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Thank you to everyone who took the time to share a wide range of views in response to yesterday's post in its comments, on Twitter, and out on your own blogs. Although reduced to silence throughout the day because of other commitments, I have been reading and learning from all of you. And, despite the sometimes intemperate language of my original post, your contributions have all been thoughtful, measured, and informative. Several comments raised the duality of RDF; RDF the model and RDF the format (which can itself be expressed in more forms than the RDF/XML of which most might think). Kingsley's right, of course, when he asks; "Is RDF a Data Model or a Format re this discussion. The answer to this question is of utmost importance re coherence." Honestly, I'm not sure that I know which it was meant to be... but I can fairly safely suggest that the concerns I express... (more)

Security and the Cloud

I was talking with Avanade’s Senior Director for Enterprise Security, Ace Swerling, earlier today. The conversation touched on a wide range of security and identity management issues that I’ll probably return to, but one of Ace’s comments brought my attention back to an issue that has been nagging at me for a while. As I’m sure we all know, security concerns often figure highly in discussions about moving Enterprise applications and data to the Cloud. Indeed, I spoke with other Avanade executives earlier this year to report on a survey they had commissioned that suggested just h... (more)

Cloud Computing Is Far More Than Just Cutting Enterprise IT Costs

Paul Miller's Blog For too long, the emphasis in Cloud Computing circles has been almost exclusively upon provision of rapidly scalable and ad hoc remote computing on top of cost-effective commodity hardware. The Cloud play from Salesforce, Amazon’s EC2 and the rest has been dominated by the implicit assumption that these Cloud-based resources are an extension of the corporate data center; a way to simply reduce the costs of enterprise computing. There is value in this business, but there are bigger opportunities. Cloud Computing, and the various *aaS movements, have finally brou... (more)

Tungle Goes a Long Way Toward Reducing the Pain of Scheduling Meetings

Image byTungle via CrunchBase One of the biggest drains on time, effort and motivation in this business is the hell of arranging physical and virtual meetings with clients, prospects and podcast interviewees. Few of those people are in my timezone, we have no shared Exchange or Lotus Notes to endure rely upon, and I have absolutely no control over the calendaring solution that they choose to use in managing their own time. For all I know or care, half of them might still retain secretaries with quill pens to keep their paper diaries. Over the years, I have tried a lot of tools wi... (more)

Discussing Cisco’s Unified Computing System with Wendy Mars

Global networking giant Cisco unveiled Unified Service Delivery (USD) last week, following up on the company’s enthusuastically welcomed Unified Computing System (UCS) hardware announcement back in March. Taken together, these announcements shed light on the company’s strategy to strengthen its hold over the data centre, and to offer solutions tailored toward the evolving needs of organisations keen to capitalise upon Cloud Computing’s promise; both inside the private data centre and in interactions with remote resources elsewhere on the network. I spoke with Wendy Mars, Cisco’s ... (more)