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Slowly but Surely, Federal Agencies Move to the Cloud

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author:  Laura Bentley.

In December, U.S. CIO Vivek Kundra revealed his 18-month, 25-point plan to move federal agencies toward cloud computing. Cloud computing will increase productivity and efficiency while saving the government billions of dollars, the argument goes. And it makes sense if he can convince agency IT pros that the security risks associated with operating in the cloud aren't as bad as they're imagining.

 

The 2011 Service Elite

Grazed from Destination CRM.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Culled from an industry that abounds with outstanding service deployments, the following stories represent our fab four. In winnowing our nominations, we necessarily omitted noteworthy deployments, and readily acknowledge that. But we stand by the service achievements of the four winners. Each is striking for different reasons, and the quartet cuts across the corporate spectrum—from IT management and telecom, to vision care, and energy.

One of our winners exploited the cloud computing rage to drive up customer uptake by 50 percent and get through an earthquake that caused an evacuation of the contact center.

M&A activity 'helping to drive cloud computing uptake'

Grazed from Experian QAS.  Author: Neil Hill.

Merger and acquisition (M&A) deals are helping more companies to consider making use of cloud computing.

Jim Reavis, co-founder and executive director of the Cloud Security Alliance, explained to the Search Security website that this is a noticeable trend at the moment.

IT executives within companies that have just completed an M&A agreement are frequently turning to cloud computing in order to meet the new demands that come with such an upheaval.

HP integrates 3PAR into storage

Grazed form ComputerWorld.  Author:  Anh Nguyen.

HP has announced the integration of 3PAR’s storage technology into the storage and network stack of its converged infrastructure portfolio, which it says will support customers’ adoption of cloud computing.

The company has combined the 3PAR Utility Storage platform with HP CloudSystem, which it said will equip businesses with a storage system that it is “perfect” for all types of cloud – public, private and hybrid. It also centralises servers, storage and network management.

SAP launching Salesforce.com rival

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author:  Chris Kanaracus.

At the CeBIT show, SAP will show off an upcoming application called Sales OnDemand that could be a potential rival to the likes of Salesforce.com and Microsoft CRM Online.

Sales OnDemand is part of a series of on-demand applications SAP is positioning as extensions to its on-premises ERP (enterprise resource planning) systems. The strategy aims to preserve lucrative revenue streams from on-premises software while serving the needs of those same customers, who want to innovate their IT operations through SaaS (software as a service).

Puma.com Runs on Eucalyptus Cloud; Is There a Lesson Here?

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Derrick Harris.

Super Angels Offer DotCloud $800,000

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Derrick Harris.

Link Farming & Other SEO Misdeeds Make Headlines

Grazed from Internet Evolution.  Author: Sean Gallagher.

Back in the early days of search engine optimization (SEO), I accidentally learned the fine art of "Google-bombing." After a colleague had written what I thought was a particularly off-base column, I linked to his article from my personal blog with the phrase, "incredibly idiotic." And others followed in kind. Before long, entering "incredibly idiotic" in Google offered up my colleague at the top of the results.

Technology Will Make Collaboration Your Next Competitive Advantage

Grazed from MIT Technology Review.  Author: Jeffrey F. Rayport.

Powerful software and widespread Internet connectivity are making it easier than ever for people to work together no matter where they happen to be. Throughout March we will look at the latest tools for collaboration within and between organizations. We'll analyze why some technology-enabled collaborations work and why others don't. We'll explain why some collaboration tools have failed to prove useful to the employees meant to benefit from them. We'll present case studies, profiles, and interviews that help you understand how to make the people in your organization more collaborative and more productive.

IBM's Cloud Expansion

Grazed from Forbes.  Author: Quentin Hardy.

IBM is announcing a series of big software products for large scale data centers, designed to speed provisioning and management of thousands of servers, operating in a “cloud” system that efficiently performs diverse tasks  – and, not incidentally, put IBM at the center of a company’s cloud computing resources.