Friday, April 29, 2011

Incorporate the Cloud into Your Business Processes

As new technologies continue to dominate the workplace, especially in the areas of IT & Project Management, it is important to make sure your procedures and processes can efficiently support these new technologies. Let's take a look at what to watch out for when launching the cloud in your business.

1. Test Your Applications - Software developers have found that applications they have been using don't always translate over well to the cloud.
2. The Cloud Isn't for Every Application - Some organizational applications just weren't made to run off of a cloud platform. Most notably so are those that have extreme security restrictions or those that have an intense level of coding.
3. Unfamiliarity to the Cloud - Don't expect an overnight transition, especially from organizations who are leery of disruptive technology.
4. It's Still a New Technology - Cloud computing adaptation is slow-moving and there is a lack of documentation and best practices available for newbies. When sharing is increased, doubt and insecurity with the platform should diminish and cloud users should increase.
5. Network Issues in the Cloud - While working in a private cloud be sure to schedule time for necessary upgrades and maintenance. Plus, don't forget about the unscheduled maintenance that will need to occur. It is important to note that all applications may not be available all of the time.
6. Resource Waste in the Cloud - Software developers may forget to 'turn off' running applications and processes while working virtually, which can lead to an expensive error.
7. Limitations from Licensing - Be sure to take note of the licensing agreements from the applications you will be running, especially from the non-technical side.
8. Troubleshooting the Integration - Integrating new applications with the existing applications in your processes in the cloud may result in challenges. One way to minimize issues is to use the cloud providers API.
9. Updates to the Cloud - As technology changes it becomes necessary to update your organization's cloud to ensure effective performance. It is important to have a team that can measure and try to predict the evolution of the cloud to remain effective.

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Conclusions based on the article, "Cloud Development: 9 Gotchas to Know Before You Jump in" from
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Friday, April 15, 2011

Put Social At the Core of Your B2B Business: Process, Operations, Analysis

In association with Marketo's Revenue Masters Webinar Series, The Institute for International Research invites you to join us for a complimentary web seminar.

The Social Business AGENDA:
Tackling the Top 2011 Trends for Competitiveness
Sandy Carter, Vice President,
IBM Social Businesses and Collaboration Solution Sales and Evangelism, IBM

Thursday, April 28th, 2011 1:00 - 1:45 PM EDT

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Social Media has come a long way from the early days of Twitter, YouTube and Facebook. With over 574 million people worldwide on Facebook, 106 million with Twitter accounts, and over 2 billion YouTube videos, how do you leverage this power and stay ahead of your competition?

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Hear from Sandy Carter, Vice President, IBM Social Businesses and Collaboration Solution Sales and Evangelism, on how to create a Social Business AGENDA. Using many case study examples, Ms. Carter will show how to build an AGENDA that aligns organizational goals while driving experiences and engagements through your business processes, utilizing crowdsourcing, communities, disaster recovery and analytics to leverage Social Business for greater results in 2011.

Learn how to:
A - Align Organizational Goals & Culture
G - Gain "Friends" Through Social Trust
E - Engage through Experiences
N - Network Your Business Processes
D - Design for Reputation and Risk Management
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Title: The Social Business AGENDA: Tackling the Top 2011 Trends for Competitiveness
Date: Thursday, April 28th, 2011
Time: 1:00 - 1:45 PM EDT

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