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Cloud Computing on Ulitzer Yesterday I had the opportunity to pay a visit to a few vendors at the virtual VoiceCon event.  I enjoyed a chat with an Alcatel-Lucent representative, learned a bit about Avaya's Aura Unified Communications (UC) platform, and viewed an IBM Lotus Sametime Unified Telephony demo.  Virtual attendance at the event during the time that I joined was under 300 participants. Other companies participating included Siemens, Sprint, and Acme Packet. As you can imagine given the ongoing economic challenges, and the demand for green technologies, businesses are seeking all viable means to cut expenses, including travel, while still conducting their business face to face; and cloud computing coupled with converged communications provides a way to meet that need. I expect that the enterprise unified communications space will be fascinating to watch in 2... (more)

The Cloud, SaaS and BPMS

Many have discussed and commented on Cloud computing’s benefits, as well as its risks, though I have heard few discussions on Cloud computing’s impact on business process re-engineering, and how to get from the existing internal business processes to a Cloud computing model. For smaller organizations this may not be as great a concern as it would be for larger, more complex organizations, with many stakeholders. It will be interesting to see how the major vendors of BPMS position themselves for this migration to Cloud computing. We can be certain of one thing, and that is, the use... (more)

Challenges and Obstacles to Innovation in Healthcare

Healthcare Innovation Journal on Ulitzer Let’s examine the basic economics of healthcare (by no means the whole story, just enough to inform basic insight). Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard by now that, where the majority of developed countries spend between 8–10% of GDP on health, America spends ~16%. American health expenditure diverged from the rest of the world circa 1980. At that point, many other developed countries decided not to deregulate healthcare, while the US deregulated it, softening or removing limitations on advertising, consolidation, entry, p... (more)

The New Gold Rush Is On "Demand"

All aboard the Cloud Express.  Next Stop, Gold Country! Ok, I'm a bit biased, I live in gold country (educational link for our global friends), and no, for this gold rush you won't need picks, pans, and shovels, but you will need an Internet connection and a browser, or as in this case, help support the sellers of the picks and shovels - The Cloud Service Providers. With today's announcement of CA (NASDAQ: CA) and Amazon (NasdaqGS: AMZN) partnering to leverage and support Amazon's Elastic Computing Cloud (EC2) with CA's Enterprise IT Management (EITM) offering, we are witnessing th... (more)

Einstein, Sharks and Clouds

Cloud Expo on Ulitzer What can these things possibly have in common?  In a word – relativity. I’m reminded of the old joke, two guys are swimming in the ocean when they notice a shark and one guy takes off swimming towards the boat, while the other says, “What are you doing?  We can’t swim faster than a shark”, the other replies, “I don’t need to swim faster than a shark, just faster than you.” Lately there has been a barrage of articles with regards to cloud security, and some very public demonstrations of outages with Facebook and Twitter.  Its been a field day for many who op... (more)