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Health IT Early Mover Advantage Examined

Although few healthcare organizations view first-adopter status as a business advantage, those that more quickly implement new technologies do reap valuable returns on these investments, a new study suggests. Consumer behavior and expectations are the primary factors driving healthcare market changes, according to 61% of respondents in “The Digital Dividend: First Mover Advantage,” a study conducted by Harvard Business Review Analytic Services and sponsored by Verizon…things are changing so quickly that healthcare organizations that don’t quickly jump on board will be left behind by competitors in their specialty…” Via Alison Diana, InformationWeek

Accelerate Digital, Don’t Try and Control It
Centres of excellence and shared service teams are nothing new. It’s a concept that Technology Management teams have been wrestling with for years, if not decades in an effort to streamline underlying technical architecture and simplify application landscapes. In the digital world, it’s a less well established approach, but one that is gaining momentum as an emerging set of best practices forms around how to organize and manage a global digital strategy…” Via Martin Gill, Forrester

BlueMetal Lands In The Top Ten On CRN Fast Growth 150 List
BlueMetal, the Modern Application Company, announced today that it has been named to the CRN Fast Growth 150 list in eighth place. This is the company’s first appearance on the list.  The Fast Growth 150 list recognizes those solution providers that have been the fastest growing over a two-year period based on gross revenue from calendar year 2011 to calendar year 2013. These solution providers have demonstrated exceptional business finesse in order to thrive despite a turbulent IT economy…” Via PR Newswire

 

Boeing and SpaceX getting NASA money for manned space launches

Today, NASA administrator Charles Bolden announced that there were two winners in the campaign to become the first company to launch astronauts to low-Earth orbit: Boeing and SpaceX. The two will receive contracts that total $6.8 billion dollars to have hardware ready for a 2017 certification—a process that will include one crewed flight to the International Space Station (ISS)… But the focus was on the new vehicles: Boeing’s CST-100 and SpaceX’s Dragon 2. Both programs are being funded based on the proposals they submitted to NASA. That means Boeing will be getting $4.2 billion, while SpaceX will only receive $2.6 billion. Despite the difference in funding, both companies will be expected to meet the same certification milestones, which include a test mission to the ISS that carries NASA crew members…” Via John Timmer, ARS Technica\

U.S. Federal Government Cloud Spending on the Up
Federal cloud spending in the U.S. will come in higher than expected in 2014, according to research by IDC Government Insights. In its latest report, Perspective: Looking Up – U.S. Federal Cloud Forecast Shows Sustain Growth Through 2018, the analyst firm says that a year ago the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) stated that agencies were set to spend just over $2.2 billion on cloud solutions for 2014, yet according to IDC’s latest research, by the end of fiscal year 2014, this will actually have risen to more than $3 billion. Following the same trend, while the OMB has predicted a slow-down on cloud spending for fiscal year 2015 – with an estimate of $2.9 billion – IDC claims that cloud spending will, in fact, increase. The analysts predict a potential rise to a figure as high as $3.4 billion…” Via Jessica Meek, Channelnomics

Big Data-Driven Innovation: Disruption vs. Optimization
The recipe for successful innovation: begin with a good measure of disruption. Add a heaping helping of talent, and don’t forget to mix in plenty of creativity. Finally, a pinch of intuition. Stir and bake. Recipe for innovation? Perhaps. But successful innovation? That’s another story. After all, whether an innovation will actually succeed — that is, meet or exceed its business goals — seems to require some unknown, missing ingredient to the mix. The recipe above may include necessary elements, but taken together, they are still not sufficient to guarantee success…” Via Jason Bloomberg, WIRED

 

Microsoft Shakes Up Its Board, Boosts Its Dividend 11%

Microsoft has announced two coming board departures, two board additions, and a boost to its dividend. Leaving the board are Dave Marquardt and Dina Dublon. Marquardt is best known for his work in venture capital, and Dublon for her work at JPMorgan Chase. Taking their places are the appointed Teri List-Stoll from Kraft and Charles Scharf of Visa. I doubt there will be serious opposition to the board changes. If you’re a Microsoft shareholder, it’s time to start doing your homework on what the new blood might bring the software company…” Via Alex Wilhelm, TechCrunch

Microsoft makes Azure Active Directory Basic generally available
Microsoft is making available to its volume licensing customers, as of September 15, a second paid version of Azure Active Directory. Azure Active Directory Basic, the newest version, sits between Azure Active Directory Free and Azure Active Directory Premium. The Basic flavor of the cloud-based version of Microsoft’s Active Directory directory service provides the same functionality as the free version…Microsoft also announced general availability this week of Azure Active Directory sync. AAD sync is for connecting more easily Windows Server Active Directory to Azure Active Directory, and is Microsoft’s self-described “one sync to rule them all.” Via Mary Jo Foley, ZDNet

