Welcome!

Weblogic Authors: Yeshim Deniz, Elizabeth White, Michael Meiner, Michael Bushong, Avi Rosenthal

Related Topics: @CloudExpo

@CloudExpo: Blog Feed Post

Cloud Computing, iSlate & Social Networking

It was last year's undoubted buzz word - but cloud computing is here to stay

Firstly, and rather belatedly, a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year to you - hopefully your festive break was enjoyable and are now suitably refreshed and ready to face the challenges and opportunities that will arise through 2010.

It's traditional (and never let it be said that were suffer from originality) at this time of year to dust down the crystal ball, gaze longingly into one's naval and predict what topics will dominate the news over the next 12 months. After much deliberation we are pleased to bring you our totally chartastic top 5.

1.       Cloud Computing

It was last year's undoubted buzz word - but cloud computing is here to stay. Server efficiency, speed to market, instant test platforms, less capital expenditure, on demand resource are some of the oft quoted compelling reasons for switching to cloud computing and all of them will deliver quantifiable financial benefits. The key challenge for businesses in 2010 will not be to determine whether cloud computing is a viable technology but rather how can they derive benefit within their own organisations - full outsource, partial/hybrid solution? The managed hosting industry, on the other hand, will work hard during 2010 to allay the nagging doubts that exist around the Cloud's downtime and security issues. The next big cloud product offering from the hosting providers? Consultancy.

2.       iSlate, iGuide, iCaptain, iWash or whatever Apple name their new tablet

According to every tech website on the planet, Apple plans to demonstrate its touchscreen tablet later this month (January 26th at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco - apparently). With the iPhone and iPod having just about picked up every gong going for gadget(s) of the noughties, it seems probable that this hotly awaited release will be the product of the 2010s. Well informed sources have hinted that the tablet will measure approximately 11 inches (diagonally), will run the iPhone operating system but with a resolution 5-6 times greater, and 7 times the touchable surface area. A 3G networking version will be available.

If, and it's a BIG IF, Apple have managed to overcome the tablet's Achilles Heel - battery length - then we confidently predict that 2010 will truly herald the mobile computing age.

3.       Green IT

With the last decade ending with Copenhagen Climate Change conference and the world's attention focused on all things green, it is hardly surprising we've included this prediction as a key IT topic for 2010. The topic of green IT is so vast, including everything from electricity usage reduction, lower carbon footprints, component recycling to employees cycling to work. As such may organisations, faced with the green IT challenge have struggled with the key question of where to start? and have therefore reacted by sticking the ‘corporate heads in the sand' in the hope that the tree huggers will all go away and concentrate on saving the rain forests. Well it's not going to happen. A combination of Government legislation and rinsing energy bills will focus accountants' minds on the green issue during 2010. Data centres account for the bulk of the energy costs in corporate networks and careful planning, either through outsourcing or applying greener principles in internal IT architectures, will result in reduced business costs. Implementing green practises is a long haul project but it is one that will benefit businesses this decade.

4.       Social Networking for business

Do you remember when MSN and AOL chat were the preserve of the trendy and the young? It was only a few short years ago that businesses did their utmost to prevent employees from using these non compliant tools on their networks, citing everything from security breaches to staff productivity issues in an attempt to outlaw them. Today the use of messenger as a communication tool is common place within organisations - heck we even invite customers to chat online with us! Five years further on and we are now facing a similar scenario with social networking such as Twitter, Facebook, Myspace etc. A real case of déjà vu: we use this stuff at home, bring it in to work with us and someone in risk management then has to figure out what to do with it, set some policies around its use and then find a way to manage it. Social networking is here to stay. The problem that business now faces is how to quantify its benefits:  Revenue generating? Customer Interaction? Brand building? SEO enhancement? 2010 will be the year that social networks are given the shakedown, formally placed on the corporate agenda and answers found.

5.       On Demand TV

Back in 2002, when iomart was leading the UK market in broadband services, I remember organising a meeting which included a live demonstration, with a Korean company who had developed an internet TV box. The device allowed over 100 channels to be streamed via the net to the set and the user was offered a range of interactive feature to enhance their viewing experience. For example you could place live bets on the racing channel, interact in real time with shopping channels or create video playlists yada yada. In this brave new world of TV, advertisers would be able to sponsor specific channels and programmes and push interactive ads to you whenever they felt it appropriate. The big barrier to adoption back then, apart  from the obvious rights issues, was the totally inadequate broadband speeds available to enable a quality viewing experience (these were the days when you needed a bank loan for a 1 Mb connection). Fast forward 8 years and we're now predicting that On Demand TV will become a reality with the advent of Project Canvas. Project Canvas is the IPTV venture backed by BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Five, BT and TalkTalk and surprise, surprise it is basically the same set up - a set top box with an internet connection - which we witnessed back in our Board room in 2002. Who said technology moved at a blistering pace...

