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Back in 2002 Vinod Khosla, one of the elite of the Silicon Valley entrepreneur community (co-founded Sun Microsystems among others), wrote a white paper called the Real-Time Enterprise At the same time I also wrote a similar paper entitled Building an On Demand Enterprise, which was based around the same principles. We both described utilizing a ‘loosely coupled’ and federated business model via the SOA (Service Oriented Architecture), to build more agile organizational structures. These service architectures were achieved by integration technologies and standards like SOAP, which as we zoom forward ten years we can see still persists in terms of the underlying model but has now been replaced by REST, a more web-oriented approach suitable to the new Cloud world. SOA – Business process integration In general these design principles are still as relevant today, it is ... (more)

Social Media and Networking for Small Businesses

I listened to a very good talk last weekend by Eric Qualman, author of Socialnomics, about social media and social networks. Eric had a lot of  good examples about how companies such as JetBlue, McDonald’s, and Burger King are taking advantage of social media to promote their brands and their products. But what about small businesses? What if you are a startup or a neighborhood business, and you don’t have the millions of potential fans that a JetBlue or McDonald’s would have — not yet anyway? This is actually a situation we’ve faced ourselves, starting opentaps Open Source ERP + CRM on a shoestring. And looking back, we’ve only been able to do it because we were able to tap into an online social network called “open source,” which is an online collaborative community of software developers that predates Twitter, Facebook, Google — even the Internet itself. What ... (more)

Top 50 Bloggers on Cloud Computing

Ever since I first published here my tentative list of Top Players in the Cloud Computing Ecosystem - now expanded to a list of 250 and growing daily thanks to community feedback via my Twitter account (@jg21) and a very kind mention by ReadWriteWeb - there have been suggestions that another prism through which to view cloud computing might be that of people rather than companies. Now Michael Sheehan has encouraged me to Just Do It, so let me get started...as per the previous Top Cloud Players list, this list will a work-in-progress and is totally porous, so don't hesitate to ping or tweet me if there are folks I have missed. In particular if you are a journalist whose "beat" is Cloud Computing, please let's be hearing from you, and we can maybe widen this list from Cloud Bloggers to Cloud Commentators. For now though let's get started. In alphabetical order - to av... (more)

A Brief History of the Agile Movement

In February this year the agile movement completed 11 years of existence. I am sure you are either using some form of agile methodology or examining the possibility of using them. But, are you aware of how the agile movement happened? Did it happen by chance or was it inevitable? Do you know what influenced the agile manifesto? Who the authors are? What are their backgrounds and what do they do now? How was the name “Agile” selected? The Influencers It is clear from the notes published by Jon Kern that four methodologies had significant influence on the manifesto – they are: Scrum (Jeff Sutherland and Ken Schwaber – also Mike Beedle) DSDM (DSDM Consortium represented by Arie van Bennekum) ASD (Jim Highsmith) XP (Kent Beck, Ward Cunningham and Ron Jeffries – Martin Fowler) Prior to the meet all these methodologies were classified as “Lightweight Methodologies”. The mee... (more)

Pexip Selects Video Guidance as a Strategic Conferencing Channel Partner

Video Guidance has been chosen by Pexip, a new video conferencing software company headquartered in Oslo, Norway, to become a strategic conferencing channel partner. Launched at InfoComm in June, Pexip Infinity is a cloud-based conferencing solution that provides personal meeting rooms for any number of users on video, voice and mobile. Pexip’s software platform can be deployed easily and quickly with the flexibility to scale as needed. Conference participants have a consistent interface from which they can control conferences and view presentations, all from their own personal device. Pexip Infinity is scalable across geographies and size and is controlled from a simple user interface. Register FREE for WebRTC Summit here ▸ http://bit.ly/1exOL9h WebRTC Journal ▸Home “As an independent, strategic visual communications provider, Video Guidance customizes state-of-th... (more)

