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Early Bird Savings Cloud Expo Cloud computing is a game changer. The cloud is disrupting traditional software and hardware business models by disrupting how IT service gets delivered. Entrepreneurial opportunities abound as this classic disruptive technology begins to proliferate, so it is no surprise that SYS-CON's industry-leading International Cloud Expo is going from strength to strength. The 5th International Cloud Expo, to be held April 19-21, 2010, at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York, NY, announces that its Call for Papers is fast approaching. Topics on which submission are welcome include all aspects of providing or using massively scalable IT-related capabilities as a service using Internet technologies (see suggested examples below). Help plant your flag in the fast-expanding business opportunity that is The Cloud: submit your speaking propos... (more)

Sun Microsystems Releases NetBeans IDE 6.8

Download GlassFish 3.0 Whitepaper Sun Microsystems and the NetBeans developer community announced the availability of the NetBeans Integrated Development Environment (IDE) 6.8, the first IDE to provide complete support for the Java(TM) Platform Enterprise Edition 6 (Java EE 6) and Sun GlassFish(TM) Enterprise Server v3, as well as other innovative new features. Click Here to View GlassFish 3.0 Webinar With complete Java EE 6 and GlassFish v3 support, the NetBeans IDE 6.8 makes language and platform improvements easily available to developers and helps accelerate application development. The NetBeans IDE 6.8 enables developers to take advantage of the latest Java EE 6 language features that simplify Java application creation, including POJO-like development, more annotations and less XML configuration. Additionally, developers can easily target and deploy to GlassF... (more)

Oracle Sued for Fraud

Oracle Keynote at Cloud Expo New York Oracle – which may or may not have broken the European Commission’s lock on its Sun acquisition – is now being sued for fraud and copyright infringement in California by a Georgia outfit called MB Technologies that claims Oracle is illegally using its Bindows technology for its Fusion Applications user interfaces. As the name suggests, the toolkit gives a UI the look and feel of a Windows app. Oracle reportedly inherited a 2004 licensing agreement with MB Technologies when it acquired Hyperion in 2007 but told MB Technologies it only meant to use its technology for existing Hyperion products and then only for a short period of time. The Georgia company claims Oracle told it that it mean to replace the Bindows widgetry inducing it to give Oracle rights at a better price. Oracle then allegedly retracted a draft addendum it wrote ... (more)

Mastek Delivers iPhone and Blackberry Apps

Mastek, the global provider of vertically focused enterprise technology and platforms, has announced the completion of its iPhone and Blackberry Mission Leadership® app project on behalf of global business execution consultancy McKinney Rogers. Mastek had been tasked with delivering iPhone and Blackberry apps as well as Offline apps with synchronisation specifically designed to assist senior executives and enhance business intelligence across the organisation especially while they are in transit (i.e. in-flight) and on location where online connectivity may not be possible. The technology has been designed with CEOs in mind, allowing board members and senior executives to drill down into minute detail to all aspects of their business critical communication and information sharing channels, across large global organisations. The apps are being extensively used by co... (more)

Vodafone India; China’s Baidu; Asia-Pacific News Roundup

Welcome to Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly, an online newsletter that consists of the most interesting news and articles related to enterprise mobility in Asia.  Asia is predicted to be the fastest area of growth for enterprise mobility between now and 2016. E-commerce entrepreneur Minh Bui shares his recent interview and findings about the future of e-commerce in Indonesia in this article featured in e27.  Read Original Content Vodafone India is launching a new campaign that will show off mobile apps that are “fun and interesting”.  The goal of the campaign is to shift traditional mobile Internet usage patterns and enable users to see the Internet as a source of fun and convenience.  Read Original Content China’s Baidu is working with France Telecom to develop a browser for Android-based smartphones sold in Africa and the Middle East.  Read Original Content Ante... (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)

FCC Moving on “White Spaces” to Make More Spectrum Usable

Government News Harold Feld has a great post on movement at the FCC to make more spectrum available. According to Harold, the FCC has requested proposals for databases to manage access to the “white spaces” between the frequencies assigned to TV stations. Those frequencies were left unused because analog TV originally needed lots of room between frequencies, which is why your analog stations tend to count by two’s. Plus, the switch to digital TV opened up some more frequencies. So, last year, the FCC voted 5-0 to make those frequencies available for unlicensed use. This will provide more room for innovation. It’s a very big deal. The white spaces will be made available for fixed band devices, as well as for lower-power ad hoc usage. But, how will a device maker know what slice of spectrum is available? One approach would be to count on smart devices sensing which... (more)

Is Cloud Computing Actually Environmentally Friendly?

Cloud Interoperability Magazine on Ulitzer As we end 2009 and prepare for the next decade there seems to be a nagging question, a question that I have to say, I frequently answer without any concrete proof. A question that seems to be becoming more important then ever. The question is simple yet profound in its implications as a global citizen, is cloud computing actually environmentally friendly? First, I will admit, I am among the group of cloud advocates who routinely claim that cloud computing is green, I say this without any proof or evidence to support my statement. I make this claim as part of my broader pitch to use Cloud Computing, I say this as a sales and marketing guy, but not as an advocate. As an advocate I'd like to have some empirical data to support my position. Believe me, I've searched, and I've searched -- although there are piles of forecasts abo... (more)

Five Trends to Watch for 2010 and Beyond

Congratulations! You made it to 2010. Welcome to the next decade in technology innovation that will change the world! I resisted putting together a list of predictions for the coming year, mainly because like many people I tend to predict too much change in the near term, and not enough over a decade. That being said, there are certain areas of technology that will undergo significant changes making them interesting to watch. In my opinion, we are quickly approaching a technological inflection point that will result in innovations that we could not have even imagined just 10 to 20 years ago.  So here are my observations of 5 key trends to watch for the coming decade. The technological platform evolution from mainframe, to client/server, to the Internet, cloud computing and web2.0 should continue shifting towards ubiquitous platform convergence with a variety of devi... (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)

Microsoft Urges Government & Industry to Build Confidence in the Cloud

Microsoft Session at Cloud Expo Today, Brad Smith, senior vice president and general counsel at Microsoft Corp., urged both Congress and the information technology industry to act now to ensure that the burgeoning era of cloud computing is guided by an international commitment to privacy, security and transparency for consumers, businesses and government. During a keynote speech to the Brookings Institution policy forum, "Cloud Computing for Business and Society," Smith also highlighted data from a survey commissioned by Microsoft measuring attitudes on cloud computing among business leaders and the general population. The survey found that while 58 percent of the general population and 86 percent of senior business leaders are excited about the potential of cloud computing, more than 90 percent of these same people are concerned about the security, access and pri... (more)