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Cloud and the Convenience Solution

Cloud and the Convenience Solution

Cloud Mobility

Buying a new phone is always an exciting endeavour. Whether you had just broken your phone (ouch) or re-upping after a contract expired, it’s something most people look forward to. As a mobile carrier, while your line-up of fancy new phones and best-bang-for-buck service plans will entice your customers, one feature that doesn’t often make headlines is convenience.

It may be low-key, but over the years, mobile carriers have made an effort to make switching carriers, renewing plans, or signing a contract easier and easier.

Yet, one issue of convenience not being tackled by mobile carriers is backing up and moving existing personal effects onto a new one.

For example, we’ve seen offers like Verizon’s which helps customers keep their existing phone numbers or T-Mobile’s providing discounts for bringing in your pre-owned devices. All of this is done in the name of bringing in and retaining customers.

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But all of these existing promotions deal with hardware and assets. From our vantage point, we feel that consumer-side convenience is an up-and-coming market. And if you’ve ever bought a new phone and sat there moving, downloading, and checking everything into your new phone, I’m ready to bet that you’ve come across one or two things later that you inexplicably missed. While the software to help transition personal data on mobile phones exists, the process is still left outside of mobile carrier control.

The smooth and consolidated transfer of personal effects should be something mobile carriers add as more and more users buy their 2nd or 3rd smartphones – and we feel that white label personal clouds are just the way to access the market.

The Status of Cloud Integration by Carriers

According to research done by Ericsson in 2012, mobile carriers have dedicated significant amounts of time and money towards integrating cloud into their existing bundle of services. The report cites Verizon having spent “well over US$2 billion” trying to capture a large share of the global cloud community; while Australia’s largest telecom, Telstra, predicts that cloud would make up roughly 20-30% of its total revenue by 2018.

However, even with all that money spent, cloud computing has yet to headline mobile plans as a pillar of a winning 4G offering for customers.

This possibility of transferring files, is an opportunity left unexplored by most mobile carriers.

Convenience and Transition

In an open questionnaire by Android Police in 2015, over 63% of respondents claimed that they had owned between 1-4 smartphones (The survey looked at Android device ownership exclusively), with 3 being the most frequent response at 21%. Given the average smartphone plan length at 2-3 years, this indicates that most users have only gone through the hassles of transferring data once:

  • The first commercially available Android device, HTC’s Dream in 2008, had only 256 MB of memory and would’ve been an easy move for personal data
  • According to that 2-3 plan cycle, the next available smartphones, such as the Galaxy SII, was the first time where users had significant internal storage to move personal effects like photos, videos, docs, etc…
  • With their next phone (roughly 2013 and onwards on 2-3 year plan cycles) is the first time where users may have had difficulty transferring data given the sheer amounts (8 GB and up)

Granted, Android and iOS allows users to sync contacts, notes, and calendars through its own infrastructure, while apps downloaded can be backed up through the app stores of both platforms.

However, everything from photos, videos, documents, messages have to be transferred by the individual through third-party apps or through their PCs rather than through the operating system.

For consumers in emerging markets, this solution becomes even more pivotal given that many of their users have skipped the ‘256 MB era’ altogether. This means these smartphone owners will face the issue on their second phone.

This is the chance white label cloud solutions can aim at.

Backup and Access As Needed – All Under Your Brand

Given the costs associated with integrating a cloud onto existing services (i.e. Verizon’s US$2 billion cloud budget), we wanted to offer mobile carriers a scalable and affordable cloud option. For us, that included making sure that mobile service subscribers wouldn’t be handcuffed to packages (like Dropbox’s Pro option) should they decide to exceed their allotted 2 GB.

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With white label, brands have the opportunity to brand and advertise their newfound cloud feature. Enabling them another leg up on the competition when they can quote features such as ‘transfer all of your personal effects from one phone to another’ without issue.

In conclusion, yes, we feel that white label cloud solutions should take sight at this market deemed convenience. As more and more users go through smartphones with sizeable memory, we’re banking on this issue becoming more and more prominent.

The question is: Will your mobile carrier be ready with a solution?

By Max Azarov
Jobs of The Future with AI and VR

Jobs of The Future with AI and VR

Future Jobs

Some people have been worried that with the growth of technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) and virtual reality (VR) jobs will become more scarce. We have learned from history though that every time a new technology hits the market, any job losses from it usually are replaced by new jobs related to that technology. This infographic from Futurism gives us a good glimpse at what such a future with the boom of artificial intelligence and virtual reality may look like.

