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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)

Invaluable Lessons from @CloudExpo | #BigData #IoT #DevOps #AI #FinTech

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)

Cloud-Based Billing vs Cloud-Driven Billing By @IanKhanLive | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

Building a case for the cloud is extremely easy. I can list 10 different elements of the cloud that make it the best thing since sliced bread! The SaaS model has truly revolutionized the way software is being used. Convenient, hosted on the now cloud, without the need for IT or hardware and so many more advantages. So what is cloud-based billing? A recent piece by Gigaom helps explain why cloud billing is beneficial and how it helps vendors move all aspects of a paper-based system to the cloud. But isn't that old technology? Isn't that about generating a PDF file and sending it to... (more)

The Three Hidden but Real Disadvantages of Private Cloud By @IanKhanLive | @CloudExpo #Cloud

I will be completely sympathetic and 100% understanding if you say that all you have heard about private Cloud is good until now and no matter what happens you will never see a disadvantage to it. I could not agree more. Private Cloud is excellent, a great framework but just like a vacation to Hawaii, it has its good and bad sides. When all said and done, here is some food for thought that looks at Private Cloud from a different angle. I see these as disadvantages from a certain perspective and while I hold ground for the Public Cloud, I am not in any way discounting any of these... (more)

Three Simple Steps to Really Succeed in 2016 By @IanKhanLive | @CloudExpo #Cloud

If you were too busy with things and unable to give the desired attention to planning the right steps for your business in 2016, fear not. You're not alone, and yes welcome to the party! With too many things going on, I could completely believe if you said you don't have time to breathe. The boss wants the reports, the customer wants the installation while the sales teams have been asking for help on some technical stuff. You can only do as much as you do. With so much going around us, it's also sometimes hard to keep up with what really matters. Here is how to achieve planned su... (more)