Jun 11, 2015
I spoke recently at a user group meeting composed largely of commercial printers when the topic of the ‘Cloud’ came up. I was a bit surprised to hear a very high level of suspicion. I asked the audience: “Who is excited about the opportunities presented by the Cloud.” Two hands went up. “Who’s not?” About half the audience raised their hands. Multiple questions were put forward about data security, possible integration issues, and overall viability. The bad vibes were much stronger than I anticipated.
It continued. The ‘Cloud’ was dismissed as a marketing buzzword. “It’s just a question of where the server resides,” said one attendee. Others were very skeptical about turning over their production data or any client data to a third party. Some said that their agreements with clients would not allow it. Another attendee told a horror story of a cloud service that became unavailable for two days because of a snowstorm and power outage on the East Coast. There was also concern that integrations that their companies had built on top of workflow software could stop working if software revisions were made to the cloud offering. Loss of control, concerns about expense, and cloud-based licensing issues were also key themes. One attendee described the cloud today as a “royal cluster of inconsistent services.” Wow.
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May 19, 2015
Adobe is certainly no stranger when it comes to creating technologies that assist businesses in becoming more digital. Not everything the company has tried has gone gangbusters, but its newest offering, Adobe Document Cloud, appears poised for success. Read more »
Jan 29, 2015
So much has been written about the Cloud in recent years that it has begun to take on different meanings that are dependent upon the audience. To some, it’s an irreplaceable tool that makes life easier; to others, it’s a modern but somewhat mysterious form of technology; to still others, it’s simply confusing. Read more »
Oct 28, 2014
On October 23rd, Hewlett-Packard Co. launched the commercial and community version of Helion OpenStack® software along with an integrated trial version of the Cloud Foundry based development environment named Helion Development Platform. This integrated Helion infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS) represents another step in HP’s efforts to develop its hybrid cloud solutions for enterprises and government.
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Sep 24, 2012
Once I got to hear a presentation from the great Frank Maguire, who was one of the first employees Federal Express (now FedEx) ever had. As Maguire’s story goes, he was sitting across the breakfast table from Fred Smith, the founder of Federal Express 40 or so years ago at a time when the company’s primary business was transporting paper documents across a long distance in a short time. Maguire described Smith’s reaction to an advertisement for an inexpensive fax machine as an ultimate “Uh-oh moment”, a point in time where something occurs where you just know there will be big challenges ahead for your business.
Today Hewlett-Packard added to its line of Designjet T-series printers with two new models that may represent that similar “Uh-oh” moment for the wide format reprographics business.
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Jun 28, 2011
Although Microsoft’s official launch of their cloud offering didn’t create as big of a buzz as Apple’s iCloud, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer still had plenty of enthusiasm for Office 365 during his 30 minute announcement this morning in New York.
The key themes during the presentation were collaboration, productivity, and scalability. Ballmer highlighted the features of real-time collaboration tools, like virtual meetings, editing documents, and sharing calendars with team members, all which can be done on PCs and mobile devices. For Microsoft, good collaboration is about instant access and is critical to business growth, which is key for businesses of all sizes. (If you want a recap of the announcement with product demos, you can watch it here). Read more »
Jun 6, 2011
Apple held their much-anticipated Worldwide Developers Conference this morning in San Francisco. Steve Jobs’ keynote address discussed the new features of Lion, iOS 5, and the release of their cloud offering called iCloud.
After much deliberation over what the iCloud will offer, Jobs finally gave answers. First, Apple iCloud will be free and (surprise) simple. iCloud replaces Apple’s $99-a-year MobileMe service, and similar to MobileMe, all of the content stored (like email, contacts, and calendars) in the iCloud is automatically synced to all of a user’s devices. Most importantly, however, data within iCloud is backed up through a Wi-Fi connection once a day. Read more »
Apr 28, 2011
Last week’s outage of Amazon’s EC2 cloud services and Sony’s hacked PlayStation Network brought us down from cloud nine; forcing upon us the same questions of security and reliability within cloud computing and online networks that has been swirling around the IT industry for quite some time.
Amazon’s EC2 cloud services failure affected sites like Foursquare, Reddit, and Quora, while Sony’s PlayStation Network outage continues to frustrate gamers entering its eighth day. More importantly, however, is credit card information and personal data that was allegedly stolen from Sony PlayStation users.
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Jan 4, 2011
Cloud computing is quickly becoming a hot topic in the IT industry. SMBs are attracted to cloud services’ low costs, reliability, mobility convenience, and scalability. With many organizations financially inhibited from making large IT investments, cloud computing has opened up the possibility of organizations being able to expand and grow without the high software and server costs.
Nevertheless, the cloud is not nearly as simple as just being in it or not being in it. There are a lot of elements and variations of the cloud that are important to understand before a company can truly assess and evaluate their current cloud interaction.
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Sep 28, 2010
Recent trade shows illuminated an emerging theme around software and services targeted at the new cross-media opportunity. The cloud is in, and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions are popping up everywhere. Why? The recent economic downturn–coupled with the fast-paced, capital-intense nature of technology adoption–has created huge demand for low-cost and easy-to-use IT solutions.
In 1965, Intel Co-Founder Gordon Moore established Moore’s law, which states that data density doubles every 18 months. We can extend Moore’s theory across many information technologies. For example, mass storage technology and bandwidth are just a couple of other technologies that are rapidly coming down in cost and exponentially increasing in capacity. Technology is moving at an incredibly rapid pace, and it is now difficult to stay on the leading edge when acquiring new hardware and software solutions. Furthermore, incorporating new technologies into your infrastructure and successfully monetizing the benefits of the acquisition and implementation cost in a timeframe that will yield an acceptable return has become difficult (if not impossible) for some companies. Read more »