WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation
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Evolution of #CloudComputing includes #fogComputing as #InternetOfThings proliferate - see this short video intro #IOT via @jssprenger

What is fog computing, and why is it necessary? This 2-minute video provides a quick overview and introduction.

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WHY IT MATTERS: always good to stay abreast of the latest buzzword... ;-)

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The Cloud is Not Flat – Analysis of the Gartner #Cloud #Infrastructure quadrant via @charlesfitz

The Cloud is Not Flat – Analysis of the Gartner #Cloud #Infrastructure quadrant via @charlesfitz | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Update of the geographic view of Gartner’s Cloud Infrastructure as a Service Magic Quadrant.

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WHY IT MATTERS: cloud computing Gartner quadrant analyzed to show that Seattle region is home to the industry leaders.

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Separating the Clowns from the Clouds: IBM+Oracle not in same league as Google+Amazon+Microsoft on #CloudCOmputing 

Separating the Clowns from the Clouds: IBM+Oracle not in same league as Google+Amazon+Microsoft on #CloudCOmputing  | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

As I keep repeating, CAPEX is both a prerequisite to play in the big boy cloud and confirmation of customer success. Both IBM and Oracle are tens of billions of dollars in cloud infrastructure CAPEX behind Amazon, Google, and Microsoft. Oracle’s spending has at least ticked up, but their spending is not enough to keep pace, much less to have any hope of catching up to the infrastructure of the big three.

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WHY IT MATTERS: there are only 3 players in cloud computing market: Google, Amazon, microsoft. Sorry IBM & Oracle just don't make the cut. Here is a great analysis of why this is so.

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Google Eric Schmidt provides compelling reasons to "Get on the #Cloud Now" 

Executive Chairman of Alphabet Eric Schmidt illustrates the results, way beyond expectations, achieved by companies that moved their business to the cloud.
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WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

If you ever doubted if cloud computing is important to include in a business digital strategy, this 10min video by Google chairman provides very compelling business reasons to do so.

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Moving large #datasets - Exabyte-Scale - to #AWS requires physical trucks & hard drives

Moving large #datasets - Exabyte-Scale - to #AWS requires physical trucks & hard drives | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

AWS Snowmobile is an exabyte-scale data transfer service used to move extremely large amounts of data to AWS. You can transfer up to 100PB per Snowmobile, a 45-foot long ruggedized shipping container, pulled by a semi-trailer truck. Snowmobile makes it easy to move massive volumes of data to the cloud, including video libraries, image repositories, or even a complete data center migration. Transferring data with Snowmobile is secure, fast and cost effective.

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Moving large amounts of data to the cloud - petabytes and exabytes - would take years to do if transferred using networks and the Internet. Amazon provides its customers with dedicated and secure hard drives - they call snowballs - and truck - they call snowmobiles - to move the data from one data center to the next.

 

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

There are limits to our network infrastructures and physical solutions often are required to migrate data to the cloud or digitize products. For example scanning paper files or converting books to digital ones often require specialized equipments in order to perform the work rapidly and cost effectively. Google had patented a book scanning equipment in order to create its Google books project in the past. I assume this same kind of innovation will start to happen in other fields as well.

http://www.theverge.com/2012/11/13/3639016/google-books-scanner-vacuum-diy 

https://books.google.com/googlebooks/about/ 

 

More on this here: http://uk.businessinsider.com/amazon-snowmobile-truck-is-a-funny-for-real-product-2016-11 

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Software Helps Police Departments Transform to #digital & Keep Cops On The Street via @forbes

Software Helps Police Departments Transform to #digital & Keep Cops On The Street via @forbes | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Scott Crouch and his college buddies built Mark43 to help police do their job more efficiently and effectively.

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Every industry is being transformed by digital, even those that were not so long ago considered off limit. Great example, the police force, which have systems that date from another era, can now benefit from cheap communication, cloud services, big data and analytics services to deliver mobile police insight and tools using everyday mobile phones and tablets.

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Top 12 Emerging #Digital #Workplace Technologies- leveraging personal digital tech with your employees 

Top 12 Emerging #Digital #Workplace Technologies- leveraging personal digital tech with your employees  | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
Give employees more agility by bringing these consumer technologies to work.
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A short run down on personal technologies coming our way soon.

 

WHY THISI S IMPORTANT

I've been speaking about the impact of digital technologies to transformation our personal lives and the opportunities this brings to business for a while in my "me.com" and "we.com" conferences (http://fmcs.digital/conferences). Looks like there is even more to it than originally I anticipated with the convergence of InternetOfThings, AI, BigData, and wearables. Your employees in the future will be even more connected and digital and companies should take notice and leverage it to 1) improve productivity 2) support work-life-wellness balance 3) tap the social networks to their benefits (ie. social recruiting).

