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I grew up playing quite a few different sports, both team and individual. For me, there was little else that I would rather have done than compete on the field, court, diamond, or course. I loved sport, and I loved to compete (still do as a matter of fact), so it was a great fit. Parti...
"New infrastructure and operations technologies such as cloud services and virtualization ... were selected by CIOs the most often and are the top-two technologies for 2011," said Mark McDonald, group vice president and head of research for Gartner Executive Programs, as the results we...
HP has clearly decided to follow hardware sellers like IBM and Dell into cloud services for IT delivery. It will be unlocking new cloud products and services from its data centers in Tulsa, Okla. and Wynyard, England for both businesses and governments with an emphasis on security, eas...
Like other industries, healthcare industry is looking for technology not only for cost cutting but also for business capability needs and Cloud Computing provides a perfect platform. We find the adoption is rising with the cross collaboration of Cloud Computing with the healthc...
Kelton Research's new survey reveals that this year 90 percent of IT managers are planning to implement new mobile applications that includes both hosted and on-premise mobility solutions. Nearly half of them believe that successful management of mobile applications will be top in thei...
Bitzer Mobile is banking on the urgency that enterprise IT departments are feeling to deliver apps and data to mobile devices -- from Blackberries to iOS, Android, and WebOS. So Bitzer Mobile places a container on the user's personal mobile device and allows the IT department to cont...
It’s one of the primary challenges of the small or mid-size business (SMB): a small and overworked IT staff with tight constraints on IT spending. These shortcomings affect the business’s ability to deliver reliable data protection and backup, which, in the event of disaster, could hav...
To help Canadian firms develop new ventures in the Cloud computing market and contribute to making the nation a leader in this huge IT field, our Canada Cloud business plan will offer a Global Connect Program for fast-tracking the international expansion of the innovation it generates....
What is typical about a real estate company when it comes to storage needs? Many employees need to go out to survey the properties, taking pictures and meeting potential buyers and sellers. These users need a solution to be able to access the property information from the field. This...
I've long believed that the rising tide of IT lifts all boats, and certainly the monumental productivity gains in the western world during the 1980s and 90s are proof of this. Elsewhere, "information societies" in places such as Singapore, South Korea, and Malaysia have achieved econ...
Not only does Cloud Computing represent a growth industry, but also the technology itself can be used to accelerate innovation. It can enhance the national capacity for venture innovation. The Canadian government has issued an open call for input on how their R&D innovation system cou...
Happy New Year All!! 2011 will be the breakout year for GovCloud! Pressure to reduce budget, pressure to manage I resources better and the political pressure of the next presidential election will combine to accelerate adoption. The GSA IaaS groundwork has been laid and new policies a...
While Cloud adoption is generally viewed as a cost enabler in terms of infrastructure there is more to it to improve the processing time of complex algorithms and thus improving the go to market cycle times for larger enterprises. Here five such candidates from Automotive Industry whic...
Wyse Technology, the PC maker turned thin-client specialist has produced a surprising app for mobile devices that far exceeds its tepid market introduction. If you need to access your PC or Mac from your iPhone/Pod/Pad or Android smartphone or tablet, look no further than PocketCloud....
The Internet is going through a major transformation, shifting from the “Internet as application” to the “Internet as data provisioning system,” and from fixed to mobile platforms like smart phones and tablets. It’s nothing short of a revolution. Traditional forms of web analytics and ...
I had a chance to read the book, Ahmad's War, Ahmad's Peace, recently, published in 2005 and written by longtime NPR international correspondent Micahael Goldfarb. It is the story of a writer and teacher, Ahmad Shawkut, who suffered greatly under Saddam Hussein, then thought he had ach...
Slowly but steadily the debate in the blogosphere about private clouds is increasing. Now it is always good to see some debate, but is this a debate worth having? Will the cloud long term not be about other things than who owns a machine? Under provocative titles like “Private cloud d...
In an environment where the IT organizations, on the one hand, face resource constraints and on the other hand, have to meet growing business needs, they have to look newer and cost effective methods of computing and cloud computing aims to achieve these aims by balancing the conflicts...
Traditional approaches to scaling and distributing transactional applications need careful consideration – the phrase walking on egg shells springs to mind – and are not amenable to frequent reconfiguration. Consequently, these approaches are only suitable for situations where you are ...
Cloud Computing made the Top Five list of technology issues among Asian CXOs for the first time, according to new research from Telstra. It joins business process optimization, business intelligence, integrating existing systems and processes, and business continuity planning as the fi...
