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The English language is well known for its subtlety. Sometimes it’s a delight, but on other occasions it can be very frustrating. If I use the term Gothic Architecture you will immediately understand I am describing a style of architecture that flourished in medieval times. And if like me you are interested in ecclesiastical architecture you will know that this style was used in many of the great cathedrals and churches across Europe, which were distinctive because of key architectural patterns that enabled great increases in height and internal light of the buildings without increasing the size of supporting pillars. Now if I use the term Agile Architecture, what am I referring to? In today’s Agile world I would hazard a guess that most readers will think I am referring to the architecture techniques and tasks undertaken in the context of an Agile software develop... (more)

Cloud 2.0 – Business Transformation Strategy

The main objective of our projects like the Drummond Report and Cloud analysis, is to focus on the relationship between the technology and the desired outcomes in terms of business transformation. The Drummond Report is another political exercise focused on the growing public sector deficits, Ontario in this case, and the author makes a number of recommendations for cost-saving measures to bring this situation under control. Our white paper will set out to explain what role Cloud Computing technologies could play in helping achieving these recommendations, and also how a vibrant Cloud industry in Ontario would contribute to the desired economic benefits too. Cloud 2.0 One of the headline focus areas for the report is ‘Cloud 2.0‘, the mix of technologies that includes social media, open data and legacy data integrations. This offers multiple outcomes, an effect of ... (more)

Re-Distributed Computing

This morning, Chaucer, our relatively new Sheltie puppy, took off with my slippers. I found one lying in his favorite spot almost immediately, but the other had gone missing. I wandered about the house with one slipper in hand while he hid in his kennel, knowing I was angry but not quite understanding why. It made me ponder the state of computing today, and where we’re headed, because it made me ponder years ago with our last dog, doing exactly the same thing. One was a Shih Tzu, the other is a Sheltie, but puppies chew on slippers with rawhide ties, doesn’t matter the breed or how many years in between. Interesting thing about the state of the computing market, puppies – all puppies – do chew on slippers, and that rarely changes, even as we see change all around us in the high-tech world. The corollary? I sat down to learn Android development at a level most peopl... (more)

Rackspace Enhances Service Offerings for Open Cloud Platform

Rackspace Hosting on Monday announced new features and enhanced service offerings for open cloud platform customers. For more than ten years, Rackspace has served customers who are looking for a partner to help them reduce the complexities of building, deploying, optimizing, maintaining and troubleshooting complex web applications to serve their business needs. Rackspace is now offering that same Fanatical Support® to customers across its entire portfolio, including the company’s new open cloud platform, through Managed and Critical Application Services. “Providing the highest level of service in the industry is central to our values as a company,” said Rackspace President Lew Moorman. “Cloud computing customers tell us they want good pricing and exceptional service, and offering one without the other simply won’t cut it in today’s environment.” Critical Applicati... (more)

What’s in a Composite API Platform?

Intel recently released what we call a composite API platform with our new API Manager product. What exactly do we mean by this? A composite platform is a single platform for API management that handles both Public (sometimes called “Open”) APIs and Enterprise APIs. It’s composite because it exhibits both the cost savings of “cloud” through a multi-tenant SaaS partner portal coupled with the control of on-premises gateway for traffic management. Like a composite material, the mingling of two or more constituents gives the final solution different properties not found in either alone. For a public or open API it’s important to have developers interact in a shared manner, generally done through a public SaaS partner management portal. True multi-tenant SaaS offerings gives the Enterprise cost advantages, as the partner management piece is akin to running a website fo... (more)

MaaS Implements Small Data and Enables Personal Clouds

MaaS (Model as a Service) sets a new concept to order and classify data modeling design and deployment to the Cloud. MaaS changes the way to move data to the Cloud because allows to define data taxonomy, size and contents. Starting from data model design, MaaS might guide the DaaS (Database as a Service) lifecycle, providing data granularity and duty rules: as a consequence, MaaS implements the new concept of Small Data. In fact, Small Data answers to the need of controlling “on-premise” data dimension and granularity. Anyway, Small Data is not data volume limitation. Small Data affords data modeling full configuration and provides 2 main advantages: data model scale and data ownership that provide assigned data deployment and, finally, data deletion in the Cloud. Introduction The inheritance coming from the past imposes to manage big data as a consequence of multipl... (more)

