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In this week’s cloud computing news we see some of the concerns in adopting this new paradigm, even as some of the largest business and government entities adopt (or seek to provide) cloud computing services. We can easily see vendors like Microsoft, Google, Oracle, HP, IBM, Unisys, and many others jockeying for position.  Having worked for a vendor I can state confidently that nowadays they make their moves based on demand, not “build it and they will come” wishful thinking. That demand is coming from your competitors, and sooner or later, those cost savings will show up in the form of more competitive pricing of goods and services making it more difficult to compete for those that don’t adopt these efficiencies. You can lead or you can follow.  Either way the world is moving on.  So, if you’re a small enterprise, why wouldn’t you adopt cloud computing now? GSA Inc... (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 Beauty of the Cloud

What is cloud computing? What is the difference between a cloud and the internet?  Some Twenty-One Experts Define Cloud Computing differently, and there are even more definitions out there. Among many that I've heard are some of the following: Cloud = Internet Cloud = Innovation Cloud = On Demand Cloud = Autonomic computing Cloud = Distributed computing Cloud = Grid computing Cloud = Hosting Cloud = Multi-tenancy Cloud = SOA Cloud = Utility computing Cloud = Virtualization Cloud = SLA-driven Cloud = SaaS Cloud = PaaS / OPaaS Cloud = IaaS / HaaS Cloud = Just a marketing buzzword ... (more)

Cloud Talk with Peter Coffee: What's Next for the Cloud?

Recently I had the pleasure of speaking with Peter Coffee, of eWeek fame.  Peter, as industry veterans may be aware, was eWeek's Technology Editor, and is now Director of Platform Research for Salesforce.com, a leader in cloud computing. Our conversation began with my blatant attempt at gaining insight about Salesforce's strategic roadmap, knowing full well only the CEO can answer those type of questions, but you never know what you can glean from a non-response.  Hey, I gave it a shot. Then the real discussion of our meeting began.  The economic advantages of the cloud computi... (more)

What Cloud Flavor Will You Choose?

Vanilla, Chocolate or a Swirl?  Rocky Road may be next as it looks like a bumpy ride ahead. The popular kids on the cloud computing block are the public types, which makes sense to me, particularly at this early junction of the industry.  Though a common opinion by industry insiders is that we will see many different approaches as existing technology companies seek to position themselves in this segment. Some of those potential alternative arrangements (at least in theory) are described below. Cloud Computing Models - Public: Off Premise.  Pay for service designed, built, and ... (more)