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Technology of the Year for 2016 - The Web Platform We’re starting to see predictions about what’s going to be hot in enterprise technology in 2017.  Cloud (yet again), Blockchain, Big Data / Analytics, Internet of Things (IoT) are all among the top of the list. However, it was Krish Subrumanian’s humorous tweet that started me thinking about what will be the single most important contribution from the enterprise technology community in 2016. While all the aforementioned technologies will certainly see a lot of interest and growth, they’re all enabled by a Web platform. A platform is an architectural pattern and design that underlies all these capabilities. Its attributes are the ability to deliver a focused service and facilitate interaction through programmatic interfaces. The cloud platform delivers metered software and infrastructure services. The Blockchain p... (more)

Powerful Marketing Automation | @CloudExpo #AI #ML #DL #MachineLearning

While marketing automation by itself is extremely powerful and is mostly based in the cloud, the effectiveness of such strategies can be enhanced by leveraging the benefits that cloud computing offers. Not too long ago, marketers had to inevitably choose between two options - keep marketing budgets low through marketing broadcasts, or spend more on highly targeted and personalized marketing strategies. Not surprisingly then, low margin products (like soaps or toothpastes, for examples) were marketed over TV while high margin enterprise software tools (like ERP software) had dedicated sales managers reaching out to prospective clients for business. Automation has provided marketers with a third option - keep marketing budgets low, and still uniquely reach out to each of your prospects through personalized and targeted messages. Today, it is possible to build an effic... (more)

Cloud IT and Regulatory Compliance in Healthcare Industry

Thanks for taking the time to talk to us. Please tell us about HealthCheck. Scott Fuller, CIO – Principal Health Check: Health Check is a medical billing agency based in Mexico Beach, Florida. We’ve been in business since 1996 and a Nerdio ITaaS customer since 2014. Health Check provides billing services to hundreds of U.S. hospitals, and has grown by 600% within the past two years.   What kind of billing services does Health Check offer? Fuller: Health Check is a zero-balance auditor for health care, meaning we help healthcare providers find accounts that insurance companies have not paid in full. Our goal is a 30-day turnaround on accounts, and this timeframe sets us apart from potential competitors. Additionally, each client may comprise twenty individual hospitals, so new clients must be able to scale very quickly. How important is data security to Health Check... (more)

Facebook vs. Data Portability | @CloudExpo #Cloud #BigData #Storage

Facebook vs. Data Portability: Who Owns an Individual's Data? Supreme Court Asked to Decide From 2006 to 2011, Power Ventures operated a groundbreaking online communications, personal data management, and social networking aggregator hosted at the website www.power.com. Power offered registered users the capacity to access multiple online social networks (e.g., LinkedIn, Twitter), messaging services (e.g., Microsoft messenger-MSN), and email accounts (e.g., Google mail) through a single, integrated online interface consisting of a digital dashboard and browser. This online interface also featured popular add-in applications like a unified address book and mailbox integrating all of a user's contacts, emails, social network messages, and instant messages in one place. The interface additionally enabled Power users to move files between different accounts with a cli... (more)

[slides] @Dyn's Cloud #APM and #NPM at @CloudExpo | #AI #ML #Monitoring

Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here What APM and NPM Miss in Managing Cloud Performance To manage complex web services with lots of calls to the cloud, many businesses have invested in Application Performance Management (APM) and Network Performance Management (NPM) tools. Together APM and NPM tools are essential aids in improving a business's infrastructure required to support an effective web experience... but they are missing a critical component - Internet visibility. Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here Internet connectivity has always played a role in customer access to web presence, but in the past few years use of the Internet in the web experience has dramatically increased. The broadening use of Cloud Services sources means that web content is coming to the customer from all over the Internet in a multitude of paths. Relying solely on Networ... (more)

Don’t Be Blinded by the Cloud Migration Light | @CloudExpo #Cloud #DigitalTransformation

Don't Be Blinded by the Cloud Migration Light By Joe Michalowski It wasn't too long ago that cloud computing had more detractors than supporters. Companies (especially in the enterprise world) just weren't ready to relinquish control of applications and business processes. And yet, the light of cloud benefits has slowly drawn the business world in as SaaS apps and cloud infrastructure become entrenched in IT. The benefits of cloud migration are great, but you have to be ready for the challenges that come along as well. Don't be blinded by the cloud migration light. Cloud Computing Benefits Continue to Drive Adoption As digital transformation takes hold across all industries, companies can't afford to ignore the benefits of cloud migration. And according to a recent InteropITX/InformationWeek survey, only 1% of companies will make the mistake of ignoring the cloud in t... (more)

