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Monday, September 14, 2009

Definitions of cloud computing from the two guys that should know…somewhat humorous:

Larry Ellison on Cloud Computing. "What the hell is cloud computing?"

Steve Ballmer on Cloud Computing:

by Joe Francica on 09/14 at 09:58 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Watching the Gov 2.0 Summit presentations this past week tweaked my mind about what technology should do, not just for government agencies, but for business. Tim O’Reilly’s model of "government as a platform" goes directly to some of the business process improvement methodologies that businesses have longed to attain.

O’Reilly uses the analogy of the Apple iPhone as a platform for applications developed by programmers outside of Apple as his vision for what government should be able to facilitate for citizenry: build the platform…let the citizens take it from there. And he is not just hoping that federal agencies will find ways to work better together but for intergovernmental agencies as well such as federal to state, state to local, local to citizens, etc.

Would this model work for business? Would businesses share data and some of their internal IT platforms with partners, perhaps in a cloud computing environment? Some already put data "outside the firewall" for sharing but how many businesses build their IT model with the idea that shared data is a foundation for business expansion and efficiency?

Walmart was first recognized for using RFID technology to monitor inventory and "advising" their suppliers to adopt ways to conform with its inventory and logistics control procedures. Inventory data was shared with suppliers; orders were automatically placed and shipped to distribution centers. But for O’Reilly’s vision to be transformed into standard business practice I think an entirely new level of trust might have to be developed between business partners.

That’s not to say that it can’t be done and in this economic climate it may be a necessity. It’s a model that needs more thought and exploration. Andrea DiMaio of Gartner provided the reasons why government cannot act as a platform and you can use these arguments as a check list as to why business platforms may or may not work.

by Joe Francica on 09/14 at 11:12 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Yahoo News India states the company’s production centre in India (Mumbai) plans to add 200 employees in the next three to four months. The information is sourced to PTI.

by Adena Schutzberg on 09/14 at 07:04 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Some location-based apps start on the Web then port to mobile devices. Centrl has done the opposite. It’s been available on the iPhone, Android, BlackBerry and Nokia for a year and a half, but just this last week launched a Web app. It integrates with other social networks.

- TechCrunch

by Adena Schutzberg on 09/14 at 06:53 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

To celebrate the upcoming launch the company hosted an essay and logo contest in the St. Vrain Valley (Colorado) School District. The winner of the essay contest, which asked students to write about how they’d use the imagery to help the earth, suggested publicizing the Pacific garbage patch the size of Texas. John Turner, an eighth-grader at Sunset Middle School, and a guest will attend the launch of DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-2 satellite at Vandenberg Air Force Base on Oct. 6.

- The Times-Call

by Adena Schutzberg on 09/14 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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