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Cloud Infographic – The Wearable Tech Health Craze

Cloud Infographic – The Wearable Tech Health Craze

Welcome To Mobile Health Platforms!

“A healthy attitude is contagious but don’t wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier.” – Tom Stoppard

Given the overloaded routine of our modern times, it is high time people started thinking about their health more seriously. Mobile health platforms introduced by Google, Apple and Samsung are becoming more and more warmly endorsed and popular among people living a modern life.

On the one hand, there is a tendency to make these platforms clearer and easier to use. On the other hand, users can easily find a large number of differences and similarities with regard to software and hardware use and options. On the whole, the most important thing is to be able to make the right and the best choice from among the options provided by the modern world of the Internet of Things and Cloud Computing.

Below you will find a nice infographic discovered over at Mhealthnews.com

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By Lilit Melkonyan

Can Wearable Tech Really Become Invisible Tech?

Can Wearable Tech Really Become Invisible Tech?

The Invisibles

Wearable tech is becoming increasingly ubiquitous in the way we approach our lives. The launch of Apple’s smart watch, officially announced in September, promises to launch all gadgets that are ‘wearable’ into the consumer mainstream. No longer are we limited to devices that primarily revolve around fitness and biometric monitoring – now wearable tech promises to change everything from the way we conduct ourselves at work to the way we sleep. 

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Of course, with the growth of the industry comes the inevitable design wars. Apple won round one with the iPod, and almost every subsequent round since – but that doesn’t stop companies trying to out-design each other, with the quest for the perfect tablet screen size, ideal smart phone thickness and best colour for MP3 players seemingly never ending. 

Perhaps, though, there will be an end to it. As Samsung and Apple spend 2014 bickering over who thought of the ‘rubber band bounce back’ idea on a phone screen and smaller companies battle to increase their product range of wearable devices, there is already changes happened deep inside the Research and Development departments of the technology behemoths. 

It is now widely believed amongst experts and analysts that implantable, microscopic sensor technology will soon change our relationship with technology yet again. In fact, advancing sensor technology has already started to create an entirely new market – ‘invisibles’. 

The key difference between wearables and invisibles is that wearables can be removed from the user. It means they can give information and feedback directly into a user’s grasp, but they cannot create intelligent and actionable data. They address the micro, rather than the macro – thus making them an important step on the way to something much bigger, rather than the ultimate destination. 

It is apparent that ‘body computing’ is the future. The rise of invisibles will create a world where technology and their sensors go unnoticed – instead being seamlessly integrated into the human body. Already companies are working on projects where minimally invasive sensors are implanted into the human body, and a range of continuous biometric data is extracted and synced to doctors and hospitals. There is a belief in the pharmaceutical industry that invisibles will even be able to change behaviour by helping people adhere to new treatments and, therefore, create a better dialogue between care-givers and patients.

What does it mean for the design wars? It appears that to create invisibles, designers will have to stop trying to think about how to make bodies interact with computers, and instead think about how someone’s body can be turned into an extension of the computer itself. There needs to be either no, or significantly reduced, interact between person and device, ambient intelligence needs to feature, and there needs to be a better understanding of where the best overlaps for usage and habits exist. It won’t be easy.

By Daniel Price

Smart Cities – How Big Data Is Changing The Power Grid

Smart Cities – How Big Data Is Changing The Power Grid

Smart Cities And Big Data

anthonyAs Anthony Townsend argues in his SMART CITIES, even though the communications industry has changed beyond recognition since its inception, the way we consume power has remained stubbornly anachronistic. The rules of physics are, of course, partially to blame, for making grid networks harder to decentralize, as opposed to communication networks.

However, much can be and is being done to make the grid more efficient, potentially saving a chunk of the $119 to $188 billion (according to the Electric Power Research Institute) losses due to power disturbances, and allowing utilities to generate power more efficiently.

