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An IoT Taxonomy – Mapping Internet of Things innovation

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 simply taxonomy for listing what these different technology [...]

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An IoT Taxonomy – Mapping Internet of Things innovation

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 simply taxonomy for listing what these different technology [...]

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When Deploying Cloud Data Encryption, Protecting Encryption Keys is Critical to Keeping Cloud Data Private

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 access. Cloud Data Encryption mathematically transforms data so that it is undecipherable without the “key” that can [...]

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Memset demonstrate the cost savings of open source G-Cloud

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 procurement activities, Memset have been able to demonstrate the real cost savings that can be realised when using open source. For example, the cloud costs for a public sector organisation looking to [...]

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Cloud 2.0 – From CRM to IRM

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 may now be on steroids but it’s still [...]

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Harnessing Cloud 2.0 – Breaking Innovation Gridlock

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 fundamental root issues of bureaucratic ‘innovation gridlock’ that the public sector can experience, at [...]

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Cloud Identity as a Service: Foundation for Digital Government Innovation

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, on a hosted basis. Indeed it’s one of the single most [...]

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Finally, the IaaS market heats up – Introducing Cloud Management & Analytics

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’s far more interesting to explore [...]

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The Role of Cloud Identity in Mobile Device Security

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 complete description of best practices for an enterprise mobility strategy including MDM (Mobile [...]

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On Demand Enterprise – Achieving agility through elasticity

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: Business elasticity. He was describing how the call center was hammered with a [...]

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The Cloud Name System – Addressing architecture for the Internet of Things

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 type directory approach but for Cloud Services so that [...]

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How cloud-based systems can reduce your HR burden in 2014

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 from your growing HR needs and allow you to concentrate on your business. [...]

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2014 Prediction: Certified Cloud Computing

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 years or more, providing the freedom to work [...]

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Mobile Big Data Cloud Computing

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 future. Mobile Computing in Clinical Scenarios With this [...]

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Cloud Privacy and Security in the Age of Data Breaches and Surveillance

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 week when The Guardian revealed that the GCHQ and NSA targeted charities, [...]

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Driving Cloud-enabled transformation through enterprise maturity models

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 defined by T-Systems. A TRANSFORM engagement therefore begins with the board [...]

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How cloud is the Zipcar of computing

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 there: how cloud is changing IT the way [...]

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Cloud markets and networking layers

Let’s look at the software defined networking space. It’s one of the buzzwords in the market you’re hearing more about, along with network virtualization, network function virtualization (NFV) and things like Overlay versus OpenFlow. You can think about the SDN market and the feature and functions set as existing above and below this line of access and control. [...]

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Cloud-Identity.info – IDaaS best practices update

Our Cloud Identity best practices presentation now includes: Best practices: UK, Canadian and other ID programs Case studies: NZL Real Me, BCeID Vendors: SmartSignin Check it out: http://Cloud-Identity.info If you have any links you would like to suggest adding, simply pop them into our Linkedin group.