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Pertaining to applications provided as services through the Web.

US Postal Service Facing Cloud Compliance Issues

September 12, 2014 by Natalie Lehrer

US Postal Service.

Many analysts have wondered how a federal agency can be out of compliance when all federal cloud contractors must possess the FedRamp certifications that ensure a certain level of proficiency in cloud computing. The audit report basically asks the same question and it should be noted that the USPS explicitly requires all cloud.[read more]

Netflix Will Be 100% Cloud by 2015

September 6, 2014 by Natalie Lehrer

Netflix in the cloud.

Netflix is already setting up its New Year’s Resolutions. By the beginning of 2015, Netflix expects to be run 100% in the cloud. This business goal for Netflix is something the team feels is entirely doable. The technology team at Netflix mentions that they are focused on delivering Enterprise IT as a Service.[read more]

Wave of Cloud Security Concerns After Another Celebrity Leak

September 1, 2014 by Natalie Lehrer

Cloud security concerns.

Posters on 4chan and Reddit are claiming that the celebrities were hacked through Apple’s iCloud platform, but this has yet to be verified. Though Apple does not exactly offer the highest security protocol, with end to end 128-bit AES encryptions, the inclusion of videos to the ransom makes the weaknesses of iCloud as the only culprit highly improbable.[read more]

IBM’s Watson Officially Available to Public

August 29, 2014 by Natalie Lehrer

Watson.

IBM has mentioned that it will release Watson as a cloud service for all to use. Watson has been released into the cloud in test and limited release scenarios. Today marks the first time that any organization can reap the benefits of having Watson run in their cloud.[read more]

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Building Information Technology Liquidity

August 25, 2014 by Paul Barsch

Risky Business column.

In the financial world, liquid assets can allow companies to react and capitalize on market opportunities. Liquidity in IT means that companies have enough extra compute firepower, people resources and are agile enough with IT processes to respond to unplanned events and demand, in whatever shape, form or order they arrive.[read more]

Vantage Cloud Simplifies Cloud Compliance

August 21, 2014 by Natalie Lehrer

Simplified cloud compliance.

Actiance is a global leader in information security. With a press release, the security giant has released details on its new secure cloud offering called Vantage Cloud. What is Vantage Cloud? The idea behind Vantage Cloud was to create a system that gives granular control mechanisms to administrators in order to achieve ultimate compliance.[read more]

We Need an "Internet of Not Only Customers"

August 8, 2014 by Peter Perera
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Internet for not only customers. 

CRM software vendors tout a similar story-line. “Focus on customers”, they all say. SalesForce, for example, advocates creating an “Internet of Customers” and become a “Customer Company”. But paradoxically, customer fixation may not be how to best improve customer growth, engagement and customer experience. If anything, establish an “Internet of Not Only Customers”. Turn into a “Connections Company”. To help pull this off, CRM software needs to be more context-aware and behave more like a graph database. Knowing customers requires also knowing all their possible contextual identities and corresponding connections to others.[read more]

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Adapting to Winds of Change

August 6, 2014 by Paul Barsch

Risky Business column.

There’s much work to do before you can take advantage of cloud resources, and just-in-time planning doesn't cut it. With the flexibility, speed and power that cloud offers, there’s really no excuses to let opportunities to capture unplanned demand pass you by.[read more]

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Where in the World Does All this ESRI World Data Come from?

July 31, 2014 by Shawn Gordon

ESRI World Data.

ESRI does have data sets of their own that are available both for free, and for licensing. They have their own demographers who come up with various cool products like “Tapestry”, which shows life groups and their habit patterns, so you could research in there and discover NASCAR fans are good at recycling.[read more]

IBM to Power California State’s CalCloud

July 28, 2014 by Natalie Lehrer

IBM.

IBM will provide Infrastructure-as a-Service to the State of California, with a private-public cloud service called CalCloud. The State of California will be the first State in US to have a private cloud specifically for government agencies and municipalities. IBM landed on this deal after losing the $600 million CIA deal to Amazon last year.[read more]

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The Rule of Three Works for IT

July 14, 2014 by Paul Barsch

Risky Business column.

The rule of three is a teaching, writing or presenting device where a key concept is broken into three easy to remember pieces. Does the rule of three apply to the fields of technology and business? Going forward, let’s be sure to use more tricolons in our training materials, internal presentations and customer whitepapers.[read more]

SkyHigh receives $40M Investment for Cloud Security Lineup

July 3, 2014 by Natalie Lehrer

SkyHigh.

Cloud security startups are booming and SkyHigh Network’s recent $40 million venture capital infusion is evidence of this boom. The Cupertino, California based SkyHigh Networks gives system administrators insight into which cloud apps end users are utilizing on their desktops.[read more]

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Big Data Is Changing Every Industry, Even Yours!

July 1, 2014 by Bernard Marr

The Big Data Guru column.

For a business, the ability to have its production, stock control, distribution and security systems all connected and talking to each other will mean greater efficiency and less waste. Every area of industry is learning to reap the benefits of big data analysis, and it looks certain that finding innovative methods of gathering, recording and analyzing data is going to play a big part of business in the foreseeable future.[read more]

In House vs. Cloud: What's the Future of IT for Businesses?

July 1, 2014 by Danny Walker

Cloud or in-house IT?

Until recently, most businesses have had to manage their own IT systems. This has either meant employing a team of technical experts or paying for expensive consultants. The reliance on computer hardware and software means that any problems which crop up need to be addressed swiftly in order to keep day-to-day business running smoothly.[read more]

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Practice Fusion's Partnership with Merck Shows the Future of Medical Data

June 30, 2014 by Cameron Graham

Medical data.

Practice Fusion recently partnered with vaccine manufacturer and drug company Merck to launch an online healthcare portal for physicians called Population Health Management. The idea is that the roughly 112,000 medical professionals who use Practice Fusion’s free EHR program will be able to compare their patient’s vaccination rates to those of neighboring practices.[read more]