Head in the Clouds, Feet Firmly on the Ground

Head in the Clouds, Feet Firmly on the Ground “You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?’” – George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Irish playwright, Nobel laureate. Often, at management seminars, speakers talk about “dreaming with your eyes open.” Leaving aside the fact that a

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Bringing Information Technology to the Forefront through Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing Humor

Bringing Information Technology to the Forefront through Cloud Computing “Business has only two functions – marketing and innovation.” – Milan Kundera, Czech novelist, playwright and poet. This is an age of marketing. From pins to planes, everything’s branded. Therefore, unless you can market your product or service, no one will buy – even if it’s

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Is Amazon’s Cloud Player A Game Changer In The Music Industry?

Is Amazon’s Cloud Player a Game changer in the Music Industry? “If music be the food of love, play on.” – From Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare. Last week, Amazon launched two new services – Cloud Drive and Cloud Player. While the first is a cloud-based storage facility, the second is a music player –

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Breakout Quarter for Cloud Computing Stocks

Breakout Quarter for Cloud Computing Stocks Some time back I had discussed the possibility of cloud computing stocks being valued more than they are worth (See: Are Cloud Computing Stocks Overvalued?). While, personally speaking, I believe that cloud computing stocks have more solidity than their vaporous counterparts during the Dotcom Bubble, I did recommend caution.

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Cloud Computing Without The Internet – Is It Possible?

Cloud Computing Without The Internet – Is It Possible? *Note: Please Read Complete Article The cloud industry has been taken by storm after the claim by a California-based startup that cloud computing is possible without the Internet. Cloudmotion, funded by the same venture capitalists that had a hand in Google’s and eBay’s successes, declared last

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Microsoft Tweaks License Agreement to Encourage Cloud Migration

Microsoft Tweaks License Agreement to Encourage Cloud Migration Microsoft is not leaving any stone unturned in an effort to get companies to switch over to cloud computing, the Microsoft cloud that is. Last week at the Microsoft Hosting Summit in Bellevue, Washington, the company announced that it had made changes in its license agreement in

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Which Cloud Computing Quality Works For You?

Which Cloud Computing Quality Works For You? As any successful entrepreneur worth his millions will tell you, “The customer is always right.” However, in a technology paradigm as new as cloud computing, the customer does not always know enough to be right. In such a situation, the customer has to go ahead to what is

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How to Avoid a Cloud Computing Gold Rush

How to Avoid a Cloud Computing Gold Rush “The Internet is like a gold-rush; the only people making money are those who sell the pans.” – Will Hobbs, American writer. As you can see, equating computing with prospecting is not a new analogy. For those of you whose histories are a bit rusty, the Gold

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Where Does Europe Stand On Cloud Computing?

Where Does Europe Stand On Cloud Computing? When we talk of cloud computing, we usually refer to the American market. Although I have tried to vary the spread by writing about cloud computing in the Indian (See: Is India The Next Cloud Computing Superpower?) and Chinese contexts (See: The Chinese Dragon And Cloud Computing ),

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The Seven Habits of Highly Effective CTOs

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective CTOs “While we are free to choose our actions, we are not free to choose the consequences of our actions.” – Stephen R. Covey, management guru and author of the bestseller The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. I will readily admit it; the title’s a derivative of Covey’s

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Red Hat Aims For One Billion Revenue Mark on Cloud Computing Growth

Red Hat Aims For One Billion Revenue Mark on Cloud Computing Growth Open source software maker Red Hat declared record earnings last week on the strength of its products on the cloud computing space, and is now hoping to reach the coveted 1 billion dollar sales mark this year. On Thursday, the day after the

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Microsoft Study Says 40% of SMBs to Go On Cloud within 3 Years

Microsoft Study Says 40% of SMBs to Go On Cloud within 3 Years Microsoft, a major player in cloud computing with its Azure platform, released its global “SMB Cloud Adoption Study 2011” last week. The study was conducted to investigate the impact of cloud computing on small and medium businesses (SMBs), and the results are

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Mainframes -> PCs -> Cloud Computing?

Mainframes -> PCs -> Cloud Computing? “I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.” – Thomas J. Watson (1874-1956), former president of IBM. “640 KB is more memory than anyone will ever need.” – Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft. Although there is no documentary evidence of these quotes having actually originated from

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Why India Prefers Private Clouds Over Hybrid Clouds

The Next Cloud Computing Superpower? Some time back, I had written on the possibility of India emerging as a cloud computing superpower. (See: Is India The Next Cloud Computing Superpower?). I had based my assumption on the fact that India has a large number of software engineers available to leverage their knowledge in the emerging

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