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Cloud Computing on Ulitzer There is little doubt that cloud computing is big news, but who is gaining your mind share?  Amazon, NetSuite, and Salesforce.com, have been in the news recently with a number of announcements.  So many that I've been attempting to track them by creating specific journals for each. Our experiences are likely to be different, and barring actual surveys and research, is subjective and based largely on our own impressions and perceptions of which companies are in the news or making news in this segment. There are several lists that are excellent points of reference - The Top 150 Players in Cloud Computing, 85 Cloud Computing Vendors Shaping the Emerging Cloud, and The VAR Guy's SaaS 20 Index. Large technology companies like AT&T, EMC / VMware, HP, IBM, Microsoft, Unisys, and others that come to mind have not been included below in the top 20... (more)

Cloud Computing, Big Data & Smart Mobile Apps to Drive IT Spending in 2014

Big bucks continue to be spent on hardware and software, with a marked increase in cloud services, according to a new report. Forrester released the data of its annual survey on IT spending worldwide and detected areas with higher spending, including apps and tablets. Forrester Research's annual report on worldwide IT spending split the amount of $2.06 trillion spent this year from businesses and governments between hardware, software and services related to the IT world. CIOs and IT decision-makers plan their biggest software spending increases in mobile applications and middleware, analytics, security, and collaboration software, according to an article on CloudTimes.org. Software registered the largest share of tech spending in 2013 and companies will continue to spend in this segment particularly on smart and cloud computing in 2014. While investment in legacy a... (more)

A Golden Key To The Cloud - For You!

One of my grand hopes for all of you, and your respective enterprises in 2010, is that you find your way to the Clouds.  The coming years will be both exciting and challenging as we collectively migrate our enterprises to cloud computing.  Speaking of enterprises, I owe all of you an article on preparing your enterprise for the cloud.  I continue to work on it, thought it's not quite ready yet.  Besides, this week, I have the pleasure of meeting with a world class, cloud computing leader, and I hope to glean further insights that will help shed light on the future of the enterprise.  In the meantime, to show my appreciation for your loyal readership, I am including a Special Offer for you.  The key to the cloud is - knowledge - so to help you acquire that knowledge, I am extending a special invitation to attend the 5th International Cloud Expo at the Jacob Javits Conv... (more)

Challenges and Solutions for the Health Care Industry in Cloud Computing

The health care sector represents one of the most important and growing industry in terms of support from Information Technology. In several countries, including the US, health care spending in IT is at the top of the IT industry. The following are some of the challenges faced by the industry worldwide in general and the US in particular. Challenge #1: Single Truth of Customer data, electronic medical records (EMR) and health information exchanges (HIE). A patient information needs to be true and unique across the globe and across transactions Challenge #2: Applications subject to unpredictable bursting in thework load for reasons beyond control like epidemic spread and natural disasters. Challenge #3: Large data volumes and processing needs. Scans, X-ray, real-time monitoring information and extensive analysis of the medical conditions. A modest 100-bed hospital wil... (more)

Accelerate Mobile Application Development within Healthcare

Slide Deck from Gene Dragotta and Sachin Agarwal's Cloud Expo Presentation: A Peek into the Future of Mobile-Enabled Health Care While unprecedented technological advances have been made in healthcare in areas such as genomics, digital imaging and Health Information Systems, access to this information has not been easy for both the healthcare provider and the patient themselves. Regulatory compliance and controls, information lock-in in proprietary Electronic Health Record systems and security concerns have made it difficult to share data across health care providers. The opportunities inherent in mobile technology are dramatically changing the way healthcare business gets done. Healthcare provider professionals are adopting mobile devices and tablets as an alternative to desktops/laptops and using mobile applications to augment gaps in existing patient management s... (more)