Microsoft debuts OneNote app for Google’s Android Wear
Now you can talk into your go-go-Google watch and dictate your thoughts right into Microsoft’s OneNote note-taking app. Microsoft announced the release of its free OneNote app for Android Wear wearables in a blog post today. To use the app, you’ll need one of those new watches and an Android smartphone booting up version 4.3 or newer, Nick Barnwell from the OneNote team wrote in the blog post…” Via Jordan Novet, VentureBeat

 

Cisco Buys Metacloud As Big Companies Suddenly Hot For Cloud Startups

Cisco announced this morning it intends to buy Metacloud, a startup with OpenStack chops. This news comes hot on the heels of HP buying Eucalyptus last week and Rackspace announcing they are taking themselves off the market this morning…Reading between the buzzwords though, it appears that Cisco wants a piece of the growing OpenStack action, and who can blame them?…For now, we know the market is shifting as the big players jockey for position and start scooping up smaller pieces they think they can help their cause. Unfortunately, consolidation usually means the end of innovation, but in a fast-moving startup environment, the cycle could begin anew very quickly.” Via Ron Miller, TechCrunch

HP and Eucalyptus and OpenStack, oh my!
A few weeks ago I was mystified when Marten Mickos, CEO of the open-source, IaaS private cloud program Eucalyptus, announced that he wanted to be a contributor to arch-rival OpenStack. Now, Mickos has sold Eucalyptus to HP, an OpenStack champion. What’s going on here!?… My theory is that Eucalyptus will end up providing a hybrid cloud bridge between HP Helion’s OpenStack private cloud and AWS’ public cloud. Such an offering would not only make HP’s cloud offerings more attractive to both SMB and enterprise customers; it also will help Helion stand out from the multiple OpenStack offerings from other companies such as VMware, Canonical and Red Hat. Only time will tell if I’m on the right track…” Via Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, ZDNet

On-Again, Off-Again. Rackspace No Longer On The Block. Existential Issues Remain However
“…it’s no huge surprise to hear Rackspace say today that it is no longer looking for a buyer and that Taylor Rhodes, previously the president of the company, will be stepping up to take the CEO spot vacated infamously by Lanham Napier several months ago. Rackspace is saying that it wants to focus on its new managed-cloud strategy, as a way of differentiating itself from the pack…The fundamentals for Rackspace haven’t changed. It is still a bit player with neither the capital to compete with the big boys nor a clearly differentiated proposition from the myriad of other cloud vendors nipping at their heels. To me the move away from looking for an acquirer has more to do with the paucity of potential acquirers than it has to do with Rackspace’s opportunity to really pull something out of the hat and scale…” Via Ben Kepes, Forbes

 

IBM Offers a Data Tool for the Mainstream, With Watson’s Help

Developing technology is one thing; democratizing it is another. The latter involves finding the innovation that opens the door to widespread adoption with usefulness and usability…IBM thinks it has an answer, called Watson Analytics..is a software service, delivered over the cloud…The combined team of data scientists, developers and designers has been working on the project for a year. Its ambitious goal, according to Alistair Rennie, general manager of IBM Business Analytics, is to take a big step toward “getting analytics in the hands of every business user, which is a real challenge.” Via Steve Lohr, NY Times

VMware Announces Early Access Program for VMware vCloud Government Service
Over the summer, we initiated a private beta program for VMware vCloud Government Service provided by Carpathia to begin testing and validating its practical value for U.S. government agencies. To date, vCloud Government Service is being tested in civilian, defense, law enforcement and other Federal IT environments. Due to the progress those organizations are making, today we are launching an Early Access Program, inviting U.S. federal government agencies to purchase our enterprise-class hybrid cloud service for their cloud applications. This preview period provides agencies with the opportunity to prepare and test their applications while simultaneously pursuing their own FedRAMP Authority to Operate (ATO)…” Via Angelos Kottas, VMware vCloud Blog

CenturyLink Pushing Faster Service Cycles
CenturyLink is working to get its network service cycles to match the 21- to 30-day cycles of its CenturyLink Cloud operations, and that includes developing a layer of open applications programming interfaces that exists above the network, VP-Network Strategy and Development James Feger told the near 200-strong crowd here today…CenturyLink Cloud uses the Agile approach to constantly monitor and collect feedback in a service cycle that updates every 21 to 30 days, which has actually eliminated the need for traditional service roadmaps.” Via Carol Wilson, Light Reading

 

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