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Ian Khan

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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 Manage...
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 b...
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 cente...
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 artis...
The Internet of Things is slowly building up its core capabilities to start solving problems that can really benefit from it. Let’s talk about the manufacturing vertical and why the Internet of Things may open up doors previously impossible to crack open. I love having conversations t...
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 breath...
Unlearning is hard to do. Let me explain. Here’s what I need you to do. Do whatever you need to do, DO NOT think about Pink Flying Horses. You will now find that the thought of Pink Flying Horses cannot escape your mind and no matter what you do, you just cannot stop thinking of Pink F...
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 vac...
I didn’t want to be so dramatic, but I couldn’t help but be completely honest as well. The end possibility is that your entire organization may suffer the fate as Sony Pictures, Target, Anthem and others that have been shaken by hacks and vulnerabilities in their networks. In some case...
I am not a data scientist or an expert in knowing how to build candlestick charts from historical stock prices. I am however a data enthusiast and it fascinates me when I hear people talk about Big Data, like they invented it. Sorry, no offense meant, but really how did we just jump to...
Are you a winner? Are you someone who always gets what they want? Are you one of those people who do what they set their eyes on no matter what the circumstances? If you answered yes to all of these questions then you are among the highly successful people in the world that have a prov...
Here are seven completely real, jaw-dropping applications of cloud computing that can transform humanity. Made possible with cloud technology, don't be surprised if you have never heard about such applications. 1. Shoes Sold by the Step Imagine buying the world's best shoes or for th...
Monetizing the cloud is fast becoming a hot area of interest for everyone. Rightfully so, perhaps because we have come along in our evolution as cloud technologists and are now able to see more than just being able to make things work on the cloud. It’s time now to derive maximum value...
Cloud security is at the top of every CIO’s list. It is also the first subject that comes up when you engage in a discussion about the cloud. For those of us who followed the recent Ashley Madison story (from a tech perspective), you would agree that while the breach happened for so ma...
Alibaba, the world’s largest ecommerce provider, has pumped over a $1 billion into its subsidiary, Aliya, a cloud services provider. This is perhaps one of the biggest moments in the global Cloud Wars that signals the entry of China into the main arena. Here is why this matters. The c...
Today’s case of Ashley Madison getting hacked and literally being kept at ransom is a classic case of something not very new, but something we need to take a look at with a fresh set of eyes. It’s not all the trouble all their customers will get into that I’m talking about, but the mer...
Subscription business models are fast proving to be the best thing ever for businesses. Recurring revenues that come in day after day, week after week are a boon to business and while the perpetual licensing software sales model has done wonders for the industry so far, the question is...
The launch of the Shopify IPO on the NYSE is a leap forward and a testimony tothe high quality of the Canadian technology sector. In its first trading day, Shopify was oversubscribed by 51% As a solution-focused company, for us it’s a day of pride and tribulations to see a fellow tech...
For those of us who know how fax technology evolved and reached a stage where it completely transformed communications, we know fax played a key role in the growth we have seen in the last 50 years. No fax, no cross border trade, no communications, no way to make things faster, better ...
On Tuesday, March 23rd, I will speak to a technology audience in Raleigh, NC at the Data4Decisions Conference about Cloud Monetization and how the next frontier in Cloud computing is not about infrastructure or even jumping on the Cloud, but really driving the home run when it comes to...
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 i...
Imagine the scenes from any of the last few Black Fridays with people lined up for days to grab the new flat screen TV or a new iPhone. The moment the gates open up there is usually a crowd of people swarming like bees, trying to get their hands on what they can, and yes there were als...
They say that you are only as secure as your weakest firewall. But then is it just firewalls that protect our network and the information therein, or is it the framework the policies and the processes that have cracks that let the vulnerabilities seep through? Hackers will be hackers ...
Cloud-based document storage has become surprisingly inexpensive over the years, with some providers offering storage for less than one cent per terrabyte, and in many cases free accounts with 10 or 20 Gigs of storage space on the cloud. I would agree that free storage is actually conv...
Three technologies that will change the face of the world are realistic, present and growing. Revolutionary in nature, these technologies have not reached their pinnacle yet but are growing quite significantly. Predicted to become a $200 billion industry by 2020, the cloud is now reac...
We all are well aware that oil prices have dropped to almost $45 per barrel as of mid-January 2015. Global economies are feeling the pressure from a sudden drop in crude prices, with a chance of a looming recession in some economies. What does this mean for global business and the clou...
Sales is an amazing profession. You are able to match the needs of your customers to the goals of your organization. You are a connector, a problem solver, someone people can trust when they need most. As a sales person, someone who is actively engaged in helping people get what the...
Successful teams are what makes organizations succeed. It could be a project team, a sales team, a marketing team, or a myriad of other types of teams. The point is, if your organization has teams that are successful, result oriented, and cohesive, you are on the way to success. A chal...
Content Marketing and Storytelling are the defining factors when it comes to gaining traction with all or any of your marketing initiatives. To create explosive brand building and solidify your overall organizational value you should capitalize your existing customer base to the maximu...