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Technology is king, so why are so many IT departments playing backseat roles? | GigaOM Tech News

Technology is king, so why are so many IT departments playing backseat roles? | GigaOM Tech News | Cloud Computing in Rural Education | Scoop.it

Today’s IT departments face an identity crisis. Technology is an integral part of every single business process, and has come to dominate the lives of consumers who are routinely shopping online, downloading information, and browsing the Internet.

 

Yet ironically, in an era when technology rules, IT departments are losing ground fast:  The forces of cloud computing, social media, and information management are evolving rapidly, and business managers are discovering and adopting new technology before IT departments even have a chance to master it. Gartner Research predicts that by 2015, 35 percent of most companies’ technology-related expenditures will be managed outside the IT department’s budget.

 

In order to thrive and have an impact in today’s businesses, IT departments must stay relevant. They must become service-oriented organizations. That means deploying user-centric and agile solutions that meet the business needs of the organization and individual departments. That means delivering IT as a Service (ITaaS), and becoming a team of service-oriented experts.

 

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The economic models for delivering software services are broken.   Those orgs that just fall in line and expect the organization to just simply pay and not question the infinite racheting of product and maintence costs will be in trouble. You need to see software models which democratizes the software, allowing organizations direct input into the functionality of the system and the overall future of the product.  The new IT department also has to be better about communicating with its constiuents and finding ways to cut costs.  There is no other area of an organization in a better postion to change the direction of an organization, but the old dictitorial ways won't cut it.  

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Dell Kills Its Public Cloud, Continues To Flail In Post-PC Era

Dell Kills Its Public Cloud, Continues To Flail In Post-PC Era | Cloud Computing in Rural Education | Scoop.it

Dell is a company in search of a new mission, and it's not working out so well.


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Twitter / CoachDavidHill: We dropped a recruit this past ...


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EdTechSandyK's curator insight, April 15, 2013 7:14 AM

Teens need to be regularly reminded that people really ARE looking at what they do online, and it can affect their futures.

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Definitely a good reminder for all that what they put online can be seen by potential employers.

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Google reveals tech specs for Glass | GizMag.com

Google reveals tech specs for Glass | GizMag.com | Cloud Computing in Rural Education | Scoop.it

 

New smartphones and tablets always create a stir. But let’s be honest: most of them are relatively minor updates. They don’t compare with the launch of an entirely new product category. That’s why there’s so much buzz around Google Glass. You get the sense that it might be something entirely new that changes the game. Today we have more info about Glass, after Google released the tech specs of its upcoming smartglasses.

 

The most important part of Glass is its display. Google vividly describes the tiny high-res screen as “the equivalent of a 25-inch high definition screen from eight feet away.” Fair enough.

 

In the camera department, Glass shoots 5-megapixel stills and 720p videos. Hardly mind-blowing numbers, but it’s always possible Google is using some advanced sensors that transcend its resolution.

 

Google had already revealed that Glass delivers audio via bone conduction.

 

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Some phone companies seek to end landline service | USA Today

Some phone companies seek to end landline service | USA Today | Cloud Computing in Rural Education | Scoop.it

As more telephone customers cut the cord and shift service to wireless or Internet-based options, some major telephone companies have asked the federal government to pull the plug on the old-fashioned service.

 

They say regulations that require maintenance of outdated, little-used infrastructure hinders progress because it ties up money that could otherwise be invested in technology upgrades. But some small companies question the motivation behind the push, saying it is likely a self-serving effort to allow those major companies to run wild in a relatively new, far-less-regulated Internet-based telephone environment.

 

"They are not making any moves out of generosity or trying to improve technology for the world," said Dave Weis, owner of Internet Solver, a telephone, Internet and managed IT provider. "They are trying to sidestep rules and laws that govern what portion of their network they are required to lease to competitive carriers like us."

 

Experts say Internet-based telephone will mean faster and higher-quality service for consumers. Former Virginia Congressman Rick Boucher, who visited Des Moines this month to talk about the future of the Internet, said the conversation must now turn toward ensuring that any transition for residents is smooth and that factors such as cost and availability are equitable and fair.