As with any technology, common security issues can plague an application. This concern is even more when the same application is used by multiple tenants . One of the most common attack is SQL Injection Attack and the ways to prevent them is listed in this article.
The stock price of Cisco, a darling of the stock market for a long time, fell 16% and contributed to a 73 point drop in the Dow index on November 11, 2010. SalesForce, on the other hand, shot into the upper atmosphere, up by 18%. Interestingly, Cisco market cap fell by $24 billion, mor...
As the goal of the organization is to reduce the capital expenditure, it naturally ties to one of the biggest spending in this category , which is the usage of Mainframes. While there are absolute advantages of existing legacy systems running on Mainframe, moving certain portions to P...
The traditional web hosting architecture is built around a common three-tier web application model that separates it into presentation (web servers), application (application servers) and persistence (database servers) tiers. From the security perspective, while database and applicatio...
It is a known fact that the dynamic consolidation of application workloads through virtualization will increase server utilization. This in turn will reduce demands on power and system resources, especially within large-scale server clusters deployment that can support cloud based appl...
Mobile location technology provider, Location Labs has announced the availability of its Sparkle Mobile Location and Controls Platform for app developers, carriers, and smartphone manufacturers. The platform combines services for location and movement, data capture, voice and text mon...
Organizations are going through unprecedented level of changes to meet their changing customer behaviours and advancements in the IT such as Service Orientation and Cloud based services. In this status quo, Organisations are facing with challenges ranging from changing their workforce...
In the run-up to the next Cloud Expo, 7th Cloud Expo (November 1-4, 2010) at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Silicon Valley, it's time to give my earlier list a complete overhaul. Here, accordingly, is an expanded list of the most active players in the Cloud Ecosystem.
Social media remains the fastest-growing medium of communication, with Facebook and Twitter leading the charge at astonishing rates of growth. At over 500 million/100 million users, respectively, it is no longer plausible for businesses to ignore the influence of these powerful network...
As the large enterprises adopt SaaS cloud model for their business functions, they would require a better sizing factor for costing their services from the Cloud Provider in addition to the current pricing models in practice now. The seasoned function point counting could be added on t...
Do Amazon and Google get privilege? If you rely on a public cloud provider to manage highly sensitive applications, it’s a question worth asking. Within the context of the identity and access management space, privilege is generally understood in terms of controlling users who have h...
Architectures such as MapReduce and Hadoop are good for batch processing of big data, but bad for realtime processing. Big data is creating a massive disruption for the IT industry. Faced with exponentially growing data volumes in every area of business and the web, companies around t...
IBM developerWorks ‘s 2010 IBM Tech Trends Survey reaffirms what we've all been witnessing this past year or so. The study says mobile and cloud computing will continue to dominate the Tech world when it comes to software applications development and IT delivery through 2015. The rep...
You’ve got to love a good story with drama about money, sex and revenge. As everyone in the tech industry knows, that’s exactly the kind of story playing out with Mark Hurd, the former CEO from HP. I for one expect this story to have a happy ending for Oracle and Mark, as well as for...
A vast network of agents (supermarkets, gas stations, many other stores) act as agents for the program, enabling its widespread use; there are now 6.5 million subscribers, in contrast to 3 million bank accounts in this country. The program has also been launched in Tanzania and Afghani...
It’s great to see analysts like Gartner urging caution around cloud adoption because it’s important to see beyond the hype. Cloud computing will not be right for everyone and everything and it’s important to realize that not all cloud services are created equal. Having entered early i...
One of the issues surrounding cloud adoption is the data governance requirements a customer may have, and what, if any, controls the cloud provider offers. For example, a financial institution within a jurisdiction such as Switzerland or Australia has regulatory compliance requirements...
You may have missed it in the flurry of news from Apple, but VMware recently signaeled two trends at their annual get-together, the combination of these two trends however has some distinct consequences, that so far did not get picked up by the media. Let me start with a disclaimer a...
Cloud computing and social media are increasingly popular with small and medium-sized businesses and the SMB segment is of increasing importance to solution vendors and service providers. But, the silver cloud has a dark lining - security. SMB users are largely defenseless and unawar...
The past week hosted the increasingly popular VMworld 2010 event at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. The title of the conference was “Virtual Roads, Actual Clouds”, but the undercurrent of the show was all about ‘VM stall’ and of course whatever vendor XYZ can do to help you get yo...


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