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)
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)
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)
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)
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
There are some major characteristics that such solutions need ... (more)