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“Last year the decision was finally made to mandate Agile across our enterprise. The decision was taken, even though there were many unanswered questions. The assumption was that forcing the migration, along with adoption of popular “enterprise Agile methods” would ensure resolution of the outstanding questions. In practice, Agile methods have been very effective in delivering specific digital business initiatives. But almost inevitably the distribution and delegation of architecture has resulted in duplication, inconsistency and increased complexity, across all project types including legacy and new projects. We are now concerned that we no longer have an effective governance capability. The question is how do we fix this without losing the undoubted benefits of Agile methods?“ Enterprise Architect, F2000 company. Over the past few months I have heard this message ... (more)

Awards, Conferences, Financial Results, and Innovative Solutions - Analyst Notes on SolarCity, Himax, First Solar, NVIDIA, and LSI

NEW YORK, March 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Analysts Review released its analysts' notes regarding SolarCity Corporation (NASDAQ: SCTY), Himax Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: HIMX), First Solar, Inc. (NASDAQ: FSLR), NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA), and LSI Corporation (NASDAQ: LSI). Private wealth members receive these notes ahead of publication. To reserve complementary membership, limited openings are available at: http://www.AnalystsReview.com/register SolarCity  Corporation  Analyst  Notes On March 5, 2014, SolarCity Corp. (SolarCity) reported that it has won the Gold and Silver Stevie® Awards in the Contact Center of the Year categories at the eighth annual Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service in February 2014. "The more than 300 men and women in Las Vegas honored with this award strive to provide an awesome experience for each of our customers every s... (more)

Cloud Security Alliance Releases Cloud Controls Matrix, Version 3.0

The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) Thursday announced the release of the CSA Cloud Control Matrix (CCM) Version 3.0, the most comprehensive update to the industry's gold standard for assessing cloud centric information security risks. The CCM Version 3.0 expands its control domains to address changes in cloud security risks since the release of the CSA's seminal guidance domain, "Security Guidance for Critical Areas of Focus in Cloud Computing version 3.0" while making strides towards closer harmonization of the two. Having drawn from industry-accepted security standards, regulations, and control frameworks such as ISO 27001/2, the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) Information Assurance Framework, ISACA's Control Objectives for Information and Related Technology, the American Institute of CPAs Trust Service and Principals Payment Card... (more)

Ricoh Canada Launches RCloud Services™: Backup & Recovery, Powered by CTERA

PALO ALTO, Calif., and PETACH TIKVAH, Israel, Oct. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- CTERA Networks, the leader in cloud storage enablement, today announced that Ricoh Canada Inc., the subsidiary of the global technology leader specializing in office imaging equipment, document management and IT services, has launched a new cloud storage service for its business customers using CTERA's cloud storage platform. The Ricoh-branded service, RCloud Services: Backup & Recovery, offers hybrid cloud/local backup, mobile access to files, and secure file sync & share capabilities as a managed service, based on cloud infrastructure hosted entirely in Canada.   (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130326/AQ83157LOGO) Ricoh Canada Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Ricoh Americas Corporation with its head office located in Toronto, with over 2,100 employees nation-wide. Earlier thi... (more)

Holiday Presents from the Cloud

Cloud Expo New York As the year winds down, there are a few things I have come to expect: holiday parties, snow, and new features from cloud providers.  This year exceeded all of my expectations, starting with a note in early December from our friends at Terremark letting us know that they have fixed their Windows pricing for cloud servers.  Until this upgrade, if you started a Windows server in their cloud, you had to pay for a whole month of Windows licensing ($30-$100 depending on the version) no matter how much you used the server. This was rather un-cloudlike, where we want to only pay for what we use.  With this new feature, running Windows in Terremark’s cloud only costs a few cents per hour (Linux cost + 20%). Then came the snow—I live in New Hampshire, and on December 9th we received a foot of new snow to really get the season going. The very next day, Amazon ... (more)