Big Data Brings Big Savings

There are myriad ways in which power suppliers can leverage data to optimize their power deliveries. With smart meters — meters that have two-way communication with the supplier — utilities have access to much more actionable data. They now have instant power blackout reports; if an outage happens at night, they don’t have to wait for the customer to wake up and report. Startups like Opower, which already serves 50+ million households in 9 countries, help reducing energy consumption with price incentives. Last but not least, abnormal readings alert suppliers about possible energy theft.

In 2012, there were 43 million smart meters installed in the US, most of them in residential smart-citiesproperties. The number is set to multiply by the end of the decade. Elsewhere, the adoption of smart meters continues unevenly, with some countries like Italy having already done the bulk of work, but others, like the UK and Norway, lagging behind. It is, however, evident that the world utilities are to become documented (and hopefully used, too) much better, as smart meter usage extends to water and gas consumption as well.

And it goes beyond smart meters perpetually quantifying the grid. Vast quantities of data can be obtained from satellites, showing vegetation growth and brewing storms. With such data suppliers can pinpoint places where maintenance work will be required and potentially dispatch their crews in advance.

Predictive analysis can be achieved to a degree, allowing utilities to cut down on using “peak-hour” power plants and focus on generating power efficiently. The problem is that the variables involved are quite random. Past data may or might not be indicative of future performance (like stock ads tell us), but, coupled with the fact that human behavior, along with weather and other factors influencing power consumption, is hard to predict, creating a passable algorithm would take enormous investments and an awful lot of time.

Be that as it may, Big Data is bringing to utilities what it’s bringing to city management. Both are becoming smarter, due to real-time insights being available from previously scarce or non-existent data. There’s potential for the utilities to become better, cheaper, and of course generate higher profit margins.

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By Lauris Veips

Cloud Infographic: Losing The Cyberwar To Hackers

Cloud Infographic: Losing The Cyberwar To Hackers

Losing The Cyberwar To Hackers

Much of the discussion lately has been around the JP Morgan security breach. There are also growing concerns that other companies may have been infiltrated as well which is not a surprise considering the ruthless nature of cyberwar. Security will always be an issue and something businesses must continuously prepare for in order to minimize damage.

Attached is an infographic discovered at IDG which take a closer look at Cyberwar in the U.S.

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Knots And Cloud Service Providers

Knots And Cloud Service Providers

How Do These Two Compare?

In Boy Scouts, I learned how to tie knots. The quickest knot you can tie is the slipknot. It’s very effective for connecting one thing to another via the rope you have. It was used in setting up tents, mooring boats to docks temporarily and lifting your food up into the air to prevent wild animals from eating your camp dinner (otherwise you went hungry).

What do slipknots have to do with clouds? A lot more than you would think. First off, the concept of picking a cloud service provider is a lot like picking a knot. The goal of a knot is to connect something to something else. Which, by the way, is why people pick cloud service providers. They want to connect an internal business application to the cloud for a variety of purposes. The similarity is that if you pick the wrong knot you end up with a problem. Slipknots are aptly named, they slip as they tighten. You wouldn’t want your cloud selected to be different after selection than during the selection.

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The other thing about knots that you have to be careful about is the form of the knot and the function of the knot. A square knot or reef knot as it is sometimes called it a very strong knot that connects two ropes together firmly. But you have to have two ropes for a square knot to be effective. The same is true of picking a cloud service provider (CSP). What does the CSP do? How does the CSP do it? Those are the two easy question you need to pick the right CSP that does things the way you need them done for your solution.

Simple right? Never fails. Easy to do.

Not always. In fact if you consider knot selection as a process you evaluate not only what you initially need from the knot but also what you will need from that knot over time. A secure long term connection is better serviced by a reef knot then it would be by a slip knot. A quick and simple connection that is short term in nature is better served by a slip knot.

We can say the same thing for cloud service providers. What do we need from the cloud service? If we need high performance that will limit the CSP’s we consider. If we need massive amounts of storage that will limit the CSP’s we consider. If we have an existing technology solution that will change the CSP’s we consider.

