Doug Kinnaird

What could you accomplish with quantum computers?

In my previous article, I explained how quantum computers find answers to complex sets of problems that today’s classical (non-quantum) computers are really bad at solving. Quantum computers enable algorithms to complete their analyses in fewer steps than classical computers do. I encourage anyone to learn quantum computing basics by trying quantum computing on IBM […]

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Leap into the future with the first quantum computer anyone can use

Imagine a future in which a computer reduces the time and effort required to develop new drugs or saves lives with more accurate weather forecasting. Quantum computers find answers to complex sets of problems that today’s classical (non-quantum) computers are really bad at. Classical computers operate by sequentially manipulating “strings of bits” that can either […]

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CIOs, are your applications on cloud nine?

Being on cloud nine refers to a state of extreme happiness. As a CIO, wouldn’t you be happy if your team supplied IT services demanded by your users, that were always available when needed and at an optimized cost?

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Do you have a self-healing cloud?

Recently, a business analyst shared her organization’s experience replacing its Human Resources (HR) application. She went on to tell me that the “Cloud HR application was self-healing.” I was amused with her statement and asked her to explain it.

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Executive Corner: Why cloud computing is simply good IT – an interview with Mike Hill, VP of Enterprise Initiatives

One aspect of my day job that I really enjoy is meeting with “strategic thought leaders.” I recently met with Mike Hill, who currently is Vice President of Enterprise Initiatives for IBM and previously was IBM’s Vice President of Business Transformation and CIO (see below for Mike’s biography). As you all know, cloud computing is getting a lot of attention from senior business and IT leaders these days. I asked Mike to tell me where our customers are seeing value in cloud computing and where it is being dismissed as the latest fad.

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Event Report: Calgary IBM Cloud Symposium – 29 Nov 2011

The IBM Cloud Symposium was held at the TELUS Convention Centre in Calgary on November 29, 2011. The event was free and I estimate was attended by approximately 80 people. Here’s a summary of the key messages I heard throughout the day.

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Attention CxOs: What’s your cloud adoption strategy?

“Cloud” is one of the 2011 top technology priorities. Its self-service, rapid scaling, and “pay-as-you-go” characteristics appeal to a wide audience of business and technology executives. When deciding where to run your applications – public, private, hybrid, infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), and software as a service (SaaS) cloud deployment models expand the choices available to you.

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