Methinks: We already combined bit.ly url shortening and tracking with QR codes. Now the cost of this combination has gone to $0. I knew it was a good idea! What do you think? Will the usage really take off?
…Red Hat sales exec Billy Marshall that “CIOs are the last to know,” meaning, IT organizational decisions are actually made bottom up (i.e., by developers), and that senior management perception lags reality by a significant margin.
Methinks: Very good point. This certainly mirros my experiences. The author compares the current acknowlendgment (or lack of) of large organanization using cloud servers is similar to the same claims (or lack of) of the use of open source for large corporate projects. Corporate policies are one thing, the needs of the people that need to get things done is another. Cloud computing has past the tipping point and delivers on demand compute resources less expoensively then most businesses can do themselves. The future is obvious…
•Find out how iPods help ESL students learn•Learn about the Recorded Books and Transparent Language partnership•Find out more about Google’s translation tools•Uncover the latest findings about multimedia aiding instruction
Methinks: Funny, I just had a conversation with luddites (traditionalists) about eLearning and language in our local public high school
In a new report highlighted by MobileBeat, Credit Suisse took a crack at estimating the impact on AT&T. The Wall Street firm projects 23% of AT&T iPhone subscribers, or about 1.4 million people, would drop the carrier for Verizon in the event it begins offering the Apple phone. Ouch.
Business adoption of smartphones running Google’s mobile OS rises 60% since May, says market researcher
Methinks: We use Blackberry, iPhone and Android devices at Trekk. I would concur with the article in terms of preference. The new Andriod and Incredible and X are clear favorites. Our experience with Verizon and AT&T show that yes the AT&T coverage results in dropped calls all of th time and the customer service (especially business service) pales in comparison to Verizon. Come on iPhone for Verizon!
AT&T, burdened with the task of supporting all of those iPhone and iPad devices, is far behind the other carriers in moving to 4G technology.
Methinks: And the AT&T reps tell us that they are way ahead because GSM, being higher frequency like LTE, requires denser towers then CDMA. Who do you believe?
Deal would enshrine in law the founding principles of open standards and net neutrality, and protect the web from political interference.
Methinks: Sounds good in principle, but go ahead and call me skeptical. I want to see the language before I nod my head. What are your thoughts?
New sign-in feature unveiled at Google Atmosphere aims to boost cloud security
Methinks: This is one of the pieces I’ve been looking for to allow us to completely roll out into the cloud for our infrastructure. What do you think?
Native data applications, such as those installed on smartphones like the iPhone and devices running Android, now account for 50% of all mobile data volume according to a new report from Finnish mobile analytics company Zokem. In a global smartphone study released this month, the company found that while the mobile Web browser was still the most popular smartphone “app,” the use of native apps outside the browser is growing faster than mobile browsing itself.
Methinks: Wow! But then again not surprising. Do you see the future as small lightweight apps? Or is the future mobile enabled web pages? I tend to see the later. Once app envy subsides, most developers and clients will see that a very similar experience can be delivered via HTML5/CSS3…
On its 40th anniversary, PARC researchers provide a behind-the-scenes peek into the company’s culture and projects, past and present.
Methinks: It seems as these types of places are historical anomalies instead of repeatable successes. One of the lessons learned is the need to have open cultures of innovation. That is tough to do. We as a country need to learn the lessons from here.
One of the more interesting startup battles in recent times has beenTumblr vs. Posterous, two light blogging services that make it easy for anyone to publish ‘found’ things very quickly and at the click of a button. Tumblr was the first kid on the block, but over the past year Posterous has tried to take users away from Tumblr with arguably better features and aggressive marketing. Of particular note was a campaign by Posterous in June, offering tools for people to import their content from other products (including Tumblr) into Posterous.
12. IT help desk staff
Methinks: All very true. The advances in system sophistication is resulting in more modular and cloud based IT solutions. This along with the advances in worldwide fiber based IP communications makes it irrelevant where the people are physically located. The new skills people need are problem solving, and be flexible and team oriented players with excellent verbal and written capabilities. But just as these people are increasingly available in lower cost Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America, the lower cost areas if the US are ripe with potential workers as well. But they need to new skills and they need massive amounts of inexpensive bandwidth to compete.
The iPad is emerging as not just a cooler and slicker computing device but rather a superb customer-engagement tool that unlocks new business possibilities.
Methinks: Here is the best line which I totally agree with:
"The iPad engages its users to move beyond mere productivity—applying technology to a something you already know how to do and delivering a more-efficient outcome—and into the realm of innovation by allowing people to create new ways of seeing things, new ways of presenting ideas, new ways of communicating, and new ways delivering almost every fathomable type of information, from business graphics to images to text to video.”
"Despite the confusion surrounding what cloud storage really means and how it might be used, few advances in storage have been hyped as much as "cloud storage." Understandably, IT professionals are intrigued by the prospect of reducing their reliance on internal capabilities, eliminating capital spending, and improving the overall cost structure of specific parts of their storage environment by moving workloads to the cloud. At the same time, every vendor in the space is painting its products and message with a cloud veneer."
Methinks: A good overview and things to think about as you consider cloud storage
Methinks: I wouldn’t necessarily disagree with any of them. Our experience has shown that it iPad is a great road warrior tool, especially if you are or have transitioned to cloud services like we have. I think the security issues are in fact manageable with VPN and SLL support. Is it a replacement for laptop? Nope. Is it the future of computing? Yep.
End users know what tech they want. IT must adapt to that reality—and know where to draw the line.
Methinks: The new IT indeed. End users access resources in the clouds whenever they want with whatever devices they want. That is becoming the new reality. This is eerily similar to the loss of control by marketing folks to every and all consumers. Will professionals respond or recoil? The good ones do, the other do not and wither away I think.