MaaS implements small data and enables personal clouds

Abstract – MaaSTM (Model as a Service) sets a new concept to order and classify data modeling design and deployment to the Cloud. MaaS changes the way to move data to the Cloud because allows to define data taxonomy, size and contents. Starting from data model design, MaaS might guide the DaaS (Database as a Service) lifecycle, providing data granularity and duty rules: as a consequence, MaaS implements the new concept of Small Data. In fact, Small Data answers to the need of controlling...

By cloudbestpractices.net, 28 March 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Best Practice, Big Data.

Analysing the evolution of single sign-on

Replacing mainframes with 21st century identity

By Paul Madsen, senior technical architect

The concept of single sign-on (SSO) is not a new one, and over the years it has successfully bridged the gap between security and productivity for organizations all over the globe.

Allowing users to authenticate once to gain access to enterprise applications improves access security and user productivity by reducing the need for passwords.

In the days of...

By cloudbestpractices.net, 19 February 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, SaaS , Security.

How "policy as a service" is critical for cloud deployments

The financial ROI of cloud security and compliance is judged by decision makers in end-user organisations by the same measures as is done for Cloud computing in general, i.e. by how much it cuts up-front capital expenditure and in-house manual maintenance cost. However, manually translating security policy into technical implementation is difficult, expensive, and error-prone (esp. for the application layer). In order to reduce security related manual maintenance cost at the end-user organisation, security tools need to become more automated. With the emergence of cloud PaaS, it is therefore logical to move all or parts of the model-driven...

By cloudbestpractices.net, 08 February 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, PaaS, Security.

Why MaaS (Model as a Service) is the emerging solution for Open Data

Open Data is data that can be freely used, reused and redistributed by anyone – subject only, at the most, to the requirement for attributes and sharealikes (Open Software Service Definition – OSSD).

As a consequence, Open Data should create value and might have a positive impact in many different areas such as government (tax money expenditure), health (medical research, hospital acceptance by pathology), quality of life (air breathed in our city, pollution) or might influence public decisions like investments,...

By cloudbestpractices.net, 22 October 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Big Data, Government, OpenSource.

The catalyst opportunity for standardized ‘Cloud Sourcing’

Faced with a need to find huge cost reductions the Province of Ontario is in the same place as many governments throughout the world – They’ve shouldered the debt to see us through the financial meltdown and now need to be smart about how they digest what they’ve taken on.

They’re also in the same place in that they’re presented with the massive opportunity of Cloud Computing and what role this IT industry trend might play in meeting this challenge, the basis of our...

By cloudbestpractices.net, 30 March 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Best Practice, PublicSector.

Cloud 2.0 – Business transformation strategy

The main objective of our projects like the Drummond Report and Cloud analysis, is to focus on the relationship between the technology and the desired outcomes in terms of business transformation.

The Drummond Report is another political exercise focused on the growing public sector deficits, Ontario in this case, and the author makes a number of...

By cloudbestpractices.net, 22 March 2012, 0 comments. Categories: PublicSector, Research.

Social CRM for Government

One of the presentations for our Shared Services Canada webinar will cover “Social CRM”.

This simply refers to the modernization of the CRM practice to reflect the new Web 2.0 social media world we live in, factoring in aspects like:

  • Communicating with customers and prospects through social networks, Twitter et al
  • Connecting your back-end systems to the social media world
  • Digital...

By cloudbestpractices.net, 02 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Government, PublicSector.

Amazon Web Services Cloud Security

Cloud security ranks very high on the list of concerns for potential Cloud users. AWS went to great lengths to address these concerns and is attacking security issues on multiple levels: • physical security • providing secure data and services • certifications

Cloud security is shared between cloud service provider and customer. Both parties are thus responsible for managing and securing IT environment. AWS provides highly secure and controlled platform with many security features customers can use. AWS manages and...

By cloudbestpractices.net, 08 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Government, PublicSector, Security.

MITEL Cloud Anyware – Cloud BCP

I wrote the blog ‘Cloud Anyware‘ after learning about MITEL’s virtualized UC infrastructure.

Working with VMware they’ve virtualized the core technologies of telephony, meaning that rather than having dusty old phone switches you could now run your telephony as an estate of Virtual Machines, presenting the opportunity to leverage VM tools to enhance their deployment,...

By cloudbestpractices.net, 01 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Virtualisation, VMware.

MaaS – Municipality-as-a-Service

As I have been learning about the government sector, for purposes of developing new Cloud solutions for this market, I realized that actually the most interesting dimension to it is not the technology, but rather the potential it offers for economic development.

Certainly of course the technology is great and offers real benefits like reducing...

By cloudbestpractices.net, 07 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Economy, Government.