 

During his visit, Boucher mentioned an advisory committee's recommendation that the Federal Communications Commission phase out traditional phone service, known as the public switched telephone network, by 2018.

 

That system has been in use since the introduction of phone service in the U.S., meaning decades of regulations have been worked into the network. However, many people have gone wireless or are using Internet-based phone service, which has fewer regulations.

 

Weis acknowledged the trend but said there remain many holdouts who still use traditional service.

 

"There has been a constant move away from landline telephone service during the last decade," said Weis, who keeps his traditional phone in case of emergencies. "Still, a lot of people for a variety of reasons want to keep a landline."

 

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Red Hat Grows Business to $1.3 Billion as OpenStack Cloud Opportunity Looms Large - Datamation

Red Hat Grows Business to $1.3 Billion as OpenStack Cloud Opportunity Looms Large - Datamation | Cloud Computing in Rural Education | Scoop.it
Red Hat CEO details his 'land and expand' strategy and explains why OpenStack could be bigger than Linux.
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Cloud Computing: Back to the Future

Cloud Computing: Back to the Future | Cloud Computing in Rural Education | Scoop.it
We may as well admit it, cloud computing has been changing our lives for some time now. When was the last time you didn't save something to iCloud, Dropbox, Google Drive or Box? Most, if not all of your information lives somewhere in the ether.
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Lack of Pervasive Broadband infrastructure is one of America's greatest weaknesses right now..

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Forrester: Most "private clouds" aren't really clouds at all

Forrester: Most "private clouds" aren't really clouds at all | Cloud Computing in Rural Education | Scoop.it
If an enterprise data centre has a highly virtualised environment, a web portal for business users to request and access virtual machines and a method for tracking how many of those resources are being used...
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USDA Rural Development-Final Broadband Program Rules


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Former Bresnan Execs Conspire With Private Equity Firm to Abandon Broadband in Rural Kansas | Stop the Cap!

Former Bresnan Execs Conspire With Private Equity Firm to Abandon Broadband in Rural Kansas | Stop the Cap! | Cloud Computing in Rural Education | Scoop.it

More than 20 cable systems across Kansas will be terminating television and broadband service after a private equity firm, working with former Bresnan Cable executives, deemed them unprofitable and not worth upgrading.

 

Residents of Conway Springs (pop. 1,250), Chetopa (1,125), Sharon (158), and Harper (1,473) are among those who will find their cable and broadband service discontinued in the coming weeks. Abandoned cable subscribers are being told to buy satellite dishes to continue watching television. No immediate broadband solution was available.

 

Allegiance Communications, which provides cable TV, broadband Internet, and VOIP telephony services to rural and mid-size markets in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas was acquired last month by former executives at Bresnan Communications, itself bought out by Cablevision Industries. The deal was largely financed by BBH Capital Partners, a New York City-based private equity firm.

 

The purchase by BCI Broadband orphaned nearly two dozen cable systems that Allegiance owned and operated, but were excluded from the sale. Subscribers are being notified they are about to be switched off permanently in letters signed by Allegiance executives.

 

The service will leave rural Kansans without broadband service, cable television, or an alternative to AT&T and other independent phone companies operating in the state.

 

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And the gap between the haves and the have nots grows wider

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2 Simple Ways To Use QR Codes In Education - Edudemic

2 Simple Ways To Use QR Codes In Education - Edudemic | Cloud Computing in Rural Education | Scoop.it
If you have a smartphone in your classroom, you can leverage the power of the QR code! Here's a few simple ways to start using QR codes in education.

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Morten Ulstrup's comment, April 16, 2013 7:50 AM
Barcode scanner is free for Smartphones - both Android and iPhones. Most students have at smartphones today
Ruth Vilmi's comment, April 16, 2013 8:37 AM
Thanks, Morten:-) I didn't know that smart phones had bar codes. I don't have a smart phone yet.
Morten Ulstrup's comment, April 16, 2013 9:26 AM
I can recommend it. Smartphones can be used in many wayes in your classeroom.
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Cloud Storage Is Expensive - Erik Caso - Voices - AllThingsD

Cloud Storage Is Expensive - Erik Caso - Voices - AllThingsD | Cloud Computing in Rural Education | Scoop.it

While cloud storage is able to reduce its price slowly over time, consumers are increasing their storage demands on a near-geometric scale. ... Oculus Rift Shakes Up Gaming With Virtual-Reality Headset.


