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TOSCA Hybrid Cloud Standards Committee: Google, IBM, Cisco…

TOSCA and Friends setting up Hybrid Cloud Standards In a move that reminds me a lot about the movie quote “When there’s no way out, you find a deeper way in“, TOSCA, IBM, EMC and Cisco have indicated their support for Hybrid Cloud portability standards and specifications. Following on the heels of TOSCA or Topology…

The Social Cloud: Facebook IPO – Is This MySpace 2.0?

The Social Cloud: Facebook IPO –  Is This MySpace 2.0? History repeating: 2000 Bubble, Myspace, 2012 Facebook IPO, NBT (Next Big Thing…)  Investors are expected to sink $5 billion into the Facebook IPO. Wow. Well, from a pure spreadsheet perspective it makes some sense. If you take the 800 million Facebook users multiplied by a value…

Battle of the Document Cloud Apps: Google Docs, Apple iWorks…Which One Truly Reigns?

Battle of the Document Cloud Apps: Google Docs, Apple iWorks…Which One Truly Reigns?

Battle of the Document Cloud Apps: Google Docs, Apple iWorks…Which One Truly Reigns? Throughout the 1990s, 2000s, and today, Microsoft Word has served as the final word in applications designed to maximize the efficiency and output of both businesses and individual computer users regarding their documents. Attempts to unseat its status as the number-one program…

University Down Under Offers To Make Students Cloud-Capable

University Down Under Offers To Make Students Cloud-Capable Sometime back I had postulated that the true success of cloud computing in entering the mainstream is dependent on the technology being not only part of our everyday lives, but also a part of our education system (See: Cloud Computing Goes Mainstream with University Certification Course). Thus,…

How Cloud Computing is Like Transforming a ’68 Dodge Dart

How Cloud Computing is Like Transforming a ’68 Dodge Dart

How Cloud Computing is Like Transforming a ’68 Dodge Dart I’ve spent a lot of time lately in front of customers trying to help them understand what cloud technology means and, more important, how it can help their businesses be more efficient, effective and better able to meet or exceed their goals and objectives. In…

Cloud Computing Canada: HP ‘Master The Cloud’ Event (Toronto) – Part 3

Cloud Computing Canada: HP ‘Master The Cloud’ Event (Toronto) – Part 3

Cloud Computing Canada: HP ‘Master The Cloud’ Event (Toronto) – Part 3 Continued from: Part 1 , Part 2 The HP “Mastering The Cloud” Event drew to a close around 4:30, after one last blast of hot dogs, pretzels and other salty refreshments.  As someone who has attended, bought space in , and spoken at trade shows, and as an independent blogger,…

HP ‘Master The Cloud’ Event (Toronto) – Part 2

HP ‘Master The Cloud’ Event (Toronto) – Part 2

HP ‘Master The Cloud’ Event (Toronto) – Part 2 Here’s an interesting parallel, one somewhat removed from the busy world of cloud computing. In the world of “people,” social psychologists who specialize in generational issues are starting to refer to the most recent generation of kids coming-of-age as the Purell generation, since they are likely to be aware…

HP ‘Master The Cloud’ Event (Toronto) – Part 1

HP ‘Master The Cloud’ Event (Toronto) – Part 1

HP ‘Master The Cloud’ Event (Toronto) – Part 1 Today, HP brought its cloud solutions roadshow to Toronto, bringing some heavy hitters up from the US to explain cloud computing to an interested but very reserved crowd of 700 IT managers, CIOs, and software gurus. The event, held at the Direct Energy Centre, can be described as a…


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5 Considerations You Need To Review Before Investing In Data Analytics

5 Considerations You Need To Review Before Investing In Data Analytics

Review Before Investing In Data Analytics Big data, when handled properly, can lead to big change. Companies in a wide variety of industries are partnering with data analytics companies to increase operational efficiency and make evidence-based business decisions. From Kraft Foods using business intelligence (BI) to cut customer satisfaction analysis time in half, to a…

From storage to processing – the cloud’s next step?

From storage to processing – the cloud’s next step?

What is the cloud’s next step? When speculating about where the cloud is heading next, we often think about extra security layers and how hybrid models might grow in prevalence. However, collaboration on the cloud is becoming more of a consideration as files grow. Could the cloud’s next big step be from mostly storage to…

Minimizing Downtime During Mergers & Acquisitions

Minimizing Downtime During Mergers & Acquisitions

Minimizing Downtime As economic conditions gradually improve, North American companies are starting to recover their confidence, and are looking beyond mere survival. A recent survey by KPMG focusing on mergers and acquisitions demonstrated cautious optimism, with 21 per cent of companies planning to initiate at least one acquisition this year, and 16 per cent planning for…

4 Things To Know Before Virtualizing Your Desktops

4 Things To Know Before Virtualizing Your Desktops

Forrester Research: The Keys to a Successful Deployment Desktop virtualization projects are transformational. They can dramatically minimize IT costs while better empowering workers with more ubiquitous access to the applications and data they need to be productive. In fact, according to recent research by Forrester, worker productivity when working remotely across multiple devices, increased 51%…

5 Mistakes That Adversely Impact Seamless Cloud Migration

5 Mistakes That Adversely Impact Seamless Cloud Migration

There is absolutely no doubt migrating a section of your IT assets, non-core business processes or the entire spectrum of business systems to the cloud makes immense sense. There are plenty of business benefits linked to cloud computing; most astute businesses are using cloud computing in some capacity or other and if you aren’t doing…


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