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Could 'Cyber Snow Days' Become Reality?

Could 'Cyber Snow Days' Become Reality? | the on-demand world | Scoop.it

Could 'Cyber Snow Days' Become Reality?
Basically, when it snows, they literally make all the kids go online, the teachers go online and you get your class instructions for the day"

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School cancelled? Perhaps not for long. Education through cloud-based services could make missed school days a thing of the past. In a time when environmental events are being seen more and more frequently, but where life must go on, cloud education is an essential tool for schools and learning institutions to consider.

                                                                                                  

There are a vast range of benefits to education tools, seminars and resources being made available through the cloud. But cloud providers must be able to show not only their ability to deliver flexible learning and global resources: they must demonstrate, more than most, the ability to prevent data theft and protect pupil identity. The complexity of integration with the education system means that cloud isn’t an easy option for educators; like anything else, it’s best done by the experts.

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Why the internet of things is big data's latest killer app - if you do it right

Why the internet of things is big data's latest killer app - if you do it right | the on-demand world | Scoop.it
A Huntsville, Ala., company is moving from the machine-to-machine world into cloud platforms and big data. Here’s how it did it and how it thinks it work could actually end up saving lives.
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Through the Internet of Things, events can be triggered and responded to in real time – and with far finer grain understanding. Looked at one way, the IoT is a huge sea change that is hard to grasp and hard to implement. But what if we see it instead as something we have all been wired to understand – an app, through which everything we use can be transformed into part of the cloud?

 

Viewed in this way, the IoT is more understandable. We can see how the cloud works in a clearer way. We can see how the cloud holds the Big Data that streams from every object – more, every second – that transmits and receives information discretely.

 

But does it also make the idea of the IoT more threatening?

 

It comes down to your willingness to engage with the future and build a strategy to use, and gain value from, every interaction and exchange of information.

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Met Police to make cloud, mobile and analytics the core of “unprecedented” £200m IT upgrade

Met Police to make cloud, mobile and analytics the core of “unprecedented” £200m IT upgrade | the on-demand world | Scoop.it
The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) announced that it plans to commit up to £200m over the next three to four years in an effort to modernise its ICT infrastructure. The MPS said the “unprecedented transformation in its use of technology” will help make policing more effective and save the organisation up to 30 per cent in IT costs.
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The public expect the police to have accurate information on-the-go. This move will help ensure the UK police are equipped for the demands of twenty-first century policing.

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BYOC Is The New BYOD

BYOC Is The New BYOD | the on-demand world | Scoop.it
RT @ComplexD: #BYOC Is The New BYOD - http://t.co/jiihGcOZaZ (Jacquie Pirnie) #Cloud
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What additional security measures need to be considered when we use Bring Your Own Cloud at work and play?
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The Classroom and the Cloud: A Bright Forecast for 2020

The Classroom and the Cloud: A Bright Forecast for 2020 | the on-demand world | Scoop.it
What will the classroom of 2020 look like?
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Excellent teaching remains at the heart of student success, but it's safe to say the cloud will increase connections and support a broader range of learning, creative thinking and expression than ever before.

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UK Government urges people to be more 'cyber streetwise'

UK Government urges people to be more 'cyber streetwise' | the on-demand world | Scoop.it

The UK Government's 'Cyber Streetwise' campaign aims to change the way people view online safety and provide consumers and businesses with the skills and knowledge they need to...

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Cloud is secure - it's how it's used that isn't.  If organizations and the individuals within them use cloud properly and if cloud is integrated into their infrastructures then citizens will be better protected, feel more secure and be reassured

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Big Data: The organizational challenge

Big Data: The organizational challenge | the on-demand world | Scoop.it
Early adopters of Big Data are outperforming competitors on several dimensions. To catch up, other companies need the right people and tools—but they also need to embed Big Data in their organizations.
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Businesses with the most advanced analytics capabilities are outperforming competitors by a wide margin

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Why Smart Cities Need Cloud Services

Why Smart Cities Need Cloud Services | the on-demand world | Scoop.it
As municipal needs get more sophisticated, more cities turn to cloud services.
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Cities in the cloud? Well, not yet. But cloud in the city is essential; cloud-based services are vital to modern urban development and infrastructure.

 

This piece looks at how cloud is the backbone of the modern city and the key to smart city development. Without it, you cannot design or build a modern city, or retrofit existing urban structures. With the cloud, you can not only integrate the complex mesh of services you need to deliver; you can test, optimize and critical, pay for them. Life in the cities – and certainly transport, government, education and all other complex action – increasingly depends on cloud provision. All urban governments must ensure theirs is secure, enables flexible working between public and private operators, and can drive active citizen engagement. 

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Microsoft begins privately testing Windows Azure Government Cloud

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Microsoft begins privately testing Windows Azure Government Cloud.
The Azure government cloud will have physical and logical isolation at all layers, it will be run by U.S.

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Cloud is critical for government if services are to be maintained and developed at an affordable rate. But how can you leapfrog the challenges posed by compliance hurdles – not to mention the knock that US providers, particularly, have recently been dealt in terms of security and data protection?

 

Microsoft’s answer – Azure Government Cloud – could be all that it promises. But will it be able to deliver the flexibility and dedicated provision that governments need and that citizens demand? And how will Microsoft answer the inevitable questions about privacy that will be asked? Government cloud is proving a knotty and complex problem – the question is, can technology providers alone solve it?

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IaaS, PaaS to drive cloud adoption in ANZ: ZDNet survey

IaaS, PaaS to drive cloud adoption in ANZ: ZDNet survey | the on-demand world | Scoop.it
Cloud is big in Australia and New Zealand, and about to get bigger. IaaS and PaaS will be the fastest-growing cloud flavours in 2014, as businesses scramble to gain or maintain competitive edge.
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A mix of cloud and on-premise is the best solution for the majority of businesses - what flavour are you?

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Will the cloud divide America and Europe?

Will the cloud divide America and Europe? | the on-demand world | Scoop.it
Cloud executive Rajesh Ram has discovered hesitation among European enterprises to store data on external clouds. Now he sees innovation opportunities ahead.
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The technology division between Europe and America has never been deeper as European businesses, still concerned about American privacy questions and the access of protected and private data by government, begin to question their relationship with US-based cloud providers. Unless this is addressed, it could grow from a technology challenge to a global business and economic divide. This blog examines the issues and the implications for global working practice and effectiveness in our current information and trust-based economy, as well as the potential benefits European cloud providers could realize if they act soon.

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Seven Big Data Trends for 2014

Seven Big Data Trends for 2014 | the on-demand world | Scoop.it
As Big Data will become common language in boardrooms, what are the most important Big Data trends for 2014? Here is a list of seven Big Data trends.

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Five myths about the cloud

Five myths about the cloud | the on-demand world | Scoop.it

A recent episode of CBS’s “The Good Wife” captured all-too-common confusion about cloud computing. “Do me a favor,” the character played by Julianna Margulies tells her son. “I need all my company contacts saved from my company cloud to my cloud, my personal cloud. Can you do that?” Her son replies, “Mom, you have no idea what any of those words mean, do you?”

 


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A fad? For geeks? Not secure? Not green? Not reliable? Let's see shall we?

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