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I recently had the opportunity to give a 10-minute keynote at DataWorks Summit 2017.  I know what most of you are thinking: Schmarzo can barely introduce himself in 10 minutes! What sort of keynote could he give in just 10 minutes?  And to be honest, I too struggled with what to say. But after some brainstorming with my marketing experts (Jeff Abbott, Erin Banks, and Chris Hill), we came up with an idea:  Pose five questions that every organization needs to consider as they prepare themselves for digital transformation.  And while I didn’t have enough time in 10 minutes to answer those questions in a keynote, I certainly do in a blog! So here we go!! Question #1:  How effective is your organization at leveraging data and analytics to power your business model? The Big Data Business Model Maturity Index was developed to help organizations to measure or benchmark their... (more)

A First Look at Microsoft Astoria Webcast Live on SYS-CON.TV

The goal of the Microsoft incubation project code named Astoria is to enable server applications to easily expose data as a service that can be consumed by AJAX clients across the Internet. Standard HTTP verbs such as GET, POST, PUT and DELETE are used to perform operations against the service, and data is exchanged via open formats such as plain XML and JSON. This session provides a sneak preview of Astoria, which is now available in early release on MSDN. View Video Dave Wright has been deeply immersed in computing technologies as diverse as multimedia, data processing, decision support systems, content management, and Internet commerce for over three decades in his career in the computer industry. Formerly a director of architecture for Scient and CTO of Xavient Technologies, he is a veteran of distributed computing in both technical and managerial capacities. ... (more)

Liberating Your Data: Data-as-a-Service By @Axway | @CloudExpo [#API]

When you consider APIs and API Management, one way of looking at APIs is that it's ultimately all about the data. The API can be seen as a conduit for data. Managing the API means managing access to that data. This is especially important for Data-as-a-Service (DaaS). The point was eloquently put by Kamron Abtahi, DaaS Engineer at Dun and Bradstreet (D&B), when he spoke at the Axway API Workshop in Boston last November about how APIs allow D&B to liberate their data. Here is Kamron in action at the API Workshop event, explaining all of the benefits of the D&B Direct API: In a blog post on the same topic, Lisa Petrucci from Dun and Bradstreet explains: "Any organization that’s accustomed to receiving a batch file of D&B commercial or contact data can now write to our API, effectively creating a Data-as-a-Service (DaaS) content feed that can be connected to any on-premise... (more)

Desktone to Deliver DaaS in Japan

Desktone and Marubeni Corporation, a leading Japanese conglomerate, today announced that they have signed an agreement to deliver virtual desktops as a service® in Japan. As part of the partnership, Marubeni will offer cloud-based virtual desktops based on the Desktone Virtual-D Platform™ to academic and mid-tier enterprise organizations. Marubeni Information Systems, a subsidiary of Marubeni Corporation with deep expertise in creating IT business systems, is building the DaaS infrastructure that will host the Desktone-powered service. “The cost and flexibility benefits that DaaS enables are driving global demand, and Japan is at the forefront of this adoption,” says Harry Ruda, CEO for Desktone. “Marubeni is an extremely well-respected organization with strong information systems capabilities and a rich history in providing outsourced IT services. Its vast experien... (more)

Top Ten BYOD and Virtualization Market Insights

Like it or not, some enterprises have already entered a post-PC world -- where their business communication network must accommodate new user-driven choices. These include traditional applications, mobile apps, social apps and operating systems; various server architectures; and an array of mobile devices ranging from smartphones to tablets and other mobility tools. Are you experiencing this phenomenon? If not, you will soon. Moreover, this latest business technology trend has huge ramifications. Cisco’s Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG) conducted extensive research and analysis to uncover key insights about BYOD (“bring your own device”) and desktop virtualization trends in U.S. enterprises. The Cisco IBSG Horizons BYOD and Virtualization study surveyed 600 enterprise IT leaders from 18 industries. The Top 10 Market Insights Insight #1: Mobility Is Pervasive... (more)