Re-Distributed Computing

This morning, Chaucer, our relatively new Sheltie puppy, took off with my slippers. I found one lying in his favorite spot almost immediately, but the other had gone missing. I wandered about the house with one slipper in hand while he hid in his kennel, knowing I was angry but not quite understanding why. It made me ponder the state of computing today, and where we’re headed, because it made me ponder years ago with our last dog, doing exactly the same thing. One was a Shih Tzu, the other is a Sheltie, but puppies chew on slippers with rawhide ties, doesn’t matter the breed or how many years in between. Interesting thing about the state of the computing market, puppies – all puppies – do chew on slippers, and that rarely changes, even as we see change all around us in the high-tech world. The corollary? I sat down to learn Android development at a level most peopl... (more)

SaaSID is named finalist in Tech Trailblazer Awards

- web application auditing technology nominated in Security and Cloud categories- 27th November 2012, Basingstoke, UK, - Cloud application auditing and security company, SaaSID, has been nominated as finalist in two categories of the 2012 Tech Trailblazer awards. Voting is open to the public and will close on 14th December. Tech Trailblazers is a new concept in awards, designed explicitly for businesses that are less than five years old and at C-series funding or below. The awards have low barriers to entry and prizes that not only recognize startup innovation, but also proactively help startups to grow their businesses with exclusive coaching, mentoring and development from venture capitalists and leading Chief Technology Officers, as well as an estimated prize fund worth in excess of $1million. The awards seek to recognize true innovators in the following enterp... (more)

Seven Modeling Tools to Help Assess Cloud ROI

Network computing posted  a good article on tool for assessing cloud ROI. Check it out below. Posted by David Greenfield, January 08, 2013 Gone are the days when the cloud meant simply a hosted virtual instance or resource on some provider's network. We're seeing all sorts of new variants and twists emerge. I'm not just referring to the use of storage or compute resources or those that allow for elastic computing, such as Amazon's Reserved Instances. We're likely to see industry-specific community clouds emerge. These clouds are built to address the security and compliance needs within specific industries. Examples of community clouds may well be Verizon's Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) cloud service, which targets the healthcare community; and Metal Lynx, a cloud community targeting buyers and sellers of precious metals. Other options ... (more)

There Are Three S's in Success(ful VDI Deployments)

BYOD may be the word of the day on the street but underlying the "come as you are" approach to computing is a variety of technology that enables organizations to confidently take up the gauntlet thrown down by users to support their demand to use the computing platform of their choice. Organizations aren't as averse to BYOD when its coupled with a sound desktop virtualization strategy. Such strategies enable organizations to support "work from anywhere" initiatives while simultaneously increasing manageability, lowering costs, and increasing overall network and data security. But barriers still exist to successfully deploying VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure) architectures. Initial investments, resulting poor performance and greater operational complexity can prevent a successful rollout. VMware Horizon View—part of VMware’s Horizon Suite of products—alleviat... (more)

Cisco and Partners to Build World's Largest Global Intercloud

As businesses increasingly embrace private, public, and hybrid clouds to cost-effectively and quickly deliver business applications and services, Cisco on Monday announced plans to build the world's largest global Intercloud -- a network of clouds -- together with a set of partners. The Cisco global Intercloud is being architected for the Internet of Everything, with a distributed network and security architecture designed for high-value application workloads, real-time analytics, "near infinite" scalability and full compliance with local data sovereignty laws. The first-of-its-kind open Intercloud, which will feature APIs for rapid application development, will deliver a new enterprise-class portfolio of cloud IT services for businesses, service providers and resellers. Cisco expects to invest over $1 billion to build its expanded cloud business over the next two... (more)

Flexera Software’s InstallShield 2014 Release Introduces New Support of Cloud and Virtualised Installations, High-DPI Displays and Touch Devices, and Agile Development

Extends leadership for installations in multiple computing environments while enabling developer efficiencies and best practices Maidenhead, UK - May 16, 2014 - Flexera Software, the leading provider of Application Usage Management solutions for application producers and enterprises, today announced the launch of InstallShield 2014. The new release simplifies installations for cloud and other complex Web/server applications, enhances support for high-DPI displays, supports accelerated release cycles common in agile development processes, and makes testing more efficient by automatically provisioning virtual machines. "We sell software in a competitive market, so we make sure our users have no reason to look at other products," said Gerard Nicol, CEO at GazillaByte. "InstallShield has been giving our users a fast and flawless installation experience for the past 15 y... (more)