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Cloud computing can get confusing sometimes. For IT professionals who have been part of technology for the last few years sometimes new terminology is just a way to redefine things that were done in the past. "We've done that since 1995," or "We used to do that in the '80s," is not an uncommon response that we sometimes hear when we speak about new things. Cloud computing is one such area that has its roots in the 1970s when the remote job entry system did somewhat of what today's cloud computing technology does, but at a very small, miniature scale. Today I wanted to simplify cloud computing with the example of a legacy technology that we have come across at some stage or the other. It's an older legacy technology that actually may have paved the way for the technology revolution today. Hardware in House Is Becoming a Thing of the Past The need to invest in hardwar... (more)

IoT and #DigitalTransformation | @ThingsExpo #IoT #M2M #InternetOfThings

Let us face it, there are many technological innovations taking place right now and we're not short of buzzwords. Some years ago it was the cloud, last year was Big Data and this year it seems to be the Internet of Things. Beneath all the noise, what matters is whether these things are truly game changers or just noise. Let's take a look at the reality. Back in the days of our ancestors, the Neanderthals, there was probably a lot of hype around as well. New spear design, new flint stones (not the cartoons), or arrowheads must have made waves. This passed down the ages and possi... (more)

Is the Managed Service Provider (MSP) Business Outdated? By @IanKhanLive | @CloudExpo #Cloud

Over the last few weeks I was fortunate to meet a large number of Managed Service Providers (MSPs) at two separate industry events in Toronto. At both these events, focused on MSPs, and through all my conversations, one thing that resonated throughout was the dire state in which Managed Service Providers are currently conducting business. I am sharing my thoughts to help make sense of what the industry is going through and how the inability to adapt can lead to the slow death of an otherwise highly successful industry. Every year it costs North American businesses over $26 billion... (more)

Invaluable Lessons from @CloudExpo | @IanKhanLive #Cloud #IoT #BigData

Three Invaluable Lessons from Cloud Expo Just over a week ago I received a long and loud sustained applause for a presentation I delivered at this year's Cloud Expo in Santa Clara. I was extremely pleased with the turnout and had some very good conversations with many of the attendees. Over the next few days I had many more meaningful conversations and was not only happy with the results but also learned a few new things. Here is everything I learned in those three days distilled into three short points. When trade shows are not a waste of time I am not very aggressive by nature... (more)

Would You Use Your Car to Plow a Field? By @IanKhanLive | @CloudExpo #Cloud

Ask anyone who is working with data "What is your biggest challenge?" The answer most of the time is "the inability to use our data fully." This and similar statements signify one common thread of pain. With data growing at 44% over the next 10 years, it goes without saying that your business is going to be inundated with data from all sides. With "making a profit" on the minds of over 35% of SMB survey respondents, it goes without saying that the challenge is multi-fold with being able to sustain the business and ensure profitability being prime. How Is SMB Analyzing Data One o... (more)