Neuro-implant technicians as well as other neuro-scientists of all kinds will be needed to deal with the neuro-implant boom which is set to happen in the next few years.

Smart home technicians will also be needed to install smart home technology. Smart home engineers will be needed to problem solve current smart home technology models and innovate new systems of smart home technology.

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Budding program designers can look forward to programming virtual reality. A VR experience specialist will be able to refine the VR experience for all aspects of work, play, home, entertainment, shopping, family, etc.

More and more professors will become freelance professionals since teaching will move into the on demand realm. Starting your own university won’t seem like such a foreign concept anymore; many professors will carry their own custom teaching style, course materials, and marketing plan.

We might see the return of local farming as the public becomes more aware of the growing environment damage of industrial farming.

Some people will become a professional data collector – collecting a terabyte of information or more every day while they go about their normal routine – and they will be compensated handsomely for it.

This information rich infographic has a lot more to say about what the possible jobs of the future are and how they are going to come into existence – so check it out if you want to see more about what careers of the future could be like!

By Jonquil McDaniel

Social And Organizational Issues Related To Big Data

Social And Organizational Issues Related To Big Data

Working With Big Data

Every day, the world is creating new data through online purchases, click-throughs, social media interactions, and the many, many other activities performed which, whether we’re aware of it or not, collect and store information about individual behaviors, preferences, and the likes. In its latest prediction, IDC estimated that by 2025 total worldwide digital data would reach 180 zettabytes, a nearly incomprehensible quantity alone, but even more staggering when considering that in 2011 the world created ‘just’ 1.8 zettabytes of information. This big data is used by businesses to personalize customer experiences and amplify engagement, it helps companies make smarter decisions, and with the right tools and analytics in place can improve conversion rates and raise revenue. However, the power of big data is perhaps more talked about than actually implemented and several obstacles prevent organizations from being more data-driven.

Challenges for Big Data Utilization in the Organization

According to SAS, pairing big data with visual analytics can help significantly with the presentation of data, but there are still a number of hurdles to address. The sheer quantity of data produced may seem challenge enough, creating a minefield of data management and data sharing difficulties, but several more subtle components set up their own complications. Data quality is one such component more often considered today as analysts recognize the necessity for both accurate and timely data for the generation of the most valuable insights, and enterprise data management strategies are being implemented more regularly to help address data quality needs.

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Another key consideration is the sharing of data, be it within the business across departments or units, or amongst different people. Organizations face a range of dilemmas regarding data sharing such as adequate security of the data, necessary authentication requirements to ensure only those individuals granted access are able to retrieve information, and protection of privacy related to the extremely personal and sensitive nature of some data. Aside from data security and protection, data sharing introduces a subset of challenges regarding whether or not, and how much, data should be shared between businesses. Though competitive stances would suggest the less shared with rivals the better, there is some advantage to be gained from a more open culture of data sharing.

Big data analytics, while a key solution for better data utilization, also produces its own set of challenges, and currently many marketers feel they lack an intuitive way to make sense of all of the available data and generate actionable insights from it. It’s possible that such concerns can be handled not only with the creation of a resilient data culture within organizations, but an analytics culture that promotes quality data collection, information monetization, and broadens the overall understanding of the insights available through data analysis.

Big Data & the Social Sphere

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Aside from the data being collected and analyzed in organizations, big data holds a weighty position in the social sphere too. As the internet creates the channels for personal communication between strangers, it’s necessary to contemplate the trust many of us put in the advice and reviews of product and service provided by other users. Networks such as Amazon, eBay, and Airbnb rely on user interaction and information for repeat business, and these networks have developed sophisticated trust and safety mechanisms that may emulate the intentions of government regulations is many ways, but instead of implementing up-front granting of permission achieve their objectives through the concentrated use of peer review and data. Utilizing social data efficiently opens up an entirely new field for marketers with a different set of challenges and opportunities.

The role of big data and it’s analysis will only grow in the coming years and with it many avenues for business improvement through marketing, customer engagement, decision making, and product development. The right solutions help organizations make the most of their big data and provide the upper hand in today’s highly competitive markets.

