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  • Yahoo to open-source cloud-serving engine

    Posted February 18, 2011 - 5:11 pm

    Yahoo is developing an internal cloud-serving engine to boost its own productivity, and intends to release the code as an open source this year.
  • As cloud grows, IT hiring flatlines

    Posted February 18, 2011 - 10:11 am

    Corporate IT departments are increasing their spending on hardware and cloud services, but not on new hiring in this weak economy.
  • IT execs at RSA extol virtues of cloud computing, with familiar caveats

    Posted February 17, 2011 - 6:43 pm

    Deciding to move enterprise data into cloud-computing environments is still a decision fraught with anxiety over security, as well as operational and legal issues, say IT managers, but the prospect of cost savings and ability to "burst" data into the cloud during peak periods is proving irresistible.
  • Cloud meets CRM: How to track who's who

    Posted February 16, 2011 - 8:56 pm

    In the early days of CRM, it was simple: people were people and companies were companies. Adding a new person to the CRM database was pretty unambiguous, whether they came in through direct entry or via integration across the clouds.
  • SAP hopes to boost StreamWork sales with OpenSocial

    Posted February 16, 2011 - 5:30 pm

    SAP has added support for the Google-backed OpenSocial programming standards for social applications to its StreamWork collaboration software, the company announced Wednesday.
  • SlideShare aims to simplify Web meetings

    Posted February 16, 2011 - 2:15 pm

    SlideShare has added Web conferencing to its site for posting, viewing, rating and commenting on business presentations, documents and videos, the company said Wednesday.
  • Cool third-party cloud security apps miss one big problem

    Posted February 16, 2011 - 1:51 pm

    Third-party security and management tools make cloud computing easier; they don't make organizational or policy issues easier to overcome.
  • AT&T CTO admits 'creepy' level of information on customers

    Posted February 16, 2011 - 1:21 pm

    AT&T's CTO predicts the cloud will give customers more resources and access to data, but agrees the amount of personal information that's available can be 'creepy.'
  • CA cloud service measures security risk, keeps out riff-raff

    Posted February 16, 2011 - 10:26 am

    CA Technologies today announced its cloud-authentication service now features advanced controls to let customers more effectively control who gets into corporate applicaitions.
  • RIM, Nokia, DoCoMo dodge Google's 'dumb pipe' menace

    Posted February 16, 2011 - 9:15 am

    Google's growing influence in the mobile industry is clearly proving worrisome to some established device makers and operators, a few of whom put up a united front against the search giant during a round table at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Wednesday.
  • Cloud computing in 2011: 3 trends changing business adoption

    Posted February 15, 2011 - 9:50 pm

    The various cloud markets and services will start making more sense to business buyers in 2011, according to a new Forrester report, with the midmarket embracing public clouds and enterprises sticking with virtualization as a prelude to private clouds. Here are three significant ways cloud adoption will shift this year.
  • Juniper up next with cloud switches

    Posted February 15, 2011 - 7:26 pm

    Juniper's data center announcement next week is expected to include switches based on new silicon that allows them to establish a flat fabric for cloud computing.
  • First internal clouds likely to fail, Forrester says

    Posted February 15, 2011 - 7:13 pm

    The first internal clouds are likely to fail, but those failures will pave the way for future success, according to analyst firm Forrester.
  • IBM sweetens the pot for partners

    Posted February 15, 2011 - 4:01 pm

    At the kickoff of IBM's PartnerWorld conference, IBM announces new incentives for partners
  • Virtualization can be key to cloud security, RSA chief says

    Posted February 15, 2011 - 3:38 pm

    In a keynote address at the RSA Security Conference here, RSA chief Art Coviello struck an optimistic tone about the future of security in cloud computing environments.
  • Tata introduces cloud service for SMB segment

    Posted February 15, 2011 - 8:15 am

    Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), India's largest outsourcer, is targeting small and medium-size businesses with a combination of hardware, networking, and office and business software on a pay-per-use model.
  • Stupid small business tech mistakes, and how to prevent them

    Posted February 14, 2011 - 6:02 pm

    If you're not particularly tech-savvy, then purchasing, maintaining, and securing technology for your business can be a confusing situation to navigate. You may already know plenty about what you should do, but what about what you should not do?
  • Google adds set-up wizard for Apps

    Posted February 14, 2011 - 5:30 pm

    Google, which has been sharply focused on strengthening its Apps suite for large enterprises, has introduced a set-up wizard that seems aimed primarily at small organizations with limited IT resources.
  • Major Windows Phone 7 upgrade to offer IE9, cloud support

    Posted February 14, 2011 - 2:52 pm

    A major Windows Phone 7 update later this year will add Internet Explorer 9 (IE9), more third-party multitasking, Twitter and Skydrive cloud computing functions, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer told Mobile World Congress attendees.
  • Cloud computing: Wasting resources, redefined

    Posted February 14, 2011 - 1:24 pm

    The cost reduction made possible by wasting computing resources will force the biggest change in IT ... ever.
  • iPads storm the enterprise

    Posted February 14, 2011 - 12:40 pm

    As global accounts director at Altus, Inc., Michelle Klatt's job is to visit Fortune 500 companies and demonstrate her firm's video management software. When the iPad came out a year ago, she was all over it.
  • Into the cloud for meter-to-cash?

    Posted February 14, 2011 - 12:27 pm

    In recent days, two telecommunications companies have announced cloud offerings for meter data management (MDM), and eventually meter to cash services. The concept sounds appealing, but are utilities ready for this type of cloud offering?
  • Adobe launches e-form service

    Posted February 14, 2011 - 11:30 am

    Adobe promises to take all the IT administrative hassle out of electronic surveys with its new FormsCentral offering
  • New community marketplace seeks cloud developers

    Posted February 14, 2011 - 9:30 am

    Developers interested in coding projects for public cloud services have a new avenue to find work in the form of CloudSpokes, a community marketplace announced Monday by Appirio.
  • SuccessFactors alleges covert scheme by competitor

    Posted February 11, 2011 - 4:15 pm

    SuccessFactors is alleging that rival human-resources-software vendor Halogen Software concocted a fraudulent and covert scheme in order to obtain competitive information from it, according to a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
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