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April, 2011

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April 29, 2011  11:54 AM

The dirty little secret of data center construction

4Laura Laura Smith Profile: 4Laura

Much of the data center construction around the globe is being conducted by purveyors of popular websites like Facebook and Google. These heroes of the Information Age are...

April 28, 2011  8:49 PM

Measure your company’s social technology maturity

Linda Tucci Linda Tucci Profile: Linda Tucci

For something as new and as nebulous as the application of social media to the enterprise, measuring a company's social technology maturity -- and what IT can do about it -- seems like a dicey business. But that is what Forrester Research analyst Nigel Fenwick has intrepidly set out to do with a

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April 22, 2011  2:15 PM

NASA takes off with an open government and cloud infrastructure plan

4Laura Laura Smith Profile: 4Laura

Don't be surprised if NASA's Nebula cloud becomes the model -- and maybe the mother -- of cloud infrastructure in the U.S. NASA is embarking on an ambitious plan to overhaul its existing data center infrastructure to standardize on open...


April 21, 2011  2:09 PM

What does it mean that Wal-Mart is buying social media company Kosmix?

Linda Tucci Linda Tucci Profile: Linda Tucci

When I read the news that Wal-Mart is buying a small software company specializing in social networking, thoughts swirled. How they swirled! Kosmix upsets the Wal-Mart cosmos. All that stuff about

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April 14, 2011  7:10 PM

Cloud service providers urge lawmakers to postpone legislation

4Laura Laura Smith Profile: 4Laura

Only a science fiction writer might have imagined that consumer technologies like smartphones -- coupled with a cloud computing service like Facebook -- would be dissidents' weapons of choice in toppling regimes, as we have seen these last few months in the Middle East.

Facebook, the...


April 13, 2011  7:14 PM

In the cloud, even custom apps will be a commodity

Linda Tucci Linda Tucci Profile: Linda Tucci

I'll make this short because God knows you've read enough about cloud computing and its software variation, SaaS. This concerns the cloud and custom apps, in particular the proprietary apps and IT systems...


April 8, 2011  4:01 PM

Multi-tenancy leads to risky development on cloud platforms

4Laura Laura Smith Profile: 4Laura

Why buy when you can rent?

It's the new credo among savvy spenders everywhere -- IT shops included. More and more companies are renting space on a cloud (Infrastructure as a Service) or paying for what they use of applications hosted on one (Software as a Service). In either situation,...


April 7, 2011  4:35 PM

Are CIO leadership skills moot if the business has you pigeonholed?

Linda Tucci Linda Tucci Profile: Linda Tucci

Are you lacking in CIO leadership skills, or do you lack CIO leadership qualities because the business has boxed you in, pigeonholed you as the IT guy? The question came up at a private dinner for CIOs, where I was the proverbial insect on the wall. Not in so many words, but it was out there,...


April 1, 2011  3:13 PM

Cloudsourcing and lean methodology tap customer input

4Laura Laura Smith Profile: 4Laura

Whether your IT organization is thinking about becoming lean or using cloudsourcing techniques, it all boils down to customer input. After all, they're the...


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