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What if the auditor is scared?

With so many of my course takers working in the financial industry, I decided to dive a bit deeper into the secure cloud adoption process. I want to figure out what the drivers of that process are, and where organizations run into obstacles in that process. In the end, I want to produce an e-booklet […]

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The Bionic Cloud Website

Make your website bionic: better, stronger, faster Now thanks to cloud computing, you don’t have to spend 6 million dollars to make your web application better, stronger, faster than it was. In fact you can do all that and make it cheaper too! In my new e-book/course/programme/teleseminar I will expose techniques and tools for modern […]

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Are you a risk to your customers?

In the past weeks I have been talking to a number of small software providers. Most software these days is no longer shipped (CD-ROMs are really oldskool, aren’t they?), but is delivered as a service over the internet. These software providers are starting to realize that this means they are a SaaS provider. This also […]

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VMware lends credibility to Cloud Essentials training

Even though VMware has a big educational program itself, it has aligned with the Cloud Credential Council on a number of vendor neutral cloud courses. The independent certification of skills sets is cited as a distinct advantage. Certified cloud courses currently include Cloud Essentials and Virtualization Essentials, which are also marketed together as Cloud Technology […]

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If only your own data warehouse was this secure

Dr. Werner Vogels, CTO of Amazon (not just Amazon Web Services), unveils some interesting information on RedShift, Amazon’s service for data-warehouses on demand. Its petabyte performance envelop and on-demand pricing are awesome enough, but here I would like to point out some of the security features of the service. These ranges from physical controls to […]

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6 signs of cloudwashing

I only refer to other blogs occasionally, in particular if they have a commercial goal. But this one is interesting enough: an infographic showing you 6 signs of cloudwashing. See http://blog.workbooks.com/blog/bid/286046/watch-out-for-fake-cloud-infographic (at the end there is a request for sign-up, none is required). More and more companies are blatantly recycling old IT solutions as cloud solutions. While such evolution may […]

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Cloud vendors fixation on price is costing them business

Cloud computing is cheap, right? No, not really. Obviously it can be if you are a small user, and your capital outlay will off course be lower. But in a  lot of cases I see, the total run cost is comparable to on-premises solutions. Yet even though cloud vendors still play the price card, cloud buyers […]

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IT consolidation is just another word for private SaaS

When a well known bottler of soft drinks in Europe looked at its IT portfolio it noticed that it had separate ERP systems installed in each of the countries where it had operations. That was a major step ahead at the time. Now it turned into a drag. Upgrading all those systems to the next […]

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