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Having purchased a MacBook Pro in early June, I was been struggling to use it. The problem was that I always used Windows/MS-DOS ever since I have used a PC. I remember booking my first trip online through Prodigy running on MS-DOS and considering it a huge accomplishment when I showed up in Frankfurt and they had my reservation at the hotel. I use Google for e-mail, AOL Instant Messenger/Gtalk for messaging and Chrome for a browser. I was wondering how my MacBook Pro would work with all these products. After trying to do it on my own, I decided to go to the local Apple store and attend free workshops on advice from Tim Crawford. It is an interesting experience working in a noisy and packed store in getting tips. After each workshop, I booked a 15 minute session at the "Genius" bar and there is where I got the real good tips. Open standards helped me use the great u... (more)

Intel’s Intelligent Buy

It took me a while to digest Intel’s acquisition of McAfee. Other than giving Intel an opportunity to improve the desktop architecture by integrating security into chips and expanding their software footprint, this acquisition can also make a huge impact on the cloud computing architecture. Security is one of the biggest roadblocks that customers have to address when evaluating the possibility of using cloud computing technology in their solutions. Current technology to address security concerns increase hardware, software and services costs reducing benefits gained. Project times... (more)

Let the Platform-as-a-Service Battles Begin!

Platform as a Service(PaaS) is a growing area of interest in cloud computing. The inclusion of infrastructure with industry leading middleware capabilities reduces the barrier to create and deliver innovative applications and business processes to customers. PaaS can be a game changing direction taken by start-ups, independent software vendors, systems integrators and hosting companies who are all involved in putting their solutions to end customers. Start-ups have the potential to build and deliver applications leveraging their domain knowledge with flexibility and agility never... (more)

Leveraging Innovative Cloud Solutions in State and Local Governments

A lot has been spoken about cloud technology for government use and it is especially important for a large percentage of governments facing budgetary constraints. Tech America released “A Comprehensive Guide for Best Practices in Cloud Computing for State and Local Governments”.  While the report highlights big data, social media and mobility it does not dive into practical examples of how the intended audience can use these technologies.  Another video released by Sandy Carter talks about benefits of social business in the cloud for government agencies that could be used as a gu... (more)

Leveraging Big Data in Real Time

After writing my last blog on the government use of cloud solutions, I attended two events and found solutions that can address the need of leveraging data analytics toimproving business outcomes. The internet of things has been a hot term for a long time and the associated challenge has always been on how to leverage this data. Challenges facing governments in collecting a wide realm of data from multiple sources has been a perpetual challenge but cloud computing and big data analytics makes it a “solvable” problem. There are some major characteristics that such solutions need ... (more)