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Global Net Superiority: Intelligent Infrastructure Defined "In order to move forward in applying and maximizing new technologies, everyone involved in real estate, infrastructure, technology, and regional economic development needs to get on the same page in defining basic concepts like infrastructure." - James Carlini Today, more organizations are looking at new technologies and applications for their operations. There is a convergence of industries that were thought to be independent which are now interdependent. What is missing is the ability to find common ground in definitions of infrastructure and other terminologies. From the US Army Corps of Engineers' "Infrastructure and the Operational Art" Handbook: The word infrastructure has many definitions, each tailored to the particular perspective of the author. Each is correct for the needs of the author, but i... (more)

Mobile Wallets: The Latest Digital Bling

In this acute age of class warfare, elitism, and social media tools, somewhere in the middle of all of it, the retail and financial services industries are spawning the latest "Must-have" digital bling: mobile wallets (or digital wallets). Will credit cards become a thing of the past?  Will retailers pull away from all the transaction fees they have to pay on credit card purchases and go to a smartphone app-based transaction model instead? What about other payment processors like PayPal, Google, and others? These are some of the strategic questions starting to pop up across diffe... (more)

Has Your Enterprise Cloud Hit a Brick Wall?

You can design a great enterprise cloud network, but it will be very restricted if you are in a building that does not support broadband connectivity or mission-critical applications. What good is a multi-gigabit design if your connection to the central office is not fiber? Or redundant? Can you even have a mission-critical network if you only have one connection to one central office? Here are five ways to tell if your building is obsolete. Excerpt from James Carlini's upcoming book, Location, Location, Connectivity : How receptive is your building to all the new connectivity t... (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)