Then into that initial bucket of providers we have to consider what the solution does and how that will work in the CSP’s solution set. A performance model that supports not seasonality, which is a fairly standard cloud term that describes when a solution needs more processing power. Rather does our CSP support the concept of intelligent seasonality?

Intelligent seasonality is a new term. It’s not in wiki or I would give you a link. It’s a term that supports the concept of not just bursting, but bursting intelligently. It’s the concept of looking at the entire process I am running and determining if, in fact, bursting even makes sense. A great example of this is found in the kitchen (a common theme of mine). As you cook you add things in a specific order. Adding them early or speeding up one process at times is more detrimental than useful. It’s a balancing act. That balancing act in the end is intelligent seasonality. Speed the process as a whole and things work. Speed up only one part of the process and you may end up with something that doesn’t work.

In the end, that is why CSP selection and knot selection are critical and similar. Pick the wrong CSP or the wrong knot and you will end up with something that works but is not optimal. Pick the right CSP and the right knot – and you have a fully functional success.

By Scott Andersen

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Cloud Infographic – The Internet Of Things In 2020

Cloud Infographic – The Internet Of Things In 2020

The Internet Of Things In 2020 The growing interest in the Internet of Things is amongst us and there is much discussion. Attached is an archived but still relevant infographic by Intel which has produced a memorizing snapshot at how the number of connected devices have exploded since the birth of the Internet and PC.…

15 Cloud Data Performance Monitoring Companies

15 Cloud Data Performance Monitoring Companies

Cloud Data Performance Monitoring Companies (Updated: Originally Published Feb 9th, 2015) We have decided to put together a small list of some of our favorite cloud performance monitoring services. In this day and age it is extremely important to stay on top of critical issues as they arise. These services will accompany you in monitoring…

Cloud Computing – The Real Story Is About Business Strategy, Not Technology

Cloud Computing – The Real Story Is About Business Strategy, Not Technology

Enabling Business Strategies The cloud is not really the final destination: It’s mid-2015, and it’s clear that the cloud paradigm is here to stay. Its services are growing exponentially and, at this time, it’s a fluid model with no steady state on the horizon. As such, adopting cloud computing has been surprisingly slow and seen more…

Protecting Your Web Applications In A Hybrid Cloud Environment

Protecting Your Web Applications In A Hybrid Cloud Environment

Protecting Your Web Applications It’s no secret that organizations are embracing the cloud and all the benefits that it entails. Whether its cost savings, increased flexibility or enhanced productivity – businesses around the world are leveraging the cloud to scale their business and better serve their customers. They are using a variety of cloud solutions…

Internet Of Things – Industrial Robots And Virtual Monitoring

Internet Of Things – Industrial Robots And Virtual Monitoring

Internet Of Things – Industrial Robots And Virtual Monitoring One of the hottest topics in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is the Internet of Things (IOT). According to the report of International Telecommunication Union (2012), “the Internet of things can be perceived as a vision with technological and societal implications. It is considered as a…

Utilizing Digital Marketing Techniques Via The Cloud

Utilizing Digital Marketing Techniques Via The Cloud

Digital Marketing Trends In the past, trends in the exceptionally fast-paced digital marketing arena have been quickly adopted or abandoned, keeping marketers and consumers on their toes. 2016 promises a similarly expeditious temperament, with a few new digital marketing offerings taking center stage. According to Gartner’s recent research into Digital Marketing Hubs, brands plan to…

The Internet of Things Lifts Off To The Cloud

The Internet of Things Lifts Off To The Cloud

The Staggering Size And Potential Of The Internet of Things Here’s a quick statistic that will blow your mind and give you a glimpse into the future. When you break that down, it translates to 127 new devices online every second. In only a decade from now, every single vehicle on earth will be connected…

