Cloud Computing Course Under Way

I am over in Rockville, MD presenting the Hands-On Cloud Computing course. Its always exciting on day one to find out who is attending and what their motivations are. I have a great class of 14 attendees, two of which are attending remotely using AnyWare. There is a strong government presence and also a number of […]
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Microsoft Office Web Apps – Changing the Way We Work

With the imminent launch of Microsoft Office 2010, one of the most eagerly awaited features is Office Web Apps. Office Web Apps enables accessing the Microsoft productivity tools such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint via a browser with the documents stored in a Windows Live account or maybe an organizations corporate SharePoint server. On the surface, […]
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Does Working Effectively with Azure Require New Skills ?

Recently I wrote a post that discussed developing applications for Microsoft’s Azure. This article was stimulated by an interview with Steve Balmer. My views drew a strong healthy response from Microsoft developers, insisting ASP.NET applications can be moved directly to the Azure cloud. Related to my post an article on Information Week had Bob Muglia, […]
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Cloud 2.0 : The Rapid Evolution of the Cloud

When the internet boom came along in the mid nineties a common phrase used was Internet time, referring to the speed at which the Internet was developing and the rate at which organizations had to move to maintain competitive advantage. Ten years later the phrase Web 2.0 emerged as a term encompassing the new social […]
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Java Standards Help Prevent PaaS Vendor Lock-In

Utilising Platform as as Service (PaaS) for developers has many advantages. However, a major concern for any organisation considering adopting PaaS is avoiding vendor lock-in. A number of efforts are under way to define standards for cloud computing which will help avoid vendor lock-in. Some recent announcements of new Java PaaS offerings started me thinking […]
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