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.
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.
Businesses are heading to a more holistic perspective as they get more comfortable with the cloud. Increased ROI is still the primary business driver, but enterprises are going further. Therefore, it is in their interest to learn how to best optimize the performance of a cloud deployment. Let’s look at some strategies that will help businesses with this process.
There is much pressure surrounding private clouds, meaning, creating a private infrastructure that can deliver the same flexibility and scalability as public clouds from well known providers. The great advantage of private clouds is that they come without the security and control worries for sending data outside the company’s own walls.
Gartner Hype Cycle methodology is very popular among businesses because it offers details on how technologies will evolve over time. It is also extremely important because it provides insights useful to accelerate business performance.
Even though the risks of moving to a cloud environment seem too dangerous, more and more companies are migrating from traditional servers to virtual servers in the cloud. The main difference between cloud and traditional servers is that servers become multi-tenant allowing them to be more energy efficient, redundant, scalable and easier to manage and in some cases more secure than traditional servers.