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Chris Dotson discusses IBM Cloud Solutions for SMBs (Podcast)

December 10, 2012 Comments off

Chris Dotson and I discuss IBM Cloud solutions for small and medium-sized businesses including security concerns, costs, advantages and gotchas.

Chris Dotson is currently the Worldwide Infrastructure Architect for Infrastructure and Provisioning Requirements in the IBM CIO office. In this role, Chris is involved in many different cloud initiatives in IBM, with a specific focus on cloud security. Prior to that, Chris was the lead architect for the IBM CIO Dev/Test Cloud, an internal private cloud within IBM created in 2009 that provides infrastructure services to developers and testers. Chris currently holds twelve professional certifications, including the Open Group Master Certified IT Architect certification.

To register for Chris’ upcoming webcast discussed in the podcast, go to the Registration URL.
Date/Time: Dec 13 1:00 pm Eastern.

As the industry prepares to turn the page on another year, Chris looks ahead at the trends that he believes will dominate the landscape in 2013. They include:

Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) will mature with a greater focus on service level agreements. This development will draw more providers in the market and increased choice. We’ll buy services the same way we buy cars. We’ll specify exactly what we need for mileage, cargo capacity and performance – and expect providers to deliver.

The year of Platform as a Service (PaaS). IaaS can be somewhat difficult to use, but PaaS promises to provide popular services without all the complexity and customization. Research indicates that PaaS is about to break out, and 2013 could be the year.

Get API-Happy. It’s cool that people can provision their own services, but the real promise of cloud is realized when applications can do the same thing. The programmableweb.com application program interface (API) directory has doubled in size in the last year, and there’s plenty of growth still to come. Learn what to look for in the coming year.

Standards Mature. While many IaaS providers have settled on the Amazon APIs, there’s very little standardization in the PaaS market. Expect to see a lot more standards activity in this area in 2013, which will translate into better and more flexible services.

That’s just the beginning. Learn more about where the cloud market is headed in this provocative and interactive webcast. Come ready to ask your own questions as Chris looks into his crystal ball at Cloud Outlook 2013.

Chris Dotson IBM Cloud Solutions for SMBs Discussion

Podcast: MP3 Format. 32:02 min. Rated G for all audiences.

IBM for Midsize Business

This post was written as part of the IBM for Midsize Business program, which provides midsize businesses with the tools, expertise and solutions they need to become engines of a smarter planet.

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IBM and MSPs Interview with Ed Abrams (Podcast)

October 25, 2012 Comments off

October 25, 2012 – Interview with Ed Abrams, Vice President of Marketing for IBM Mid Market Business. In this 20 minute podcast, Ed and I discuss IBM’s global initiative around its MSP partner program and what it means to small and medium-sized businesses. We also discuss how to become an MSP partner and transitioning your business to cloud computing.

Ed Abrams October 25, 2012 IBM MSP Podcast.

Length: 20:10 minutes. MP3 format. Rated G for all audiences.

IBM for Midsize Business

This post was written as part of the IBM for Midsize Business program, which provides midsize businesses with the tools, expertise and solutions they need to become engines of a smarter planet.

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The Business Implications and Impact of Windows 8 with Ted Werth, PlumChoice CSO (Podcast)

September 27, 2012 Comments off

PlumChoice Chairman, Founder and CSO, Ted Werth and I discuss the business implications and impact of the upcoming upgrade to Windows 8. What does it mean for your company? What does it mean for your legacy applications? What does it mean in terms of productivity? How long should you wait until you convert to Windows 8? Find out all the answers to your questions in this podcast.

Find out what 12 years of Windows network consulting can tell you about Windows 8, what you should expect and why you might want to wait.

Length: 17:52 min. MP3 format. Rated G for all audiences.

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September 26, 2012

The Next IT Pro You Hire Might Be Virtual (Podcast)

August 30, 2012 Comments off

Podcast discussion with IPSoft‘s Chief Commercial Officer, Jonathan Crane about Artificial Intelligence, Expert Systems and Virtual Engineers. IPSoft has developed a Virtual Engineer that can save you significant money over “live” Engineers. Near the end of the podcast, Jonathan gives you some real numbers on savings that current customers are reporting. Listen to learn more about Artificial Intelligence, Expert Systems and IPSoft’s Virtual Engineer.

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Podcast: MP3 format. 28:42 minutes. Rated G for all audiences.

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JouleX and Saving Money in Your Data Center. The Heat is On. (Podcast)

August 26, 2012 Comments off

JouleX Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Tim McCormick, and I discuss how to save significant money in your data center by knowing where your energy is going. You might be surprised at the numbers and how much you can save. It’s shocking to know how much money and energy are being needlessly wasted. And, we’re not talking “green” anything, except money. Give special attention near the end of the podcast when Tim tells you the scale of the savings that current customers see in their data centers. IBM is a JouleX Strategic Partner.

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Length: 26:26. MP3 format. Rated G for all audiences.

IBM for Midsize Business

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Interview with Boxtone’s CMO Brian Reed (podcast)

August 16, 2012 Comments off
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Mid-market Business Cloud Transition Pain Points (Podcast)

April 25, 2012 Comments off

IBM’s Vice President of Global Mid-market Sales, Mike McClurg, and I discuss IBM’s role in transitioning mid-sized businesses into virtualized infrastructures and cloud-based technologies. We discuss IaaS, SaaS and pain points associated with the shift to hosted solutions. 21 minutes. MP3 format.

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