Microsoft’s cloud consumption problem – Business Insider

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Satya Nadella is cleaning up Microsoft’s ‘dirty little secret’

The scariest new word on the lips of Microsoft’s sales managers these days is “consumption,” multiple sources have told Business Insider.

Consumption, also known as “usage,” refers to how much cloud computing a customer is actually consuming.

via Microsoft’s cloud consumption problem – Business Insider.

IBM Serviceability Tool for Sametime ** Available for Customers!!! **

Free to IBM Sametime customers is the IBM® Serviceability Tool for Sametime® (version 8.5.2.x).  V8.5.2.x is the first release of this tool and it will be enhanced by IBM Sametime Development with periodic updates.   The IBM Serviceability Tool consists of the following four components.

Sametime Configuration Validator
The Sametime Configuration Validator is a plug-in designed to load the entire configuration information for your Sametime environment, and validate the configuration. It examines configuration settings to verify consistency, and then produces a Configuration Report.
Please note, items reported in the Configuration Report do not necessarily indicate that there is a problem with that setting. The Configuration Validation is intended to call attention to areas that are not as expected, with the intent of using this report when the environment is experiencing a problem. The report can be reviewed for areas that might be contributing to the problem.

Sametime Support Bot
The Sametime Support Bot plug-in provides a Sametime bot within a Sametime Community. Sametime users can contact the Sametime bot and receive automated responses that can be used for troubleshooting or for reporting a Sametime issue. Data is collected, and then administrators can generate a PDF report of the collected data to submit to IBM Support.

Sametime Community Monitoring
The Sametime Community Monitoring plug-in provides a view for monitoring the Sametime Community Statistics generated. Updates can be configured from 5 secs to 10 minutes. The administrator can monitor multiple Sametime Community Servers and see totals, such as current logins for example, across all servers and for individual servers. This component is for live monitoring only.

Sametime Deployment Planner
The Sametime Deployment Planner is a plug-in that helps to expose what the new 8.5.x product servers and features have to offer. Additionally, it reveals tips and tricks for successfully planning and deploying the environment.

Sametime Versions
This tool is designed for use with the following:

  • All Sametime components versions 8.5 and later
  • Sametime Community 8.0, and later

Access the downloads from the IBM Serviceability Tool for Sametime Community on IBM Greenhouse:

Feedback such as information on problems, enhancement requests, and usability concerns can be posted to the IBM Serviceability Tool for Sametime community on IBM Greenhouse. IBM reviews all feedback but makes no commitments regarding changes to the product or its documentation.

Hidden – Mac, iPhone and iPad Theft Protection Software.

Think how much you’d lose if your Mac was stolen? Photos, work, contacts, memories – the list is endless. Hidden offers the most advanced protection against theft and loss.

Hidden tracks your computer’s location, takes real time photos of the thief and screenshots of them using your computer. All without them knowing you’re watching.

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The Top 10 tech trends for 2012 –

From the continuing rise of tablet devices to the daily-deals craze and the return of the Internet IPO, 2011 has been a transformative year for technology.

The pace of change has become blisteringly fast, with traditional industries — bookstores, video-rental chains, newspapers — crumbling more quickly than we could have imagined.

Predicting what will happen in 2012, therefore, is a shot in the dark: A year is virtually a lifetime in the digital era. And yet we can at least make a guess at what will happen in the early part of next year simply by looking at the trends that are shaping the latter half of this year.

Here’s my best estimate of some of the innovation we’ll see in 2012:

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IBM Viewpoints: December 20, 2011

Forecasting Innovation
Technology moves so fast it can be difficult to separate science fiction from fact, much less discern which game-changing breakthroughs are over the horizon. As the IT industry’s leading innovator, IBM has the track record and pedigree to credibly predict the emerging innovations that could change how people work, live and play. This week, IBM revealed the next 5 in 5 — an annual forecast of future technology trends — which The New York Times, Washington Post and other global news outlets quickly endorsed as a collection of important ideas worth watching.

IBM’s Viewpoint:
Here’s a summary of IBM’s 5 in 5 predictions to help you add to the conversation.

— People power will come to life: Advances in renewable energy technology will allow individuals and scientists to collect energy from many common things that move, and use it to help power our homes, workplaces and cities.

— You will not need a password: Each person’s unique biometric data such as facial definitions, retinal scans and voice files will be combined through software to build a DNA-unique online password.

— Mind reading is no longer science fiction: Scientists are researching how to link your brain to your devices, such as a computer or a smartphone, so you just need to think about calling someone and it will happen.

— The digital divide will cease to exist: The gap between information haves and have-nots will narrow considerably due to advances in mobile technology that enable access to essential information and deliver better services such as mobile commerce and remote healthcare.

— Junk mail will become priority mail: Unsolicited advertisements may soon feel so personalized and relevant that spam will seem dead and gone. Computers will make sense of data and look up new information for individuals without even being asked.

What They’re Saying
— The Los Angeles Times spotlights IBM’s 5 in 5 predictions

— MSNBC examines IBM’s thought-provoking 5 in 5 list

— CNET reports on IBM’s 5 in 5 forecast

Join the conversation on Twitter
#IBM5in5 #innovation

Meet Your New Employee at Lotusphere 2012

For the second year in a row, Group Business Software (GBS) invites college students studying business and computer science to attend Opening Day of Lotusphere to learn how companies are integrating social business processes and technologies to reach out to customers and prospects like never before. Students will also have a chance to network with attendees from organizations who are looking to attract new types of employees that can help them get ahead of the curve and become a more social business — which is where you come in!

via Meet Your New Employee at Lotusphere 2012.

At last: The results. (IBM Tech Trends Report)

In July, IBM developerWorks conducted a survey of over 4,000 IT professionals, faculty members and students from among the developerWorks community. We asked respondents about their view of the future of technology, including questions on business analytics, mobile computing, cloud computing, and social business.

Here is a preview of some of our findings:

  • For cloud adopters, “developing new applications” is expected to be the top activity in the next 24 months, surpassing today’s top cloud focus areas of virtualization and storage.
  • 51% of respondents stated that adopting cloud technology is part of their mobile strategy
  • India may be all about social business technology (57% adopting), but other countries including Russia (19%) are more hesitant.

via At last: The results. (IBM Tech Trends Report).

Tech firm wants to ban office e-mail –

Definitely a sign of things to come…Read on…

To office workers everywhere struggling to stem the tide of messages filling their inbox, it probably sounds too good to be true.

But a French tech company wants to make it a reality. Calling the volume of its e-mail “unsustainable,” IT services firm Atos Origin plans to ban internal e-mail from company communications within two years.

Instead, employees will communicate mostly through instant-messaging tools or wiki-like documents that can be edited by multiple users online.

via Tech firm wants to ban office e-mail –

IBM Support Notifications

Did you know you can subscribe to IBM Support notifications for fixes, ifixes, apars, product updates?  No more calling IBM Support and complaining that IBM should of notified you of the product changes or that IBM never notified you that there are fixes or upgrade information available.  Now you can subscribe to product notifications.  You’ll need to register for an IBM ID and then you can setup your notifications to your heart’s content.  NO MORE EXCUSES!  🙂