Technology, Cloud

Application development – when it’s time to “GO Cloud”

Software experts and business analysts estimate that approximately 85% of IT budgets go to maintaining, updating and fixing business applications, and only 15% of their resources are dedicated to creating new applications that drive business value. So if you need a new mobile application built quickly to support a sales requirement, you’d better get in line and hope for the best, or better yet, “GO Cloud”!

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RickBlaisdell

Before examining the benefits of cloud-based application development, it’s important to understand the core features needed in a strong application development and delivery platform. And by that I mean platforms that can be used to build applications ranging from internally focused web and mobile-based portals for human resources to powerful, customized business-critical apps that represent corporate systems of record.

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Business Issues, Services

Will Apple Pay change the way people make purchases?

At the launch of the iPhone6, Apple introduced their Apple Pay Service. Promised as “Your wallet. Without your wallet.’’, Apple Pay allows users to upload their credit and debit card information by taking a picture and to pay with a single touch by using their iPhone.

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RickBlaisdell

Using Near Field Technology, a chip that allows a user to ‘tap and go’, the new iPhone enables payments with a single touch. It can be used to pay online as well, in apps. It will also be available on the new announced Apple Watch.

Security was an issue that was strongly touched upon at the event.  Instead of storing the credit card information, the technology communicates an encrypted placeholder ID to the store checkout system, which is then matched to the account information. Merchandisers don’t see the name or the credit card information of the purchaser.


Technology, Cloud

The importance of cloud computing in manufacturing

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RickBlaisdell

Because lately we kept discussing about the Internet of Things, we should perhaps mention that this trend is part of a larger industry, cloud manufacturing. With a large impact over the industries of aerospace, healthcare, education and financial services, here is another industry that cloud computing is highly influencing lately: manufacturing.

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CIO Leadership, Cloud

Cloud based apps are the key to expand the Internet of Things

We live in a world where the phrase “there’s an app for that” is used is used daily. People have been steadily compiling their disparate needs and interests into their own personal pylon and are extremely willing to engage technology in ways they never did before.

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RickBlaisdell

At the same time, the products that are IoT enabled need to be things and not computers.  You don’t want your fridge to be a computer, you don’t want a computer interface on the device, you just need the app on your smartphone to control it. So keeping objects incredibly simple and having agents in the cloud doing the heavy lifting is critical in designing IoT products.

Building apps for the IoT


CIO Leadership, Cloud

The IoT market will be bigger than the smartphone, tablet, and PC markets combined

With the ever increasing number of connected devices globally, and with the potential of smart objects, the Internet of Things (IoT) market is set for accelerated growth in 2014 as more businesses realize its potential uses and the positive impact it can have on a multitude of industry verticals.

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RickBlaisdell

The IoT market has already gained momentum with increasing adoption, offering a wide variety of uses and portfolio of applications. The main attraction offered by the Internet of Things is its potential to change strategy and a wide range of new products and service possibilities.


CIO Leadership, Cloud

X as a Service (XaaS): What the Future of Cloud Computing Will Bring

In this post, I’ll discuss XaaS: what it is and why you might want to consider using it.

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RickBlaisdell

First, what is XaaS? Is this just more marketing fluff? Why do we need to define yet another model to fully describe cloud services? I contest that XaaS is a legitimate term, and that it is useful to describe a new type of cloud services — those that make use of IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS all neatly delivered in one package. Such packages are intended to fully displace the delivery of a commodity IT service. My favorite example of XaaS is desktop as a service, or DaaS.

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CIO Leadership, Cloud

No company is immune to IT disasters

It’s clear that now more companies revolve around using IT services in order to make their daily tasks more efficient. We all know that these services help us make tasks such as long distance communication, information search, research, data processing and storage much easier, thus making are lives a little bit more comfortable.

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RickBlaisdell

By using IT services on a daily basis it also makes companies a lot more dependent on them; so what could happen if they stop functioning properly or just stopped working? And yes, sometimes these services will from time to time misbehave…

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CIO Leadership, Cloud

Top cloud skills employers are looking for

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When the statistic for tech employment has been constant for the last 15 years, and suddenly the numbers change, it’s impossible not to take notice. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in the month of July 2013, 3,600 jobs were created in data processing, hosting and related services, and that’s the single best month of job growth in this category since June 1998.

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Technology, Cloud

Companies that rule the “Internet of Things”

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The Internet of Things (IoT) has been a buzz in the IT industry for some time, and the largest technology players are moving quickly to stake out the territory. In just the past month, Apple announced a new “smart home” platform, and Google made a similar announcement for Android and purchased Nest for $3.2 billion.  


Business Issues, Cloud

Are we heading to glocal cloud?

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“What a small world!” – How many times did you hear or said this phrase? Well, I for sure say it often. The truth is the world isn’t small, but the way we communicate and do business at a global scale sure makes it look that way.


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