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Wearables - Will 2015 Be the Year They Take Off? Luxury Swiss watchmaker Mont Blanc shows off their "smart watch band" for your fussy $5000 mechanical watch - what an potentially foreshadowing development in the wearable market.  To date, wearables have been such a disappointment in the market.  It seems like every year for the past 3 years has been "the year Apple might ship an iWatch", and the market is rife with ugly and semi-functional wearable devices that rarely manage more than a 3-star rating on Amazon. Will 2015 be any different? When the first generation of smart watch wearables first came out, I dismissed their impact on the luxury watch market.  Seriously - who would swap out their Ulysse Nardin or Patek Phillippe for some ugly, buggy, limited-functionality digital watch that only works when you are within 30 feet of your iPhone or Android device?  As T... (more)

ARM Server to Transform Big Data to Internet of Things (#IoT)

A completely new computing platform is on the horizon. They're called Microservers by some, ARM Servers by others, and sometimes even ARM-based Servers. No matter what you call them, Microservers will have a huge impact on the data center and on server computing in general. What Is a Microserver...and What Isn't Although few people are familiar with Microservers today, their impact will be felt very soon. This is a new category of computing platform that is available today and is predicted to have triple-digit growth rates for some years to come - growing to over 20% of the server... (more)

How to Ruin Your Business in One Move - "Pull a Netflix"

Banks and Bad Decisions Let's face it, Bank of America hasn't exactly been the paradigm of good decisions lately - they purchased Countrywide Financial and Merrill Lynch, two boat anchors that almost sunk the B of A ship. Countrywide in particular turned out to be the posterchild of "toxic assets" and bad mortgages.  But that's not what this article is about.  And I'm not a banker, so I'm not in a position to authoritatively write on those particular topics. But B of A recently did something that transcends categories like "banking".  They "pulled a Netflix". What Is a "Netflix"?... (more)

SaaS and Cloud Sprawl By @SoftwareHollis | @CloudExpo [#SaaS #Cloud]

SaaS and Cloud Sprawl - What IT Doesn’t Know Can Definitely Hurt You The advancement of technology has led to widespread Cloud data and SaaS application usage throughout enterprises - ask anyone who uses applications such as Dropbox, Salesforce, Jive, Marketo, NetSuite, Google Apps, Twitter, Workday or any of the thousands of other software titles out there. And CIOs are largely unaware of the "SaaS Sprawl" in their organizations - and unprepared for the implications of this invasion. These Cloud applications are available for just about every role in a company - from human resou... (more)

Should Cloud Be Part of Your Backup and Disaster Recovery Plan?

Recent times have witnessed a huge shift in paradigm of data storage for backup and recovery. As the legendary Steve Jobs said, "The truth lies in the Cloud" - the introduction of the Cloud has enabled the fast and agile data recovery process which is can be more efficient, flexible and cost-effective than restoring data or systems from physical drives or tapes, as is the standard practice. Cloud backup is the new approach to data storage and backup which allows the users to store a copy of the data on an offsite server - accessible via the network. The network that hosts the se... (more)