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IDC has released its latest predictions for 2013, and there's little surprise that it sees cloud computing as one of the main movers of the IT world. The IT industry's transition to "The Third Platform," built on mobile computing, cloud services, social networking and Big Data analytics technologies, has dominated annual predictions from IDC over the course of the last several years. For 2013, IDC predicts the transition to The Third Platform will gain momentum as the industry accelerates past the exploration phase and into full-blown, high-stakes competition, according to an article on BizTech2.com. "The IT industry as a whole is moving toward the mobile / social / cloud / Big Data world of the Third Platform much more quickly than many realize: from 2013 through 2020, these technologies will drive around 90 percent of all the growth in the IT market," said Frank Ge... (more)

Campaigns Move to the Cloud

This election season marked a major shift from the traditional ground game of door-to-door get out the vote efforts to "Big Data politics" -  in which algorithms are run in the cloud on databases of voter information to figure out who volunteers should target. As captured in Rackspace's 2012 election "Powered by the Cloud" infographic, nearly every digital component of the 2012 election utilized the cloud: from the smartphone campaign apps to the social media systems to the super-secret voter information files. The cloud industry was well equipped to handle the terabytes of data... (more)

Personal Cloud Usage Influences Company Adoption: CDW

As you go, so goes your company. At least in terms of which cloud apps you use that find their way into the workplace. Showing that work imitates life, a CDW report surveyed 1,242 IT professionals and found that a major driver of corporate cloud adoption is users' experiences of consumer services. Nearly three quarters of respondents (73%) claimed that, in their company, employees' use of personal cloud apps has "significantly influenced" the decision to move wholesale to the cloud. Similarly, just over three in five (61%) cloud-using organizations agreed that employee personal d... (more)

Can the Cloud Boost Small Businesses?

There's consistent chatter about the new world of the cloud, and much of the discussion involves how a small business saves substantially and can then invest the savings elsewhere in its business. For many small businesses that have used the cloud for a few years, according to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, the experience has largely been positive. Operating servers both on-site and in the cloud is "a very effective way of reducing risk," said Michael Harries, chief technologist at Citrix Startup Accelerator, a Silicon Valley investment firm that works specifically ... (more)

Department of Defense Enlists Cloud Computing Services

Ask not what your cloud can do for you, but what it can do for your country. The Defense Department's IT infrastructure is on a mission of consolidation, standardization, security and access, the Defense Department's principal deputy CIO told attendees at a recent cloud computing panel discussion, according to an article on Defense.gov. The department is reducing the number of data centers from about 1,500 to "a number far below that," Robert J. Carey said, and is implementing a coherent and consistent architecture across thousands of computing environments. This process is taking... (more)