Article sponsored by SAS Software and Big Data Forum

By Jennifer Klostermann

Benefits of Licensing Software as a Service In The Cloud

Benefits of Licensing Software as a Service In The Cloud

Software as a Service In The Cloud

When Microsoft moved to a monthly cloud-based subscription package for its Windows 10 operating system (Secure Productive Enterprise E3, and Secure Productive Enterprise E5), it represented the most significant recent example of software evolving into an as-a-service model (SaaS). Other vendors have also continued to migrate their software and application offerings to SaaS environments.

A handful of key reasons have driven companies such as Microsoft in this direction, all of which greatly benefit businesses of all sizes. First, IT departments are shrinking, and moving software to a subscription model based in the cloud enables for easier licensing management from service providers who serve as external IT departments for businesses.

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Second, a cloud-based subscription model enables for businesses to license software on a per-consumption basis. Projects come and go, and the scale of these projects can vary. SaaS models enable organizations to scale their software needs based on timely consumption requirements.

A Cloud-Based Business Philosophy

The decision to move Windows 10 to SaaS was born out of the success Microsoft has had with Office 365, which has been a cloud-based offering for a few years now and enjoyed by businesses both large and small.

The timing also coincides with the change in business philosophy driven largely by the cloud itself. Businesses of every size are shifting many of their operations to the cloud, and everything from content management, social media management, and customer relationship management activities are also now residing in the cloud in a SaaS environment.

This shift also impacts a larger technology picture that goes beyond business use. As more software-based resources move to the cloud, this will further impact the broader spectrum how people, technology and “things” become inter-connected, known as the Internet of Things (IoT). SaaS models are at the center of this evolution.

The Need for External IT Departments To Manage Software

Clearly put, the days of the shrink-wrapped box of software are gone, and now everything lives and is licensed in the cloud, managed by an external IT department service provider.

According to research firm, Gartner, the shift to the cloud will soon be mandatory. According to the firm’s recent press release:

By 2020, a corporate ‘no-cloud’ policy will be as rare as a ‘no-internet’ policy is today, according to Gartner, Inc. Cloud-first, and even cloud-only, is replacing the defensive no-cloud stance that dominated many large providers in recent years. Today, most provider technology innovation is cloud-centric, with the stated intent of retrofitting the technology to on-premises.

The firm goes on to predict how organizations will embrace cloud offerings:

By 2019, more than 30 percent of the 100 largest vendors’ new software investments will have shifted from cloud-first to cloud-only.”

SaaS models tied in with licensing also enable for a more seamless user experience across multiple devices now used in business. From the laptop to the tablet and the mobile device, a cloud-centric subscription-based access to software enables a seamless experience for the user, no matter which device they’re on, with virtual access wherever they are. This is also beneficial for workflow that involves remote employees from different regions all desiring access to the same files and data.

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Adding Services to the Software Experience

Lastly, the word “services” is key in the SaaS relationship. Service providers acting as external IT departments can help manage the software and application experience, which includes security offerings and managing license deployments for scale. And as software vendors such as Microsoft continue to enhance their software offerings, service providers will be the experts that help manage these upgrades and new features for their organizational clients.

By Kim Kuhlmann

kim_kuhlmannKim Kuhlmann is a Senior Customer Advisor for HPE SLMS Hosting. Through its range of full-service hosted software licensing capabilities and its detailed knowledge of the latest licensing programs from Microsoft and elsewhere, HPE SLMS Hosting offers the expertise service providers need to capitalize on new opportunities and grow their businesses at the pace of the cloud services market overall.

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R.I.C.E: Reducing Cost, Improving Compliance, Controlling Data, Enhancing Experience

R.I.C.E: Reducing Cost, Improving Compliance, Controlling Data, Enhancing Experience

R.I.C.E Therapy for Next Generation Customer Experience

As industries worldwide adapt to the digital transformation that is modernizing many business processes, one big benefit is the ability to focus more on improving customer experience. An example of this change is the digitization of client communications. Today’s client is tech-savvy, and expects access to their sensitive documents at any time, from any device. However, the need for augmented communication calls for an evaluation of how organizations can deliver both transparency and security to ensure and easy and secure user experience.

Current customer experience roadblocks

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In addition to the rising concern of leaking sensitive information, there are several other customer and client experience roadblocks in today’s processes, including:

  • Lack of e-mail surveillance risk of important documents ending up in the wrong inbox, digging through piles of e-mails
  • Poor communicationlag in sending time, confusion in attached documents, clunky interface causing both employee and client frustration
  • No ROIcostly printing and mailing fees, growth at a gridlock
  • Weak securityfailing to comply with regulations, risk of being fined

Leveraging online communications platforms that are vetted and validated can help organizations avoid these all-too-familiar pain points. Companies should look towards technologies that incorporate features and benefits to fit the needs of their growing customer base.

