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Forrester: Sourcing departments fear loss of control with SaaS

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author: Leo King.

Businesses’ traditional sourcing departments fear a loss of control of software-as-a-service systems, Forrester analysts have warned ahead of a major conference next week.

Vendor management needs to be transformed to cope with the vast changes brought about by SaaS, the analysts warned.

Liz Herbert, a principal analyst at the company who will speak on day one of Forrester’s Sourcing and Vendor Management Forum in London, said sourcing and vendor management teams were struggling to cope with user self-provisioned technology – including SaaS and Web 2.0.

Embrace of New Technologies Generates New Security Concerns

Grazed from Insurance and Technology.  Author: Katherine Burger.

App Organizes the World Inside Your Smart Phone

Grazed from MIT Technology Review.  Author: Tom Simonite.

Facebook encourages us to create a social network including everyone we know. But it only captures one slice of our social lives. Our social connections and conversations sprawl across many other forms of communication, including face-to-face chat, e-mail, phone calls, and text messages.

Much of these communications is increasingly channeled through one device: the smart phone. A new app from a startup called Aro exploits this fact by digesting everything that takes place on a phone—from e-mails to call logs—to learn about all of your connections and friendships, and to track relationships that span different forms of communication.

The Economics of Servers Could Soon Change

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Stacey Higginbotham.

PiCloud, Python-Based Cloud Funded By Greylock, KPCB

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Om Malik.

PiCloud, a Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company that’s developing a python-based platform as a service (PaaS) has raised $1.4 million in its first round of funding. Investors in the company, co-founded by UC Berkeley graduates Ken Elkabany (CEO) and Aaron Staley, include Greylock Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers and Andreessen Horowitz.

Microsoft Pushes Hyper-V Cloud Agenda

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Derrick Harris.

Why cloud won't kill IT outsourcing or consulting

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author: Boris Renski and Victoria Livschitz.

Sethi stated that cloud computing will ultimately end traditional IT outsourcing. In Arjun's opinion, the likes of Xerox, HP and Accenture, as well as Indian outsourcing vendors like Infosys and TCS, are potentially in peril.

At the same time, Arjun believes that Google and Amazon will eat away a significant share of the IT outsourcing market.

Fujitsu firms up its Microsoft cloud services

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author:  Maxwell Cooter.

Fujitsu and Microsoft have firmed up their agreement on cloud computing services and are ready to roll out a new range of services by the middle of next year.

The companies reached a worldwide agreement last July for Fujitsu to build a range of services based on Microsoft's Azure platform and the companies are set to offer these services for UK customers.

Glue Conference Invites New Startups To Apply To Participate For Free

Grazed from MIT Technology Review.  Author: Brad Feld.

Eric Norlin is a conference master organizer.  The original conference we helped Eric create - Defrag - is happening for the fourth time in ten days in Boulder (11/17-11/18).  I know of several major announcements that are happening around the conference along with a long list of amazing people that are attending that I'll get to hang out with for two days.

Microsoft duels Amazon over cloud computing

Grazed from Press Enterprise.  Author: Diana Bass.

Five years after unveiling a plan to shift into cloud computing , Microsoft Corp. may finally be making headway.