So there we have it, our 5 pick of the IT pops for 2010. Date for the diary - January 2011 - come back and see whether we've the prediction making skills of Mystic Meg or Michael Fish.

And now for our top 5 non IT related predictions:

1.       Applications flood in for airport security staff positions as the Government declares that ‘patting down' body searches will now involve a hand down the Y-Fronts to check for ‘suspicious powders' (cheese being the #1...probably)

2.       Dance troupe Diversity perform at one major party conference as UK political parties prove their ‘getting down wiv da yoof' credentials

3.       Matt Smith ("I'm not a girl. I'm still not ginger...") is declared the best Doctor since....well...the last one

4.       Britain's Got Talent will be won by a 46 year old spinster from Nuneaton who can dance like Gene Kelly

5.       Jermaine Beckford scores on his England debut against the USA

Read the original blog entry...

More Stories By Phil Worms

Phil is a 30 year IT industry veteran with a passion for education and has personally led many school and higher education initiatives designed to engage young people and showcase the broad range of exciting and fulfilling roles in IT.

A full and varied career has seen Phil move through various senior product/project and marketing positions with companies as diverse as Centrica plc, One.Tel, VarTec Telecom and iomart Group plc. Phil is working on a project to create an intergenerational social hub that will celebrate creativity and achievement in Helensburgh, birthplace of television pioneer John Logie Baird.The Heroes Centre will provide people of all ages with the new media and content creation skills required to engage fully in the digital world. Follow his progress on Twitter and on Facebook