Ulitzer vs. Ning - a Quick Review

Having used both sites for about two weeks, there is still a great deal I am learning to do with both Ulitzer and Ning, but a reader asked if I would do a quick comparison, so I will. The obvious point for me is that the sites have two different objectives for the writers.  For Ning, the writer is trying to be involved in a niche social network from scratch.  For example, I have built my own social network for marketers and salespeople called BuyerSteps.  I created BuyerSteps as a way for other professionals to join in a conversation around the 21st century buyer.  So, Ning represents a way to build a community. In the case of Ulitzer, as a writer I am focused on getting readers from within an existing audience.  There are already thousands of readers coming to the Ulitzer site, so if they are interested in my topics such as marketing, they will find my articles as ... (more)

The Next Chapter in the Virtualization Story Begins

Cloud Expo Europe €550 Savings here! Cloud Expo West $800 Savings here! Cloud Computing Journal recently caught up with Pete Malcolm, CEO of cloud management innovators Abiquo - a major new player in the fast-emerging Cloud ecosystem and Platinum Plus Sponsor of 6th Cloud Expo being held in Prague, the Czech Republic, 21-22 June 2010. Malcolm is keynoting at the event. His theme will be "An Open Cloud Ecosystem - the Gathering Storm." Explore Cloud Expo Sponsorship & Exhibit Opportunities ! Abiquo was also Platinum Plus Sponsor of the 5th International Cloud Expo held April 19-21, 2010 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City Cloud Computing Journal: How would you define the difference between Private clouds and Public Clouds, and why is the distinction so important in the context of Cloud Computing? Pete Malcolm: Actually, I think people get rather too hun... (more)

Workspot DaaS 2.0: A Full-Cloud Desktop | @CloudExpo #DaaS #Cloud #DataCenter

What is new about Workspot Desktop as a Service 2.0 (DaaS 2.0) on Microsoft Azure? Brad Peterson, VP of Marketing at Workspot: First, Workspot VDI 2.0 is the industry's first cloud-native, multi-tenant, infinitely scalable VDI solution, when combined with a customer's datacenter infrastructure, can have desktops and apps up and available to their users in a day.Now, Workspot DaaS 2.0 is the industry's first full-cloud Desktop as a Service solution combining Workspot VDI 2.0 with Microsoft Azure to deliver thousands of desktops in a day, in any part of the world and with zero CapEx. Are you a DaaS platform provider (a company that supplies the technology but offers services like on-boarding assistance for an additional fee) or a DaaS service provider (a company that manages your VDI environment after deployment as a part of the service)? Peterson: Workspot is a DaaS... (more)

i-Technology Blog: Death-Knell For "Rich Media? Hardly!

When a San Francisco web development company was on February 14 assigned a US patent covering the use of rich-media applications on the Internet, it was always going to be only a matter of time before the self-same Internet exploded with concern and astonishment. The company in question is Balthaser Online, Inc. of Lafayette, CA, and the patent in question is US 7,000,180 - a patent for "Methods, systems, and processes for the design and creation of rich-media applications via the internet." The astonishment in question is near-universal. But first let me just back up and recount the facts. Neil Balthaser, a San Francisco resident, filed his application for this patent on February 9, 2001 (Application No. 9/779,831) as a continuation in part of application No. 09/716460, filed on Nov. 21, 2000, which he abandoned. The abstract, publicly available at the USPTO, summari... (more)

How Cloud Technologies Can Undergird Your Branding Efforts

So you’ve had the big brain storm, come up with the latest clever online marketing idea, built a brilliant website, designed the app to go with and you’re about to unleash your latest campaign. Your big bucks client thinks it’s a winner that will generate a surge in interest in its brand and the leap in sales it’s looking for. The first few hours of the campaign go even better than you expect with thousands of people visiting the site and downloading the app – leads are pouring in. It’s all looking good and you’re about to give yourself a huge pat on the back for a job very well done until….the website crashes. All your brilliant work goes straight down the pan. The campaign hits the rocks and you’ve got one angry client shouting at you down the phone. The client’s brand and your reputation have been seriously damaged. Why has this happened? Because the one boring, ... (more)