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How Cloud Computing Is Accelerating Context-Aware Coupons, Offers and Promotions - Forbes

How Cloud Computing Is Accelerating Context-Aware Coupons, Offers and Promotions - Forbes | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Retailers and marketers often face the challenge of getting coupons, offers and promotions delivered at the perfect time and in the right context to their customers.
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IBM doubles down on OpenStack for hybrid clouds

IBM doubles down on OpenStack for hybrid clouds | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
IBM's next OpenStack move is Bluemix-hosted services for managing cloud infrastructure -- but will they create dependencies of their own?
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Said services are published through IBM's Bluemix PaaS, and while the details remain vague on what goes into those services, odds are they'll revolve around the configuration and automation of OpenStack instances, whatever environment they're running on.

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Why Cloud Computing Is (Almost) All Software

Why Cloud Computing Is (Almost) All Software | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Does anybody even make hardware any more? ...... The ‘trouble’ is, the whole world has gone software-defined and that means some of what we used to do with hardware, we now do with software.

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It means some of what we used to do with hardware that shipped with a good proportion of onboard software intelligence, we now do with software (almost) alone.

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StackStorm Extends Automation Reach To Microsoft Azure

StackStorm Extends Automation Reach To Microsoft Azure | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
StackStorm today announced that it has extended the reach of its open source IT automation integration framework to include support for Azure Virtual Machines, Azure Blob Storage and Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) on the Microsoft Azure cloud. In addition, StackStorm announced that its software is now certified for distribution on the Microsoft Azure cloud itself.
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StackStorm CEO Evan Powell says StackStorm can be used to not only automate that management of application workloads on the Microsoft Azure cloud, but also other cloud platforms such as Amazon Web Services or an OpenStack-compatible cloud.

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MS Dynamics CRM – Does it really help Turbo Charge Your Salesforce and Marketing?

MS Dynamics CRM – Does it really help Turbo Charge Your Salesforce and Marketing? | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Few days back I was just thinking over, as to if the CRMs were so very effective at driving sales, and so the commission attached to it, why does every sales person detests it? It is one of those tools that makes everyone’s job a lot more easily and hence empowering them to earn more in form of commissions. After all we all love earning more and more money – conveniently.

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CRM is the effective tool been offered by organization to their sales team to track prospects – close sales – generate appropriate referrals and also manage existing customers.

 

Guest post: Thanks to @Rahul Vyas for the article

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Windows goes Node for Microsoft's Internet of things

Windows goes Node for Microsoft's Internet of things | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The Chakra JavaScript engine will bridge the gap to run Node.js on Windows on ARM systems
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Microsoft has forged a workaround for Node.js's inability to run on Windows on ARM devices. According to the blog post, developers can have Node.js "take advantage of running with the Chakra JavaScript engine, which is part of the OS on Windows 10 and has been optimized to run efficiently on WoA devices since its inception.

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By reading the original blog post, basically they're in the process of creating a shim that allows Node.js to work on Windows 10 ARM devices.

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Hadoop demand falls as other big data tech rises

Hadoop demand falls as other big data tech rises | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Hadoop isn’t living up to its hype -- which means that both Hadoop vendors and their customers need to widen their array of big data technologies
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Selling the future of Hadoop:  By some measures, this shortfall of interest hasn't yet caught up with the top two Hadoop vendors, Cloudera and Hortonworks. ....
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Applying Big Data Analytics To IaaS

Applying Big Data Analytics To IaaS | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
To give IT organizations more visibility into those dormant virtual machines iLand, a provider of infrastructure-as-a-service IaaS offering based on VMware, has updated its Enterprise Cloud Services portal to expose a raft of big data analytics that help customers optimize usage of the iLand cloud.
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Running on top of an implementation of the open source Cassandra database, Lilac Schoenbeck, vice president of product management and marketing for iLand, said that idea is ...

 

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Microsoft invests in undersea cables to connect global data centres

Microsoft invests in undersea cables to connect global data centres | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Microsoft has announced a series of partnerships to invest in subsea cables and terrestrial dark fibre capacity in order to better connect their global data centres.
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“Competition in the cloud and infrastructure space continues to heat up. But it’s not a battle that will be won on just cloud or infrastructure alone, but instead on holistic innovation and providing value to customers from the ‘sea to the sky,’” he added......

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Dynamics NAV Corfu Update - Microsoft Convergence 2015

Dynamics NAV Corfu Update - Microsoft Convergence 2015 | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Microsoft Convergence 2015, one of the most important events last month in 2015, where Microsoft Dynamics representatives pushed across the envelope with some of the upcoming features for the next Dynamics NAV release, code named ‘Corfu’, by this autumn.

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..... Microsoft’s push to a ‘mobile-first, cloud-first’ world is likely to increase the appeal of Dynamics NAV.

 

Guest post: Thanks to @Rahul Vyas for the article.

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UK cloud adoption continues to rise – and WS2003 shutdown will accelerate it further

UK cloud adoption continues to rise – and WS2003 shutdown will accelerate it further | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Newly released figures from the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) show that cloud computing adoption rate in the UK currently stands at 84%, with that number expecting to sizeably increase due to the shutdown of Windows Server (WS) 2003.
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CRM is the most likely application to become cloud-based over the next 12 months, according to respondents; followed by disaster recovery, data storage, email, and collaboration services.

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Google offers NoSQL knowledge with Cloud Bigtable

Google offers NoSQL knowledge with Cloud Bigtable | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Cloud Bigtable, a management-free approach to NoSQL, is a version of Google's core data-processing system
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Google Cloud Bigtable is a productized version of the NoSQL database that stores Google's bits and bytes. The big selling point: It doesn't require the maintenance traditionally needed for compatible on-prem NoSQL solutions.

