Posts in Category: clouders

Security-as-an-Excuse

Tucked inside Forrester’s Cloud Predictions for 2016 is a tidbit about cloud security that I simply gave to share with our readers. Consider it a “quote of the day” substitute. But first, some context.

Analysts predict that, after reaching mainstream appeal in 2015, the cloud is set to shift into the next gear with the focus on expanding use cases and automation. As a result of this, the big boys will get bigger, and small players will have to up their game or die. Specifically, 2016 will be a shakeup year which will force many current providers to refocus on a narrower field, retreat from cloud or exit

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Research Uncovers Strong Correlation Between Competition and Creativity

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Collaboration has some undeniable perks, from brainstorming to actually building upon an idea. But what about creating things that don’t require the input of an entire team? A logo, for instance. Can the rivalry between a bunch of designers racing to draw the best design for one paying company actually improve the outcome? As it turns out, it can. But only when the competition dial is turned to just the right level

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Confidence – An Essential ‘Drug’ for Success

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Your recent performance hasn’t been stellar, and it might even have cost you a promotion. Then again, has anyone told you for a fact that you were lined up for advancement? Is there even a position waiting to be filled?

People generally know when they do good and when they do bad, but there are plenty of exceptions. Often are the times when the illusion of failure affects our decision-making, and the illusion of success empowers us to fare much better than we’d expected. In short, success and failure that hasn’t occurred yet is just in our head. Which makes choosing what you believe very important, so long as you are aware of what you are doing. According to Dilbert author Scott Adams, “Confidence is similar to will power in the sense that neither of them exists and yet society is quite certain they do

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Quote of the Day by Einstein

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We can all accept to some degree that, sometimes, we’re just plain stupid. For example, being told that the soup is hot and still taking a spoon-full without a single blow before completely neutralizing our taste buds. Or t parking in the handicapped spot just because it was closer, not necessarily the only vacant space.

Stupidity is something that characterizes us at least once in our lifetime. But insanity is no laughing matter. Yet somehow, stupidity and insanity often cross paths. Or at least Albert Einstein thought they did. He once famously said:

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

—Albert Einstein

This is both funny and sad if you think about it. Funny, because we’ve all been overly persistent with something that didn’t work at least once in our lives. Sad, because it’s true. You have to be a special kind of stupid to persist in repeating a process that always ends in failure, without tweaking anything between experiments. But craziness is a relative thing, much like Einstein’s entire work. So if you feel the quip describes you, don’t sweat it – we’ve all be there, some more than once.

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Fog Computing – The Cloud’s Final Stop

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The term “cloud computing” was (supposedly) first used to describe the appearance of networked-servers on schematics. These diagrams used circles to represent the outline of a server (essentially the server’s reach within a network). When overlapped, the circles came together to form the appearance of a cloud. But clouds don’t have a perfectly defined edge, just like in reality.

In the same way that cloud computing has abstracted resources like compute, storage and bandwidth, fog computing has become the go-to name to describe the

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Find Out Which Platforms Sell Your Product

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Our experience with code has taught us that platform optimization plays a crucial role in grabbing and retaining a customer base – essentially creating your market share. Ship a half-baked app and customer loyalty is immediately affected. Ship a polished, seamless, airtight experience and they’re yours to keep.

Whether you sell physical goods or services, online or offline, it helps to know what devices people own. Smartphones and tablets have become de-facto platforms for ad delivery and shopping, and marketers everywhere strive to deliver a compelling viewing experience on these gizmos.

Device ownership heavily determines the way people

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Brands That Do Good Do Well

Ten years ago, only a handful of brands had sustainability on their agendas. Today, it’s something of a requirement. Technological advancement comes with a price: responsibility. And thanks to the Internet, most of the world’s population is on the same page regarding the dangers faced by our planet, and indeed humanity itself.

Nielsen has discovered that Generation X and Generation Z – which makes up most of today’s consumer base – is willing to pay extra for products and services that come from brands who are committed to positive social and environmental impact. More than 70% of both cohorts, to be precise. Brands that establish a reputation in this area have an immense opportunity to

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Female Entrepreneurs – Leaders Born from “Disobedience”

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You might have heard us say this before, but here at 4PSA many of our software engineers are girls – more than what you’d find in a traditional tech company. And we wouldn’t have it any other way. We’re ‘naughty’ like that 😀

As it turns out, there are quite a few benefits to “a little bit of naughtiness or disobedience,” as highlighted by Lauren Knight, author of a column on parenting in the Washington Post. Disobedient children are entrepreneurial spirits that end up earning more as adults, research shows.

Truth be told, the signs have always been there. Only by challenging the status quo do we think outside the box, and it takes wits to defy authority as a child. Disobedient children are good candidates for

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The Effects of Turnover Go Far Beyond HR Expenses

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Most business owners are careful not to overspend by hiring people with only a decent skill-set in hopes of training them to become experts in the long run. But if the U.S. is any indication, this approach couldn’t be more wrong.

When making career moves, Americans don’t look inside their organization for an opportunity two switch lanes. Instead, they look into the offerings of other companies. 93% of U.S. adults report leaving their employer to

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5 Truths About Innovation That Most of Us Get Wrong [Infographic]

Innovation and disruption are hotly debated topics. Many claim to know the secret formula, but few actually deliver. There are standard practices that put you on the right path – like promoting a relaxed environment and fostering communication – but setting in place more specific processes will cause your mileage to vary.

However, innovation experts have nailed at least five truths about innovation that most of us get wrong, but at the same time they are supposedly easy to get right. This infographic won’t be enough to do the trick, but as said a few lines earlier, it’s general rules like these that put business leaders on the right path, while the rest gets figured out on the go. I won’t spoil your fun by repeating what the infographic conveys, but I would like to steal you one more minute to discuss

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