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How We Saved $132k a Year With an IT Infrastructure Audit

How We Saved $132k a Year With an IT Infrastructure Audit | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
"Spring cleaning" Buffer with an infrastructure audit has been an educational journey that also saved us a lot of money. Here's a recap of everything we did
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Sharing experience on an IT audit that has proved very successful.

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Trevor Corso's curator insight, October 31, 2016 1:37 PM
Incredible IT makeover!  Definitely audit your infrastructure and you could potentially save your company lots of money.
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GE Platform for the Industrial Internet is what digital strategy should deliver

GE Platform for the Industrial Internet is what digital strategy should deliver | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
Predix, GE's cloud-based platform (PaaS) for Industrial Internet applications, combines people, machines, big data and analytics. Discover Predix today.
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GE's industrial Internet means that in the future they may be best known for their infrastructure than their products and devices. Watch for it.

 

More importantly, the industrial internet and Predix tools came out of a strong digital transformation vision carried out by an exceptional Chief Digital Officer (CDO), Linda Boff. See her profile for more details: http://cdoclub.com/us-chief-digital-officer-of-the-year-linda-boff-on-digital-transformation-at-ge/ 

 

I wrote about GE industrial internet in the past: see here http://www.scoop.it/t/digital-transformation-of-businesses?q=ge 

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How to Survive Without using Google, Slack, Dropbox and other cloud services

How to Survive Without using Google, Slack, Dropbox and other cloud services | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Surfer en toute liberté, c'est possible! Il existe des alternatives aux Gmail, Slack et autres Dropbox, qui collectent vos données en échange de leurs services. Guide pas à pas pour reprendre le contrôle.

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(in french)

Afraid that Google and others know too much about you? Want to know how to live and work outside of the major tools and solutions? This blog post offers a list of solutions to help you do just that.

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#cloudComputing is greener than in-house: Google DeepMind #AI reduce energy by 40%

#cloudComputing is greener than in-house: Google DeepMind #AI reduce energy by 40% | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

To address this problem, we began applying machine learning two years ago to operate our data centres more efficiently. And over the past few months, DeepMind researchers began working with Google’s data centre team to significantly improve the system’s utility. Using a system of neural networks trained on different operating scenarios and parameters within our data centres, we created a more efficient and adaptive framework to understand data centre dynamics and optimize efficiency.

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Google uses artificial intelligence to analyze energy consumption in its data center to improve cooling and reduce energy consumption by 40%.

 

The paper also links to other most interesting links on data center operations including:

 

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

Energy is the main cost of data center operations so this is great news. Companies should thus use this news to further move their computing to the cloud as large data centers - Google, Amazon, Microsoft and others - are way more efficient than anything even large corporations can do.

 

This is true for energy consumption, and I contend it is also true for many other areas including security and speed of implementation. It is essential that any digital transformation make cloud computing the primary de facto standard over any on-premise operation.

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Beyond Google, Amazon, and Microsoft: strategies to differentiate digital offering

Beyond Google, Amazon, and Microsoft: strategies to differentiate digital offering | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
The cloud space continues to evolve rapidly buy fundamental strategic principles will always apply - to the cloud industry or any other industry, for that matter. One of those principles is Michael
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My friend PL Bisaillon raises a very good point: your digital product or services must be differentiated from that of the large established players. PLB highlights different ways that the cloud services industry providers can differentiate themselves from the large players like Amazon, Google and Microsoft.

 

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

Cloud solutions in particular and digital solutions in general will be dominated by large global organizations. For digital transformation, large consulting firms such as McKinsey, Capgemini or the big4 will certainly offer services and solutions that appeal to a large audience and global organizations. However, this leaves room for regional providers - french speaking ones in Quebec province for examples - or niche players that focus on specific industries or verticals - eCommerce as is the case for my organization FMCS.digital for example. Always good to be reminded that the world will not be a monolithic one composed solely of large players.

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Your Bosch dishwasher will soon connect to the cloud #IoT

Your Bosch dishwasher will soon connect to the cloud #IoT | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
Bosch joins the cloud computing bandwagon by becoming a full service provider for connectivity and the Internet of Things. The company aims to have all of its electronics IoT- enabled through IoT Cloud by the year 2020.

Via Richard Platt
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Bosch is launching its own cloud computing services for the Internet of Things, with the first cloud facility to be located in Germany.  The company is the latest to join the IoT bandwagon by becoming a full service provider for connectivity and the Internet of Things.  Currently, there are at least 5 million devices that are working with Bosch's IoT Suite. These include the staples of a connected home such as a central hub and contact sensors between the door and window.

