2010 IT Conversations

There are Six main conversations taking place now: Low cost computing in the enterprise. Maximize the efficiency of your IT (Server management, Desktop Management), Use technology to lower the cost of business (UC), Take advantage of technology delivery information. Business Insights. Solve the main two problems that BI faces: high costs and advanced skills. Empower…

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The IT battlecloud

We all know that CRM and Collaboration are two workloads that have moved to the cloud. This article compares 10 hosted CRM solutions. The battle is now on the cloud. Productivity. Three years ago Microsoft Office was going to be killed by the browser. Today, startups are gone and Gorillas are there: Microsoft Office Web…

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The new Business Intelligence frontiers: Individual and Civilization

I just realized that blogs will soon be obsolete artifacts. Let me explain why: For over 10 thousand years “writing, painting and talking” have been the most basic communication tools we use to describe our lives. In the early computing days storage was very limited; I remember tools like WinDirStat to understand how precious storage…

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SXSW 2010 Panel voting open

Vote for your favorites before September 4. Register on SXSW panel picker before jumping to the links. There are over 2200 proposed panels. My selection: Come to my cloud: Supporting half a million visitors from day one. Social Media Interop: Emerging standards for portable contacts and life streaming standards. The future of mobile: surfing or…

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IT for the economic recalibration

The world has changed, but does this means that customers have eliminated all critical IT projects? Quite the opposite. 18 opportunity areas and why databases continue to be big winners: a) Reducing Cost. Some organizations cut IT up to 50% while expecting to keep their service levels. Five main projects: Reduce cost per Gb (Data…

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Emerging markets: Is the cloud truly global?

As we evolve to a hybrid of internal and external IT Services, companies on developed markets have invested significantly on infrastructure, so they are not rushing to outsource operations. Emerging markets have lower data center investments…Are they more fit to consume cloud services? Can we use the same tactics to reach them? Over the last…

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Technology for preventing the pandemic

The Microsoft Disaster Response is an internal group that assists governments and organizations on global emergencies. The Mexican subsidiary and community volunteers are now working on developing emergency support systems for the Influenza A(H1N1) and H1N1, including: RSS, e-Mail, SMS delivery to the three screens. Notifications on the PC, phone and TV coming from news…

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A “New Solutions Era” for the Three Clouds

There is an extensive discussion on what the “cloud” definition and standards should be, benefits and risks, etc. Probably a distraction of really critical issues: How the industry players will collaborate en deliver the software services is a complex discussion. We can expect hosters to get vertical expertise, and create alliances with distributors and resellers…

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Involuntary Mindcasting and some reasons behind Twitter Protected Updates

Can you imagine involuntary mindcasting? Most likely all accounts would be protected; probably Twitter wouldn’t exist at all… Recently I sent a mail to over 200 twitters inside Microsoft asking why we were using an e-mail alias instead of a protected account for sharing experiences. The first answer was Why would anyone use a Protected…

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Disruptive Simplicity : The end of complexity

@nishshah posted a tweet related to Disruptive Simplicity citing Netbooks and the Flip Mino. Let me add more examples on how a new customer category can be created by “returning to basics”: Netbook vs UMPC. Flip mino vs Camcorders Widgets vs Full software applications RIA vs Rich Client Twitter vs IM Cloud vs In-house datacenters…

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