Cloud Computing: How Mobility Changes Hiring And The Future Of Work

Grazed from Forbes.  Author: Maribel Lopez

Mobile, cloud computing and Software as a Service (SaaS) have changed the IT infrastructure landscape. These trends are equally disruptive and transformative for business processes such as CRM, logistics management and hiring. Recently, I spoke with David Hale, the CEO of Gigwalk, on how mobility is reinventing work.

Today, a massive amount of  temporary positions aren’t filled because companies can’t quickly match open opportunities to available talent. This issue is particularly acute when a company needs to hire temporary talent for short intervals, such as a day or a week. In the past a company had to call prospective workers to know if someone was available at a certain time and location and to confirm the person had the right skills. This manual process is cumbersome and many jobs went unfilled because it was too difficult to find a temporary worker...

The cloud infrastructure tools helping to boost business mobility

Grazed from ITProPortal.  Author: Barclay  Ballard.

Mobility is now absolutely vital for a huge number of businesses operating across a wide range of industries and the cloud is, more often than not, the technology that gives firms the flexibility and agility required to gain a competitive edge and outmanoeuvre their rivals.
Perhaps the most ubiquitous use of cloud computing, amongst consumers and businesses, is accessing files and applications remotely. This has boosted work productivity immensely by enabling employees to work wherever they are. External meetings or being unable to get to the office no longer means being out of the loop. The cloud has broken down the physical barriers of the workspace to greatly boost company mobility...

Cloud Computing: Salesforce Launches New Tools To Boost Mobile Customer Service

Grazed from CIOToday. Author: Shirley Siluk.

The new in-app customer support offering from Salesforce, announced Thursday, includes an Amazon Mayday-like SOS button that instantly puts users in touch with agents for live, on-screen video help. The new cloud Relevant Products/Services-based Service for Apps will also enable companies to provide customers with in-app knowledge bases, chat support, case monitoring and tap-to-call access to phone support.

While Salesforce SOS is available now, the other app tools are scheduled to roll out in private beta later this year. Salesforce said Service for Apps will let enterprises easily embed multi-channel customer service directly into their mobile apps and fills a gap in existing customer relationship management. While 88 percent of mobile users' time is spent in apps, most organizations aren't yet making mobile a part of the service experience, according to Salesforce...

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Nokia Rolls Out Cloud Hardware Platform for Telcos

Grazed from eWeek. Author: Jeffrey Burt.

Nokia Networks officials are continuing their efforts to better compete with larger rivals like Ericsson and Huawei Technologies in the rapidly evolving telecommunications space. Nokia in April announced plans to buy Alcatel-Lucent for $16.6 billion, a move that will give it greater scale against larger vendors and expand its capabilities in network-functions virtualization (NFV), a key technology being pushed and embraced by telecom operators.

Now the company an infrastructure platform designed to help mobile network operators more easily adopt NFV and cloud computing. The Finnish vendor's AirFrame Data Center Solution that includes pre-integrated racks of ultra-dense servers powered by Intel Xeon processors, network switches and software-defined storage capabilities...

Cloud Computing: Mobile First, But What’s Next?

Grazed from TechCrunch.  Author: Peter Wagner.

The ascendance of mobile devices, cloud computing and big data is having a profound impact on the lives of workers. Yet many of the business applications that run on their smartphones and tablets still fail miserably to take full advantage of this revolutionary shift. Even services that tout themselves as “mobile first” often fall short of delivering novel functionality that boosts productivity and profit.

The offerings that will come to dominate the emerging $100 billion market for enterprise applications will be those that are “authentically mobile,” a term we use to describe services that would be extremely difficult or impossible to achieve without taking full advantage of the unique properties of the mobile ecosystem...

VCE Launches New VxRacks for Cloud, Mobile Apps

Grazed from eWeek. Author: Chris Preimesberger.

VCE, a highly successful company conceived by EMC, Cisco Systems, Intel and VMware five and half years ago, made news May 4 at EMC World 2015 here by announcing a new line of hyper-converged data center systems called VxRacks. The company said these new server-storage packages will enable enterprises and service providers to more easily manage the deployment of next-generation scale-out cloud, distributed and mobile Tier 2 applications.

VCE VxRack systems enable users to start with dozens of servers and scale to thousands with up to 38 petabytes of storage capacity while delivering high performance/value per IOP. Most importantly, VCE offers its proven methodology of pre-engineered, preconfigured factory-built infrastructure with single-call lifecycle support to VxRack Systems, providing owners with the same VCE customer experience...

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Cloud, Mobility & BI: Interop's Applications Track

Grazed from InformationWeek. Author: Andrew Conry Murray.

Mobility and cloud computing are transforming application delivery and development. IT has to keep up with these transformations to ensure that end users and customers have a good experience regardless of where the application runs. At the same time, IT is responsible for security, governance, compliance and the reams and reams of data these applications consume and generate. Interop’s Applications track helps IT meet this tall order with a mix of real-world case studies and in-depth workshops and tech sessions. Here’s a sample of what you’ll find.

Transforming Data Into Information And Knowledge

This workshop delves into data analytics and how it can be applied to change the way work is planned, accomplished and improved. The workshop looks at industry examples, including healthcare, to show how raw data can be transformed into actionable information. It will also provide an overview of the different data analytics technologies available, and share tips on how to get a data analytics project off the ground...

Joined at the Hip: The Cloud and Mobility

Grazed from CIO. Author: Charlie Cooper.

The trend lines are clear: Laptops began replacing desktops, and then tablets began replacing laptops. And at this rate, smartphones one day might replace them all. It’s hardly hyperbole: IDC expects mobile workers to number slightly more than 37 percent of the global workforce by the end of this year. Putting it another way, we’re talking about some 1.3 billion mobile workers.

That tectonic shift also underscores the changing landscape that CIOs are navigating, one in which increasingly mobile employees expect reliable and seamless access to their corporate networks, no matter what device they carry with them. This has major implications for the future of the cloud...

What Mobile Cloud Means For Your Business

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Maribel Lopez.

According to CTIA, 1.3 billion smartphones were sold in the U.S. in 2014. Several years ago, companies would call Lopez Research to ask questions about bring your own device (BYOD) programs and what mobile operating systems a company should use to build its apps. At that time, many businesses were skeptical that purchasing tablets would deliver any business value.

Today, no one calls about these concerns. Smartphones and tablets are widely used across all types of organizations. Most organizations are building apps to support more than one mobile operating system and BYOD programs are also in full force. A Lopez Research survey revealed 65 percent of U.S. firms have BYOD programs...

Cloud, Mobile Technology Complicating IT Security

Grazed from eWeek. Author: Nathan Eddy.

Legacy security systems and practices are often not sufficient to protect companies’ expanding use of cloud and mobile technologies, according to a CompTIA study. Malware and hacking are still the top threats causing concern, with nearly half of all companies citing these as serious concerns.

"One of the most important things that small businesses can do is to form a policy around security," Seth Robinson, senior director, technology analysis, CompTIA, told eWEEK. "Only 44 percent of SMBs say that they have a comprehensive security policy in place. The key part in forming a policy is having discussions across an organization to ensure that everyone is on the same page."...

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