What IT can learn from greeting cards

Most greeting cards are basically the same: cookie-cutter messages in standard formats, each looking like the next. They get the job done, but most are one size fits all.

Which is why I recently started using Punkpost, an app that sends personalized, handwritten cards. Even if two cards are the same on the outside, the handwriting adds a unique touch that gets a better reaction than typical greeting cards. Each card is an individual work of art. Continue Reading…

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3 highlights from Google Next ’17

Google Cloud Platform (GCP) is the clear number three player in public cloud behind Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure. But it’s standing on a tripod of data, machine learning, and cost advantages, and is counting on those three areas to help them build market share and scale.

At the annual Google Cloud Next ’17 conference, Google did an impressive job of combining those three areas into a message around a fully managed platform that makes each one more accessible and easier to manage than its competitors. The conference was a blend of new product announcements (more than 100 of them), education, networking, customer testimonials, and sales pitches.

Here are the three things that stood out the most at Google Next. Continue Reading…

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6 software license terms to consider before moving to the cloud

Some 95 percent of IT professionals have taken to the cloud, according to a recent survey. And if you’re one of them, you might want to check your licensing – you could be breaking your contract.

Many organizations aren’t aware that their existing software license terms may include obstacles to migrating applications to a public cloud. If you’re considering a move, be careful with what you transition—your intentions may not line up with what’s allowed by your contract. The older the agreement, the more likely it will lack clarity on the subject; however, newer agreements can be just as vague. Continue Reading…

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What you may not know about secondary storage

Secondary: coming after, less important than, or resulting from someone or something else that is primary.

It’s not a particularly exciting word, and investing in something with “secondary” in its title may seem like it’s not worth the time or money. Secondary storage, however, breaks that mold—it isn’t all it originally appears. Continue Reading…

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3 trends driving health care IT in 2017

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Conference is reliably the most significant health care IT conference in the United States each year, bringing together thousands of vendors and tens of thousands of health care IT professionals focused on a common goal: Improving health care efficiency through technology. This year was no different.

Here are some of the key topics we witnessed from our spot on the HIMSS 2017 Exhibit Hall floor. Continue Reading…

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AWS outage: Who’s really to blame?

Amazon’s S3 service outage in the US-East-1 Region yesterday shed light on just how much of the internet depends on that single service in a single region. Dozens of sites that stored assets there failed; sites that stored snapshots of volumes they used to launch instances failed; sites that depended on AWS S3 services in that region failed. Organizations across the internet suddenly learned they had a single point of failure they didn’t previously realize existed.

As the dust clears, users are looking for ways to mitigate that vulnerability. Unfortunately, much of the chatter on Twitter and other online venues indicates that many people are missing the point: They’re treating this as a case of having chosen the wrong service or service provider, rather than understanding that the underlying problem was that they have a single point of failure. Continue Reading…

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