Entertaining Change: Big Data and Cloud Transform Film Industry

We’ve been talking a lot about how Big Data and cloud computing are changing business, adding value through agility, mobility, and competitive advantages.

These benefits span industries, and one in particular is experiencing an evolution: the entertainment business. In celebration of recent award shows, let’s look at how these technologies are transforming the industry — even the awards themselves.

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The Internet of Things and Your Business

 What comes to mind when you think of “connectivity”? Computers and people communicating with each other is a likely answer. But what about other “things,” such as cars, household appliances, and tools? When you start thinking about how objects can be connected to you, to the Internet, and to one another, the possibilities and opportunities for businesses to capitalize on can be boundless.

The “Internet of Things,” is poised to be the next big thing for business because when it comes to “things” connecting to your business and your network, the opportunities are endless. Here’s a look at why:

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Don’t Let a Super Bowl-style Blackout Halt Your Business

For the millions of people watching the Super Bowl on Sunday, there were the usual sources of entertainment: the pageantry and commercials, a big lead closed and an almost comeback, and a flashy halftime show. But for business and IT leaders watching the big game, there was also a valuable lesson in the importance of Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (BC/DR) plans.

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PaaS Rising: Is Your Business Following?

When you think of cloud computing and what it means for your business, what comes to mind? For some businesses, it means a complete outsourcing of hardware needs through Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). For others, it’s only using applications, like email, that are accessed over the Web, which is Software-as-a-Service (SaaS).

But businesses increasingly are turning to the middle of the cloud computing spectrum, applying solutions for developing and deploying applications over the Internet, such as virtualized servers and operating systems. This is Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), and with its multiple benefits, it’s poised to be the next big model in cloud computing.

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Government Gets Social Part 2: Four Social Media Tips

Government institutions are using social media more than ever to communicate with constituents. We recently talked about why it’s so important: Because having direct communication with constituents can advance government effectiveness.

Since some organizations might just be getting started in taking advantage of social media technology and applications, we wanted to provide tips, as there is such a thing as “doing it wrong.”

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Government and Social Media: Not Just a Passing Trend

Social media isn’t just about being social anymore. Businesses aren’t the only one taking advantage of social media to communicate directly with their target audience to boost business. Government institutions of all sizes are getting in on the act, using social media tools to communicate important information to constituents and improve delivery of services.

Government adoption of social media is on the rise so much so that a recent report by the Partnership for Public Service says it’s “not just a passing trend,” rather, an important mechanism for advancing government effectiveness.

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Apps for Your Business

There’s no doubt that new apps are driving the future. But what do these apps mean for business and employee collaboration? And which ones will your boss ask you to use and master?

As we’ve talked about in past articles, in 2020 we won’t be talking about the cloud the same way we do today. Instead, businesses will be able to buy, configure and specify app performance based on the needs of the company. At the end of the day, it makes sense to get more familiar with the apps today, so you can be prepared for work tomorrow.

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What 100 Gbps Means for Your Business

It’s no secret that businesses are consuming more data than ever, thanks to the prevalence of cloud computing and mobile traffic. Add to that the ever-growing Big Data needs, and organizations are seeing unprecedented demands on their networks.

In its July 2012 Visual Networking Index, Cisco reported a rapid increase in networking demand from many sources but mainly streaming media. It also estimates an annual growth rate of 29 percent for IP traffic through 2016.

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