IT Personnel Hit Hard by New Flu Outbreak

The newest target population is IT presenters, and the geographic scope of this nascent disease is now global. Rapid onslaught of symptoms include the inability to focus and then agitation. Physical symptoms are fidgeting, then heavy sighing, culminating in the urge to scream.  The final symptom is Cerebral Mortis: the brain just shuts down. The original or parent disease is DBP: Death by Power Point, but a recent variation, the F5 strain, is gaining strength especially in the IT community. What is this new mutation of Death by Power Point? Embedded  Content The new strain embeds video and MP3 files into seemingly innocuous engineering slides.  And in some populations where broadband is endemic, researchers have even seen streaming live web content. But the final result is the same: audience and presenter are left with an empty feeling of disappointment. How and why ... (more)

SSI Offers Fourth-Gen RCM for Health Industry, Cloud Computing

SaaS Track at Cloud Expo The SSI Group, Inc. has developed what it calls a "fourth-generation revenue cycle management (RCM) solution," known as the ClickON ClaimSmart Suite. Its offered as SaaS for Cloud Computing installations, and aims to "increase productivity, reduce errors, streamline workflows, and enhance cash flow," according to the company. The centerpiece is the ClaimSmart Dashboard, which allows users to visualize all aspects of the revenue cycle. The dashboard gives real-time displays of patient eligibility, claim submittals, claim status, remittances, iincluding denials, adjustments, and take-backs, and payer confirmation reports. "Additional drill-down capabilities provide customization to the standard workflow within these revenue cycle phases, said company exec Doug Bilbrey.  "Users at all levels of the organization, from the CFO through the busines... (more)

IT in Healthcare

E-health initiatives are now found in 68% of the ICST policies in the Asia and Pacific region, as stated by the United Nations Economics and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, Information Communication and Space Technology (UNESCAP-ICST). In the Philippines, local hospitals and clinics see IT systems as both a challenge and an opportunity. By improving the quality of healthcare and medical information accuracy, these systems allow the country’s healthcare providers to meet the increasing demands not only of the local market but also the international market. Value for IT in Healthcare Through the Strategic Framework laid down by the Aquino administration, the Department of Health (DOH) coordinates with different organizations and utilizes IT to solve the challenges of the geographic landscape of the country. “It is (thus) imperative that we focus on harnessin... (more)

Innovation and Risk in the Clouds - III

Early Bird at Cloud Expo In part 1 and part 2 we covered the alignment between strategy, organizational culture, innovation, and cloud computing; and discussed the risk of innovation in the cloud.  Now lets turn our attention towards our respective organizations. Innovation in the world of business occurs in organizations ready to take an acceptable level of managed, calculated, and measured risks. While it’s true that an airplane is safest in the hangar, that’s not what airplanes are for, and it would likely make for one unhappy pilot, wasting her skill, education, and training while she does nothing more than continuous upkeep on the airplane in the hangar, for a flight that won’t happen. Success is not guaranteed.  That is the nature of risk taking. Organizations where a positive risk taking culture exists, where employees are empowered and are doing motivating... (more)

New ePortfolio, Skills and Competency Management Solutions

Personal Branding on Ulitzer Standards, tools and techniques for competency and skills based learning content personalisation are beginning to emerge - which is just as well because they can help organisations perform better in the increasingly competitive global labour marketplace and world economy. This is the message that Giunti Labs will outline at this year's Online Educa conference and exhibition, being held in Berlin from 2nd to 4th December. According to Giunti Labs' CEO, Fabrizio Cardinali, who will give a presentation at the Online Educa conference, leading organisations are now reshaping their learning departments, re-tooling them towards systems and technologies that empower higher degrees of learning personalisation and customisation. These systems and technologies are based on students' and employees' skills, competencies and portfolios as well as the... (more)

Healthcare IT and the Cloud

Over the last few weeks I've been hearing a lot of discussion around HIPAA. When we speak about HIPAA, invariably the two components of data security and data privacy arises. In the traditional data centers, database managers and data owners know where their data resides and implement the necessary processes to preserve privacy and audit access. However, when we move to the cloud, the cloud being all about data, we are looking at servers, network, and storage that are abstracted. This raises concern that data owners may not necessarily know where their data sets physically reside and we are looking at Cloud Service Provider (CSP) employees who will be handling confidential patient data or Personally Identifiable Information (PII). Of importance here is that when it comes to leveraging the cloud ecosystem for healthcare segments, the foremost concerns are around HI... (more)