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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)

Cloud Computing Generated Jobs - Hype or Reality?

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)

Apple App Store and Its Influence on Hosted Business Applications

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)

Next Generation Integrated IT Platforms

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)

For Cloud Computing Solutions, Look for Business Outcomes, Not Definitions

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)