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It seems the consumer storage products lure us in sometimes.  The access, management and reliability are normally pretty good.  When you begin looking for enterprise solutions it is really easy to overbuy.  

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How to install Google chrome extensions on Firefox | Arunkumar's Blog

How to install Google chrome extensions on Firefox | Arunkumar's Blog | Cloud Computing in Rural Education | Scoop.it
How to install Google chrome extensions on Firefox

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Great tool as I use both browsers

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Cloud Computing Gets Deeper and More Strategic, Survey Shows - Forbes

Cloud Computing Gets Deeper and More Strategic, Survey Shows - Forbes | Cloud Computing in Rural Education | Scoop.it
Close to two-fifths of organizations now run private clouds in one form or another, and one-fourth are using public cloud services in an enterprise capacity.

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Peter Azzopardi's curator insight, April 16, 2013 5:16 PM

Quite encouraging: "Benefits seen from the use of public cloud services include the fact that there is no need for data center, hardware, administration to fuss with (cited by 44% of SaaS adopters), the ability to rapidly  start applications (43%), scalability on demand (33%) and the fact there are little or no upfront costs (29%)."

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Technology is king, so why are so many IT departments playing backseat roles? | GigaOM Tech News

Technology is king, so why are so many IT departments playing backseat roles? | GigaOM Tech News | Cloud Computing in Rural Education | Scoop.it

Today’s IT departments face an identity crisis. Technology is an integral part of every single business process, and has come to dominate the lives of consumers who are routinely shopping online, downloading information, and browsing the Internet.

 

Yet ironically, in an era when technology rules, IT departments are losing ground fast:  The forces of cloud computing, social media, and information management are evolving rapidly, and business managers are discovering and adopting new technology before IT departments even have a chance to master it. Gartner Research predicts that by 2015, 35 percent of most companies’ technology-related expenditures will be managed outside the IT department’s budget.

 

In order to thrive and have an impact in today’s businesses, IT departments must stay relevant. They must become service-oriented organizations. That means deploying user-centric and agile solutions that meet the business needs of the organization and individual departments. That means delivering IT as a Service (ITaaS), and becoming a team of service-oriented experts.

 

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The economic models for delivering software services are broken.   Those orgs that just fall in line and expect the organization to just simply pay and not question the infinite racheting of product and maintence costs will be in trouble. You need to see software models which democratizes the software, allowing organizations direct input into the functionality of the system and the overall future of the product.  The new IT department also has to be better about communicating with its constiuents and finding ways to cut costs.  There is no other area of an organization in a better postion to change the direction of an organization, but the old dictitorial ways won't cut it.  

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What do we do with gigabit broadband? ...

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What do we do with gigabit broadband? #notafasterhorse “If I’d asked my customers what they wanted, they’d have said a faster horse.” Supposedly Henry Ford said that (whether or not he did is...
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That is an easy one for me.  While involved in a  GB broadband expansion project in Oklahoma a couple years ago.  I promised I would fax pizza to all my friends when I finally had a 1GB connection...then I moved.  Sorry I moved so no pizza. Maybe next time.

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Google funds wireless broadband trial using TV spectrum in SA schools - Business News | IOL Business | IOL.co.za

Google funds wireless broadband trial using TV spectrum in SA schools - Business News | IOL Business | IOL.co.za | Cloud Computing in Rural Education | Scoop.it
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BROADBAND & BASKETBALL: Evolution of March Madness Consumption ... - The Providence Journal

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FirstNet chairman: It doesn't matter who builds and operates the public safety broadband network

FirstNet chairman: It doesn't matter who builds and operates the public safety broadband network | Cloud Computing in Rural Education | Scoop.it
FirstNet chairman: It doesn't matter who builds and operates the public safety broadband network http://t.co/XFuRKRo6cS
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The 9 Worst Threats to Cloud Computing - Insurance Networking News

The 9 Worst Threats to Cloud Computing - Insurance Networking News | Cloud Computing in Rural Education | Scoop.it
The 9 Worst Threats to Cloud Computing
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The Cloud Security Alliance's threats “working group” ranks the top nine risks to cloud computing deployments in 2013. This story originally appeared at Information Management.
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Georgia's Rural Towns Up in Arms Over Anti-Community Broadband Bill Pushed by Windstream | Stop the Cap!