What You Need To Know About Choosing A Cloud Service Provider

What You Need To Know About Choosing A Cloud Service Provider

Selecting The Right Cloud Services Provider How to find the right partner for cloud adoption on an enterprise scale The cloud is capable of delivering many benefits, enabling greater collaboration, business agility, and speed to market. Cloud adoption in the enterprise has been growing fast. Worldwide spending on public cloud services will grow at a…

Mobile Connected Technologies – The Future Of The Healthcare Industry

Mobile Connected Technologies – The Future Of The Healthcare Industry

Mobile Connected Technologies Clinics, hospitals, and other healthcare facilities are embracing new mobile technologies in order to be more efficient in their daily tasks. With faster communication and better collaboration, clinicians can spend much less time handling medical devices and more time administering care to their patients. Industry experts are stating that mobile connected technologies…

Technology Influencer in Chief: 5 Steps to Success for Today’s CMOs

Technology Influencer in Chief: 5 Steps to Success for Today’s CMOs

Success for Today’s CMOs Being a CMO is an exhilarating experience – it’s a lot like running a triathlon and then following it with a base jump. Not only do you play an active role in building a company and brand, but the decisions you make have direct impact on the company’s business outcomes for…

The Future Of Cloud Storage And Sharing…

The Future Of Cloud Storage And Sharing…

Box.net, Amazon Cloud Drive The online (or cloud) storage business has always been a really interesting industry. When we started Box in 2005, it was a somewhat untouchable category of technology, perceived to be a commodity service with low margins and little consumer willingness to pay. All three of these factors remain today, but with…

Staying on Top of Your Infrastructure-as-a-Service Security Responsibilities

Staying on Top of Your Infrastructure-as-a-Service Security Responsibilities

Infrastructure-as-a-Service Security It’s no secret many organizations rely on popular cloud providers like Amazon and Microsoft for access to computing infrastructure. The many perks of cloud services, such as the ability to quickly scale resources without the upfront cost of buying physical servers, have helped build a multibillion-dollar cloud industry that continues to grow each…

Lavabit, Edward Snowden and the Legal Battle For Privacy

Lavabit, Edward Snowden and the Legal Battle For Privacy

The Legal Battle For Privacy In early June 2013, Edward Snowden made headlines around the world when he leaked information about the National Security Agency (NSA) collecting the phone records of tens of millions of Americans. It was a dramatic story. Snowden flew to Hong Kong and then Russia to avoid deportation to the US,…

The Cancer Moonshot: Collaboration Is Key

The Cancer Moonshot: Collaboration Is Key

Cancer Moonshot In his final State of the Union address in January 2016, President Obama announced a new American “moonshot” effort: finding a cure for cancer. The term “moonshot” comes from one of America’s greatest achievements, the moon landing. If the scientific community can achieve that kind of feat, then surely it can rally around…

Your Biggest Data Security Threat Could Be….

Your Biggest Data Security Threat Could Be….

Paying Attention To Data Security Your biggest data security threat could be sitting next to you… Data security is a big concern for businesses. The repercussions of a data security breach ranges from embarrassment, to costly lawsuits and clean-up jobs – particularly when confidential client information is involved. But although more and more businesses are…

5 Things To Consider About Your Next Enterprise Sharing Solution

5 Things To Consider About Your Next Enterprise Sharing Solution

Enterprise File Sharing Solution Businesses have varying file sharing needs. Large, multi-regional businesses need to synchronize folders across a large number of sites, whereas small businesses may only need to support a handful of users in a single site. Construction or advertising firms require sharing and collaboration with very large (several Gigabytes) files. Financial services…

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…

Having Your Cybersecurity And Eating It Too

Having Your Cybersecurity And Eating It Too

The Catch 22 The very same year Marc Andreessen famously said that software was eating the world, the Chief Information Officer of the United States was announcing a major Cloud First goal. That was 2011. Five years later, as both the private and public sectors continue to adopt cloud-based software services, we’re interested in this…