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Read the original blog post Here Our team had the pleasure of attending CloudEXPO this year, a conference focused on cloud technology, security, and trends. Our CEO, Emil Sayegh, presented a breakaway session titled Economics of the Cloud: Don't Aim for the Sky on Everything. During this session, Emil covered the current cost challenges related to public cloud and how a hybrid approach enables organizations to decrease their IT spend and increase business agility. Emil wasn't alone in offering up helpful insights-there were several outstanding presentations given throughout the conference. Here, we've highlighted some of our key takeaways from these exceptional discussions. Takeaway #1: Focus on Economics During his session (view the slides here), Emil stressed the importance of building a careful strategy before rushing into the cloud to avoid overspending. With or... (more)

Demystifying Blockchain | @CloudEXPO @BrillioGlobal #Cloud #IoT #CIO #FinTech #Blockchain #SmartCities #DigitalTransformation

Read the original blog post Here Recently, I had the opportunity to speak at the 10th annual CloudEXPO, held in New York City. The central themes at the conference focused on technology and the economy. This was my first attendance at CloudEXPO and it did not disappoint. There were C-suite tech leaders, a majority in FinTech, and most focused intently on security. Over the course of two days, in addition to insightful conversations and presentations delving into the industry's current pressing challenges, there was considerable buzz about digital transformation and how it is enabling global enterprises to accelerate business growth. Blockchain has been a term that people hear but don't quite understand. The most common myths about blockchain include the assumption that it is private, or that there is only one blockchain, and the idea that blockchain is synonymous w... (more)

New manufacturing opportunities for UK businesses in China

Innovative UK tech companies have won a unique business opportunity to visit China this month to explore greener, approaches to manufacturing. The successful businesses will participate in the six-day Tomorrow's Manufacturing: Mission to China, organised by the UK's innovation agency, the Technology Strategy Board, together with the Ministry of Science and Technology of the People's Republic of China (MoST). The Mission will encourage collaboration on research, development and innovation (R&D&I) between businesses and will be the first step towards long-lasting partnerships between the two nations. Each of the chosen companies have been selected for excellence in at least one of four key areas: the use of alternative, greener substances in manufacturing; the recycling and re-manufacturing of finite resources; decreasing the amount of material deployed to deliver ser... (more)

In 2014 Big Data Investments Will Account for Nearly $30 Billion - Eventually Accounting for $76 Billion by 2020 End

DALLAS, Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Amid the proliferation of real time data from sources such as mobile devices, web, social media, sensors, log files and transactional applications, Big Data has found a host of vertical market applications, ranging from fraud detection to R&D. Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140821/138541 "Big Data Market: 2014 – 2020 – Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies, Industry Verticals & Forecasts" Key Findings: In 2014 Big Data vendors will pocket nearly $30 Billion from hardware, software and professional services revenues Big Data investments are further expected to grow at a CAGR of nearly 17% over the next 6 years, eventually accounting for $76 Billion by the end of 2020 The market is ripe for acquisitions of pure-play Big Data startups, as competition heats up between IT incumbents Nearly every large scale IT ven... (more)

Amazon.com, Apple, Google, Fossil and Guess highlighted in Zacks Analyst Blog:

CHICAGO, Jan. 15, 2013  Zacks.com announces the list of stocks featured in the Analyst Blog. Every day the Zacks Equity Research analysts discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and the financial markets. Stocks recently featured in the blog include Amazon.com, Inc. (AMZN), Apple Inc. (AAPL), Google Inc. (GOOG), Fossil, Inc. (FOSL), and Guess, Inc (GES). (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20101027/ZIRLOGO) Today, Zacks is promoting Four daily picks are offered free. Here are highlights from Tuesday's Analyst Blog: Amazon Enhances Cloud Music Service The world's largest online retailer, Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN), recently launched a new music service, Amazon AutoRip, in a bid to expand its Cloud music offerings to better compete with rivals like Apple Inc. (AAPL) and Google Inc. (GOOG). This new service allows anyone who has ever purchased an album on A... (more)

IceWEB Signs First Private Cloud Customer

IceWEB™, Inc. (OTC BB:IWEB), a leading provider of Unified Data Storage appliances for cloud and virtual environments as well as secure, infinitely scalable Cloud Services, today announced today that the Company has signed its first Private Cloud customer, a Virginia County Government. “After announcing only three weeks ago the Company’s new Private Cloud “IceBOX” capability, the first customer, a municipality in Virginia found their solution. They chose our exclusive “IceBOX” because we can deploy it immediately with the extremely high security level and multi-platform end-user accessibility they required. No other vendor they had spoken with could do that,” said Rob Howe, IceWEB CEO. “So many outfits both in and out of the storage industry are seeking to capitalize on the hype surrounding anything ‘cloud’ who don’t really have an immediately deployable solution wi... (more)

