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Maximizing Microsoft's Azure for Dev, Test, and DevOps Scenarios

Microsoft has had their Azure cloud services for years, however most enterprises really don't know what Azure can be used for to help their organization. Much of it has to do with Microsoft having released Azure long ago with today's perception of the service based on what Azure did years ago. It also doesn't help that Azure does a LOT of different things, so for someone to get their arms around how Azure can help them is like roaming around aimlessly in a grocery store trying to figure out what to make for dinner.

By Rand Morimoto | 20 December, 2014 08:36

Tags: Microsoft Subnet, Microsoft, software

Coder, sell thyself

Many highly skilled coders limit themselves to obscurity or the bonds of employment because they are afraid of selling their own services. They have an inherent fear of sales and of being a salesperson. What they don't realize is that with a shift in thinking and some business building activities, they can win clients, launch a prosperous and independent business, and experience high levels of personal and professional freedom without ever having to sell to anyone.

By Mark Beckner | 18 December, 2014 02:39

Tags: App Development, (no company), IT management

At Microsoft, quality seems to be job none

I actually had been feeling optimistic about Windows 10. No, really. You can look it up. I mean, I didn't think Windows 10 was the greatest thing since the advent of the Internet, but it did strike me as a solid replacement for the lamentable Windows 8.

By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols | 17 December, 2014 00:36

Tags: Microsoft, software, operating systems, quality assurance

Do you know the laws that govern personal information in the cloud?

While the technological world increasingly renders geography meaningless, no one appears to have informed lawmakers of this fact. Data can move easily and seamlessly from Uruguay to Spain to the United States, but in doing so, three separate data privacy and protection regimes are implicated. As more companies, individuals and even governments place their data in the cloud, both customers and providers of cloud computing services must become acutely aware of the burgeoning laws and regulations restricting the collection, storage, disclosure and movement of certain categories of information.

By By John C. Eustice | 16 December, 2014 00:43

Tags: internet, cloud computing

Why Google should leave Europe

Spanish lawmakers did something dumb this week. They passed a new law that forces Google to pay news publishers a fee for sending valuable, monetizable content from Google News to their sites.

By Mike Elgan | 13 December, 2014 23:02

Tags: search, Google, beca, internet, search engines

Intelligence community must get its own house in order

Earlier this month, Robert Hannigan, the director of GCHQ, a British intelligence agency, wrote an opinion piece in the Financial Times castigating tech companies for being "in denial" about abuses of their platforms by criminals and terrorists and calling on them to develop better arrangements for facilitating lawful government investigations. While there is certainly much room for improved cooperation between government and the private sector, the first step for reform should be for intelligence agencies like GCHQ to take a hard look in the mirror.

By Daniel Castro and Alan McQuinn | 13 December, 2014 02:19

Tags: National Security Agency, security, beca, data privacy, nsa, financial times, GCHQ, privacy

What happens next in the Cisco suit against Arista?

Arista Networks' stock took it on the chin when Cisco slapped the company with patent infringement and copyright law suits last Friday, losing almost 20% of its value at one point as investors and others mulled the long term implications of the suits.

By John Dix | 10 December, 2014 09:00

Tags: Ethernet Switch, legal, cisco, Arista, Arista Networks

Why the FAA's drone rules should never get off the ground

It's hard to believe, but it's illegal to fly a drone in the U.S. for commercial purposes.

By Mike Elgan | 02 December, 2014 03:52

Tags: amazon, Google, U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, government

Obama's Internet plan plays favorites, and Netflix is one of the darlings

President Obama recently announced his plan to regulate the Internet under Title II of the 1934 Communications Act. This law nurtured America's telephone monopoly for 50 years. Under the president's plan, Internet service would be treated like a public utility, subject to rate regulation and state utilities commission oversight. The plan Obama proposes to prevent Internet service providers (ISP) from playing favorites with content ironically reveals him to be playing favorites with content providers such as Netflix.