Building Canada’s Cloud Identity Ecosystem

With the government promising delivery of the long-awaited Digital Economy strategy by the year end, this prompts a review of what role the Cloud industry can play in this strategy. This then further encourages us to identify what particular segments of the Cloud Computing industry we might specialize in, with a view to concentrating in areas where Canada has strength so that start-up ventures can be better focused towards niche opportunities. Best practices – Cloud Privacy By Design At the top of my list is the best practice known as ‘Cloud Privacy-By-Design‘, developed by the Privacy Commissioner of Ontario. This is such a hot topic. As Andrea talks about in this earlier blog the mention of Cloud Computing is usually quickly followed by concerns about the USA`s Patriot Act. Fears are that as soon as you upload your data to the Cloud the American Government will be... (more)

Cloud Player – Dana Gardner, President, Interarbor Solutions, Part 2

We recently had the pleasure of having an extended conversation with Dana Gardner, president and principal analyst at Interarbor Solutions. Our discussion covered enterprise cloud adoption, C-suite IT strategies, the changing cloud market, and much more. This is the second of two parts; check out Part 1. Gathering Clouds: It seems to be the trend overall that cloud is the way to go. But there are significant hurdles for organizations to overcome. Dana Gardner: I think the biggest category for that is just complexity. Complexity in terms of how do you deal with so many points of change in order to access the benefits of cloud? How do you transition without dropping the ball? How do you keep all of your business services available when you go from on premises IT strategy to a cloud or a hybrid model? How do you switch off one system and on another over a weekend witho... (more)

How to Do Big Data: DIY vs. MSP?

To say you have cloud enabled your big data usage is to say that you’ve taken the first step of many to get what you need out of that data mass. However, big data is a very particular to the organization that’s using it – it’s not the same everywhere you go. The virtues of big data supported by the cloud are well documented, but that really only represents part of how big value is derived. As John Moore of MSPMentor notes, big data tools like Apache Hadoop have become increasingly mainstream. However, as he goes on to say, that doesn’t mean that it’s a simple proposition. How should your business approach big data implementation? This proposes an interesting issue for many companies looking to access big data insights: what path do you take to implement a big data solution? Big data has only recently become an affordable asset thanks in no small part to the cloud. Y... (more)

Totally Integrated Oracle Cloud | @CloudExpo @Oracle #Cloud

Oracle Cloud publicized as the Next-Generation Public Cloud is comprehensive, agile and can transform your business in many ways. Like other cloud offerings Oracle Cloud is also subscription based. Oracle Cloud offers a solution which is comprehensive; having the broadest collection of cloud services; having solutions at every layer of cloud technology with ability to move speedily between on-premises and Cloud with ease. Oracle Cloud offers: Software as Service (SaaS) Enterprise resource planning Human capital management Customer experience Platform as a Service (PaaS) Industry's #1 database (Oracle Database Industry's #1 Application Server (Oracle WebLogic) Infrastructure as Service (IaaS) Elastic Compute and Storage Oracle Data as Service (DaaS) MySQL and OpenStack The Oracle Cloud stands on the base of 19 worldwide data centers manned by Oracle security experts a... (more)

StrikeIron Introduces IronCloud(TM): Web Services Delivery Platform

StrikeIron, Inc., the market and technology leader in providing innovative solutions for delivering data over the Internet, today announced the StrikeIron IronCloud™ Web Services Delivery Platform. IronCloud is the only comprehensive Web services delivery platform that opens up new channels for data distribution and consumption through Web Services. “To move at Internet speed, companies need to increasingly rely on the 'cloud' for data storage and -- most importantly -- shared data management and provisioning," said Dana Gardner, principal analyst at Interarbor Solutions. "There's virtually no other way to share and manage partnered data at scale when it comes to business ecologies and extended enterprise processes. StrikeIron is pioneering new models for Internet data use and lifecycle by developing the tools, platform and business models that support ... (more)

independenceIT and ConnectWise Announce New Integration

independenceIT® (iIT), the software company exclusively focused on driving recurring revenue for channel partners, has written integration to ConnectWise, the leading service management software designed exclusively for technology businesses. The seamless integration of iIT’s Cloud Workspace® Suite with ConnectWise now delivers a fast path to profit for VARS, ISVs and MSPs. “We are excited our partners and their clients are now able to access iIT’s Cloud Workspace,” said Jeannine Edwards, Director, ConnectWise Community. “The benefits of this integration are simple, it enables partners to efficiently deploy and manage DaaS environments and compete in both the enterprise and SMB markets.” “As a former MSP, I know how important it is to have your mission critical tools integrate with your PSA, so we’re very excited about offering ConnectWise and iIT partners the con... (more)