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The Yahoo! Board is supposed to convene today to thrash out whether or not to accept Microsoft's $44.6 billion acquisition offer, try to get Microsoft to sweeten the pot, or resist and hammer out an outsourcing deal with Google, according to TechCrunch. Based on what the blog (http://www.techcrunch.com/) has heard from unidentified sources, Yahoo!'s outside advisors have been telling it to capitulate and take the Microsoft deal. However, it says, a bunch of resistant Yahoo! senior executives backing the Google option will state their case to the board. ... (more)

Cloud Unbound, Unisys Vision for Cloud Computing

Sam Gross is Vice President of Global IT Outsourcing Solutions at Unisys Corporation, where he leads the vision, strategy, technology development and implementation for Unisys innovative global IT outsourcing solutions. He is a recognized industry expert and thought leader in business and IT alignment, application management, service level management and enterprise systems management. Here's his latest Tweet: Sam_Gross: RT @cloudmodels : cloud unbound, Unisys: A Clear Vision for Cloud Computing - SYS-CON Media (press release) http://ow.ly/15HEmc ... (more)

Cloud Computing Challenges and the Balance Between Risks and Benefits

In the previous article we looked at some Cloud Security Advantages. Now let's now look at some Cloud Challenges. Cloud Challenges • Trusting vendor’s security model • Customer inability to respond to audit findings • Obtaining support for investigations • Indirect administrator accountability • Proprietary implementations can’t be examined • Loss of physical control; Data dispersal and international privacy laws • Need for isolation management • Multi-tenancy • Logging challenges • Data ownership issues • Quality of service guarantees • Dependence on secure hypervisors • Attraction to hackers (high value target) • Possibility for massive outages • Encryption needs for cloud computing Let's look depper into a few of the major concerns. How can you be sure your Data is Safe? Data safety in the cloud is not a trivial concern. Some online storage vendors such as The Linkup and Carbonite h... (more)

Will Cloud Computing Lead to Global Smog?

Today has seen the release of the Greenpeace report: "Make IT Green - Cloud Computing and its contribution to Climate Change" catch the headlines. The report basically claims that the rise of cloud computing is increasingly reliant on the use of dirty fossil fuels and that urgent action needs to be taken to redress the situation. According to the report, Greenpeace claims that the energy consumption and carbon emissions of cloud computing is already significantly higher had been previously estimated. Using carbon emission projection data provided by McKinsey (included within the 2008 study Smart 2020: enabling the low carbon economy in the information age published by the Climate Group) and updating it with data supplied by the Environmental Protection Agency, Greenpeace has concluded that the actual energy consumption of cloud computing is 1.3 times greater than i... (more)

Another Brick in the Wall

Do you feel that being a Java guru sets you apart and makes you indispensable in your company? Or are you an entry-level person scared of being laid off given all these outsourcing trends? What are your career choices in the corporate world? Put on your headphones, turn on Pink Floyd's album The Wall, and let's talk... Programmers earn their living by working either as employees or as temporary contractors. Often, people use the term consultant when they're referring to the employment status of a person, but this is just not right, because the word consultant means a subject expert, while the word contractor means a temporary worker and a separate legal entity, which is exactly what consultants are. There is an opinion that permanent employment provides better job security, but let's take a closer look at two former college roommates, Alex and Steve, who graduated ... (more)

SOA World Conference - "The End of Middleware As You Know It"

Dramatic industry changes - including vendor consolidation, outsourcing and the growth of open source - highlight the need for a better way. When a SOA implementation costs too much, the culprit is often the old-fashioned, proprietary and expensive server or hub-based middleware. A better, distributed approach to SOA infrastructure can help reduce cost and increase the benefit of SOA implementation. This presentation includes an overview of the industry trends driving us toward SOA and explains why traditional middleware systems do not meet modern requirements as well as a distributed approach to SOA infrastructure. Sponsor SOA World Conference & Expo Submit Your Speaking Proposal Register Now and Save! Speaker Bio: As chief technology officer at IONA, Eric Newcomer is responsible for IONA's technology strategy and participation in standards bodies. Eric joined IONA in ... (more)

Cloud Equals SaaS, Grid, Utility Computing, Hosting...?

With virtually every vendor/provider on the planet jumping on the Cloud Computing bandwagon, sometimes it's difficult to tell whether a service is truly a Cloud Computing offering or simply a pre-existing offering that has the Cloud label slapped on it, such as hosting, outsourcing, ASP (Application Service Provider), On Demand Computing, Grid computing, Utility computing, SaaS (Software as a Service) and so on. In fact, Cloud Computing is not a technology revolution, but rather a process and business evolution on how we use those technologies that enables Cloud Computing as it exists today: SaaS, inexpensive storage, REST, AJAX, SOA(service-oriented architectures), On Demand Computing, Grid Computing, Utility Computing, virtualization, etc. The issue is that many providers of those technologies hijacked the term Cloud Computing, and it is this confusion that discredi... (more)

Moving from Virtualization and Automation to the Cloud

Sam Gross is Vice President of Global IT Outsourcing Solutions at Unisys Corporation, where he leads the vision, strategy, technology development and implementation for Unisys innovative global IT outsourcing solutions. He is a recognized industry expert and thought leader in business and IT alignment, application management, service level management and enterprise systems management. Here's his latest Tweet: Sam_Gross: How do you go from virtualization and automation to the cloud? Check out: http://tinyurl.com/ko6u3o ... (more)

It's Maybe Time to Consider Crowdsourcing

Web 2.0 Magazine on Ulitzer We all know about outsourcing, the ability to farm out work to people, often overseas, that will work for less, and sometimes for a lot less. But a not-so-new trend is changing the way that outsourcing happens, called crowdsourcing. The idea is to take a job and divide it into small enough pieces that someone can do it quickly in their spare time. Think about transcribing an audio recording. Or Photoshopping a series of photographs. The difference between regular outsourcing and crowdsourcing is that you don’t necessarily know your contractors, and they mostly are here in the good ole U S of A. Think of it as stimulus package for our troubled times, but based entirely on the private sector. The idea isn’t all that new, but is catching on due to some important trends. First off, there is a critical mass of people who are willing to do th... (more)

Five Technology Trends That Require Scrutiny

No individual can really track and understand the impact of change in all the emerging technologies like Cloud Computing, Mobile Computing, Social Media, Agile Methodology and Big Data … You can realistically aim to have an in depth understanding of only a small subset. By in depth understanding I mean you know significantly more about the subset than a person who has spent about an hour Googling the topic. Let me talk about the subset that I have been exploring in depth and why. Cloud Computing: How is the cloud value proposition changing over time? Mobile Computing: What are the options to handle multi-platform application development challenge? Social Media: How is Hyper-connectivity changing out life? Agile Methodology: How Agile can co-exist with Outsourcing? Changing Value Proposition of Cloud Computing Cloud computing has high potential to change the way we work ... (more)

Agile Offshoring – Working with People vs. Working with Company

The first approach is simpler – the second one is more complex but also more rewarding. What is the difference? Let me first explain how the approaches would work. Working with People – Setting up an Agile Offshore Team You have been using agile methodologies within your organization for some time and have realized the benefits. Though you had believed, for various reasons, that agile and offshoring cannot be mixed – you have noticed some evidence that indeed it can be made to work. The end result may not be as good as a co-located team but still better than traditional offshoring. Now you have reached a stage where either you feel adventurous enough to try out agile offshoring or you are being forced by your management to give it a try. Here is what you would typically do to give yourself the best shot at success. Select a vendor who understands agile and have good... (more)