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Like every one I am updating my terminology to reflect the shift that occurred – Business and technical executives immediately get that when combined with a world of smart, connected devices then Cloud computing only makes more sense. We have entered an age where IoT Cloud Computing...
One of the most powerful aspects of the Internet of Things is the process of synthesis it achieves; it provides a mental model for people to associate and relate a number of different technologies under one umbrella concept and trend. Therefore one early quick win is a simple taxonomy...
Most of the ‘Top 50 of the Cloud industry’ type lists tend to, understandably, be dominated by the USA tech sector, so with our focus on Cloud for Europe, I thought it would be fun to start a purely European list: The EuroCloud Top 10! (to be expanded to 20, 50…) Numb...
Here is the first version of our new white paper : Cloud for Europe. Background Cloud for Europe is headlined by the EU research investment program, chartered by industry consortia and being driven by procurement initiatives. The EU Cloud Strategy is ...
Here is the case study of how I have been using Document Leads to generate hundreds of interested new contacts from our ongoing white paper marketing. Download: Finding Success Through Content MarketingThe post Finding Success Through Content Marketing appeared first on Cloud Computing...
The EU recently published a significant document marking their ambitions and plans to become a world leader in the field of Cloud Computing, their Trusted Cloud Europe program. This features a white paper as the backbone to the program, a document which calls for a Cloud best practices...
For me the most fascinating aspect of the Cloud trend was not so much the technology or suppliers like Amazon, but rather an associated focus on innovation that grew among the CIO community, and as a subset of this the role public sector CIO’s can play in driving economic innovat...
The UK government is starting to plan the evolution of their G-Cloud (Government Cloud) initiative. In essence the current implementation is basically an ‘e-commerce store for Government Cloud IT services’. The Cloud Store is just that, the logical first step of a single or...
We will be organizing a Cloud research program to meet the requirements for Cloud computing described in the EU’s Horizon 2020 funding program. It’s a very complex body of knowledge and so we’ll be using various apps and documents, starting with this: CBPN – EU ...
The changing regulatory and compliance environment around data privacy necessitate improved methods of protecting sensitive information sent to the cloud. Encryption is one strategy cloud service providers use to protect enterprise cloud data from cybercriminals and any unauthorized ac...
Everything about our working lives is being virtualized, not just IT applications for hosting in the Cloud. We’re all migrating to the Cloud in some form or another, aka ‘The Future of Work‘. What’s Your Crowd Rating? To see the nature of how work is transformin...
Cranleigh, Surrey – +13 March 2014 – With the government’s “open source procurement” mandate already in place, where public sector organisations have to demonstrate that they have included open source choices within their...
One of the first Cloud applications I recommend for any business is Google Apps, it’s such a swiss army knife of an application set that you will immediately make practical use of it, and continue to find many more ways after that too. However it does suffer from a few missing pi...
One of the most significant product and platform wars we’ll see is the race for the ‘operating system’ of the Internet of Things. I.e. All these connected devices, the smart fridge that re-orders your groceries et al, need software running there to make this analysis,...
We have started a series of activities for new startup ventures, with a headline theme that now is an ideal time for them to become a ‘Digital Disruptor’, to harness new technology in such a way they create an entirely new business model that obviates their competition. You...
Probably the most impactful way to describe the potential and impact of Cloud Identity technologies and the IRM concept (Identity Relationship Management) is through starting to look at how these trends will modernize the SOA (Service Oriented Architecture). A while back I proposed an ...
Although Cloud hosting has been a massive boom it’s not necessarily a disruptive technology model. Although Amazon is certainly doing it to a much larger scale than ever before, it more represents an ongoing maturity of the simple web hosting we began in the early 90′s. It ...
As Sarah Frier writes on Bloomberg the recent $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp will fuel a series of follow on acquisitions, the ideal feeding frenzy for savvy entrepreneurs. These opportunities provide the ideal context for the best elevator pitch for Cloud Computing. Basicall...
Read our latest white paper presentation: Global G-Cloud Innovation. Harnessing Open Innovation The headline theme is how G-Cloud (Government Cloud) design is not only just about more cost-efficient approaches to the mundane aspects of data centre computing, but can address the fundame...
We have published a new white paper ‘Cloud Identity as a Service’. You can register to download here. Identity as a platform for Digital Government maturity As you will see Identity as a Service goes far beyond simply providing single sign-on authentication type functions, ...
I have started a ‘Hot Topics‘ section of our site, to concentrate our keynote experts and headline discussion items – If you would like to publish your blogs around these themes you can join in here. One of these topics is the EU Horizon 2020 funding program, and this...
