We all spend a lot of time in meetings. Leading productive meetings is an executive skill that is unfortunately in short supply. Over the past couple of years I have written several posts about meetings. These have included subjects such as leading productive meetings, meetings with direct reports, and
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.
While cloud computing and grid computing are both concepts that involve large-scale computer networks, they are certainly not the same thing.
Cloud computing refers to an architecture in which large groups of remote servers are networked to allow centralized data storage and online access to computer services or resources. Of course, there are several cloud technology delivery models (IaaS, PaaS, DaaS and XaaS) and they all have different ways to be delivered.
Cloud computing is producing a great number of big and successful companies. Bessemer Venture has identified about 300 successful cloud startups – among them, 16 have already hit a $1 billion valuation or on the verge of it.
Shadow IT is a term that describes IT systems and solutions built and used inside organizations without IT approval. A group of people choosing to use a spreadsheet that they email back and forth instead of a company-approved means of storing and sharing crucial information, employees using DropBox to share notes and files, a developer who builds an unsanctioned custom piece of software to simplify or automate a repetitive task — all these are examples of shadow IT.
Although there is not yet a formal and widely accepted definition of a “Smart City,” the final objective is to make better use of the public resources, increasing the quality of the services offered to the citizens, while reducing the operational costs of the public administrations.
I recently had a discussion with Chris Keene from BMC. Chris is president of the Data Center Automation and Cloud Management product line. We shared common thoughts around the challenges enterprise businesses have with compliance and managing infrastructure.
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.