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inBloom’s closure highlights dark side of privacy in sectors driven by data

inBloom is closing down amidst pressure from parents and teachers; the case raises important questions about privacy in our most sacred public institutions

inBloom, the US-based not-for-profit that touted a technology platform that would analyse student data to create individually tailored learning curriculums, announced Thursday that it will be winding down its operations and shuttering its doors within the coming weeks.

Don’t You Forget about Me: Bringing the CIO and CMO together

Amy King, vice president of product marketing, Evidon

At the beginning of John Hughes’ classic 1985 movie, The Breakfast Club, five students from vastly different social high school strata meet in detention. At first, they don’t talk to each other, behaving as if they have nothing in common. Over the course of an afternoon, they start to talk about how their school is a codified system where each area is beholden to the concerns of their particular group, conditioned to resent the roles of others and unable to see past their own day to day issues. Remind you of anything at your company?

Microsoft’s enterprise mobility strategy: too little too late?

Microsoft chief executive officer Satya Nadella introduced a slew of mobile and cloud-focused updates Thursday, five weeks into taking the reins

Microsoft officially announced Thursday what most have anticipated for some time, Office 365 for iOS, and an enterprise mobility management suite tying many of the company’s existing elements – Active Directory, Intune, etc. – together. But while finally surrendering old world Microsoft thinking is certainly something to commend, in addition to a notable update on the back-end, it’s worth asking whether Microsoft can regain lost ground in the mobile enterprise.

Why banks need to branch out into the cloud

Len Padilla is vice president of product strategy at NTT Europe

Gartner predicts that more than 60% of banks worldwide will turn to the cloud by 2016 as they realise that it is more cost-effective for handling big data than legacy IT. But despite the well-known benefits of cloud computing, 75% of banks in Europe are using outdated core banking systems.

How to enable tomorrow’s workplace

Mark Keepax, senior vice president UK & Ireland, ASG Software

The beauty of an effective enterprise app store is that it hands control back to the IT department, allowing it to provide a true IT-as-a-Service capability. Enterprises need to wake up to the reality of utilising app stores as a secure, cost-effective employee management function. Whilst app stores seemingly appear to be a one-size-fits-all dream solution to managing employee cloud services, it requires a realistic evaluation of the need for control across all departments; from procurement to IT.

Pivotal spins off Cloud Foundry, gains SAP and Rackspace support

Cloud Foundry is being spun off from its steward, Pivotal, and an open source Cloud Foundry Foundation is being created with support from existing sponsors as well as new ones like SAP and Rackspace

Enterprise platform as a service provider Cloud Foundry has been spun off from Pivotal, the company said Monday. Rather than being overseen by one company the open source PaaS will be developed by the Cloud Foundry Foundation, which also recently added SAP and Rackspace to its impressive cross-section of industry supporters. But will participating vendors and cloud service providers be able to avoid some of the pitfalls inherent to other open source cloud projects and create differentiated Cloud Foundry-based offerings?

Public, private and hybrid: security in the cloud

Akamai is acquiring Prolexic to extend DDoS. mitigation to the network layer

The issue of security has been consistently talked and written about, ever more so since businesses first took the decision to migrate to the cloud. Regardless of the well-documented benefits of cloud computing to businesses — flexibility, agility, improved capabilities — every company looking to outsource key operations or storage has to have assurances about the safe keeping of its information.

The future of cloud – Telstra’s perspective

Nathan Bell, director of product marketing, Telstra Global

The number of internet-connected video devices is set to exceed the human population by 2017 thanks to the explosion of smartphone, and tablets and the APAC region is acting as the engine room to this growth. There has been a change in the way we interact with this type of technology, with cloud enabling end-users to access this content remotely. Young tech savvy consumers, dubbed the ‘Y’ generation, have grown up surrounded by technological innovation and are unaware of how the connected and online experience is shaping their lives.

Is Platform-as-a-Service the new black?

Ramesh Loganathan, vice president of products at Progress

In terms of fashionable technology, in recent years, businesses have found themselves consumed by chatter around a number of trends including BYOD, mobility and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). What these have in common is that they all represent huge steps away from traditional one-size-fits all business technology, which finds itself moving increasingly towards more bespoke applications and strategies.

Five things to demand from your cloud service supplier

Sam Jardine, partner and head of commercial and technology, Watson Burton LLP

We all remember the days when IT upgrades required significant financial investment up front. Psychologically this forced end users to think long and hard about the contracts they were signing. On the flip side, the simplicity of the cloud often means that customers look a little less closely at the Ts & Cs. They are however still putting mission critical applications in the hands of a third party and as such contracts should be treated with no less caution than any other agreement negotiated within the business.

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