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Posts Tagged ‘Cloud Software’

The Silver Lining in Every Cloud… Migration

12-02-2013

If you’ve been following along in our blog so far, you will have learned that there are a lot of advantages behind moving your content into the cloud:

1. Increased security
2. Business continuity
3. Mobile document management
4. Saving time and resources in your IT department
5. Saving time and increasing efficiency for everybody using your systems.

The process of migrating your servers to the cloud can have amazing advantages in and of itself.

There's a silver lining in every cloud... migration

Finding the Skeletons in the Closet

One of the first steps you take as part of migrating your servers to the cloud is initiating an assessment of what you have and what you need. Often our servers grow over time, with newer parts being added to older systems. This leads to a jumble of systems that can be a challenge to support and that can hide all sorts of problems and inefficiencies. There are no dark corners on your network when you use cloud servers, so all the issues will come to light.

When was the last time you took a detailed look at what skeletons might be hiding in the dark corners of your network? A recent event in in the media has prompted many to ask this question. The New York Times recently cleaned their technical house to resolve an issue they were having with hackers. They admitted that hackers had access to many of their systems for up to four months. Standardized cloud systems offer greater transparency and thus a security advantage worth looking into.

As Stephen Schmidt, chief security officer at Amazon’s web services told the BBC in this article, “The very act of shifting from an in-house data centre to an on-demand service can start a powerful discovery process.”

What will you discover when you look into your network?



CASCON 2012 and BIN AGM Review

15-11-2012 Markus

by: Markus Latzel, CEO Palomino Inc.

Last week, we were again present on IBM’s Centre for Advanced Studies anual CASCON Conference, followed immediately by the co-located annual general meeting of NSERC’s Business Intelligence Research Network.

Aside from meeting old friends and enjoying face-to-face time with our research partners are University of Toronto and Dalhousie University, we used the time to learn about progress in various fields of interest to us:

  • Visual Analytics
  • Business Process Management
  • Health Care Work Flows

Visual Analytics is high on IBM’s agenda, in a search for “consumable analytics” that allow stakeholders quick, easy to attain glances of corporate performance indicators and market data. Social data mining of course is a large area of interest, but also the “hard” data contained in corporate data bases and document repositories are still largely untapped in terms of extracting knowledge with decision-generating power. To fuel research in this area, IBM has announced the creation of the IBM Center for Advanced Visualization, a new visualization engine that they wish to open and standardize, and are looking for research partners and opportunities.

In a discussion with Stephan Jou, Sr. Architect at IBM’s Business Analytics CTO office, consumable analytics are driven largely by visualization research. How to display complex data in a meaningful way, reducing its complexity to understandable visualizations without losing information and context, is still a large, unsolved problem.

The Dalhousie team had a strong presence on both CASCON and BIN AGM – the team of four researchers garnered a total of three awards:

  • Interactive Clustering of Semi-Structured Documents (Axel Soto, #1 Technology Showcase, Best Presentation)
  • Document Clustering with Dual Supervision (Yeming Hu)
  • Adaptable Feature Selection and Clustering for Text Streams (Yael Kollet)
  • Smarter Text Similarity using Google n-grams (Aminul Islam, Best Presentation)
Healthcare Technology no doubt can benefit from deep data analytics as well – however here we feel that primarily the data acquisition is still a large concern of the industry, in particular the CIOs and IT vendors working on solutions for health care. Data analysis can only be as good as the raw data itself. Of course, health care providers are dealing with large amounts of unstructured information, and this problem will have to be solved before any meaningfull deep data analysis can be carried out.

All in all, this year was once again a showcase of powerful, applied research, and we are glad to be part of it.

Looking forward to CASCON/BIN 2013!

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I need a cloud content management system, STAT

20-09-2012

The cloud computing and content management industries are gaining steam, and one industry that stands to benefit in a major way is healthcare. WebPal is engaged in various healthcare-oriented projects, as are many other cloud content management systems. The healthcare industry involves extensive paper work and document management is crucial to maintain accurate and reliable patient records, hospital records, insurance records and more. Using a cloud content management system would help automate many administrative functions within hospitals and enable easier access to records by patients and doctors alike.

