Cloud Computing is very much in vogue with multiple providers of such services in the market. The Cloud provides an opportunity for Enterprise resources to be moved to the cloud. Enterprise IT departments today mostly manage applications across a maze of machines as part of a complex IT framework. Part of the network could be within their premise and the rest could be external. CIOs need to assess their unique IT mix from time to time to evaluate the composition of on-premises, private cloud and public cloud infrastructure. With evolving business goals, it is but natural that the composition of these would change from time to time. However, this is not an easy job.
Professor Stephen Hawking, one of the widely known and respected physicists of our time has been in the news for some time for the way he articulates his thought provoking speeches. While Professor Hawking, 73 is one of the smartest that our planet has to offer, he suffers from a debilitating disease, a Motor Neuron Disease by name Leu Gehrig’s Disease which has virtually paralyzed him, kept him confined to a wheelchair and also impaired his speech.
“Tell me and I will forget, show me and I may remember, involve me and I will understand” – these are great words of wisdom from Confucius. While I was trying to learn Internet of Things, I felt initially that Internet of Things (IoT) as a concept is difficult to understand, unless you really use and perceive it. It is the buzzword though, and is expected to be the “in” thing in the near future. For instance, take the definition of Internet of Things “The Internet of Things (IoT) is a scenario in which objects, animals or people are provided with unique identifiers and the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction.” Isn’t it intriguing or confusing?
It’s been quite some time since digital assistants hit the scene. Siri popularized the program with her iconic voice and ease of use. Apple revolutionized the concept with voice recognition and location services that allowed Siri to see where you were and remembered what you said. Responses weren’t a lifeless robotic voice, but a human one. You could change her name, her gender, her language all with the touch of a button or by telling her to. Siri kept reminders, suggested locales for eating, shopping, having fun or whatever you are looking for at the time. She could call anyone in your contact list as well as dialling any foreign number.
In contrast to Android’s openness, the ecosystem wherein Apple thrives is highly restricted. A striking example of this is: One can, in the present scenario, buy and access hundreds of models of Android powered phones and tablets belonging to several companies. But in the case of iOS, the only options are Apple’s iPhone or iPad.
The 2000s was a magical time of new technologies finally seeing public light. Two major innovations during the 90s (and late 80s), finally saw their debut among the masses at the dawn of the millennium. The first, was the rise of the internet. The world became connected like it never had before. With network speeds rising from under 1 megabyte to over 1GB in ten years, society saw a surge of people glued to their LED screens to check out the latest and greatest from popular websites. The second innovation was smartphones.
On April 12, 1961, the Soviet Space Program launched the first ever human into space. The world watched in awe at the power technology had granted us; to launch into the stars with the simplest of childish glee. However, as our eyes gazed into the heavens, we, and seemingly everyone else involved in the project, didn’t take notice of what was coming off the spaceship.