By By Roslyn Layton | 02 December, 2014 01:13

Tags: Federal Communications Commission, net neutrality, fcc, internet, orange, netflix

Doing digital right

If analysts are right, worldwide technology spending will total $3.8 trillion this year. A significant chunk of that money will be devoted to re-engineering business processes and customer experiences for the digital world. And unfortunately much of it will be wasted.

By Christopher Vollmer | 26 November, 2014 05:33

Tags: starbucks, Apple, Google, mobile, mobile apps

Uber scandal highlights Silicon Valley's bad behavior

Car service app Uber found itself in trouble again when top executive Emil Michael was caught at a dinner party suggesting that the company hire opposition researchers to dig up dirt on the (predominantly female) journalists who have been asking uncomfortable questions about the crazy successful car service startup caught up in scandal after scandal.

By Matt Weinberger | 20 November, 2014 01:32

Tags: Uber, business issues, IT industry

Rise of the celebrity tech entrepreneur

California is a house divided, with global entertainment powerhouse Hollywood in the south -- epicenter of the movie, TV and music businesses -- and global technology powerhouse Silicon Valley in the north.

By Mike Elgan | 18 November, 2014 00:16

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, internet, mobile apps

Hey Samsung: Not everybody has to be a platform

It's easy to see why everybody wants to be a platform these days. Just look at Apple: By owning both the hardware and the operating system, it gets total control over what developers build on its platform -- and a sizable cut of the revenues besides. In return, developers get an unmatched distribution channel directly to customers' devices. As Apple extends to new devices, those developers get to come along.

By Matt Weinberger | 14 November, 2014 01:32

Tags: business issues, IT industry, Apple, VK

Microsoft awakes

We may be witnessing the beginning of a turnaround for one of the mainstay companies of the IT industry: Microsoft. And by turnaround, I don't mean financially. Microsoft is a prodigious revenue and profit generator. But the company has been rudderless for years. It has essentially been reactive, not an industry leader. It's been resting on its laurels.

By Scot Finnie | 08 November, 2014 00:19

Tags: HP, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft, IBM, Windows, software, operating systems

An open email to Google Inbox

Dear Google Inbox:

By Mike Elgan | 02 November, 2014 06:21

Tags: Google, applications, EE, Desktop Apps, software, Kno

Silicon Valley's next disruption: Reality!

We're right on the edge of dual revolutions in artificial reality and augmented reality. It's an exciting time because we're in the final days of a world in which these technologies are considered "futuristic." By next year, early adopters will have them in their homes. Within three years they'll be mainstream.

By Mike Elgan | 20 October, 2014 03:15

Tags: gamification, applications, software

Google's takedown policy: Celebrity nudes today, your right to know tomorrow?

Google last week did something that is really hard to find objectionable: It said it deleted quite a few ("tens of thousands") nude pictures stolen from celebrities. But as with anything that involves such an influential company as Google, this move creates a precedent, and it's a dangerous one.

By Evan Schuman | 08 October, 2014 00:11

Tags: Google, security, data privacy, data protection

Slow Internet links got you down? It's Dyn to the rescue

As businesses extend their reach to more corners of the world, wouldn't it be nice if you could monitor any Internet service provider from any location? Thankfully, Dyn, which sells DNS management tools, acquired Renesys earlier this year and extended the features of the Renesys' Internet Intelligence product.

By By David Strom | 07 October, 2014 00:30

Tags: internet, LAN & WAN

What Windows 10 means for the enterprise

Microsoft rolled out the widely anticipated Windows Technical Preview yesterday morning, playing to a handpicked crowd of Microsoft reporters and analysts. Although Microsoft didn't have the technical will to broadcast the event live, you can see a recording of the 40-minute presentation on YouTube.

By Woody Leonhard | 01 October, 2014 23:02

Tags: myer, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft, beca, software, infoworld, youtube

Microsoft Announces Microsoft Windows 10!

In San Francisco today, Microsoft announced the hotly await "next version" of Windows as being Windows 10. Windows 10 was designed and built for universal access by phones, tablets, and desktops.

By Rand Morimoto | 01 October, 2014 04:16

Tags: Microsoft Subnet, Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems

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