Platforms like WellFX is launching a social-engagement platform that will be hosted by Amazon on the cloud. Patients will use the platform to form communities to discuss conditions such as diabetes and high cholesterol. There will also be staff-only community groups to allow healthcare providers  discuss best practices of care.

One of the biggest dilemma’s facing healthcare is early detection of disease and symptoms. Many healthcare providers are hoping that developing mobile apps and cloud-based systems will encourage patients to monitor their health more closely. The FDA recently approved a censor that will be used by patients experiencing non-life-threatening irregular heartbeats and will send information to a doctor’s iPad or laptop for real-time monitoring. Hopefully, more technologies like this will emerge in the years to come and the cloud will become an integral aspect of healthcare for future generations.



Obama tells federal agencies to go mobile

24-05-2012

Earlier this week, we discussed the innovative changes that mobile technology is bringing to health care and small business. Accessing data and content from anywhere at any time is one of the most appealing features of the cloud and mobile technology, and it seems that the U.S. government is taking note. On Wednesday, President Obama issued a directive to all major government agencies to make key services available on mobile devices within a year.

“Americans deserve a government that works for them anytime, anywhere, and on any device,” said Obama in a statement. “By making important services accessible from your phone and sharing government data with entrepreneurs, we are giving hard-working families and businesses tools that will help them succeed.”

One of the biggest incentives for developing this mobile strategy is the prediction that more people will access the internet from phones rather than from desktop computers by 2015. Another aspect of the mobile strategy is the Presidential Innovation Fellows program, which will encourage collaboration between federal employees and top technology innovators on projects like open data initiatives and personal health records. Being such a large and long-established organization, the U.S. government will have to fight against more traditional perspectives to make sure the transition to mobile is smooth.

One of the primary challenges will be overcoming the ‘trust factor,’” says Kevin Kelly, the COO of LGS Innovations. “Utilizing a shared-services approach will definitely yield improvements in cost efficiency. However it requires one agency to trust another with the handling and delivery of its critical information.”

The WebPal Cloud Content Management system allows you to access your data from any device in a safe and secure environment. To find out more about what it can offer your business, go to our features page.



Cloud and the Enterprise: What about security?

16-02-2012

Cloud security was a topic in the news this week after a July 2011 report commissioned by the RCMP criminal intelligence branch was published by the Financial Post.

The report stipulated that cloud computing makes combating business crime that much more difficult, as “the idea of storing information in jurisdictions where privacy laws are lax and where governments have the authority to monitor and collect data without court order or permission, is cause for alarm as trade secrets, and personal and sensitive information, may be at risk,” the report said.

Hasan Cavusoglu, associate business professor at the University of British Columbia and Internet crime experts, acknowledges that there are undesirable providers out there, but “by and large, the cloud providers provide much better security to your data because ensuring security and privacy is their core function, and without it they will not exist.”

One of biggest concerns for enterprises looking to use cloud-based software to manage their documents is the security of the services they are paying for. The WebPal team understands the tenuous trust relationship most organizations have with putting their content on a cloud server, so we make the the software flexible enough to suit your needs. Your WebPal server can be fully isolated, while still enjoying scalability, uptime and connectivity. Click here to ask about WebPal Enterprise to learn more about what WebPal can do for your organization.



File sharing is caring

14-02-2012

Today is Valentine’s Day, a day of sharing between loved ones; A perfect occasion to recognize how important file-sharing is to the freedom of the internet. It’s not only SOPA and PIPA that we have to worry about now, it’s about the future of file-sharing servers in the wake of the arrest of Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom. The U.S. Federal Government seems to be on a rampage to bring copyright infringer’s to justice, which is already instilling fear in other established file-sharing sites, including Amazon, Dropbox, and Rapidshare.

