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Ian Khan

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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 possibly a few thousand years ago created hype around things like the invention of the wheel and irrigation systems. A few hundred years ago, innovation moved more into warfare and technology inventions such as better weapon design, the invention of gunpowder and maybe better ways to identify dis... (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Is the Managed Service Provider (MSP) Business Outdated?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)

2016 the Year of Granularity | @CloudExpo #Cloud #IoT #ML #BigData

A recent business conversation led to the establishment of the fact that the datacenter business is becoming much more cutthroat than ever. Price wars, advanced offerings, upsells and what not are the usual tactics that have been used, but now competing forces are pressuring data center providers to go beyond the usual and utilize something new. Data center businesses are now relying more and more on leveraging strategic footprints, global presence and larger capabilities to educate and work with customers at a local level. In the United States alone, there are an estimated 3 mil... (more)

Bootlegging, Piracy and Document Management Have Things in Common By @IanKhanLive | @CloudExpo #Cloud

No seriously, I mean it. There are serious correlations and similarities between smuggling alcohol and piracy in any form, whether it's the real life bad guys on ghost ships in the seas or digital pirates who download stuff off the internet thinking it's all free stuff while some artist starves to death, or for that matter an enterprise user; quite specifically a certain type of enterprise user. The ones that love free applications and start using them, well and not just use them but spread it to the entire department. You probably have a Bob or Sally or Travis in your department... (more)

To Legacy with Love By @IanKhanLive | @CloudExpo #Cloud

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 cl... (more)