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If cloud computing is going to spread to more mission-critical type applications, it needs to get more accurate when it comes to transaction-based applications. Trying to keep everything in a structured framework is going to require a more rigorous network infrastructure that includes timing down to milliseconds, if not nanoseconds. One way to accomplish this is to use the IEEE 1588 protocol or "Precision Time Protocol" (PTP), which provides timing. In an earlier article entitled, "Cloud Transaction Synchronicity," I discussed the need for this type of capability if financial organizations are to look at cloud computing as a real solution for any transactions-based services. When It Comes to Mission Critical, Timing Is Everything Few talk about this essential need because few understand what makes "the cloud" work. Any vendor or system architect always draws "the Clou... (more)

Mission-Critical Applications Require Mission-Critical Leadership

Organizational structures become obsolete just like the technology that they manage. Management structures must be reviewed and replaced just like systems, software and technology - especially in mission-critical applications. In the last decade or so, more organizations have declared their various communications-based information systems as "mission critical" to the organization's success. Having a mission-critical system requires having a mission-critical mindset when it comes to organizational leadership. It has been reported that one in three applications are considered "miss... (more)

Review | The Internet of Things: QNX Seminar

This is a summary of a QNX webinar that was just presented on July 10, 2014 by BlackBerry (BBRY) and QNX. This was an anticipated seminar because many people are looking for answers to questions they have about the big buzzword, the Internet of Things (IoT). They also want to know what role does the cloud-based product QNX play within this environment? The QNX webinar gave a good overview of what the QNX product was and how it fit into the overall business market. They are operating system agnostic, which means they can work with any device, not just one type of Operating Syste... (more)

Cloud Computing Procurement: As Easy as Remembering RFP

When it comes to procurement, any technology or service should be evaluated with a good set of criteria. Executive decisions should not be weighted solely on a single selection criterion such as price. This applies to any cloud computing service as well. The twelve criteria listed below (see Chart 1) forces executives to take a broader review of the many elements of the total cloud computing service, and not just price. Each criteria starts with an R, F, or P which makes it easy to remember the total framework for the Yardstick for Technology Procurement (RFP). Chart 1: Yardsti... (more)

MCX and Smartphones: How Good Is the Support Network?

Major retailers like Sears, Wal-Mart, Lowe's, Best Buy, Shell and others announced last week their focus on developing MCX, Merchant Customer Exchange, to enhance their sales and cover the growing demand for capabilities to buy things from the smartphone. This is a great milestone in the area of wireless because it adds credibility to all those preaching that mobile wireless will create a huge paradigm shift as to how the average consumer will be purchasing goods and services in the future. When you get retailers that represent over $1 trillion in sales today talking about devel... (more)