Turning to R.I.C.E for support

What’s the best way to ensure a speedy recovery from a sprained ankle? Some experts stand suggest a little R.I.C.E therapy will have you back on your feet in no time: a little rest, ice, compression and elevation typically does the trick. But what’s the best way to repair client communication?

R.I.C.E can work for organizations looking to transform client communication, too. Reducing cost, money and effort; improving compliance; controlling data; and enhancing experience are key ways companies can overcome current roadblocks and put them on a path toward customer experience recovery.

  • Reduce cost, money, and effort responding to more client and financial advisor requests in less time, reducing printing and mailing costs
  • Improve compliancestrengthening policies and procedures related to safeguarding client data
  • Control dataalternatives to e-mail when sharing “high value” information such as clients’ personally identifiable information (PII)
  • Enhance experiencefocusing on digital client engagement, providing real-time access to information, delivering investment information in clients’ preferred format

By following these core concepts, businesses can not only ease customer or client nerves about data collection and cloud storage, but also improve and streamline communication. With a secure content collaboration platform to back companies up, common customer grievances such as trust and responsibility will no longer be a concern.

Building client credibility: Tryperion

As a niche real estate investment firm in Los Angeles, Tryperion serves a range of foundations, family offices, and high net worth investors. Tryperion is a great example of a company that realized it needed a new tool to meet its industry’s transition of priorities to fostering better client relationships, rather than just enhancing performance. The rising concern of private investment statements and real estate investment reports ending up in the wrong hands made Tryperion recognize the need for an upgraded digital solution that delivered greater transparency and security.

Clients were complaining about their experiences using Tryperion’s existing portal, so retaining investors and making them happy was a key driver for change. Tryperion also had to manually put documents into each investor’s portal, and when that portal wasn’t working properly, the Tryperion team wasted hours trouble-shooting and sending out individual emails to investors. With its new enterprise-grade, secure collaboration platform, Tryperion can now securely and seamlessly upload various documents one time and automatically distribute them to each investor. This frees up the team to focus on more important issues affecting the growth of the firm. Moreover, their investment managers can now get up to speed and exceed their investor clients’ expectations via a platform that offers a convenient and hassle-free interface where clients can access capital calls, distributions notices, K-1 reports, capital account statements, tax forms and several other classified investment documents from a click of a mouse.

One size fits all: The ACE bandage of communication

R.I.C.E can apply to industries everywhere, not just investor communications. Organizations across all fields need to identify key areas of opportunity to improve customer experience and act on them. Taking a look at client communication is a good place to start.

By Daren Glenister

3 Cloud Developments Happening Right Now

3 Cloud Developments Happening Right Now

Cloud Developments

With cloud computing still gaining steam among mainstream consumers, enterprise and governmental entities alike, some of the biggest information technology developers are now making bids for industry dominance. As a recent poll by RightScale reports that 95 percent of all respondents are currently using the cloud, there’s a large and diversified target audience to accommodate.

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Here are three important cloud developments going on right now.

1. Microsoft and Adobe Join Forces Within the Cloud

One of the latest events in the world of cloud computing, the recent partnership between Microsoft Corporation and Adobe Systems Inc., will bolster the company’s’ service offerings by integrating various Adobe software with the Microsoft Azure cloud platform. Initial programs offered include Photoshop and Illustrator.

Additionally, Microsoft will utilize Adobe’s own marketing programs as the preferred option for managing key customer relationships. The new venture is expected to strengthen both companies’ competitiveness in the industry, particularly against challengers such as Amazon and Salesforce.

2. The Launch of the Salesforce Commerce Cloud

Not to be outdone, Salesforce is expanding its presence through the launch of the Salesforce Commerce Cloud. Announced shortly after acquiring the Demandware, a popular e-commerce system, the new cloud is meant to close the gaps between physical and online retailers while increasing their reputation in the areas of marketing, sales and IT.

Salesforce’s Commerce Cloud adds nearly 2,000 new sites to an e-commerce brand that already includes names such as Adidas and Pandora. Apart from increasing the size of Salesforce’s family, the new service also features user-specific product recommendations, the ability to arrange product search results according to their relevancy, and in-depth commerce analytics.

