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Tracking the Megatrend of Cloud Computing There are seven key MegaTrends driving the future of enterprise IT. You can remember them all with the helpful mnemonic acronym CAMBRIC, which stands for Cloud Computing, Artificial Intelligence, Mobility, Big Data, Robotics, Internet of Things, CyberSecurity. In this post we dive deeper into the first of these trends, Cloud Computing. We succinctly describe Cloud Computing as the scalable delivery of computational resources. Models of cloud compute include public clouds, private clouds and blends in between. Architectures are in place now that leverage tiers of clouds that can exist in multiple sizes and locations, including homes, businesses and datacenters. A snapshot of the trend right now indicates: Efficiencies of this architecture are driving compute costs down. Commercial Cloud Computing providers are know widely know... (more)

Opinion: A Critique of the “New iPad”

Let’s get started, I’m not in love w/ the new naming system for the iPad. “New” should never be in any products name, let alone a real piece of technology (will the next one be New New? or New and Improved iPad?). Ridiculous. That said, Apple has certainly upped their internal standards (as the iPad 2 was showing its age and limitations in a few aspects). Apple’s Upgrades The first huge upgrade is the screen. While I still disagree with the 4:3 aspect ratio, Apple has quadrupled the pixels to a ridiculous 2048×1536. At 1536p it certainly is beyond 720p or 1080p (hd resolutions) b... (more)

If You Drive a Car, or Know Someone Who Does, You Must Read This... By @BobGourley | @ThingsExpo #IoT

Thanks to the professional, virtuous work of security researchers Chris Valasek and Charlie Miller and some fantastic reporting on this research by Andy Greenberg of Wired Magazine, we have long known that theoretical hacks against cars are no longer theoretical. They are real. Many connected cars can be hacked and they can be hacked from long distance. And the threats include threats to safety. The publicity brought to these issues was incredibly important and helpful. Zero action would have occurred without it. Now, almost a year after the research was initially published, the... (more)

Cloud Computing vs SOA: Look For a Cross-over in Hype

Cloud Computing is one of the many things enterprise CIOs, CTOs and other engineers will master in delivering capability.  I believe in the power of new Cloud Computing technologies and concepts and think we should all continue our focus there. I have said, and still say, the same thing about design approaches like Service Oriented Architecture (SOA).  The constructs, methods and models of SOA are good practices that result in good designs for enterprises. It is smart to separate data from application logic and smart to enable agility and mashups the way good SOA design does. B... (more)

Three Use Cases for Splunk

The greatest source of potential use cases for technology is the user community. This is a great reason to attend events where customers are at the center of focus. This was what last month’s Splunk Live DC was like. Splunk is a very user-focused capability and when you create a venue where users can exchange info it can be a particularly virtuous event. The following are use cases from three Splunk customers. Splunk, as you probably know, derives knowledge and actionable information by indexing and searching machine data. Users at Splunk Live explained why they were so happy wi... (more)