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Data quality responsibilities 'should be made clear'

Grazed from Experian QAS.  Author: James Glass.

Companies often struggle to determine what department is responsible when it comes to the issue of data quality.

This is according to Rob Karel, a Forrester analyst who has recently written a report on the topic of process data headaches for the organisation, reports Information Week.

In his study, it is pointed out that business departments often believe data quality to be the concern of IT teams.

Why high-performance clouds are best kept in-house

Grazed from Government Computer News.  Author: Rutrell Yasin.

Most commercial entities don’t have the infrastructure to handle the intensive workloads of high-performance computing, And, if they do, it will probably be more expensive – in one case, 10 times more expensive – for them to run dedicated services than for some agencies to run their own private clouds.

At least that’s the case for officials from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, who spoke at a recent symposium on high-performance computing.

What is cloud computing? A quick guide to the subject

Grazed from Cloud Pro.  Author: Jon Honeyball.

There’s been plenty of talk about cloud computing ,widely being seen as the ‘next big thing’ in the IT world, but what’s it all about?

The fundamental idea behind the concept is to rent the provision of a service from another company, and for that service provision to be out on the Internet. Defining what we mean by “provision of service” is not easy, because different vendors mean different things. But the essential core idea is that you do not run central services inside your organisation, but push them out to these third party suppliers. Think of it as “outsourcing your servers” and you are mostly there.

Three steps towards drawing up ideal cloud computing contract

Grazed from Cloud Pro.  Author: Frank Jennings.

Once you’ve made the decision to move away from an IT environment that is physically located within your organisation, there’s another problem to solve.

One of the crucial elements of moving to the cloud is the type of contract that you have with the cloud provider (or a reseller of the cloud provider’s service). Get this part wrong and your business could be looking at some very serious financial consequences.

There are three main areas to concentrate on: reliability, security and liability and all customers should be paying keen attention to what a cloud providers’ policy in these three areas is.

Security: The Biggest Holdup to Cloud Computing

Grazed from Server Watch.  Author: Jeff Vance.

Master data management projects 'should be focused on long-term goals'

Grazed from Experian QAS.  Author:  James Glass.

Master data management projects need to have a focus on their long-term objectives, it has been suggested.

In a column for the IT Business Edge website, commentator Loraine Lawson noted a recent study from the Aberdeen Group contained this advice.

It said "minor tactical considerations" that crop up over the course of such a scheme should not become a barrier to meeting these goals.

"Make sure the end result will be driving profit and productivity in the areas that matter most," said the report.

FCCI Contractor Warns Of Cloud Pitfalls

Grazed from Information Week.  Author: Elizabeth Montalbano.

Cloud computing uptake 'being driven by marketing departments'

Grazed from Experian QAS.  Author: James Glass.

Marketing and other non-IT departments are helping to drive the adoption of cloud computing within their companies, a meeting in New Zealand has heard.

Speaking at the IDC Cloud for Business Conference in Auckland, Tim Dillon, research associate vice president of IDC Australia and Asia-Pacific, said his own organisation is an example of this.

He noted the use of applications as part of an overhaul of the body's customer relationship management systems was chiefly driven by its sales and marketing team.

Safe Harbour fails to answer overseas cloud security concerns

Grazed from Computer Weekly.  Author: Cliff Saran.

In the past week I've met IBM and Google and asked them about cloud security.  Sure, data is mirrored, replicated and always available...

No my question concerns data jurisdiction and the ability for governments to subpoena hosting and cloud providers to provide law and anti-terrorism agencies with customers' data.

Google UK cites the Safe Harbour agreement that exists between the UK and US, that allows UK data to be stored in the US. But who's stopping the US Department of Homeland Security from taking that data under the Patriot Act.

Delivering IT for economic recovery

Grazed from Computer Weekly.  Author: Jim Norton.

In many organisations public, private or third sector, it is no longer "business as usual".

The almost unprecedented scale of public sector budget cuts, necessary to bring government finances back towards balance, feed through to all areas of the economy.

Whether it is the need to cope with slashed revenues or to cut costs in the face of intense competition, radical change will be required. It is often no longer sufficient to shave a few percentage points off budgets across the board, new approaches will be required along the lines of: "work smarter, not harder".

What can BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, bring to this challenge?