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Steve Hamm (@stevehamm31) of BusinessWeek - pictured below -got a big article on #cloudcomputing into last week’s issue.  It rightly points out that cloud computing is the big thing and will keep us busy for the next 10 years.  Unfortunately, a lot of the article is misleading or missing key context. His first example cited is Avon’s use of a smartphone- and PC-accessible system for connecting Avon’s 150,000 “sales leaders” with their reps (sales leaders are the consultants who recruit and run other consultants/reps and get a cut of the “upline” commission).  Nothing in the article explains how this is a “cloud computing” solution.  Remote/mobile accessible applications have been around almost as long as the Internet.  The article doesn’t say, but I suspect that the system serving up all this info is a traditionally developed and deployed one sitting inside the Avo... (more)

Virtualization, SaaS & SOA: Introducing Service Oriented Programming

The advent of SOA and standard-base Web services together with Internet based delivery models has provided the essential base for facilitating new software platform innovations. One of these innovations is a breakthrough software componentization technique that we have coined Service Oriented Programming (SOP). While SOA focuses on communication between systems using “service operations,” SOP provides a new technique to build agile application modules using in-process, native service operations as the “units of assembly.” Instead of using services just to go across systems, SOP provides a model-driven technique that uses an in-memory image of services to run an entire application. Since these in-memory services can transparently externalize through Web service standards or any proprietary protocol, SOP automatically brings SOA inside the appl... (more)

IoT Company Secures $20 Million Series D Funding

Enlighted, the company bringing the Internet of Things (IoT) to the workplace with its smart sensor network and lighting control, announced that it has secured $20 million in a Series D funding round. All of Enlighted's current investors -- Draper Nexus Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, RockPort Capital Partners, Draper Fisher Jurvetson and Intel Capital -- participated in this round. "Enlighted is on a tear, with strong customer momentum and revenue growth," said Joe Costello, who was recently appointed chairman and chief executive officer of Enlighted. "With this latest funding, we'll be able to keep up with current demand and continue to develop advanced workplace applications based on our sensor network and analytics platform, further extending the value of our system for customers." Enlighted's people-smart lighting sensor product not only saves ener... (more)

Industry Led Cloud Standards Incubator Launched

The Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF), the organization bringing the IT industry currently led by: AMD, Cisco, Citrix, EMC, HP, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Novell, RedHat, Savvis, Sun Microsystems, and VMware together to collaborate on systems management standards development, validation, promotion and adoption, today announced that it has formed a group dedicated to addressing the need for open management standards for cloud computing. The “Open Cloud Standards Incubator” will work to develop a set of informational specifications for cloud resource management. As virtualization technology continues to be more rapidly adopted, it is emerging as a common enabling foundation for delivering software solutions into IT environments along with the potential to lower IT costs and improve operational efficiencies. While deploying virtualization technologies it is also cri... (more)

Intel & Open Cloud Standards

In a recent post on the Intel community blogs, Intel has for the first time publicly shed light on its strategy around Cloud Computing and the so called "Open Cloud" and how open standards and open source solutions play in the cloud computing era. In the post Jackson He, a Senior Architect at Intel said "Intel has been a leader for HW standard building block for the last 30 years and has changed the industry. It is natural to assume that Intel should focus IaaS and PaaS building blocksas well as how these open standards could be applied at open datacenters (ODC) as“adjacent” growth opportunities to embrace the booming cloud computing. Some conventional wisdom says that Intel is not relevant to cloud, as cloud computing be definition abstracts HW. I would say just the opposite – Intel will continue to play a critical role to define and promote open standards and open... (more)

VMware Announces Broad Customer Adoption of VMware View

VMware has announced broad customer adoption of VMware View, a desktop virtualization solution. With more than 1 million seats estimated across 7,000 customers, VMware View is establishing itself as the standard of choice to centralize desktop management, lower costs and deliver rich, personalized user experiences. VMware View(TM) has been widely adopted across industries -- including financial services, healthcare, education, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications and the public sector. In addition, organizations are accelerating large scale deployments across broader use cases as they may realize strong total cost of ownership (TCO) savings of $600 or more per end user in less than six months. "We have deployed 600 desktops and are planning to deploy about 6,000 in the next 18 months to meet the needs of our employees across our 700 branches," said Ph... (more)

