whether or not Amazon’s customers are technology leaders or laggards simply trying to reduce IT costs to their bare minimum.  Certainly some enterprises are properly using the public cloud for key projects where a non-critical application or service ...
As the Government’s own Digital Advantage paper recommends, the key to addressing Canada’s innovation gap is for CIO’s to adopt more new technologies like Cloud Computing, and the public sector can ignite this trend by leading the way with their own adoption. Don Drummond makes a si...
Most small business owners understand cloud computing as a tool. A pay-as-you-go, web based tool. Not more, not less. And they’re pretty much right. Thing is, tools matter. They carry distinct advantages and disadvantages, which are sometimes subtle, long term, and structural. Cloud co...
Don’t ya love all the acronyms we have? So by now, you’ve probably heard that BYOD means Bring Your Own Device – a topic that is getting lots of press these days.  The concept of allowing employees to use their own personal device, often mobile, for work related tasks.  This ...
I'll keep this story short, so as not to strain the cloud unduly. Amazon's latest, unfortunate outage has brought out the Chicken Littles for a return appearance – gloating pullets who take seeming pleasure in mocking cloud computing and its potential. Of course, electricity is s...
Everywhere you look, smart IT companies all over the world are touting Cloud Computing as the future of the IT industry. But here is the thing, for all the hotness of the term, what does Cloud even mean?
Red Hat has been making steady progress toward what is shaping up as a fairly interesting cloud strategy. Building on their Deltacloud API abstraction layer and their CloudForms IaaS software, a hybrid cloud model is starting to emerge. Add to this their OpenShift PaaS system, and you...


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