Glide's Cloud Computing OS at CES 2010

Today at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Glide is launching a powerful operating system for the Google Chrome browser. It is available for install today at http://www.GlideLife.com. Glide effectively transforms Google Chrome from a standard browser into an OS with a rich application suite and 20GBs of free storage. Glide equips Google Chrome with file synchronization and automated file format translation to speak with multiple remote Windows, Mac and Linux desktops and all mobile platforms, web content capture, a rights based file management system to manage data across desktops and mobile devices, a word processor, presentation app, spreadsheet, photo editor, email client, online meeting app, drawing tool, web publishing app, contact manager, calendar and much more.   “Glide inserts an operating system and an unusually rich suite of productivity and collabor... (more)

Accenture and Oracle to Jointly Develop Technology Solutions

Oracle Journal on Ultizer Accenture and Oracle have agreed to jointly develop integrated software packages to address the growing needs of social service agencies around the world for cost-effective technology solutions to handle rising workloads while providing enhanced oversight capabilities and supporting outcome-focused program delivery. “Public agencies are looking for technology solutions that can lower costs while increasing their ability to handle rising workloads to deliver better and more effective services for the citizens they serve,” said David McCurley, Accenture’s global managing director for human services. “We are working with Oracle to address the rapidly rising public agency interest in commercial-off-the-shelf solutions as an alternative to more expensive custom-built software. This collaboration has resulted in our development agreement and th... (more)

Appcelerator Acquires Aptana

"We are excited to introduce Aptana’s millions of developers to the mobile innovation wave that we have been riding and supporting as a company over the past two years," said Jeff Haynie (pictured), CEO of Appcelerator, as Appcelerator this week announced its acquisition of Aptana, the leading integrated development environment (IDE) for building web applications. “We have always focused on enabling the best possible native application experience,” Haynie, continued, adding: "This announcement furthers that vision by empowering our growing community of developers to build, test, and deploy native, cloud-connected mobile applications faster and with higher quality than ever before." Appcelerator is considered to lead the industry in cross-platform development, with tens of millions of users using over 10,000 native iOS, Android and desktop applications. In addition, wi... (more)

Gathering Diagnostics from Windows Azure

All systems require a degree of monitoring. We monitor on premise installations for usage, performance, outages, tracing, and for a multitude of other reasons. Services which are deployed on premise operate in a controlled environment. The organisation’s IT team is very much aware of what systems are running on the organisation’s servers. It is an environment which can be managed by the organisation’s own IT team. On the contrary cloud environments tend to be disruptive by nature. Thus in cloud environments monitoring is crucial. In this article we will walk through the steps required to : configure a Windows Azure application  for the gathering of data for diagnostic purposes; configure the application to persist the gathered data in a Windows Azure Storage Account; read the data and post to your Monitis Account. Configure the Diagnostic Monitor from within an Wind... (more)

How to Master Linkedin, Salesforce.com AND Google+

For any modern entrepreneur I`d suggest the sweet spot of Cloud applications you should master is the holy trinity of these three killer apps – Linkedin, Salesforce.com and Google+ Apps. In short these cater for the end-to-end requirements of a sales operation, so you can begin selling and closing deals. Establishing successful sales teams is naturally a milestone you want to put in place as quickly as possible, and so having the tools as equally as quick as possible is one of the primary benefits of on demand IT. Getting these three running gets you out knocking on doors, capturing prospect contact details and submitting initial proposals and even hooplah customer contracts. As things evolve you can add everything else: E-contracting for speeding up return of those contracts, better e-marketing automation and social media publishing. These are also staples but the ... (more)

First-Ever Guide Brings Together Mobile Experts on How to Make, Monetize and Market Mobile Apps

Popular print book now available as eBook through Amazon STORY HIGHLIGHTS The Everything Guide To Mobile Apps: A practical guide to affordable mobile app development for your business draws from the vast experience of its authors analyst and mobile authority Peggy Anne Salz and top-producing marketing executive Jennifer Shambroom The Everything Guide To Mobile Apps is the first-ever resource to offer guidance from 25+ experts across the mobile ecosystem on how to make, monetize and market mobile apps The popular print book, sold at Barnes & Noble and Amazon, is now available as an eBook through the Amazon online book store SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF. AND COLOGNE, GERMANY - MAY 17, 2013 — To help organizations and developers succeed in this new App Economy Peggy Anne Salz, author, analyst and mobile authority, and Jennifer Shambroom, top-producing marketing executive, hav... (more)