3. Imminent Trouble for Plex Cloud

The Plex Media Server was originally created in 2008 after its original developers parted ways with the development team of a different media app. While it’s been struggling to carve out an existence in their highly specialized niche, the launch of the new Plex Cloud might very well mark the beginning of the end for its endeavors.

At first glance, the Plex Cloud seems like a great idea. Its purpose is to provide users with cloud-based file hosting of movies, music and digital images. While this concept isn’t inherently unlawful, users who store copyrighted or pirated content could be found guilty of breaching their cloud provider’s terms of service as well as federal law.

As Matt Burns clarifies on TechCrunch, “Amazon Web Services does not prevent users from uploading such content. But AWS will likely remove it as soon as it’s identified.”

Using Web-Based Applications to Ease Cloud Adoption

Major IT developers are pushing for increased cloud adoption across the entire spectrum of users. This is especially true in the healthcare industry, where there is a growing interest in cloud-based health records for easier information access and updating.

While web-based recordkeeping and cloud-based data storage options both share many of the same benefits, certain organizations are still hesitant to adopt modern cloud services. In this case, web-based electronic health records can be a great alternative. Not only does this give you many of the advantages associated with modern IT, but it can pave the way for future cloud integration down the line.

Some of the most common perks of both web-based and cloud-based recordkeeping include:

  • An improvement in quality control
  • Greater workflow efficiency
  • Increased productivity
  • Less paperwork
  • Streamlined accessibility
  • Advanced security

Staying on Top of the Latest Cloud Developments

The world of cloud computing is a highly complex, dynamic and fast-paced business. Although it’s certainly important to monitor the ongoing evolution of the industry, you should always take care when adopting and embracing the latest advancements. While the majority of these innovations are meant to aide and support your success, either as an individual or as an organization, some may actually cause more harm than good.

By Kayla Matthews

Microsoft Increases European Cloud Investment To $3 Billion, Unveils Cloud Policy Recommendations

Microsoft Increases European Cloud Investment To $3 Billion, Unveils Cloud Policy Recommendations

Microsoft Increases European Cloud Investment

DUBLIN — Oct. 3, 2016 — Reflecting the significant investment Microsoft Corp. is making in cloud computing in Europe, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and president Brad Smith on Monday shared new details about how this momentum is taking shape. Nadella stated that Microsoft has more than doubled its cloud capacity in Europe in the past year, noted that the company has invested over $3 billion (USD) across Europe to date, and shared that Microsoft intends to deliver the Microsoft Cloud from datacenters in France, starting in 2017. These new investments in cloud are helping customers — including the UK Ministry of Defence, the Renault-Nissan Alliance, Ireland’s Health Service Executive and ZF from Germany — to innovate in their industries and move their businesses to the cloud while meeting European data sovereignty, security and compliance needs. Furthering its commitment to make the cloud more trusted, responsible and inclusive, Microsoft also released a new book titled “A Cloud for Global Good.” The announcements were made in Dublin this morning as the two leaders began a four-day visit to Europe to meet with business and government leaders.

We continue to invest heavily in cloud infrastructure to meet the growing demand from European customers and partners,” said Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft. “Building a global, trusted, intelligent cloud platform is core to our mission to empower every person and organization on the planet to achieve more. There’s never been a better time for organizations across Europe to seize new growth and opportunity with the Microsoft Cloud.

Cloud-powered digital transformation in Europe

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As part of this cloud momentum, Microsoft announced plans to offer Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics 365 from multiple datacenter locations in France. Initial availability is anticipated in 2017. Today, Microsoft offers customers across Europe a range of innovative regional Microsoft cloud services to transform their businesses, including recently announced generally available Microsoft Cloud services from datacenters in the United Kingdom (Microsoft Azure and Office 365) and Germany (Microsoft Azure with Office 365 planned for early 2017), with the latter offering a first-of-its-kind model in Europe where access to customer data is controlled by a data trustee, T-Systems International, an independent German company and subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom.

The collective investments, including datacenter hubs in the Netherlands and Ireland, which continue to expand, together with locations in Austria and Finland, enable Microsoft to meet anticipated customer demand in Europe and offer European customers greater ability to digitally transform their organizations through the cloud, by meeting their security and compliance needs while understanding where their data resides.

The Microsoft Cloud, including Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics 365, offers customers a trusted global infrastructure with 30 available, and 36 announced, datacenter regions — more than any other major cloud provider in Europe and globally. These investments mean that more European customers are using the Microsoft Cloud to transform their businesses and their lives.

