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What, Why, and How of IaaS and PaaS The essence of cloud computing is that all consumable IT resources are delivered as services. In his session at 15th Cloud Expo, Yung Chou, Technology Evangelist at Microsoft, demonstrated the concepts and implementations of two important cloud computing deliveries: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS). He discussed from business and technical viewpoints what exactly they are, why we care, how they are different and in what ways, and the strategies for IT to transition into and take advantages of these emerging service models. Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here Speaker Bio Yung Chou is a Technology Evangelist at Microsoft. Within the company, he has had opportunities serving customers in the areas of support account management, technical support, technical sales, and evangelism. Prior to Microsoft, he h... (more)

Firmadge W. Crutchfield, Esq., Joins Planet Technologies as COO and General Counsel

Germantown, MD, October 05, 2012 --(PR.com)-- Planet Technologies, a leading Microsoft consulting and services company headquartered in Germantown, Maryland, announced today that Firmadge W. Crutchfield, Esq., has joined the company as Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel. Crutchfield will oversee the evolution of the company’s corporate infrastructure with a focus on finance and accounting, processes, procedures and operations. Crutchfield comes to Planet with more than 20 years of experience building high growth organizations in the areas of operations, finance and administration, business development, bid and proposal efforts, law and risk management. His expertise includes strategic and tactical oversight of all major functional areas of business entities with particular emphasis on SBA chartered corporations operating in the Federal IT sector. He joins Pla... (more)

Hybrid Local Storage, Cloud Storage Solution

You are a small business with anywhere between 3-50 employees. Most of the employees are in the same office, some are on the road or work from home. You need a file storage solution to accommodate file sharing and collaboration need. Traditionally, the Windows File Server has served well in the local area network. With everyone map to the network share, you can do collaboration and file sharing with all the file locking support to avoid file corruption. What about remote users? You don’t want to get into the VPN thing. First it is not easy to setup. Second, it is not easy for remote user to understand and use. Third, most user just want to use a web browser to upload/download files for light use. Connect VPN, connect to network share, just for modifying/viewing a couple files, that is too cumbersome. Here is where a hybrid local storage, cloud storage solution comes ... (more)

In 2014 Big Data Investments Will Account for Nearly $30 Billion - Eventually Accounting for $76 Billion by 2020 End

DALLAS, Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Amid the proliferation of real time data from sources such as mobile devices, web, social media, sensors, log files and transactional applications, Big Data has found a host of vertical market applications, ranging from fraud detection to R&D. Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140821/138541 "Big Data Market: 2014 – 2020 – Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies, Industry Verticals & Forecasts" Key Findings: In 2014 Big Data vendors will pocket nearly $30 Billion from hardware, software and professional services revenues Big Data investments are further expected to grow at a CAGR of nearly 17% over the next 6 years, eventually accounting for $76 Billion by the end of 2020 The market is ripe for acquisitions of pure-play Big Data startups, as competition heats up between IT incumbents Nearly every large scale IT ven... (more)

Astea Embeds Dynamic Intelligent Scheduling from 360 Technologies Into Their Leading Microsoft .NET-based Astea Alliance Service Management Suite

HORSHAM, Pa., March 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Astea International Inc. , a global provider of service management solutions, today announced a new module for its Alliance service management solution. The "Dynamic Scheduling Engine" is built using intelligent scheduling technology from 360 Technologies Ltd. The 360 solution has been designed specifically for the unique requirements of service organizations. Astea is leveraging the most up-to-date algorithms and sophisticated business rules to provide dynamic workforce optimization. Highly parameterized for maximum flexibility, the new functionality delivers real-time scheduling capabilities that allow companies to pro-actively drive, manage and monitor their engineers through demand forecasting, workforce profiling, and operational optimization. "Service organizations are under a lot of pressure to deliver higher le... (more)

DotNetNuke Announces Inaugural "OpenForce '09 Community Choice Awards" to Recognize Users Favorite .NET Websites

SAN MATEO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 08/21/09 -- WHAT: DotNetNuke Corp. (http://bit.ly/8G1w), the most widely adopted framework for building web sites and web applications on Microsoft .NET, announced the "OpenForce '09 Community Choice Awards," where OpenForce attendees, web developers and designers and other interested parties can recognize their favorite websites based on .NET. Winning websites will be selected based on the highest number of votes received. Winners will be recognized at the OpenForce Conferences held in Las Vegas (November 9) and the Netherlands (October 19) and featured in an online showcase. In addition, all registered voters will be entered for a drawing to receive one of 20 free DotNetNuke laptop bags. Contest rules state that web sites may be nominated for only one category. These include: -- Best overall site design (which includes all entrie... (more)

Sony Ericsson Puts Developers at the Centre of User Experience with XPERIA™ X2

Sony Ericsson launches the Panel SDK in a drive to encourage developers to create content for the XPERIA™ X2. The eye-catching interface includes a new range of interactive Panels on the home screen offering business, fun and communication features. By providing unparalleled real estate and marketing visibility, the Panel interface makes the developer central to the user experience. The Panel SDK includes a Panelizer which turns existing Flash, Java and Windows Mobile® applications into Panels for the XPERIA™ X2 , and a native software development kit which allows developers to be the first to create panels for the Windows Mobile® 6.5 platform. Using the Panelizer, developers are able to maximise the investments they have already made creating compelling applications. In just a couple of clicks and with no separate tool purchase, the Panelizer gives developers a l... (more)