Pramati Acquires WaveMaker Assets from VMware

Pramati, a software engineering firm and incubator of innovative technology companies that address new business opportunities in cloud, mobile, social and big data, has officially announced the acquisition of certain assets of WaveMaker from VMware. WaveMaker, acquired by VMware in March 2011, is a visual Rapid Application Development (RAD) software platform that will be used to grow and enhance Pramati’s cloud-based Java development capabilities. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. WaveMaker simplifies the process of building enterprise Java applications to boost both developer productivity and quality, without compromising flexibility. WaveMaker applications are cloud-ready, highly scalable, multi-device, and backed by a strong developer community that has doubled to 35,000 active monthly users over the last two years. With its long heritage of mission-c... (more)

Nordic American Tankers Limited (NYSE: NAT) -- NAT Is Well Positioned for a Market Upswing; Payment of Dividend for 63 Consecutive Quarters

HAMILTON, BERMUDA -- (Marketwired) -- 05/13/13 -- Nordic American Tankers Limited (NYSE: NAT) Link to the complete 1st Quarter 2013 report: http://hugin.info/201/R/1701030/561521.pdf During 1Q2013, NAT acquired another Suezmax tanker, built to top specifications and launched this year. We expect the ship to be delivered to us by June 15, bringing our total fleet to 21 ships. On April 1st, NAT completed an equity offering, with net proceeds of $102.2 million. The same month, the Board declared a dividend of $0.16 per share for 1Q2013, identical to the dividend for 4Q2012. The tanker market remains challenging, though there are underlying signs of improvement. The orderbook for Suezmax tankers is shrinking and should have a positive impact on the tanker market rates in the future. The Imarex index, which measures the average daily rate for leasing a ship, was $12,466 f... (more)

Hickory Farms Announces New Leadership Appointments

TOLEDO, Ohio, May 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Hickory Farms, the specialty food and holiday gift retailer based in Toledo, Ohio, today announced a number of changes to the company's executive team in support of its mission to become the best specialty food retailer in North America. The company announced that Michael Holton, previously vice president of brand marketing, has been appointed chief marketing officer; Joe Loch, previously vice president of supply chain has been appointed vice president of franchise and retail sales; Ty Hanline, previously director of logistics, has been appointed vice president of supply chain; and Joe Herman, from Davenport, Hanf & Company has joined as interim chief financial officer. "I am excited to announce these appointments as the combined talents of these high achieving professionals will strengthen our dynamic senior management tea... (more)

Nordic American Tankers Ltd. 2Q2013 Report -- NAT Continues to Improve Its Relative Position in a Weak Market and Has a Strong Liquidity Reserve. 3Q2013 Is Expected to Show Improvement on 2Q2013.

HAMILTON, BERMUDA -- (Marketwired) -- 08/12/13 -- Nordic American Tankers Limited (NYSE: NAT) Link to the complete 2nd Quarter 2013 report: http://hugin.info/201/R/1722364/573791.pdf In announcing its results for the second quarter of 2013, Nordic American Tankers Limited ("the Company" or "NAT") emphasizes three key points that differentiate it from others in the field: its strong financial position, its dividend policy and its top quality Suezmax tanker fleet. In July the Company announced a dividend of $0.16 per share for 2Q2013, identical to the dividend for 1Q2013. The Company will pay the dividend on or about August 13, 2013 to shareholders of record as of July 31, 2013. The dividend will be paid from cash on hand. Since NAT commenced operations in the fall of 1997, a dividend has been paid for 64 consecutive quarters, with total dividend payments over the peri... (more)

New Technologies, Business Models Emerging to Fix Trillion-Dollar Health Care Market

BOSTON, MA -- (Marketwired) -- 08/13/13 -- Soaring health care costs across the globe, accompanied by growing demands from aging populations and emerging economies, are fueling technological and business innovation to address an emerging need in an industry worth trillions of dollars, according to Lux Research. In the emerging paradigm, new lower-cost, distributed sensors and diagnostics will become much more important than our current, traditional late-stage diagnostics and reactive therapeutic strategies. Examples of newer technologies include wearable devices such as smart fabrics; deep-brain stimulation devices to treat growing neurological diseases, near-infrared spectroscopy for inexpensive brain imaging, and multi-purpose devices that can measure and display core vital signs. "The seeds of change have already started to sprout. New technologies focused on im... (more)

DXWorldEXPO Digital Transformation Stories
Data center, on-premise, public-cloud, private-cloud, multi-cloud, hybrid-cloud, IoT, AI, edge, SaaS, PaaS... it's an availability, security, performance and integration nightmare even for the best of the best IT experts. Organizations realize the tremendous benefits of everything the digital transformation has to offer. Cloud adoption rates are increasing significantly, and IT budgets are morphing to follow suit. But distributing applications and infrastructure around increases risk, introdu...
Over the course of two days, in addition to insightful conversations and presentations delving into the industry's current pressing challenges, there was considerable buzz about digital transformation and how it is enabling global enterprises to accelerate business growth. Blockchain has been a term that people hear but don't quite understand. The most common myths about blockchain include the assumption that it is private, or that there is only one blockchain, and the idea that blockchain is...
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Dion Hinchcliffe is an internationally recognized digital expert, bestselling book author, frequent keynote speaker, analyst, futurist, and transformation expert based in Washington, DC. He is currently Chief Strategy Officer at the industry-leading digital strategy and online community solutions firm, 7Summits.