They include the following:

  • The Ministry of Defence for the United Kingdom, which employs circa 250,000 people, will use Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Azure cloud services as part of the government’s digital transformation agenda to deliver cost-effective, modern and flexible information capabilities.
  • The Renault-Nissan Alliance will work with Microsoft to develop next-generation connected services for cars powered by Microsoft Azure to improve customer experience via advanced navigation, predictive maintenance and vehicle-centric services, remote monitoring of car features, external mobile experiences, and over-the-air updates.
  • Ireland’s Health Service Executive is investing in the creation of a digital fabric to build a better health service and increased patient safety. The eHealth Ireland initiative will create a secure cloud infrastructure using Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics 365 and will allow a single unique identifier for all patients, single electronic health records for all mothers and babies in Ireland, a single national lab system, digital identity for health workers across the system, and communications tools to enable relationships between clinicians and patients to develop in real time.
  • ZF, a global leader in driveline and chassis technology as well as active and passive safety technology, is using Azure Germany for its data platform, deTAGtive logistics under the brand Openmatics, to connect, control and manage transports using the benefits the public cloud provides.

Building a cloud for global good

Nadella and Smith also highlighted the importance of making sure that the wave of innovation being unleashed by cloud computing benefits everyone and that nobody gets left behind. Recognizing that the rapid pace of change creates concerns and even challenges for some individuals and communities, they highlighted the importance of ensuring that the cloud is a cloud for global good. They acknowledged the need for tech companies, the community and governments to work together to achieve this. As a contribution to this important debate Microsoft also announced today it has released a book called “A Cloud for Global Good” that details 78 public policy recommendations in 15 categories to help make cloud technologies more trusted, responsible and inclusive. Topics include next-generation skills, enhancing security and privacy in the digital age, environmental sustainability, keeping communities safe, and securing a bright future for all our children. The book’s specific proposals tackle challenges like data flow disruptions that can interrupt critical services, protecting people from online exploitation and fraud, and ensuring those with disabilities can access e-government services.

Cloud computing has the potential to solve some of our world’s most challenging issues, but, as with all technological advancements, it raises important questions for society,” said Brad Smith, Microsoft president. “We must work together to build a cloud for global good. Our hope is that the ideas shared in this book will help move technology forward while ensuring no one is left behind.

More on “A Cloud for Global Good” can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/cloudforgood.

Around The Cloud – Tech News For The Week

Around The Cloud – Tech News For The Week

Around The Cloud

Ars Technia has been buzzing this week about how safe the Linux kernel is, calling its current situation an “unprecedented security crisis”. Linux now underpins not only server farms but also the cloud, Android phones, Chromebooks, and everything connected to the Internet of Things (IoT). It now serves as the single point of failure that, like the first domino in a line, can send all the pieces crashing down should an exploit be discovered. Kees Cook, the head of the new Linux Kernel Self Protection Project, said “…the Linux kernel needs to deal with attacks in a manner where it actually is expecting them and actually handles gracefully in some fashion the fact that it’s being attacked.”

Google is planning on showing off their latest and greatest innovations at an event in San Francisco on October 4th. We’re expecting to see new phones, new pricing and release dates for Google’s Amazon Echo competitor, a new Chromecast, and a new router. But what the internet is really buzzing about are the new Pixel and Pixel XL phones, which will be showcasing Android Nougat 7.1 and Google’s new virtual assistant app called Allo. The Verge goes in more details about the Pixel phones, as well as Google Home (the Amazon Echo competitor), Chromecast, Google Wi-Fi, and a mysterious new operating system for laptops and tablets nicknamed “Androme”.

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In other Google related news, TIME reported today that Google has started testing their Uber competitor, Waze Rider, in San Francisco. The Waze Rider app searches to connect riders with drivers that are already traveling in the same direction as the rider. In contrast, Uber just seeks to connect a rider with the nearest driver, disregarding where the driver is headed and requiring the driver devote themselves entirely to the rider’s interests. While this results in cheaper fares for riders, it also means lower pay for drivers. However, drivers also do not have to turn it into a part time or full time job, making Waze Rider the ideal way to earn a little money while on your way to work or running errands around town.

