cloud computing

IBM Cloud SVP: Cloud is moving into its next phase of innovation

During the first wave of cloud computing, many organizations viewed it as little more than a way to cut costs, but now, they’re seeing it as something far more versatile. In an interview with Network World, IBM Cloud Senior Vice President Robert LeBlanc said, “I think we’re moving to the next phase of cloud and […] offers flights for up to 90 percent less with a cloud-based ticketing portal

In 2012, founder Oliver Dlouhy was looking for an affordable flight from the Czech Republic to Portugal. Noting the expense of the direct flight options available online, Dlouhy spent a day combing through various websites, finally purchasing two less costly flights from different airlines. The lengthy process inspired Dloughy to create a new online […]

RAVInvest uses cloud technology to bring equitable trade, peer mentoring to rural Africa

RAVInvest director Ueli Scheuermeier knows that well-established blueprints and best practices for entrepreneurial projects in rural Africa are rare. “Peer exchange is key in solving problems,” Scheuermeier says. “Someone will face a challenge and ask, ‘Does anyone have a clue about what to do here?’ And someone else will let them know what they’ve tried, […]

Moving to the cloud is strategic for education in India

Disruptive technologies have redefined how knowledge is created, disseminated and consumed. Gone are the days when learning was restricted within four walls of a classroom at fixed times. The education system has come a long way from classroom education to distance learning, eLearning and now personalized learning. The digital generation demands access to learning anytime, […]

Survey: Educational tech using cloud computing improves student performance

A survey conducted by Inside Higher Ed and Gallup found that 75% of college faculty members believe that educational technology—which includes cloud—is improving student outcomes. Nearly two-thirds of instructors (63%) said gains in student learning have justified institutional spending on various ed tech efforts. Though there was some disagreement among surveyed faculty about specific uses […]

Bringing blockchain to the cloud

Blockchain is all about encryption and secure transactions. That is the message IBM is delivering with its new, cloud-based blockchain offerings aimed at bringing large enterprises onboard with the technology for digital, financial transactions using encrypted database architecture. The new offerings give organizations the opportunity to quickly deploy blockchain networks to be deployed in minutes […]

What is the cloud?

I was recently asked, “What is your definition of cloud?” I thought for a moment about giving the stock answer: the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) definition: Cloud computing is a model for enabling ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications and […]

Cognitive cooking for diabetics with Chef Watson

Diabetes affects “382 million people worldwide, and that number is expected to grow to 592 million by 2035.” With the global diabetes care market projected to reach $122 billion by 2022, Cognitive computing, cloud technologies and the Internet of Things (IoT) are poised to help diabetics worldwide achieve a better quality of life and outcomes […]

4 considerations for evaluating cloud computing benefits

If you are considering adopting cloud technologies and practices, you will receive a ton of different guidance about the benefits you might see. These benefits can vary dramatically from speed of delivery to infrastructure cost savings; and they will be unique to each and every transformation. However, four basic concepts can help guide your evaluations. […]

Is your cloud infrastructure provider the “Hotel California”?

Remember the song from the Eagles from 1970’s “Hotel California,” quoting their lines: “We are all just prisoners here, of our own device…. we are programmed to receive. You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave! ” For many companies, their cloud infrastructure portfolio has matured from a few servers to enterprise […]

Riding the InterConnect shuttle – Grand to Mandalay Bay

The most interesting dialogue with clients and partners that I’ve had while at InterConnect 2016 took place on the Connector Shuttle bus, from MGM Grand to Mandalay Bay and back. Each day, I sat on the bus and deliberately sat alone, making eye contact with folks that had either a green or blue ribbon on […]

Medical Minecraft – Cognitive computing in games

There are games galore accessible and played from multiple devices and platforms. These are developed for and played by people of all ages for fun, to improve decision making,, learn domain specific skills through serious games and learning to name a few. This article takes a different perspective and examines the future of gaming leveraging […]