Resolved: Username/Passwords Alone MUST Go

Resolved: Username/Passwords Alone MUST Go

Username/Passwords MUST Go New Year’s Resolution #1 for any cloud IT deployment manager in 2015 ought to be that the user name/password alone must go.  High-profile breaches that exploit username and password-only authorization systems are becoming all-too-frequent events.   The Syrian Electronic Army’s attack on the Associated Press’s Twitter account that caused a 136 Billion dip…

Developers, the Cloud and Security Concerns

Developers, the Cloud and Security Concerns

Thought Provoking Survey So I got to thinking about security and how this relates to developers in particular. This was prompted by a recent read of the findings reported in a survey, “2014: The Year of Encryption” conducted by Egress Software Technologies, of delegates at Europe’s largest information security event Infosecurity Europe 2014. And you…

Big Data and Geographical Analytics

Big Data and Geographical Analytics

Big Data and Geographical Analytics Not long ago we wrote how geotagged tweets are used for mapping trends like race opinions and for charting real-time events like the 2012 Kentucky earthquake. A similarly themed set of articles was published at Quartz recently, showcasing the use of location-enabled tweets for the noble goal of mapping nationwide…

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Cloud Infographic: Most Used Cloud Apps

Cloud Infographic: Most Used Cloud Apps

Cloud app and analytics company, Netskope released its quarterly Cloud Report. The new report reveals that enterprise employees are using an average of 397 different cloud apps (most of which are unsanctioned), when IT estimated they have 40-50 — that’s a tenfold underestimation. Below is an infographic provided courtesy of the group at Netskope which goes into further detail.…

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…

Big Data Analytics Adoption

Big Data Analytics Adoption

Big Data Analytics Adoption Big Data is an emerging phenomenon. Nowadays, many organizations have adopted information technology (IT) and information systems (IS) in business to handle huge amounts of data and gain better insights into their business. Many scholars believe that Business Intelligence (BI), solutions with Analytics capabilities, offer benefits to companies to achieve competitive…

BYOD Will Continue To Define Workplaces In 2014

BYOD Will Continue To Define Workplaces In 2014

BYOD Will Continue To Define Workplaces In 2014 The bring-your-own-device trend has been the subject of scrutiny ever since its initial formation. Given how quickly personal smartphones and tablets became a fixture in everyday life, it makes perfect sense that these mobile machines would slip into workplaces. While BYOD has caused headaches for many businesses,…

Using Big Data To Make Cities Smarter

Using Big Data To Make Cities Smarter

Using Big Data To Make Cities Smarter The city of the future is impeccably documented. Sensors are used to measure air quality, traffic patterns, and crowd movement. Emerging neighborhoods are quickly recognized, public safety threats are found via social networks, and emergencies are dealt with quicklier. Crowdsourcing reduces commuting times, provides people with better transportation…

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Moving From Email Into The Cloud

Moving From Email Into The Cloud

Mobile Collaboration In The Cloud Imagine that you, as a manager, are told by the powers that be that you have to find “efficiencies” within your department that will result in one million dollars of savings annually. You struggle with this. You send an email to everyone on your senior team. “Where can we save…

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OpenStack Users are Ready to Move From Hypervisors

OpenStack Users are Ready to Move From Hypervisors

OpenStack Users are Ready to Move From Hypervisors…and Other Tales from the Summit… I just got back from the OpenStack Paris Summit a couple weeks ago, and although this is a bit delayed in coming, I did do a talk on this with the OpenStack Online Meetup immediately following my return, but then decided to…

5 Things to Consider When Building Business Apps in a Hybrid Environment

5 Things to Consider When Building Business Apps in a Hybrid Environment

Business Apps in a Hybrid Environment Cloud computing has hit its stride; it has become a part of IT strategies across the globe, and the benefits of turning to a hosted environment can’t be ignored. But it often seems like companies are viewing their options as “go cloud, or go home,” rather than thinking strategically…

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…

The Most Powerful Free Cloudware Tools Available to Modern Businesses

The Most Powerful Free Cloudware Tools Available to Modern Businesses

5 Essential Cloud Tools for Your Innovative Business Why these cloudware tools are a must for any modern business Smart business owners are always on the lookout for ways to save money. One of the best ways is capitalising on some of the best free cloudware tools available to businesses. Sixty percent of small and medium…

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%…

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4 Different Types of Attacks – Understanding the “Insider Threat”

4 Different Types of Attacks – Understanding the “Insider Threat”

Understanding the “Insider Threat”  The revelations that last month’s Sony hack was likely caused by a disgruntled former employee have put a renewed spotlight on the insider threat. The insider threat first received attention after Edward Snowden began to release all sorts of confidential information regarding national security. While many called him a hero, what…

Three Issues Facing the Internet of Things

Three Issues Facing the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things  The potential of the internet of things is enormous. While we might still be some years away from the technology reaching its zenith, the effect it is already having on our everyday lives is huge; from assisting the disabled to monitoring our health, the internet of things is slowly starting to…

Cloud Concerns – 4 Reasons Businesses Should Ease Their Mind

Cloud Concerns – 4 Reasons Businesses Should Ease Their Mind

Easing Your Cloud Concerns For all the buzz surrounding cloud computing, some companies are still not buying in. The benefits that come from using the cloud are already well documented, and while adoption rates have risen in recent years, a number of organizations remain opposed to the idea. There is no single reason for this…

A Look Into The Crystal Ball: Predictions For 2015

A Look Into The Crystal Ball: Predictions For 2015

Predictions For 2015 At the start of a new year we have the opportunity to look ahead and think about what trends will likely shape the coming months. 2015 is poised to be transformative for government agencies and enterprises, as an increasing number of organizations look to modernize their computing environments, expand their focus on…

Top Predictions From The IDC FutureScape

Top Predictions From The IDC FutureScape

The IDC FutureScape FRAMINGHAM, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–International Data Corporation (IDC) recently held the IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Government 2015 Predictions Web conference, which highlighted predictions based on a new IDC FutureScape report. Featuring IDC Government Insights analysts Alison Brooks, Ph.D., Mukesh Chulani, Massimiliano Claps, Ruthbea Yesner Clarke, Baogui Ding, Shawn McCarthy, Adelaide O’Brien, Gerald Wang, Alan Webber,…

Five Signs The Internet of Things Is About To Explode

Five Signs The Internet of Things Is About To Explode

The Internet of Things Is About To Explode By 2020, Gartner estimates that the Internet of Things (IoT) will generate incremental revenue exceeding $300 billion worldwide. It’s an astoundingly large figure given that the sector barely existed three years ago. We are now rapidly evolving toward a world in which just about everything will become…

Top Six 2015 IoT Predictions: The Rise of IoT 2.0

Top Six 2015 IoT Predictions: The Rise of IoT 2.0

Top Six 2015 IoT Predictions Sansa Security, a leading provider of embedded security technologies, today revealed the company’s Internet of Things (IoT) predictions for 2015, highlighting six of the top trends to watch out for next year. 1. The Rise of IoT 2.0: The biggest problem with IoT devices today is that most of them…

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