Joyent Launches Commercial Cloud Computing Platform in China

Joyent, Inc., a provider of Enterprise-Class Cloud Computing, today announced the expansion of its Cloud Computing business to China. Joyent becomes China's first Cloud Computing vendor at a time where computing infrastructure is in very high demand. The company's data center is located in the Qinhuangdao Economic and Technological Development Zone (QETDZ), Hebei Province, China. "China is the world's fastest growing economy and Joyent is there with the country's first local Cloud Computing offering", said David Young, CEO and Founder of Joyent. "This is definitely a very exciting and positive move for Joyent. We would especially like to thank our partners, QETDZ and Intel for their support in making this expansion possible. We are looking forward to providing the Chinese developer community and China's enterprises with world-leading Cloud Computing technology." "... (more)

TechTarget Reports Estimated 3Q 2009 Financials

TechTarget, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTGT) announced today that it is delaying its earnings release, but is releasing estimated third quarter results, its prepared remarks regarding the current period ended September 30, 2009 and financial guidance for the fourth quarter of 2009. The Company recently identified an improper accounting practice relating to certain customer credits that were improperly eliminated as liabilities on the Company's balance sheet. The Company believes that the result of this practice was that expenses were understated (overstated) by approximately $353,000 in 2007, $426,000 in 2008 and ($15,000) in 2009. As a result, TechTarget is delaying the filing of its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the third quarter of 2009, and the Audit Committee of TechTarget’s Board of Directors is currently conducting an investigation into this matter. The Company curre... (more)

Leveraging Social Media in Your Business

In my last post I explained that before you embark on using social media for your business, you need to first determine your objectives and define your strategy. And this strategic planning does not and probably should not involve any specific social media channel at the outset. A good article that outlines the steps for the planning and strategic upfront work is "10 steps to a practical social media business strategy" by Allen Bonde, where he describes the fundamental and basic steps that must be done upfront, such as creating a mission statement and a marketing plan, assigning ownership and defining policies, all before getting to specific social media channels. Now assuming that you have done your strategy homework, let’s take a look at how we can leverage various social media channels in an integrated and orchestrated fashion (in terms of specific tactics) to ma... (more)

Adobe Extends AIR Applications Across Screens

Adobe on Monday announced Adobe AIR 2.5 software for televisions, tablets, smartphones and desktop operating systems. A key element of the Adobe Flash® Platform, AIR enables developers to leverage existing code to create and deliver standalone applications across devices and platforms. Adobe AIR now supports smartphones and tablets based on BlackBerry® Tablet OS, Android™, iOS, and desktops including Windows®, Macintosh and Linux® operating systems. In addition, Samsung will be the first television manufacturer to integrate support for Adobe AIR 2.5 in Samsung SmartTVs while Acer, HTC, Motorola, RIM, Samsung and others are expected to ship the runtime pre-installed on a variety of devices including tablets and smartphones later this year and early 2011. With Adobe AIR, developers are able to use familiar tools including Adobe Flash® Professional CS5, Adobe Flash Bu... (more)

Intel Wades into Tablets

Needing to do something about ARM and its legion of followers, Intel introduced its x86 tablet chip Monday at its Developer Forum in Beijing. That's the 45nm Oak Trail Atom, now officially christened the Z670, which it said has captured 35 design-wins, apparently mobile clinical assistants, industrial tablets and portable point-of-sales devices. It's 60% smaller than other Atoms with a lower-power design for fan-less devices as well as something resembling "all-day" battery life. It will available in widgets starting next month. Oak Trail is the prelude to a now-sampling 32nm Cedar Trail Atom, which Intel showed off and which is supposed to show up in fan-less netbooks, entry-level desktops and of course tablets in the second half. Unfortunately for Intel netbooks aren't selling much since the iPad arrived on the scene. Neither, come to think of it, have Atom tablets... (more)