Mobile Adoption

Creating more personal computing in a mobile-first, cloud-first world

Grazed from TheNation. Author: Ekaraj Panjavinin.

Technology empowers people to do great things. In our early history, Microsoft’s mission was to put a personal computer on every desk and in every home. Today we have 1.5 billion people using Windows in 190 countries around the world, and over 200 million devices are running the best Windows. The launch of Windows 10 marked the first step to an era of more personal computing. With an ever-growing network of connected devices in today's digital world, we believe experiences should be mobile - not just devices.

Apps, services and content should move with you across devices, seamlessly and easily. In our connected and transparent world, we are also aware that people care deeply about the privacy and security of their personal information. We also believe that interacting with technology should be as natural as interacting with people - using touch, voice, pen, gestures and even facial recognition...

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Cloud Computing: The Big Switch and Mobile Security

Grazed from InfoSecurity. Author: Eldar Turvey.

The Big Switch is a book by Nicholas Carr, first published in 2008, that – while making many arguments about the social and moral implications of the modern digital world - drew a strong comparison between cloud computing and the electricity grid. Before the arrival of grids, factories, farms and even some households had their own electricity generators. Each generator owner paid for their own upkeep, maintenance and fuel, and were responsible for their own power supply – and therefore carried 100% of their own risk.

Clearly, this was in many ways inefficient, insecure and unreliable. And so, electricity grids were created. These broke the siloes of access and served local areas, towns and eventually countries. Costs were shared and maintenance and supply were centralized and everyone benefited from better and greater resources being available to all...

Cloud Computing: Mobile backhaul - What’s pushing telecoms?

Grazed from TelecomLead.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Significant growth in mobility, server virtualization and cloud computing applications are creating fresh demands on the mobile network, causing more investment in networking architectures including mobile backhaul.  Ryan Perera, country head of Ciena India, said the focus on 4G / LTE networks is causing a major shift in the architecture of mobile networks and will have a significant impact on the development of new data intensive applications like the connected car.

Customers today are demanding speed and simplicity in adding backhaul capacity that provides the necessary flexibility to handle multiple outside plant environments. As apps continue to create more data that must be managed and transported, customers need an intelligent network that is agile enough to respond to traffic demands, utilizing network resources in a way that maximizes outputs...

Security concerns slow bank adoption of cloud and mobile

Grazed from ComputerWorld. Author: Matthew Finnegan.

Concerns over security are creating a barrier to the deployment of technologies such as cloud and mobile by UK banks, a survey has claimed. In Fujitsu’s ‘Financial Services Landscape’ report - which surveyed 176 IT decision makers at a range of financial sector firms - respondents indicated that uptake of digital technologies was slower than previously expected.

For example, although the number of companies to roll out cloud computing across their organisation had doubled from two years ago, it still meant that only 16 percent of banks have done so. Meanwhile, 20 percent do not see cloud as an ‘enabler’ for their business at all. “This presents cause for concern. While security should be a priority for any IT deployment, it shouldn’t be the blocker standing in the way of a technology with the vast potential of something such as cloud,” the report claims...

Cloud Computing: First iPad, now Chromebooks - Microsoft embraces non-Windows devices

Grazed from CiteWorld. Author: Nancy Gohring.

With new Microsoft's renewed focus on the cloud and support for non-Windows platforms, the company has one more reason to kill its Scroogled campaign -- at least against Chromebooks. Yesterday, barely mentioned and buried at the very end of an announcement about some new features coming to Office Online, Microsoft said that most Office Online apps are now available in the Chrome App Launcher.

The Chrome App Launcher is a small app where Chrome OS and Chrome browser users can add icons for their favorite Chrome apps in order to easily launch them from one spot. Now, users can add Word Online, PowerPoint Online, and OneNote Online to the Chrome App Launcher. Excel Online is coming...

Mobility rising to be one of the key drivers of cloud computing

Grazed from InformationWeek. Author: Atul Shetiya and Pankaj Sabnis.

Over the past few years, cloud computing and mobility have emerged as mainstream technologies transforming enterprises’ ICT adoption and spending. Begun as a phenomenon of consumer technologies moving into the business world like social networking, cloud storage and mobile devices (smartphones and tablets), the above trends are now driving the enterprise-wide IT ecosystems.

Perhaps not surprisingly, the rapid advancements in above technologies is being driven by the economics of value created by change, for instance, shifting of investments from CAPEX to OPEX and rapid consumerization. If we learn about their play in current IT user landscape, in many ways, mobility and cloud computing play a congruent role from both consumer and enterprise user standpoint...

Brother Takes Mobile Office-Tech Beyond The Cloud

Grazed from PRNewsWire. Author: PR Announcement.

Taking office technology to a new level, Brother is preparing to showcase its latest mobile-focused innovations - and has literally gone beyond the clouds and into space. The office tech specialist's newest technology is designed to meet the demands of today's mobile savvy workforce - so office functions like printing, digitising and virtual conferencing are more accessible.

Speaking ahead of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Simon Stones, Senior Manager, S&S Commercial from Brother International Europe (BIE), said: "We are making giant leaps to ensure technology is available when and where it is needed. Taking this to the extreme - children at venues across Japan have communicated in real-time with an astronaut during a space mission, using our OmniJoin web conferencing platform[1] - proving just how powerful today's office technology can be...

Cloud Computing: Salesforce aims to reach customers anywhere and on any device

Grazed from The Washington Post. Author: Mohana Ravindranath.

San Francisco-based cloud computing giant Salesforce got big as one of the few companies that helped businesses manage and store customer data. Fifteen years later, it is trying to help businesses reach those customers through their smartphones, tablets and social media.

Salesforce’s recent product launches and acquisitions suggest the company is expanding its focus from business-to-business communication and branching out into business-to-consumer services. At its recent Dreamforce, Salesforce’s annual conference and product launch, the company unveiled Salesforce1, a cloud-based system helping businesses, sell, market and deal with customer service issues through smartphones and tablets. It also announced the ExactTarget Marketing Cloud, which tailors advertising to customers on e-mail, Web, mobile and social media sites...

Digital Nomads - How Cloud Computing and Mobility will Save the Middle-Class

Grazed from Sys Con Media. Author: Kevin Benedict.

The middle-class jobs of the past, the jobs you and I could start with and retire from, are mostly gone today. It is much harder to find jobs that require simply hard-work, responsibility and dedication. In today's world, in order to live a traditional middle-class lifestyle that supports home ownership, cars, a college education and a family, it takes a different mindset and inventory of skills. A set of skills our education system has yet to fully understand and embrace. These are the skills of a digital nomad.

Being a digital nomad means we depend less on company issued laptops, smartphones and tablets, as we desire our own personal tools (BYOD) that can travel with us from job to job and employer to employer. We depend less on companies for our software applications and seek cloud-based applications and services that are tied to us personally, not just our current employer. We seek recognition for our work beyond the four walls of our employer...

Cloud, Mobile Computing Pressure HP, IBM, Tech Giants

Grazed from The Var Guy. Author: Editorial Staff.

The New York Times stated the obvious this evening. And it's worth repeating: Cloud computing and mobile devices -- tablets and smartphones -- are pressuring traditional technology giants like Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), IBM and Intel (INTC), among others. So what's the upshot for channel partners?

Right now it's BAD to be a technology giant because they are so dependent on aging technology platforms. Savvy channel partners -- such as the Top 501 MSPs and the Top 100 Cloud Services Providers -- have already shifted their business models. But thousands of resellers and VARs need to wake up and explore additional partnering stategies...