Cloud Services Trends

October 19, 2012

What’s the status of cloud computing? There’s been so much talk and hype about cloud over the past few years, it can be hard to tell where it is, and what you should be doing about it. My latest IT Briefcase column dives into the current state of cloud computing.

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Big Data Storage and Backup

October 10, 2012

The presence of “big data” is changing the way data is being stored for organizations. Not only do organizations have structured and semi-structured data, but there are volumes of unstructured data coming from sources within and increasingly outside the firewall. The percentage of mission-critical data is growing within the company as well, and therefore creating […]

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Security and Big Data

August 15, 2012

Like it or not, Big Data is coming. In order to be ready, it’s important to also consider the security implications of a Big Data strategy. Read my recent IT Briefcase column on Big Data and Security for all the details.

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Big Data

August 10, 2012

There is no doubt that Big Data and Cloud Computing are taking the enterprise computing landscape by storm hand-in-hand. Big Data — the ability to effectively capture, manage, and utilize large swaths of different-structure data – has companies with their head in the clouds, as the first enterprise-grade version of a Big Data software platform […]

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Problems in the Cloud?

August 10, 2012

Just as there are a range of potential problems facing traditional IT, cloud computing also has its share of potential drawbacks. For example, a spate of recent cloud outages have raised new concerns about infrastructure vulnerability when it comes to running business-critical services on the cloud. Given the recent push to move Big Data to […]

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Microsoft Steps Up In Social Marketing Space with Yammer Acquisition

July 6, 2012

Microsoft is upping the ante considerably with its recent announcement regarding Yammer. For a price of $1.2 billion, Yammer has agreed to be purchased by Microsoft, according to sources. The synergy between the two products makes for an easy sell, since Yammer’s social collaboration software already links to Microsoft products like Outlook email and SharePoint […]

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Acquisitions Heat up Cloud-based Social Marketing and Collaboration Space

June 18, 2012

Lots of stuff happening in the cloud and social marketing space. My recent column on cloud-based social marketing acquisitions covers the developments.

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Using Business Intelligence (BI) in Healthcare

May 18, 2012

The goal of business intelligence is to support better decision-making in business. The direction of modern healthcare is evidence-based medicine driven by the proper use of data. Clearly, the combination of business intelligence in healthcare would seem to be a match made in heaven. On the one hand, hospitals have terabytes of data about patients, […]

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HP Cloud

May 18, 2012

We’ve seen lots of recent announcements about new cloud computing solutions. But one that caught our eyes was HP’s announcement of its first public cloud services available as a public beta. On May 10, 2012, HP released three beta services that are the first of their kind under the company’s Converged Cloud portfolio. HP Cloud […]

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Stepping Up To The Cloud

April 10, 2012

There’s no doubt that cloud computing will be a big part of most organization’s future IT plans. The real question, though, is how to get there. That’s why I’ve pulled together some considerations that organizations should think about to start mapping out their move to cloud in this IT Briefcase post on Cloud Computing Considerations.

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