Cloud Computing News & Analysis
| Wednesday Jan 15, 2014
Guess what? New research from IBM shows customers are willing to share their personal information, especially if they get something in return.
Excuse us while we yawn ... But doesn't it seem like anyone who ever signed up for something as innocuous as a store loyalty card could explain the same thing? How many people registered for a website during the heady dot-com days, just to get a free water bottle?
And don't even get us started on the phenomenon of too much information on social media, where everyone shares just about everything, for nothing but 15 seconds of fame in return.
So let's overlook the obvious, and see if there are any deeper insights in the research IBM released this week at the National Retail Federation's 103rd Annual Convention and EXPO in New York City.
| Wednesday Jan 15, 2014
With an updated platform release, companies often reflect on the state and well-being of their existing investments, asking themselves whether a move to the newest version is necessary, or possible. The same can be said for reviews of SharePoint implementations. A common question from executives to the teams and stakeholders who own and manage SharePoint is "How productive are our end users in SharePoint?"
| Tuesday Jan 14, 2014
If you take a step back and look at the bigger picture, it's clear that many of the concepts driving the Internet of Things (IoT) have been around for some time now. It took a while for the penny to drop, but substitute "Smarter Planet" or "Smarter Cities" for IoT in much that has been written and a lot of the reporting could have originated two years ago.
However, that's not to say the IoT and, for example, IBM's Smarter Cities and wider Smarter Planet initiatives are identical. To discover the differences — and similarities — are we turned to Katharine Frase, the Chief Technology Officer with IBM’s Public Sector business. Today we share her understanding of IoT and the ways it relates to Smarter Cities.
| Monday Jan 13, 2014
What is happening in our marketplace and what does the future hold for 2014? Let's take a look at four different sectors to see what the next year holds.
| Wednesday Jan 8, 2014
With the addition of seven new languages to its Social Relationship Management Suite (SRM) and the introduction of new capabilities and data sources, Oracle is extending the reach of its social platform so businesses can parler, sprechen and parlare with a greater global region.
| Monday Jan 6, 2014
Gartner predicts IT spending will rebound this year. The consulting firm estimates global enterprise IT spending will grow to $3.8 trillion in 2014, up 3.1 percent year-over-year — and much of that increase will be driven by a desire to improve customer experiences.
| Thursday Jan 2, 2014
The blank slate of a New Year inspires us to rethink the world around us. We resolve to do things differently: eat better, exercise more, practice patience or pay off our bills. This year, we tell ourselves, everything will be different.
But as I look to the year ahead, I find myself less interested in doing things differently and more interested in simply doing them better.
| Monday Dec 30, 2013
Looking back over the year in document management, one thing stands out. And that is that organizations still appear to be struggling under the weight of paper despite developments in enterprise technologies that should make managing all that information a lot easier.
In fact, the view from December 2013 is much the same as the view was in December 2012, with some subtle but notable changes. The first of those changes is the growing importance of mobile, while the second is the demand for agile products that can respond to changing market conditions quickly.
| Thursday Dec 26, 2013
Everyone that has had anything to do with SharePoint over the year has his own SharePoint story. With such a vast platform used in so many ways, everyone has something he loves and something he hates. The only thing everyone agrees on is to disagree. For my money, SharePoint this year was characterized by SharePoint and Yammer, SharePoint and Office 365 and Mobile SharePoint.
| Friday Dec 20, 2013
When I joined Microsoft back in 2006 to help build out the Microsoft Managed Services offerings -- a precursor to the SharePoint Online platform within Office365 -- I spent a good deal of time talking with customers and partners about improving the performance of SharePoint across multiple locations: from deployment and architectural best-practices, to content synchronization and WAN optimization.
I always loved the customer interactions, working directly with the end user and administrators, and pushing that feedback back to the product teams. In my current role as a technology evangelist, I spend a good portion of my time with customers and partners, listening to their experiences, providing guidance where I can, and doing my best to surface questions and issues when I don't know the answer.
| Thursday Dec 19, 2013
Whether it’s concerns over privacy on Facebook and Google, Adobe’s leak of data for nearly 150 million customers, or most notably, the NSA/Edward Snowden scandal, privacy concerns have been nightly news this year. These stories and many others have sent both individuals and enterprise organizations scrambling to evaluate the security of their own data, a trend likely to continue in 2014.
| Thursday Dec 19, 2013
Someone joked at Strata and Hadoop World earlier this year that Cloudera was ahead of its time when it chose its name. “You should have called it On-premise era,” said the would-be comedian, referring to the fact that Cloudera and most other enterprise-grade Hadoop distros live in the data center.
That joke becomes a little less funny today when Cloudera announces that its Enterprise Data Platform is now certified and available for deployment on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud.
| Tuesday Dec 17, 2013
Love them or hate them, meetings are a basic element of just about every business. And thanks to cloud computing, video and internet conferencing, there's little excuse for missing one. But are business meetings really helping us be more productive?
According to the Blue Jeans Network's second semi-annual State of the Modern Meeting Report, meetings still rule, but unless they're face-to-face, true business relationships are unlikely to form.
| Thursday Dec 12, 2013
Microsoft has upped the stakes again in the battle for cloud platform supremacy with the launch of Cloud OS Network. It brings 25 top cloud service providers under the same banner to deliver hosted services on the Microsoft Cloud Platform.
| Wednesday Dec 11, 2013
Box announced today the addition of a number of new capabilities to its cloud storage platform, including enhanced admin features and a new service, Box Consulting, to help deploy and scale the Box platform. It also introduced new partnerships with Capgemini and other unnamed systems integrators.