Wireless Opportunities in Healthcare (The Market for Bluetooth, RFID, Zigbee, UWB WWAN, WMAN, WLAN and other technologies)

NEW YORK, Aug. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: Wireless Opportunities in Healthcare (The Market for Bluetooth, RFID, Zigbee, UWB WWAN, WMAN, WLAN and other technologies) http://www.reportlinker.com/p0652514/Wireless-Opportunities-in-Healthcare-The-Market-for-Bluetooth-RFID-Zigbee-UWB-WWAN-WMAN-WLAN-and-other-technologies.html Kalorama Information's Wireless Opportunities in Healthcare (The Market for Bluetooth, RFID, Zigbee, UWB WWAN, WMAN, WLAN and other technologies) is a complete guide to the fast-growing market for wireless healthcare applications in the United States and globally. This report contains explanations that cut through the confusion surrounding these technologies and provide readers with a total picture of wireless in healthcare. It makes market estimations and projectio... (more)

Global e-Learning Industry

LONDON, Aug. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Reportbuyer.com has added a new market research report: Global e-Learning Industry https://www.reportbuyer.com/product/315760/Global-e-Learning-Industry.html This report analyzes the worldwide markets for e-Learning in US$ Million by the following Product Segments: Academic eLearning, and Corporate eLearning. The report provides separate comprehensive analytics for the US, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Rest of World. Annual estimates and forecasts are provided for the period 2013 through 2020. Also, a seven-year historic analysis is provided for these markets. Market data and analytics are derived from primary and secondary research. Company profiles are primarily based on public domain information including company URLs. The report profiles 384 companies including many key and niche players such as - Adobe Systems Inc. Apollo ... (more)

HP Reports Fiscal 2014 Third Quarter Results

PALO ALTO, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 08/20/14 -- HP (NYSE: HPQ) Third quarter net revenue of $27.6 billion, up 1% from the prior-year period and up 1% on a constant currency basis Third quarter non-GAAP diluted net earnings per share of $0.89, up 3% from the prior-year period, versus the previously provided outlook of $0.86 to $0.90 per share Third quarter GAAP diluted net earnings per share of $0.52, down 27% from the prior-year period, versus the previously provided outlook of $0.59 to $0.63 per share Third quarter cash flow from operations of $3.6 billion, up 36% from the prior-year period Returned $881 million to shareholders in the form of share repurchases and dividends in the third quarter Operating company net cash of $4.9 billion, a sequential improvement of $2.2 billion HP fiscal 2014 third quarter financial performance Q3 Q3 FY14 FY13 Y/Y GAAP net revenue ($B... (more)

ProntoForms Corporation Announces Q2 2014 Results

OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 08/21/14 -- ProntoForms® Corporation (TSX VENTURE:PFM) ("ProntoForms" or "the Company"), a mobile data solutions company, today announced results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2014. All amounts are stated in Canadian dollars unless otherwise noted. "Our total revenue grew by 17% over the previous quarter and 67% over the second quarter of 2013. The focus of our business is building a global recurring revenue base and we are pleased that our recurring revenue grew 9% and 55% against those same comparative periods. We also had good growth with our professional and other services revenue with delivery on some larger partner and customer contracts," said Alvaro Pombo, Chief Executive Officer, ProntoForms. Mr. Pombo added, "Enterprise Mobility is reaching a new stage and organizations are positioning to capitalize on the opport... (more)

ProntoForms Corporation Announces Q2 2014 Results

OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 08/21/14 -- ProntoForms® Corporation (TSX VENTURE: PFM) ("ProntoForms" or "the Company"), a mobile data solutions company, today announced results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2014. All amounts are stated in Canadian dollars unless otherwise noted. "Our total revenue grew by 17% over the previous quarter and 67% over the second quarter of 2013. The focus of our business is building a global recurring revenue base and we are pleased that our recurring revenue grew 9% and 55% against those same comparative periods. We also had good growth with our professional and other services revenue with delivery on some larger partner and customer contracts," said Alvaro Pombo, Chief Executive Officer, ProntoForms. Mr. Pombo added, "Enterprise Mobility is reaching a new stage and organizations are positioning to capitalize on the oppor... (more)