What's the best approach to moving to the cloud? According to Rob Howe, IT director at Guinness World Records (GWR), it's to tread very carefully. Rather than rushing into cloud-led digital transformation, he believes CIOs should evaluate workloads, find partners and -- only then -- think about how on-demand IT can help deliver innovative services to customers. "Cherry pick the key elements -- understand the changes you need to make to the infrastructure, and the behaviour of software, when you're moving over," says Howe. "Be aware of the differences and account for them. Not all systems will move easily. The cloud should not be viewed as a one-size-fits-all solution to your business challenges."Howe joined GWR in May 2012, but he didn't alter anything in terms of IT during his first six months at the firm. "In fact, I didn't even plan anything," he says. "I just sat with the teams across the business and understood how they were working. You can't implement changes without … [Read more...] about What’s the best way to make the most of the cloud?
Uses of the cloud
When an organisation makes use of cloud storage or backup services, it must acknowledge and abide by laws and industry regulations that seek to safeguard everyone from cyber threats – this is cloud compliance. With the cloud market projected to hit over $411 billion USD in 2020, it’s clearly an arena for huge growth. But like any IT rollout, it’ll need to be approached diligently and cautiously, especially with the frequency and severity of cybercrimes rising sharply to mirror the explosion of cloud computing.Compliance was historically fragmented by industry sector, lacking a coherent and centralised set of guidelines for all organisations to follow. As of 2016, this is no longer the case. The timer is almost up; GDPR is fast approaching and the penalties for non-compliance are potentially lethal. So, why does compliance matter, what obstacles will it present and how can businesses make it work for them? Why compliance matters Beyond the … [Read more...] about 99 Problems but the cloud ain’t one: Compliance in the cloud
The Nextbit Robin is a smartphone that stores unused apps and content in the cloud, sending them back to the phone when needed. The device comes with 32GB of native storage, and 100GB of cloud-based storage. The phone automatically backs up your photos and apps when you're connected to an outlet and Wi-Fi, although that default setting can be changed. Seldom used apps and rarely viewed photos are automatically removed from your handset, although they are backed up in the cloud and can be called back to earth with a single tap.The company announced that the GSM version of the phone ordered by early adopters will be shipped the week of February 16th. There was a small delay while improvements were made to the firmware. The CDMA model for Verizon and Sprint customers has also been delayed, although there is no time schedule for those models to ship.The Nextbit Robin features a Gorilla Glass 4 protected 5.2-inch LCD screen with a 1080 x 1920 resolution. Under the hood you will find the … [Read more...] about GSM version of the cloud-centric Nextbit Robin handset is set to ship on February 16th
The GSM version of the Nextbit Robin is now sold out. A tweet from the company revealed that both the mint and midnight color options of the phone are gone. The unit was priced at $399, and you can go to the website and sign up to receive an email when the handset is back in stock. In the meantime, accessories are still available and are in stock. Just click on the sourcelink to be alerted when the device can be ordered, or to buy a case, a quick charger or a vinyl sheep (which is the company's logo).The Nextbit Robin is equipped with 32GB of native storage, but also comes with 100GB of cloud storage. Once the phone is close to using up the 32GB of native storage, it detects which apps are used infrequently and sends those apps up to the cloud. Once you tap to open one of the cloud-based apps, it immediately returns to your phone and opens right away.Besides having a unique design that features front-facing stereo speakers, there is a side-mounted fingerprint scanner. The display … [Read more...] about GSM version of the cloud-centric Nextbit Robin sells out
Feature phones still possess an overwhelming majority of the global market share in the wireless sector. Many of these phones are sold in developing countries, especially Africa and southern Asia. An Australian start-up is on track to tap into what are the fastest growing economies in the world, yet are still comparatively poor versus established markets. biNu Pty Ltd, started in 2008, is on a mission to bring advanced connectivity to these markets without the expenses involved in upgrading networks or handheld hardware. Based on the reality that over half the world’s population has a mobile phone , yet many in the developing world do not have easy access to a computer, biNu (whose name was derived from the number sequence 2, 4, 6, 8 and their associated letters) has a solution which delivers smartphone functions to dumb phones. It is a Java-based app that is a portal to deliver cloud-based functions and content such as, social networking, applications, app switching, and … [Read more...] about Dumb phones made smart courtesy of the cloud