Yes, it’s safe to move sensitive data to the cloud

According to a study by the Cloud Security Alliance, 69 percent of enterprises have moved or are moving mission-critical information to the cloud. The research also shows 65 percent of businesses are worried about migrating sensitive data, and 59 percent of them have security concerns. I get it. If your data is in the cloud, then… Continue reading Yes, it’s safe to move sensitive data to the cloud

Client-serverless is the 4th generation application model

I had a front row seat at Microsoft to watch the first two application model transitions. Early mainframe and minicomputer systems were monolithic, with data storage, application code, and terminal services all in one box. When the microprocessor and Ethernet networks emerged during the 1980’s, they enabled lower-cost computers to work together and communicate over… Continue reading Client-serverless is the 4th generation application model

3 things the pandemic taught us about cloud computing

We’re in a recovery now, and at some point, things will be back to near normal…hopefully. We learned that some businesses fared better than others during the upheaval. Nine times out of ten, those businesses leveraged cloud successfully to navigate the quick IT changes needed during the pandemic. Many enterprises have learned some hard lessons.… Continue reading 3 things the pandemic taught us about cloud computing

Why data and processing should live in the cloud, not on devices

I’m a big fan of IEEE’s coverage of the emerging cloud computing space. The technical depth of the articles won’t tempt the average IT reader to subscribe, but I like their focus on new innovations, followed by the detailed solutions that prove the innovations—sometimes too much detail.  I recently came across this article titled “Energy-Efficient Decision… Continue reading Why data and processing should live in the cloud, not on devices

Amazon Honeycode lets non-developers build apps

With Amazon Honeycode, introduced June 24, 2020, Amazon Web Services is offering a managed AWS service that allows non-technical users to build mobile and web apps without writing any code.  Now in beta, Honeycode uses a spreadsheet model, allowing users to leverage what they know about spreadsheets and formulas. The goal is to enable quick… Continue reading Amazon Honeycode lets non-developers build apps

When not to use AIops for cloudops

Artificial intelligence for IT operation platforms, better known as AIops, is an evolving and expanded use of technologies that for the past several years were categorized as IT operations analytics. The growth of AIops has been clear to anyone watching the market, but if you need some statistics, Gartner reports that by 2022, 40 percent… Continue reading When not to use AIops for cloudops

Rakuten frees itself of Hadoop investment in two years

Based in San Mateo, California, Rakuten Rewards is a shopping rewards company that makes money through affiliate marketing links across the web. In return, members earn reward points every time they make a purchase through a partner retailer and get cash back rewards. Naturally this drives a lot of user insight data – hundreds of… Continue reading Rakuten frees itself of Hadoop investment in two years

Rakuten frees itself of Hadoop investment in two years

Based in San Mateo, California, Rakuten Rewards is a shopping rewards company that makes money through affiliate marketing links across the web. In return, members earn reward points every time they make a purchase through a partner retailer and get cash back rewards. Naturally this drives a lot of user insight data – hundreds of… Continue reading Rakuten frees itself of Hadoop investment in two years

The post-pandemic move to edge computing requires some thought

When computing first began computers that were way too expensive for most companies were shared via timeshare services. Processing was centralized, using multiuser systems.    Then minicomputers, PC, and LANs came along, and we moved processing out to PC workstations and smaller compute platforms. We saw the decentralization of computing. Now, years later, we’re centralizing processing… Continue reading The post-pandemic move to edge computing requires some thought

RBS automates away £7 million in manual server provisioning tasks

The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) Group – which will soon be rebranded as Natwest Group under new CEO Alison Rose – has been on a big technology modernization drive since its government bailout after the 2007 banking crisis. A key part of that mission involves speeding up software delivery cycles for its internal and… Continue reading RBS automates away £7 million in manual server provisioning tasks