It’s a good thing not all elected officials are clueless about technology. In an effort to reduce 40 percent of the U.S. government’s current 2,100 data centers, the White House has pledged to embrace flexible cloud computing in favor of traditional in-house tech deployments. The shift from building custom, proprietary IT systems to lighter technologies and shared solutions is cleaner and more cost-effective. And to prove how serious they are about the “cloud,” the White House launched Apps.gov, an online portal for commercial vendors to showcase their cloud-based technologies.
On the cover of its August 2010 issue, Wired magazine declared “The web is dead.” In a recent interview with Business Insider, Wired’s Editor-in-Chief Chris Anderson explains the full title of the article: “The web is dead. Long live the Internet.” Anderson says, “You don’t have to be an ad supported website. If you choose, you can take the app path; you can charge for your content if you want. It’s hard to do in the browser environment; much easier to do if the consumer engagement starts with the app store.”
The European Commission has launched an investigation into Google after other search engines complained that the search giant had abused its dominant position. The investigation will try to determine whether Google’s method of generating unpaid results adversely affects the ranking of other, lesser-known search engines. Google denies the allegations but vowed to work with the Commission to address any concerns. Bill Echikson, Google’s senior communications manager, summed up Google’s main defense argument: “Competition is really one click away.”
The IT Revolution changed the world as we know it, creating a highly competitive, interconnected and globalized environment. But its true success lies in the second phase of the Revolution: the ability of human beings to embrace change, adapt the technology, and optimize productivity. Now that the solutions are primarily in human beings, rather than the tools, HR professionals play a key role in building an IT savvy personnel.
The U.S. market for smart-phone applications has soared past $1.5 billion, thanks to ingenious developers like Ilene Jones, cofounder of IPhone’s Hurricane storm-tracking app and Derek James, creator of paid word and card games for Android. Their advice: Flesh out your plan completely and think local when it comes to hiring a developer, find a niche and go where the app lovers are, think before you price but don’t be afraid to experiment, and develop apps based on games consumers can easily identify.
Over the past few decades, societies have become increasingly aware of the social value of conservation and energy efficiency. Probably more than ever before, personal energy consumption will serve as a source of social networking and even competition in a world that recognizes and even rewards conservation. Energy service providers have a unique opportunity to make it fun for consumers to manage, measure, and publish their carbon footprints as part of their personal lives and social interactions. What’s your carbon footprint?
In a recent Bain & Company survey, hospital Chief Information Officers (CIOs) ranked their most urgent priority: the computer software system’s inability to exchange and make use of data within their own hospital. If medical records, referrals, and orders don’t move seamlessly among physicians and hospitals, healthcare costs rise and healthcare delivery worsens. The U.S. government recently established a set of incentives to find IT solutions that enable hospitals to incorporate the most advanced health information technology and the electronic exchange of health information. The key to success: understanding where value leaks away from their current IT architecture and how to plug those leaks.
For years, Google’s natural enemies were Microsoft and Yahoo. But as Google trounced those lesser giants in the search engine war, it’s now slowly losing momentum in what may turn out to be the real battle – the one for display ad revenues – to the dorm-room-born Facebook. While Google promised to keep your usage data separate from its ads, Facebook built your identity into the web: it knows who you are, what you like, and has the right to use that information because you explicitly gave it to them. And even though Facebook advertisers don’t initially know anything about you, they can target ads to your age, location, education, and things you have “liked” in your profile. Because Google is the “social” underdog in this battle, their best weapon will be openness – trying to turn users against the walls of Facebook.
Description: Article from IBM on the future of service oriented architecture. Common trend is delivery of IT services that limit amount of responsibility & risk businesses must shoulder in acquiring & maintaining technology that enables core business functions. Coty’s success of their growth strategy depended upon IT implementations. Trend is away from large numbers of IT staff who support internally developed applications, networks, PCs, & infrastructures of data centers.
Source: Anirban Dutta, Sales Workstream Lead for Global Services Rational Adoption Program, IBM