Whether you are an electrical supplies wholesaler or a manufacturer of
oilfield equipment, the challenge is the same: Are you maximizing your
margins by keeping your administrative processes as streamlined as possible?
Or, are you wasting time and money by supporting paper-intensive processes to
handle quotes, orders, ship notices, receipt documents and invoices?
Unfortunately, many companies face this challenge and feel as if they are
pushing too much paper dealing with their suppliers, customers, and
transportation providers, but they do not know how to break the cycle.
Where is it coming from?
Recently a trade association representing a group of independent distributors
conducted a survey among their 146 member companies. These distributors and
wholesalers ranged from $16 to $142 million in annual sales. When asked about
the supply side of their businesses, over 70%... (more)
It was former Presidential Candidate and founder of Electronic Data Systems
(EDS) Ross Perot who famously said “The activist is not the man who says
the river is dirty. The activist is the man who cleans up the river.”
A quote which may strike resonance with the world’s politicians as they
continue to wrestle with the major challenge of setting a global green agenda
whilst battling tough economic conditions.
President Obama’s second term inaugural speech certainly won plaudits for
his determination to tackle climate change, his powerful statements
deliberately pitched to be emotive on a global stage, whilst reassuring an
American nation still reeling from the effects of hurricane Sandy.
“We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure
to do so would betray our children and future generations.” And “Some may
still deny the overwhelming judgm... (more)
Great American technologists from academia and industry have always ensured
our national security has the edge it needs, in peace, crisis and war.
Academic Fredrick Terman (pictured) brought us radar and Silicon Valley.
Edwin Land brought us overhead ISR. Gordon Moore ensured integrated circuits
were accelerated into our community first. Scott McNealy drove security into
Operating Systems. Bill Gates and Larry Ellison and a long list of other
great IT leaders have also dedicated significant effort to the national
security community in ways many will never know.
Great technology heroes also serve in government. Thanks to them government
has been pioneering advances in secure cloud computing, biometrics, IT
security, collaboration, geospatial, visualization, remote sensing and
collaboration. Government IT leaders routinely contribute to our nation’s
understanding of... (more)
Rather than doing a bunch of separate posts, here is a collection of
different perspectives and commentary on various IT and data storage industry
In this link are comments and perspectives regarding thin provisioning
including how it works as well as when to use it for optimizing storage space
capacity. Speaking of server and storage capacity, here in this link are
comments on what server and storage would be needed to support an SMB office
of 50 people (or more, or less) along with how to back it up.
For those interested or in need of managing data and other records in this
link are comments on preparing yourself for regulatory scrutiny.
Storage networking interface or protocol debates (battles) can be
interesting, in this link, see the role of iSCSI SANs for data storage
environments. Lets not forget about Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) which
is d... (more)
There have been a flurry of "green cloud" announcements recently, and that
got us thinking about the relationship between green IT and saving money.
Green is also the color of money, after all, and companies are discovering
that reducing data center costs leads to substantial green benefits. The
cloud takes cost reduction and green even further.
In the first announcement, IBM continues to innovate in cloud and in green,
and it has patented technology for distributing compute workloads for cloud
computing in a way that reduces power consumption. I'd liken it to a load
balancer, but instead of trying to reduce response times, they're trying to
reduce power utilization overall. Now, it's really interesting because this
is not just a green initiative but it is also a cost-savings opportunity for
cloud service providers.
Power consumption is a major cost driver for cloud... (more)
IoT: Creating the Next Generation of Communities
In his session at @ThingsExpo, Chris Klein, CEO and Co-founder of Rachio,
will discuss next generation communities that are using IoT to create more
sustainable, intelligent communities.
One example is Sterling Ranch, a 10,000 home development that - with the help
of Siemens - will integrate IoT technology into the community to provide
residents with energy and water savings as well as intelligent security.
Everything from stop lights to sprinkler systems to building infrastructures
will run efficiently and sustainably.
Chris Klein is the CEO of Rachio, the smart sprinkler controller that uses
cloud-based software to reduce water consumption and create a more
sophisticated landscape. He has experience leading a number of product
development initiatives. Products include commercial construction buildings,
Crafting a Roadmap for Hybrid IT
With 15% of enterprises adopting a hybrid IT strategy, you need to set a plan
to integrate hybrid cloud throughout your infrastructure.
In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Steven Dreher, Director of Solutions
Architecture at Green House Data, will discuss how to plan for shifting
resource requirements, overcome challenges, and implement hybrid IT alongside
your existing data center assets. Highlights include anticipating workload,
cost and resource calculations, integrating services on both sides of the
firewall, self-service, monitoring, and workload prioritization.
Steven Dreher is the Director of Solutions Architecture at Green House Data,
with over 15 years of IT experience. He previously served as the CTO of the
Wyoming Supreme Court.
@ThingsExpo - The World's Largest 'Internet of Things' Event, June 7-9 2016
at New... (more)
Wyse Technology announced updates to two operating systems used in the
company's thin clients -- Wyse Enhanced SUSE Linux Enterprise and Windows
Embedded CE 6.0 R2 for Virtual client and Cloud environments.
"Our updated Linux and Windows Embedded CE versions take the performance of
our virtual client devices to new levels, and demonstrate our commitment to
the enterprise market," said Jeff McNaught , Chief Marketing and Strategy
Officer at Wyse. "We have taken the key benefits of our existing devices, and
added new performance features and a seamless transition path to quickly meet
market demand in cloud and virtualized environments."
Developed in partnership with Novell, this new version of Wyse Enhanced SUSE
Linux Enterprise improves the virtual desktop experience for the corporate
workforce by offering enhanced support for users across the enterprise.
Mobile worker... (more)
Green IT and virtual data centers are no fad nor are they limited to large
Paying attention to how resources are used to deliver information services in
a flexible, adaptable, energy efficient, environmentally, and economically
friendly manner to boost efficiency and productivity are here to stay.
Read more here in the article I did for the folks over at Enterprise Systems
To say that “green” is a popular trend is an understatement. Green
messaging in general and in the information technology (IT) industry in
particular tends to center around carbon footprint and emissions reduction or
cost savings. The industry is seeing a shift from the initial green hype
cycle of a few years ago to the more recent trough of disillusionment
typically found with a post-technology or trend-hype hangover, to the current
re-emergence and growin... (more)
Green Storage Journal on Ulitzer
The fundamental Green problem of all data centers is that they cost a fortune
to power up, which in turn produces heat which then costs a fortune to cool
down. Within this vicious circle a bastion was set up to counter this, namely
‘Green Storage', which has mostly taken shape in the form of virtualized
storage, data deduplication, compression, thin provisioning, DC power and
SSDs. Add to the circle power conservation techniques such as server
virtualization and archiving onto nearline storage, and you have most
companies claiming they are successfully moving towards being ‘Green'.
Hence bring forth the proposition of MAID storage and many users would not
see the need for it. Further reluctance towards the technology would also
come from the fact that MAID has now somewhat tragically become synonymous
with being merely a disk spin d... (more)
Australia is now considered to be one of the world leaders in a technology,
comparable only to the United States in terms of smart grid innovation. Last
year received the Federal Government for a National Energy Efficiency
Initiative granted AU$100 million to develop a smart-grid energy network.
A recent study, conducted by IDC polled utility leaders from Australia,
about their major initiatives, objectives, expected payback, readiness and
The study noted that smart utility technologies are generating vast amounts
of data and analytics, although less than half of the top 20 utilities are
applying analytics to energy consumption. Even so, utilities executives
worldwide believe that with the proper organization, companies can reach
profitability goals in a relatively short amount of time and with the coming
together of some of the top names in the utili... (more)