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Should it be cloud first?

Everyone must change and everyone must be on the cloud. We hear this all the time, the proliferation of hyperscale cloud, and the move away from traditional — but why? Talking to our customers around the world we hear the same stories: Cloud first, migration to cloud, native cloud, agile, dev ops. The list goes on and never seems to stop, and is constantly changing. [1] [1] By James McCartney on ZDNet

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Elon Musk’s Boring Company wants to charge $1 for a 150-mph Loop ride in LA

Elon Musk finally pulled back the curtain on where The Boring Company is headed. It’s a possible future that is far from, well, boring. The billionaire entrepreneur on Thursday showed off his concept for the Loop, a “personalized mass transit” system that would carry 16 people per pod and travel at 150 miles per hour. [1] [1] By Roger Cheng on CNet

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The evolution of the Macintosh (and the iMac)

It’s been more than 30 years since the arrival of Apple’s Macintosh computer – the Mac, which has evolved substantially, especially over the past decade. (And as of today, it’s been 20 years since the first iMac was unveiled.) From only 128KB of memory in the first Mac (to an optional 128GB in the latest iMac Pro), Apple has continually redefined its products from design and aesthetics to functionality and productivity. [1] [1] By Sean Moreau on ComputerWorld

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The future of enterprise IoT: 2 factors to watch

Only 26 percent of companies have had an Internet of Things project that they consider a success, according to research from Cisco. And, 60 percent of IoT projects currently die before even leaving the proof of concept stage. ZDNet and TechRepublic have been covering the IoT movement extensively since 2012, and we’re now seeing enterprises that have learned from several generations of IoT projects. [1] [1] By Jason Hiner on ZDNet

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Symantec: Establish security procedures for the ‘inevitable’ smart office

The transformation towards a smart office is unavoidable, according to Symantec Australia and New Zealand chief technology officer Nick Savvides, and companies need to do two things in preparation. The first, the CTO told ZDNet, is to develop a company-wide Internet of Things (IoT) strategy that covers both management and updates of company devices, as well as connected devices brought into the office by employees. [1] [1] By Jonathan Chadwick on ZDNet

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Aligning Sales And Marketing

Sales and marketing have the same ultimate goal. They both exist to grow your company’s bottom line. But why do so many of them pull in different directions? This needn’t be the case. Download our eBook to learn how you can stop the marketing and sales tug of war.

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Digital transformation: think globally, act locally

When you move your database to the cloud, it’s digital transformation. When customers can make payments through a secure website, it’s digital transformation. When employees can manage and track their work schedules via mobile phone, that’s digital transformation. [1] [1] By Joe Mckendrick on ZDNet

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Insights on a connected world

‘Transformation’ is a loaded term that today’s business leaders seem to be hearing more of, especially when IT concepts are being explained around boardroom tables. But there’s still much about transformation that very few are aware of, and the rate at which technology is evolving makes it even more difficult to understand exactly how to future proof your business. One thing is certain though: the cloud has become an integral part of running businesses today and it continues to present…

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