Four reasons why I hate the term “cloud”

I think most readers of this blog probably know there is no single "cloud." Saying something is “on the cloud” is about as specific as saying something is "on the Internet." This term isn’t going away – but that’s okay, because I really like hopeless causes.

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Big data, cloud and Smarter Cities

The purpose of Smarter Cities is to ensure a more convenient life for citizens by generating various information types from all human behaviors and situations, such as the number of people waiting for the bus at the bus stop, bus numbers they wait for, road traffic conditions that affect the bus arrival time, music they listen to, and many others. To manage massive amounts of various data types generated rapidly every day, big data technology is essential for the Smarter Cities environment.

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IBM Cloud Ecosystem: Spotlight on Sonian

Over the last few months, Sonian has shown its value as a truly unique cloud vendor as it begins to expand the IBM cloud's capabilities, so I thought it was due time to work with Sonian on relaying the company’s words to the global cloud community.

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A flexible way for passing parameters during the deployment using IBM SmartCloud Provisioning

I really liked the post “Rapid deployments with IBM SmartCloud Provisioning” that explains how simple and fast it is to deploy instances using IBM SmartCloud Provisioning. But it is also important to have a flexible way for passing parameters during the deployment in order to configure or customize the deployed instances.

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Agile software development services delivered from the cloud

In an international bestselling book The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century, Thomas L. Friedman analyzes globalization, primarily in the early 21st century. The book talks about the perceptual shift required for countries, companies, and individuals to remain competitive in a global market where historical and geographical divisions are becoming increasingly irrelevant. When one looks with this view today at the software application development processes, there is no border and it has also become kind of 24x7 with “follow the sun” concept.

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How I learned to stop worrying and love the cloud

I heard for years about the cloud, and coming from a mainframe background, cloud really did not seem like anything new. At most, it seemed like a return to the things we used to do. Needed more processing on demand —ok we allocated more processor power to your jobs. What's the big deal?

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Three reasons why an ATM is like a cloud

Wouldn’t it be great if your cloud was able to print or at least dispense cold-hard cash? In many ways it can, if implemented properly. I don’t have all the answers for you right now, but what I can say is that an ATM is similar to a cloud in many ways.

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Steel and Bridges: Evolving our Big Data Platform

Carnegie is a tremendous book, if you want a deep look into how he transformed from factory worker, to steel magnate, to philanthropist. Hint: it was a lot of hard work and smarts. However, one thing stuck with me from this book: his insights on strategy.

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The cloud ecosystem for beginners: A data center view

I would like to share my thoughts about the cloud ecosystem in general, and provide an internal view of a “cloud data center.”

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Cloud is like a box of …. You never know what you’re gonna get (Part 1 of 2)

With cloud computing this quote is true in two ways: -A wide variety of cloud services are available to compose with, like a box of chocolates. -You don’t know up front what you’re going to get. This blog post offers the reader a three-step-plan to guide your journey to the cloud.

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Summary of 2012 IBM Technical World for Smarter Computing Conference

I just returned from the 2012 IBM Technical World for Smarter Computing Conference that took place from April 15 - 19 in San Francisco. I want to share my impressions with you, while they are still fresh in my mind.

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My client changed its department name to “Business Process Improvement Office”

This means that the CIO's focus has changed from IT to business process improvement. If possible, the CIO does not want to further change the IT infrastructure (for example correspondence of software, end of service, and so on).

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