Author: Hoofer

October 27, 2010 Off

Cloud computing expansion planned by environmental services company

By Hoofer
Grazed from Experian QAS.  Author: Neil Hill.

The use of cloud computing offerings is proving to be a success at an environmental services company.

Mark Stone, chief information officer at Safety-Kleen Systems, explained that his organisation currently uses cloud computing technology in around 15 per cent of its applications, reports Computerworld New Zealand.

While this usage is currently confined to functions such as customer relationship management systems and travel management, the executive explained that the company is looking to increase its cloud usage.

October 27, 2010 Off

Integration as a Cloud Pilot Project

By Hoofer
Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Loraine Lawson.

It seems IT executives are still a bit skittish over moving their applications to the cloud, a hesitation based largely on lingering concerns about security and compliance concerns.


Smartly, they’re using small projects as a way to test the waters, according to a recent InfoWorld article. Interestingly enough, the “starter” project mentioned in the piece is hosted integration.

October 27, 2010 Off

“Operationalizing” analytics: IBM’s new UK Cloud Computing Lab

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Grazed from CWDN.  Author: Adrian Bridgwater.

Spending a few days with IBM at the company’s Information on Demand conference comes with three guarantees: you’ll get a tightly run event (they’ve been doing this for a few years now after all); you’ll get plenty of news; and you’ll be hit with plenty of new Americanised terms such as the "templatizing" of business intelligence tools and the "operationalizing" of data analytics.

October 27, 2010 Off

IBM Helps Resellers Serve the Midmarket

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Grazed from ChannelPro SMB.  Author: Cecilia Galvin and Jessica Mattison.

After an internal reorganization earlier this year, Andy Monshaw took the reins as IBM’s general manager of global midmarket business. This segment, says Monshaw, spends $156 billion on IT annually to run and grow their businesses. But that figure does not include PCs, printers, or other commodities; rather, it comprises “the core of IBM’s addressable market.” Monshaw talks about his plans to help resellers address this lucrative market.

ChannelPro-SMB: What are the requirements of midsize customers, and how should your partners address them?

October 26, 2010 Off

Hadoop Gets a Boost – Cloudera Receives $25 Million Funding

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Grazed from ReadWriteWeb.  Author: Alex Williams.

Cloudera is announcing $25 million round in funding to further invest in product development and services to support its push into the enterprise.

It’s a clear sign that the Hadoop ecosystem is thriving as analytics become increasingly important and data more complex to manage.

The Series C funding is being led by Meritech Capital Partners. Current investors Accel Partners and Greylock Partners also participating. Cloudera has received $36 million in total funding…

October 26, 2010 Off

Are You Ready, Insurance Execs? Gartner Identifies Top 10 Strategic Technologies for 2011

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Grazed from Insurance and Technology.  Author: Katherine Burger.

It has been interesting to see insurance companies wade into the exciting but still-untested waters of social media and mobile computing. While the industry’s inherent risk aversion is perhaps somewhat slowing the pace of these initiatives, neither do carriers seem to be taking their traditional wait-and-see approach to new technologies. It’s not so much, "Let’s watch how this plays out," as "What do we need to know and do to take advantage of this?"

October 24, 2010 Off

Low-power computing promises to boost companies’ profits

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Grazed from BBC.  Author:  Sharif Sakr.

The IMEC laboratory in Belgium is a surprising place. Nestled in the sleepy university town of Leuven, its low-key entrance gives little clue to the high-tech facility within.

The heart of the complex is a massive, dust-free ‘clean room’, staffed by carefully-wrapped technicians. Here, microchips are developed based on sophisticated and carefully guarded designs.

But unlike unlike consumer chips from Intel or AMD, IMEC’s microchips are not meant to be powerful – they are the exact opposite.