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Asus Preparing Mystery 'Personal Cloud Computing' Product For Fall Release

Grazed from Forbes.  Author: Elizabeth Woyke.

The booming popularity of tablets has been a mixed blessing for Asus. The Taiwan-based electronics vendor makes takes a hit each time consumers opt for tablets over the laptops and netbooks it makes. At the same time, Asus is investing in tablets, unveiling four models at the Consumer Electronics Show in January. Most of Asus’ tablets won’t launch until later this year, however, when a glut of other tablets from companies ranging from Motorola to Research In Motion to HP will also be on sale.

Administration releases federal cloud strategy

Grazed from Government Computer News.  Author:  Alysha Sideman.

The Obama administration has released its Federal Cloud Computing Strategy, designed to help guide agencies in moving systems to a cloud computing environment. It includes a mandatory evaluation of cloud options before making any investments.

Characterized by low asset utilization, a fragmented demand for resources, duplicative systems, unmanageable environments and long procurement lead times, the federal government’s current IT environment is plagued with ineffiencies, according to the report.

Forrester: Big Data, Cloud Will Merge in 2011

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Derrick Harris.

Appirio crowdsources the cloud with CloudSpokes

Grazed from ZDNet.  Author:  Dennis Howlett.

Appirio
has announced CloudSpokes, an open crowdsourcing environment for enterprise. It is committing $1 million in contest funding to help seed the initiative. From the blurbs, here’s how it works:

Companies who need cloud development work can sponsor a challenge on CloudSpokes, giving developers a way to earn cash rewards, and test and prove their skills for badges and other recognition...

Hardware in a Cloudy Universe

Grazed from IT Business World.  Author: Arthur Cole.

It seems that the more virtualization and the cloud come to dominate data center architecture, the more all of the major advances – the ones that are truly transforming the way we work and interact with others – are happening in the virtual and application layers. In the end, I reasoned that hardware does matter, but it no longer carries the weight of IT innovation. Hardware provides the foundation for all the fun stuff that's happening in the enterprise, but there isn't much reason to stress over a particular server deployment or storage array anymore – unless it fails.

Cloud, mobility transform software space

Grazed from ZDNet.  Author: Kevin Kwang.

According to Trent Mayberry, Accenture's technology geographic lead for Asean, as software moves away from the shrink-wrapped sales and app distribution models, toward the software-as-a-service model, there will be changes in the way ISVs and SIs operate.

With regard to ISVs, he said: "Governance is perhaps one area that will take new forms. Processes that have been traditionally rigid will change and give way to more adaptive models to encourage the viral adoption that cloud and mobility promises."

Software-as-a-service solutions 'offering mobile marketing help'

Grazed from Experian QAS.  Author:  James Glass.

Small companies interested in making use of mobile marketing could decide to employ dedicated software-as-a-service solutions.

This is according to a prediction from Roger Woodend, general manager of 2ergo Australia, who told the Business Spectator website that software-as-a-service mobile marketing tools are being developed, with the potential to give smaller retailers the chance to compete in this field with their larger competitors.

Governance procedures 'highlight data quality responsibilities'

Grazed from Experian QAS.  Author: Neil Hill.

Businesses that are unsure of who is in charge of their data quality strategies across their operations have been advised to put effective governance programmes into place.

This is according to IT Business Edge blogger Loraine Lawson, who said data integration can sometimes lead to confusion over who is responsible for what information and whether or not records are accurate.

"But since data governance tells you who is responsible for the data, you know where to go to resolve these sorts of data quality questions," she said.

Accenture: Enterprise IT faces 'dramatic changes'

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author: Antony Savvas.

Enterprise IT faces "dramatic changes" as a result of eight trends identified by consultancy Accenture.

Accenture says new data management systems, social platforms and cloud computing will help drive the evolution of enterprise IT.

The Accenture Technology Vision 2011 report identifies eight emerging trends that "challenge long-held assumptions about IT". The report offers “action steps” that businesses and governments can take to prepare "for the new world of computing".

VMware debuts connector for hybrid clouds

Grazed from Government Computer News.  Author: Jeffrey Schwartz.

VMware this week introduced software that ties internal vSphere virtual machines to service providers' cloud platforms, a move the company described as key to bridging public and private clouds based on its virtual machines.

The company's vCloud Connector, announced at last Fall's VMworld 2010 conference, will ship by the end of March. It is a free plugin to vSphere 4.0 that will let administrators deploy VMs running in the data center to a service provider running VMware's vCloud platform.