Why Insight is better than Analytics and Infographics

Evangelos Simoudis continues his mission to define Insight as a Service:

Insight as a Service refers to action-oriented, analytic-driven solutions that operate on data generated by SaaS applications, proprietary corporate data, as well as syndicated and open source data and are delivered over the cloud

This definition is meant to differentiate Insight as a Service, which I associate with action, from

By Eli Israel, 02 February 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Infographic.

What's driving Cloud Computing in the Automotive Industry?

Global manufacturing is going through a period of transition, especially in the automotive sector. Every aspect of the automotive manufacturer’s businesses whether it is products & services or where and how they’re sold or what regulations apply across different geographies, even the fundamental business models of the industry – is going through a sea change, due to changes in the patterns of demand from the market.

As the industry adds new capabilities and enters new unexplored market...

By Sujit Janardanan, 30 January 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Industry.

Mobile Devices in a Cloud World

Someone recently said to me, “With everything moving to the cloud, mobile device security really isn’t going to matter anymore. Sensitive data will never be stored on the device.” The thinking is that sensitive corporate data will be centrally stored and not held on mobiledevices.  And with the proliferation of 3G and 4G networking, access should be available from almost anywhere. However, this doesn’t mean that we no longer need to worry about security of the endpoint...

By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 27 January 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Security, UnifiedComms.

The Cloud & Big Data Collide

Analysts in the cloud sphere think that the next few years will see an explosion of Big Data enterprise services. Due to intense competition, Hadoop development has accelerated to the point that Apache recently gave it the “enterprise ready” stamp – though it has been in production with some of the world’s largest companies for years. Combined with high market interest (a influx of new capital), many analysts expect to see a start-up Big Data explosion.

By Anthony De Monroy, 25 January 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Developers, SaaS .

Should cloud storage firms be sweating over Megaupload?

With Kim Dotcom, founder of the Megaupload website still languishing in custody in New Zealand after his bail hearing was postponed, the plight of the group detained over the US government indictment of the site raises uncomfortable questions for cloud storage service providers everywhere.  

Seven men have been arrested, while a further three are still being sought by authorities in connection with the site, which is alleged to have generated over $175m in a few years through copying and distributing...

By Matt Henkes, 23 January 2012, 2 comments. Categories: Big Data, Industry, Regulation, Storage.

The Good and the Bad of BYOD

The concept of “Bring Your Own Computer” to work is gaining momentum in the industry, with more organizations allowing employees to determine what end node device they want to use to perform their duties.  The potential benefits include:

  • Better matching of user requirements and skill to device features/functions
  • Lower cost of employee onboarding – providing a per diem approach rather than executing on a traditional provision – image –deploy –  train regiment
  • Ability to attract more tech-savvy hires by offering more flexibility in...

By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 19 January 2012, 1 comment. Categories: CIO.

Achieving Customer Satisfaction: Asking the right questions

By NEI President & CEO Greg Shortell

Here’s a question for you, how do you delight a customer? What is it that makes a customer come back and buy from you time and time again? A pretty simple question, but the answers are often hidden and hard to come by. Let me put this in perspective. I often get surveys after purchasing a product or service and, in my opinion, the longer the survey the more worthless it is.

There are only two questions that matter. “Would you buy from me again?” And,...

By NEI, 19 January 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Best Practice, CRM.

Upgrading Backup is Too Little, Too Late

One of the big old players in backup software recently announced that they will “blur the lines between backup and archive,” by automatically aging backups to an archive. If your perspective is that of the old-school backup mindset, this probably sounds like progress.

Unfortunately, this is just a baby step towards something that already exists: a unified platform that provides continuity, disaster recovery (DR) and...

By nScaled, 16 January 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Disaster Recovery, Enterprise, Virtualisation.

Useless Software Predictions for 2012

crystal ball © by jerebu

It seems like everyone who is anyone is creating a list of predictions for the software industry for 2012. I decided why not jump on the bandwagon and have some fun. If nothing else, it’s a good chance to rant. So without further ado,...

By Arthur Hicken, 16 January 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Forecasts, Industry.

Life Sciences take to the Cloud

At a leading pharmaceutical manufacturing company recently, a researcher needed to perform mission-critical clinical analysis. He estimated that he needed 50 servers to complete the work, but the pharma major’s internal IT group told him that provisioning that much hardware would take at least three months.Faced with an untenable amount of lead time before his project went live, the researcher and his Project Tech lead instead chose to provision the identical server, network and storage infrastructure...

By Sujit Janardanan, 12 January 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Industry.

Virtual Insanity: How To Remain Lean And Green

With the likes of cloud computing and virtualisation starting to become staples for today’s business, IT environments are continuing to grow in complexity. Furthermore, there is growing pressure on many organisations to reduce...

By Luke Wotton, 12 January 2012, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Trends.

How a Cloud Infrastructure Can Save or Make You Money

Before you left click that mouse to go to that other “work related” page, wait a few seconds while I explain what I’m talking about.  While there is a ton of hyped up, blown out and super hyperventilated information out there about how the cloud makes your life better, reduces your workload and ultimately makes your coffee and butters your toast, not much is said about how the cloud can help your company save or make money. Real money…not that kinda-sorta-maybe-coulda money, but...

By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 11 January 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Enterprise, IaaS, Private.

4 Tips for a Successful Cloud Migration

Guest Post By Rick Blaisdell, CTO ConnectEDU

Perhaps to recap some of the things that I have written about during the year, I would now like to propose a set of best practices for a cloud computing implementation, the ones that I believe are crucial. Here are the 4 most important aspects to determining the success of such an IT project:

  • Security: I will start with this, since it still seems to be the most debated about topic when it comes to cloud computing implementation. Keep in mind that the managed enterprise provider you choose has specialists dedicated to the security of your...

By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 10 January 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Migration.

Cloud And ERP Mobility Are Reordering Gartner’s Hype Cycle

A good friend of mine recently became CIO of a financial services firm and was given his first major project last month: make the complete accounting, financial, and loan provider data and applications available 24/7 on any iPad or Android-based tablet from any office, at any time.

The majority of loan provider applications are cloud-based and his company is running NetSuite.  His corporate office is in Asia and cloud-based applications made it possible for the company to launch and operate in...

By Louis Columbus, 10 January 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, ERP.

Is DevOps About Ops or Dev?

During our recent chat, Puppet Labs CEO Luke Kanies disabused me of the notion that DevOps fits my original peanut butter cup analogy. “It’s obvious the misconception happens because of the name,” Kanies said.

According to Kanies, DevOps primarily is about aligning operations teams with business goals.

The business wants to be secure, but it doesn’t want security at the cost of being able to adopt new technology. It doesn’t want compliance at the cost of...

By Zenoss, 03 January 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, DevOps, Enterprise, Industry.

40-Love: New Cloud Computing Index Sparks Wall Street Interest

A new ISE Cloud Computing Index (SKYY) lumps 40 of the top pure play, non-pure play and hybrid cloud companies into a grand experiment that strives to double the index's monthly return using leverage.

This is perhaps the surest sign yet, that cloud computing has now left Geek Central for Wall Street. And giants play in this index including VMware, whose software drives Virtual Internet enterprise cloud servers, and other more recognizable names such as Apple, IBM,...

By VI, 24 December 2011, 0 comments.