Software as a service has taken root in the enterprise, but it isn't as easy to manage as the on-premise software that was corralled within well-defined boundaries.
Cloud computing is shrouded in a big haze of ill-defined terms, but "private cloud" may be one of the most misused. To be a cloud, a computing platform must be a lot more than a data center with a highly efficient virtualized environment, a web portal and the ability to scale up and down dynamically, reports Brandon Butler at Network World.
Box turned up the heat in the cloud content management market this week when it announced new security enhancements and a slew of new partnerships.
Microsoft revealed plans to further integrate Yammer into the SharePoint cloud product.
Cloud-based services and big data projects are two challenging pursuits in their own right, but in some enterprises they are converging. The use of cloud computing to deal with data analytics is on the rise, reports Bob Violino at Baseline magazine.
Amazon Web Services has data centers all around the world, and the man in charge of them brings a highly eclectic viewpoint to the job. At one time in his career, James Hamilton, distinguished engineer at AWS, worked as a mechanic with a special focus on Ferraris and Lamborghinis, and now he lives on a boat, reports Robert McMillan at Wired.
Adobe's latest Creative Cloud tool, Adobe Reflow, was released into Beta last week.
With BYOD well-established at many companies, it's time for those IT organizations to start making strategic decisions about how to manage and secure information on user-owned devices, writes Galen Gruman at InfoWorld.
Mixing data from social media with harder numbers for analytics can be useful, but it has its limits. Case in point: Google's flu-tracking system dramatically overestimated the number of people in the United States with influenza at the peak of this year's season, reports Declan Butler at Nature. The most likely reason: news coverage that warped the usual social-media patterns that Google Flu Trends depends on.
The next wave of IT innovation will be combine real-time analytics and improved user experience (UX). That will improve decision making in areas that range from managing large-scale infrastructure and collaborating on trading desks to prioritizing personal email inboxes, according to Robert Fabricant of frog and Greg Petroff of General Electric.