 

It is interesting to see that companies in the non technology space - like Bosch - are investing heavily to be positioned for the year 2020, where they expect IoT devices to start taking hold. What are all the others doing?

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Emeric Bailleul's curator insight, March 16, 2016 3:40 AM

Bosch is launching its own cloud computing services for the Internet of Things, with the first cloud facility to be located in Germany.  The company is the latest to join the IoT bandwagon by becoming a full service provider for connectivity and the Internet of Things.  Currently, there are at least 5 million devices that are working with Bosch's IoT Suite. These include the staples of a connected home such as a central hub and contact sensors between the door and window.  Outside the home, the company's IoT Suite also includes connected parking spots that allow consumers to reserve a spot prior to arriving, and auto-racing applications that could monitor essential racecar details even in a distance through a pit crew.

Liliana Luna Gomez's curator insight, March 16, 2016 4:11 AM

Bosch is launching its own cloud computing services for the Internet of Things, with the first cloud facility to be located in Germany.  The company is the latest to join the IoT bandwagon by becoming a full service provider for connectivity and the Internet of Things.  Currently, there are at least 5 million devices that are working with Bosch's IoT Suite. These include the staples of a connected home such as a central hub and contact sensors between the door and window.  Outside the home, the company's IoT Suite also includes connected parking spots that allow consumers to reserve a spot prior to arriving, and auto-racing applications that could monitor essential racecar details even in a distance through a pit crew.

Juan Ortega's curator insight, May 20, 2016 4:50 AM
¿Lavavajillas con acceso a internet? ¿Será buena idea?
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Amazon To Add Montreal Data Center In 2016

Amazon To Add Montreal Data Center In 2016 | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
Amazon continues to expand its worldwide network of data centers, with Montreal, the UK, China, and India all slated to become part of its chain.
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Great news for Montreal and Canada as Amazon announced plans to open a new data center in Montreal.


Montreal is recognized for its cheap and very green hydro electric power. Montreal also has amazing fiber network connectivity with other North American and European regions. Also, Canada may provide better data protection and privacy laws than the US - although this may be debatable.


This is great news for Montreal and for Canadian businesses looking to move to the cloud!

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Top 50 #CloudComputing Twitter Influencers

Top 50 #CloudComputing Twitter Influencers | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
We are aimed at becoming an authority on business innovation and want to help you identify the top influencers so you can follow the latest trends, news and opinions of these influencers in the field of Cloud Computing.

Last week, we posted the Top 50 Big Data Twitter Influencers.We’ll be publishing more lists on analytics and enterprise mobility in the coming weeks. Here is the list of Top 50 Cloud Computing Influencers on Twitter.
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Just a great list to get started in the topic is of interest to you.

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Smac's curator insight, September 24, 2015 1:54 AM

Cloud computing enables the use of a network of remote servers hosted on the internet to store, manage, and process data, rather than a local server or a personal computer. A firm provide cloud computing solutions to know more click: www.acsgcorporate.com/smac.html

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Consequence of digital transformation: Enterprise Software’s Trillion-Dollar Opportunity  via @techcrunch

Consequence of digital transformation: Enterprise Software’s Trillion-Dollar Opportunity  via @techcrunch | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
There is a massive opportunity for startups to define a new era of work, and it’s not just the products and platforms they build that will look completely..
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The article describes why cloud computing and software as a service will become a huge business in the near future.


WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

The article pretty much lays down the reasons why I believe that digital transformation of businesses will have a profound impact and why I started the blog 2 years ago.

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Android for Work Pushes Google Further into Business

Android for Work Pushes Google Further into Business | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
Google is courting enterprise customers like never before, but it has lacked a proper mobility framework for Android since the OS debuted. Now the company wants to change the game with Android for Work, but could its efforts prove to be too little, too late?

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Amazon's Secretive Cloud Carries 1 Percent of the Internet via @WIRED

Amazon's Secretive Cloud Carries 1 Percent of the Internet via @WIRED | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
Amazon's cloud computing infrastructure is growing so fast that it's silently becoming a core piece of the internet.
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more data on amazon cloud...

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Jake Peters's curator insight, January 30, 2015 4:13 PM

No surprises here really. Cool stuff though!

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Amazon says One Million Customers Actively use its Cloud Services

Amazon says One Million Customers Actively use its Cloud Services | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
During Amazon’s fourth quarter earnings announcement today, the company revealed that Amazon Web Services (AWS)—essentially its cloud computing infrastructure—has over one million active customers.

