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Cloud Migration Management (CMM) refers to the best practices for planning and managing migration of IT systems from a legacy platform to a Cloud Provider through a combination professional services consulting and software tools. Legacy Transformation and Modernization A Cloud migration project can be a relatively simple exercise, where applications are migrated ‘as is’, to gain benefits such as elastic capacity and utility pricing, but without making any changes to the application architecture, software development methods or business processes it is used for. There may be a clear business for doing so, such as the hardware platform becoming obsolete, however the organization overall won’t realize any additional benefits, there is no business transformation as part of this move. With senior executives potentially expecting broader strategic capabilities as a res... (more)

Internet of Things Smart Products | @ThingsExpo [#IoT]

Michael Porter, author of the most highly regarded of all business strategy theories, Competitive Advantage, describes how there are now three distinct eras of how technology can be defined to impact upon the ability to achieve this advantage. Michael makes two very important points. The first point is that there has previously been two eras and now there is a third – the first being when corporations started to use IT for automation purposes, described in this 1985 article, followed then by when all of this IT became interconnected via the Internet, described in this 2001 artic... (more)

Open Government Clouds

You wouldn't typically combine the words 'Government' and 'Innovation' in the same sentence, but actually it's the ideal way to highlight some of the most essential and exciting points about Cloud computing. Although the technology can lower operational costs by moving processes 'into the Cloud', up to 90% in some cases of government adoption, it's not the full extent of the benefits. It can also go hand in hand with 'Open Transformation' of the processes themselves, utilizing "Crowdsourcing" approaches to fully leverage all aspects of what modern technology offers. Cloud Bursti... (more)

Canadian Cloud Computing Solution for European Commission Cloud Log Jam

The New York Times recently reported that cloud computing is not being adopted as quickly in Europe as in other parts of the world because of European Commission privacy laws that place rigid limits on the movement of information beyond the borders of the 27-country European Union. Industry lobbyists are working to loosen and streamline existing laws on international data transfer to permit the eventual creation of a comprehensive, workable, global privacy framework that is consistent, flexible, transparent and principles-based. Cloud Ventures, a Canadian consultancy incubating C... (more)

Sharepoint Private Cloud – Socializing Enterprise Applications

The reason I think the Cloud market will experience such a huge boom is that it will be accompanied by other equally powerful IT trends. Indeed they will magnify the benefit of one another, and these overlaps are the ideal sweet spots to provide the context and opportunity for new start-ups. The overlap between Cloud Computing and an Enterprise 2.0 strategy of ‘socializing enterprise apps’ is this type of focus for our ‘LiveWIRE’ Cloud Venture, a new toolset that overlays across Microsoft Sharepoint and offers the secret sauce potential to dramatically increase sales of hosted ... (more)