At the IITP TechBlog I go over Telecom NZ’s half year report to get an update on what’s happening with the company’s Gen-i unit. Quite a lot as it turns out…
This is a good story canvassing most of the issues. I suspect one reason governments are slow to the cloud is that decision-making moves at a different pace to private industry and public servants are far more fearful of risk. Yes, I know cloud computing is less risky, but they don’t.
Originally posted on whatisitwellington:
In 2011 the then US Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra instituted the Federal Cloud Computing Strategy, which established a Cloud First policy for government. Three years on the progress to Cloud is extremely slow and problematic, according to an Accenture report that surveyed 286 government technology leaders. The results were interesting:
- Of the twenty cloud migration plans submitted to the Government Accountability Office for approval in 2012, only one has been completed. Eleven of the projects failed to report performance metrics and seven did not include thorough enough cost estimates.
- Less than half the manager’s were familiar with their agency’s Cloud strategy, which is not unusual, given that only 30 percent of respondents claim to be implementing a cloud strategy.
- Only four percent of agencies are actually building Cloud, and the majority of that is private.
- Over two-thirds of respondents don’t believe they have the skills to deploy Cloud.
- A third of agency’s believe they needed at least one more FTE to assist in Cloud.
- A majority didn’t have enough budget to get on with Cloud.
Listen to me on the NZ Tech Podcast with Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guests and Wal Reid. We discuss free iPads for students, IBM’s server sale to Lenovo, we go hands on with the impressive new Mac Pro, test drive the Dell Venue Pro 8, and look back in time at the first Macs. Paul also ask Vodafone to be fairer when he hits his home Internet cap.
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I don’t seem able to embed it here, so you’ll find the video clip on this page. http://tvnz.co.nz/breakfast-news/facebook-dying-video-5816957
In “Threshold” to be Called Windows 9, Ship in April 2015 long-time Windows watcher Paul Thurrott looks at Microsoft’s next operating system set to arrive early next year.
It seems Microsoft has woken up and realised just how unpopular Windows 8 is with users. Thurrott, never one to be unduly harsh when commenting on Microsoft writes:
Windows 8 is tanking harder than Microsoft is comfortable discussing in public, and the latest release, Windows 8.1, which is a substantial and free upgrade with major improvements over the original release, is in use on less than 25 million PCs at the moment. That’s a disaster, and Threshold needs to strike a better balance between meeting the needs of over a billion traditional PC users while enticing users to adopt this new Windows on new types of personal computing devices. In short, it needs to be everything that Windows 8 is not.
My Windows 8 experience is almost certainly not typical, but I realised early on how Microsoft needs to draw a line under the product and quickly move on before any more damage is done to the company’s long-term future. If I was the new Microsoft CEO, I’d accelerate Windows 9 and get it out as soon as possible.
When Windows 8 arrived, I purchased it on day one. Within weeks I was so frustrated I wiped my PC clean and reinstalled Windows 7. That wasn’t the answer, so a month later I went back to Windows 8 resolving that I would just get over the things I didn’t like. We never really got on, so when I needed to buy a mobile computer in mid-2013, I opted for a MacBook.
Although lots of people want to talk about the missing start button and start menu, that was never a big problem for me. What grates is the regular switching between the traditional desktop user interface and the more modern Metro interface.
I also found Windows 8 to be just plain painful on a non-touch screen computer. When I used a touch device, Windows 8 made sense, but touch does nothing for my productivity, indeed, I found I was working less efficiently with Windows 8 than I could on Windows 7 or now do on OS X. That speaks volumes.
MIcrosoft dropped the ball so badly, some people are seriously considering using clunky, second-rate Android as a desktop OS. That’s about as damning an indictment of Windows 8 as you could possibly get.
From today I’m making some changes at my digitl technology news and comment site.
Although digitl gets a respectable amount of traffic, my business model is not about selling advertising on the site. Instead, I want the stories to drive more traffic to my customers – at the moment that’s Geekzone and Scoop.
So instead of pointing to links on the digitl site, I’ll be linking to my stories on these two sites in all my social media feeds.
I’ll also be making some design changes to the site reflecting this change of direction.