Business Issues, Cloud

Is cloud computing right for your small/medium size business?

Blog-post by Rick Blaisdell, Thu, 10/09/2014 - 14:32

Cloud computing provides a great list of benefits to large companies and users all over the world, from providing scalability on demand services to empowering the mobility of the workforce. However, the path to adoption for small and medium size businesses (SMBs) is less clear. This is why I’ve outlined some key considerations for SMBs looking to migrate to a cloud computing infrastructure.

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Business Issues, Cloud

Cloud computing is the future model of IT

Blog-post by Rick Blaisdell, Tue, 10/07/2014 - 09:27

The guys from Evolve IP, a cloud services company, recently conducted a survey of over 1,200 IT professionals to learn how their businesses are adopting cloud services in 2014. After reviewing the study, I decided there are some very interesting findings that help predict the future of cloud adoption, and it would be interesting to share it here.

Technology, Cloud

Cool Internet of Things Startups

Blog-post by Rick Blaisdell, Thu, 10/02/2014 - 14:13

When it comes to new frontiers in business and technology, one area that has business leaders rushing in is the Internet of Things (IoT). Basically, the Internet of Things connects everyday objects with each other and the Internet.

There are plenty of helpful and promising applications in this space, and large companies are already experimenting with ways to turn into profits. However, startups usually have more freedom to generate new ideas, and the key remains coming up with the right ideas, having the right team and receiving financial backing from investors.

Technology, Cloud

Cloud Computing is changing application release operations

Blog-post by Rick Blaisdell, Mon, 09/29/2014 - 09:14

The use of cloud computing for custom-built, mission-critical enterprise applications is just beginning, but both the technology and mind-set are already influencing enterprise application architectures and delivery.

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Technology, Mobility

Who’s who in the smartwatch market?

Blog-post by Rick Blaisdell, Tue, 09/23/2014 - 10:58

Smartwatches have been around for quite a while now, but these devices are mostly seen as a nice-to-have addition, rather than a must to have gadget. However, recently Apple presented its own product, the Apple Watch. How will this product impact the smartwatch market? Does Apple have another hit on their hands and will they manage to make the smartwatch mainstream?

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”!

Blog-post by Rick Blaisdell, Thu, 09/18/2014 - 07:34

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.

Blog-post by Rick Blaisdell, Tue, 09/16/2014 - 09:58

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

Blog-post by Rick Blaisdell, Tue, 09/09/2014 - 07:24

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.

Blog-post by Rick Blaisdell, Thu, 08/28/2014 - 10:48

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.

Blog-post by Rick Blaisdell, Wed, 08/27/2014 - 10:03

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.

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