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)
Any new technology has a lot of followers and intrigue is built on what can
the technology do to change status quo. On the consumer side, mobile and
tablets have had their share of attention. On the enterprise side, enough
solutions have been cloud washed to make customers scratch their heads in
trying to understand what the technology really can do. There is also a
competition between technology companies to garner mind share – some try to
create attention-grabbing headlines. In an economy that looks for anything
showing promise and recovery, job creation always grabs attent... (more)
Cloud Expo on Ulitzer
How is Apple’s success influencing the future of computing? Force.com and
Google Apps now have marketplaces similar to the Apple App store whose target
is businesses not consumers.
You will get very few of these free or something that costs just a couple of
bucks. These apps usually these have monthly maintenance fees associated with
these and a lot of them have a “freemium” model, free for limited
functions with a cost for value-added functionality. This is probably going
to change the way business applications are delivered.
Going from an in-premise model ... (more)
An announcement today by IBM is trying to solve an IT development and
delivery problem that has been perpetually vexing CIOs. It is similar to
what the automotive industry has been trying for years – self-driving
cars(a.k.a. automation in IT) that also give great gas mileage (a.k.a.
optimization in IT).
IBM’s PureSystems promises automated tools as well as efficiency on the
network and storage level speeding the delivery time of IT solutions. It
came at the heels of a similar announcement by HP called Converged Cloud.
Why is IBM doing this? The challenge from public clouds is p... (more)
A couple of weeks ago, I attended IBM's Cloud Innovation Analyst Forum in
Chicago. The event kicked off with a panel discussion where company
customers, including the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Top Coder and
Colleagues in Care, discussed their experiences with solutions powered by IBM
cloud technologies. The benefits that the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee
gained in reducing SAP client set-up time by 90% was especially impressive
and went right into the heart of the problem of supporting 80,000 students in
multiple campus settings. Reducing backup time by 99% overcame... (more)