Use Big Data, Mobile, And Cloud Together To Optimize Planning And Performance (Part 2)

Grazed from SAP. Author: Steve Player.

Let’s recap some of what we have learned in the previous blogs. First, planning departments face huge challenges driven by an increasing complex and unpredictable world. Uncertainty reigns supreme, yet the need for effective planning has never been higher.This is one of many paradoxes being faced.How to Get from Data to Decision -- Deliver the Right Information to the Right People

Another is the need for planning efficiency while at the same time a need to embed planning in the lines of business to be as close to front line action as possible. Fortunately, new technologies are supplying some solutions to these challenges—cloud computing, Big Data, in-memory, and mobility...

Let The Battle Of The Clouds Commence As Apple's OSX Continuity Challenges Microsoft's Windows Live

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Ewan Spence.

With the introduction of Continuity for OSX Yosemite and iOS 8, not only has Tim Cook given Apple users a coherent platform from mobile phone and tablet to laptop and desktop, he has given Apple an opportunity to be number one in the battle for cloud storage and cloud computing services.

The top level statistics for OSX are impressive. The install base for Mac grew by 12% (compared to a 5% decrease for the PC market), and 40 million copies of OSX Mavericks have been installed. That?s more than 50% of the potential audience, and drew a humorous comparison to Windows 8's 14% adoption...

Cloud Computing: Apple unveils iOS8 with health and home apps

Grazed from LiveMint. Author: Editorial Staff.

Apple Inc. introduced new health and connected home features for the software powering the iPhone and iPad, laying the groundwork for a busy second half of the year as the company seeks to rev up its growth. Apple released new mobile software, called iOS8, at its annual developer conference in San Francisco.

The software includes HealthKit, which lets people monitor their health and acts as a data hub for fitness apps, and HomeKit, which includes home automation elements so people can control locks, garage doors and lights from their devices. Apple company also showed products for storing and sending files—iCloud Drive and Maildrop—and an updated version of its Mac OS dubbed Yosemite...

Is Hardware Back? Mobile and Cloud Technology Offer Clues

Grazed from CIO. Author: Jonathan Hassell.

If you haven't been living under a rock, you've heard pundits proclaim the death of the PC. As consumers move to tablets and stop buying laptops and desktops, and as companies pinch IT budgets even harder than they have in the past, it's easy to paint a doomsday scenario for hardware. Even the hardware companies play into this myth — look no further than AMD to see weakness portrayed. For many, it seems, hardware has lost its sexiness.

Not so fast. Hardware is back. There are two clear catalysts for hardware in this era: Mobile devices as well as the explosion of cloud computing as a way to host applications, infrastructure and services. Let's unpack the promise of hardware from these two perspectives a little more...

Mobile networking and cloud computing - are they complementary enablers of growth?

Grazed from BCSG. Author: Phil Bircumshaw.

It wasn’t too long ago that businesses looking to grow had to invest in expensive hardware and software. The initial outlay put a lot of options out of smaller companies’ reach, while the kit’s upkeep and depreciation were a real headache for the bigger businesses that did invest. But now everything’s changed. Virtual, shared resources are set to revolutionise the business world as we know it.

The end of 9 to 5

Part of this change is thanks to mobile networking. Smartphones and tablets are becoming increasingly sophisticated, running apps that were once restricted to desktop computing only. And soon we’ll see 4G rolled out across the country, which means faster download speeds and greater capacity to deal with more demanding services...

Dimension Data Opens Cloud-based Enterprise Mobility Service

Grazed from TheVarGuy. Author: DH KaaS.

IT solutions and services provider Dimension Data has opened a new cloud-based Enterprise Mobility as a Service (EMaaS) as the first step in a wider initiative to provide a suite of user-centric services to help enterprises manage their end user computing needs. Dimension’s EMaaS platform is an integrated enterprise mobility management service through which enterprises can deliver policy-based and device agnostic mobile device management (MDM) and mobile expense management frameworks.

The consumption-based cloud service allows businesses to scale deployments and manage mobile devices, data access and expense management. The EMaaS platform will be available in the second half of 2014 through a self-service client portal, officials said. The company said it is accenting the EMaaS offering with its Systems Integration and Professional Services competencies aimed at addressing an organization’s full gamut of enterprise mobility needs...

Mobile, Cloud are Top Tech Industry Drivers

Grazed from MidsizeInsider. Author: Rick Robinson.

A new survey confirms that mobile and cloud computing are the leading tech industry drivers — segments that tech executives and managers see as their big moneymakers. But looking ahead, these tech execs foresee data and analytics taking the lead, perhaps along with the Internet of Things (IoT). The tech industry's moneymakers are a reflection of where the demand is, and much of that demand comes from IT at midsize firms.

Follow the Money

Consulting and auditing firm KMPG recently asked 100 top tech industry executives what their top moneymakers were in 2013. Responses, according to InfoWorld, showed that mobile and the cloud were the biggest revenue generators, and that they were also running ahead of projections. Of the firms surveyed, 53 percent said mobile revenue exceeded expectations, and 47 percent said the same of cloud computing...

How CIOs can prepare for the new era of total mobility

Grazed from CSO.  Author: John Gonsalez.

The need for a rock-solid, mobility-enabled network that reaches users no matter where they are is an investment priority for organisations, but what should enterprises be doing to prepare for the new era of total mobility?

First let us consider the situation. With the proliferation of mobile users and their devices, within a campus or across continents, the challenges of operating and managing a network have changed fundamentally. IT has moved quickly from a world of fixed computing to a new world of mobility where everything — people, devices, machines, and applications — is in constant motion...

Study Finds Organizations Are Unprepared for Technology Shifts to Cloud, Analytics, Mobile and Social Computing

Grazed from PRNewsWire. Author: PR Announcement.

At the IBM Edge2014 conference, IBM (NYSE: IBM ) today released preliminary study findings of 750 global organizations revealing less than 10 percent are fully prepared to address the proliferation of cloud computing , analytics , mobile devices and social media . Addressing this challenge head-on, IBM is unveiling new systems, software and capabilities designed to help organizations create smarter infrastructures that yield faster access to Big Data insights through the cloud and improved business performance.

"Big Data is the transformative force driving every element of our clients' computing infrastructure – starting with environments of traditional applications blended with the new requirements of social, mobile and analytic workloads that demand faster access at massive scale," said Tom Rosamilia, Senior Vice President of IBM Systems & Technology Group and IBM Integrated Supply Chain...

Redefining Mobile with Cloud Computing and BYOD

Grazed from Kropla.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Mobile communications move and change at the speed of light. The way businesses and consumers use mobile technology today is not even remotely the same way they were using it just 10 years ago. In fact, mobile technology is moving so quickly that “mobile” doesn’t mean the same thing it did just a few years ago.

Old vs. New Mobility

When mobile phones and wireless internet first came on the scene, they were used as a way to stay in touch while on the road. But now, thanks to smartphones and mobile cloud computing capabilities, business travel spending is down, and mobile communications is skyrocketing...