Cloud Adoption

5 ways to ease desktop PC-induced pain

Grazed from Government Computer News.  Author: John Moore.

It didn’t take long after the desktop PC earned a regular seat at the enterprise technology table in the early 1990s for agency managers to realize that PCs can be a real drag. Buying, managing, backing up, fixing and securing PCs are expensive, time-consuming tasks that spawn a seemingly never-ending ordeal.

The problem must be tougher than they thought because they’re still trying to fix it. Here is a rundown of what has been working, what hasn’t and what might work in the future.

5 agency-tested desktop fixes

Fix #1: Desktop Outsourcing

Changing the Psychology of IT in the Era of the Cloud

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Michael  Vizard.

Most therapists will tell you that unless the patient is committed to change, no amount of therapy is going to make any substantial difference in their lives.


Right now, IT organizations are confronted with a host of innovations, starting with virtualization right on up to cloud computing, that require a new approach to IT. The question is: How committed are IT organizations to embracing those changes?

Are Private Clouds Worth the Hassle?

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Arthur Cole.

Private clouds are still drawing keen interest among enterprise managers, primarily as a means to gain all the benefits of public cloud computing while retaining full control of data, applications and infrastructure.

Six Critical Questions CIOs Should Ask Before Entering the Cloud

Grazed from Logicalis.  Author: Editorial Staff.

System Building and the Cloud: It's Time to Prepare

Grazed from ChannelPro SMB.  Author: Geoffrey Oldmixen.

For system builders who sell custom infrastructure and systems to SMBs, the proliferation of hosted applications and services is likely a troubling trend. After all, the more popular cloud computing gets, the less hardware SMBs will need to buy.

So what can system builders expect in the coming years? How much erosion of sales will there really be as the cloud grows? And are there any opportunities?

Standardisation 'can improve data quality'

Grazed from Experian QAS.  Author:  Neil Hill.

The most common way to improve and ensure data quality is through standardisation techniques.

This is the view of a recent report on the issue of product data by The Data Warehousing Institute (TWDI), reports Information Management.

It stated that regardless of the type of data being examined, standardisation can help to support the diverse and complex standards of business information.

The report added that product data quality can be further enhanced with the addition of as much extra information as possible.

Cloud Computing Is More Likely for Low-Risk Systems: Report

Grazed from eWeek.  Author:  Don E. Sears.

Maintaining Strategic Control over Cloud Computing

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author:  Michael Vizard.

Theoretically at least, there’s no way an internal IT organization building out its own private cloud could be as cost competitive as a public cloud computing service. After all, the economies of scale vastly favor the public cloud service.


But  to maintain strategic control over their IT resources, many IT organizations will still need to build out some private cloud platform.

Not Ready for Prime Time

Grazed from Insurance and Technology.  Author: Gary Plotkin.

In some ways, cloud computing is somewhat immature. It's a bit of a solution looking for a problem. In general, the property and casualty industry is underserved by software.

The benefits of cloud are about ease of use, quick rollout and ubiquity around the world. There's a physical advantage. And if I'm using someone else's hardware and software, there's a nice capital relief for me.

Why does broadband speed vary so much?

Grazed from BBC.  Author: Jane Wakefield.

If you are a night owl who enjoys surfing between the hours of 4am and 6am and are fortunate enough to live on top of a telephone exchange then you are probably very happy with your broadband speeds.

But the majority of people in the UK are not getting the broadband services they signed up for, according to a comprehensive speed report by regulator Ofcom.

The survey found that for DSL services advertised as being "up to" 20Mbps, only 2% of customers got speeds in the range of 14-20Mbps. Of the others, 32% were getting a 8-14Mbps service and 65%, 8Mbps or less.