Via TechinBiz
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A Rare Peek Into The Massive Scale of AWS

A Rare Peek Into The Massive Scale of AWS | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
The idea behind cloud computing, as pioneer Amazon Web Services believed when it launched its first utility compute and storage products eight years ago, i
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Full of data about the size of Amazon data centers (Amazon probably has close to 5M servers), the article describes how they are organized and hints at the networking issues they face. Very interesting and insightful.

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John Rinehart's curator insight, December 8, 2014 3:47 PM

Over the long haul, Amazon believes the massive scale of the public cloud will mean that very few organizations will run their own datacenters.

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451 Research launches Cloud Price Index - ZDNet

451 Research launches Cloud Price Index - ZDNet | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
Want to pick the right public cloud at the right price, but not sure how to find it? 451 Research is providing some practical guidance.

Via Patrick Bouillaud
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Interesting to see the variability in pricing for cloud computing solutions out there. You'd assume the differences would be minimal but they are actually very significant.

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Cloud Computing Infuses Gartner Top Technology Trends

Cloud Computing Infuses Gartner Top Technology Trends | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
The list concerns the 10 most impactful shifts for companies next year.

Via Peter Azzopardi, Patrick Bouillaud
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Always good to follow those trends. No surprise.

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Peter Azzopardi's curator insight, October 9, 2014 5:46 PM

The most directly related trend was "Cloud/Client Computing. ....

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Secure Cloud Computing: Virtualizing the FreedomBox- solutions for secure&private cloud computing

Secure Cloud Computing: Virtualizing the FreedomBox- solutions for secure&private cloud computing | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

In 2010 I asked Professor Eben Moglen to speak to the Internet Society of New York about software freedom, privacy and security in the context of cloud computing and social media. In his Freedom in the Cloud talk, he proposed the FreedomBox as a solution: a small inexpensive computer which would provide secure encrypted communications in a decentralized way to defeat data mining and surveillance by governments and large corporations.


Via Peter Azzopardi
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Security and privacy concerns are top of mind for corporations and individuals looking to move their data to the cloud. This very technical story provides some insights into what may be offered in the future: fully encrypted data, as soon as it leaves the browser, with minimal overhead. Let's hope we can see this in commercial offerings soon.

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Peter Azzopardi's curator insight, April 18, 2014 6:54 PM

Homomorphic encryption allows data to be processed in an encrypted form so that only the end user can access it in a readable form. So far it has been too demanding for normal computers to handle.

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Cloud computing "made in Canada" is gaining traction thanks to governments via @lapresse+

Cloud computing "made in Canada" is gaining traction thanks to governments via @lapresse+ | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
Simple tendance au tournant de la décennie, l’infonuagique pourrait bien devenir la norme d’ici quelques années. Entreprises et gouvernements se tournent vers cette solution informatique qui, par l’entremise de serveurs distants, permet un accès réseau à nos données, à la demande et en libre ser
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(article is in french) looks like Canada is catching up in the cloud computing world- Forbes 2012 article was clear about that. Governments, in particular the Quebec government are now targetting local cloud providers with servers in their jurisdiction as preferred partners. 


The decision will in the short term limit solutions - not all SaaS solutions can guarantee hosting in a specific country. On the other hand this will spark a higher level of local investment in the field, which is good.


I also like the IDC Canada - Telus report cited in the article, which provides some interesting survey data about the state of the cloud computing in Canada. I like their simple diagram that shows the progression of IT sourcing methods, it says it all.


This goes along with the realization that the cold Canadian weather and low electricity costs may actually be the best to host large server farms. It may actually be a better use of our Hydro energy that the production of aluminium?

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#SaaS revenues growing at 20%/yr says #PwC report

#SaaS revenues growing at 20%/yr says #PwC report | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
Les revenus SaaS des 100 premiers éditeurs de logiciels dans le monde ont augmenté de 60% en un an pour atteindre 20 milliards de dollars, d'après PwC.

Via Serge FLEITH
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(in french but direct link to english PWC report included)

Interesting report that shows SaaS accounts for <5% of revenues for Microsoft and IBM, but looking at the revenues in $ shows that SaaS is a meaningful billion dollar a year market for software publishers.

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VOS ANIMATEURS >'s curator insight, March 29, 2014 5:31 PM

Intéressant de voir un rapport qui montre que le SaaS est une source de revenue <5% pour les grands éditeurs de logiciels comme Microsoft ou IBM. Cependant, en chiffre absolu c'est quand même un marché d'un milliard de dollars et plus annuellement!


Un lien direct au rapport de PWC est inclu dans l'article.

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