An angry French man has won the internet today with his display of passion in an Apple store. While Apple often has received praise for their high standards in customer service, evidently this man did not agree. He entered an Apple store in Dijon yesterday and started calmly smashing Apple devices with a weighted boule metal ball (used in a French bowls game) to make his point clear, perhaps because he felt that no one was taking him seriously before. Video footage of this event can be seen at The Verge.

By Jonquil McDaniel

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Fintech Investments Are Seeing Consistent Growth

Fintech Investments Are Seeing Consistent Growth

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The Cloud Above Our Home

The Cloud Above Our Home

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New Report Finds 1 Out Of 3 Sites Are Vulnerable To Malware

New Report Finds 1 Out Of 3 Sites Are Vulnerable To Malware

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How Data Science And Machine Learning Is Enabling Cloud Threat Protection

How Data Science And Machine Learning Is Enabling Cloud Threat Protection

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Cloud Infographic – Disaster Recovery

Cloud Infographic – Disaster Recovery

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4 Industries Being Transformed By The Internet of Things

4 Industries Being Transformed By The Internet of Things

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Cloud Infographic: IoT For Automotive Deconstructed

Cloud Infographic: IoT For Automotive Deconstructed

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How Formal Verification Can Thwart Change-Induced Network Outages and Breaches

How Formal Verification Can Thwart Change-Induced Network Outages and Breaches

How Formal Verification Can Thwart  Breaches Formal verification is not a new concept. In a nutshell, the process uses sophisticated math to prove or disprove whether a system achieves its desired functional specifications. It is employed by organizations that build products that absolutely cannot fail. One of the reasons NASA rovers are still roaming Mars…

Data Breaches: Incident Response Planning – Part 1

Data Breaches: Incident Response Planning – Part 1

Incident Response Planning – Part 1 The topic of cybersecurity has become part of the boardroom agendas in the last couple of years, and not surprisingly — these days, it’s almost impossible to read news headlines without noticing yet another story about a data breach. As cybersecurity shifts from being a strictly IT issue to…

Moving Your Email To The Cloud? Beware Of Unintentional Data Spoliation!

Moving Your Email To The Cloud? Beware Of Unintentional Data Spoliation!

Cloud Email Migration In today’s litigious society, preserving your company’s data is a must if you (and your legal team) want to avoid hefty fines for data spoliation. But what about when you move to the cloud? Of course, you’ve probably thought of this already. You’ll have a migration strategy in place and you’ll carefully…

Four Recurring Revenue Imperatives

Four Recurring Revenue Imperatives

Revenue Imperatives “Follow the money” is always a good piece of advice, but in today’s recurring revenue-driven market, “follow the customer” may be more powerful. Two recurring revenue imperatives highlight the importance of responding to, and cherishing customer interactions. Technology and competitive advantage influence the final two. If you’re part of the movement towards recurring…

Virtual Immersion And The Extension/Expansion Of Virtual Reality

Virtual Immersion And The Extension/Expansion Of Virtual Reality

Virtual Immersion And Virtual Reality This is a term I created (Virtual Immersion). Ah…the sweet smell of Virtual Immersion Success! Virtual Immersion© (VI) an extension/expansion of Virtual Reality to include the senses beyond visual and auditory. Years ago there was a television commercial for a bathing product called Calgon. The tagline of the commercial was Calgon…

Digital Twin And The End Of The Dreaded Product Recall

Digital Twin And The End Of The Dreaded Product Recall

The Digital Twin  How smart factories and connected assets in the emerging Industrial IoT era along with the automation of machine learning and advancement of artificial intelligence can dramatically change the manufacturing process and put an end to the dreaded product recalls in the future. In recent news, Samsung Electronics Co. has initiated a global…

Despite Record Breaches, Secure Third Party Access Still Not An IT Priority

Despite Record Breaches, Secure Third Party Access Still Not An IT Priority

Secure Third Party Access Still Not An IT Priority Research has revealed that third parties cause 63 percent of all data breaches. From HVAC contractors, to IT consultants, to supply chain analysts and beyond, the threats posed by third parties are real and growing. Deloitte, in its Global Survey 2016 of third party risk, reported…

Connecting With Customers In The Cloud

Connecting With Customers In The Cloud

Customers in the Cloud Global enterprises in every industry are increasingly turning to cloud-based innovators like Salesforce, ServiceNow, WorkDay and Aria, to handle critical systems like billing, IT services, HCM and CRM. One need look no further than Salesforce’s and Amazon’s most recent earnings report, to see this indeed is not a passing fad, but…