Both cloud computing and sustainability are emerging as trends in business and society. Most consumers, whether they are aware of it or not, are already heavy users of cloud-enabled services like email, social media, online gaming, and many mobile applications.
The amount of data in our world increases massively day-by-day. Big data is about capturing, storing and analyzing large pools of data from customers/consumers, suppliers, partners, operations, employees etc.
There are some unique benefits of Big Data that companies just can’t ignore like transparent information, better management decisions, better customer segmentation, faster development of innovative products or services.
Today, the use of Big Data brings many competitive advantages. Meanwhile, as you know, cloud computing has also become a mainstream solution for storing, processing and sharing data, but these companies are not taking advantage of big data in the cloud.
Google’s Panda (aka Farmer) is now in version 3.0 and it continues to cause noticeable effects on Google pagerank and web site rankings and in turn search results and site traffic ever since it began in February. That is why CIO’s must be engaged directly on enterprise search, search engine optimization (SEO) and search engine marketing (SEM) instead of leaving it to the marketing department.
The decision to lease vs. buy is a recurring challenge for CIOs struggling with financing IT equipment. Adding to the challenge is the increasing number of options to accomplish IT projects using cloud computing or vendor hosted managed services. Often CIO’s and CFO’s get tangled in the buy vs. lease decision prematurely which can lead to a bad decision with lasting effects.
We have IT cartels! Really? Well at least that is according to outgoing US Federal CIO Vivek Kundra in his remarks before the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. Vivek said in his remarks before the council “that we almost have an IT cartel within federal IT” which is served by “very few companies” who benefit from government spending “because they understand the procurement process better than anyone else.”
Amazon has released AWS GovCloud as its latest cloud offering aimed at addressing the highly specialized need of government agencies subject to export control regulations. The AWS GovCloud offering allows US government agencies to purchase existing AWS Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2), Simple Storage Solution (S3), and Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) services that are maintained in physically and logically separated areas.