I am now gearing up to move the CCN into a second phase of growth, and a headline part of this will see the CCN evolve to become a startup incubator and seed fund provider for startups in the field of Cloud Computing. We are now in the process of applying to the Province of [...]The po...
One of the core ideas of Sun Tzu’s Art of War is to concentrate your forces where you have positions of strengths, or in gambling terms, to ‘double down‘ when you have a winning hand. For Canada’s goals of reversing an innovation decline and ours of building a w...
In our latest debate poll I ask whether the Canadian Parliament could be upgraded to a new Government 2.0 model., and you might be wondering what this has to do with Cloud Computing. In short the whole premise is that new online technologies offer new organization models, e-voting, soc...
In the ISACC report (31 page PDF) that analyzed Canada’s contributions to global research on open standards they conclude that this is a declining field for Canada. Like the tech sector itself Canada’s role in global leadership of technology innovations has diminished....
While it is fun to watch the 800 lb Gorilla squash every one, Amazon has to face competition at some point. Even just for the sake of something to write about! While AWS is fundamentally amazing, it’s now quite a well established and therefore boring facet of the market. It’...
G-Cloud Innovation describes a summary of international Government Cloud Computing best practices, covering topics such as: Introduction – Open sourcing best practices Legacy Modernization – The Business Case for Transformation Digital Government by Default G-Cloud Framewor...
For the last couple of years I have been working extensively with different standards groups to find a way to help accelerate the intersection of open standards work and the definition of Cloud Best Practices. To this end two main groups are being developed: The Kantara Cloud ID Securi...
Adopting Cloud computing services can be a simple, tactical exercise to meet some immediate infrastructure needs, or it can be the catalyst to embracing an entirely new strategy for IT as a whole. This can drive an entire transformation of how the organization works thanks to how it de...
To help “eat our own dog food” so to speak (why do we eat dog food??), I have set up a new community wiki site for our ebook Crowdsourcing Canada’s Digital Economy Action Plan: Digital-Economy.ca Just like wikipedia a wiki is a document editing site where any user can...
Here is a reply I received to the prior article introducing the ‘Cloud Name System‘ (CNS). I thought it especially useful to add because it’s kindly provided by one of the inventors of the core standards involved XDI, Drummond Reed: “I just read your post and I ...
This post is sponsored by Good Technology. The third and most recent in the series of white papers from Canada Health Infoway, the standards body for E-Health in the country, is Mobile Computing in Clinical Settings. Transformation through Enterprise Mobility This details a comple...
Another 2014 prediction is the evolution and emergence of the ‘Cloud Name System’, a directory system for Cloud applications in the same way DNS (Domain Name System) works for the web and email. Lori Vittie wrote a while back about the need for an ‘SNS’ – a Service Name System, a DNS...
This post is sponsored by the Zero Distance Community and T-Systems. When the Toronto city manager was explaining the challenges of the recent ice storm they experienced as part of coping with the chaos, they revealed the core insight into the value of Cloud Computing: B...
Keeping up with the day-to-day HR needs of a growing workforce can significantly affect your efficiency. Paperwork, approvals, requests for information and staying compliant: all take you away from your strategic focus. A cloud-based HR system can help remove the administrative stress ...
The Techtarget History of Cloud infographic stops at 2014 and asks ‘What next?’, and my answer, my proposal for a key trend in 2014 is ‘Certified Cloud Computing‘. The goal of our Canada Cloud Roadmap is to suggest where the trend may go across five, ten, twenty...
This post is sponsored by Good Technology. Mobile Big Data Cloud Computing sounds like a buzzword bingo winning mouthful, but as a headline term it’s probably the best snapshot of what today’s CIOs need to get their head around in terms of technologies today and in the futu...
It’s hard to read or listen to the news without hearing concerns about protecting sensitive data. Whether it is providing security for payment card/banking information or maintaining privacy from cyber surveillance – governmental and otherwise. Edward Snowden was back in the news last...
This post is sponsored by the Zero Distance Community and T-Systems. TRANSFORM is the name of our consulting service, referring to the fact that our primary specialism is in business transformation, how it can be achieved through enterprise cloud computing. This is a message also ...
At a pre-conference Meetup recently, one of the organizers waxed poetic about how the cloud is changing how companies do business. His big example was ZipCar, the car sharing company. His example was how Zipcar uses cloud to deal with data. But, I think he missed the bigger analogy t...