Rural communities across Georgia are upset about a new piece of legislation ghost-written by Windstream Communications that would keep broadband a strictly private affair in the Peach State.

 

House Bill 282, introduced by Rep. Mark Hamilton (R-Cumming) would prohibit publicly owned broadband networks from being built anywhere an incumbent provider delivers at least 1.5Mbps “broadband” in the state.

 

Sources familiar with the legislation say Windstream, a phone company primarily serving smaller communities, is the primary force behind the bill now before a legislative committee. When news of the bill came to light earlier this week, consumers and local communities began to push back with state legislators. A planned hearing on the bill has been temporarily pushed back until next week.

 

The legislation would effectively tie the hands of municipalities that have waited more than a decade for AT&T, Windstream, CenturyLink and other phone companies to bring DSL broadband to rural Georgia.

 

While not proposing a total ban on public broadband, the bill’s requirement that service be denied to a customer in a “census block” where at least one home can receive slow speed DSL makes building such networks nearly impossible.

 

The Georgia Municipal Association notes local governments in small towns and cities, already strapped for resources, would have to prove to the Georgia Public Service Commission that each census block a community wants to serve has no existing broadband service (census blocks are the smallest geographic area the Census Bureau uses for data collection.)

 

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CO: Broadband On The Rural Plains Draws Republican Scrutiny | KUNC

CO: Broadband On The Rural Plains Draws Republican Scrutiny | KUNC | Cloud Computing in Rural Education | Scoop.it

An ambitious plan to connect a high-speed broadband network across Colorado is coming under fire by Republicans who say the federal government is wasting millions of dollars in stimulus money.

 

The story dates back to September 2010 when EAGLE-Net, a quasi-governmental agency, received more than $100 million to build a comprehensive statewide network to connect 234 so-called anchor institutions to high speed Internet—places like schools, universities and libraries. Flash forward to the fall of 2012, when 4th Congressional District Congressman Cory Gardner started hearing complaints from rural telecommunications companies.

 

“…saying hey, look, we’ve put fiber into the ground to a number of communities and schools and this EAGLE-Net company, which got a stimulus grant, has just come in and laid fiber next to the fiber that we just put into the ground.”

 

Gardner says local companies felt like EAGLE-Net was competing with their existing business. That led him to question their mission in a September 17 2012 letter to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).

 

“I wonder why EAGLE-Net spent all this time duplicating services on Eastern Plains where it’s easy to build instead of focusing on harder to reach areas like Silverton or Ouray?”

 

Silverton in particular has no broadband connections, and currently is using microwave towers.

 

Ultimately in December of last year the NTIA asked EAGLE-Net to suspend construction, citing changes made to its original plan and lack of environmental and historical preservation reviews.

 

Gretchen Dirks, a spokeswoman for EAGLE-Net, says the mission of her organization from the get-go was to build a network of connections across the state to schools and libraries, which naturally translates into redundancies.

 

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Two factor authentication on the cloud - InformationWeek India

Two factor authentication on the cloud - InformationWeek India | Cloud Computing in Rural Education | Scoop.it

Two factor authentication on the cloud InformationWeek India Deploying increased amounts of resources and operations into consolidated virtual environments must never come at the cost of security.


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Salesforce Is a Cloud Computing King

Salesforce Is a Cloud Computing King | Cloud Computing in Rural Education | Scoop.it
CEO Marc Benioff talks about the business software competition and Salesforce's growth plans

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Salesforce is one tech company I have not heard complaints about and believe me technologists do tell you about the downside of a company.  I am sure about the long term but for now they are doing great.  

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