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Healthcare, Software, Vendors, and the Cloud: Apprenda Marketwatch

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Can software solve our healthcare crisis?
HC1 CEO Brad Bostic says Healthcare Relationship Management can eliminate the communication and information management disconnects between healthcare organizations… By transforming an abundance of raw healthcare data spread across silos into real-time client intelligence, HRM eliminates the communication and information management disconnects between healthcare organizations. All healthcare professionals and executives are informed of the critical information they need in real-time and on a personalized level, resulting in something that we can all benefit from: a higher quality of care at a reduced cost.” Via Paul Greennburg, ZDNet

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Why the health platform wars won’t be like other tech rivalries
Consumers won’t choose the winners of this battle by themselves…The natural tendency when any new category develops is to cast it in these terms of battle, and for proponents (and skeptics) of each company operating in the new space to use a range of data .. to predict or declare winners and losers…What’s different in this case, however, is that platform choices in mobile health are not entirely consumer-driven…While the health platforms rolled out over the next six months could truly revolutionize healthcare, it’s likely to be a few years before we can judge any of these platforms as successful or not. Likewise, it will take as long to see exactly how healthcare will change, probably in ways we can’t even predict today.” Via Ryan Faas, CITE World

A conversation about VMware Healthcare Solutions
Drew Koerner, VMware’s Chief Healthcare Solutions Architect, talks about VMware’s goals for healthcare solutions and its Care Systems Analytics, VMware’s tool that is designed to offer greater visibility into the true health of Electronic Medical Record (EMR) applications and supporting infrastructure… While I was impressed with what Koerner and his team have been doing, I had to think that it was very VMware-specific and would be only marginally useful for mixed environments that used virtualization technology for cloud computing environments from other suppliers. It would be of little use to those who are not using VMware products as a foundation for their IT infrastructure.” Via Dan Kusnetzky, ZDNet 

LSE: Cloud is “years ahead” of modern IT
Cloud computing is experiencing a shift in focus, and companies should avoid comparing it to current IT when it is years ahead of the curve, says London School of Economics (LSE) assistant professor Will Venters…Cost efficiency, particularly, is a huge driver for the current trend in cloud adoption…According to a survey of IT professionals at an LSE event, 28 per cent viewed cost as their main reason for looking to the cloud. However, while low costs are a straightforward requirement, “we drastically overestimate the short term benefits compared to the long term,” said Venters.” Via Alexander Hamilton, CloudPro

Demand for PaaS ‘on the rise’ to meet business requirements
According to the survey of 700 IT decision makers in Australia, The US, UK, France, Germany, Benelux, Brazil and Singapore, there is already ‘soaring demand’ for PaaS architecture from organisations looking for faster development and deployment cycles. Stephen McNulty, Managing Director Asia Pacific of Progressive Software, says the rise of ‘Develop Your Own Application’ is the latest trend to “reshape the way we work, riding hot on the tail of ‘Bring Your Own Device’ and ‘Bring Your Own Application’.” McNulty says a rapid application development PaaS solution allows custom business applications to be quickly developed and deployed using point and click-type tools in a web browser.” Via Peter Dinham, ITWire

The Need For Speed. Public Clouds Deliver.
Over the last couple of years, enterprises have started getting over their fears of security and control with public clouds and are moving more workloads outside of their firewalls. The impetus for the move is not to reduce costs, but to get products to market faster. For some, this is about gaining competitive advantages over their peers… Here are three of the top reasons why enterprises are investing in public clouds…” Via Mike Kavis, Forbes

AWS guru Werner Vogels predicts future for next decade in the cloud
Quite simply, the cloud is going to be where everyone worldwide puts their data from now on, asserted the CTO of Amazon Web Services…That outlook is undoubtedly influenced by ever-increasing concerns by consumers, businesses, and governments worldwide alike over data privacy and security…Vogels acknowledged that AWS has been having more conversations with companies still nervous about the public cloud. But he defended that “all requirements” can be met in the public cloud and customers can build virtually anything they want within these environments.” Via Rachel King, ZDNet

Microsoft bucks its own history, embraces “openness” in push for Azure adoption
It’s not often you write “Microsoft” and”open” in the same sentence but, well, these are special times. The company is straining to make its Azure cloud service a bona fide rival to Google Cloud and Amazon Web Services, and believes that offering customers openness and options are one way it can stand out… Despite this pledge to play well with others, Microsoft still faces a challenge in getting non-Windows shops to give Azure a try rather than turning to the more familiar Amazon or Google.Via Jeff John Roberts, GigaOM

What will your business look like in 2030?
“…Technology is always changing, and with it come disruptions to industries, companies and the employment marketplace…In business, to stop moving forward means your company is stagnating; for many companies, stagnation equates to eventual death…Companies that understand their core competencies and their consumer needs will have a leg up on the competition…New technologies are going to come along to improve, and sometimes complicate, your business. You need to be willing to embrace these new paradigms, or you risk your company becoming obsolete.” Via Ilya Pozin, The Next Web

At GE, shutting down its data centers is like cleaning out a closet
GE will shut down most of its 32 data centers over the next five years as it transitions to the cloud, and GE CIO Jamie Miller said at Gigaom’s Structure conference Wednesday that the move is revealing just how much of the centers are wasted infrastructure…While much of their content can be ported to the cloud, a lot can simply be shut down. The closure of the data centers will help GE focus on its three commitments to its customers: speed, innovation and costVia Signe Brewster, GigaOM

Verizon: Cloud Security Is Often an Excuse to Avoid Change
While security fears about cloud computing are legitimate, they also serve as an excuse to avoid change, according to John Considine, CTO, Verizon Terremark…Some enterprises fear the cloud is dangerous and should be avoided. And yet even the biggest banks, airlines, and retail operations have been doing IT hosting, managed services, and co-location for years…The cloud now combines co-location, managed services, and security. What’s next? “Enterprise for real,” Considine said. The public cloud market is $10 billion to $15 billion.” Via Mitch Wagner, Light Reading

It’s A Multi-Vendor Cloud World
Experts say that cloud computing is disruptive and then continue on to discuss how the cloud quickly enables innovation while competition between cloud service providers drive costs down. Both of these scenarios are accurate, but the disruption from cloud has additional shockwaves that only now beginning to be felt. Hardware and software vendors are starting to show signs of wear on their revenue streams due to cloud. Eventually, that wave will begin to impact the ecosystems that includes Value-Added Resellers and professional services firms that implement the products for those vendors. Sometime between these two points another wave of disruption will begin to take hold; the move to multi-vendor solutions.Via JP Morgenthal, Sys-Con

What the value of the cloud means to SoftLayer
The past few years have been quite a ride for Lance Crosby, CEO of SoftLayer, an IBM company. Speaking at Gigaom’s Structure conference in San Francisco, Crosby explained how his company went through a customer evolution of sorts from 2005 to 2010, when a sizable chunk of Fortune 500 companies becoming clients. With that influx of big-time companies, SoftLayer was looking for a partner to help service them.” Via Jonathan Vanian, GigaOM
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