Windows 365, Cloud-Hosted Smartphone OS, Leaked in Microsoft Filing

Grazed from DailyTech. Author: Jason Mick.

Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) on Jan. 29 submitted a pretty intriguing trademark finding to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). In the filing it applies for a trademark on the term "Windows 365." The filing was first spotted by a reader of Neowin.

I. A Game Changer Quietly Steps Up

What at first looks like a ho-hum filing really hints at a potentially market-changing upcoming product. Imagine, for a second, a Lumia 635 budget smartphone that could destroy the most powerful Apple, Inc. (AAPL) iPhone in gaming graphics at a tenth the cost That's the radical promise of Windows 365. The description given is as follows:...

Progressive aims to use cloud computing to improve its business intelligence and employee mobility

Grazed from Microsoft. Author: Editorial Staff.

Progressive is looking to expand its use of cloud computing to help it realize greater organizational efficiencies, “investing less time on infrastructure and more on providing high-value services to the business,” write two of the company’s executives in a guest post on the Office Blogs.

Office 365 “will be an important part of our cloud approach and we are now taking the first steps by setting up identity management and deploying Office 365 ProPlus, the user-based subscription version of Microsoft Office, to our more than 26,000 employees,” write Scott McPherson, manager of enterprise architecture organization and software and security group, and Matt Lynn, domain architect of unified communications and collaboration group at Progressive...

Workers bringing own mobile devices compel CIOs to embrace cloud

Grazed from Bloomberg.  Author: Dina Bass and Jing Cao.

Brian Lillie, chief information officer at data-center company Equinix Inc., had a salesman with a password problem.  Remembering the 15 separate logins to use the Redwood, Calif., company's tools proved challenging, the salesman told Lillie, so he was writing them all down. That rendered them pointless if the paper were to be lost or stolen. So Lillie started testing programs to let people use a single password for everything, and implemented one across the business a couple of years ago.

The CIO's role is changing quickly in a world where the spread of mobile devices and Internet-based programs is resulting in a more employee-led approach to new technology. Companies' top information-technology executives now must track the use of workers' own devices and applications and decide which of these programs to roll out companywide. That's a break from the past, when they had more control over evaluating what software and hardware to buy before it reached the staff...

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Cloud Computing: IBM Makes Mobile Strides with z13 Mainframe

Grazed from CIOToday.  Author:  Jennifer LeClaire.

Big Blue just launched what it’s calling one of the most sophisticated computer systems ever built. IBM's new z13 mainframe caps a $1 billion investment and five years of development -- and taps into over 500 new patents in collaboration with more than 60 clients.

IBM is pointing to three “firsts” with the z13. It’s the first system that can process 2.5 billion transactions a day -- that’s equal to 100 Cyber Mondays every day of the year -- which is a key capability given we’re headed toward about 40 trillion mobile Relevant Products/Services transactions a day by 2025, according to Big Blue’s research...

Cloud, Mobility, Big Data Key To Growth In Managed Services Space

Grazed from CRN. Author: Lindsey O'Donnell.

Solution providers are expecting accelerated growth in the managed services space but stress that MSPs must transform as the need for cloud, mobility and big data solutions rises. A study released Wednesday by research and consulting firm MarketsAndMarkets predicted the demand for managed services will jump drastically in the next five years, with the global market slated to grow from $101.2 billion in 2014 to $193.3 billion in 2019.

Kyle Cebull, CMO of Fort Myers, Fla.-based solution provider Entech, said customers are looking to managed services to increase efficiency and reduce in-house costs. “Managed service providers are a more sophisticated way of handling information technology,” he said. “Companies are becoming more sophisticated in general about looking for new ways to excel...

Are Cloud, Mobile Technologies Driving Federal IT Market Growth?

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Dan Kobialka.

New research suggests that cloud computing, mobile technologies and virtualization tools will help the federal IT market grow over the next few years. Conducted by TechNavio, the study revealed that this market will expand at a 1.67 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) between 2014 and 2019.

"The federal information technology [sector] has evolved rapidly to provide a new platform with the advances in virtualization technology, cloud computing and mobile devices to enhance IT infrastructure and security aspects," TechNavio said. "Such developments offer opportunities to increase the value and accessibility of government resources and encourage greater internal and external collaboration...

Cloud Computing, Big Data, Mobility Pile on for MSP Opportunity

Grazed from ChannelPartnersOnline. Author: Kelly Teal.

As cloud computing, big data and mobility services grow more popular, you can bet that you, Mr./Ms. MSP, will see an increase in business, and it’s time to plan accordingly. MarketsandMarkets makes this prediction in a new report devoted to the indirect channel, noting that MSPs will see demand soar between 2015 and 2019 – by how much, however, the research firm did not say.

What is clear is that MSPs and the partners they team with, including VARs, ISVs and systems integrators, all stand to profit, as long as they offer vendor-neutral services and cater to customers’ specific needs, MarketsandMarkets said. That good news – albeit not new news – for MSPs and their associates comes as many enterprises and SMBs don’t want to take on the hassle of understanding, procuring and overseeing the technology that drives their organizations...

Huawei sales set to rise 15 percent on cloud, smart devices push

Grazed from ZDNet.  Author: Zack Whittaker.

Huawei expects demand in its cloud computing, big data, and smart devices areas to push sales up 15 percent to $46 billion in 2014.  The company's chief executive Ken Hu said in a message on the technology giant's website that the company had "seized these opportunities, continued to focus on our pipe strategy, streamlined management, and maintained effective growth."

Hu added that the company had undergone internal efficiency savings, including restructuring three business units.  The Shenzen, China-based company's chief executive, who shares the position with two other senior staffers on a rotating basis, said its cloud strategy continues to do well thanks to partnerships with SAP and Accenture...

2014 cloud news: IBM Watson, mobile and IoT get top clicks

Grazed from TechTarget.  Author: Jan Stafford.

In 2014, news about developing cloud applications using IBM Watson’s cognitive capabilities and mobile-first strategies were top traffic-getters on SearchCloudApplications. An article about developing Internet of Things (IoT) apps and a piece about enterprise architects’ cloud projects were runners up.

Looking at why these four stories attracted over 12,000 readers, I talked with our expert contributor, George Lawton, who wrote all of them. Together, we offered some footnotes to each story.  The year’s top story was “IBM’s Watson supercomputer gives developers access to cognitive cloud.” In it, Lawton describes how software developers are using IBM Watson to build customer-focused cloud-based applications...

Cloud Computing: A Look Back - Broken Promises of the Mobile Enterprise

Grazed from CMSWire.  Author: Tom Murphy.

Perhaps nothing in information technology offers a richer mix of expectation and disillusionment than the mobile enterprise. It's become like the lover who keeps promising a long-term relationship but never commits.

Since workers became enamored with smartphones eight years ago, it has seemed obvious those devices will one day connect with the applications and data within the company's fire-walled network. And that will happen. It just didn't happen in 2014...