What Wimbledon can tell us about business and the cloud, mobile and analytics

Analyzing more than seven years of Grand Slam Tennis data—39 million data points—combined with real-time data, IBM’s “SlamTracker” determines the "Keys to the Match" which are the three metrics most likely to clinch the win. Based on IBM’s SPSS analytics software, fans can exploit the power of data to gain insight into players’– and their opponent’s strategies, strengths and weaknesses.

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To cloud or not to cloud

When I discuss cloud with clients, certain questions arise. One of the main questions is; why would a large organization with a fully functioning IT infrastructure, that delivers services, and enables that business to compete in its chosen sector choose to introduce a disruptive technology like cloud?

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Privacy in a public cloud: Keeping data safe

You basically have the same security issues and considerations for deploying applications on the cloud as you do for running them on premises. The difference is that on cloud, some of those issues are handled by your cloud service provider.

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Lessons learned: IBM SmartCloud Provisioning

The main advantage I have seen with IBM SmartCloud Provisioning is the speed at which it can deploy and destroy machines. In this example, I deploy a base image, customize it for a test, capture that image for later use, and then create a test set with the new modified image.

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Private cloud on IBM BladeCenter with SCVMM 2012

Summary and PDF download describing the process of upgrading an existing System Center 2008 environment to System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 and explores the following new features provided by SCVMM 2012.

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Part 3 of 3: Doug Clark, IBM UKI Cloud Computing Leader, in conversation with Sam Garforth

In this three-part blog post, Doug Clark and I had a conversation on 4 May 2012 about his views on cloud in the IT industry and his role within it. It was my goal to learn more about the business aspects of cloud and whether there are geographical differences in its adoption.

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Part 2 of 3: Doug Clark, IBM UKI Cloud Computing Leader, in conversation with Sam Garforth

In this three-part blog post, Doug Clark and I had a conversation on 4 May 2012 about his views on cloud in the IT industry and his role within it. It was my goal to learn more about the business aspects of cloud and whether there are geographical differences in its adoption.

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Doug Clark, IBM UKI Cloud Computing Leader, in conversation with Sam Garforth

In this three-part blog post, Doug Clark and I had a conversation on 4 May 2012 about his views on cloud in the IT industry and his role within it. It was my goal to learn more about the business aspects of cloud and whether there are geographical differences in its adoption.

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BYOD: The landscape and security risks a CIO should consider

Nowadays society can’t go more than five minutes without using their mobile devices to check email, Facebook, or their favorite application. As a result, increasing numbers of employees are bringing their own smartphones and tablets to work, and for internal IT, this provides many challenges.

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Invitation: June 27th/28th IBM SmartCloud Enterprise Developers Group Virtual Meeting

The next SmartCloud Enterprise Developers Group virtual meeting will take place June 28, 11 a.m. ET, or June 28, 9 a.m. Beijing time.

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Overview: Data encryption in SaaS applications

Most SaaS providers claim to provide encryption, but typically only the transmission is encrypted using SSL. Although this standard technology provides a good protection of transmission data, the usage data that is stored in the cloud platform does not get so much attention.

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DevOps and the cloud

One of the hot topics around these days in IT is DevOps. But what is it exactly, why would I want it, and if so, how do I get it? This blog posting discusses these three questions; it’s up to you to decide when you start using it.

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