Category Archives: Cloud

News flash: CIOs are sick of cloud everything

Amen. We stepped away from using “THE CLOUD” last year, except where we had to, limiting that phrase to only where it was applicable to a specific service we are integrating into our product. It was a good lesson in not hopping on the buzzword bandwagon just to seem hip.

Gigaom

For those who wanted cloudwashing to just go away, 2014 wasn’t a very good year. But that won’t keep CIOs and other techies from hoping the practice — in which vendors and others append the term “cloud” to almost anything, whether it’s relevant or not — will die in the coming year, as CIO Journal (paywall) pointed out in its year-in-review opus.

The problem with the term “cloud computing” is that it has been stretched, molded and tortured to mean almost anything and has been applied to cover decades-old hosted solutions. As a result it means too many things to too many people to actually mean anything at all. “It gives non-IT people something to say and feel like they know what they’re talking about,” Shawn Wiora, CIO of Creative Solutions in Healthcare, told the journal.

Cloud was the only term that showed up both the CIO Journal’s list and Gigaom’s Jeff Roberts’…

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Philips launches wearable for chronic illness, to make the internet of things medical-grade

Who’s going to Structure Connect next week in San Francisco? We can’t but we’ll be watching for your tweets and blogs from the front lines.
This is a really interesting idea and also, since medical records are involved, this will be a great moment of improving cloud security. We haven’t checked in with the EMR development community, but they must be buzzing with preparing for the coming Internet of Things.

Gigaom

The people who most need fitness trackers and quantified self gadgets aren’t necessarily the ones using them. People who are chronically ill could benefit from wearable technology and the data those devices provide, but the gap between the consumer and the medical market looms large.

[company]Philips[/company], in partnership with Radboud University Medical Center in the Netherlands, is trying to bridge that gap with a device targeted at people suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The disease affects former smokers and makes it progressively more difficult to breathe. Through a partnership between Philips and [company]Salesforce.com[/company], the proposed medical-grade device would send data to a certified cloud platform, and caregivers can then pull the data into a variety of apps.

Unlike your [company]Jawbone[/company] data, for example, the data coming from the COPD device would be usable by doctors, because the device would be certified by regulatory bodies and prescribed by doctors. And because…

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Cloud jobs are growing faster than the talent pool. That’s an opportunity for women coders says Intel

This is exciting, especially this part:

““There’s a huge demand and need for skill users in cloud computing,” says Paul Owen, Executive Director of IC3. The US Department of Labor predicts that by 2020 there will be 1.4 million job openings to lead the transition to a cloud-based Internet economy — and yet at this rate universities are only expected to fill 29 percent of that need…Owen explains that instead of the highly specialized work done by system administrators today, where each individual is responsible for one component of a company’s infrastructure, these new jobs will require workers to be more like jacks-of-all-trades.

“It’s a huge technical and cultural change,” Owen says.”

Not only is this exciting for addressing the gender gap in IT, but also for the cultural change Owen mentions, opening up opportunities for skilled, driven and intelligent talent who haven’t taken a traditional path through school.

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A startup wants to reinvent big data, by ditching binary and putting computers in space

Computing in the cloud….the Oort cloud, that is….

Gigaom

There’s a lot to question about the plans of ConnectX, a Los Angeles-based startup that plans to build a new type of big data system in space — running on satellites and using a new type of non-binary processor instruction — but founder and CEO Lance Parker is adamant about his vision. “It will work,” he said during an interview about the company’s strategy.

To be more specific, ConnectX wants to make the process of storing data more efficient and also improve data-analysis speeds; space is only the ideal real estate. The real secret sauce behind ConnectX is a new computing model that replaces binary code with symbols that Parker says can store data much more efficiently. He makes a comparison to written language, where an English sentence can sometimes be captured in a single Chinese character.

ConnectX’s initial satellites will be about the size of a cantaloupe, and Parker…

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relayr Gets $2.3M To Foster An Internet Of Things App Ecosystem

IoT is an exciting space to watch. It’s exciting to think about the future (the good, the bad and the SkyNet) but it’s especially exciting to witness the present, the manifestation of those hopes and dreams about the IoT in clever kits and intriguingly-designed pieces like this. We just love it when smart meets art.

We’ll be keeping an eye on relayr and watching how their bigger vision unfolds and potentially intersects with ours!

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