DotNetNuke Corp. Releases Trio of Commercial Products

SAN MATEO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 09/03/09 -- DotNetNuke Corp., the company behind the most widely adopted framework for building web sites and web applications on Microsoft .NET, announced three new commercial offerings today, which include the DotNetNuke Elite Edition, Elite Edition Premier and Developer Support Services. The new Elite Edition and Elite Edition Premier offerings, which are extensions of the DotNetNuke Professional Edition, leverage the same open source core as the free DotNetNuke Community Edition but are designed for organizations that desire additional support and services to flexibly, securely manage large, business-critical web sites and web applications. As part of the Professional Edition product line, the Elite Edition and Elite Edition Premier are easy to use, highly extensible and incredibly scalable. DotNetNuke Developer Support Services... (more)

Epicor® Named the Leading POS Software Vendor to Softgoods Retailers in Independent Research Study

Epicor Software Corporation (NASDAQ:EPIC), a leading provider of enterprise business software solutions to the midmarket and divisions of Global 1000 companies, announced today that it has been named the leading vendor of Point-of-Sale (POS) software to the top North American Softgoods Retailers in a recent study published by global research and advisory firm IHL Group. This is the fourth year that IHL Group has published this report, and Epicor has been in the top spot each year (the first two years as NSB Retail Systems, which Epicor acquired in 2008). For the “Retailer’s Guide: POS Software for Softgoods Retailers” report, IHL Group evaluates vendors of POS software installed among the top 250 retailers in the specialty softgoods space and ranks the top ten vendors. These vendor rankings are based on three criteria: 1) The total number of vendor accounts among t... (more)

Research and Markets: CDNs and Data Centers to Usurp Video-on-Demand

Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/74b361/cdns_and_data_cent) has announced the addition of the "CDNs and Data Centers to Usurp Video-on-Demand" report to their offering. Content Providers have been working on an "Internet learning curve" for the past decade. They can't permit an entity, such as Apple, to be the control point for their content. Content companies are using their in-house engineering and software capabilities to figure out how to manage their digital assets, and working with trusted partners to create approaches that give them increased control, lower the cost of operation, and widen their revenue possibilities. The key solutions run in Data Centers, and connect using Content Delivery Networks (CDNs). Traditional Subscription-TV services are deploying new approaches, like RS-DVR, StartOver, and Catch UP TV. TV Anywhere ... (more)

How to Increase Happiness Without Increasing Spending

TAMPA, FL -- (Marketwire) -- 12/29/09 -- Arun Abey believes the Beatles had it right. "Money can't buy you love, or happiness, but how we use it -- and if we can learn to use it less -- can pave the way for a happier life," said Abey, author of "How Much Is Enough?" (www.howmuchisenough.net). "The secret is to figure out how to increase our happiness without increasing our spending. The fact is that most people, when they are flat out asked what would make them happy; don't respond with what you'd expect." Abey's research into the topic revealed a variety of studies that found no relevant link between how happy people felt and their income. In fact, he said that happiness had little to do with the level of income than it did with having a plan for that income. Instead of measuring everything with money, economists came up with the useful concept of opportunity cost... (more)

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In this presentation, you will learn first hand what works and what doesn't while architecting and deploying OpenStack. Some of the topics will include:- best practices for creating repeatable deployments of OpenStack- multi-site considerations- how to customize OpenStack to integrate with your existing systems and security best practices.
"IBM is really all in on blockchain. We take a look at sort of the history of blockchain ledger technologies. It started out with bitcoin, Ethereum, and IBM evaluated these particular blockchain technologies and found they were anonymous and permissionless and that many companies were looking for permissioned blockchain," stated René Bostic, Technical VP of the IBM Cloud Unit in North America, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Everyone wants the rainbow - reduced IT costs, scalability, continuity, flexibility, manageability, and innovation. But in order to get to that collaboration rainbow, you need the cloud! In this presentation, we'll cover three areas: First - the rainbow of benefits from cloud collaboration. There are many different reasons why more and more companies and institutions are moving to the cloud. Benefits include: cost savings (reducing on-prem infrastructure, reducing data center foot print, reducing IT support costs), enabling growth (ensuring a highly available, highly scalable infrastructure), increasing employee access & engagement (by having collaboration tools that are usable and available globally regardless of location there will be an increased connectedness amongst teams and individuals that will help increase both efficiency and productivity.)
Founded in 2000, Chetu Inc. is a global provider of customized software development solutions and IT staff augmentation services for software technology providers. By providing clients with unparalleled niche technology expertise and industry experience, Chetu has become the premiere long-term, back-end software development partner for start-ups, SMBs, and Fortune 500 companies. Chetu is headquartered in Plantation, Florida, with thirteen offices throughout the U.S. and abroad.
René Bostic is the Technical VP of the IBM Cloud Unit in North America. Enjoying her career with IBM during the modern millennial technological era, she is an expert in cloud computing, DevOps and emerging cloud technologies such as Blockchain. Her strengths and core competencies include a proven record of accomplishments in consensus building at all levels to assess, plan, and implement enterprise and cloud computing solutions. René is a member of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and a member of the Society of Information Management (SIM) Atlanta Chapter. She received a Business and Economics degree with a minor in Computer Science from St. Andrews Presbyterian University (Laurinburg, North Carolina). She resides in metro-Atlanta (Georgia).