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Cloud Hosts and Privacy Issues

Posted on Monday, July 30th, 2012 at 10:00 pm    

As more businesses are turning to cloud computing services, the options for hosts are expanding. Last Wednesday, technology officials presented a House subcommittee with a warning about potentially unfair business practices putting United States companies at a disadvantage among international cloud hosts. Among those presenting information were individuals from the Business Software Alliance and Rackspace, a company dedicated to business cloud and hybrid hosting.

The presentation included information about the arguments being made by foreign providers against American services. Hosts from other countries are arguing against using cloud hosts in the United States because of limitations to privacy put in place by the Patriot Act, however this information may not be accurate. The concern is that these unfair accusations may affect business on a considerable scale, so by presenting information to the House, tech professionals hope to curb this unfair campaign against American companies.


Software Executives Gather Together for Conference

Posted on Friday, July 27th, 2012 at 2:22 pm    

Every year, Human Resources Executive ® magazine organizes a weekend-long conference to help connect software professionals and human resource teams across the nation. This year the event will take place October 8-10 and topics to be reviewed include mobile technology, social media, analytics, and cloud computing. The event is intended to give HR executives a chance to work closely with software professionals in order to tackle major technology challenges, review human resources functions, and learn about recent advances in technology.

A recent announcement explained that six influential enterprise software executives will participate in panel events and conferences. The six software executives presenting are Steve Miranda, Sanjay Poonen, Stan Swete, Mike Capone, John Wookey, and Adam Rogers. Several authors on related books are also expected to give keynote speeches and discussions throughout the conference. Aside from discussion groups, demonstrations of new technology, panels for questioning, and other events will take place throughout the program.

Deloitte’s Technology Trends Report – 2012

Posted on Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012 at 11:06 am    

Every year, Deloitte studies popular changes or additions to technology that can be put to real use. Their “Technology Trends” report contains the findings and in 2012, focuses on several different issues. Some of the highlights include information on social business, gamification (integrating games into day-to-day company processes), the use of hyper-hybrid cloud systems, increasing digital identities, and utilizing geospatial visualization, among many others.

Deloitte analyzes patterns in business technology in order to put together their annual report, and they suggest that the trends they find will be relevant for the next 18 to 24 months. This year, the report was divided into two sections: “Disruptors” and “Enablers”. Disruptors are innovations to IT that are anticipated to create a positive disruption to current business models, and enablers are pre-existing technologies that have recently undergone upgrades or changes that will affect how they are used in the future.