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Cloud Computing is of course an exciting technology trend, but like any other the most important point is still to identify and exploit the business benefits it can enable. For CIO’s looking to advance their careers in the boardroom the most fundamental skill is to be able to articulate the adoption of Cloud in terms of business transformation. How can it drive major enhancements to the organizations strategic ability, how can it increase agility, lower costs or improve staff productivity? A great example of this mode of CIO is the multi-level ‘innovation ecosystem‘ that AT&T’s Thaddeus Arroyo has created. For a high quality introduction to this topic please download our new white paper ‘Enterprise Cloud Computing‘, a special publication by Jon Pyke for our Canadian audience. Jon is uniquely positioned to advise on this capability. With over 30 years experience in ... (more)

Reducing Risk with Encryption for Multi-Tenant Environments

One of the biggest hurdles to cloud adoption is undeniably security. In particular, public cloud services are often under scrutiny as to whether a multi-tenant environment is actually secure. Let’s face it, production virtualized environments are a newer trend, which means that security was never really an issue. As more business critical resources become virtualized, there is an increasing need to ensure the right security controls are in place. Until recently, multi-tenant encryption solutions weren’t particularly effective. Key management being one of the key reasons for the... (more)

ZScaler – Enabling business beyond the corporate network

An example of a Cloud service available in Canada is ZScaler. Based in San Jose the company operates a global network of data centres from which they provide a managed service for implementing Cloud Security best practices. For an in-depth introduction to this capability, recommended reads are their white paper ZScaler – Why Cloud-based Security: Zscaler why_cloud_delivered_security (18-page PDF), and the corporation presentation: Zscaler Corp Overview 10.02.12 (1) (2o-page PDF). An example of the type of scenario where this could be applied is described in our Solution Accelera... (more)

Cloud UVC: Unified Virtual Collaboration

The Canadian government calling out for insights into the gaps in their R&D innovation strategy is timely and provides a context for the market opportunity for Telco Cloud Services. Telcos can offer Cloud platforms that not only meet the core IT needs of governments but can also be aligned with these high-level strategic priorities. Most notably and critically important in these difficult financial times, it can be positioned as economy-boosting 'Innovation Infrastructure', on a SaaS basis. Unified Virtual Collaboration One of the hottest application areas for Telco Cloud servic... (more)

Open Government = Social Innovation

Our McS consulting practice specializes in fast-tracking cutting edge, new innovations such as Cloud computing, Open Government and Social Innovation. These can be utilized by start-ups, providing them a unique invention to launch and grow their business, and it can also be leveraged by large organizations and governments. The essential ingredient is that rather than these being seperate, standalone topics, the critical point is how they overlap and enable one another. As the title suggests, Open Government is actually a form of Social Innovation. Canadian Federal Government rese... (more)