FileSonic has already bowed to pressure after the following message appeared on their homepage:

It reads “All sharing functionality on Filesonic is now disabled. Our service can only be used to upload and retrieve files that you have uploaded personally.”

Mike Masnick, editor of the Techdirt blog, expressed concern about legitimate services (“who do things like de-duplification, or have legitimate backup services”) going under as a result of pressure from the law.

“If you’re running Amazon S3 or Dropbox, do you now suddenly change how you do business, just to avoid the possibility of being accused of racketeering and criminal copyright infringement? That’s worrisome.”

One file-share service that claims they will never be taken offline has recently emerged from the woodwork. Tribler was developed by researchers at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands as a way to share files without centralized servers.

“With Tribler, we have achieved zero-seconds downtime over the past six years, all because we don’t rely on shaky foundations such as DNS, web servers or search portraits,” says Tribler leader Dr. Pouwelse.

WebPal knows that file-sharing is all about content, collaboration and control. It easily enables users to share documents with other WebPal users or through email, tracks updates through an activity log and allows admins to control access to all documents.

The Internet and file-sharing go hand-in-hand. The law and the entertainment industry may have no choice but to take a leaf out of the Care Bear book and accept that sharing is caring.



Predictions for cloud computing and ECM in 2012

02-12-2011

2011 was the year of cloud and document management applications, as the services and security matured. Document management and enterprise content management (ECM) systems are growing at a rate much faster than the rest of the economy. With 2012 just around the corner, IT research analyst for Forrester Research, James Staten, has a few predictions for the cloud market in 2012.

“[The cloud] has entered the awkward teenage years,” says Staten. “The next few years will be a painful period of rebellion, defiance, exploration, experimentation and undoubtedly explosive creativity.

“We don’t become who we are without surviving the teenage years.”

The model of the cloud is based on the fact that information put on the cloud is accessible anywhere in the world at any time. However, several countries have legislation underway that would ban cloud services not resident to that country. People in support of the cloud are going to have to battle such motions because, as Staten points out, “The internet knows no bounds and neither should the cloud.”

Staten also points out that there are far more job opportunities for cloud experts than there are qualified candidates. Both HP and EMC launched cloud training and certification courses this year, and some IT professors at Stanford University opened up their courses for the world to participate with no tuition cost to help solve this issue.

The next move for document management will be Information Lifecycle Management (ILM). Although similar to ECM, it covers more than just document and content retention and legal obligations. ECM vendors will have to address ILM more “holistically” if they want to stay ahead.

What do you think is in store for cloud and document management services in 2012? Let us know if the comment section below.



#WebPalTO Cloud Content Management Panel Tomorrow 6:00pm

28-11-2011 Markus
Open Mike

The Mike is open for tomorrow's Cloud Panel

It’s Monday night and we are all excited to welcome a group of very knowledgable panelists, one of the most tech savvy moderators, and an exciting crowd to a fun get-together on cloud content management tomorrow night at the ING Direct Café, 221 Yonge Street, Toronto.

The team at Palomino and ThirdOcean have been working together on this and we are quite proud of the program we have put together:

With doors open at 6:00pm for mingling, hors d’œuvre, Steamwhistle and Shiraz, we expect a room full of cloud enthusiasts ready to talk content management, collaboration applications, security and entreprise services. The cloud panel will be introduced by Matt shortly thereafter:

The Panel:

Matt Hartley (Moderator), Editor Financial Post Technology

Karim Awad, Founder of Big Time Design and Communciations. Karim has years of experiencing developing cloud based applications for clients.

Karl Dionne, Web Strategist who has developed Content Management and Cloud applications a plenty.

Ashish Patel, VP Global Cloud Commercialization at the Canadian Cloud Best Practices Council & Chief Architect, Cloud Computing at IBM

Ian Graham, Information Technology Specialist at the Bank of Montreal.

If you have not registered yet, be sure to enter your contact information at webpalto.eventbrite.com in order to qualify for winning a door prize! If you have no time to register, just come on by anyways.

Looking forward seeing you there!

Markus Latzel, CEO, Palomino Inc.

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