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Docker finally puts its security best practices on paper

Docker finally puts its security best practices on paper | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Docker and others have collaborated on codifying a long-overdue list of security best practices
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The benchmark, a 118-page document available as a free download, describes a set of best practices for deploying Docker containers in production.

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Mozilla: It's HTTPS or bust for Firefox

Mozilla: It's HTTPS or bust for Firefox | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Mozilla's plan to compel the use of encryption by default in Firefox faces backlash from Web developers
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Without a secure connection, some features in Firefox would be disabled entirely, "especially features that pose risks to users’ security and privacy."

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For remote collaboration, Google Apps still can't be beat

For remote collaboration, Google Apps still can't be beat | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Successful team meetings require input from everyone. When you can't be in the same room, Google Hangouts and Google Drawings offer an effective virtual alternative
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In theory you can now use Microsoft's cloud office to do what people take for granted in Google's cloud office: Enter a shared online space, co-edit a document, discuss and track revisions. The same set of features exists in both platforms, more or less. But the two platforms aspire to very different goals.

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Customer Relationship Management Technology; a Failure…!!!

Customer Relationship Management Technology; a Failure…!!! | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
CRM – Customer relationship management solutions have been a total failure, as you would hardly find its association with the word ROI – Return on Investments. Does that ring a bell in your mind about what I want to convey?
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One of the biggest failures of any CRM solution is; unchanged mind set of your people/employees and vendors – who are the end users. How inclined are they on using this solution customized and designed to empower them?

 

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Hoisting big data to the cloud

Hoisting big data to the cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The general consensus about big data has been that it's too expensive to move. But what if you could use remote backup copies in the cloud for analytics, app dev, and other applications?
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............ So instead of data just sitting in the cloud waiting for disaster so it can restored on premises, why not use virtual copies of that data for big data analytics or dev and test in the cloud?

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Containers have arrived -- and no one knows how to secure them

Containers have arrived -- and no one knows how to secure them | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
When you add yet another layer to the stack, you add security complexity, no matter what the proponents of Docker or competing container solutions say
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Containers in a nutshell: Containers are an attempt to abstract applications from the underlying OS to enable faster development and easier deployment. .........
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Anything-as-a-service – what XaaS means for cloud computing contracts

Anything-as-a-service – what XaaS means for cloud computing contracts | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
More and more industries, from accountancy firms to zoological societies, are adopting cloud computing services. Every day, millions of users are…
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In contrast to traditional cloud computing services, XaaS (pronounced ‘Zaas’) combines separate cloud services into one online virtual service. An XaaS offering could include: .........

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3 Questions to Ask About Your DRaaS Solution

3 Questions to Ask About Your DRaaS Solution | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
There's no standard on what a solution needs to do to be sold as "DRaaS." Here's 3 questions to ask to make sure you're getting the real deal.
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The end result is, the market is full of vendors selling “DRaaS Solutions” with varying levels of capability, some of which are SO varied they’re practically apples and oranges.

 

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VIDEO: The Oracle Cloud Worm Has Turned So Much That It's Doing Somersaults

VIDEO: The Oracle Cloud Worm Has Turned So Much That It's Doing Somersaults | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Perhaps the favorite video of every cloud commentator starring Oracle founder and CTO Larry Ellison is from a few years ago when Ellison opined on the cloud. The video recorded back in 2009 when Ed Zander interviewed Ellison at the Churchill Club, saw an animated Ellison pour scorn on all [...]

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So to see Oracle now pepper the “cloud” word into every one of their press releases and product launches is a little jarring. Perhaps this cloud thing has legs after all.

 
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5 Questions for Cloud CRM

5 Questions for Cloud CRM | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The value of cloud CRM solutions advanced the quality and efficiency of customer management in both small and larger businesses.
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Cloud Technology is constantly changing, so how does this affect cloud CRM and what does the business owner need to be aware of?

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5 Tips for Securing Your Cloud Computing System

5 Tips for Securing Your Cloud Computing System | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

As much as cloud computing has helped with the storage of data, it has created the need for increased security. Without testing, backups and proper access permissions, data can be easily hacked or stolen.

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Here are five tips for ensuring your data is protected. Read More

 

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Cloud-based voice and telephony services continues apace

Cloud-based voice and telephony services continues apace | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Almost half of companies surveyed by Britannic Technologies said they had cloud-based voice and telephony services, while two thirds said they had a partial voice solution in the cloud.
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Yet the majority of recent research around the area has not been positive. The overall UC market of $21.1 billion is dwarfed by the global telephony market of $1.65 trillion.

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IBM Watson adds hybrid cloud developer tools

IBM Watson adds hybrid cloud developer tools | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Watson Explorer helps developers build hybrid cloud cognitive applications using data sets resident in a mix of on-premises, public and private cloud environments.
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Big Blue says the new capabilities will help clients bridge enterprise data with Web-based cloud applications for faster and more insightful data intelligence.

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Microsoft's Azure moves indicate its big data ambitions

Microsoft's Azure moves indicate its big data ambitions | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Azure SQL Database and Data Lake allow big data work to be done locally or remotely -- and break down barriers between the two
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With Azure Data Lake, ..... Microsoft is betting the growing interest in Hadoop, and in its HDFS storage system, merits offering a service for same.

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DESGURSE's curator insight, May 11, 1:14 PM

vers la démocratisation de la valorisation des big data ?