Back in 2012, I wrote a piece on the uncertainty of moving mission-critical enterprise data to the cloud. There were too many questions remaining to make an objective decision whether to trust the data to a third-party provider (such as Amazon, Google, or Microsoft).
It is becoming more apparent that many of these risks are now mitigated with more companies acquiring experience in the cloud. The advantages – drastic reduction in capital costs such as cooling and building infrastructure – are outweighing the disadvantages such as security concerns or data recovery concerns.
One advantage I recently came across was the ability to access multiple facets of information by utilizing one security model.
Forbes ran an article showing their ideal ten traits of a Cloud Leader. Given so many business are looking at the Cloud for solving some of their expansion and recovery issues, Forbes pointed out some examples of what business should look for in choosing whether to adopt the Cloud.
First is to realize that moving to the cloud is a transformation. This means more than just a shift of focus from on-premise data centers, but rather a change in how the strategic value of Information Technology is viewed and how the data are consumed. What was once only accessible to those in the data center can now be available across the whole business model if needed.
I will post more on this in the near future.
Over the past few years, the number of people accessing online content using Mobile devices has grown exponentially. I wrote about this trend in the corporate world back in 2012. As of late 2013, studies are reporting close to 1/3 of Internet traffic as coming from mobile devices such as Android phones and tablets. (1)
Enter Responsive Design. This is a method of creating online content, such as a website, which allows for a reformatting based on the device being used to view the content.
The site, perfectreign.com, is now setup with a responsive style, which will format correctly regardless whether the viewer is on a 24″ desktop monitor or a 4″ iPhone.
Here is perfectreign on my phone…
…and here is the same article on my desktop. The site is able to translate the content into a format more readable by either device.
Mobile device use of the Internet will only continue to rise over the next several years. As such, content providers need to review how best to ensure users can access information using whatever method works best for them.
(1) – http://bgr.com/2013/11/08/mobile-devices-internet-traffic-q3-2013/
For some time now, I’ve been living with Windows XP in various instances. I loathed the OS when it arrived, as I thought it a “downgrade” from the previous Windows 2000 version. For some time, I even switched over to Linux
However, Windows evolved and eventually Windows 7 and Windows 8 came out. I currently use Windows 8.1 on my primary workstations at home and work. I find the start menu oddly similar to that of Windows 3.11 and NT 3.51.
However, I still support many Windows XP workstations at my office. In fact, we currently still have over 150 Windows XP workstations. Of course, these will mostly be converted in the next few weeks. All will be converted in the next few months. (The only holdup is a single vendor-supplied application on a few workstations which requires Office 2003 to run.)
Here are a few articles about the impending demise of Windows XP…
Dust off your Y2K playbook: 10 strategies to drive a successful XP migration
Our ATMs Run on Windows XP, So What’s the Migration Plan?
Hell no, we won’t go: 10 reasons some XP users refuse to upgrade