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Driving MSP Cloud Cost Alignment — Rackspace

James Staten October 30, 2018
In today’s world, where the standard cost model for public cloud platform services is per-use, it seems very misaligned that most cloud managed service providers (MSPs) continue to require traditional 12-month-plus contracts. Most of these firms, and more traditional consultancies, that help you leverage and manage public cloud services have kept with standard multiyear contracts […]
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Apple Extensibility And Powerful Network Effects

Michael Yamnitsky June 9, 2014
Apple’s new "Extensibility" feature took somewhat of a backseat to a host of exciting new developer tools announced at Apple’s developer conference a week ago. I’d like to briefly highlight its importance to the enterprise.  In short, Extensibility makes it easy for apps to talk to each other, facilitating more complex mobile workflows and easy access to data […]
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3 Personal Cloud Startups Worth Watching

Michael Yamnitsky March 5, 2014
[Written with Nate Fleming, Research Associate] We all use a multitude of personal cloud apps, both at work and at home. But getting meaningful tasks accomplished can be frustrating, particularly on mobile, as files, data, and workflows fragment across the various services we use. Take for example finalizing and signing a contract on iOS. This […]
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Is Aereo About TV Or The Cloud?

Jim Nail February 19, 2014
Julianne Pepitone's review of the upcoming US Supreme Court case American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. versus Aereo nicely covers the case's implications on two big industries, old and new: television and cloud computing. (P.S. Thanks for the shout-out to me, Julianne!) The potential impact on the TV industry is pretty clear, but the cloud? I'm not […]
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Lenovo Bets On The Mobile Mind Shift And Aims To Be A Digital Platform

Frank Gillett January 29, 2014
Lenovo’s made three strategic moves in just one month: 1) Buying IBM’s x86 server business, 2) Reorging into four business units – most importantly including one called “ecosystem and cloud group”, and 3) Buying Motorola Mobility. The later two are driven by the mobile mind shift – the increasing expectation of individuals that they can […]
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Three Proactive Assistance Startups Worth Watching

Michael Yamnitsky December 19, 2013
I’ve been experimenting for the past year or so with several proactive assistant apps to guide my day — they remind me to get on conference calls with clients, offer to text participants if I'm running late to an in-person lunch, and keep me in touch with friends and colleagues. Some of these apps also […]
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Emerging Services For The Digital Self Are A New Source Of Digital Disruption

Frank Gillett November 19, 2013
How much stuff do you own? The answer for most people ranges from a few changes of clothing to a large house full of possessions – your material self. It turns out that most of us also have a digital self – the information and items we create or that others collect about us. It […]
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Glimpse Conference 2013 Takeaways: Systems Of Engagement Need Access To Personal Data

Michael Yamnitsky November 1, 2013
We attended the recent Glimpse Conference 2013, where members of New York's tech scene came together at Bloomberg headquarters to talk about social discovery, predictive analytics, and customer engagement. Our key takeaway from the event: small, real-time data coming from very personal apps like email, calendar, social, and other online services will fuel next-level predictive […]
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Is The Data Broker Industry Really Ready For A Sea Change?

Fatemeh Khatibloo October 29, 2013
Yesterday, FTC Commissioner Julie Brill published an essay on AdAge.com that calls on data brokers to join — or, rather, establish — an initiative called "Reclaim Your Name." The goal of the program would be to provide a single portal where consumers could see what data the industry has collected about them, provide options to […]
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Apple Furthered Its Position As The Industry Leading Innovator, But Doesn’t Clarify Its Role At Work

Frank Gillett June 10, 2013
Apple’s WWDC keynote was rich with details of new versions of the OS X and iOS operating systems. The lead off video was the best articulation yet of Apple’s design philosophy – in my words, Apple focuses on continuously improving usability while evoking great emotional experiences, while simplifying and avoiding excess features.   The new […]
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Another Year In Review — Revisiting 2012 Mobile Trends

Thomas Husson December 20, 2012
Every year for the past few years, I've been revisiting our mobile trends predictions. So let’s do it again for the 2012 Mobile Trends post I put together a year ago with my colleague Julie Ask. So many things happened in 2012 that it's difficult to sum up the year. We’ve passed three key milestones […]
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Why Tablets Will Become Our Primary Computing Device

Frank Gillett April 23, 2012
Tablets aren’t the most powerful computing gadgets. But they are the most convenient. They’re bigger than the tiny screen of a smartphone, even the big ones sporting nearly 5-inch screens. They have longer battery life and always-on capabilities better than any PC — and will continue to be better at that than any ultrathin/book/Air laptop. […]
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Apple Advances Personal Cloud, Continues A “Think Different” Enterprise Strategy

Frank Gillett March 7, 2012
With today’s iPad and Apple TV announcements, Apple continues to advance on two topics that I’ve been researching: personal cloud and Apple’s enterprise strategy. Apple has already announced that it’s got 100 million signups for its personal cloud service, iCloud, and repeated that today. Now Apple supports movies — in addition to TV shows and music — […]
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Employees Use Multiple Gadgets For Work — And Choose Much Of The Tech Themselves

Frank Gillett February 22, 2012
Employees that use smart devices — PCs or mobile devices — for work have expanded their use of technology more than most people realize. How many devices do you think a typical information worker uses for work? If you only ask the IT staff, the answer will be that most use just a PC, some […]
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Solving The Duplicate Address Book Problem Is One Of The Drivers For Development Of Personal Cloud

Frank Gillett March 15, 2011
At yesterday’s HP Summit 2011, CEO Leo Apotheker made a public case for personal cloud — online services that work together to orchestrate and deliver work and personal information across personal digital devices (such as PCs, smartphones, and tablets). For people planning strategy at vendors, what are the implications of personal cloud? End users will […]
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How Can Apple Improve Mobile Me To Fulfill More Of The Vision Of Personal Cloud? Plus, Mozy To Add File Sync.

Frank Gillett March 2, 2011
Most of the hype in advance of today’s Apple media event is rightly about a new iPad. Sarah Rotman Epps will post on her blog about the new iPad for consumer product strategists after the announcement. I’m focused on the published reports that Apple’s Mobile Me service will be upgraded. I cited Mobile Me as an example […]
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HP Synergy, Not WebOS, Is What Will Differentiate HP

Frank Gillett February 9, 2011
 Today, I attended the HP webOS event at the Fort Mason Center, San Francisco. My colleague Sarah Rotman Epps is writing about the TouchPad, but I’m more interested in where HP takes webOS and how it relates to the Personal Cloud idea I first published more than a year ago.  I'm interested in where HP […]
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Vacation Reflections On Personal Cloud Possibilities

Frank Gillett June 29, 2010
I'm on vacation this week, traveling with a small group of my extended family out on the Dingle peninsula of Ireland. I'm mostly focused on vacation, but have done a little checking in on work things. Trying to stay connected – and figuring out how to adjust my Internet habits while on vacation with a […]
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What Questions To Ask The Personal Cloud Panel At Forrester’s IT Forum

Frank Gillett May 26, 2010
I’m excited to be returning to the ideas of the Personal Cloud report that I published last July. In that report, I described how computing by individuals will shift from being device-centric, as it is today, to be being information-centric across devices and online services. Think of Personal Cloud as the following idea: Federated sets […]
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CeBit 2010 Enterprise Trends

Forrester March 8, 2010
I had the chance to visit the CeBit last Friday and like to share some personal impressions around the show and my conversations with execs indicating some enterprise IT trends: The CeBit in general is still world’s biggest and most global IT fair. Although not as big as it was three years ago or even […]
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