@ThingsExpo Stories
Organizations planning enterprise data center consolidation and modernization projects are faced with a challenging, costly reality. Requirements to deploy modern, cloud-native applications simultaneously with traditional client/server applications are almost impossible to achieve with hardware-centric enterprise infrastructure. Compute and network infrastructure are fast moving down a software-defined path, but storage has been a laggard. Until now.
In his general session at 19th Cloud Expo, Manish Dixit, VP of Product and Engineering at Dice, discussed how Dice leverages data insights and tools to help both tech professionals and recruiters better understand how skills relate to each other and which skills are in high demand using interactive visualizations and salary indicator tools to maximize earning potential. Manish Dixit is VP of Product and Engineering at Dice. As the leader of the Product, Engineering and Data Sciences team at D...
DXWorldEXPO LLC announced today that the upcoming DXWorldEXPO | CloudEXPO New York event will feature 10 companies from Poland to participate at the "Poland Digital Transformation Pavilion" on November 12-13, 2018.
Digital Transformation is much more than a buzzword. The radical shift to digital mechanisms for almost every process is evident across all industries and verticals. This is often especially true in financial services, where the legacy environment is many times unable to keep up with the rapidly shifting demands of the consumer. The constant pressure to provide complete, omnichannel delivery of customer-facing solutions to meet both regulatory and customer demands is putting enormous pressure on...
The best way to leverage your CloudEXPO | DXWorldEXPO presence as a sponsor and exhibitor is to plan your news announcements around our events. The press covering CloudEXPO | DXWorldEXPO will have access to these releases and will amplify your news announcements. More than two dozen Cloud companies either set deals at our shows or have announced their mergers and acquisitions at CloudEXPO. Product announcements during our show provide your company with the most reach through our targeted audienc...
JETRO showcased Japan Digital Transformation Pavilion at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo® at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. The Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) is a non-profit organization that provides business support services to companies expanding to Japan. With the support of JETRO's dedicated staff, clients can incorporate their business; receive visa, immigration, and HR support; find dedicated office space; identify local government subsidies; get...
DXWorldEXPO LLC announced today that All in Mobile, a mobile app development company from Poland, will exhibit at the 22nd International CloudEXPO | DXWorldEXPO. All In Mobile is a mobile app development company from Poland. Since 2014, they maintain passion for developing mobile applications for enterprises and startups worldwide.
@DevOpsSummit at Cloud Expo, taking place November 12-13 in New York City, NY, is co-located with 22nd international CloudEXPO | first international DXWorldEXPO and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world.
"Akvelon is a software development company and we also provide consultancy services to folks who are looking to scale or accelerate their engineering roadmaps," explained Jeremiah Mothersell, Marketing Manager at Akvelon, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
As data explodes in quantity, importance and from new sources, the need for managing and protecting data residing across physical, virtual, and cloud environments grow with it. Managing data includes protecting it, indexing and classifying it for true, long-term management, compliance and E-Discovery. Commvault can ensure this with a single pane of glass solution – whether in a private cloud, a Service Provider delivered public cloud or a hybrid cloud environment – across the heterogeneous enter...
DXWorldEXPO LLC announced today that ICC-USA, a computer systems integrator and server manufacturing company focused on developing products and product appliances, will exhibit at the 22nd International CloudEXPO | DXWorldEXPO. DXWordEXPO New York 2018, colocated with CloudEXPO New York 2018 will be held November 11-13, 2018, in New York City. ICC is a computer systems integrator and server manufacturing company focused on developing products and product appliances to meet a wide range of ...
More and more brands have jumped on the IoT bandwagon. We have an excess of wearables – activity trackers, smartwatches, smart glasses and sneakers, and more that track seemingly endless datapoints. However, most consumers have no idea what “IoT” means. Creating more wearables that track data shouldn't be the aim of brands; delivering meaningful, tangible relevance to their users should be. We're in a period in which the IoT pendulum is still swinging. Initially, it swung toward "smart for smart...
Headquartered in Plainsboro, NJ, Synametrics Technologies has provided IT professionals and computer systems developers since 1997. Based on the success of their initial product offerings (WinSQL and DeltaCopy), the company continues to create and hone innovative products that help its customers get more from their computer applications, databases and infrastructure. To date, over one million users around the world have chosen Synametrics solutions to help power their accelerated business or per...
Dion Hinchcliffe is an internationally recognized digital expert, bestselling book author, frequent keynote speaker, analyst, futurist, and transformation expert based in Washington, DC. He is currently Chief Strategy Officer at the industry-leading digital strategy and online community solutions firm, 7Summits.
In an era of historic innovation fueled by unprecedented access to data and technology, the low cost and risk of entering new markets has leveled the playing field for business. Today, any ambitious innovator can easily introduce a new application or product that can reinvent business models and transform the client experience. In their Day 2 Keynote at 19th Cloud Expo, Mercer Rowe, IBM Vice President of Strategic Alliances, and Raejeanne Skillern, Intel Vice President of Data Center Group and ...
Founded in 2000, Chetu Inc. is a global provider of customized software development solutions and IT staff augmentation services for software technology providers. By providing clients with unparalleled niche technology expertise and industry experience, Chetu has become the premiere long-term, back-end software development partner for start-ups, SMBs, and Fortune 500 companies. Chetu is headquartered in Plantation, Florida, with thirteen offices throughout the U.S. and abroad.
Bill Schmarzo, author of "Big Data: Understanding How Data Powers Big Business" and "Big Data MBA: Driving Business Strategies with Data Science," is responsible for setting the strategy and defining the Big Data service offerings and capabilities for EMC Global Services Big Data Practice. As the CTO for the Big Data Practice, he is responsible for working with organizations to help them identify where and how to start their big data journeys. He's written several white papers, is an avid blogge...
"We are a well-established player in the application life cycle management market and we also have a very strong version control product," stated Flint Brenton, CEO of CollabNet,, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
It is of utmost importance for the future success of WebRTC to ensure that interoperability is operational between web browsers and any WebRTC-compliant client. To be guaranteed as operational and effective, interoperability must be tested extensively by establishing WebRTC data and media connections between different web browsers running on different devices and operating systems. In his session at WebRTC Summit at @ThingsExpo, Dr. Alex Gouaillard, CEO and Founder of CoSMo Software, presented ...
Most people haven’t heard the word, “gamification,” even though they probably, and perhaps unwittingly, participate in it every day. Gamification is “the process of adding games or game-like elements to something (as a task) so as to encourage participation.” Further, gamification is about bringing game mechanics – rules, constructs, processes, and methods – into the real world in an effort to engage people. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Robert Endo, owner and engagement manager of Intrepid D...