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The shift to cloud computing is underway, and to some degree I can understand the concerns of organizations with tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of employees, though they too can benefit from this shift to cloud computing through an on premise approach. What interests me are the reasons why companies with less than 1,000 employees are not aggressively investigating or pursuing cloud computing. Given their size, flexibility, entrepreneurial spirit, and their agility, they stand to benefit long before larger organizations. If you’re a small to medium size business owner, what are your main concerns shifting to cloud computing?  Is it a lack of understanding of its benefits or other concerns? From a benefits perspective, I would surmise that the ones below would be an attractive starting point for SMB / SME companies. Pay for what you use.  No need to ... (more)

Salesforce Acquires Stake in Practice Fusion

From ChannelWeb at CRN.com comes the following news: "Salesforce.com has acquired a stake in Practice Fusion, a developer of free, Web-based physician applications, the two companies said Thursday. The size of the investment wasn't disclosed. Later this year Practice Fusion is expected to launch a new patient health record application that's based on Salesforce's Force.com cloud computing platform. There is a lot of focus on encouraging physicians to adopt electronic medical record applications right now given that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act stimulus bill contai... (more)

The End of IT 1.0 As We Know It Has Begun

Innovation Journal on Ulitzer The time has come to declare the beginning of the end for the traditional approach to Information Technology.  The party is over. The End of IT 1.0 As We Know It – has begun.  To borrow a phrase from my previous IBM colleagues who wrote, “The End of TV As We Know It” with which I became familiar while working on IP Television (IPTV). You may wonder whether it’s too early to make the call given the lack of interoperability standards, security concerns, and common definition of cloud computing.  Well, the IPTV space shares many of the same similarities ... (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: IT Security in the Cloud

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 oppose the cloud computing... (more)